For a couple of reasons, I haven't worn kodona for a while.
One, the coords take time to complete. Two, my current hair is very ladylike. Three, I have gained weight. Four, do I need to keep going? And let's face it: I am lazy. For this week I decided to roll into casual kodona outfits for five days out of seven despite the reasons above and here is what it looked like.
Shoulder Bag - ReStyle // School Shoes - Skopunkten // Buckled Platforms - secondhand
Detailed Black Shirt - regular shop // Golden Cross Cravat - selfmade // Golden Skull Necklace - GinaTricot // Antique Pocket Watch - gift // High Waist Pants - F+F
Always wear a smile for Mondays.
As I woke as slowly as ever, I was lucky to have a clear idea for today's coord. Didn't save me from being late though, even though I hopped on a bike in order to make it in time. I must have looked splendid while riding my old and slightly rusty bike around the city wearing all this. Also, sorry for wrinkled clothes in the photos. They were ironed before wearing, but after loitering for four days waiting for me to complete this post...
Super Sleeve Shirt & Ankle High Jacket & Laced Black Vest - secondhand // Detailed Huge Cross Necklace - gift // High Waist Pants - F+F
One strange cross. I got this one from my grandfather. There is a random story, but let's leave it for some other time.
Every garment should have buttons. Well, almost every.
While rushing through morning I came to the conclusion that I should have wake up earlier in order to finish the coords properly. Again, I was starting to be late, when I gave up with the hair and the make-up. Usually I'd wear a top hat whenever in kodona or aristo, but I wouldn't take such a precious item to such a dangerous place as a school, nope. Not when it might rain. And it did. This time I didn't have a bike due the jacket that almost swept the floors as I walked (epic-looking when walking, life-threatening, when biking). Love the jackets. I wasn't sure if I loved the sleeves of that shirt or not at first, but as the day went on, they started to look alright.
Ribbon Collar Shirt - secondhand // Black Vest & Accessories - regular shops // Velveteen Jacket - Punk Rave // High Waist Pants - F+F
Kodonas can wear ribbons too.
Oookay, the morning number three and I was quite settled on not being late, I even woke earlier. I went for a very easy coord this morning for the same reason. However I was even more late compared to before. Part of the reason might have been that I had decided to wear my other knee-high pants, but fretted to wear something I hadn't worn ever before, since I couldn't spare to spend some time staring and getting used to the sight. Haha. Also, I didn't wear the velveteen jacket shown in the picture above for the same reason the top hat wasn't allowed. My fancier jackets and gilets sat safely in the closet for this week.
Black Chiffon Shirt - secondhand // Removable Fancy Collar & Knee High Pants - selfmade // Pinstriped Long Vest & Pinstriped Jacket & Golden Pocket Watch - gifts
This watch is a gift from my grandfather as well. On the cover there is a detailed, engraved picture of a couple of deers. It's a winding watch but I always forget to wind it, therefore it's never showing the correct time.
Buttons, buttons, everywhere.
Alright, on the third morning I was scrolling around my wardrobe, and ended up taking this vest from the day one because it suited the jacket. I suppose the whole had a bit less Victorian feeling to it.... could it be that with a little push I could have made it to dandy instead of kodona? Maybe with long pants and a correct hat... Nah, dandy isn't for me. Also that collar thing. It is as old as time, but I just haven't come to make a new and better one, so I simply prayed that no one would have a reason good enough to zoom their gaze on it. Despite my fear from day before, the pants worn today were a hit. They fit very well, and I liked how they had a lot slimmer look than the F+F pants. Also they were a bit longer and didn't say that I was a bit smaller from the waist five years ago. Today I wasn't late that badly, but got quite of a headache at the end of the day for the light breathing caused by the binding. Ouch.
Black Scarf - regular shop // Blue Shirt & Knee High Pants- selfmade // Laced Black Vest - secondhand // Blue Cross Necklace - Moi Meme Moitie // Moi Dix Mois Pendant
Did you notice this was the only brand item I wore for these coords? I was supposed to have these coords all brand-free, but I needed something blue to go with the shirt!
I was supposed to complete fifth coord on Friday (the original plan was to wear punk kodona, but I'll save that for the next meetup or something then), but I had extra time on Thursday so I strolled through my closet and tried to find something that I had never had a chance to wear. That is when this blue thing came out. I still love the color and the shape of the sleeves. But the collar is yards too big and the sleeves a bit too short. There is also some executional mistakes that earned this shirt a death sentence -I'll be putting it into pieces and sewing something new out of it. But maybe I'll do a version two in some point of my life where I have some extra time and a pile of nice, blue fabric.
Now for the mission impossible: make them all fit back in the closet.
Whew! Took me a while to get these pictures and then to narrow the about 500 pieces of them down to just a few.. and there is still so many! Try to endure! Also my editing skills may have been a bit rusty, haha! Due that no cool health bars and personas, not yet, but maybe...
Alright! So the Animecon!The thing was held 13.-14.7.2014, which means, it was the weekend after Lumous Gothic Festival. So as the event was approaching, I had already screwed up my sleeping times with the festival which was immediately followed by three night shifts after which the the cosplay madness took some real wind under its wings.
We had been preparing for our group cosplay of the fighting game Persona 4 Arena since last autumn, but I had no idea some parts of some clothes would take so much time to complete, and in the end we had most of the stuff still unsewed two days before the con. The Team, ie me, [Giko], [Lonlon] and J-pon, gathered up at my place on Thursday and sewed though it... in the case of me and Giko, also through the following night.
That wasn't enough so we all continued for most of the Friday until we had to start the car and head over to Kuopio, the city that hosted Animecon. While in the car the sewing continued with whatever things that could be sewed by hand (almost all of Giko's Mitsuru really, haha, that was mad). So we got to our pretty hotel at the pretty location, locked ourselves in the hotel rooms, plugged in my sewing machine and on we went. The team fell asleep one by one almost ready to just give up but.. let's just say I slept three hours. And we made it. Almost. Some of the pieces were just sewn on on the last morning (which led to us being late by a hour or two).
But we made it! There was a good deal of nice thingies in the program, of which I remember the best the guest of honor's interview, the anime concert and the panel about the persona games and their symbolism. Yup. Suprisingly I didn't spot that many familiar faces amongs the con-goers, but was spotted instead by a lovely blogger [Elci Oblivion], it was nice to meet you! Sorry for being unable to produce any comprehensive conversation, but I hadn't been sleeping for over a week!
There was plenty of cosplay themed programs, and to see a glimpse into them, visit my sister's blog and Lon's blog as linked above.
Giko as Mitsuru Kirijo
Me as Elizabeth
J-pon as Yukiko Amagi
Lon as Chie Satonaka
As a fighting game, we just had to take some related pictures:
Elizabeth vs Mitsuru
Yukiko vs Chie
After a good fight, there has to be some winning poses too:
As the second day came, I was super tired, and me and J-pon were both just slacking with the dressing, ie we wore out traveling clothes. Awesome Giko and Lon put us to shame by doing some beautiful cosplaying on the second day too. Again, see their blogs for more pictures!
And now that everyone is thinking of how beautiful everyone was, let me shatter your illusion with some pictures of how things really went. Which means going from this...
to this in few seconds.
Very impressive fighting there.
Gravity. Our worst enemy.
Giko was too awesome to provide me fail picture here, so instead she was looking just fabulous~
Luckily you can trust me to have some weirdness going on!
I hope you enjoyed the overgrown post of our adventure! Now our cosplay team gives their hearty thanks and moves on to cool down from this and to start planning for their next move!