First of all, thank you all so much for all the favs and wonderful compliments on the first set of Jack photos I uploaded with the story. This is the last set for now, but I hope to get some more photos when the weather conditions are right (if not, then at least expect some after Katsucon).
Though this was a fairly simple cosplay to pull off, I always like to provide info for how I put my costumes together.
I styled my wig using a Jaguar and some short wefts in Silver from Arda-wigs.com. The wefts were mostly for the very front because originally the bangs were not as thick as I needed them to be.
The base hoodie was from Target, though it was originally pretty big on me, so I had to take in the size a lot.
Painting the hoodie was the most time-consuming part. I spent about 15 hours on the hoodie alone, and another few hours on the bottom edges of the pants. I used a combination of white fabric paint, glitter fabric paint, and blue fabric paint for some accents. I was very picky with how I wanted the area around the collar to be painted because in the reference the design reminded me of pine needles.
The pants were made out of a brown linen-looking suiting fabric. I used a leggings pattern, and I had to cut it out a bit bigger to start since the fabric doesn't really have any stretch to it (though I tried to cut the pieces out as close as I could along the bias so it'd have at least a little give). The top has elastic, and the bottom edges were cut to look torn (I used fray check to keep it from unraveling). I just used some bias tape for the wrappings around the bottom, but I had to dye them to get the color I wanted. They're top-stiched around the pants to keep them in place.
My husband made the staff because I did not have the time before the convention. It's made mostly out of PVC pipe, a thin (but sturdy) cardboard tube, and masking tape. He used a stone textured spray paint to start with, but it looked pretty nasty since the color wasn't sticking well, but after adding a coat of normal brown paint it had an awesome texture to it. He did some hand painting with white and blue to match the references. The staff is made to break down into 3 pieces so we could pack it in our suitcase.
One of the most rewarding things about cosplaying is when you can bring a smile to someone's face.
I just finished my Jack Frost cosplay, and I was hoping to get some snow for photos while I was home for the holidays. Unfortunately it didn't snow, but we had heard a story in the local newspaper about a family that got the ice skating rink to dump some snow at their house so their kids could have a "White Christmas."
We drove to the neighborhood and found the house. Kyle got out of the car and went to the door to get the family's permission to take some photos on their snow pile. After he got the OK, I got out of the car and grabbed my staff from the back seat. A few seconds later we hear a shout of "JACK FROST!!!" from the house and two kids came running out. They were so excited, and so we told them they could be in the photo if they'd like. They ran back in to get some shoes on and then joined me for a photo. Needless to say, it was a fun cosplay adventure. :3
Finally brought my Robin Cosplay to a con and got some decent pictures! :3 One of my friends had a big Young Justice group, and they were needing a Robin for the DC photoshoot at Ikkicon. Much thanks to her for the invite, and also big thanks to Crunchy Ramen for being such an excellent Photographer! [link]
I originally made it within a couple days before the midnight release of the most recent Batman movie. I happened to have enough materials leftover from other costumes that I didn't have to buy anything extra for the outfit besides a couple zippers. It's not quite my ideal choice for fabrics, but I'm pretty happy for how it turned out considering I was on a tight budget at the time. XD
The wig is a Blue Steele in Black 064 from Arda-wigs, and I only had to do a bit of trimming in the front and minimal styling.
All the yellow fabric was leftover rib knit from Pikachu, and the black broadcloth was just something we had a large amount of since it's handy for linings and other things.
I had a poncho pattern I based the cape off of (shortened the front, lengthened the back, and took it in so it fits my shoulders well when my arms are down).
I stretched the yellow fabric over pieces of foam board and cardboard and hot-glued it in the back for his utility belt pieces. The belt itself is craft foam with fabric stretched over it the same way, and it velcros shut in the front.
I used a lightweight jacket pattern for the top base, and the fabric is a leftover red knit from Princess Jaden/Judai, with a black knit fabric for the sleeves. Yellow clasps are foam covered in the yellow fabric, and they go on with velcro. The "R" is heat-n-bond applique with nice satin-stitching around the edges.
There are two pieces of craft foam that are connected to the belt and also covered in the same red fabric as the top (made it this way so I could borrow black skinny pants from another cosplay without making any permanent changes. Ended up being a good idea because I forgot to pack said pants and ended up borrowing some black leggings from someone for the photoshoot).
The gloves are made out of the same kind of black knit fabric as my sleeves, and the grey pieces are made out of craft foam shapes that have grey fabric stretched over them.
The mask is just craft foam, and it's held on with spirit gum.
Whoo! I brought Hiccup to a con! I made it about 2 and a half years ago for the Kansas City Ren fair, but at the time I was using a recycled wig that I wasn't very happy with. XD I recently got a Hansel from Arda, and I decided to bring the costume to C2E2 on Sunday because it was "kids day." :3 I met a lovely photographer that nabbed some cute shots, so thanks to her I have photos of it to share with you guys! I like this one especially for the framing and because you can get a good look at the textures.
So yeah, first photo, so that means costume construction notes!:
The wig is a Hansel in Spanish Brown 050 From Arda Wigs. I only trimmed a few areas around the ears where it was needed most.
I don't remember which patterns I used as a reference for the shirt and vest, but both are made from fabrics I found at JoAnn's. The Brown fur is usually available all-year round in larger stores or at least while they have Halloween fabrics. I also used the brown fur for tubes that go around the top of my boots. The shirt is made out of a green linen-look suiting fabric (depending on the JoAnn's store, it'll be either in the linen-look solids or in the suiting fabrics section. Unless it's a seasonal suiting or discontinued). The pants were from Goodwill, and the boots were from my closet.
