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Rarity in Elegance by HollyGloha
Rarity in Elegance
Rarity Model/Costumer: Me!
Photographer: Filmshooter (filmshooter.deviantart.com/)

The Spirit of Generosity, herself: Rarity! One of the "mane six" ponies on My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic, Rarity instantly became my favorite because of her fabulous sense of fashion, but also her kind heart. I became instantly addicted to the show and decided that Rarity needed to be cosplayed in a stunning Gone With the Wind ballgown, and my all time favorite gown was the "barbecue dress" that Scarlett O'Hara wore.

Rarity Costume: The wig was an online purchase, topped with a horn purchased from Yaya Han's online store. (yayahan.bigcartel.com/product/…. The necklace was a purchase from Charming Charlies. I popped out the pearl centerpiece and affixed a crystal heart to it. The heart was originally a clear one, but a few coats of red nail polish (and a clear top coat) gave it the Fire Ruby look I was going for. For the dress, I used three layers of fabric: pure white bridal fabric, topped with a printed bridal fabric, topped with a chiffon layer. (In retrospect, the bottom white layer probably wasn't needed, but it have the printed layer a base to pop off of and look brighter.) The dress pattern was from Pegee of Williamsburg (www.pegee.com/patterns/barbecu… and is a VERY INTENSIVE costume! For the back bow, I referenced The Cosplay Scion's bow tutorial (the-cosplay-scion.deviantart.c… and made the bow out of a purple costume satin (forgive me!) that matched the color of the ribbon running through the eyelets in the bust flounce.

At first glance, the costume may appear simple. DON'T FALL FOR IT!! The neckline flounce is not one piece of fabric gathered together and stitched on. Instead it's 21 circles, cut down the middle and painstakingly attached together. The eyelet strip must be hand done to get the proper look. (The flounce alone took over 31 hours of sewing-most of it hand sewing...you have been warned.) I did some modifications to the pattern while I was sewing. The neckline on the pattern is very boxy, so I widened it a bit to get a "drop off the shoulders" look. I also added in a lining and an invisible zipper on the side seam instead of the eye and hook closure at the front of the corset. Snaps were sewn inside the corset to connect to the skirt, the belt snaps shut and the bow snaps on the back! Perfect for the cosplayer who has to dress herself by herself!
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Kasumi With Dark Eyes by HollyGloha
Kasumi With Dark Eyes
Model/Costumer: Me!
Photographer: Brian Kuragiman (kuragiman.deviantart.com/)

I fell in love with martial arts at a much younger year, but ended up doing dance/ballet. I FINALLY got into it, and got my black belt! Wasn’t long until I was cosplaying martial arts video game characters. I love Kasumi because she’s the “good girl” but with a little fanservice, just because. ;)

Kasumi Costume: From the top down....The wig isn't 100% accurate for her haircolor, but I wanted something that looked natural for me. With my warm undertones, an orange based red would look ugly, ugly, ugly, hence the blue based red I have. The costume is made from white bridal satin, doubled up so as not to be see-through. I used Simplicity pattern 3775 for the chest and stomach area. I free drafted the front and back panels. The cherry blossoms and back sigil were hand painted on. (I have to give a very special thank you to AuraRinoa and instantkarmie for their tips, and *hugs* to AuraRinoa for sending me a copy of the sigil to make a stencil!) The arm guards and shin guards were free drafted, and made with non-stretch vinyl.
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Princess Celestia Perch by HollyGloha
Princess Celestia Perch
Model/Costumer: :iconhollygloha:
Photographer: :iconfilmshooter:

I'm still a very huge fan of Princess Celestia from My Little Pony Friendship is Magic!  I know she's not getting a lot of play in the current season, but I still admire her love and her strength.  She's strong, kind and an accomplished leader, traits I admire heavily!  I'm hoping we'll see more of her and her royal counterparts in future seasons!  

