Uh, don't read below if you want to avoid spoilers? XD
My husband wanted to finish his Alpha series Big Daddy for Cosplacon, but there was no way I would have had enough time to make Eleanor's Big Sister suit for that (my goal is to make it in time for Dragon Con though!), so about a week before Cosplacon I made a spontaneous decision to make Eleanor's concept dress and her Big Daddy doll because I had the time and it was fairly simple to make.
The dress was made out of leftover bridal satin I had, and the overlay is an ivory chiffon was from a friend that was going to throw it out (lucky find, haha!). I basically took a bodice pattern from a wedding dress and extended/flared out the pieces so that it made a dress. The overlay was draped. The lace was originally a wider lace trim that had gathering at the top, but I cut that part off and just stitched the part I wanted around the hem. The trim around the top and straps was originally a white home decor trim, and I tea stained it to darken it a bit.
Even though I work at a wig company and don't have to worry about shipping times, I had a hard time figuring out something for the wig on such short notice because the Magnum Longs and Pippins in Natural Black had recently gone out of stock. XD I used a Jareth in Natural Black instead...This particular style has wefts sewn in backwards on top of the normal wefts to add more volume, so I had to seam-rip all those wefts out (which was about a 1/3-1/2 of the wig) to thin it out. Then I razor trimmed it a bit shorter and tamed it down more with a hair dryer.
The doll concept changed in the game to better resemble the Alpha series rather than a Bouncer, so I stuck with that version for my reference when making the doll. Much thanks to the hubby for helping me with several parts of it (I don't have much confidence around power tools haha XD). Info on how I made the doll is here: malindachan.deviantart.com/art...
Photo taken by We live about a block and a half away from a beach along the shore of Lake Michigan, which is where this photo was taken. Someday I'd like to go back out when the sun rises for a reenactment photo like in the teaser.
This costume was a collaborative effort with my hubby to go with his Subject Delta Big Daddy cosplay. Unfortunately I hadn’t had time to start on the Big Sister suit until about a month before Dragoncon because I was helping him earlier in the summer with his Big Daddy for Cosplacon (I helped sew together the bodysuit and painted stuff). After Cosplacon he had a lot of things to remake on Big Daddy, but he took a break from it so we would for-sure have Big Sister done. After we were in the safe zone on that, I went back to helping again on his.
(This will contain spoilers if you haven’t played the game ) Just to clarify, this is Eleanor’s Big Sister suit – not one of the regular Big Sisters that most people think about, which have different features (the cage and larger tank on their backs, the extra leather on their torsos and legs, the red light, etc). Eleanor’s suit is like an incomplete Big Sister suit, and her light shines Green in-game because she’s an ally. I’ve had people ask me if my light could turn red or why I hadn’t done the extra bits, but doing those things would no longer make me Eleanor specifically. XD Something I learned was that the artists couldn’t make up their minds about a lot of the details. There were differences between the in-game renders, cutscenes, the figurine, and original artwork. I ended up going more with the in-game render, but I did some picking and choosing for areas where I couldn’t get a good reference, or if there were things I liked more about the artwork verses the game.
So onto the construction! I made the bodysuit out of Denim using the mock-up pattern that I had made for my Journey bodysuit last winter. From there I made a bunch of fake seams and patches to match the references. I tea stained it slightly, and while it was still wet I painted it with acrylic before letting it air-dry. Those spots that were painted spread out thanks to the damp-ness to add a really cool effect. Once it was dry I went back in and did more dry-brushing and finer details.
The helmet was originally going to be a fabric-mache globe before our spray foam idea ruined it and I had to throw it out. XD A friend of ours suggested using an acrylic globe from Amazon (the kind used for lamp covers), and that ended up working out great! The porthole is actually the original opening from the bottom of the globe, and we cut all out all the other holes with a hot knife. I first sketched everything out with some sharpies first so I could know where to glue everything later. The details were made out of craft foamies and EVA foam (It’s floor mat foam! Same material as craft foamies, but thicker). The tube is a plastic flexible tubing. Once the foam was all glued in place, I coated the foam with two layers of mod podge before spray painting the whole thing with a hammered paint. Once dry, I painted the rims around the holes and then dry-brushed darker areas, dirt, and highlights with a variety of acrylics. A stretchy green fabric was glued over the holes, and a battery powered LED Push light is on the inside. I can actually see well enough out the porthole when the light isn’t on, but when it is it’s like being in a bright room and trying to see outside when it’s dark (in other words, I cant’s see very well when the light is on XD)
Kyle constructed the shoulder/neck piece and tanks out of EVA foam, and I painted them using the same process as the helmet. I swear – half the work on this costume was all the hand painting. D: To curve the Eva foam pieces, he used a heat gun and held the shape in place as it cooled over our air conditioning unit. XD I attached Velcro to the front underside so it could hold the whole thing forward (though the tanks are very light, the weight distribution causes the whole thing to shift back without the Velcro). We got the platform boots from Salvation Army, and all the buckles from a local fabric warehouse for super cheap. I had to spray-paint the buckles silver since they were originally gold, and the boots were painted brown with Angelus leather paints. I cut out strips (for the belts) from a leather piece we also got from the fabric warehouse. EVA foam was used for the pieces attached directly to the sides, and Kyle helped me with the braces, which were made out of wooden slats with EVA foam on the outer sides. He had to drill holes in them so that they could still rotate on the pivot points at my ankles and knees.
