Even though this costume isn't complete, I've had a blog post written up about it since I started it in early January. I like to keep track of my progress and write down how I made certain pieces, etc, but the stress started to pile up and honestly, I had to step back from this costume. I plan to finish it sometime this year.
I started this costume the second week in January with hopes of getting it done in time for Katsucon. I had just over a month to go from nothing (not even having the fabric yet) to having a finished product I was proud of. It started out pretty well, but when I was under 2 weeks in, my sewing machine stopped working. After having a mini (okay, huge) freak-out and about an hour of trying to fix it myself, I decided to bring it in to Hancock for repair, and grab a cheap machine for the time being. It's technically still under warranty, but it seemed to be just a tension issue, and I'd rather have it back within a week than gone for however long for a warranty replacement.
The new non-computerized machine was quite the headache, it didn't have any of the features that I was used to and a tenancy to chew up my fabric... Sewing with this machine feels like it takes 3 times as long as normal and I thought it was going to die the first time it went through the suede :'(
To top it off, my heat gun died on the 2nd of February, just 2 weeks before Katsucon and 3 days outside of the return policy. I got the heat gun for Christmas, and it didn't even make it a whole month before it bit the dust. Luckily my dad had one in his shop, so I had to run and get that. It works brilliantly, but it sucks to have my tools failing when I feel like I need them the most.
I literally poured every free minute I have into this costume. I didn't hang out with my friends, go on dates or really leave the apartment - except for work - since I started this cosplay. Once my machine died I honestly felt like giving up, but I kept telling myself "you're almost there", "just a few things left" and I kept powering through to finish. Although it's a bit rushed, I don't feel like I sacrificed too much on the quality of my construction, and I'm pretty satisfied with what I have so far. I learned a lot from making this cosplay, despite the string of bad luck. >> The reason I paused work on this costume is because I couldn't finish the wing for Katsucon. Everything else is mostly done, it just needs some touch-up work.
I don't even really want to write these progress posts, looking back I can just feel the stress of trying to get everything done on time... If it wasn't for the support of my friends, I don't even think anything would have been finished. I constantly had people telling me that they knew I could finish, and even had friends that would come over and hang out while I worked. The support is really what drove me to get this bitch done...
I do have to say though, Worbla is not my strong suit... There are a number of things I'd like to change/ improve, but we'll see.
Let's start at the beginning. I actually had this costume planned for Katsucon for a while, but it didn't really occur to me to start until a friend said to me "Katsucon is just a month and a half away, are you ready?!" And my world came to a screeching halt. I'd already been pouring my soul into making The March Hare, and suddenly I had to split my time between 2 costumes.
The fist thing I did was gather as many references as possible. I was able to find 2 figurines of the cosplay I wanted to do, and the photos helped a ton.
So pretty :D Anyways, I ordered my fabric off of Fabric.com, plus 2 sheets of XL Worbla, and started on the gun while I waited for those to arrive.
Part 1 - Armor & AccessoriesThe gun was the very first thing I made. To start with, I traced my Nerf gun onto foam board, and started modifying the shape to match my reference images. Once I had it down, I cut out 3 foam board "guns" and glued them together. I used my X-Acto knife to clean up some parts that didn't match, then glued craft foam around the outside, to cover the really ugly edges. I also added the gun's "grip" with a layer of craft foam, and the barrel area with foam board.
Once all the edges were smoothed, I covered the whole thing in worbla, and cleaned up all the edges. I used Friendly Plastic to fill in some problem areas, then drew the designs on with sharpie. The details are done in Friendly Plastic (it's a liar, FP is really a douche to work with, lots of burns were had) and the larger pieces are done in worbla. I also added the trigger and the other pieces that stick out.
Friendly Plastic takes a bit of practice to get good at. I used a large metal serving spoon to melt the pellets in simmering water, but had to constantly reheat them with my heat gun. If the FP is too hot, it gets stringy and messy, but if it's too cold it won't form right. It probably took me like 15 tries to really figure out the perfect temp and what not. I also used a cheap set of clay sculpting tools to clean up the designs.
Next I started on the arm pieces. The left arm has a wrist gauntlet, which is made out of craft foam and worbla, and closed with Velcro & d-rings (not a lot to say about this one~!)
The right arm has a shoulder piece, then a wrist guard. The shoulder piece is made out of several layers of worbla. The inner most piece is quite round, and is moulded over my boob globe. The details are all worbla, and it is hooked to the shirt the same way (Velcro and d-rings, baby!)
For the shoes, I decided to use wedges since they are more comfortable (plus I like being tall). The wedges I used are plain back ones I picked up cheap at Go Jane. I've never made armor over shoes, so it doesn't look the best - but no one should be that close to my feet! The armor is made out of several pieces of worbla, all held together in the back with Velcro.
(LOOK A GIF :D)
The side/hip armor is made out of Worbla, and attached to the bodice with Velcro.
Unfortunately she has hip spike things that come out from the white armor pictured above, but I ran out of time to make them.
The thigh armor is the stupidest thing ever, and I didn't completely think it through. Because it wraps around mu entire leg, I have extremely limited movement. When I remake this part it will be fabric half pants and Worbla on the outside.
The thighs close with Velcro and are suspended by magic (aka a belt around my waist). The gold stripes are friendly plastic and look like shit cause I forgot them (added them after the wood glue step Q-Q)
The wig began it's life as a Jasmine in Pure White from Arda. I immediately stubbed the wig and used it as wefts for the hair piece.
I made the base of the bun out of foam, and used school glue to attach hair to it. It's glued onto the wig stub so I don't have to worry about it coming lose. The bangs are styled into swirls on the side of the head, like in the reference images.
(Apparently I didn't take a picture of the finished wig before I packed it up...)
The ears are "Large Elf Anime Ears" from Aradani Costumes. I tested both spirit gum and prosthetic adhesive, though I preferred the spirit gum.
The necklace is simply Worbla with friendly plastic designs on the front.
Part 2 coming after I finish the costume ^^