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558: InuYasha Ended Today. WHAAAAAA! :(

WHAAAAAAA!!!! :(



My fave series has ended!



I want more, Inu stories.... I'll have to settle for fanfic now.



*crys* no more new stories about my Sesshy :(



Oh... love the ending though! semi-spoilers, but not by muchCollapse ) Sesshie's glare at Kagome's new title for him = Priceless! LOL! LOL! LOL!



Any one else had read the ending yet?



I need to blab spoilers to someone! :)

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I was just searching the forums for "Sesshomaru" info, and came back with lots of various posts and comments that made me cringe. I am seeing the same comments being said over and over again, by every single CosPlayer who has done Sesshomaru, which basically boils down to this:

    They walk through the door, get mobbed (or rather tackled the way some of them are putting it!) by fangirls, who with in seconds ruin the entire costume.

YIKES!

At first I started worrying about my costume getting damaged, because, this thing is setting me back a couple of thousand dollars, and I'd really hate for it to get ruined. It took me 3 months just to locate the antique silk I'm using to make the kosode.

Than I started to thinking, the one I'm making, is not only very expensive, but it's more or less historically accurate: real silk, real embroidery, real fur, and.... real armor, with real metal spikes, which, I'm not to concerned that a fan girl could damage my armor, but it occurred to me, that if what these posters are saying is true, than if a crazed fangirl made a mad dash to hug me, she really could end up with a punctured lung... literally.

That sudden thought worries me, and got me to wondering, has anyone here ever gotten hurt, from glomping someone or being glomped by someone? or ever seen someone else get hurt?

Is there some way to keep people from glomping you?



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Lord Sesshomaru's Heko-Obi


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Today I am figuring out how to make Sesshy's Heko-Obi. And trying to figure out how he wears it, the loops and knots and drapes, don't seem to be in a logical order. Of course, I need to figure out which heko-obi I'm planning to make as well. I want to make the pink and red manga one, to wear with the pink flower kosode I'm making, because I just like pink and thenk the pink heko-obi would look better with the pink kosode, but in the movie he wore the dark blue heko-obi with the pink flower kosode. Can I cheat and mix and match his cloths?


Over his Kimono, Sesshomaru wears a very formal Hakama, a black obi, battle armor, and an obi-sash called a Heko-obi. We shall know take a look at the Heko-Obi and it's multiple variations.

Heko-Obi

The Heko-Obi is a thin, highly decorative, brightly colored silk sash, a type of Obi worn by men. It generally serves no purpose other than formal decoration of ceremonial wear. Sesshomaru's is distinctively longer and fancier than that normally worn by men and it tied at the waist to form a flower-like bow. Long fancy Obis of this type, were generally worn by women, not men, as a man's Obi is generally much short and has no long drape to it. Sesshomaru's Heko-obi is therefor highly unusual, and more resembles the belted sashes worn by Chinese noblemen, rather than those worn by Japanese noblemen. Though highly decorative, Sesshomaru's heko-obi does serve a purpose, as he uses it to sheath his swords to his side.

More than one Heko-obi has been seen to be worn by Sesshomaru. The Heko-obi is the item with see with the most variations, to date I have counted 8 different versions of it. As with the alternate kimono styles, the alternate heko-obi styles could be taken as a mistake on the part of the anime artists or manga inkers or as the fact that Sesshomaru owns multiple heko-obis. For my own costume I am going to assume the later and make all of the alternate styles and colors. Here is a list of the different versions he has been seen wearing:

    Heko-Obi: Anime Version:

    The anime version of Sesshy's Heko-Obi is by far and without a doubt the most popular version of it. This is the one most people quickly identify as being his "standard" Heko-obi, and the one used by most costumers, when making a Lord Sesshomaru costume.

    Sesshomaru's anime Heko-Obi is a brilliant eye-popping shade of yellow, embellished with purple trim. See the many pictures of him on the page, to see a detail of this ocean wave pattern. It is uncertain if the purple designs are painted on, dyed, or embroidered onto the heko-obi.



    If you wish to make one of the alternate heko-obis, here are the details:


      Alternate Heko-Obi #1: Original Manga Version

      Alternate Heko-Obi #1 is the same as the one he usually wears, except for the color. This one is a pale pastel petal pink or a shade commonly called "bubble gum pink", and the designs on it are red instead of purple. (Sesshomaru's debut picture shows him in hammered bronze armor and a pink Heko-Obi.)



