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Con Report - Iberanime LX 2013

Hey everyone! 

I know, two posts in a day! What a miracle ehe ♥ I guess this one will be small though, I don't have many photos to show you (I barely took any) and I don't want to drag it way too much!

On the 13th and 14th of this month there was this con - Iberanime LX 2013. Iberanime is the biggest convention we have in our country and it happens every years twice: one in Lisbon and another one in Oporto.

I've been longing for this con ever since I didn't have a change to wear Madara at Photoshoot #10 earlier this February. Last year I wanted to wear Amy Rose for Iberanime, but I changed my plans completely.

Day 1 - 13th April 2013 - Madara Uchiha (Naruto)
Ah, this day was completely insane!

I had to wake up earlier to finish my costume! Even so I didn't have time to finish a couple of details, and since I didn't want to get to the convention late, I went with some little things unfinished (the costume itself was 99% done so I didn't mind much).

I got there at around 2 something p.m (I had a small problem with the armour so it took me longer), and met by brother and his girlfriend as well as my friend Elly!

(I must warn you that I'm doing almost the same face in all these pictures ; ;)

Misaki, me, Sofia and Piiui-chan!

Ema and me! I finally spent some time with her ;w; She's so awesome!

Me and Manon! She's the one who took care of my wig (alonside Leonor). Sexy ninja with pink hair XD (I can't remember the name ; ;)

The gorgeous Kei and me! She's always so beautiful in Lolita ;w;

Me and Elly! She looked really cool as female L!

I didn't stop for a second the entire day! People kept asking me for photos! I swear that I took around 60/70 photos that day, just with random people! I was really happy people liked my costume so much. It made the experience even better 

Oh and I was interviewed by the TV! Though I'm not sure if I want to see the interview, I kinda messed up at one point ; ;

Madara's a dog lover now! This puppy was so adorable *o*

Even though people kept interrupting me to take photos, I still had a bit of time to be with my friends! Ema made me small photoshoot and I did one to her. Later that day (after the con ended) I also made a small shoot with Elly! And I was crazy enough to go into the water with the costume still on. Thank god it was super hot that day!

The photos turned out awesome, and I hope I can post them both here, DeviantArt and Tumblr soon! As well as updating my other cosplay galleries.

Day 2 - 14th April 2013 - Carla Radames (Resident Evil 6)
I decided to take Carla this day so I could have a little break from photos. I knew from the beggining that Carla isn't a very well known character here and therefore I would not be asked for lots of photos. I really needed a small break this day! 

I was happy though that some people recognised me! 

Key and me once again! She looked gorgeous this day as well!

My soulmate-chan Adrii as Asuna and me on the far right! I don't know who the other 2 girls are but if you know please tell me!

Me! Photo by Sofia

There wasn't as many people the second day as on the first, but it was still full of people! And the weather was much warmer than the previous day, in my opinion!

It felt great to be able to spend the day not worrying about anything besides being with my friends. I missed everyone so much  ♥  I still ended up doing a small shoot with Sofia, both me to her and her to me! Double shoot!

Soda break! Fanta (my favourite!)  

Me and my nii-san!

At the end of the day I was completely exausted. And let's not talk about the high heels, that was the down part of wearing Carla's costume >.< 

Even so, it was an amazing convention and I was super sad it was over!

I bought these two adorable Arpakasso! They're so perfect ;w;

Last but not least, I made several small appearences on XOtaku's new video! It looks really great, I think they're getting better and better!

And this is all! I hope you liked my extremely small post about Iberanime! I want to start my next cosplay very soon, I will give you news about that when I can!

Thank you for reading 


New Cosplay: Madara Uchiha (Naruto)

Hey everyone! 

I'm finally bringing you a blog post about a new costume: Madara Uchiha from Naruto!

Official Artwork from the Databook I believe

This costume was a dream.

Not a lot of people know this, but when I started watching Naruto I used to hate the Uchiha clan. The years passed, a lot of things changed and as you know I now love them more than the actual series itself. With Madara was no different, I used to hate him but as the story progressed I eventually fell in love.