Celestia Costume: From the bottom down:
Shoes are the same gold shoes I use for Angel!Panty.  I bought them from a little corner shop somewhere in Austin, then took the scissors to them to get rid of all the extra straps and embellishments it had.  (WEAR GEL PADS!  THEY SAVE YOUR FEET!)  The entire outfit was heavily inspired by a Le Chat De Neige dollfie outfit I saw here ( dollfiehome.com/2010/11/06/leg… ).  The underskirt was from my original Princess Celestia (now destroyed to make this new costume) and was originally created from the Green Pepper Ice Skating Pattern (  img0.etsystatic.com/017/0/5266… ).  The bottom of the half moon skirts was printed bridal fabric.  I ironed in the pleats, then top stitched them so they would retain their shape.  The middle half moon skirt is chiffon.  I cut it out, used a solder tool to heat cauter the ends, rolled the hem and added on the lace.  The top half moon skirt is the same white bridal satin as the underskirt, with lace hand stitched on.  The bodice was free drafted using these two tutorials ( www.fashion-incubator.com/arch… ) and ( www.fashion-incubator.com/arch… ).  I literally wrapped my torso in saran wrap, used a light colored sharpie to draw where I wanted the seams to go, then went over the better ones with a darker sharpie.  I cut off the saran wrap, annotated which piece corresponded to which part of the pattern (also made notes how much seam allowance to add) and cut them all out.  The bodice is layered, layered, layered.  The lining is plain bridal satin, with steel wire boning.  The outside of the bodice has a base layer of bridal satin, then either a printed bridal satin or plain white satin, then topped with white chiffon.  The collar is free drafted using excess fabric from one of the bust straps (bridal satin, printed bridal satin, chiffon) with chiffon trim (the same chiffon trim from my Kirakishou costume) topped with eyelet lace that I threaded metallic gold ribbon through.  The brooch is purchased from Charming Charlies-one of my uber favorite stores!  The wings were made using JiaJem's fabulous wing tutorial ( jiajem.com/tutorials/wings/ ).  Besides adding tracts in the back of my corset, I also added two small straps with snaps on the ends.  The straps wrap around part of the wire of the wings and prevents them from becoming lopsided from all the weight.  I bought a TON of ostrich feathers from this gentleman *he's incredibly reliable!*    ( www.ebay.com/usr/ming209209 ).  I was so heavily inspired by the latest Victoria's Secret runway show ~ all the models had such stunning ostrich feather wings!  The lace medallions were purchased from a myriad of sources, but mostly from  ( www.etsy.com/shop/Cathyscrazyb… ) who is wonderful!  I hand painted each piece using Lumiere gold fabric paint so that each piece was equal in color.  I had to take some medallions apart and rearrange them to get the proper look of a Royal Princess.  The wig was purchased from Arda at (  arda-wigs.com/products/candy-s… ) and is so much more beautiful than the wig I created for my first version of Celestia!

My second attempt at Princess Celestia.....the first version wasn't so bad, but I had to cut so many corners and compromise so much on my original design due to financial constraints!  I'm so incredibly happy with how this costume came out, and how it fits my original ambitions!  Celestia is a fun character to cosplay ~ and the free bananas you get are very nutritious!  ;)  I do plan on cosplaying her more often, and I even bought some beautiful lace wrist adornments from a Lolita Store that I need to embellish and add to this costume!
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Psylocke Call to Awesome by HollyGloha
Psylocke Call to Awesome
Model/Costumer: :iconhollygloha:
Photographer: :iconfilmshooter:

Much to the chagrin of my mother...I read comics over girly magazines, and honestly, the Marvel universe was my favorite (although I did dabble in the other companies comics)  When I read X-Men, all my friends loved Rogue *it must be a Southern thing*, but Psylocke was my favorite!  Jim Lee drew her so amazingly!  She was beautiful, a wonderful martial artist and had a bit of an identity crisis.  It all resonated with me.  I wanted to cosplayer her for a long time, and I'm excited to show my original interpretation!

Psylocke Costume Construction: The dress is made from a gorgeous blue silk I found at Texstyles (if you're ever in Austin, go there...their fabric selection is stunning!).  I used McCalls pattern #4369 (  img0.etsystatic.com/000/0/5222…; ) and modified the armholes a bit to make it closer to Jim Lee's artwork.  I bought some silver metallic heat transfer vinyl off of Amazon.com and spent a LOT of time cutting out large filigree designs.  (I drafted them on paper, used double stick tape to place them on the vinyl and cut, cut, cut...my hand was so sore at the end!)  I also modified the slits on the side to go up to the waistline area to be a bit more flirty (Psylocke was very comfortable being desirable, after all)  The belt is made from a bright red brocade, made long enough to be tied on my waistline and still pay tribute to her look.  The gloves, armbands and leg bands were made out of a spandex I found that was serendipitously the exact same color as the silk!  I took a few leg bands and stitched them together to reflect the criss-cross design found in the comic artwork.  The shoes were bought online, and were a shade too dark.  I spray painted them and the color was a lot better~much closer to my silk dress!  I ironed on the silver filigree designs on the dress, the gloves and the top leg bands.  The wig I wanted wasn't working, so I used my Blair the Cat wig, put in a curly clip in ponytail and decorated it with flowers, jewels and butterflies.  

Final Thoughts: There were some difficulties with this costume, and some things I need to fix.  Iron on silver vinyl on silk seems to work, but on the spandex....not so much.  I was going to have filigree on the arm bands, but they popped off.  :/  The skirt of the dress tends to bunch up on the waist area...I'll sew some fabric weights in the hem to keep it from creeping up and getting Too Saucy.  ;)  I'm going to attempt to style a more subdued wig...I think the Blair wig is a bit too vibrant, but it works for now.  (And I need to get over my fears of wig styling anyway)  I love original interpretations so much!  As a cosplayer I love bringing characters to life, as well as being able to inject some of my creativity to the table.  I do plan on making Psylocke's canon costume as done by Jim Lee, though!
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Psylocke Vogue by HollyGloha
Psylocke Vogue
Model/Costumer: :iconhollygloha:
Photographer: :iconfilmshooter:

Much to the chagrin of my mother...I read comics over girly magazines, and honestly, the Marvel universe was my favorite (although I did dabble in the other companies comics)  When I read X-Men, all my friends loved Rogue *it must be a Southern thing*, but Psylocke was my favorite!  Jim Lee drew her so amazingly!  She was beautiful, a wonderful martial artist and had a bit of an identity crisis.  It all resonated with me.  I wanted to cosplayer her for a long time, and I'm excited to show my original interpretation!

