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I would like to thank Fan Girl Confessions for publishing this article. The site offers insights into the cosplay community, overviews of anime and TV shows and reports on conventions. Check out the piece “Becoming Sera from Dragon Age: Inquisition” for a look at the creating a great cosplay. Not all anime are equal. As popular as One Piece and Fairy ...

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I would like to thank Fan Girl Confessions for publishing this article. The site offers insights into the cosplay community, overviews of anime and TV shows and reports on conventions. Check out the piece “Becoming Sera from Dragon Age: Inquisition” for a look at the creating a great cosplay.

Not all anime are equal. As popular as One Piece and Fairy Tale might be, they tend to have formulaic and predictable plots. While some of the best anime might have expected twists and turns, the journey and characters make the experience far more satisfying. Plus, most of the them are able to squeeze all of the action and drama into less than 100 episodes. If you haven’t watched any of these anime yet, go out and get them right now.

Fullmetal Alchemist

Many fans of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood started off on the original Fullmetal Alchemist series. In this one you still follow Edward and Alphonse Elric as they search for the Philosopher’s stone in order to regain their bodies. This series came out while the manga was still ongoing, so partway through the series it departs from the original plotline and ending. The mangaka, Hiromu Arakawa, gave the studio free reign to create new plotlines and change up the characters, leading to a very different yet still engrossing story. While more upbeat than Brotherhood, there are still many dark moments, amazing action scenes and meditation on the human condition. This is a must watch for any fans who want to see an alternate ending to Brotherhood.

Kill la Kill

If you want action, humor, over-the- top fight scenes, skimpy outfits and amazing animation, then Kill la Kill is the anime to watch. Ryuko Matoi transfers to a militaristic school called Honnouji Academy, which is ruled by the domineering Satsuki Kiryuin and the Elite Four. In order to find out who killed her father and get revenge, Matoi challenges everyone at the academy to get answers. The only downside is that every student has a uniform that gives him or her superhuman abilities. As she battles through the student body, she finds things aren’t what she expected.

At only 24 episodes, Kill la Kill packs a whole lot of story and action into each one. There’s hardly any downtime to catch your breath. This parallels Matoi’s own struggle as she fights against a vicious student body and even larger threats. While the show can get grim at some points, Matoi’s friend Makoto helps break up those moods with a good dose of humor. This alleviates not only Matoi but the audience’s as well.

Narutaru

Not to be confused with Naruto, Narutaru is definitely not a show for kids. Yes, it starts off innocently enough and features a spunky 12-year old girl who stumbles upon a cute starfish-looking mascot, but things quickly evolve from lighthearted anime to something much darker and more sinister. As you progress, you learn more about dragonchildren and meet other children who have bonded with them. Although a lot of the story revolves around the actions of these chosen children, it also goes into detail about how they arrived at this place. Their backstory sheds some light as to why they act the way they do. This is one of the lesser known anime due to its very graphic nature, but is still absolutely worth a watch.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Yet another anime you should not judge by its cutesy animation and premise. Puella Magi Madoka Magica is perhaps one of the grimmest looks into the world of magical girls. It might seem like a noble job, but there is much more to them than meets the eyes. Very quickly the series pulls off the kid gloves and delivers one gut punch after another. Being a magical girl would come with consequences and dangers, so it makes sense in a way. Even though you understand this, it’s hard to really accept it as the girls are middle schoolers. The animation here is flawless and the voice acting is top notch. The storyline keeps you enthralled and the ending really ties everything together.

While you can certainly buy the box sets for these anime, you can also stream most of them through Netflix, Crunchyroll or Funimation. Unfortunately, if you’re traveling or live in a geo-restricted area, you likely won’t be able to watch some or all of these. While Netflix in the US offers most of these titles, they might not be available in the UK. Luckily, there are ways to watch American Netflix by going through a Virtual Private Network.

Are there other anime you think should be on this list? Any opinions on those listed above? Anything else we should know about? Tell us in the comments below!

About the Author: Cassie a freelance tech and entertainment writer. She excels at finding ways people can utilize technology to discover the best shows. As a self-professed anime nerd, she hopes this list introduces more quality anime to people around the world.

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  A few months ago, I piled into a car with my buddies Jay  (Raging Storm Cosplay) and David (Gingerten) to go on an adventure to Stevens Pass in Washington. The objective? Get photos of Jay as Ellis (Genderbend Elsa from Disney’s Frozen) in the snow. We passed the time during our hour long drive chatting and listening to the Hamilton Musical soundtrack ...

