If I could get a quarter for every time I got mistaken for Link at Colossalcon...XD
I've been wanting to cosplay Fado for a few years now, but I felt it would be a bit out of place if I just did it on my own without a group, but now that I've got some Toon Link friends to cosplay with, I had an opportunity! The HD release of Wind Waker is also coming out this Fall, so it's good timing!
I played the violin since I was in 5th grade up until I graduated High School, so that was the big trigger for me. XD Violins are expensive, so I didn't paint my real one, though I used it as a reference for making Fado's.
The concept art is pretty stylized (no strings, bridge, bow hair...), so I kinda took an artistic license and designed the prop so that would look like it could function as the real thing. Most of it is made out of Pink Panther insulation foam that was sanded and carved into with two different types of heat knives. The strings are made out of jewelry wire, and the bridge is foam board. The wire is wrapped around some wooden pegs that are glued in place at the top and bottom. The bow is a wooden dowel with pieces of insulation foam on both ends for the more shaped pieces. Bias tape is wrapped around it for the grip, and I used a ribbon to act as the bow hair. All foam pieces were sealed with mod podge first before it was all painted.
The tunic was just modified from a shirt pattern. The sleeves and lining are broadcloth, and the main fabric for the tunic and hat are made out of microsuede. The design details are an orange satin, and I think the cuffs and apron were just a thicker muslin material (I got it from the remnants bin at JoAnns XD). I appliqued the designs with heat n bond with a satin stitch around the edges. The belt on the apron is just a vinyl, and it snaps in the back. The collar at the top is just a white twill, and the whole thing zips up the back. The hat was literally just a cone of fabric with a band around it. There's a red tassle that I got in the home decor notions area at JoAnn's for his apron, and the top of it was covered by a bell (I bent it with pliers to attach it).
It's not pictured in this photo, but I'm using my leggings from my Skyward Sword Link cosplay. I feel his design could be interpreted with either skin-toned or tan leggings, or he might not have any (which is the more likely since he's a Kokiri), though I prefer the idea of having leggings to keep people from looking up my tunic like a skirt. So there. XD Also not pictured are my awesome boots, which look silly but cute. You'll see them later.
The wig is a Derek in Lemon from Arda Wigs. I struggled a lot trying to figure out what the heck his hair color was supposed to be because it's more green in the artwork, but blonde/yellow in the game render. Lemon is a nice cooler blonde tone, so I feel it suited him well.
It's been a while since I've done a closet cosplay of sorts! XD I threw this together for one of our Iron Wig results videos. The wig was a Jett in Black and I had found the glasses and tie at Party city XDD (horrible, I know! I want to replace the tie badly, though it could be worse). Originally I borrowed my boss/friend's sweater, though I got one of my own recently at Anime Expo, which is what I'm wearing here. (plugging their store because they're awesome. I like their sweaters more than the official licensed ones. www.whimsicalley.com/Habber&Da… ). Pants, shirt, and shoes were from my closet, though I need more manly pants before I wear it again at DragonCon haha.
I did make my own wand though, and I'm quite happy with it! Rather than spending 30+ dollars on an official one, I didn't spend a dime and made mine out of paper and hot glue! > This tutorial is the gist of it: www.instructables.com/id/Make-… To make it look like Harry's, I globbed lots of hot glue in various parts around the handle and sorta sculpted it to get the shape and textures so it'd look like wood.
This pic was taken at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago. Get it? I did a funny.
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.
Hokay. It's been a year and a half. New DA ID time. XD
I have too many favorite costumes and photos to narrow it down to just a few, though I feel this selection of photos best describes, "That girl with the crazy wigs!"
People often tell me Jaden is their favorite character that I've done, and I desperately wanted to squeeze him in here, though I'm hoping to style a new wig later this year out of materials from Arda first! Gotta wait patiently for a certain style to be available in the shade of orange I want first though, so I'm holding out until then. XD
Yusei Fudo photo by Eurobeat Kasumi Photography Skyward Sword Link photo by Jonathan Wu Neku Sakuraba photo by Ex-Shadow Yami Yugi photo by Cosfu Cloud Strife photo by Joseph Chi Lin Aqua photo by kmrsworld734 Judal/Judar photo by Ex-Shadow Kaito Tenjo photo by kaia-of-the-wind
I was working at Katsucon, but I managed to get myself up early enough so that I could wear Aqua for a few hours! I've been wanting to wear her again for a while, but I had been holding out until I got a new wig and remade my shoes. I am super particular about the color of her hair, so previously I had been using an ebay wig that was super quirky because it was the only place I could find that had the right color. I managed to convince my boss to make this color at Arda though, so here it is! It's a Magnum XL in Denim Blue AR036.
My shoe armor used to be made out of craft foam, but they were pretty delicate and had been getting messed up from a lot of use. The new ones I'm wearing here are made out of worbla, so they're nice and sturdy!
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!
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.
My hubby cosplaying Skyward Sword things with me! :3 There are still some things that we weren't able to get done on time for his costume, but we did the best we could with the time we had. It'll be 100% done for-sure at Animefest in a few months.
I styled his wig using a Magnum Long in Apple Red from Arda-wigs. The pompadour is built much like how I spiked my Yusei wig, with a stiff felt form under the hair, and then I did a fake hairline like how I styled his Zack wig, using excess hair I cut from the back. Here are tutorials for reference:
I made the necklace using green and red polymer clay threaded on jewelry wire (has a jewelry clasp in the back).
The gem was resin-casted. I made the mold using this technique [link]
Kyle cut out all the pieces of the shirt and cape (shirt is suedecloth and cape is duckcloth with interfacing), and then helped with the sewing and painting on the cape while I sewed/painted the shirt. The cape was drafted without a pattern while the shirt was slightly modified from a regular shirt pattern. Though not shown in this photo, I painted the designs on his pants. We just used a pair of khaki pants he had in his closet to save time, as well as a pair of boots he already had.
We still need to go back and make accurate gloves and a belt buckle.