Psylocke Costume Construction: The dress is made from a gorgeous blue silk I found at Texstyles (if you're ever in Austin, go there...their fabric selection is stunning!).  I used McCalls pattern #4369 (  img0.etsystatic.com/000/0/5222…; ) and modified the armholes a bit to make it closer to Jim Lee's artwork.  I bought some silver metallic heat transfer vinyl off of Amazon.com and spent a LOT of time cutting out large filigree designs.  (I drafted them on paper, used double stick tape to place them on the vinyl and cut, cut, cut...my hand was so sore at the end!)  I also modified the slits on the side to go up to the waistline area to be a bit more flirty (Psylocke was very comfortable being desirable, after all)  The belt is made from a bright red brocade, made long enough to be tied on my waistline and still pay tribute to her look.  The gloves, armbands and leg bands were made out of a spandex I found that was serendipitously the exact same color as the silk!  I took a few leg bands and stitched them together to reflect the criss-cross design found in the comic artwork.  The shoes were bought online, and were a shade too dark.  I spray painted them and the color was a lot better~much closer to my silk dress!  I ironed on the silver filigree designs on the dress, the gloves and the top leg bands.  The wig I wanted wasn't working, so I used my Blair the Cat wig, put in a curly clip in ponytail and decorated it with flowers, jewels and butterflies.  

Final Thoughts: There were some difficulties with this costume, and some things I need to fix.  Iron on silver vinyl on silk seems to work, but on the spandex....not so much.  I was going to have filigree on the arm bands, but they popped off.  :/  The skirt of the dress tends to bunch up on the waist area...I'll sew some fabric weights in the hem to keep it from creeping up and getting Too Saucy.  ;)  I'm going to attempt to style a more subdued wig...I think the Blair wig is a bit too vibrant, but it works for now.  (And I need to get over my fears of wig styling anyway)  I love original interpretations so much!  As a cosplayer I love bringing characters to life, as well as being able to inject some of my creativity to the table.  I do plan on making Psylocke's canon costume as done by Jim Lee, though!
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HollyGloha
Holly Gloha
United States
I like to say I'm too multi-faceted to be confined by any one definition. ;) I take great delight in being me. Trite, but true.

I do a lot of costuming, but am still in the "Learning" category. As I make each new costume I learn new tricks, discover new frustrations and enjoy new victories. I love the costuming community (well, except for the snarky people, but they're everywhere...take the bad with the good, I guess). I'm by no stretch of the imagination a Professional of Cosplay, just someone having fun. If you for some reason come to me with a question, I'll try my best to help out, but remember, I'm still Amateur. For now. ;)

I'm also a martial artist *didn't see THAT one coming, didja?* I actually find it cathartic, and it helped fill a void left when I was no longer able to continue with ballet. I plan on continuing to learn until I'm either Old and Busted, or Strapped Down With a Family. Whichever one comes first.

I hope you enjoy my page! I look forward to meeting fellow costumers, photographers or people who just like the pictures I post! :)

Current Residence: Austin, Tx
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I can't believe how long it's been since I've done a journal update!  I decided I needed much more stress in my life, so I started taking a full time semester along with my full time job!  :)  If all plays out right, I'll have my Medical Coding certification by the end of this semester!  *fingers crossed*  My costuming is taking a hit, time wise.  I just can't crank them out like I used to, and I really want to!  :(  I'll still sew, it relaxes me, and I should have some new fabulous pictures of my Belly Dancer start to come in!  Xoxo for your love and patience!  Wish a nerd girl a successful semester! 

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:iconmegamo:
megamo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Beautiful gallery!  And thank you so much for taking the time to explain what you did for each costume!
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popeyewong Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work! Looking forward to see more. Thank you for sharing!
~Pops.

Double decker by popeyewong  
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CarlosBattousai Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Your Blair is god like!
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Kanabo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll say this, you're a whole lot of hotness going on....looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.....
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Eric-The-Riddle Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
NEXT COSPLAY :-? (Confused) IDEAS: Revy (Black Lagoon series), Misty (Pokemon series), Princess Bubblegum (Adventure Time series), Gender Swap - Mr. Freeze (Batman series), and or Gender Swap - the Joker (Batman series) BONUS: If you could make any of them in a Steampunk theme / Steampunk style.
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EverydayBattman Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Birthday by EverydayBattman
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awash2002 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Happy Birthday 
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WS007 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday, I hope your wishes come true!!
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AceOfStCanardKLy Featured By Owner May 4, 2014   Artist
Go Taurus, it's your birthday! :iconcow-plz::iconspringplz::iconcaleplz:
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conquest79 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
have a joyful bday
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