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A few months ago, I piled into a car with my buddies Jay  (Raging Storm Cosplay) and David (Gingerten) to go on an adventure to Stevens Pass in Washington. The objective? Get photos of Jay as Ellis (Genderbend Elsa from Disney’s Frozen) in the snow.

We passed the time during our hour long drive chatting and listening to the Hamilton Musical soundtrack (I’m totally hooked now, btw). Upon arrival at the main ski range, we promptly realized this was not a good place for us to take photos. In addition to the large crowd, there weren’t any good places to take photos without a lot of structures in the background as well.

 

Determined not to have made a trip for nothing, we drove to a spot across the street from the main range and found a much smaller ski run. It was mostly secluded and had a spot off to the side that was relatively undisturbed save for some snow forts.

I’m not sure what it is with us, but we tend to go from one extreme to the other, and both extremes end up with my nearly falling and sinking into the ground. First, I was rolling my ankles at the sand dunes in September, and now I’m sinking knee deep into snow in March. I kept slipping around too. Both Jay and David had to hold my hands and help me up the small hill. But, it was totally worth it; we got some great pictures!

As our luck would have it, everything was pretty calm outside right up until we started making the trek up to our shoot location. I’ll admit, the storm made for some great photos. But man, was it cold! The wind made the snow feel like little razors against your skin. My cheeks were bright red from the start of the shoot clear into the next day. I guess snow burn is a thing?

One thing is for sure, we looked absolutely comical out there. None of us were fully equipped for the snow. I couldn’t find my scarf or gloves that day, but luckily had a decent enough coat and some snow boots. David was wearing a his Bane coat (yes, from Batman: The Dark Knight Rises), a hat, and some boots but was freezing cold in his jeans. I don’t recall him having any gloves either. Then, of course, there was Jay in his thin, satin costume braving the elements and climbing all over the snow for the sake of good photos.

 

David was holding an umbrella over me and my camera (mostly my camera), but the wind was so intense that it hardly mattered. I can only imagine just how funny and surprising it must have been to see us out there. Several people stopped to watch, including at least two different groups of kids. The best part was that nearly everyone recognized who Jay was supposed to be right away.

I’d love to say I’ll never be crazy enough to go out into the snow like that again, but we all know that would be a lie. Much like I’m sure I’ll find myself out at the sand dunes once more this summer, I know that come next winter there will be some reason or another to take photos in the snow. But, it’s always worth the lousy weather and rough terrain to get some spectacular photos with friends.

 

One thing is for sure though, the cold really DID bother us, anyway!

 

 

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Natasha

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Cosplay: Becoming Sera From Dragon Age: Inquisition (Part 3) http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/05/cosplay-becoming-sera-dragon-age-inquisition-part-3/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/05/cosplay-becoming-sera-dragon-age-inquisition-part-3/#respond Sat, 14 May 2016 13:27:22 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11329 FanGirlConfessions.com
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So we’ve seen Part 1 and Part 2 of how I created my Sera costume, so now it’s onwards and upwards to part 3. But before I go on with how I created the knee-pads and belts (that’s part 4), I’m going to focus on the things I needed to buy to make the outfit sing. Mainly, that’s a wig, ...

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So we’ve seen Part 1 and Part 2 of how I created my Sera costume, so now it’s onwards and upwards to part 3. But before I go on with how I created the knee-pads and belts (that’s part 4), I’m going to focus on the things I needed to buy to make the outfit sing. Mainly, that’s a wig, shoes and elf ears.

I’ve never bought elf ears before, and wasn’t really even sure how such a prosthetic worked. Fortunately, I found an Etsy shop that sold some wonderfully perfect light-flesh painted ears. Unfortunately, it seems that shop is now defunct. I also bought some edge filler (which I still can’t figure out how to use), some adhesive that keeps those ears on all day and well into the night and adhesive remover (believe me, you need it) from that same shop. I’m running low, though, so I’ll have to find another solution. But I think the ears look great!

Elf ears

I also needed boots similar to Sera’s. I thought about finding a pair that was close, and then just adding straps and things. Here’s what her boots look like.

Sera boots

After much searching on Amazon, though, looking for “boots with straps,” I found a pair that were not only close, but also the perfect color and even looked a little worn, just like Sera’s. They’re also not expensive and fairly comfortable: win-win!

