Recently, I'm trying to get into causal cosplay. It's a great way to relieve stress and anxiety at work. A simple reminder that I'm in an outfit inspired by a show/book/movie I like does wonders for my mental health.
A few weeks ago, I accidentally got a stain on a cream colored shirt. Since the shirt was ruined anyway, I had an idea to morph it into a Victor Nikiforov casual cosplay design.
Victor wears this outfit at a competition and it's beautiful! I wanted to try to use this as inspiration for a casual shirt that I could wear to work.
I have experimented with using gel glue with bleach to get a design on a shirt, so I researched to see if it was possible with dying too. In theory, it works. So I took my white shirt, and used gel glue to etch out "feather" like shapes along the front of the shirt, sloping down to the left armpit.
At the top left, I did the inverse: I colored in the diamonds to remain white and left the connecting sections open to be dyed.
I used "denim blue" dye because it was what I had on hand.
You can see how the gel glue is holding strong!
The color looked so dark, so I freaked out and pulled it from soaking after ten minutes. I bet the color would have turned out a lot brighter if I'd pushed through that fear and just trusted the package directions.
Now, with my adorable shirt ready, I HAD to have Victor's flower crown, or something similar.
I used blue clay to craft seven tiny roses. I followed a tutorial on Pinterest, but my flowers still turned out kinda crappy.
They were too big to turn into a necklace, so I figured a headband would hold them pretty well. I hot glued them to a blue headband, and then added white beads in between.
And here's the final result:
I paired it with two bracelets: one blue and white snowflakes to represent Victor's Russian snow. The second was a blue piglet--of course to represent Victor's love for his kobuta-chan, Katsuki Yuri!