Geeky Cocktail | Overwatch Meet Me In Paris

OMG am I back with another geeky cocktail? You bet I am! To stick in the theme of previous drinks, this falls in line with Overwatch’s brand new Paris Map!

Geeky Cocktail | Overwatch Meet Me In Paris

This cocktail uses two french liquors: Champagne and Chambord, a raspberry liqueur from the Loire Valley of France. I remember when I first heard this ordered out; I immediately had to try it myself! It’s kind of a classic for me. Pair these together for one very french cocktail to cheers the new Overwatch map!

Geeky Cocktail | Overwatch Meet Me In Paris

You will need:
  • Champagne
  • Chambord
  • Cranberry juice
  • Raspberries for garnish

Geeky Cocktail | Overwatch Meet Me In Paris

For this drink, fill your champagne flute about 3/4 of the way full. Add 1/2 shot of cranberry juice and about a teaspoon of the Chambord (any more and the drink will be too sweet!) Top with a few raspberries, and enjoy!

Geeky Cocktail | Overwatch Meet Me In Paris

As always, if you make this drink, let me know! I’d love to hear or see how it turned out. And let me know if you’ve been playing the new Paris map! Do you love it?

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Free Printable Stickers | Valentine’s

Happy nearly Valentine’s day everyone! In honor of the day, I made some fun little love-themed stickers that you can print and use for happy planning, adding to cards, or just because!

Free Valentine's Stickers | Kyla Is Inspired

Free Valentine's Stickers | Kyla Is Inspired

>> DOWNLOAD YOUR STICKERS <<

Free Valentine's Stickers | Kyla Is Inspired

Want to check out last year’s stickers? They’re still available to print & use! And if you have any ideas on stickers you’d like to see in the future, maybe from a fandom or for another holiday, please let me know!

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Eco Point Mei Cosplay Work Log | Part I

Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to document my progress of creating Eco Point Mei, my newest costume, before I debut her at PAX East 2019. This post will be in 3 (or 4) parts: jacket, tank & gun, boots, accessories. Here’s part 1!

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log

PATTERN
I’m not good at creating patterns from scratch, so I used Simplicity 1759 as a start. Using wrapping paper with a grid, I traced out the existing pattern into a larger, boxy fit. The grid was key for me to trace out what would become the leather parts, making sure they lined up evenly. I created a mock-up using muslin to make sure my pattern lined up…and it did! I was shocked I didn’t have to create it twice. I left plenty of room for seam allowance.

FABRIC
The jacket has 4 components:

  1. Fashion Fabric – “wrong side” of red satin (bought 4 yards, had extra)
  2. Red lining (bought 4 yards, had extra)
  3. Quilting batting
  4. Faux leather upholstery fabric – I used leftover from McCree’s chaps

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log

ASSEMBLY
To start, I cut the out all of the main pieces of red fabric, in the fashion fabric, lining, and batting.

I laid down all 3 layers of the jacket at once (which in hindsight could have been a mistake, see how messy the inside was below). I sewed together any edges that would be showing; the bottom, and front seams, mostly so the layers would hold together. To “quilt” the pieces, I drew my sections in chalk (I think the squares were 4″).

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log

For the leather pieces, I drew the pattern on the back (diamonds instead of squares) and sewed them using a light tan color thread for contrast. To attach the pieces to the red fabric, I folded down each edge and carefully sewed it down.

The sleeves followed the same process as the jacket, except on one arm I added an overwatch patch and painted on “ECOPOINT”. The sleeves were a pain in the butt to attach…too many layers! D:

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log

HOOD
The hood is a completely separate entity and isn’t attached to the jacket. There’s no batting in this; just a thick interfacing to give the hood some structure. I actually used my Shinoa hood as a template for this pattern. The fur was then hand-stitched on.

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log

The last component was the zipper; I used a 26″ separating zipper, though it’s really more for show since Mei’s jacket is kind of folded over and held in place with a belt.

Let me know if you have any specific questions about this! Part 2 will be coming shortly…I just have to finish the props first! :)

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Cosplay | Palanquin DVa

I’m really, really backlogged for sharing my costumes from last year, so here’s Palanquin Dva, completed for PAX East back in March 2018!

Kyla Is Inspired | Palanquin DVa

This costume was tricky; DVa is Korean, so I spent a lot of time researching how to create her hanbok (traditional Korean dress). I spent a lot of time filming the creation of this costume, but…I never got around to editing the footage :/ I’ll share what I have for progress photos and hope they help!

Kyla Is Inspired | Palanquin DVa

Kyla Is Inspired | Palanquin DVa

I will say the star for this entire costume was the upholstery fabric I fount at my local fabric store for $4/yard…it had multiple colored stripes on the back already in a unique pattern so I didn’t have to purchase multiple colors of fabric. It’s definitely worth foraging through bins of fabric at places other than Jo-Anns to find materials!

Kyla Is Inspired | Palanquin DVa

Kyla Is Inspired | Palanquin DVa

Kyla Is Inspired | Palanquin DVa

If you have any questions at all about how I made this costume, please feel free to ask! I’ll do my best to help :) Otherwise, click below for more info!

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2018 Cosplays

Can you believe that 2018 is nearly over? Once again, I find myself looking back at what I created this year, and feeling proud of what I accomplished. I made 9 costumes in 2017 and I said this year would make less, but I still ended up with 7!

Kyla Is Inspired | Cosplays 2018


Anna

Black Cat DVa

McCree (Part 1 | Part 2)

Lifeguard McCree

Palanquin DVa

Princess Peach

Snow White

This was a Big Year for me – McCree was definitely my most involved costume yet, and I went more detailed than ever with my Anna and Snow White. Plus, I’ve never done a bathing suit costume before, so Lifeguard McCree definitely took me out of my comfort zone!

I’m hoping that next year I can focus more on my blog and back fill some of these costumes that I never got around to posting about! I’m also hoping to do more tutorial posts for some future cosplays I have planned.

What are you most proud of that you’ve made this year?

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