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"Close your eyes child!"

Then the blood-curtling scream of your mother flooded your 4 year old ears.

"M-Mama?" Escaped your lips. With no response tears succeeded to stream from your closed eyes. Soft sobs were heard coming from under the bed.

------to the present------

Black. As it always was, obeying your mother's last request. Never since then had you opened your eyes, always based off of sound and familiarity of the feeling of your surroundings. That didn't help you in this situation. Everything was scilent. Cold linoleum unfamiliar to the usual carpet, wrists strained from the chains you wore. Cursing silently, the chains were removed, and a door being locked was heard.

Black. As it always was, obeying your mother's last request.

"I wish you could see this (f/n)" and unfamiliar male voice said.
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I have uploaded the pictures of the main pattern pieces for the jacket to my scrapbook. Take a look if you are having troubles modifying your own pattern! (I couldn't find the pattern for the collar, I drew it on a piece of paper somewhere and I think it is gone now... sorry!)

I have had a lot of requests asking how I made the jacket for my cosplay, so I decided I would write a quick overview of what went into making it. I will not go into excruciating detail, but if you would like more help on any particular section, please leave a comment and I would be happy to elaborate!

STEP 1: Picking fabric
Print lots of good colored reference shots for yourself (or carry a smartphone with you) before heading to the fabric store. It goes without saying that you want to pick fabric with color that closely resembles your source, but it is also important to take into consideration things like the thickness and flexibility of your fabric. Conventions can get really hot really fast, so it is nice to have a fabric that is light and breathable, but I found that thin fabrics are also more challenging to work with. The inside lining for my jacket was very thin, which was great for keeping the costume cooler in the hot Arizona sun, but it had a tendency to bunch up little by little as I put it through the sewing machine. That made it difficult to align correctly with the fabric on the outside of the coat, which was considerably thicker.

So, select wisely!

STEP 2: Pick your pattern
For me, it is much easier to make a costume if I have a pattern to work off of. However, this is a challenge in cosplay because most character outfits are unique in some way, and an accurate pattern doesn't exist. This is where you have to use your imagination and find something that may not be perfect, but bears similarities to the look you are going for.

For my Bolin jacket (and for the Mako jacket worn by :iconredirectlightning:), I used this pattern. It is a pattern for a civil war costume that bears little resemblance to the outfits worn by Mako and Bolin, but there are some key features from the costume that led me to it.

First, the front of the blue jacket overlaps and connects in a way similar to Bolin's.
Second, the length of the jacket is similar to Bolin's.
Third, the jacket is gathered at the waist by a belt (and chord), much like Bolin's.

These characteristics gave me a good starting point to work from, and took a lot of the guesswork out of the problem in terms of fit and sizes. (There are lots of good tutorials online that explain how to use a pattern, so I won't be addressing that here.) Nevertheless, there are some major discrepancies between Bolin's outfit and the Civil War uniform. Which leads me to...

STEP 3: Modifying your pattern
From looking at the pictures, you can see some obvious differences between the pattern and the jacket we want. They are:

1. The collar on the pattern is short and flat.
2. The overlapping of the skirt on the pattern doesn't line up the same way as Bolin's.
3. The jacket top and skirt are separate pieces sewn together on the pattern, whereas on Bolin's they are one.
4. The back of the civil war jacket is designed to be fitted (it is made up of multiple pieces). Bolin's jacket is not fitted, and uses the sash around his waist like a belt to fit the waistline.
5. The shoulders of the civil war jacket are a bit more broad, and the sleeves longer (and for me wider) than needed for Bolin's jacket. (Remember, the sleeves on Bolin's jacket are rolled up, so you don't need a whole lot of excess.)
6. The pants are a completely different style on this pattern than what we are looking for (so I modified a simple pajama pant pattern, which I won't go into detail on here.)

With these considerations in mind, I changed the shape of the pattern as needed. A marker, scissors, paper, and tape are your friends here. Draw extra shape where it is needed, tape together pieces that should be connected, and use your reference pictures to figure out how everything should fit together. It helps to visualize how your new pieces will look by holding them up on your body. If you are fortunate enough to have a dress form the process is even easier. (I should really get one of those...)

It is too hard to describe exactly what changes I made to the pattern, so here are the pictures of the final pieces for the jacket!

Jacket Front: - Cut 2 of these
Jacket Back: - Cut on the fold to make 1 big piece for the back
Sleeves: - Cut 2 of these, obviously =P

I'm sorry I couldn't find my pattern piece for the collar, but if you have been able to make any sense of what I have said so far, you should be able to figure it out! I believe in you!

STEP 4: Sew it all together
I will not go into much detail here because my assumption is you know how to work a sewing machine and sew together pieces of a pattern. Again, there are lots of good tutorials for this online if you need help. Or even better, get someone experienced to teach you how this works (thank you Mom!).

Depending on your fabric, you may need interfacing to help the jacket keep its shape and not droop while it is on you. Keep this in mind before you sew everything up!

STEP 5: Add the details
Add the edging of the coat by cutting strips out of the same fabric used for the jacket lining and attaching where necessary. Alternatively, you can buy pre-pressed strips of fabric used for quilt edging (so long as the color matches). I did this for the edging on the under-shirt and it saved me some time.

Make the little rectangle dealies for closing the coat and connect them however you like - snaps, hooks, or even velcro work great.

STEP 6: The rest and enjoy
Put whatever finishing touches on that you think is appropriate. I am sure I forgot something and I know I didn't cover everything. I'm very sorry!

I hope this has helped you in some way, shape, or form! If you have more questions PLEASE feel free to ask and I would be happy to respond. Thanks!
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So I am assuming lots of people enjoy the Japanese Horror Game Ao Oni and the Hetalia spin off game Hetaoni, well I thought of a grand idea!