      Sesshomaru was originally introduced as InuYasha's older sister, not older brother. The color of his Heko-obi changed from pink to yellow after the story was rewritten and republished with him as a boy instead of a girl.

      Alternate Heko-Obi #2: Anime Version; Not Common

      Alternate Heko-Obi #2 is the same as the one he usually wears, except for the color. This one is the same brilliant shade of yellow, but the designs on it are royal blue instead of purple.

      Alternate Heko-Obi #3: Anime Version; Not Common

      Alternate Heko-Obi #3 is also the same as his usual one, except for the color, which is a dark gold-yellow, possibly metallic, and has navy blue designs on it.

      Alternate Heko-Obi #4: Movie Version

      Alternate Heko-Obi #4 is completely different from his usual wear. We only see this one once, in the movie flashback, when Sesshomaru was a young teenager, about 14 or 15 years old (human equivalent). He wears it with his pink flower kosode. This one is made of a dark blueish-purplish cloth, which resembles a velvety material. The lower edges of it have a gold banner-like pattern which appears to be embroidered in. The ends of this Heko-obi are trimmed with a band of long gold tassels. This Heko-obi is shorter than the one he normally wears.



      Alternate Heko-Obi #5: Manga Version (Japan Only)

      Alternate Heko-Obi #5 is the same as the one he usually wears, except for the color. Though not seen in the United States, this one is fairly common in Japanese editions, and has been seen used a few times used in Japanese costumes, as well as being used quite often in Japanese fan-art. Instead of being yellow, this one is a pale whispery shade of sky blue, and the designs on it are royal blue instead of purple.

      Alternate Heko-Obi #6: VIZ Promotional Product "Chibi" Version (Japan Only)

      I have only seen this one in VIZ's promotional "Chibi-art" These picture show Sesshomaru as a Chibi, or a small child, about 7 or 8 years old. In this picture he was shown wearing a much more traditional Heko-obi, without both side drapes and the long flowing drapes at the front. Alternate Heko-Obi #6 was made of a plain bright yellow cloth.

      Alternate Heko-Obi #7: VIZ Promotional Product Version (Japan Only - very rare)

      I have only seen this one once, on a rare promotional art picture, which shows Sesshomaru "at home" and out of his normal nobleman's outfit and wearing a drabber set of "house cloths". In this picture he was shown wearing a much more traditional Heko-obi, without both side drapes and the long flowing drapes at the front. Alternate Heko-Obi #7 was made of a stiffer (possibly brocade) fabric, and bright red.



    Obi

    Once we see Sesshomaru not wearing his usual battle armor. He is seen wearing neither his Haramaki nor his spiked plates. From this episode we know that underneath his battle armor and over his kimono and hakama, Sesshomaru wears a very wide, plain black obi, most likely to have been made of silk brocade.




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Q & A Time Again: 10 Costuming Questions


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1. What is your dirty little secret when it comes to costume construction?
A. I rarely do hand sewing for the seams... my sewing machine is much faster, so if the stitching can't be seen from the outside, my sewing machine did it!

2. What are you the most proud of when it comes to your costume construction?
A. My embroidery, pleats, and beading details. I can embroider, pleat, or hand bead for hours on end, and I don't mind taking weeks and weeks to do it if it means getting the look I want to achieve.

3. Which of your costumes do you think you look the best in?
A. My green cotton calico "Sense and Sensibility" empire dress worn with a blue velvet Burnoose. I looked so good in it and it was so comfortable to wear, that I went back and made 3 more of the same dress in different colors.

4. What style of costume would you never be caught dead in?
A. Wasp waist. AGH! I couldn't even imagine corseting my waist a few inches smaller, let alone to the tiny 18 to 20 inches of a wasp waist dress!

5. What was your all-time favorite Halloween costume?
A. Miss Piggy from the Muppet Show... my mom was a seamstress and she did the whole thing extremely accurate, from the purple silk gown to the sculpted felt full head mask, that looked exactly like the puppet on the show!

6. If time/money/skill was no object, what would you be for Halloween this year?
A. A historically accurate version of Lord Sesshomaru... which btw, I am making. Skill is no object, I can hand sew and embroider, and plan to teach myself armor work so I can make the battle armor... it's time and money that are holding me up... I need more of both.

7. Which is more important to you in a costume - style, or comfort?
A. It has to have a style I like and will wear, before I will make it, however, if it is not comfortable I won't make it no matter how much I like the style.

