My post Fanime 2012 journal (stupid photos included)
So, about two weeks before Fanime, I played Journey and got it into my head that I wanted to cosplay the little characters in it. I immediately wen to alcedinidae as she had done a random last minute cosplay with me before 2 years back (as seen here)
So I made her play the game and we decided to go through with the cosplay. She found a guide of sorts online here: turnonred.tumblr.com/post/2230… which we used for most of the cosplay. We found a wonderful color fabric really easily at Jo-Ann's and started immediately by cutting out the pieces for the cloak and taking some stupid photos with fabric scraps
the sewing of the pattern on the cloak took a loooong time and a looooot of bias tape (we raided the two closest jo-ann's for all of their goldenrod yellow tape) It took even longer because our pets were so helpful throughout the process
The main difference between our guide's and our costumes was in our scarves which we did through silk-painting. alcedinidae's mom is into silk painting (and has tons of cool silk paintings throughout the house) and she helped us with the scarves. First we bought some plain, white scarves and then we set them up on this thingamabob (I believe that is the technical term) and painted the white part of the pattern on in a wax-like substance that prevented it from getting covered. We then painted the entire scarves yellow and let it dry before painting the outline of the red sections.
To finish, we painted in the red and let it dry
We then took it upon ourselves to get some orange clothing to go underneath the cloak if it was blowing so we bought some white tights, shorts, shirts, and ballet flats and dyed them (as it was impossible to find that color of rust orange in anything).
delicious shoe stew also look at alcedinidae's weird elbows
This worked out alright - the tights were approximately right but everything else ended up kinda salmon colored after it dried (that was alright though as only the tights really showed).
After that, all that remained was the hoods and the masks. We decided to go with paper mache masks. We bought some plain creepy white masks but they had noses and lips so we had to make a slightly different shape with crumpled newspaper and masking tape.
Then we layered paper mache over this and eventually painted them black and added a layer of white fabric behind the eyes (which we could vaguely see through) and the yellow stripe on the forehead.
alcedinidae made the hoods for us - I think they look quite dashing.
all put together, we get this!
also Journey character playing Journey
Fanime itself was a lot of fun lots of walking around though and ballet slippers are not comortable @_@ We had to get gel insoles for the shoes after the first day
We went with the lovely ariodante28 who cosplayed as Aerith - or Sunglasses Aerith as we addressed her most of the time
We met one other Journey cosplayer along the way
And had donut sushi
"spent a lot of money on cool things" goes without saying and all of us had a lot of photos taken =] ariodante28 even got randomly involved in an adorable marriage proposal between two other FF7 cosplayers
It was a lot of fun =]
There was also a very strange man "dressed" as pikachu but I won't get too into that
Finally, I want to showcase a couple of my favorite cosplays I saw: A Ramona from Scott Pilgrim with a good attitude about her
A Phoenix and Iris/Dahlia
Hipster Link (his sign says "I was saving princesses before saving princesses was cool")
why thank you! i think it was a lightweight linen, but honestly i am terrible with fabrics and don't really know what i bought @_@ I got it at my local Jo-Ann Fabric store, and it worked out great though! my friend and I were mainly hunting around for the right color, as most of the journey cosplays we had seen online were bright red and not that kinda burnt orange color. Anyways, here are some up close images of the fabric itself: sta.sh/0yxirw145os and sta.sh/0b2hf1xfopv maybe you'll able to discern what kind of fabric it is from the texture hope that helps somehow!
Thank you so much! (for the pictures, too ) Ah I know what you mean about colors~ I've done some scouting for fabrics at Jo-ann's too, and even if one color is miraculously there for a certain type of fabric, the other (for the triangles) is usually not. I might end up with the white robe out of necessity!
oh it's not problem =] yep, it's hard to find both, and my friend and i definitely got lucky with the multiple shades of red and orange in this fabric haha the white robes are pretty cool, but i do looove the color of the normal ones aha. but orange has been one of my favorite colors ever since i discovered i like the taste of oranges and orange popsicles, so I am possibly biased
I love your Journey costumes! But a quick techincal thing... I think what you did is more considered silk painting instead of screenprinting, since you didn't use a screen to print it on. You did a fabulous job, either way! Love it!