Sera Boots

That left one more item required that I couldn’t make: the wig. The cool thing about Sera’s hair is that she doesn’t care what it looks like and pretty much hacked at it with a knife. So I found a blonde wig on eBay. And once it came in, I just cut it randomly with scissors until it looked similar to Sera’s hair.

Sera

For make-up, this tutorial was beyond helpful. Although I didn’t have to add the freckles, because I already have those naturally. 😛

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So I’m a huge fan of The CW’s iZombie.Literally, it’s like one of my favorite shows. And last year, I put together a cosplay of Liv from that series. I didn’t do a run-down because everything for the costume came out of my own closet, save for a white wig, which I purchased cheap on eBay. I’ve only worn the costume ...

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So I’m a huge fan of The CW’s iZombie.Literally, it’s like one of my favorite shows. And last year, I put together a cosplay of Liv from that series. I didn’t do a run-down because everything for the costume came out of my own closet, save for a white wig, which I purchased cheap on eBay. I’ve only worn the costume a handful of times, but I decided to break it out for last month’s MidSouthCon.

And Liv was a hit! But more importantly, I also did a photo shoot with the awesome Mark Schafer who took some incredible photos of me in the costume. Here are just a few of my favorites.

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GeekGirlCon 2015: Maximize Your Fun http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/04/geekgirlcon-2015/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/04/geekgirlcon-2015/#respond Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:53:08 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11297 FanGirlConfessions.com
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Ever since my first time attending GeekGirlCon (GGC) back in 2013, I knew that it was special. It quickly won over my heart. There’s just something about the environment of GGC that sets it apart from all other conventions I go to. I think it’s a combo of the unique panels, diverse vendor’s hall, and the strong sense of community ...

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Ever since my first time attending GeekGirlCon (GGC) back in 2013, I knew that it was special. It quickly won over my heart. There’s just something about the environment of GGC that sets it apart from all other conventions I go to. I think it’s a combo of the unique panels, diverse vendor’s hall, and the strong sense of community that just create for an experience unlike any others I’ve had at a con. This is the con I spend all year looking forward to and have not been disappointed by yet (and I doubt I ever will be!)

Considering its name, some people have asked me if GGC excludes men or has some kind of “uber-feminist” agenda. This is simply not the case. GGC is about celebrating the female geek, yes, but it’s also about diversity and inclusion. No one is ever shunned or turned away from this con. Not to mention, GGC is the first con that I knew of that offered gender neutral bathrooms to provide a safe space for everyone attending. Additionally, there are always a multitude of inclusive and diverse panels and workshops including panels about gender, sexuality, and equality.

I attended GGC 2015 with my friends Christina (Urbanflower Designs), David (Ginger Ten), Jay (Raging Storm Cosplay), and Sarah (Rose Quartz Latte Cosplay). All of us were still pretty hyped from our Mad Max weekend a few weeks prior and decided to attend con in our Mad Max gear. I wore my Furiosa dress on Saturday of the con while Christina, David, and Jay wore their Furiosa, Max, and Nux cosplays respectively. With high hopes, the three of them entered the cosplay contest.

First thing we did when getting to GGC was check out the dealer’s hall and artist alley. I’ve always been a fan of their dealer’s hall because the convention has always done an excellent job to cultivate their booths to provide for a varied and unique convention shopping experience. Sarah and I both fell in love with the art at the Studio Catawampus booth. I ended up getting three prints, one of Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road, a scientist otter complete with goggles and beakers, and this retro space penguin holding a ray gun as a rocket lands in the distance. I also ended up getting all the Mad Max prints that Meg McMuffins had at her booth which included Immortan Senpai, How to Woo a Warboy, and Nux’s Happily Ever After. I could not be more pleased with my purchases.

After buying all the aforementioned art, it was nearly time for the costume contest. Sarah and I headed towards the cosplay contest room to get a good seat so we could loudly cheer for all our friends. While it was a fun contest to view, sadly there was a cat-walk that was highly underused during the contest. As such, what I thought was going to be a great spot for the contest ended up only being mediocre at best. Still, I got some decent photographs of some of the contestants. Our Mad Max crew didn’t end up placing in the contest but they were well received by the audience!

Following the contest, I went to a panel my friend Kristina Horner was hosting with a few other YouTubers. They talked about what it’s like making money on Youtube, what this consists of on a day-today basis, how it’s changed as the market has grown, and they gave some advice for people looking to also make money on Youtube. I found it rather educational considering that’s exactly what I’m looking to do with my own production company, Headcanon Productions.