8. What comfort do you refuse to give up when wearing a costume?
A. None. I'm a life actor and for me lack of comfort is not an option because I have to wear these things 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

9. Where is the strangest place you've ever worn a costume?
A. uhm... see last answer. Every where, I suppose. Only I don't find it to be strange, everyone who sees me does though. I get hounded with questions up one side and down the other about my cloths and why I'm dressed the way I am... they expect me to tell them I'm on my way to a costume party or something, and when I tell them otherwise they don't know how to respond... it's crazy, because people assume I'm wearing a costume and once I tell them these are my normal cloths they do a double take and than millions of questions as to how I got started and why I do this.

10. If you see a non-costuming friend or coworker while you are in costume, would you go say "Hi!" or run and hide?
A. I usually say hi and THEY run and hide.




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I've been making costumes for years, but this is my first time doing anything with fur fabric or a tail, so I'm a bit new to fur sewing. I'm making a Lord Sesshomaru costume, which is not a fur-suit per say, but does have some fur on it, namely he's got an 8 foot long tail, called a mokomoko, which I have to make.

Well, I had a few questions about how to go about making the mokomoko, and I figured, I'd ask you guys in case someone reading this knows anything about working with fur and tails and such.

First off, I'm making the manga version of Sesshomaru. The anime version has him wearing a 4 foot fur boa, but in the manga it was a 8 foot furry tail, and it looks quite a bit different in the manga from the amine. Here's a photo reference, of the version I'm making:





As you can see, it's HUGE. Because the tail is so long, he's got it pulled up through his kimono and than slung over his shoulder, and it still drags on the ground quite a ways. I need a lot of fabric.


I was wondering, if anyone could recommend where I can get the fur to use for this? I'm looking for something that looks like real fur, possibly an arctic fox tail look or a mongolian sheepskin look or alpaca wool or possibly yak hair . The pile is quite long and very fluffy and the color is a ecru or cream color.

I would prefer real fur, but only if it's sheared and not skinned. I tried Googeling for this, but all I could find was either skins (ICK!) or bags of sheared wool. I had heard that yak hair, mongolain sheep wool, and alpaca wool are sometimes sold knitted or woven into a fur fabric, used for making fur costumes in movies (the Grinch was said to be made like this, using yak hair dyed green). I would really like to find a place that sells this type of fur fabric, but so far none of my searches have turned up anything. Does anyone here know where this type of fur can be bought?


(P.S. I have a coat trimmed with Mongolian sheepskin [real fur] and it's a super soft, super fluffy 6" pile, with a "twisted" kinky "dreadlock" texture to it. This is what I am looking for...either the real thing, or a faux one that looks and feels like the real thing.)

If I can't find it, I'll settle for fake, but I want it to look real, and so far all the fake fur I've looked at, looks too "shinny" and well, fake. Do you know of a good source for fur that looks real?

Here is an anime shot, for color reference:



To get the look I amm seeking, I have been told to:
    Use wool. It's the only way you'll get that 'cotton candy' fluffy texture. Buy it in bags and then weft it and sew it to a backing. It will be a great deal of work (and a lot of wool) but it can be done.If you can buy it in ropes, it might be easier since wefting would be much easier and quicker. You could even just cut it and dip one end in glue. Let it dry and glue it to a frame. Quicker than separating and sewing. And wool puffs up a lot when brushed (because it's crinkled) so it's pretty forgiving about covering up mistakes.


I actually went to a local alpaca farm a few weeks ago, and that's what they told me too... they sell the wool in bags... it's oodles soft and wonderful, but, wow, that's a whole lot of work! I don't know if I could really do that... my patience might were thin before I got barely started!

Here's where I went, and this is a picture of the wool/color/texture they sell that I was looking at: http://www.trippinggnomefarm.com/herd_royal.html

I wonder, if I did do this, how durable cloth made like this would be? Have you ever tried doing this?

If I do make an attempt at wefting raw wool, and sewing it to a backing, than I'll probably use something that looks like these:





Most likely I'll end up getting the wool from a local alpaca farm, cause I'd really like to see it in person before buying it. No idea how many pounds I should buy though. Does anyone have any thoughts on wefting your own wool? If I go this road, I think the Mokomoko will end up costing about $500 just for the cost of the wool though.


