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23 March 2008 @ 09:35 pm
I realize I have been negligent of this comm. I'll update you then.

Aside from the clips for the vest pockets, Lee's vest has most everything it needs. The pattern will be based upon a McCalls pattern and I'll be sure to show you all the adaptations I make to it. The cloth is a dusty green color and very durable. Photos to come.

The main outfit will be made of tee-shirts purchased from Target. Green men's basic tees. I considered using green leggings from St Patrick's day from the girl's dept but could not find fabric that matched with which to make the upper portion of the jumpsuit.

Still no wigs.

Or shoes.

Neji's whole outfit fabric has been bought. The gray for his manskirt (lol) was discounted at Walmart.

The accessory fabrics are bought. They will be the first parts of the project completed...as soon as the sewing machine becomes accessible.

So I have not forgotten this! Lee and Neji will be ready to go in July ^_^
Current Location: San Diego, CA
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Burning Love - Elvis Presley
21 February 2010 @ 01:58 am
My main goal here is to provide the Naruto community...and cosplayers in general...with information gathered from around the net, and from my own misguided experience, that will aid in the making of a number of Naruto related cosplays.

leecompendium, aka Rock Lee Compendium, began Februay 19, 2008 as a way to collect, store, preserve, and share the data I use for making my Rock Lee (Shippuuden) costume and my sister's Neji Hyuga (Shippuuden costume).


- patterns
- tutorials
- links to outside sources
- reference images
- photos
- journaling of the cosplay experience


- any sort of "buying" guide (aside from the wig and headband, I'm not buying premade cosplay materials, so as far as reliable ebay sellers, or whatnot, you'll be on your own)

TAGS make a excellent mode of navigation. With them, you can jump easily between tutorials and locate specific things you need.
Current Mood: busy
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far before Naruto, I had Star Wars.

Stormtroopers, Jedi, space-pirates...even those darn Ewoks. I had it all, even JarJar.

Why am I telling you this? Because Star Wars is alive with fandom. Fandom that produces (and reproduces) and learns and grows and becomes its own entity... And Star Wars is not secretive! I don't have to snatch the Death Star plans and flee in my blockade runner with Vader's Star Destroyer on my heels. Oh, no siree!

When I used to run around in Star Wars, there were three basic things you needed to know:
Han shot first
"Do or do not (there is no try)."
Star Wars fans are the original psycho cosplayers

These are the people who sat in line in full-on Jedi (or Vader, or Rebel, or Stormtrooper...depending on affiliation) regalia and waited over night, multiple nights, just to have a ticket to see Episode I. Repeat process for seeing the film itself (at midnight the night of release). Repeat again for Episodes II and III.

For Star Wars fans, cosplay is serious business. Just you try making yourself a Stormtrooper uniform from scratch! (And he's probably got a working Artoo unit in his garage!)

Undoubtedly, this is where I get my cosplay philosophy.

On searching POUCHES

I know how to make a basic pouch. I understand the mechanics of it. But I still like me some references. Googling "Naruto pouches" turned up a bunch of people trying to sell me something, and I didn't want that! But "Pouch patterns" turned up a few gems.

Studio Creations has a fairly detailed prop and costuming guide for those who take costuming as serious business! If you need to make some of the trooper uniforms, check out the menu on the right-hand side. For me, I found the article on the cumberbund and pouches useful to consider when drawing up a pattern for the white pouch. Even if you don't use it (because it isn't the right style of accessory) it is good to look at all sorts of patterns. You might find something useful in the least likely places!

I'm partial to the Jedi myself, and Jedi-academy.com has a great instructional gallery for several of the main Star Wars character costumes. I found a really winner with the nefarious Boba Fett (still a favorite of my cousin). Fett's belt pouch provides a pattern easily modifiable into the black holster on the ninja's leg.
Current Mood: thankfulthankful
19 February 2008 @ 01:49 am
To start, I've broken down the costume into parts:

[-] Wig - black, short. Can cut/style as needed. Must be purchased.

[-] Brows - black. Felt or drawn in.

[-] One-piece - green, full-body suit. Must be custom-tailored to body-type. Cannot buy off the rack.