Once the panel was done, con was nearly over the day. All of us were pretty tired. David and Jay had stayed up most of the night before working on cosplay (#cosplaylife, amirite?) and I still had some homework to finish. So, we opted to head home and get an early start on Sunday.

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When we arrived at con on Sunday, my main focus was hanging out with friends and getting photos of all the excellent cosplayers. I had gotten all my shopping done Saturday, so I didn’t spend too much time in the dealer’s hall save for a couple of times I popped over to check on a few friends at their booths.

One of the other things I love about cons in general is how easy it can be to make friends. I feel this is especially so at GeekGirlCon. I think this is thanks to its smaller size and just the dynamics of the con in general. We ended up having in impromptu dance party near the escalators on the second floor and many attendees joined us. It was a lot of fun.

We also roped a few people into making this wonderful Fashionista video starring Jay as Thranduil, the Party Elf King. This video was definitely a highlight of the con for me. Where else will you see Thranduil teaching Ruby Rhod, Star-Lord, The Fonz, and Capable how to be fabulous? I’m looking forward to making more convention videos with friends and other attendees.

I’ve said it before but I will gladly repeat myself: GeekGirlCon is one of my absolute favorite conventions and I eagerly await its return every October. I’ll see you in the fall GGC; you’ve got me as a loyal attendee forever!

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Let’s Not Forget Who We Are http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/04/lets-not-forget/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/04/lets-not-forget/#respond Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:41:46 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11288 FanGirlConfessions.com
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In light of recent events, I’d like to ask everyone who is a fan of something to start really looking at what’s going on in the geek/nerd community. Growing up, if we found someone who even remotely liked the same things that we liked, we’d found an instant best friend. Now, the community spends a lot of time yelling at ...

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In light of recent events, I’d like to ask everyone who is a fan of something to start really looking at what’s going on in the geek/nerd community. Growing up, if we found someone who even remotely liked the same things that we liked, we’d found an instant best friend. Now, the community spends a lot of time yelling at other fans because maybe they didn’t like a certain iteration of a thing or because they don’t like another thing or liked this one thing that someone else didn’t like.
 
This is not how it’s supposed to be. The whole point of finding each other and finding people with similar passions is that we can share them and enjoy them. Sure, we can debate them, but being a jerk because someone disagrees with you goes against everything we once were.
 
So stop posting crap like “If you didn’t like ___, you’re an idiot” on social media. Or “If you like ___, you’re an idiot.” Because seriously, that makes you a BAD fan and not a good one. And not a member of a community I’d like to belong to as a long-time geek and nerd.
 
Geeks won. We’re in the majority now. We rule the world. Those who don’t identify as nerds have iPhones BECAUSE OF US. Let’s show them what it means to be proud of who we are and our community instead of tearing each other down.
With that being said, how about that Rogue One trailer?

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I know, I know, I’m failing this blog and Arrow is going to come at me at some point and tell me that. I’m really trying to keep up, but with work and a new novel in the works, it’s hard. So I skipped the annual Gallifrey One post, and I did have an amazing time this year and even ...

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I know, I know, I’m failing this blog and Arrow is going to come at me at some point and tell me that. I’m really trying to keep up, but with work and a new novel in the works, it’s hard. So I skipped the annual Gallifrey One post, and I did have an amazing time this year and even premiered my Harley Quinn/Rose Tyler mash-up cosplay. There were many shenanigans there and at Disneyland. So instead of doing a long-winded post about that, here are some photos.

Photos with John Hurt and Michelle Gomez

Disneyland and Gallifrey One

Sadly, this is my last Gallifrey One until probably 2018 because next year, I want to go to Egypt, and that costs money.

However, I do want to blog about ConGT, because this year was its second year, and I still feel like it’s my home con (more like my family con because I spent most of the weekend hugging people). My 2016 ConGT adventure began on Friday, March 25th with a VIP party. You see, I was a guest at the con (and will be until the day I die because I won’t give them a choice!) and the VIP party is a chance to hang out with folks and the other guests, one of those being Colin Baker, the 6th Doctor. I got a chance to chat with Colin throughout the evening, along with some dear friends, and it was literally the most fun I’ve had in a long time. There was also wine and sangria, which I’m sure also played a part. I even dressed up in something other than cosplay.

