ladyofthethread: (Ryuuren with cherry blossoms)
I’ve been meaning to post pictures from the Saiunkoku group at AnimeNext for a few weeks but I’ve been lazy and I’m only getting around to it now. ^_^; [ profile] neoangelwink was Shuurei again and [ profile] kitsunesqueak joined us as Eigetsu. [ profile] athena_chan was busy in artist’s alley but dressed one of her friends in her Ryuuki costume so we could have the whole group.


more pics and lots of silliness under the cut )
ladyofthethread: (Sarah)
Hmm… It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Inspired by the panel on specialty sewing machine feet at Costume Con, I ordered a few and got them last week. I bought a walking foot, a gathering foot, and a ruffler. Haven’t tried out the walking foot yet. The gathering foot is pretty straightforward although it seems to be for lighter gathers and I still have to pull the threads to gather some more myself. (I suppose stitching a second line after the first would give you fuller gathers although I didn’t want to deal with an extra line of stitching to remove later on.) And the ruffler is kind of scary looking and needs better directions. The little paper in the box told you how to put it on the machine and change the settings but said nothing about how to feed fabric through it although it’s pretty complicated and not completely intuitive like a normal sewing machine foot. Haven’t completely figured that one out yet.

I made a necklace for a new costume and I’ve been slowly gathering lots of tulle ruffles. I haven’t mentioned what it is on here yet so I think I’ll take a progress pic after I finish the petticoat and then we can play “guess the costume.” :-D

And thanks to [ profile] dressdragn, I have a couple of pictures of the new Ryuuren costume to post from the photoshoot with [ profile] neoangelwink and [ profile] athena_chan. ^_^

As mentioned last time, I improved on the hair a lot after Anime Boston. I trimmed the fake bangs some more and used hairspray and a blowdryer on them so they would be messier and not so flat. And I got one of those donut-shaped hair forms intended for making buns to help hold up my high ponytail; added a set of the short bangs from Arda Wigs for the shorter pieces at the top of the ponytail and everything is pinned together under the off-white wrap.


Trying to hide my shortness. ^_^;;
ladyofthethread: (Eugenie)
Katsucon photos went up at the other day so I guess I’ll make my photo post now since I have most pics other than a few my brother is still working on.

First, Saiunkoku with [ profile] neoangelwink as Shuurei and [ profile] athena_chan as Ryuuki.


More Saiunkoku pics )

Count D and Kyoya pics )
ladyofthethread: (Cecelia)
Only a few more days until Katsucon. Nothing completely new this con. So far, my costume schedule is:

Kyoya’s final episode costume from Ouran (morning/afternoon)
Ryuuren for the Saiunkoku group (evening)

19th Century Count D with phoenix prop


I’d like to fit in more of my fancy costumes for photos with the nice hotel but timing isn’t that good. :-/ Like I’d like to bring my Tamaki ballgown but there isn’t a particularly good time to fit it in unless I squeeze it in as a third costume on Friday. We won’t be getting to the con until around 8 or 9 Thursday night since my brother has to go to class that morning. So, Thursday night is out unless I want to do photos at midnight or something. I’m craftsmanship judging on Saturday so I figure I shouldn’t wear anything too huge and cumbersome then. And we have to catch a bus back home Sunday afternoon so I need something I can change out of without too much trouble before we leave.

Hopefully, the con will give me some motivation to work on costumes again. Besides the cold weather, I think part of the reason I’ve felt blah is because both of my last two cons weren’t that good.

After years of not doing fanart, I did a little picture last week to go with the alternate universe Saiunkoku fic I wrote for an exchange back in December. Since I’m terrible at the drawing part, I tried doing it in chibi style in hopes that it would go faster. Some things are probably off since it was the first time I tried to draw a chibi. The coloring is watercolor with gel pens for the jewelry. It’s supposed to be Ryuuki in the king’s costume from Genju no Seiza. Yes, my brain seems to be full of crack when it comes to fics and art. ^_^;;; So, even my fanart ends up cosplaying! I kind of want to draw some of the other characters in their AU costumes, too. >_>;


Jan. 19th, 2011 12:18 am
ladyofthethread: (Kyoya)
Hmm… It’s been a while since I’ve posted and a bunch of things have happened since then.

