First, let's get the life stuff done with. I had another birthday, and my extremely talented mother baked me a cake from scratch. Chocolate with cream cheese icing and decorated with little mini tools for dentistry. ^^
And we went to the botanical gardens too!
Now onto the meat of the issue. Cosplay. What have I been doing with my time? I finished the shirt. Here it is without any bias tape.
And I've been failing miserably at making capes. (Can I get a great big "No Capes!" in everyone's best Edna voice?) It appeared in the test pattern that this version was going to work, but then I cut it in the heavier fabric and... I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. They are obviously not lying flat. The back was even worse, but since I was taking pictures Myspace style with a camera and a tripod, I had trouble getting a good shot. The cape was originally drafted using my cousin as a dummy. Bad idea. She has nice little feminine shoulders that slope dramatically and very little chest to speak of. I have extremely square shoulders and... well... Let's just say I had to scrap this entirely and go back to the drawing board. (Again.)
Here's the fixed version. It's not very obvious how they are different, but would you believe that they are three inches longer in the front and another inch and a half longer in the back? The points in the front are a lot more tapered and the points in the back are a bit wider. Best of all, they lie flat and look phenomenal.
This is the topper in progress for my staff. Not much to look at right now.
And this is Presea's hammer in progress, modeled very nicely by the client and future Presea cosplayer. The shape is done. I just need to sew on the ends.