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Psylocke and Dark Woods by HollyGloha
Psylocke and Dark Woods
Model/Costumer: Me!
Photographer: Jeramy Photography LLC (www.facebook.com/JeramyPhotogr…  )

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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NoFlutter Sailor Venus Challenge by HollyGloha
NoFlutter Sailor Venus Challenge
Model/Costumer: Me!
Photographer: Julio Charlemagne Photography ( www.facebook.com/juliocharlema…  )
Design by NoFlutter:  noflutter.deviantart.com/

I won't lie, I'm loving the resurgance of Sailor Moon!  In addition to the new anime, a lot of talented artists are creating some stunning designs of our favorite magical girls!  When I saw NoFlutter's designs trickle in on Facebook I was absolutely floored!  They were all so intricate, with elements that give them their own personality, but also close enough in design so that you know they're all a team!  Sailors Venus, Saturn and Neptune are my favorite scouts in the anime/manga, and NoFlutter's designs of those three are my favorites!  

NoFlutter Sailor Venus Costume: The tiara is a Charming Charlies necklace and an Etsy filigree necklace disassembled and reassembled.  I also added clasps to various parts to it so it latches onto the wig.  (and more importantly comes off so I can wash the wig). For the jacket, I used Simplicity pattern 0516 ( s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/o…; ) which was modified to get the look I want.  The sleeves were stuffed with batting and the spindle shaped creamsickle silk has glitter trim around it to give it a bit more pop.  For the stand up collar, I used orange matte satin, stitched on more glitter white trim and sandwiched it with heavyweight interfacing.   The corset was made from layers of white bridal satin and creamsickle color silks.  I used Rufflebutt's Bunnysuit Pattern to make the corset ( jpridemore.storenvy.com/produc… ).  I handstitched on the gold buttons and made gold chains for the corset and jacket that have clasps for easy removal (and allows for the removal of the chains to wash the garments)  The skirt has three layers:  The most underskirt is white bridal satin, hemmed, with horsehair braid to give it some flounce.  The middle skirt is orange matte satin with creamsickle silk trim.  I pleated, ironed, and topstitched every pleat there.  The Top skirt is the creamsickle silk, made from four pieces~one for the backside, two for the drape on the sides and the last piece for the bustle (which is stuffed with tulle).  The white skirt snaps to the middle/underskirt (they're stitched together), which snaps to the corset.  All the bows are made from blue matte satin, have heavyweight interfacing and snap on/off the garments.  (I also used extra Charming Charlie's jewels from the cannibalized necklace for the tiara).  I handstitched two different types of lace on the stockings and found adorable shoes online that fit the look of the character

I love this costume so much!  And the fact that so many people are welcoming to this gorgeous design add to the fun!  I adore wearing gowns and elegant costumes and this fits the bill.  NoFlutter has so many stunning designs, my To Cosplay List grew like crazy!  ♥  
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NoFlutter Sailor Venus Transfrom by HollyGloha
NoFlutter Sailor Venus Transfrom
Model/Costumer: Me!
Photographer: Julio Charlemagne Photography ( www.facebook.com/juliocharlema…  )
Design by NoFlutter:  noflutter.deviantart.com/

I won't lie, I'm loving the resurgance of Sailor Moon!  In addition to the new anime, a lot of talented artists are creating some stunning designs of our favorite magical girls!  When I saw NoFlutter's designs trickle in on Facebook I was absolutely floored!  They were all so intricate, with elements that give them their own personality, but also close enough in design so that you know they're all a team!  Sailors Venus, Saturn and Neptune are my favorite scouts in the anime/manga, and NoFlutter's designs of those three are my favorites!  

