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Thanks everyone who I got to say hello to at ECCC Seattle and the wonderful photographers who took the time to shoot my costumes, you guys are the best <3 What a wonderful return trip to my old stomping grounds. Arsenal and Canary were a great hit and I'm very proud and flattered of all the compliments they received. They'll be worn again at C2E2 (Chicago) at the end of April, we'll have a full Team Arrow group! 
Team Arrow: Arsenal and Black Canary by etaru
Team Arrow: Arsenal and Black Canary
After 3 grueling weeks of work, finally have a product to produce! Brimfire wanted to wear Arsenal from CW's Arrow TV show because it's a great and very technical design compared to the current comic book Roy Harper, so we went about constructing the jacket for Emerald City Comic Con, though the finished version with his belts, quiver and escrima sticks will be done for C2E2 or Dragoncon. 

The primary roadblock we encountered making this was realizing - with verification from a CW wardrobe member - that the show uses two jackets: one in full leather for promotional and standing shots, and one withe elastic panels in the arms and over the hips to assist in movement for the stunt double. For purposes of mobility and comfort, we went with the on-screen elastic panel design and were happy to find out it breathes very well and doubles in adding texture to break up a very red design. 

The jacket was patterned and tailored entirely by me from scratch using lambskin for the body, leather cord for the stitch panels, and deer hide suede for the hood and shoulder/elbow accordion panels, which were all painstakingly sewn through my sewing machine individually and took about 4 hours to get the rows the correct width. Brimfire pounded the 140+ grommets including a back panel and we airbrushed the black fade using a heavily diluted acrylic paint and fabric medium mix with our friend Darick's help. The paint was then further sealed and spread with multiple layers of leather wax and sealant. We tried to reproduce every aspect of the jacket down to the smallest details, including Roy's silly thumb loops and lower back quilting, the hood and body are both reinforced and lined. The shoes are the same Nike Jordan's they use on set; we substituted a red mask he already had from a Red Lantern cosplay for Roy's, but might get an accurate circular mask in the future. 

My Brother sewing machine is really the hero of the story for not crapping out on my halfway through this project, given that I don't own an industrial sewing machine. 

Black Canary...was made in one evening since I pre-owned everything and just had to sew the suit and style a wig to reflect the voluminous hair style of Bruce Timm's art. Because a bustier is a hell of a lot easier to make than a full motorcycle-style leather jacket. This was definitely one of my most technically complicated and challenging projects and I'm happy I had Brimfire to help and offer cheerleading support through the production process. 

Arsenal (CW "Arrow" version) worn by Brimfire
Black Canary worn by me
All costumes made by me 
Photo by Cliff Nordman
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Hey guys! After about a year of absence from any substantial crafting, I'll be returning to Emerald City Comic Con this year in Seattle, WA, with 3 new costumes! Arsenal and Black Canary (Green Arrow), and an original Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell) collaboration with the wonderful Lionel Lum - this will be our fourth GITS collab and I'm so excited to wear it! Who will I see there? Any local photographers interested in a shoot?
Winter Soldier - Fabulous Hair, B*tch by etaru
Winter Soldier - Fabulous Hair, B*tch
Emerald City Comic Con is coming up, which means it'll soon be brunch time for me after not crafting for nearly a year. But it also brings me back wonderful memories from last year, such as shenanigans with Chris who will woefully be absent this year due to being in New Zealand with Weta Workshop. What a quitter. 

Black Widow by me 
Winter Soldier by STENDEX/Chris of www.facebook.com/NeedlesAndSwo…
Photo by Eurobeat King
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So very tired and drained from Dragoncon, but again, it exceeded all expectations and continued to be my favorite convention to attend! I can't possibly do call outs to every friend I saw and new persons I met because I know I'd miss someone, but you all know who you are and how you contributed to making it a fabulous time! 
I only ended up wearing three costumes (Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, Emma Frost) with Emma as my only new one, but I kept this year moreso about socializing and seeing good friends rather than seeking out cosplay groups. I can't wait to share the shoots I did get to do though, my advance thanks to all the talented photographers I had the pleasure of working with, new and old! 

Currently, I don't have any more conventions lined up for 2014, but may hit up MAGfest or Katsucon in early 2015, due to change. 
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etaru
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I'm a Russian-born cosplayer residing in Chicago. I've loved wearing and creating costumes for 10 years, and have had the distinct privilege and honor of doing it with so many loving fans and creative colleagues across two continents. I hope you enjoy my portfolio and continue with me on this fantastic journey :)

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