Okay, moving on. I have a question about actually making the tail, once I finally find the fabric. I've heard people say that Sesshomaru's tail should be stuffed, to make it stand out more, like it does in the pictures. Looking at the two pictures above (these being the ones I'm using as my guide to make this tail), would you say I should do that or not? If so, what would I use to stuff it, and how would I keep the stuffing from shifting and bunching all into one end?


Secondly, I've been told that I should put a wire in the tail. On the other hand I've been told not to use a wire in it. I'm not sure wither I should use a wire or not. What would you recommend? Also, why would one want to put a wire in a tail? I'm not sure what the reason for doing this is. And if I should use a wire in it, what type of wire do I use? How do I put it in the tail? And how do I stop it from poking through the fabric?


Thanks!



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Okay, so if you've been reading my blogs or websites for a while, than you've probably heard me talking about my costume and how I'm gone nuts over historical accuracy with it. Part of my historical accuracy obsession, was to seek out antique 15" wide Japanese silk to use to make Lord Sesshomaru's kimono and hakama.

I started my search in March 2008 and after several weeks I finally found what I was looking for. I bought it from a dealer in Japan, and it just arrived in the mail yesterday. It is the most beautiful fabric I have ever owned, however, now that I have it here in my hands, I'm looking at it and I'm thinking, what have I gotten myself into? This amazing little piece of cloth has now opened up a whole world of questions, most of which I should be able to deal with on my own, but one, is just nagging at me, and I don't know what I should do, so I thought I'd come here and ask you guys, and see what you say.

Normally I buy a new fabric and throw it in the washing machine to pre-wash it and pre-shrink it, before I even consider cutting it out and sewing it into anything. Wither or not it goes in the dryer depends on what type of fabric it is.

Here's my dilemma:

  • This fabric is 100% pure silk, and a very lightweight one too.
  • This fabric is handwoven.
  • This fabric is antique.


So... each of those types of fabric would require special care, but this fabric is all three in one!

As you know, this fabric is going to be used to make the 4 kimonos worn by Lord Sesshomaru through the series, (The red one, the purple one, the blue one, and the pink one.) and the white hakama. The white on each of these kimono, is of course the color of the fabric, while the colored sections on the kimonos, I am going to add via hand embroidery. It's going to take me 3 or 4 months to do the embroidery on each kimono, so an awful lot of time and work is going into these. The embroidery once finished, will not be able to be washed, by either machine or hand, and can only be "spot cleaned" with a sponge. So, that said, once these kimonos are finished, I will never be able to wash them.

Now, that brings us to my question and why I am writing this post:

I know that silk can shrink like crazy when washed, so pre-washing is recommended. On the other hand the finished garment is not likely to ever be washed, ever. The fact that this silk is an antique, means that it should be handled with more care too.

So, should I pre-wash this fabric or not? What would you do? Would YOU wash it? If so, would you wash it by hand or by machine? Hot water or cold? With soap or just plain water? If with soap, what type should I use?

Normally when I wash delicates, I use one of these to wash them in instead of detergent:

  • Blueing
  • Irish Spring Body Wash
  • SoftSoap Body Wash
  • Woolite


Would you wash this silk using any one of these? Why or why not?

Should I use a liquid fabric softener on this?

Here are the details of the fabric, if that helps:

The fabric in question I am told was originally made to be used to create a lightweight summer kimono.

It has a woven pattern on it, (clouds, chrysanthemums, and cherry blossoms). The pattern being of a matte raised texture, while the background is a smooth glossy texture. The picture looks snow white, but it's actually a natural undyed silk and is a creamy off-white color. The dealer I bought it from called it "Rinzu Silk", and said it was handwoven and from approx cira 1940. It is very lightweight and airy, and when draped over your arm, feels like it is not even there. I have approx. 35 yards of it.

Though it is antique, it has never been used, and it still on it's bolts (there are 5 bolts of it), and is in mint condition, whoever owned it stored it well, it looks like any new fabric you'd buy at the store.

On the ends of the cloth, where it was cut from the loom, are stamped some Japanese symbols (words?), (stamped with that red stuff that they stamp on art scrolls and such), and the dealer told me that these markings are the weaver's signature, that they are stamps on just like an artist signing a work or art.

And here are some pics of it:











Has anyone ever dealt with a fabric like this one before? If so, could you tell me what you did? How you did it, and what the end results were? Do you have any special tips or advice of washing and handling silks or antique fabrics?


Thanks millions!

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