Screenshot from the anime
I've been planning to do it for quite some time, but I came to the conclusion that I had a problem: wig. I searched but never found a wig of my liking and I am horrible at wig styling so that wasn't even an option. 

One day I spoke with Manon (an amazing portuguese cosplayer), explaning to her the problem and she agreed to help me! She and Leonor (one of my cosplay idols) styled my wig and it turned out awesome! ♥ Specially considering the wig I gave them SUCKED.

Photos by Manon! Thank you so much! 
The sewing part of the costume went pretty well. The shirt, pants and waist "skirt" were quite easy to do! I did not have time to do the shinobi sandals, so I adapted Mikoto's (basically cut them short). 

Pants progress!
And the finished pants!
Some pictures of the progress of the shirt! I still hadn't cut the collar at this point.
Unfortunately I don't have more photos of the sewing parts. I didn't take any of the waist "skirt" or the finished shirt, but you can see those when I start posting photos of the costume!

To me the real challenge of this cosplay was the armour. I had an extremely short budget, which meant any expensive material was completely out of question. So after thinking a lot on what would be the best and most economic thing to use, I decided to do the armour with artificial leather (Napa para quem é português). 

Cutting the patterns
The final pattern of the armour! Everything made of paper. 
I did a sort of pattern out of paper before cutting the real thing. I wasn't sure of the size of each piece (26 total) and didn't want to mess up the final product, so I made everything out of paper to see how it looked like! I LOVED the result so I went ahead with it!

Next I cut every piece in red cardboard and glued the fake leather on top. I could have used just the leather but I thought it would be too soft so I decided to add the cardboard. I then made small holes in certain parts of the armour (the same places you can see in the pictures above) with a hot iron and used white wool to tie everything together!

Armour progress
The front and sides of the armour complete! The back is missing but it's the same as the front

With all honesty, I'm extremely proud of this armour. It was the first time I've ever done something like this and I love the final result  The only problem with is that it's not very resistent, specially on the torso (I used it for about 5 hours on the con and it looked horrible at the end, I had to iron the whole thing). Besides that it's extremely comfortable!

Last but not least, the other challenge of this cosplay: the Gunbai (Madara's weapon).

Drawing the Gunbai
I've had this idea on how to do the Gunbai since the beggining. I didn't want something too heavy since I knew I had to carry it around at least for the entire afternoon, but I wanted something resistant. Once again super expensive materials were not an option.

I found this sort of plywood at an extremely good price, and I thought it would look amazing as the Gunbai's base. Plywood usually has one side that is smooth and another that's not. This one has both sides smooth. I drew everything by hand, only with a reference photo.

Left: The Gunbai already cut (and upside down -.-) | Right: Gunbai with the handle glued
What I used to paint the Gunbai (+ black and red acrylic that's missing)
Left: The primary paint | Right: Completely painted and almost finished!

It took me around 4/5 hours to do the Gunbai. I only finished it on the day of the event but it turned out great! The only thing that's missing in the last picture is the bandages around the handle and both the bottom and top of the same. I did those with papier-mâché.

This costume was both the best and the worst cosplay experience I ever had. There was sweat, tears and blood (especially tears) in the process but I feel so good when I wear it. I feel happy with how it came out, and I usually don't feel 100% happy with my costumes.

When I can I still want to remake the sandals and just give some finishing touches in little things, but it's overall completed! I already had two little shoots and I want to post pictures soon! Maybe tomorrow!

Hope you liked it 


Madara Uchiha

Character: Madara Uchiha
Manga/Anime: Naruto
Version: Konoha's Founding (?)
Status: Finished
First used: Iberanime Lx 2013 
Planning on using again? Yes

About: I used to hate Madara. But as we got to know more about him and his story, I've grown to love him with all my heart. So this cosplay has been a dream of mine for a very long time. But I had a problem with the wig: I couldn't find any that I liked and I'm not good enough at styling. Thanks to my friends Manon and Leonor, who styled the wig, my dream finally came true.

See how I made this costume HERE.


Photos by Fiaziinha and Elly