I made it to the final Wednesday matinee of “A Little Night Music” back on the 5th. It’s one of my favorite Sondheim scores so I enjoyed having a chance to see it onstage. It’s basically a romantic farce with lots of overlapping love triangles. They definitely played on the comedic material and it was hilarious; it’s kind of easy to forget that there’s also so much humor when just listening to all of the waltz music from the cast recording. The set was relatively simple but I liked how they managed to do so much with it. The walls along the edges of the stage could be lit in various patterns to give the impression of different rooms. Plus, they swiveled to form different arrangements and allow furniture to be brought on and off stage. I particularly liked when the trees were added for act 2. The costumes looked nice although some of the little details weren’t very visible from the audience (I bought a souvenir program afterwards so I was able to see some of the details I missed from the photos in there.) And I was curious how they managed to do some of the costume changes so quickly since they were period costumes. (Would be nice if I could manage to change costumes in a couple of minutes!)

My one complaint would be I couldn’t completely believe Bernadette Peters as the glamorous actress Desiree Armfeldt or Elaine Stritch as her former courtesan mother who once had kings among her lovers because of their accents. The show is set in early 20th Century Sweden and they just didn’t sound European at all. I’d never seen either perform live before but I had seen them in Sondheim things that were taped and released on DVD (Bernadette in “Into the Woods” and “Sunday in the Park with George” and Elaine in the Lincoln Center “Follies” concert). They pretty much sounded as they did in those performances and I felt their own personalities came through so I saw them as Bernadette Peters playing Desiree Armfeldt and Elaine Stritch playing Madame Armfeldt, rather than as Desiree Armfeldt and Madame Armfeldt. I enjoyed the show and they were hilarious, especially Bernadette during the “You Must Meet my Wife” scene, but I just couldn’t completely see them as the characters.

Then, my brother and I went to visit [ profile] neoangelwink and [ profile] loudnbothered on the 8th. Finally exchanged holiday presents with neoangelwink; had tea and cake; and talked a bit about plans for Katsucon and later this year.

Kaleido Star group for Costume Con has been cancelled. Neoangelwink and [ profile] athena_chan hadn’t realized that Costume Con is the same weekend as Sakura Matsuri and they need to be at the festival to sell hats so they won’t be able to do the group with me. Other people who were interested in possibly doing it with me are also dealing with real life issues so this just seems to be bad timing for everyone and I don’t want people to stress out over costumes when they have more important things to worry about. I don’t feel like trying to rush through Layla’s ballgown by late April if I don’t have a group to present it with so the idea is postponed for now. Depending on whether people still want to try to do the group at some point, we could try for an anime con later on although I don’t know what would be good. The only ones I’m likely to be at this year after Costume Con are AnimeNext and NYCC/NYAF. Or maybe, just do a Kaleido Star group for fun and photos that isn’t limited to the Cinderella costumes.

And this leaves me uncertain about costume plans for this year. While I do have a bunch of things I still want to make someday, there’s nothing jumping out at me that I especially want to work on right now. I guess it doesn’t help that I’m still feeling unmotivated due to the cold. Plus, Chinese New Year is in a couple of weeks and that always means a lot of extra work around the house so it might not be the best time to start a new project anyway.

I’m not sure if I want to try to do something else as a solo entry for Costume Con. There aren’t that many things elaborate enough that I’d especially want to present them at Costume Con versus just getting them judged at an anime con. There’s the Future Fashion Folio which I still have to look over in more detail although I don’t know if I’d actually want to do one. It’s basically a collection of other people’s sketches for original designs so after the contest, it doesn’t seem like there would be many good opportunities to rewear it. Or I could try to come up with a Broadway costume to go with the Costume Con theme. I kind of want to since I love musicals but it’s very hard to come up with the combination of a show I love, a design I want to make, and a character that I like and could pull off. Plus, preferably, it wouldn’t be overly costly or time consuming to make since I doubt there would be a good chance to wear it again. :-/ Or just more anime stuff? I don’t know.