[x] Leaf Headband - red. Purchased. Cosplay item from previous convention.

[-] Vest - green flak-style, pockets, with red swirl. Custom fit. Small. Zips closed.

[x] Legwarmers - orange, knee-high. Made by my sister (Neji, aka Tissue-issues). Custom. Crocheted.

[-] Pouch - white. At waist. Bag/Circle-shaped. Some solidity.

[-] Pouch w/garter-strap - black. On leg. Box-shaped. Solid.

[-] Bandages - white. Enough for hands/arms and leg. Gloves beneath(?).

[-] Shoes - blue. Made from flip-flops.

[O] Kunai - black or silver. Made from paper.

[O] Backpack - green. Optional. Must be durable.

As you can see, I don't have much to begin with. The Leaf Headband was purchased last year on a whim...and good thing, too, since I don't have access to any metal-working supplies (I luck out, though, because the purchased one fits. Some might not be so lucky. Take that into consideration if your headband must go somewhere other than your forehead!)

The legwarmers were crocheted for me as a present by my sister. I wore them last year to Comic Con (not as Lee, though...just as some weirdo in orange legwarmers!). I am eternally grateful to her for those. Not only does it save me from having to make them myself, but it means they look nicer than anything fabric I could have made. In exchange, I'll be making her costume...all of it!
Current Location: San Diego, CA
Current Mood: artistic
Aren't we all?

Long-time cosplayers will tell you to know your body type. Know what looks good on you, and know what kind of costumes you can (and cannot) pull off.

I've never cosplayed before, and I will not try to be so presumptuous as to tell you what you can and cannot pull off. I will, however, tell you why I chose the costumes I did for my sister and myself.

It's less to me about outside and more about what's insideCollapse )
Current Location: San Diego, CA
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
19 February 2008 @ 12:55 am
Today (Feb. 18/19 2008) I embark on a rather youthful quest: to complete my Rock Lee (Naruto: Shippuuden) cosplay and my sister's Neji Hyuuga (Naruto: Shippuuden) cosplay by July 2008's San Diego Comic Con. Everything will hopefully be made from scratch.

But this compendium attempts to do much more than just highlight one (first time) cosplayer/amateur seamstress' journey towards destiny. I'll do my best to leave you with tips and tricks (some learned the hard way: through overcoming failure), links to tutorials I find helpful, and patterns and tutorials of my own.

I hope this might help anyone else who ever wishes to complete any cosplay/costuming endeavor. Good luck, may the Force be with you.

That's what I wrote for the first "profile" text of this community. It's mildly fancy.

Truth be told, this isn't about "fancy" at all. It's about making the best Rock Lee cosplay I am capable of, and helping others to do the same.

I'm sure there are dozens of sites out there directing you on how to make things for your cosplay needs. Cosplay.com's forum is littered with various tutorials to satisfy your every need. But if you're looking specifically for Naruto supplies, you'll have to do some searching. And maybe some buying.

I don't particularly want to buy pre-made stuff. I kind of like the satisfaction of knowing I made (all with my own two hands) the pouch resting on my rear. I didn't buy it from a seller in Hong Kong on ebay (not that there's anything wrong with that...just that I like making my own). Nor will I (hopefully) have to buy the official cosplay vest from Suncoast's clothing section. I can make it to specs (my specs, size and all) from pieced together patterns. I'll make the shoes, the clothes, etc. (Naturally, the wig I'll have to buy, but we can't all hope to become wig makers in a matter of months. I'm driven, not stupid.)

It is ambitious, I know. Slightly less ambitious than waking up one day and deciding you want to be Hokage of a village that hates you, sure, but still ambitious. I want to be a splendid ninja, gosh darnit, and I will work my tail off to make myself one. If anyone optimizes ambition, drive and the raw power to get up and "just do it!", it is Rock Lee.

And Neji is along for the ride. Because he's cool like that. And he(she) makes a mean pair of legwarmers.

Destiny can suck it up. We've a date to keep this summer. San Diego Comic Con, here we come!
Current Location: San Diego, CA
Current Mood: determined