Thursday, August 30, 2012

Assassin's Creed part 2

When a girl on my college Facebook said she wanted to do an Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood cosplay group, I knew I needed to do some research. See, I have a confession. I've never owned any of the games because my best friend had an Xbox360 so I'd never needed to buy my own. And even then, most of my exposure was watching my bestie's dad play the first game (which was great because he's a history professor so he told me all kinds of stories while he played).

Now that I have that off my conscience, let's get back on track. I found the perfect costume while searching the multi-player characters, but then another perfect costume when I started watching a Let's Play of Assassin's Creed II on youtube. Now I'm stuck with decisions!

The smuggler's costume was love at first sight:
Isn't it wonderful? It does look like a bit more of an undertaking than Ezio's costume
9this is at least 3-4 layers of clothing), but the result is fabulous. For the less fancy one, the one on the left, there would be a shirt which makes the inner layer of the sleeves, as well as one of the skirt-like bits. Over this would be another shirt which makes the second layer on the sleeves and peaks out below the leather overskirt. A third shirt would make the collar and peplum under the leather doublet. Then the leather doublet itself with interesting paneling. Then over all that is a cloak.
The two layered skirt would be the bottom of the innermost shirt (if it is elongated and unfitted, that might work) and a detatched skirt. Then two layers of britches.
And then it wouldn't be complete without the pretty pretty inverted hidden blade.
See, I told it it would be an undertaking. And the other (even more fabulous) variant of the costume adds another shirt for the puffed sleeves, another overskirt, leather gaiters, and another layer of cloak.
And an advantage to cosplaying video game characters is there are sometimes different color schemes to work with. (her default looks to be green but the navy blue is my favorite.)

The other costume I love is the younger sister of Ezio, Claudia Auditore da Firenze (because she's that badass I need to type her whole title):
Reason 1: I love pretty Italian Renaissance dresses.
Reason 2: My mother has been wanting to make pretty Italian Renaissance dresses for my family for doing things such as SCA events. (so I might be able to enlist her help)
Reason 3: Her dress is pink and yellow in the beginning of the Assassin's Creed II (which is my favorite pretty princess color combination):
Also Reason 4: She becomes a total badass lady assassin (and also owner of a brothel which is always cool):
But most people make her assassin costume, so I want her dress. It's also going to be a ton easier because of my family's background in historical costuming. I do have a slight fear that the costume might not be recognizable, but I think it would be more recognizable if I hang out with an Ezio/Femzio, so problem solved.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Assassin's Creed part 1

(I'm currently working on a dress using my green lantern fabric which I'll tell you guys about when it's done because most of what's left is the actual sewing)

So, yes, Assassin's Creed is amazing. Every time it comes up, I end up gushing about how pretty everything is. So, in my efforts to make friends at college, I found a girl on my college Facebook who also loves Assassin's Creed. And wants to do a cosplay group. And I want to keep her.

I'm really excited and trying to plan what I can about the costumes before it gets too late (the girl wants to do this for Halloween, but PAX East seems like a more reasonable deadline for making multiple costumes).
She wants to cosplay as the main character of ACII, Ezio (but a female version, so Femzio).

I'm curious what she has planned since I think the costume design might need some small changes in order to look more flattering, (if the fabric is too thick, the layering will hide her curves) also because just making the costume without changing anything is boring/common/missing the point.
Part of me says "screw accuracy" and make the multiple belts into an underbust corset (which will help counteract the layering hiding curves issue). It also gives a better base for the metal thing that is probably like an over sized belt buckle.
I was right, it is just a really big belt buckle.
I think most of the costume is good, if we get the fitting right, so that might be the only change I suggest. 
Warning: The next post(s) will be Assassin's Creed because I really like the aesthetics of this game.
Also, I have a twitter now: @notsogeekchic, just in case anyone wanted to know. I don't know much about how to use it, but I will be putting up random things whenever I remember to.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


My sister have been having a little back-and-forth joke it goes like this: "you know what would be better than -insert awesome thing here-"
"No, Antonia. Please stop."
"A hawkeye shirt."
Now this all came about because I've been wanting to try screen printing, but was too lazy to actually do anything about it.
So using this tutorial here:
I made this screen for an I <3 Hawkeye shirt:
geddit? because he's a marksman? yeah
Now I need to find the purple shirt my sister bought to put the design on.
my sister would point to him "look at him! He needs you to make a shirt!"

My sister's list of favorite superheroes goes something like: Hawkeye, then Mockingbird, then (60s television) Batman. And no Black Widow (because she always steals the limelight from Hawkeye).

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bane is Dangerous!

I went clothes shopping with my family and I needed to stop in front of the Converse X DC comics window display:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I'm on a camel!

Okay, so not really. I'm actually at the uber-cool exhibit at the Museum of Science because my bestie has a membership.
But this camel is fabulous. My sister wants to dress up a la Adèle Blanc-Sec, but I don't know if she'll get a chance. 
Speaking of Adèle Blanc-Sec, I highly recommend it:

It's super cute and has a pterodactyl wreaking havoc in Paris. Really, what more could you ask for?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New camera means more crafts

I recently got a new camera, or more my mum got a new camera a month ago and then gave it to me. Anyways, I've been having trouble finding it in my purse because 1) it's rectangular, and 2) it's black. Meaning whenever I want it, I end up taking out my 3DS or cell phone, or some other small, black, rectangular object. And it blends in with the lining of my purse.

So I thought it would be great to make a camera case for myself because I was bored and don't want to go out and buy one. Here it is:
Can you guess who it's supposed to be? It's Jimmy Olsen, Pal to Superman and Daily Planet photographer.
I haven't been looking at much new 52 DC comics (only Batman and Robin because the last arc was Damian trolling the previous robins), but it looks like Jimmy lost the bow tie? (and looks like Justin Bieber? What the hell, DC?)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Update Stuff

Updates and stuff:
Thor and Loki have gotten older:
 I've dabbled in Photoshop:
Also, I've been wasting my time reading comics and drinking tea:

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Blog Post... OF SCIENCE!

So, this has been making rounds for the past week so why not post it here too.
Gosh, now I want to try to find one of my dad's old bow ties.
Also Bill Nye was one of my favorite shows growing up.

Other news under the cut:

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Buy ALL The Batman!

I went out fabric shopping with my family because the Sewfisticated in Framingham was having a parking lot sale. I mostly got some simple patterns for a dollar each. And today was horrible weather (too hot and humid) so of course we went inside for a little air conditioning.

Best idea ever. I was able to find two different Batman logo prints and just needed to buy all they had (5 yards of each).

The one on the right is pretty close to the logo from the 90s Tim Burton films, while the one on the left makes me think of the 60s Adam West show. Which means I know exactly what to do with it since I recently bought a reprint of a 60s dress pattern.

I don't know when I'll get a chance to sew all the things I want, but hopefully soon.

Friday, August 3, 2012


Tonight at dinner, there was make-your-own cupcakes. Seeing as there was only pink and purple frosting, along with various candy-type toppings, I did the only thing I felt was right:

There really needs to be more Hawkeye in the world.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Punisher Lolita...?

Doesn't that sound like a great idea?
Alright, so mostly this is a non-post, but I found these amazing shoes online (A few years ago I went through a major HotTopic phase so I still get the emails.)
 I imagine some kind of bullets everywhere. If I am able to get these, I will totally make a whole lolita Punisher outfit. Like, the skull logo could be the top of a nice apron.
Also holsters everywhere. Like this one:
I never want to deal with weapon stuff at conventions (laziness strikes again), so no fake guns, but pockets to hold all my stuff is always nice.