After years of not using it, I decided to clean out my account the other weekend and start over since I’ve been doing fanfic a bit more the past couple of months and my stuff has been scattered across LJ communities rather than collected in any one place. I’ve posted all of my PSOH stuff but some of my Saiunkoku stuff is being revised so it’s not all up yet.

Going through [ profile] psohdrabble to collect all the bits I’ve posted there kind of made me want to write drabbles again (too bad that comm seems dead these days). Not all of them were amazing but I think I was pretty good at it. I could hit 100 words exactly most of the time and usually answer the prompts in a unique way, too. Some weeks, I even managed to also theme them to holidays that were happening in real life at the time, like Chinese New Year. (I think I’m overdue for a rereading of the original PSOH series, too; it’s been quite a while since the last time.)

And now that my stuff has been up at for about 10 days, I’m looking at the stats and wondering if my Saiunkoku stuff is that boring. I’ve put up a couple of long drabbles plus the beginning of the long AU fic I did for the exchange last month. None of them have even hit 20 visitors yet. Meanwhile, for PSOH stuff, I’ve had 101 visitors for a long drabble, 120 visitors (and over 900 hits) for my collection of 15 short drabbles, and 179 visitors for a pair of longer related drabbles. Figures that the one with the most visitors is the one that sounds somewhat naughty from the summary. >_>;;; I know they’re both small fandoms but I didn’t think it should be that much of a difference considering some of the Saiunkoku LJ communities are actually larger than comparable PSOH ones. Kind of disappointing when the Saiunkoku stuff takes me more time to write since they’ve been longer pieces. :-/

And a slight rant relating to something I was talking to [ profile] insaneladybug about a while back... People seem really lazy about reviewing stuff these days because even with all those hits and a few favorites/alerts on all of the PSOH things, I’ve yet to get a single review on anything at all. It wasn’t too uncommon for me to get 4-5 comments (and even more once in a while) on 100 word drabbles when they were originally posted on LJ but there’s been nothing there. I know I’m a much better cosplayer than fanfic writer and wouldn’t expect people to individually review drabbles. But if new people are reading them there and like them, it would be nice if they left one comment. Because while fanfic is fun to play with once in a while as a change from cosplay, I don’t enjoy the writing process as much as sewing and tend to do it in hopes of putting together something that other people will also enjoy or get a laugh out of. I’m not too bothered since I did get nice comments on stuff when it was on LJ but at the same time, it doesn’t help encourage me to get my revisions done so I can finish putting stuff up.


Jan. 3rd, 2011 11:00 pm
ladyofthethread: (D with bird)
Now that the voting is over and the authors list is up, I can finally talk about what I wrote for the Secret Santa fic exchange at [ profile] saiunkoku_fic. I’d never done a fic exchange before since I don’t write that often but I thought I’d give it a try since it was only a 500 word minimum and I didn’t have any costume stuff I was rushing to finish. The assignments went out at the end of November and I didn’t think it would take me too long to finish but wow, I was wrong!

I got the organizer’s request for an alternate universe so I was trying to figure out a crossover I could do and then I thought why not do a Genju no Seiza crossover since Fuuto is a reluctant king like Ryuuki is at the beginning of Saiunkoku? I mostly cast the other characters as the guardian beasts and then the idea exploded into a 15 page, 8,500 word fic that I didn’t finish until Christmas eve! @_@

I actually still would have liked to edit more considering I didn’t write about half of the last big scene until the final day but I just didn’t have any more time; there was a small typo and a little spacing error I didn’t catch until after it was posted and maybe I’ll go back and polish this up a bit when I have time. I didn’t think it was likely anyone knew Genju no Seiza so I put in lots of description to help readers picture the world and make it understandable even if people didn’t know it. I was kind of nervous about it since it was a crossover with an obscure series and pretty strange (Saiunkoku characters having magical powers and transforming into animals? o_O;) but several of the other writers for the exchange seemed to like it.

