Thursday, February 28, 2013

Comic-Con Satchel

I made this handbag specifically for going to conventions, just in time for Emerald City Comicon! I started out with the diamond shape (from Superman's logo) but I decided to do it in black and yellow (Batman colors) so I could use black leather.

I didn't use a pattern, other than drawing out a diamond shape. All of the sides are basically rectangle pieces so I just had to measure the lengths of each side and then make all of the strips 5 inches wide. I added an 18" black zipper to the top and a 7" black zipper on the side (for a secret side pocket). The lining is yellow satin fabric I had leftover from my World of Warcraft Priest costume.

When it came time to add a strap, I struggled with indecision. Do I add D-rings and then make a strap out of the black leather? Where am I going to find the right hardware to make the strap adjustible? Then I looked over in the corner of my craft room where I had a pile of Warner Bros. bags I had hoarded from SDCC 2011. I had a "duh!" moment before I whipped out my thread ripper and pulled the strap off one of the bags (which had Big Bang Theory on it). Not only did the strap fit perfectly, but the colors were spot-on!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Superhero Bracers


Ooh, shiny!

These bracers were a two-night project. I started one of them one night and finished them both on the next night. I sewed the snaps on while catching up on "The Office" (love that Catherine "The Doctor Donna" Tate  is on the show!) and "King of the Nerds" (cosplay episode!).

Soft satin.

I am particularly happy about how these turned out. Even the insides look nicely-finished! I added a strip of ribbon with my URL printed on it.

Snaps on, easy to do with one hand.
Curves right into shape and snaps closed!
Left and right bracers. Shiny yellow-gold!

Sorry, they are not designed to reflect lightning, especially not if you are standing in salt water.

Superhero Bracers

Friday, February 22, 2013

Find Us at Emerald City Comic Con!

Stop by our table in Artist Alley and say hi! We will have a large selection of our handmade costume accessories and art available for purchase.

If you enter the main exhibition hall floor through the big doors from the sky bridge, just go straight down the aisle all the way back. We are in the back right corner!

And hey, you might just find something to buy...

Emerald City Comicon is March 1-3 in Seattle, WA.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cosplay Progress - Final Fantasy XIII-2 Serah Farron, Photoshop

TadA!  My cosplay is complete (although you guys may have seen it ages ago on the blog from the SakuraCon post back in April,) but here's my final post about making this cosplay.  Actually it's the post processing of this photo to make it internet worthy.

As you can see here below here is the original photo I took.  I used a timer and had to run back and forth trying many different poses and whatnot.  I probably took 40 pictures and only ended up with a handful I liked.  So how did I turn the bottom photo into the top photo?

  • Layer 1, the original photo. 
    • I didn't actually do any manipulation here
  • Layer 2, the border
  • Layer 3 Logo
    • I took the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Icon from online, removed the excess background
  • Layer 4, the color
    • I overlayed a pink color with a 20% transparency

Thursday, February 14, 2013

SmallRiniLady @ ChibiChibiCon

SmallRiniLady will be at Artist Alley At ChibiChibiCon on Feb 23. A single day anime event at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, by the Giant Robot Appreciation Society (G.R.A.S.).

If you're in the area pop by and check it out.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Enchanted Cloak and Cape

I love making cloaks and capes! I made two in one night using the same aqua velvet crush fabric.


First up is a cute off-the-shoulder short hooded cloak. I wanted to make the cloak kid-friendly so I used Velcro for the closure and hid the stitches under a pair of pretty gold buttons.

The cape is short or half-length on an adult. But it would be a nice long cloak for a kid. The back of the cloak is squared (pointed corners).

I added a charm at the point of the hood. It's a nice detail and the added weight keeps the point hanging down properly.

View the Enchanted Cloak


Next I made a simple cape that fastens in front with a little snap. Again, it's a short style for an adult, but it would be nice and long on a little princess.

This cape is rounded at the bottom instead of being square-edged like the cloak. I left the neck opening huge so it drapes down the back. This also gives the option to pull it up and tie it in front instead of using the snap.

Or, I suppose you could wear a pair of wings on your back and have them poke out of the back opening from your shoulder blades.

Note: Both the cloak and cape are pictured with my Shimmering Mage Blouse.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Winged Backpack

It's wings AND a lightweight drawstring back pack AT THE SAME TIME.

I made this with convention cosplay in mind.

Drawstring backpacks are my favorite way to carry things when I am in costume if I don't have a back or purse that matches my costume, because the strings are slim and subtle and the bag isn't bulky or heavy; it hides well in photos. Then I figured, why not take it one step further and make it a part of the costume by sticking wings on it? Viola! Instant cosplay for any cute dress.

View the Winged Backpack

Friday, February 1, 2013

Mobile Crafters in Disguise

It's easy to follow us on your smartphone! Our website should automatically display a mobile version which is easy to read on a tiny screen.

If you have an iPhone, here's how to add our icon to your apps:

1. Go to and tap the arrow at the bottom of your Safari browser.

2. Select "Add to Home Screen"

3. Edit the name and then tap "Add".

The icon should appear in the first available spot in your apps pages!

(Background art is by Gabe from Penny Arcade.)