Cosplay How-To: Moogle Wings

Kupo! Today I’m going to walk you through how to make moogle wings! Moogles are creatures from the Final Fantasy franchise and come in a variety of styles and sizes depending on the Final Fantasy (or Kingdom Hearts) game they’re in.

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Mine is based on a mixture between Mog from Final Fantasy XIII-2 and the Kingdom Hearts moogles, kupo!

First things first.

MATERIALS:

  • 4 pieces of purple felt sheets (I got mine at Michaels and they’re just approximately larger than a sheet of computer paper, probably 9”x12” roughly)
  • Fabric Scissors
  • A sewing needle
  • 3 yds of wire (I used 18 gauge, I actually recommend a thicker gauge than I used because it was a little TOO easy to work with so that means it was easily bendable if something presses against it)
  • Purple thread to match your purple felt
  • A sheet of paper to draw your pattern on
  • Pins
  • Black Sharpie
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle Nosed Pliers

STEP ONE

You need to make a pattern! I based mine off a pair of wings I saw on Etsy

il_570xN.727244452_ppwlAs you can see, the wire shows through really well because they chose a thinner fabric (looks like some form of suede to me) and thicker wire than I used.

Again, basing it off the design from Etsy, I drew out my wings on a sheet of paper, sketching and erasing until I came up with proportions that I was happy with.

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STEP TWO

Arrange your wire around the pattern on the paper and mold and shape it to match. The first wing will be your hardest because you’re getting a feel for your wire. Use your hands or your pliers (or a mixture of both) depending on how thick your wire is. To help mold it to your pattern, feel free to tape down the wire as you go. It’ll definitely help one end keep its shape while you work on the other end!

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Then cut two pieces from your spool of wire and lay them across where the two “bones” will be. Cut longer than you think you’ll need because you’ll be wrapping the ends to the base to secure it.

IMG_20170506_131653940To connect your wire pieces to each other, gently (and carefully because the ends can be sharp depending on how you cut it!) wrap the wire around until it’s secure.

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Now you have your first moogle wing frame, kupo!

STEP THREE

Now, detach your frame carefully from your pattern if you had taped it down. Then take two of your felt sheets and put the “right sides” together. The right side is the part that DID not have the barcode sticker on it (make sure you take that sticker off though before proceeding!).

Then place your frame over the felt until your frame fits snugly inside the dimensions of the felt with at least half an inch to spare on each end, like in the image below.

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It looks like there isn’t room to spare in the image, but that’s just an optical illusion from the camera angle.

STEP FOUR

Take your sharpie and trace around your wings carefully BUT BUT BUT let me finish my sentence here before you use that marker! Trace around it widely so what your tracing is actually half an inch bigger (or a little bit more is ok) than your actual wire frame. You need your felt to be bigger than your frame so it can fit inside!

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STEP FIVE

Grab your pins and pin the two pieces together carefully.

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STEP SIX

Cut. Cut. Cut. Carefully!
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STEP SEVEN

Do NOT take your pins out. Leave them in for this next step, because now we’re going to be sewing! Thread your needle and then fold the amount of thread you cut in half, and tie the two ends together.

I want you to start sewing a basic straight stitch (it kinda looks like a long dashed line, like so: — — — — ) from the right end, all the way around the top to the left pointy end, then STOP and tie off your end. You will be leaving the bottom open.

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This is what it will look like after you sew it then turn it right-side out.

STEP EIGHT

Insert your wing frame into your newly sewn felt wing.

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STEP NINE

Now this is the tricky part, sewing your wing frame inside the felt. You will have to fold the ends up carefully so you don’t see any rough edges from cutting out your pattern. We want nice and neat edges! What I did was wrap the bottom edge around the wire, to give myself a guide for the top end to meet it. Pin it as you fold.

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Your edges should look something like this. See how they’re folded under? Once that’s sewn, it’ll look nice and neat!

STEP TEN

Pick whichever end you prefer, and start hand sewing carefully from one end to the other, then tie it off. Remove the pins as you go.
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One wing is now complete!

STEP ELEVEN

Repeat steps 2-10 for the second wing.

STEP TWELVE

If you would like more bone definition (if you chose a thin wire like I did and cannot see the wire through the felt), feel free to sew straight stitches along the top edge and along the middle “bones” for some decoration.

Otherwise, your wings are done!

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STEP INFINITY AND BEYOND

Attaching, how did I attach mine? I actually sewed mine into the back of a white dress I obtained from Goodwill and also used some fishing line from the top points to the dress to make sure they stay up.

If you’re not sure of doing that, feel free to try a bunch of safety pins to see if that works until you’re ready to commit!

Or, like in the Etsy wings, you can create a harness with your remaining wire and some elastic to wear them. (I hate wearing harnesses which is why I opted for the sewing option).

Any questions? Feel free to comment on this post or email me at
fountaindaleteen at fountaindale dot org.

Enjoy your wings, kupo!
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Ashe

Kingdom Hearts 2.8: First Impressions

kingdom-hearts-2-8Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue

Platform: Playstation 4

Rating: T

Genre: Japanese Role-Playing Game

First Released: January 24, 2017

Part of a Series? YES. I could write a whole blog post around the chronology of Kingdom Hearts. To make it short, play Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 beforehand (for the PS3, or later this year they’ll be out for the PS4) and you’ll be good to go!

