Thursday, December 3, 2015

Just a Quick Post...

Just a PSA that the next few weeks are crazy (finals and projects x_x ), so you may hear very little from me for a while. I haven't forgotten. My costume is staring at me. I wish I could work on it. :(

My goal is still to have the bulk of sewing construction complete by the new year. I think I can do it!

See you soon!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Lagombi Progress! 11/21

Hi everyone! I've been working on my Lagombi costume, sometimes on stream! It's fun because even if only a couple of people are watching (probably working on their own stuff!), I can chat with them, and it gets me to focus and work on something for a while. Here's where I'm at with it right now (after the jump).

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Twitter and Twitch

Hi everyone! Another quick post to let you know a few fun things:

1. I added a Twitter stream to this blog! It's over there in the right-hand column. Look! Are you looking?

Any tweet with #trienecosplay in it will make it to this stream, so feel free to use it to ask me questions! Be sure also to follow me on Twitter @katielafaw.

2. Now that Twitch has a creative category, I'm going to try streaming on there! First stream will be tonight at 9pm EST, god willing. I'll always tweet about my Twitch activities, so that's another reason to follow!

You can visit the stream (and follow me!) here:

Triene86's Twitch Channel

Hope to see you on Twitch and Twitter!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Streamin It Up

I'm getting all social media on you now!

First, I've finally made a Facebook page dedicated to my cosplay! Please visit it and give it a like! Tell your friends!

Triene Cosplay's Facebook Page

Second, I'm going to be experimenting with streaming my cosplay work sessions! For now, it's going to just be anything goes, so some may be longer/shorter or more/less action-packed than others. I'm hoping you'll come watch, chat, we'll keep each other company and make cool things! Plus, I hope to teach you some things along the way!

Triene Cosplay's Ustream

It's going to start on an as-I-feel-like-it basis, but I hope to expand into setting up specific events (where you'll know ahead of time exactly what neato thing I'm doing, and it will be self-contained!) and streaming on a regular schedule.

I hope you'll comment here, on my Facebook page, or on Ustream about what kinds of content you'd like to see! If I get requests for how-tos, more details about a costume, or what have you, I'll do a video!

Keep an eye on my Facebook page and Twitter account (@katielafaw) to keep track of when I'm streaming and other updates.

Thanks for the continued support! <3

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

3 Best Ways to Use your Fabric and Craft Store Coupons

"Why yes, I did use
coupons! Thank you for
We all get them in some form: weekly (or daily!) coupons in the mail, on apps, via email, and from
websites. But when you want to buy costume materials, and you have only a few coupons at your disposal, what should you use them on? Or, what should you wait for a coupon to buy? After many years of experience shopping at these retailers, many of whom mark things up so they can always have "sales", I can offer some insight!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

3 Ways Not to Reinvent the Wheel

I saved myself a lot of time and energy by realizing the
costume slipped on over my head with no additional
closures necessary! Skirt was thrifted as-is and
simply hemmed slightly. Shoes were also thrifted.
When it comes to costume-ry, there are a million little things that need to come together. And, as we all know, each of those million things takes a chunk of time to make happen, whether it's sourcing a material or painstakingly embroidering a design. While we all take pride in making [every. single. thing.] on our costumes, there are sometimes when you won't get much out of starting from scratch. Here are some things to avoid for the sake of your costume - and your sanity.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Making Fabric Stamps, Plus A Progress Update!

Today I'm going to show you a tidbit of progress on my latest costume, which is from Monster Hunter!

After breaking down the costume pieces, I realized that every single piece needs some amount of a patterned blue fabric. So, I decided to get that out of the way by making it first, and then I would have it at my disposal for the entire project, as easy to grab for as any of the other fabric I purchased.

More details on how the fabric stamp creation and stamping went down after the jump.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bending PVC for Whatever You Please!

I used PVC to create some fairly intricate branches, as mentioned previously in this post. PVC can be a very versitile material, but you need to know how to work with it. Here, I'll show you how to do it!
You are sooo beautifuuuul... or will be eventually

A Bit on PVC

PVC is inexpensive and readily available. It's also fairly lightweight, though it can get quite heavy when used in large quantities as I did for this project; still, it was the best material choice for my needs because I don't have unlimited funds!

If you need simple, straight shapes stuck together, you probably won't need to bend anything at all. You can take advantage of the many types of connectors they make for PVC. Just be sure to glue them together with PVC glue, which is in the same aisle, or something else to ensure they don't pop apart on you!

A Video

Here is a video of the below process in action, though without the sand step (I was trying to flatten the pipe, so I didn't want it full of sand).

Find the full tutorial after the jump!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

3 Valuable Costume Resources You Can Thrift

Hello, everyone! I still haven't reached my goal of one post per week yet (clearly), but I am trying my best! Leave a comment and let me know you're reading to give me encouragement! ^_^

Thrift stores are a godsend to cosplayers. Besides the obvious as-is costume pieces, here are a few things you should think about thrifting for your costume!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Who Designs This Stuff, Anyway? - Making Giant Fluffy Feathers

Weird things that float around your body, gravity-defying hair, materials and textures that don't exist... designers of games and anime keep us busy with ridiculous crap, don't they? It's almost as though they don't realize/care that someone is going to try to make these things in real life. Jerks.

Anyway, one example of this fun little quirk of cosplay that I ran into was giant effing feathers:

Like.. what?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

3 Things To Do Before Buying Anything for Your Next Costume

When you get all jazzed up about a new costume, it's easy to want to start buying and sewing RIGHTNOWRIGHTNOW. Even careful planning can result in buying too much, so it's good to take a breather before running around buying fabric and wigs and OMG THESE BUTTONS ARE PERFECT I'LL TAKE 8 PACKS JUST IN CASE AND... okay. This is why.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

On Life, Sadness, and Cosplay... and Fresh Starts!

Getting ogre-ified in Shrek: The Musical
I was pretty sad for a while.

Funny enough, when I was unemployed for a few months, I was happy. The lack of income was disheartening, but I had a safety net, and the rest of my life was better: I had time to do things I really wanted to do because I wasn't working, I could go outside when the sun was up, cook without spending all of my free time doing it, and get some real cosplay work done.

When I eventually got a job, I wasn't entirely thrilled. Not only because of the sudden lack of free day time again, but because it was going "back" to a job I wasn't keen on doing again. While there were lots of things I loved about the job, on the whole, I was sad. I didn't really realize this fully, at least not all the time. But over the time I worked there and tried to figure out what I wanted to "do" as the next step in my career or as a  new career, I fell into bad habits, I gained weight, and I didn't do things I normally enjoyed - like work on costumes.