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Aglarwen last won the day on November 14 2017

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About Aglarwen

  • Birthday 06/29/1993

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    Elizabeth Martinez
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    Tampa, FL
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    Sewing, Dancing, Aerials, Gaming
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  1. Seventh Sister soft good help

    For the Sister I've made in the past, a suiting fabric (similar to what is used for officer uniforms) has worked for the coat and pants. I lined it in a cheap red cotton fabric, since most linings are shiny and I didn't want the lining to have a sheen. I have also seen the pants made out of spandex with great success. I would say it all depends on the material that you would prefer to work with. As for gloves, I had to make them for my customer because I haven't seen a pair of gloves in that color combination. I am currently unaware of any vendors that do any of the soft parts for this character currently, but maybe someone else will know?
  2. Suggestion for CRL change

    This belt she's wearing here seems to be a completely different belt. The side strap isn't there, and the buckle is a different shape. Every reference in the gallery with pouches is this style of belt and not the one currently in the written standards. So maybe if they want pouches, make this belt an option as well? Something they can only wear with the cowl and black wristband combo (since she's wearing that combo in every reference of the pouches in the gallery as well)? Unless we find more references of her wearing the pouches with her other belt/accessory combo, I think this would be the only way we could include the pouches in the CRL.
  3. My Mara Jade WIP

    The blaster looks great! Excited to see how it looks printed out!
  4. Vaylin - SWTOR

    Hey guys! I took Vaylin out for a couple more test runs recently with great success. Shoes got finished, all of the 3D printed belt accessories are done, suns are attached to the suit at the hips now, thighs are attached with a garter belt. I couldn't be happier with the results. Have some shots taken by my talented friends! This one was taken at a mini convention at a baseball game. I was invited to judge the costume contest there, so they took me onto the field to help announce the winners. Also wore her to Metrocon for a brief moment in between shows and sewing costumes for customers backstage A friend also created a GIF showing the costume head to toe. Technically not finished yet because I fixed the neck hem, the holes you see along the border of my thigh armor, and added the suns to the hips after this event. https://imgur.com/a/mzfAr Only things I really need to tweak before I send in for approval is stretching the belt so it sits lower on my hips and shows more of the suns and attach the buckle a different way so it doesn't flop as I walk so easily. Feel free to point out anything else I should touch up before I send her in. I'm always open to feedback, an extra set of eyes can only help to improve it!
  5. Armour Material ?

    There's a lot of great choices for armor materials out there that will give it a nice rigid appearance. Vaccuumformed plastic (like stormtrooper armor), worbla, leather, EVA foam. Depending on what you feel comfortable with in terms of weight, if you're making it yourself, etc. I know there are places that make it to standards with some minor adjustments, but I'm not sure of the names haha.
  6. Nihilus COTF update on CRL - what is a natural weave?

    That would be a great example of a natural weave. Linens are great choices for fabrics with a natural weave, and the weight gives them a nice drape. By far my favorite fabric to work with
  7. Suggestion for CRL change

    I definitely think grouping up the accessories in one section will be helpful to get the combinations right. It can be easily overlooked. My only worry is the pouches. While having pouches on our costumes would be SO helpful, we would still need to find official references of her wearing pouches for it to be an approvable addition.
  8. KOTFE- Lana Beniko

    Good job on that glove, it came out great!! Making gloves is no easy feat, I know from experience!
  9. Angelus leather paints are also phenomenal if you need a paint rather than a dye. My boyfriend has been using it to paint a black pleather trench coat red and it's been working like a charm. It spreads and blends in with itself very well with very little brush strokes.
  10. KOTFE- Lana Beniko

    Awww you're too kind!! You're off to a good start! I will say you definitely will need darker bias tape. My friend's Lana has lighter bias tape like that and needs to darken it before she can get approved. I would recommend making your own. Dye a half yard or so of cotton fabric to the right color, cut it out yourself, and iron the folds in. And if you need a lighter wig color to look natural on you, then by all means. Lana's hair in game is a little more on the yellowish side, but not everybody has the skintone to rock that lol. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
  11. KOTFE- Lana Beniko

    I wish you luck on this build, its by no means a simple build, as I've seen my friend stress over this for quite a while now. A cotton canvas would be a good choice for fabric, it'll have the woven texture that her outer tunic has in the game. I would try to find a pattern for the outer tunic without darts, since hers in the game doesn't have any. Even with the chest armor and tabards, I wouldn't want to risk those being seen and getting marked for it! If you feel up to it, sketching your own pattern out for this shouldn't be all that hard to do. As for the armor, worbla would be a great choice for this! I've also seen it made out of EVA foam and come out just as good, if the worbla fails you. The stuff can be pretty tricky to work with, and warps very easily, as I've learned the hard way. For glove patterns, I use Yaya Han's glove pattern and it works like a charm for me. The pattern for the left glove would just need to be altered to flare out at the cuff. Even with that pattern, it usually takes me some adjusting to get perfectly right. Gloves are just so dang tricky! I also approve of the choice of Arda wigs! I love their stuff, always my go to for my wigs! I would say the Magnum would probably work best, maybe in Fairy Blonde, and then sharpie dye the gradient into the ends? As a side note, 3D printing is the greatest thing to ever come about, especially for finer details on costumes! I've been keeping my 3D print artist super busy with my Vaylin details!
  12. Vaylin - SWTOR

    Been hard at work on my updates the last couple weeks. Armor is now 90% done. Everything is shaped and covered in the fabric, and painted with gold detailing. Just need to add Velcro and elastic in the appropriate spots for my thighs, gauntlets, and shoulders I also sewed new bodysuit legs the last couple days, complete with new ribbing. This attempt is just a little bit more uneven than the last time. I sewed stitches diagonally across first and then sewed straight down. It's subtle, but still cool looking. There's a quilt batting backing to give it a ribbed effect. I'll probably hate my life with that later, but the vinyl alone wouldn't give the 3D effect of ribbing that I wanted. All that's left to do is cover my new shoes with fabric, change the ribbing out on the sleeves with the new design, and wait for my friend to design and print the belt accessories and control panel for the left gaunlet. Completion is very near, getting excited! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
  13. Eliste put it pretty well here. It needs to be proportionate to the person wearing it. With that piece in particular, one size won't fit everyone. I do think yours is a bit short. If it's real leather, you can also try stretching it while its wet to get a bit more length, and then form it to proper shape while still wet.
  14. Vaylin - SWTOR

    I got some time last night to start working on my upgrades to Vaylin. This time, the shoulders were shaped in foam and covered with the same vinyl I used on the rest of the suit, and they turned out really nice! Much smoother and cleaner than the worbla version, with the perfect color to match the rest of the costume. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
  15. YAY! Congratulations!! So happy for you!!