Cosplay | Late But Lucky Alice

This costume was completed for Anime Boston, back in April, though I began it last December. I’ve created another Alice outfit last year, and wanted to create one of her other dresses. She wears about 8 or 9 outfits throughout the game wouldn’t it be fun to make them all?

All photos by my talented friend Nate Buchman.

Kyla Is Inspired | Late But Lucky
Kyla Is Inspired | Late But Lucky
Kyla Is Inspired | Late But Lucky

JACKET: Based off of Simplicity 3685. The only modifications were that I left off the lacing and created the “skirt” portion separately so I could attach that to my actual skirt. I used a bottomweight fabric from Jo-Anns.

VEST: I used Butterick B5359 as a base. The “buttons” are triangles made of clay that I painted and glued on at the last minute. The whole vest is held together in the front with safety pins…I’m so embarrassed.

SKIRT: The skirt is a heavy stretch polyester that I found at my local fabric shop for $3/yard. The ruffles are all handmade, and the buttons are just sewn on – they’re not functional. There’s a zipper in the back. In hindsight, I would have added interfacing to reinforce the waistband, because the skirt was so heavy it kept slipping down! I added a petticoat underneath for maximum poof.

SHOES: I started out with a cheap pair of slippers I found at wal mart (that had a thick sole since I’d be walking a lot)…I also wanted something that already had a round shape so I didn’t have to add volume to a regular pair of shoes or loafers. Then I just hot glued the fur to them – no sewing required! The little claws were formed first in model magic, then covered in worbla to make them hard. They were gorilla glued to the shoes.

HAT & EARS: The ears were shaped with wire, and I made a “slip cover” of the fur to slide over the wire. They were then glued to the side and bottom of the hat. The hat itself was a cheap top hat I found on amazon.

Kyla Is Inspired | Late But Lucky

If you have any specific questions on how I made this costume, let me know! :)

—–

*Follow my cosplay progress on Facebook!*

Share

Learning Japanese

Learning Japanese

Hi everyone! So normally I don’t post very personal things here, but as you could guess from the post title, I’m attempting to learn Japanese, on my own. Not to master the language, obviously, but enough to hold a basic conversation and read common phrases.

I wanted to share my journey in trying to learn as much as I can over the next year, since in 2016 I’ll be taking a trip to Tokyo – my ultimate dream destination. I’m beyond thrilled. There’s no set date yet, either spring or fall, but I want to learn as much of the language in that time as I can. I’ve already started learning a few months ago, but since my blog was on hiatus I’m just posting this now.

I also can’t stress this enough – I’m doing this for fun, because learning new things is exciting.. I’m fully aware I’m embarking on this on my own, and know it’s no small undertaking, but I like learning new things and want to be as prepared for my trip as possible. Plus…have I mentioned it’s fun?

The proper way to lean any language is to learn from a native speaker or take classes, but since I don’t have either option available to me, I’m doing it alone. And I’m determined to do it right, and use the best resources available.

I’m planning on doing a series of posts, highlighting the best tools I’ve found, the best apps, best books, etc. as I go on this journey. If you’re interested in following along, great! I’d love to have you. And if any of my readers speak Japanese, PLEASE tell me if I’m doing something wrong! Seriously. (Like…is my banner correct? I used a translate service so if it’s wrong let me know!) I’m excited to share in this journey with you! Look for the first “real” post next week ^^

Share

Happy Friday

And I’m also back to regular Happy Friday posts!

Kyla Is Inspired | Happy Friday!

Great Little Place by Tobias Hall
This design belongs to a four-part series that feature some of London’s hidden gems by using drop caps. It makes me want to visit London! You can purchase prints of all four designs here.

Grilled Lobster with Garlic Parsley Butter
So big news in my life: A few months ago I learned I wasn’t allergic to shellfish! I haven’t tried many dishes with lobster but this recipe has my mouth watering. This would be great to try before the summer is over!

Chrome Android by Sakimi Chan
I love Sakimi Chan’s work, and have been following along for a while. This illustration is one of my favorites, I’m a sucker for anything futuristic.

 

What are your faves this week? Any lobster recipes you can recommend?

Share

What I Wore | Portal Style

Oh hi, it’s been a while? I took an unexpected hiatus, which turned out to be longer than it probably should have. I’ve taken the time to re-focus my energy and determine where I’d like this blog to go. It started as a place to house my doodles, somehow morphed into a fashion blog, then a lifestyle blog, then dipped its toes into the geek culture scene and now I’d like to position it to be a bit of all.

I may start posting things that differentiate from my norm until I find my aesthetic and voice again, but I do have some posts queued up that I can’t wait to share.

Kyla Is Inspired | Portal Style

I bought this awesome Companion Cube shirt and have been wearing it non-stop. Bonus points if you know what this is from! So far, only a cashier at Target has guessed :> This has already become my favorite geeky clothing item I own!

Kyla Is Inspired | Portal Style
Kyla Is Inspired | Portal Style
Kyla Is Inspired | Portal Style

How has everyone been?
Do you have any “nerdy favorites” in your wardrobe?

Share

Illustration Round-Up | RWBY

Have you guys seen Rooster Teeth’s series RWBY? It premiered in 2013 and completely took off. I’m always seeing cosplays and merch at conventions, and more and more people are watching it

The show is set in the fictional world of Remnant, which is filled with supernatural forces. The series focuses on Team RWBY, which consists of Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long .

I was as sad as everyone else to hear of Monty Oum’s passing (the creator of the show), but am excited for the third season. I figured it was high time I featured this show on the blog, and rounded up some of the best illustrations.

RWBY Illustration Round Up
Concept art by Ein Lee

RWBY Illustration Round Up
hjpenndragon

RWBY Illustration Round Up
Rouzille

RWBY Illustration Round Up
SSgt-LuLZ

You can can watch episodes of RWBY on Rooster Teeth and Crunchyroll.

My favorite character is Blake, and I will probably end up cosplayer her at some point. Do you have a favorite character?

Share