It was amusing fun since I could be a bit silly and fangirly but it’ll be quite a while before I write anything this long again. It ate up a lot of my free time in December and I need to get back to working on costume stuff now. ^_^;;;

Title: The Legend of Dhalashar
Author: [ profile] ladyofthethread
Rating: T
Genre: Fantasy
Word count: 8,510
Characters: Ryuuki, Shou, Kochou, Ensei, Shuuei, Kouyuu, Seiran, Shuurei, Shusui, Ryuuren
Summary: Ryuuki is the reincarnated king of the mysterious kingdom of Dhalashar with many supernatural powers… but no control over them! It’s up to the reluctant king’s guardian beasts to find the missing shaman who can bring his powers under control before a disaster befalls the kingdom.
Notes: Written for [ profile] grey_damaskena for the 2010 [ profile] saiunkoku_fic exchange. She requested an AU so this is a crossover using the world from the manga Genju no Seiza (an obscure series done by the same author as Petshop of Horrors). Only about half of the series has been translated so far and takes place mainly in modern Japan with little actually seen of Dhalashar so I’ve taken a lot of liberties with Genju no Seiza canon.
Warnings: extremely AU for both series, one very brief gory scene

There are stories told by travellers of a legendary oasis along the Silk Road… )
ladyofthethread: (Ryuuren)
Yay, I have Ryuuren photos from [ profile] thedreamerworld! We did these back in October when the botanic garden was doing their Halloween event. And this reminds me I still need to remake my headdress and fix this up for the group at Katsucon. ^_^; Yay, I'll have Shuurei, Eigetsu, and Ryuuki to torture with terrible flute music!


more pics under the cut )

Also Saiunkoku related, I got my present from the [ profile] saiunkoku_fic exchange. I had trouble thinking of anything canon I especially wanted to see so I requested a Victorian AU. It was a pretty random prompt but I like period settings and had never seen that one done before. ^_^;; The results were wonderful though and I loved it. ^_^ Link if anyone else wants to read:

And yikes, that was quite a blizzard yesterday. o_o; My brother said even a two foot ruler wasn’t enough to measure all that we got! And our street hasn’t been plowed yet. We had to cancel plans to go out to dinner last night for my mother’s birthday. And the store couldn’t open today so my father got a three day weekend.

Not happy about all the snow since it’s going to delay any plans I had for going out. I still need to visit friends with late Christmas gifts. Plus, I want to see “A Little Night Music" before it closes in a couple of weeks; I never did get to it after the failed attempt in June.
ladyofthethread: (Eugenie)
So, this is what my con list looks like so far for next year. It’s pretty lopsided with nearly everything in the first half of the year. ^_^;

Katsucon: Finally going to Katsucon for the first time next year. Also, I’ve known since July but figured it was too early for people to be working on Katsu costumes yet… I have been asked to craftsmanship judge for the masquerade. So, if anyone is entering, please put any progress under LJ cuts.
Anime Boston: Planning to go as usual.
Costume Con: Already registered and definitely going. ^_^ Late April is going to be kind of crazy with this being the weekend after AB and I suspect one of these will end up conflicting with Sakura Matsuri so I’ll most likely be missing that next year.
AnimeNext: Planning to go like usual.
NYCC/NYAF Not crazy about the crowds but I guess I’ll go since it’s local.

Now for some group recruitment… Anyone up for Ancient Chinese fun at Katsucon? :-D We’re planning a Saiunkoku group for then and would love to have more people. Obviously, this is a non-competing group and we’re likely doing this on Friday to avoid masquerade stuff. There are definitely going to be group photos. And I want to see if we can manage to bring some tea cups and blooming flower tea as props since I already always pack a hot pot for boiling water.

I can’t find any big group pictures but there are still dozens of unclaimed characters, including a few main and tons of supporting. The series skews heavily towards male characters but there are several girls, too. Not a complete list but there are a lot more character designs here:

So far, we have:

Shuurei: [ profile] neoangelwink
Ryuuki: [ profile] athena_chan
Ryuuren: [ profile] ladyofthethread
Eigetsu: [ profile] kitsunesqueak

So, anyone else want to join neoangelwink’s reverse harem? XD

And if no one claims Seiran, would anyone be willing to wear his everyday outfit if I made it? I realized with leftovers from other costumes, I probably have most of the fabric for it already and ordered a wig on impulse during a sale so I figure I’ll do it for myself at some point. But since I want to be Ryuuren for the group, I can’t wear it then. This is only if no one else wants to make a costume for him and you would need your own boots. It’s this outfit:


Also, I need to start planning for the Kaleido Star group for Costume Con. Sorry for the lack of updates on this since several of you already expressed interest months ago. ._.; I had been hoping to start group discussion over the summer but that real life had other ideas and it didn’t happen. I’ve e-mailed the masquerade directors and am trying to figure some things out now. Still need to figure out divisions but they did okay including my old Sarah costume in a presentation since I’m making something new for myself and all the other costumes for the group are going to be new. So…

Is there anyone going to Costume Con who would be willing to wear my Sarah costume for a Sci-Fi and Fantasy masquerade group on Saturday? If I recall correctly, I made it for measurements of about 38” bust and hips, 27” waist but it’s not super tight. I’m 5’3” but I wore heels with it to keep the fur from dragging on the floor so it would probably also be okay for someone 2-3” taller with flats. It’s this costume for those who don’t recall what it looks like:


And if anyone else is interested in possibly joining the group, let me know. We’re doing the Cinderella costumes.
ladyofthethread: (D with bird)
Hmm… It’s been a while since I’ve updated. Relatives from Canada are flying in on Sunday morning so I’ve been doing some cleaning and the living room doesn’t look like as much of a disaster as when I’m in the middle of a costume. >_>; Still looks cluttered though since I have so many bags of fabric either leftover from costumes or for stuff I’m planning to do.

Tuesday afternoon was fun. ^_^ I picked up some little cakes from one of the nearby bakeries and went to visit [ profile] neoangelwink and [ profile] athena_chan for a little tea party. [ profile] vampricyoda made a surprise appearance and I got to say hi to [ profile] loudnbothered before I left. Talked a bit about cosplay plans for next year since it looks like we’ll be doing a couple of groups (more about that next time). Also joked about how everything in Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar gets thrown and bounces when you put it down… Chickens, cats, dogs, eggs, bottles of wine… XD; (It is kind of funny but I sort of wish I could put the animals down normally like in the older games; all that throwing looks pretty rough!)

I’ve been enjoying the break from sewing and playing Harvest Moon instead. Into fall of year 3 now and have most of the farm upgrades but haven’t grown all of the different crops and trees yet; there are a few I still haven’t seen seeds for anywhere. And not even close to hitting the limit on animals since you can have a ridiculous number in this game. 20 chickens; 20 cows and sheep; 10 cats and dogs; and a horse. I’m running out of corny names for my animals so I’m considering being silly and doing a Saiunkoku themed game with Shuurei as the farmer since there are dozens of characters. >_>; I did a Fruits Basket themed game once in an older Harvest Moon with Tohru as the farmer and the Sohmas as the animals. Never did a PSOH one though; I guess since I haven’t played one for so long and most of D’s pets wouldn’t easily correspond to farm animals.

Also have been playing a bit with fanfic. Just some short little pieces because I don’t really have the patience to write longer stuff when I could be working on other hobbies. I think this one came out best: Birds of a Blue Feather. Short, cute, and fluffy Saiunkoku fic with Ryuuren, Eigetsu, and Kourin.
ladyofthethread: (Tamaki)
It’s been almost a week and my mouth is still a bit sore from getting that wisdom tooth pulled. o_o; Still need to back to the dentist so he can take out the stitch.

My brother is still working on photos and he’s started putting some of the pics up on ACS. Here’s another pic from NYAF since you can actually see what I did with my hair in this one.


Ryuuren is nearing completion. I have the cape done except for the gold trim; I actually need to go buy more since I seem to have underestimated this time and completely ran out. I’m working on the headdress now and have to put together the jewelry.

Trying to finish it up for the weekend since the botanic garden is doing their Halloween event on the 24th. Hoping to meet up with [ profile] thedreamerworld and do a photoshoot since I’m not likely to have a chance to get pics at the garden again anytime soon. It’s just too crazy of a costume to try to shoot in public on a normal day and I’ll most likely be missing Sakura Matsuri next year since Anime Boston and Costume Con are back to back weekends in late April/early May.