NoFlutter Sailor Venus Costume: The tiara is a Charming Charlies necklace and an Etsy filigree necklace disassembled and reassembled.  I also added clasps to various parts to it so it latches onto the wig.  (and more importantly comes off so I can wash the wig). For the jacket, I used Simplicity pattern 0516 ( s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/o…; ) which was modified to get the look I want.  The sleeves were stuffed with batting and the spindle shaped creamsickle silk has glitter trim around it to give it a bit more pop.  For the stand up collar, I used orange matte satin, stitched on more glitter white trim and sandwiched it with heavyweight interfacing.   The corset was made from layers of white bridal satin and creamsickle color silks.  I used Rufflebutt's Bunnysuit Pattern to make the corset ( jpridemore.storenvy.com/produc… ).  I handstitched on the gold buttons and made gold chains for the corset and jacket that have clasps for easy removal (and allows for the removal of the chains to wash the garments)  The skirt has three layers:  The most underskirt is white bridal satin, hemmed, with horsehair braid to give it some flounce.  The middle skirt is orange matte satin with creamsickle silk trim.  I pleated, ironed, and topstitched every pleat there.  The Top skirt is the creamsickle silk, made from four pieces~one for the backside, two for the drape on the sides and the last piece for the bustle (which is stuffed with tulle).  The white skirt snaps to the middle/underskirt (they're stitched together), which snaps to the corset.  All the bows are made from blue matte satin, have heavyweight interfacing and snap on/off the garments.  (I also used extra Charming Charlie's jewels from the cannibalized necklace for the tiara).  I handstitched two different types of lace on the stockings and found adorable shoes online that fit the look of the character

I love this costume so much!  And the fact that so many people are welcoming to this gorgeous design add to the fun!  I adore wearing gowns and elegant costumes and this fits the bill.  NoFlutter has so many stunning designs, my To Cosplay List grew like crazy!  ♥  


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Dr Mrs The Monarch Pin UP by HollyGloha
Dr Mrs The Monarch Pin UP
Model/Costumer: Me!
Photographer: Jeramy Photography LLC (www.facebook.com/JeramyPhotogr…  )

Here it is....THE costume. This is where everyone seemed to sit up and take notice of me as a costumer. Go figure. ;) Earlier pics, my boots and crown were badly made, but after some perseverance and tips from more experienced cosplayers, I got it right. One day I may redo this one in latex, but for now, the vinyl works. ;)

Dr Mrs The Monarch Costume: Wow....okay, starting from the top down...I remade the crown (the first one was a tragic monstrosity made from wonderflex, hot glue and vinyl...it had to be destroyed). The new one was made after I emailed caliph o'clowns and asked her for tips. Not only did she give me great tips, she even emailed me a basic pattern! caliph o'clowns, you officially rock. :) The wig is a mid-back level wig style named "Perfect" that I had to trim and trim to get Just Right. The collar was free drafted and done from 2 way stretch vinyl. The gloves were done from a Vogue pattern that I had to alter to accommodate my arms (the pattern was for twig thin arms!) The bodysuit was made from 4 way stretch vinyl using the Green Pepper Ice Skater's pattern. I had to modify the pattern a bit to make it one piece, instead of a top and bottom piece. I free drafted the butterfly pattern, "wings" and yellow trim and topstitched them all on. The boots were a Pain! I used the online tutorial (www.sarcasm-hime.net/bootcover…) but still had difficulties, since this was my first time attempting to do this. I had to remake them about three times to get them right, but I'm sure there's Room For Improvement. They slip right over my Charlotte Russe heels *wear gel inserts, they save your feet!*
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Kasumi Ninja Recline by HollyGloha
Kasumi Ninja Recline
Model/Costumer: Me!
Photographer: Vodka Photos ( www.facebook.com/VodkaPhotos )

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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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: Houston, 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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AceOfStCanardKLy Featured By Owner May 4, 2015   Artist
Happy b day!
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Happy Birthday! :iconbirthdaycakeplz:
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kevin4 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
happy birthday! :)Hug 
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savasrule Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy BdayHave your cake and eat it too 
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Happy birthday, Holly!
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Happy B-Day!
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy Birthday Fabulous Foxy Chat Icon 
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Happy Birthday! Hope it's awesome!
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