Me and Colin Baker

My new favorite Doctor

Did I mention what an absolutely charming man Colin is? If not, HE IS! He’s the type of person that can insult you and it sounds so good that you just say “thank you.” (Don’t worry, he didn’t insult me. I got lots of compliments, though. Insert my swelling ego here.)

On Saturday, I decided to whip out my Harley/Rose mash-up cosplay again, which turned out to be a really big hit.

Harley Rose and the Weeping Angel

I don’t think the angel is weeping. I think it’s embarrassed by my shenanigans.

I did a cosplay panel early in the day and then also got to sit in on judging for the costume contest, which was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. To me, anyone who puts on a costume wins! Seriously, I don’t like judging costumes, although now that I’ve won a few contests, I know what it’s all about. But still, I will repeat, EVERYONE IS A WINNER.

Perhaps the highlight of the day, though, was the Doctor Who wedding. And yeah, sure, it’s been done before, but not like this: Colin Baker walked down the aisle with the flower girl, throwing petals everywhere (and on people). Yes, the 6th Doctor was a flower girl in the wedding. There will never be a wedding ever that cool. I didn’t take photos because I was too busy being in shock at how AWESOME this wedding was. It was also beautiful and Edward Owen delivered a beautiful speech about companionship that made me cry. I also liked the ring bearer, who was dressed as the 6th Doctor. It was just perfect.

But that wasn’t the end of the day: oh, no, there was more fun to be had. There was a fashion show that featured some absolutely stunning and beautiful dresses with geeky themes. It’s just like this con couldn’t et any better, but then it did!

But it still wasn’t over! After grabbing a quick bite to eat, I put on my super secret cosplay that I pulled together in a day about a week before the con for the 80s dance party. I decided to throw together a quick Tegan from “Resurrection of the Daleks” because it’s a costume I’ve always wanted to do. But my, that skirt was short on me. But it worked and people got it, so go me. I basically used paint markers on a $4 t-shirt and then bought a cheap pleather skirt. Everything else came out of my closet: and I didn’t have to wear a wig, which is almost a first.

Brave heart, Tegan.

First stop? The bar. We chatted there with some people about the experience of Gallifrey One and talked about some other random stuff, too. There were also some yummy Who-inspired drinks available (I liked the Rose Tyler).

Before the dance party started, though, Legs Nose Robinson – this AWESOME Doctor Who-inspired band – played a set. And I got grabbed out onto the dance floor by a friend’s little girl. We danced and danced and danced. And then danced some more. At some point, I was finally done.

But I thought it would be a brilliant idea to have some Girl Scout cookies before bedtime. So I woke up with indigestion at one point and thought I was dying (I wasn’t). Eventually, I got back to sleep, though, but still didn’t manage to sleep in. I was too excited. I was having too much fun.

Sunday was a more relaxed day, so I put on my Moment and spent a lot of time just hanging with people, getting hugs and just enjoying being with my people. But then, 1 p.m. rolled around and I participated in a wonderful writers panel. It was really cool to be up on the stage with writers with all kinds of experiences. After the panel, we set up some tables and I actually sold and signed some books. Everyone on that panel was seriously awesome and I’ll count them among my friends now from here on out (sorry, y’all don’t have a choice in that.)

Then I did a sci-fi panel where we started out by discussing the wonderfulness that is The Expanse, but then ended up talking about cons and Star Trek and a load of other things. This is what happens when you get geeks together. That, too, was a lot of fun.

But all good things must come to an end, and it was time for the closing ceremonies. We found out that I’d return next year (dur) and that Sophie Aldred and Andrew Cartmel would join us. Colin called me a “star” and made my head swell even bigger, if that’s possible. We said our goodbyes, I hugged everyone and then I headed home, very sad about having to leave. Really, I did not want to leave. This was like the hardest time leaving I think I’ve ever had. I love these people. LOVE THEM. They are part of me now. And now I just have to count down the days until next year.

I didn’t take a lot of photos, mostly because I was just having so much fun, I forgot! But here are the few I did take:

ConGT Photos

We also did a video with ConGT attendees dancing and singing to “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk The Moon. This sums up the amazing weekend pretty well:

There was one random moment on the way home, though. I was grabbing some quick food at Sonic about an hour outside of Clarksville, TN, and the car hop saw the Dalek sticker on my car: he was a Doctor Who fan. I told him about ConGT and invited him to join the family next year.

