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FlowerSoup by HollyGloha
Weiss Model/Costumer: Me!
Photographer:  Lexstgo Photography ( )

I was invited to attend a Flower Soup photoshoot inspired by Saffel Photography's version.  I was *hoping* to do a Princess Yue from Avatar the Last Airbender look...but the wig refused to style.  I draped jewels to the wig and applied crystal stickers to my face in hopes of creating something beautiful and stylized.  I loved the result so much...and was told that I resemble Almathea from The Last Unicorn. Unintentional character achieved!

That water was absolutely FREEZING!!  I would lie back while the handlers scooted flowers close to my face, then drop in dry ice to create the smoke effect.  The result: pure artwork!  ♥  I'm so honored that I was invited and hope that you enjoy as well 
Blair the Cat in Full Recline by HollyGloha
Blair the Cat in Full Recline
Model/Costumer: Me!
Photographer: Vodka Photos ( )

Blair the Cat from Soul Eater! As soon as I saw her in the first episode, I knew she was the one to cosplay! (What is it with me wanting to cosplay purple haired girls that turn into cats?). I loved her fun, playful side, and being powerful in magics was a double bonus! 

Blair the Cat Costume: This is more of a lolita design, and not her cannon costume. The hat was bought from Party City (…). I popped off the conical part and used it as a template. The hat is conical, until it reaches the the crooked part. The crooked part was free drafted, stuffed and hand stitched to the conical part of the hat. The bow as free drafted and had lace stitched for detailing. A chiffon band and all the lace was hand stitched on. The wig was bought online, a three piece wig that had a base and two clip on curly pigtails. I cut off a lock of both pigtails, straightened them with a clothes steamer, wefted them, then wrapped the hair around a wire with fishing wire. I shaped the wire and attached hairclips to make them removable so I could use the wig for other cosplays. The fabrics used for this cosplay was clergy print brocade, taffeta and chiffon. The neck part and bust straps were free drafted and had the glitter and rose detailing handstitched. I found a gem from a store and put it in the center of the neckband to reflect the original design. The back of the neck has grommets hammered in to give a lace up area. For the corset, I used Burda Pattern 8601 (…), but modified it heavily to get the exposed bust and underbust look. On top of the black taffeta is black gems threaded with jewelry wire and shaped to make swirls. The center brooch was bought at the store I work at. The underbust has black sequined trim hand stitched on, and grommets hammered in the front. Featherweight boning was used to help reinforce the corset. The arm bands are free drafted with grommets hammered in to lace up with. Where the arm band and the dangling fabric connects, there are gems and a danging band of black glitter trim. The hanging fabric has black glitter trim hand stitched on. The front corner of both arm bands have a gem sewn on and dangling jewel trim. The gloves were bought from a costuming store. The circle skirt was made using The Green Peppers Ice Skating Pattern (…). The pattern was heavily modified to work for no stretch fabric and scalloped to create the needed look. The white godets are bridal fabric with printed bridal fabric on top. Black glitter trim was hand stitched on the skirt. Knee high tights and Manolo Blahnik shoes complete my look!

This is one of the few costumes that went without any problems! I loved out it came out and was so happy that people recognized the character even though I went total Glitter Bomb on it! I need to have a shoe doctor fix the shoes up a bit-they're made more for look than function! I hope that Soul Eater and Blair fans like this interpretation of her! <3
Bejeweled Dress by HollyGloha
Bejeweled Dress
A bit of a non cosplay picture showing off my fabulous dress! ♥  I was invited to be part of a Street Fashion Photoshoot and wore my showstopping dress by Forever Unique.  I adore it, and the photo I got from photographer: B.Tse Photography ( ) ♥
Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skull by HollyGloha
Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skull
Model: Me ♥
Photographer: See or Seem Photography ( )
Makeup: Patty Von Scissorhands (…; )

I had the recent honor of being invited to a beautiful photoshoot where the theme celebrated Dia De Los Muertos!  The makeup artist, Patty, took one look at my sketched design for a Sugar Skull and improved on it immensely!  Doing more research on this holiday, I realized the beauty of it: gathering to remember loved ones that have moved on and giving prayers to them on their spiritual journey.  

The headpiece is a wig styled with roses from my Princess White Rose cosplay, decorated with floral wire flowers, feathers and gems.  The corset is from my Princess Pin Up, adorned with more roses.  I wore the elbow gloves from my Kasumi cosplay, and borrowed the most magnificent tulle skirt ever. I loved how it all came together, and hope that it's well received.  ♥
Princess White Rose by HollyGloha
Princess White Rose
Model/Costumer: Me!
Design by Sakizo: :iconsakizo:

Sakizo!  How amazingly gorgeous is her artwork!  The details, the romantic nature, the pure fantasy of the looks she creates~I’m absolutely inspired!  I adore her artwork and am absolutely excited that I finally had the chance to bring one of her iconic drawings to life. 

 From the top down:  So. Many. ROSES!  Thankfully I bought all of those gorgeous roses at Hobby Lobby during their Floral 50% off sale.  The rose hat was a baseball cap I took apart, hemmed and handstitched on all the roses, trying to keep from putting two similar colored roses too close together.  Once I had them where I wanted, I added in large medallion Venetian lace between the roses and along the brim of the hat.  Glass pearls (A canabalized Charming Charlie’s necklace) were mounted onto jewelry wire, shaped into spirals and handstitched within the roses.  More glass pears were draped on jewelry string and stitched in a draped fashion along the sides of the hat.  A Charming Charlie’s earring was sacrificed to create the gem on the forehead, along with a drop pearl.  The wig is from Gothic and Lolita wigs and is AMAZING!  It’s so thick and soft….I was so hurt and jealous that my natural hair did not look like that. 

