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Xenosaga II: Jacket WIP collage by RamenCartel
Xenosaga II: Jacket WIP collage
A small sample of the patterns and detail work from Shion's Xenosaga 2 jacket. The metal and elastic mesh bits in the arm drapes are easier to see here. I've also included a preliminary sketch of the jacket based on the blurry TV screen shots Nick and I took of Shion's back with his PS2.

For detailed photos and a description of the project, click here: <da:thumb id="493031943">

Sewing the shoulder guards was also a serious challenge. I ended up folding back the interfacing on the flat, top portion of the guard just to join top and bottom together. Even pinned down, the angle was difficult to sew with a machine. Eventually I was able to make a line of stitching that laid against the edge of the interfacing layers and I'm very happy with the result.
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Xenosaga II: Shion Uzuki jacket commission by RamenCartel
Xenosaga II: Shion Uzuki jacket commission
Finished just in time for Halloween! Shion's casual jacket from Xenosaga 2 has been in the works since late June, but it's the finest cosplay I've made since Ho-oh in 2010. 98% happy with the final product and can only hope the customer is too.

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Shion's Xenosaga II jacket was crafted from 50+ custom pattern pieces and 6 overlapping templates. Templates included positioning guidelines for the 3 layers of the jacket front, 2 layers of the jacket back, over arm drape stripes, neck drape stripes, triangle strap stripes, and shoulder guards. While it was a ridiculous amount of busy work, There are so many individual pieces in this jacket that everything has to be perfectly aligned so the jacket's shoulder and side seams meet together properly. My perfectionism instincts even kicked into full gear during the sewing process because increasing the occasional seam by 1/8" would be a large enough margin shift all the side seams and scrap the project.

80% of Shion's jacket is made from a thin and slippery synthetic material (I believe an acetate mix) which is traditionally reserved for linings. Sleek and smooth, the material is significantly lighter than satin, which was necessary for letting the over arm drapes flicker in the wind and wearing Shion's multi-layered jacket comfortably. The fragility of the fabric caused some hiccups during the construction process however. Like pleather and fleece, this fabric is not seam ripper friendly because the stitching holes left behind are permanent. I also had to buy new shears and line every piece with thin interfacing to keep the shape of the original pattern pieces. Wavy cuts are a big problem when trying to recreate sharp angles with sheer fabric, but it also increased the work time significantly. The fabric also was subject to fraying, so I decided to add a lining, secured seam allowances with an extra line of 1/4" stitching on either side of each hem, and used fray check to seal every seam and corner. Despite the hassle, the acetate mix fabric chosen was budget friendly and came in every color required for the project. A small positive, but an important one.

Other fabrics: JoAnn's standard gold satin, left over pleather for the black shoulder guard straps
Accessories: Necklace with the same crystal from my Shion outfit (not pictured), gold chains on the arm drapes, 10 gold buttons for decoration and security.

For work in progress photos (WIPs) and the occasional cosplay tip, be sure to check out my facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/RamenCartelSt…

Cheers! See you all at Daisho Con 2014!
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Tales of Xilla: Jude Shirt by RamenCartel
Tales of Xilla: Jude Shirt
In anticipation of the new game, my buddy Wondering Chaos commissioned a Jude's shirt from Tales of Xilla. This was created on a $20 materials budget, crafted from a gray and black flannel print and softener treated polyester.


We initially chose a charcoal gray broad cloth that was exact in color, but the fabric wasn't treated and the dye bled into a monochrome tye-dye upon washing it. We couldn't find another fabric in the same color at Jo Ann's, so I opted for this print, feeling that would stimulate a similar shade of gray when photographed from 4 feet away. You can see some photos of the shirt with the finished Jude cosplay on Wondering Chaos' facebook page: www.facebook.com/WanderingChao…
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Commissions - Closed by SweetDuke

Finally caught up! I just finished posting my most recent projects to DA, with the exemption of the Xenosaga 2 jacket, which is almost done. Commissions will be closed for August and September. I am buying a new sewing machine and need to finish my Kill la Kill cosplay.

A special thanks goes out to Wandering Chaos and Pandora for letting me borrow their machine this month after mine broke down! You two are the best!

Cheers,

~LMV

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seika Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the llama! :iconllama-plz:
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RamenCartel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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geekyemoKun Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thx 4 the fav on my tomoe cosplay :'3 :heart:, if u do have facebook plz do like my cosplay page if u dnt mind kinda support thingy :heart: www.facebook.com/Geekyemokun :heart:
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Clu-art Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the faves! :D
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RamenCartel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Keep up the good work!
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vash204 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
hey the person i am following. just an fyi, this is vash the one that took your pic at acen that you have posted on here
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RamenCartel Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well hello there stranger! Have a llama! I just updated the credits for the photo!
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CainAndrew Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
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RamenCartel Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Keep up the good work!
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Taimuko Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanku you for :+fav: :) !
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