So I have seen many stories and pictures with deviants in hetaoni or ao oni themselves, so I decided to created something to call that!


See like its creator and ao oni put together!

Its where you and how ever many friends go into the famous house and you can write your own story from their

Of course, I don't own Ao oni or Hetaoni, but I for sho thought of Creatoni (or atleast made up the name) myself so yo don't say you did it!

But yah isnt this great?! I wonder if I get enough people involved I can make a group!

Tell me what yal think!!!
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Got to meet Mr. Stan Lee today :D. I showed him my artwork and he said that I understand the hulk more than a lot of artists he's seen in Marvel lately, and that I should work for Marvel when I'm out of college! I gave him my card I just i uhfrndwmk i can't i...EEEEE.EEEe....eensm....nm,.mnj...

Anyway. My parents thought it would be a great investment for me to enroll in a photoshop class for painting on photoshop and I'm understanding it waaaay better now! so my art will drastically look better from now on! what a great day!
Also, I will post the photos of my cosplay that WON this year! i went as Merida from Brave (:
Hope your guys's day was scrumptious. I love you.
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Journal Entry: Sat Jul 23, 2011, 6:52 PM

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If Harry Potter was an anime:

I'm not sure but I THINK we have  Nakagawa Besu to thank for this pic and many more!!!!

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Be Safe

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 23, 2013, 6:01 AM

Oh, hey.

So, today there was a murder case being reported regarding two local cosplayers in the newspapers...I think a lot of people knew about it already, so I probably won't elaborate about it in here. My mum sort of ban me from cosplaying when she found out about that murder case, which indirectly involved the word 'cosplay' and 'anime' in the news articles...and also the fact that I had seen (not interacted with) the murderer before in cons freaked her out it seemed...

Ah, well. Danger and dangerous people are always around; the world is a cruel place anyway. I had my brush with people like these; rapists and psychopaths; and hopefully I've learnt a lot from these past experiences. I know how to take care of myself now, at least I know how to wield a knife and understand human anatomy enough to cause people pain if I had to. Still, common sense and alertness are vital, and even if I am to be with someone I know, I understood that I have to be vigilant.

Stay safe and alert all the time, that is a must.


Anyway, despite my mum freaking out about this and telling me not to go to the con to cosplay anymore (honestly, I've only cosplayed once and that was last year...), I already have my cosplays set up until next year. As long as I earned the money to do a cosplay, I don't think my mum would have a strong rebuttal for that. 

To other cosplayers; old and new; please, please, please take care of yourself. ;w;


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Nerds all share a unified experience of being socially ostracized from the rest of other so-called "normal" societal groups. The reasons may vary (not being good at sports, liking a certain sci-fi/fantasy TV show, etc), but the fact that we all were picked upon and marginalized during our most formable years is a major part of the nerd/geek identity. But in recent years nerd culture stopped being it's own niche thing, and has started to seep into mainstream culture. Making nerd culture more accessible has naturally brought with it a new group of people and fans into our sphere... and not everyone is happy about this development.

Personally I think it's great that nerd culture has become so widely accepted lately. I can freely have a discussion about my favorite DC or Marvel superheros in public without getting looks of disgust or incredulity because EVERYONE loves Batman and The Avengers. And if I make an obscure joke about Doctor Who, there's a LOT of people who will get it now. But like I said, with any sort of widening of the demographic there's usually a backlash that comes from the already existing demographic that doesn't want to change or accept new people into their groups.

I noticed this a lot after reading the polarizing reviews for Star Trek: Into Darkness. Now, the latest Star Trek film is very much an action oriented adventure rather than a thought provoking sci-fi odyssey. To many in the fandom this is sacrilegious because "Star Trek has always had a more philosophical side to it." I started to see people accusing those who liked the new Star Trek movie as not being fans of Star Trek and demanding anyone who liked it to "prove" they liked Star Trek by forcing them to list off how many movies or TV show episodes they've seen. Like that sort of quantifying list would somehow give or take the credibility of people who legitimately enjoyed a movie (You've seen at least 29 episodes? I'm sorry but you need to have seen 30 episodes or more to qualify as being a fan!)

This is backwards and depressing to me. I don't personally care if you liked the new Star Trek or not. If someone is introduced to this franchise and series through the new movie and REMAINS a fan, then that's a win-win in my books. EVERYONE who is a fan of something now, started out with no experience or understanding of what they were getting into. Don't marginalize them for not being "up to snuff" with your obviously larger experiences and knowledge of the franchise simply because they're "new."

And it's not just Star Trek, this is an issue that permeates ALL of geek culture. This obsessive need to test new fans and criticize them for not being "as into" the series as you and your friends are is everywhere! Remember a while back the whole Geek-Girl issue? It's the same thing. Nerds seeing women who liked nerdy things, calling them out and demanding these women answer tests and quizzes to "prove" their geek creed. Fucking sick.

Even if they aren't "as into" the series as you are I still don't understand how that negatively affects your life. Someone being a fan but not as big of as fan as you shouldn't keep you awake at night or anger you into fits of rage. The world is varied and full of diversity, stop trying to limit it by decrying that only a certain set of people with enough XP are allowed to enjoy ____ fandom.

The important thing shouldn't be HOW a fan gets into a fandom, but rather the simple fact that they ARE into a fandom. It should be a welcoming thing to bring more people into your niches and let them explore and understand the wonderful things you enjoy on a daily basis. If you can't handle the idea of someone you don't have to deal with personally enjoying your fandom... then there's something seriously wrong with you and you need to grow up.

Stop testing new fans to prove they're "worthy" enough to join your fandom. Open the doors and embrace them with welcoming arms. Because the alternative is stagnating isolation and a growing sense of depression and irrelevancy.
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