Bucky was never a villain. Neither does the Winter Soldier, despite what many people say and think. The Winter Soldier was just a thing, a weapon that carried out HYDRA's orders and was then kept until HYDRA had new tasks for him. The Winter Soldier DIDN'T HAVE AN IDENTITY while being used by the real villains. For Bucky and the Winter Soldier to be villains, they would first have to be aware of what they were doing, then they would have to WANT it, they would even have to LIKE it, and they had no idea and they didn't even want to, and they certainly didn't like it either.
Malcolm Spellman did a great job with "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier", but the feeling I have is that Spellman focused too much on Sam and forgot that Bucky was also a protagonist [remember that the series's name was "The Falcon AND THE WINTER SOLDIER", not "Falcon" or "New Captain America"] Spellman doesn't even seem to really know the character Bucky Barnes. I hope Bucky has something solo written by Markus and McFeely, they have known Bucky long enough to write about this character.
P.S .: In fact, Bucky has been a hero since he fought against the N4z1s and HYDRA during World War II.
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😈 - Vicki isn't exactly close with Lilia, she barely knows anything about him other than that he has some sort of association with Tsunotarou. She does find him a tad bit weird and vague but Licht(@tsuntsukii 's OC) reassures her that he's genuinely a nice guy. Though Vicki doesn't like when he appears out of nowhere and scares her.
♦️ - Vicki initially kept her distance from Cater when she first met him. He couldn't help himself and decided to flirt with her since she was the only girl at NRC, but Vicki turned him down. The second time Cater tried asking her out during lunch to get her a phone, but Trey took note of Vicki's expression and told him to lay off a bit. Cater quickly realized he was making her uncomfortable and apologized. Since then, Cater never flirted with Vicki and is on good terms with her. She finds his easy-going and extroverted personality amusing and sometimes wishes she could have his energy.
🌟 - Kalim wasn't all what Vicki expected when she meets him during the winter break. She never thought that she'd meet a vibrant ball of sunshine in NRC and wondered how he retained his innocent and cheerful nature. She was very concerned for him when he suddenly became more relentless and strict towards his students but is glad that it wasn't his real personality and was only hypnotized. The two are on good terms and wave to each other whenever they pass each other in the halls. Kalim also likes looking over Vicki's shoulder whenever she's drawing and will ask her questions about her drawings.
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Haunted Mansion Tightrope Walker -Part 2, Pattern & Construction
As promised, Part 2 of the Tightrope Walker Cosplay project - it's not spot on perfect - and I still need to make the little furred capelet at some point - but I'm really happy with how this turned out!
Pic-heavy below the cut
The Skirt and Petticoats:
I definitely wanted some floof for that skirt! I already owned a pink tulle 1950s rockabilly petticoat. I invested in a ruffled peach cotton underskirt for some maximum fluff - and the hem of the peach skirt served as a handy guide for where I wanted my skirt hem, so the pink tulle will just daintily peep out.
I had a sneaky peak at Spoonflower where all the lovely custom Haunted Mansion fabrics hide, and worked out four metres would do nicely for a skirt. I chose SewnByFairies' TightRopeWalker Girl Large print fabric for mine, in Petal Signature Cotton.
This was probably the priciest part of my cosplay (Spoonflower is lovely, but it ain't cheap) But the fabric came very quickly, and I'm happy to say the cotton made up beautifully!
Making the skirt was the easiest part, for me - I have dozens of patterns for full skirts! I simply shortened a long Victorian costume skirt pattern I had to the right length for the pink frill to show. The pleating gives it a lovely period bell-shaped skirt!
These were the easiest part. I already had a pair of coral pink ballet flats in my wardrobe - and they already had little loops at the sides of the soles for adding ribbon ties. I rummaged in my trimmings stash and found some old coral pink dress ties that matched perfectly! Delicate 1830s slippers done in an instant.
This was the part I knew would be the most labour-intensive. It was also a total experiment for me, since I'd never even tried 1830s patterns before now! It might have been a total failure. But I took a deep breath, did my research, and the Truly Victorian Romantic 1830s dress was probably the best for my needs:
(Short sleeved evening version shown on the lady sitting down)
The patterns allows for a gathered or plain bodice. I played it safe and went for plain. I also was pretty good on my stash-busting resolution, and only used fabrics I already had - so if it went totally wrong, it wouldn't be too much of a waste. And as the skirt was in a cotton (and I'm hoping to wear this to Disney Halloween in Florida at some point),
I thought making up the bodice in light breathable cotton rather than velvet and silk would be a sensible choice - and much easier to sew with! It's boned and lined on the inside, with was probably the fiddliest part - and the sleeves are lined with two layers of net to give them the necessary pouf.
It made up really nicely - not bad, for a first go! The sleeve lace was a couple of vintage pieces I found in a vintage job-lot online - and I already had the pink wired ribbon in my trim stash, along with the neckline trim and purple buttons. The pattern recommended piping, but I'm afraid I wasn't that brave...
This one was fun! There's some great 1830s historical costumers around online, and many of them happily share their resources for anyone who's interested. Koshka The Cat, one of my favourite costuming blogs, shared this wonderful piece on styling 1830s crazy hair here: I'd thoroughly recommend people check it out.
I used it as a basis for a simpler version for my Tightrope Walker girl (although I am tempted by the idea of ribbons and accessories in it - maybe some time)
AI had already bought two side ringlet pieces in my hair colour from FancyNancyUpdos on Etsy. I trimmed the ringlets down to the right length I wanted, and then attached them to a simple plastic hairband. I then found a cheap braided hair-bun to hide the band and provide the wonderful top-knot TightRopeWalker Girl has! T
If I was sticking strictly to the source material, this should be pink and frilly, but - I saw this little short paper parasol on Ebay and fell in love! The purple was the same shade as the bodice, and the ghostly blue painted flowers on the shade just echo Haunted Mansion's colours. It was too cute for me to resist.
I need to put it all together for a photoshoot sometime, maybe even make that pesky capelet, but I'm pretty happy with my Tightrope Girl attempt!
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