The corset was made using McCalls pattern M5321 (…  ). The fabric on the shell of the corset is matted bridal satin in cream (although it photographs more pink) and lavender.  I chose the cream color to stay close to Sakizo’s source art, and chose lavender because I really like purples.  :p  For the underbust part, I had to use the solder tool to shape some of the lavender fabrics so that it complemented the curve shown on Sakizo’s artwork.  The fabric on the bust was soldered to prevent fraying and pleated by hand.  Once the bust and underbust parts were sewn together, I handstitched on all the lace, pearl trim and ruffles.  The lace was handpainted pink to complement the gorgeous sequin fabric I used as a trim. I glued on Swarovski gems to the pink flowered lace for a bit more pop and added on white buttons to the front.  The lining is cotton and boned with spiral steel boning.  Since the corset zips on the left side, the waist trim on the left side actually has snaps sewn into them.  (I zip up, snap the trim on and it looks symmetrical to the right side waist trim).  The chest brooch was a purchase from Charming Charlie’s a LONG time ago, adorned with leftover lace/trim that I soldered to prevent fraying.  The large gold and pink pin on the bottom of the corset was purchased off of eBay and is so very gorgeous! 

I was so inspired by the whisks created by PlatinumEgoist and Yaya Han and wanted to create something in that vein.  9 gauge steel wire was shaped into a frame, wrapped in felt and had tulle stretched across it.  The frame slides into two tracts sewn into the back of the corset so I don’t have over the shoulder straps.  I spent HOURS creating a Spanish Flounce. (It’s actually the same flounce I made for my Gone With the Wind Rarity cosplay).  Countless circles in purple, yellow, white, pink and cream were cut out of mirrored organza, soldered around the edges to prevent fraying.  Using the solder tool, I soldered a line from the center of the circle to the edge and pulled the fabric open, so that I had a Pac Man looking piece of fabric.  I would solder three like colored circles together from the center lines, so that I had a flouncy, flowy piece of fabric. My *intent* was to have those fabric pieces stretched across the frame creating a miniature rainbow….but the fabric was far too light and would flop over.  I had to hand gather them instead and hand tack them to the frame.  I love the look of it, but do sometimes wish that my original idea would have worked.

The shoulder puffs are matte lavender fabric.  Inside the puffs, I made form fitting cuffs that slide onto my arms.  The puff themselves are gathered and pleated fabric sewn onto the cuffs, with the edges soldered to prevent fraying.

The gloves are an Icing by Claires purchase.  I hand tacked on the lace/ruffles/pearl trim and added on the tiny pink flowers (at your local JoAnn Fabrics! ♥)

The skirt was drafted using the Green Pepper Crystal Lake Skating Outfit pattern (… ).  I patterned it so that the front and back panels were in lavender, and the side panels in cream.  I added on the front a back bibs to give it a bit more pop (plus, in one of Sakizo’s drawings, it looks like the skirt has some ruffled details (    I spent a lot of time creepily peering at that skirt trying to figure out what that ruffle detail could look like and ended up doing my own interpretation).  Different types of lace/ruffles/pearl trim was hand applied to the edges.  Every rose on that skirt has snaps affixed to the back so that I can pop the roses off and wash the skirt.  The hoop skirt was an old flimsy floor length hoopskirt that I trimmed to size and reinforced the hoops with more 9 gauge steel wire.  The tights are two different colors from 

The train was a tulle and sequin piece of fabric bought off of eBay on a whim.  The darker, more vibrant pink is why I tried to incorporate pinker roses, painted lace and jewelry into my costume.  The train also snaps to the underside of the skirt so I can attach/detatch it as needed.  (Allowing me to wash it if I need to).  The edges are rolled for a clean look and the gorgeous design of the sequinning at the bottom gives the fabric a sweep and drape that’s to die for!  ♥

The boots were originally over the knee boots bought off of eBay.  I trimmed off the excess, scalloped the tops and after soldering the pink and gold fabric edges, hand stitched on all the diamonds to the front of the boots.  I then handstitched on all the gold trim. 


Final thoughts: Truthfully, I’ve never played Excel Saga, and I didn’t know that this drawing was of a video game character.  Princess White Rose was a design that excited and intimidated me, and for years I wouldn’t even consider attempting to create it as I felt my talents were lacking.  Plus: the design of Princess White Rose changed from Sakizo drawing to drawing:……

Since the designs varied, it allowed me to cherry pick elements from each drawing and create a look that complements the artist’s work, but allows me to have elements of my own in it.  I’m glad I finally tacked the design that I slightly feared and that it turned out so beautifully!  I truly hope that all Sakizo fans enjoy the costume I’ve created, and because of this dress I’m excited to try new and more challenging designs!  



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: Houston, Tx
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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blairparadise Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
are you also coming to comic con 2016?
HollyGloha Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
Unfortunately not...most of my convention attendances are in Texas around the Houston/Austin areas
blairparadise Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh that's a shame dear, i thought i could just ask, but no worry's i'm sure you would've loved it
Would you stop trying to make me have a crush on you! :iconinloveplz:
DraginKYle44 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Hey Mrs Holly
DraginKYle44 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
HollyGloha Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
You're a sweetie, thank you!  
DraginKYle44 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
I love RWBY and Weiss is a good character. I have a story about her geting character devolpment 
HollyGloha Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
I'm so glad they fleshed her out in the second season~explained why she keeps an emotional wall up most of the time. I really want to see season 3!
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FloatingMansion Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Oo Youre sexy

Pretty + Curvy. My type.
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