I made the gloves and the knee/elbow pad things. Used a pattern for the gloves, and attached foam pieces for the plate looking things, and the elbow and knee pieces were just craft foam with fabric glued around them.
Kyle also did most of the work building weapon props, and I painted them using the same processes as before. They’re made out of EVA foam, wooden dowels, plastic tubing, and a piece of a cardboard tube. I made the pressure gages out of googly eyes by cutting them open and replacing the backing. Before gluing them I inserted little compass hands from a set of scrapbooking stuff I got ages ago for steampunk jewelry ideas. The syringes of Pure ADAM (green) and EVE (blue) were made out of glass test tubes we got from a science store that I filled with dyed resin. They strap in place with leather straps. The bottle for the red ADAM is made from a condiments bottle that had the tip trimmed and sealed up with hot glue. That part is covered with a nipple meant for a baby bottle, which is held in place thanks to a ring made from an empty mod podge bottle (because the rubber nipple does not take glue well at all). The whole top piece screws off so we can hold red Gatorade in it!
While I was making my Fado cosplay, I had a huge urge to make a Makar plush to go with it. Cuz he's the cutest! Many times while playing the game during times he was present, I had to pause and roll around on the floor giggling because he was just too much cute. Everything from his waddle to his jingle.
Ok, not really. I can sometimes play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but that's about it it. XD
Haven't worn this costume in 4 years! Styled a new wig recently, so I brought it to Colossalcon.
Not sure if I ever really posted construction notes back when I first uploaded it, so here you go again!
Tank top is made out of a green bottom-weight fabric with just a long rectangle sewn around the collar. I think it was poplin? It has a little stretch to it. I honestly couldn't tell ya which pattern I used; it's been so long. But you can make something just like it from almost any basic shirt pattern (as long as it's got normal sleeve holes rather than being something like a baseball tee).
Just used a pair of jeans from my closet, and the cuffs around the bottom are made out of broadcloth with quilt batting on the inside.
Tsunomon plush was made by me! I used fleece for the body and vinyl for the horn. The main body's segments were shaped like teardrops before they were sewn together, and I hand-stitched the edges of the face piece down with an invisible stitch. There's just a light amount of stuffing under the face to add dimension. The eyes and mouth were just painted on with fabric paint.
I've had the Digivice accessory since I was a kid! They were like giga pets, but with Digimon. :3
I actually ditched my old Matt gloves for the ones I made for Cloud since they're a similar style, but the craftsmanship on my Cloud ones look much better XD. I'm not wearing them in the photo because Matt doesn't wear his gloves when he plays his harmonica, but you can see them on the table. The glove pattern I used was Butterick 5370 (just modified a bit to have a cuff), and I used a brown vinyl that was on clearance.
My crest necklace was made out of super sculpey and painted.
Wig was a Jaguar in Ginger Blonde from Arda Wigs! I styled this wig very similarly to my old one, though now it's the right color and overall a better shape.
Just got home from Anime Central! I worked hardcore for about a week on my Judal costume so I'd be able to be a part of a Magi group with my Missouri friends! XD (I moved to Chicago last Fall, so Acen is one of the rare opportunities we get to cosplay together). They're some of my best friends, so I'm really happy we all got to hang out on Friday! <3
My jewelry was a bit rushed, so I'm planning on re-making that part, but I'm super happy with my wig and the rest of the costume! I'll post costume and wig construction info when I get around to posting a solo photo. :3
Edit: Check here for costume construction notes on my Judal cosplay:
Judal/Judar: Yamraiha: Jafar: Sinbad: Morgiana: Alibaba: Dan Aladdin: Dana
I GOT PHOTOS WITH THE CUTEST OF CUTIES <3 Seriously though, one of the biggest things I was looking forward to when making my Zidane cosplay was getting to cosplay with my friend's Garnet! And just so you guys know....FFIX is the most adorable Final Fantasy love story, and one of the best games of the series. I cry at the end. every time.
Zidane- Garnet- Costumes made and worn by ourselves.