I’m not planning to go to MangaNext since it’s out of the way and too small to be worth getting a room for. So, I have no idea what, if anything, I’m doing on Halloween itself. The last few years I’ve used it as a chance for costume photos in the city but my brother is somewhat busy with schoolwork these next few weeks and I can’t think of any costume/location combination I especially want. There are things I’d like to get more photos of, like my final episode Kyoya, but they’d be more suitable for indoor locations.


Oct. 14th, 2010 06:13 pm
ladyofthethread: (Default)
It’s turning out to be a rough week here. First, my father twisted his arm at work on Tuesday. Yesterday, I went to the dentist to get a cavity filled and ended up getting my last wisdom tooth extracted, too. The dentist didn’t think it would be so hard to get out but it was stubborn and took over an hour with sawing and taking it out in pieces. X_X Then, after we got home, my mother fell in the back yard while getting the laundry and is now hobbling around with a cane and a swollen knee.

My brother posted a few more NYCC/NYAF preview shots, including [ profile] neo2469, [ profile] neoangelwink, [ profile] sakuralenayuy, and [ profile] usa_ko:

Here’s one from the Monkey Island photoshoot with neoangelwink as Guybrush and myself as Elaine.

Did I really agree to marry this idiot?


And a Saiunkoku pic. My hair is a complete mess since the wind blew my fake bangs all over and I had to bobby pin them off to the side to keep them out of my face. ^_^;; (Plus, they weren’t that great in the first place since I made them the night before. >_>) I did have some of my hair tied up in a loop but since it was towards the back of my head, it started drooping after a while and doesn’t show in the pic. But it does show most of the detail on the brocade shirt; that was the most complicated piece to make because of all the trim. I thought a dragon brocade would be fitting since Ryuuren is from the Ran clan and their crest includes a pair of dragons. And you can see the flute. It was a bamboo one that I painted with nail polish to give it a glossy look. It was never mentioned in the anime but I found out it was supposed to be metal in the novels; I guess that explains why he was able to knock people out with it!

ladyofthethread: (D kimono)
Slowly getting back to planning costume stuff. Last Tuesday, I went into the city for a bit to pick up some embroidery floss for the cross stitch piece I’m working on and browse for potential costume things. Went to visit [ profile] neoangelwink afterwards and we discussed cosplay plans for NYCC/NYAF. We settled on doing Curse of Monkey Island versions of Guybrush and Elaine. That one is my favorite of the older games. The costumes should be simple and I’ve already got a huge plastic diamond (we sell them at my family’s store!) for Elaine’s ring. XD

And I’ve watched all of the Saiunkoku anime over the past few weeks. I’d gotten the first disc long ago since it had a setting similar to Twelve Kingdoms and thought it was okay but not interesting enough to get the rest. But a while back, [ profile] athena_chan told me that it got better later on and I found the first season on sale at Amazon so I decided to give it another try and found it entertaining. It turned out to be a lot more humorous than I would have expected for something with a lot of scheming and political intrigue. Although I thought Shuurei was a bit too naïve for someone wanting to be a government official, I did like that she had a very strong will and seldom got distracted by all the handsome guys getting thrown at her. :-P

I still like the Twelve Kingdoms better though; even with all the political intrigue, I just can’t take Saiunkoku that seriously with all the silly moments and how so many characters are hiding unlikely secret identities. cut for spoilers ) I actually find Twelve Kingdoms to be more of a believable story overall despite having lots of fantasy creatures, which Saiunkoku lacks. ^_^;

I would say that Saiunkoku beats Twelve Kingdoms in the costume department though; there are a lot more elaborate designs than there were in Twelve Kingdoms. There were relatively few more detailed costumes in Twelve Kingdoms and most of those seemed to be for minor characters that only appeared for an episode or two.

And speaking of costumes… I want to cosplay Ryuuren, the eccentric genius who is always wandering around and driving people nuts with his awful flute playing. XD; It’s so bad it can make birds fall out of the sky, unconscious! He’s usually wearing flashy clothes and it’s amusing to see what strange things he’ll stick on his head next. For once, the default outfit is my favorite instead of something that just appeared for an episode! ^_^; Definitely want to make this one. It’s so colorful and looks like it would be lots of fun to wear. Would like to do a photoshoot of this somewhere woodsy if I finish it by Halloween. If not, I guess it’ll be for cons next year.

alternate outfits )


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