Brief Synopsis:

Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue combines Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Fragmentary Passage (completely new; playable), Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover (completely new; a movie), and a complete port to the PS4 from the 3DS of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance (playable). This compilation is meant to prepare players for Kingdom Hearts III as Dream Drop Distance and Fragmentary Passage lead directly into it. Are you ready? I know I am!

Commentary:

So far I’ve had a chance to play an hour of Fragmentary Passage and it. Is. Gorgeous. It was made using the same game engine (Unreal Engine) that Kingdom Hearts III will be using so Fragmentary Passage is just a taste of what to expect!

It’s great to finally be able to continue Aqua’s story from where she left off in Birth By Sleep. The game starts after the hidden chapter that can be played in Birth By Sleep. Unlike most games, you’re not beginning at level 1, you’re at level 50! No grinding necessary! This also includes essential spells like Curaga and Blizzaga! Woo!

For those who have yet to play Dream Drop Distance, play DDD first. Otherwise the beginning of Fragment will make less sense! I can’t wait to play more!

Kingdom Hearts Unchained X: Now on Mobile Device Near You!

It’s the moment you’ve all (or maybe that’s just me) been waiting for !

Kingdom Hearts Chi has finally been released in the West! Instead of being a browser game like it was in Japan, it has been released as Kingdom Hearts Unchained X for mobile devices: Android and iOS.

It’s super easy to follow, and the animation style is completely adorable. ❤ It’s also the perfect time for newcomers to the Kingdom Hearts fandom to dive in because it takes place before the first Kingdom Hearts game! No previous KH knowledge required for you to enjoy it!

The game also allows you to create a party with your friends so you can keep track of each other’s progress and help each other out by sharing special attacks.

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Here’s my character! When creating a party, when it asks for “User ID” to search for someone, the user ID will be a number in the right hand corner (that I blanked out, in yours there will be actually be a number!) of the screenshot! It took me a while to figure this out! So feel free to learn from my previous frustration!

There’s also this awesome blog with lots of FAQs that may answer any questions you have about gameplay.

And two things to remember!

1) You can check out the other Kingdom Hearts games here at the library for those interested in playing.

And 2) Unchained X is free! All you need is an Android or iOS device and you’re good to go! Download it and join me today!
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Holy Video Games, Batman!

HOLY VIDEO GAMES, BATMAN!

There are so many awesome games coming out in the next few years for the Playstation 4 that I can’t even handle it. I feel like I could die from sheer excitement.

Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kingdom Hearts III and now, Square Enix has added yet ANOTHER GAME into this freakishly awesome lineup.

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Thank you, Colbert, for expressing into words what I could not.

What game could I possibly be talking about? For those of you who aren’t the Kingdom Hearts obsessed…

KINGDOM HEARTS II.8 HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED.  

YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT THIS. It was literally the first thing I saw in my newsfeed on my phone on Tuesday.

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A re-enactment brought to you by Star Trek: The Next Generation.

I’m oddly more excited about 2.8 than KHIII. I suppose because it feels more tangible and real? I’m so used to waiting for KHIII that a few more years is no big deal. I can wait, it’ll happen (Eventually). I’ve been waiting for KHIII since KHII came out in 2005. Yes. It’s seriously been that long.  KINGDOM HEARTS II CAME OUT TEN YEARS AGO. Yes. I’m old. You’re old. We’re all old geezers and will die a terrible and fiery death from the sun expanding into a red giant and devouring us all before Kingdom Hearts III ever comes out. Get over it.

MOVING ALONG.

Again, for those who are not Kingdom Hearts obsessed but are intrigued (or maybe not intrigued, you clicked on this page because it had Batman and video games in the title. You feel a little mislead and deceived and are not really sure why you’re still here. Thank you for sticking around. It’s appreciated. Keep being your awesome self.), what is Kingdom Hearts II.8 and why should you care?

OKAY.

It’s full title is actually Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue  

KHII.8 will include:

  • KINGDOM HEARTS Drop Dream Distance.  

“Series protagonists Sora and Riku take on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for coming threats. The signature action of the KINGDOM HEARTS series has evolved, allowing players to experience faster-paced battles and exploration at a blistering pace.” (KHinsider)

  • KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep A Fragmentary Passage

“A completely new playable episode that links to the story of KINGDOM HEARTS III, taking place after the storyline of KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep played from the perspective of Aqua.” (KHinsider)

  • KINGDOM HEARTS χ [chi] Back Cover (movie)

“A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers, connecting the earliest parts of the series’ history, showcased in the upcoming mobile title KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ[chi].” (KHinsider)

To keep updated on information on all things Kingdom Hearts visit KHinsider! This article in particular has more great information about KHII.8.

Sounds pretty awesome amirite? The only downside is it won’t be available till sometime next year (2016)!

While you’re waiting for KHII.8 to come out, the library has plenty of Kingdom Hearts material to keep you busy! You could be insane like me and attempt to platinum KH1.5 and 2.5! It definitely kills time.

Will KHII.8 it answer more questions? Hopefully. Will it add more questions to the series that is a rollercoaster ride of complexity? Oh you bet.

Am I ready?
rikuI was born ready.
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