Cosplay Progress: McCrEevee

When I first decided that I would start cosplaying, I collected hundreds of pins for tutorials and tips for crafting a first-time cosplay. Honestly, I’ve thrown most of them out of my cosplay Pinterest board, but the one that has consistently stuck around from the beginning is one that involves creating a furry, fluffy tail out of yarn.

Yes. Yarn.

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Everything you need! I like listening to podcasts while I work.

I was skeptical, too, even after reading all of the steps and seeing their photos in progress.

However, I can honestly say that it is probably one of the most realistic, swishy tails I have seen. Sure, you could buy a bunch of faux fur and sew it together, then turn it right-side-out, but I feel like this offers a more customizable version. This is great for fox or wolf tails!

The tutorial is available here, if you’d like to take a look.

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Instead of using any acrylic yarn, though, I decided to go for a super bulky variety, more specifically, the Lion Brand Hometown USA kind. It’s just the right amount of bulk and it comes in a large quantity of colors. I went a little overkill on how many I thought I’d need…I’m halfway done with the tail and have only used a roll and a half!

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Here’s my current progress!

Keep in mind that the more yarn present, the more yarn that will become unusable. I’ve stuffed 2 plastic shopping bags full of the fallout as of this moment. Believe me, you want to keep it in one contained area, otherwise you’ll wake up sneezing from yarn bits in your nose. Not that I have experienced that or anything.

I also received my 3D printed prop pieces! It was actually pretty fun to assemble. The gun fits well in my hand and I totally feel like a BAMF.

I learned a few things from this process, including:

  1. If you can’t sand the ridges enough, fill with bondo!
  2. Spray PlastiDip outside, even if you have a ventilated area and spray booth!
  3. Prime each piece separately before assembly!
  4. Paint each piece separately before assembly!
  5. Seal each piece separately before assembly!
  6. DID I MENTION YOU SHOULD DO EVERY STEP FOR EACH PIECE COMPLETELY SEPARATELY?!
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Primed with PlastiDip and ready to paint!

If I had the money, I would do my Peacekeeper all over again. I feel like I really messed up and the final result won’t reflect the quality that I want it to. Brett says it still looks good, so maybe I’m just being a little hard on myself (usually the case).

I’m nearly done with the paint job, then I’ll be able to seal everything and glue the last few pieces together!

I have the fabric for the chaps and the fur part of the serape, so we will see if I can manage a pattern or two on my own…

The Mind of this Procrastinator

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The ever-so-wonderful husband with bonus cat phone stand.

Recently, my ever-so-wonderful husband, Brett, showed me an article about procrastination.

A week or so later and I hadn’t read it yet, even though he swore it was a good read.

However, when I did finally get around to forcing myself to read it, it really opened up my eyes about how much I connected with what the author was saying. It’s an old entry from around 2013. I was afraid it would be a boring read, but I actually read through it pretty quickly.

Everything that the author said made sense to me. Not just as an outsider, but in a “that just happened to me yesterday” kind of sense.

I am constantly thinking up things that I want to do and try. I have about 6 cosplay projects planned (hello, McCrEevee and friends), numerous signs that I want to make for people, a couple of smaller crafts, making new decals for my Etsy store, plus I want to try learning the cello, continue learning photography, learn Japanese and Spanish (and probably Korean, too), keep my shop running and write/keep up with my blog.

The problem is, the list of things I want to do is so long that by the time I have time to do something, I can’t decide and just shut down, instead. I won’t even want to watch TV/Netflix/Hulu when I get like that and, other than sleeping, that’s the laziest thing I could do.

He brings up a good point in the article; any free time I have feels unearned and I feel guilty for not getting harder things (ie; “have-to-do” items like laundry, dishes, even cooking) accomplished. It just kind of derails you into feeling worthless and full of self-loathing.

I think the first step is realizing that there is an issue and learning to work with it. While I would much rather play Overwatch or watch TV for my entire day off (Oh, hi, couch, how I’ve missed you), I have to learn to put it down and do something productive. I don’t have many panic monsters in my life right now, so it makes it a little difficult finding my way out of the dark playground.

I guess what I’m saying is that it is a struggle keeping up with everything. I brought it on myself without any planning or preparation, so now I’m facing the consequences of that. I’m glad that Brett shared the article with me; I think it’s good advice and information for anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation.

One step at a time, though!

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Super rad peacekeeper pistol, hat badge and BAMF buckle from MoonProps on etsy!

Finishing McCrEevee’s tail is the first step on my long list and his 3D printed parts for the gun and belt buckle are on the way. I already have paint and brushes so I am ready to start!

Now if only the laundry would fold itself…

Eevee Cosplay with a Twist

This super adorable fluffy-nugget!

This week I’m going to cover a few things about my upcoming cosplay, Eevee, and how it changed from being a standard gijinka into a crazy mashup!!

I wanted to create a gijinka (a humanized idea of a non-human character) that would be a little more on the steampunk side. I had no clue how much research I was going to be doing to make sure that I am following the right steps ( while also not looking like I was thrown up out of a Halloween catalog)!

There are so many great Eevee gijinkas out there in the world! I was trying to research a way for this to be true to my own style, while making sure I didn’t look too much like I was copying someone else, or using an existing art design (such as Tamtamdi or SunsetDragon’s designs).

Let me tell you, brainstorming is one of the hardest parts of the cosplay process for me.

At first, I was going to sew a standard knee-length dress out of a suede fabric (for texture), and design a corset to be worn over the dress. I’d add accessories, too, such as shoulder armor, hat, goggles, etc. But the more I thought about it, the more I didn’t like the idea.

But then, I thought, What makes a steampunk costume cool? Robotic parts! Every costume I’ve seen that I have liked has had a robot-style arm. Could I even make something like that?

Credit: SkinzNhydez on Etsy

I started thinking about other versions of steampunk I’ve seen, because there seems to be no wrong way to do it. I thought of the hi-low hem, burlesque style skirts that I often see people wearing in steampunk. The outfit I was envisioning reminded me of an old-west saloon girl.

Before I knew it, I was planning more of a cowboy theme to go with my eevee costume than I was steampunk. But something about the futuristic pieces that scream “steampunk” was still nagging me. I want to do robot parts!I want to do some form of futuristic design! I WANT TO MAKE A ROBOT ARM.

And then, in the middle of the cleanroom at my job, it hit me.

Steampunk.

Western.

Robot arm.

Brown color scheme.

His name even ends in “ee”!

Hold on to your butts! (Credit: Miguel Mercado)

I will become a walking pun!

McCrEevee!

…and now I have an entirely new process to go through. How am I going to blend these two characters into something recognizable? What have I done to myself.