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Cosplay: Becoming Sera From Dragon Age: Inquisition (Part 2) http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/03/cosplay-becoming-sera-dragon-age-inquisition-part-2/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/03/cosplay-becoming-sera-dragon-age-inquisition-part-2/#respond Sun, 13 Mar 2016 13:53:25 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11259 FanGirlConfessions.com
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So I promised a part 2 to my adventures in sewing and crafting to create my Sera from Dragon Age: Inquisition costume, so here it is. Things got a lot trickier after I finished the base shirt and leggings. Have you seen the detail on Sera’s jacket? It’s INSANE: And I had to figure out how to do that! Fortunately, ...

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So I promised a part 2 to my adventures in sewing and crafting to create my Sera from Dragon Age: Inquisition costume, so here it is. Things got a lot trickier after I finished the base shirt and leggings. Have you seen the detail on Sera’s jacket? It’s INSANE:

Sera

And I had to figure out how to do that! Fortunately, I found a tutorial that got me through the front of hte jacket just fine. Basically, I wrapped my dress form in plastic wrap and then wrapped that in masking tape. Then I drew the front pattern onto that and then cut it down the sides (to make a front and back) and then cut out the individual pieces. I used those plastic/masking tape patterns plus 5/8″ seam allowance to sketch out the pattern on my fabric and then cut it out.

But then, I had no idea how to actually sew the thing together. I found a tutorial that walked me through how to sew the pieces together, but I can’t find it now (I think maybe the site has gone away – boo). However, it did take me a few tries because I realized my topstitching is horrible (and in the end, I decided to go with black thread, rather than white), so it’s really a trial and error piece. Anyway, the key is to figuring out in what order to sew each piece. And unfortunately, I don’t remember that order. But basically, you sew the pieces together as you would any other pattern and then use top-stitching on the outer edges. I used a great sort of stretchy pleather fabric I found at JoAnn‘s, but be sure you have the right needle for that.

Sera vest

The tutorial, though, skipped right through the back, which is much more difficult. In the end, I sketched it out on the plastic/masking tape pattern, then I traced those pieces on cardstock plus a 5/8″ seam allowance and figured out the order in which they had to be sewn. However, the smart thing I did was create a back to sew the pieces onto, which saved me some time and effort. Here’s the work in progress:

Sera Vest

It came out really well, though, and surprisingly, I didn’t have to pull a single stitch and start over on the back:

Sera Jacket

Once done, I cut the vest down so that it was the right length (just under the boobs) and hemmed it. I also carefully measured out and did the strips that make up the armholes.Next

Next up, were the frog closures on the front. I looked around for closures that were close to what Sera’s looked like (with two circles on each side), but I couldn’t find anything that was remotely close. So I said, “How hard could it be to make frog closures?” Because I’m crazy. So I bought some thin cord and figured out how to make the closures look the way I want. Basically, you create each side, by twisting the cord and sewing it in place, and voila! Frog closures! Just google “frog closures” if you need to see specifics. I then sewed those onto the vest.

Sera vest

Sera

That left the strap that hangs from the bottom of the vest. Now, I’m not even sure what the purpose of that strap is, and I quickly discovered that in the reference images, that thing defies gravity. I “think” it has something to do with the quiver, but as I later learned, there was no way that would actually work in real life.

The straps were easy to sew, and I added another homemade frog closure to them. But to get them to sit up higher on the shirt, I had to defy gravity by safety pinning them to the shirt from the inside. In fact, that’s pretty much my answer to everything: safety pins!

Sera

The final piece to the vest puzzle are the shoulder tabs. Those were problematic for me because I was using such a lightweight material that studs you would normally use on leather wouldn’t work well. I also had a problem actually finding studs. In the end, the only thing that look best were snaps. I didn’t use the complete snap, but just the shiny heads, and the cool thing is that you can get a kit with a little plastic tool that makes putting them on really easy. So I cut long rectangles out for the shoulder tabs, sewed all but one end together, shoved a small piece of craft foam inside to give it more shape and then sewed the loose ends on to the vest’s collar.

Sera vest

So that’s the vest, and probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done with a sewing machine. But the details in that are something people have commented on, so the work (and tears – there were many tears when I started on the front of it) and cost of extra material (I underestimated how much pleather that tiny little vest required), was totally worth it.

Cosplay: Becoming Sera From Dragon Age: Inquisition (Part 2)
Robin

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