I got a roll of leather cord at Hobby Lobby for the lacing on the tunic and pants, and I used eyelets because I didn't want it to fray (I know, vikings probably don't care, but that fabric can get messy so I didn't want to risk it! XD). There is also leather cord top-stitched down around the sleeves.
The belt is made out of faux suede-cloth with craft foam on the inside to act as an interfacing, and it snaps in the back.
Cosplay made and worn by Photo by Misty Autumn Imagery [link]
I keep forgetting I cosplayed Mako at Afest. And then I find photos and remember. XD It was a very last minute and low budget costume, but I feel like it turned out...ok? XDDD
I'd been watching The Legend of Korra with my friends over the summer, and we all wanted to cosplay characters from it together. Not all of us were able to finish costumes or coordinate everything at the same time, but I volunteered to be Mako so I could have bro-time with one of my best friends, who is like a sister to me. <3 I styled her Bolin wig out of a black Jareth (from Arda Wigs) that was recycled from our friend's Anri (DRRR) costume. Making the curl in the front was fun. Used leftover wig fibers from other wigs to make the fake hairline and curl.
I used a Blue Steele in Black from Arda wigs, and I used hair that was cut from the bangs to make the fake front hairline. Guess I'll need a new wig for my Young Justice Robin cosplay (haha - another costume I made that I sometimes forget about). The jacket was modified from a Simplicity Pirate Coat pattern (Yeah, that red one!), and I used a grey suiting fabric for the outside of it. The inside is lined in a slightly lighter grey broadcloth. I know the grey is supposed to be significantly lighter, but I got it for free from my broski (and free is good when you're poor, which at the time I was). Also, I did a ton of research on his jacket trim, and the animators can't seem to decide if it's Orange, Red, Brown, or something in-between. I went with orange because I already had, like, 3 packets of the stuff on-hand (I got it ages ago for Dark Signer Carly, but didn't end up using that much of it).
The scarf was a scrap of velvet I had leftover from another costume. I liked how it draped. The gloves were cheap clearanced gloves from JoAnn's that I chopped up and added bands of black broadcloth around the wrists. The pants and shoes were from my closet, and I made some very last-minute spats out of leftover grey suiting fabric.
I think I spent less than $15 on this costume. It was awesome. ^______^
Thank you guys SO much for all the compliments on the last photo submission. I admit I'm a bit late on joining in on the TWEWY scene; I couldn't afford to get the game when it originally came out, but it was always something I wanted to try (I just didn't know if I would like the battle system or not, and I'm pretty darn picky with my RPGS). I ordered a copy of TWEWY around the time they announced the character cameos for the KH3D game. Ended up getting hooked and beat it in about a week. Such an amazing game; I loved everything about it. The music, art style, characters, story, gameplay...everything.
I usually post a big wall of info on how I made the costume, so here goes!
The wig was a Jareth in Pumpkin from Arda-wigs.com. I styled the bigger spikes by using forms made out of stiff felt, And I glued hair from the wig over them. For some of the spikes (especially the ones in the back), I had to use hair from extra wefts to fill in gaps and cover each spike completely. I didn't take enough progress photos to show any sort of tutorial, but how I styled this wig is very similar to how I went about styling my Yusei wig: [link]
For the headphones, I found a large headset on clearance at Walmart and built over it with Craft foam. I can hide my ipod in the collar and listen to music! :3 The foam was sealed with mod podge and painted with metallic acrylics.
For the shirt, I started with McCall's pattern 5891 as a base, though i took in the seams a LOT and added in a back seam so it would be as form-fitting as I could possibly make it. I used Black twill, so it doesn't stretch, but it has a hidden zipper down the back so I can still put it on. The collar is literally just a huge tube of fabric. It stays up pretty well just because it's a pretty thick material, though I usually have to adjust it before pictures. The tube is only sewn to the shirt on one small area of the back, just to keep it from falling off or rotating around. The violet panel on the front of the shirt was some white twill that I dyed with blue and purple dyes, since I couldn't find the right color fabric anywhere. I used yellow bias tape for the sides of the panel before top-stitching it to the shirt.
The mp3/tampon/necklace/thing was made with a white trim and Super Sculpey clay. I was super close to just using a tampon, because that's what it looks like.
The wristband is yellow fleece. pretty basic~
The shorts are made out of White Bull Denim. I used McCall's pattern 5391 for the base, and just made the extra pockets to match the design. The purple spots were from the same piece of fabric I dyed, and I used yellow buttons on the front.
For the belt, we happened to have the right kind of buckle on another belt, so we just took it off and made a new base strap out of twill.
The shoes were super rushed because I was trying to beast them out the night before I left for AWA, but they managed to work out ok in the end. :3 I basically made covers for a pair of slippers I had (they were cute puppy ones! ). The bottom is made out of vinyl so they won't get torn up as easily. I didn't have enough buttons to match the ones on my shorts (and didn't have time to get more), so I used craft foam for the ones on the shoes.
Whoo! So excited to go to Katsucon this weekend! This is another photo from the shoot we did with Joseph Chi Lin last year at Katsucon 2012. Check out his page for more awesome photography! [link]
as Cloud Strife. I made my costume, props, and wig myself! Got a little help from my Zack on the pauldrons. as Zack Fair. I did all the sewing on his costume and styled the wig, and he made his paudrons and sword.
Costume construction in description here: Wig construction: