The concept of this costume came together when I thought of Ivy as a glamorous, seductive lady who emerged from a forest covered in morning dew drops and leaves. I loved the Kotobukiya figure of Poison Ivy, but didn't feel up to painting myself green, so I came up with a design that incorporated elements of Michael Turner and J Scott Campbell's art that I adored. I wanted something that deviated from the usual ivy leaves one piece bikini with boots and gloves, but still kept her very sensual and detailed design origins.
Construction was pretty straight forward. The base is made out of an olive sateen for which I used a bunnysuit pattern made by and fitted by Mostflogged, and covered the bodice, body and bottom with wisteria leaves. I wanted to avoid using ivy leaves as much as possible except on the leg and arm accents, and used larger foiled leaves on the butt as a modesty cover. I painted over a pair of heels I owned and glued ivy garlands to the base, having them wrap up the legs and pinned to the tights. The rest was adding hundreds of small rhinestone details to each leaf - even the ivy garlands and shoes - and constructing a hairpiece out of matching leaves, green and ivory flowers, and peacock accents. I wanted to loosely style the wig so it could be reused, so the leaves in the hair are all pinned in.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Poison Ivy from DC Comics (Kotobukiya and Michael Turner inspired) Made and modeled by me Photo by Anna Fischer www.flickr.com/photos/27594459…
Wow sorry for the lack of updates!! I promise I'll be more diligent, this summer has been hectic and a half!
So I debuted a new costume at San Diego Comic Con - Powergirl from DC Comics New 52, as she appears in the cameo in the new Supergirl series and receives a new outfit for a short time, I'm really happy with the outcome!
Kara has been on my to-do list for...years now, but I always somehow hesitated to make her, be it the design (it's more intimidating craftsmanship than you'd expect!) or the event, but SDCC felt like the right place, and when I saw her new 52 re-design with the battle armor, it screamed to be made. Functionality with a twist on a classic design, who doesn't love that! Plus, all the seams and lines on the new leotard are a keen breakaway from PG's vertical seams with a flattering design in mind. Because I anticipated doing a lot of movement for all the action poses that generally come with a comic character, I used a sports performance spandex and lined it in itself, patterning the suit myself. In the future I'll probably raise the seam lines to be more prominent in photos, but I promise they're there! lol The armor was inspired by *RuffleButtCosplay 's tutorial for fabric covered foam armor, and patterned the plates to fit with each other perfectly, but also have that bit of space to be flexible and move with me.Turns out ponte is a great, thick stretch fabric for this and came in the right shade of blue! I also kept fabric choices in mind for the cape, using a bright raylon so it could look natural in its movement for posing and in the wind, since comic characters' loose fabrics always look so light and airy, easily swept up. I simply could not be happy with any wig I styled for this outfit, so I ended up dyeing my own hair a few shades lighter for it because it had the right cut. In my mind, it's still too dark for PG, but I'll find a suitable wig the next time its worn.
~~~~~~~~~~~ Powergirl (New 52) from DC Comics Made and modeled by me Photo by Andrew Ho at San Diego International Comic Con
I'd been wanting to do Poison Ivy for a while, but I also wanted to do something really fun and glitzy, so I decided to combine the two! I had a lot of fun on this, hand gluing crystals and embellishing everything. The wig itself is 3 wigs from EpicCosplay www.epiccosplay.com that I sewed together. I'm quite happy with it!