New photo by !!! We shot at Boston Comic Con at sunset! I absolutely love this image, it really evokes the feel of a comic book cover, and shows Kara's intensity and determination. The movement in the photo coupled with the golden hour back light and skyline in the background makes this my new favorite photo of this costume.
Character: Power Girl - Kotobukiya Bishojuo Statue version Costume made/modeled by Yaya Han, featuring: ~ custom pattern drafted bodysuit (sleeves follow design seams into front/side/back of bodysuit) ~gold metal rope & medallion ~ custom drafted seamless cape, serged & hemmed ~ metal powder cast custom made belt buckle & made-from-scratch belt ~ custom dyed & altered leather boots/gloves ~ self-styled wig ~ Boob Window content courtesy of Victoria's Secret Bombshell bra. Ladies - go out and buy one, you will thank me.
I think there is a way to approach even a simple costume such as Power Girl with thought and attention to detail. Simplistic costumes do not give you as many chances to mess up, and sewing mishaps can be pretty apparent. The craftsmanship on simple costumes has to be even more clean and precise. I'm pretty happy with how Power Girl turned out, mainly because of my fabric choices. I used the thickest jumbo spandex you can get for the bodysuit, a heavy duty canvas-like fabric for the cape, and leather for the gloves and boots. It's always recommended to mix different fabric types for added texture on a costume, to give it more dimension.
I concentrated on the armor first. I made a pattern for the chest piece by measuring and drawing out pieces on paper, then fitting and altering them until I was happy with the pattern. Same for the shoulder pauldrons. Using the paper patterns, I made the pieces out of Worbla with foam in between each base layer. Using the Phoenix bird theme as inspiration, I added stylized design details to the armor for more texture and depth. You can see progress on the armor pieces here: sphotos-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hph…
Pretty simple costume I slapped together in a couple of days. The bodysuit is white matte vinyl, the cape is a knit, and the boots/gloves are metallic spandex. I love PG's attitude, so this was fun to wear!
Costume construction notes: This cosplay happened because I found the most amazing fabric for it! It's a opalescent 4-way stretch self-healing rubberized spandex! It feels like a thin neoprene as used for drysuits (for diving). It was only available in that color so I bought 3 yards of it, and realized that I would make Sue Storm's suit with it. The Kotobukiya statue even has a opalescent finish. I made the bodysuit using Kwiksew's center seam bodysuit pattern, then drew lines on it, and cut the suit apart O_O. That was nerve wracking. I used the backside of the same fabric as contrast trim and stitched it all the way down both sides of the front and back of the suit, using a zigzag stitch. Then I finished the bodysuit with an invisible zipper. I also make the 4 symbol (Worbla with matching fabric covered over it), belt and collar, and styled the wig, which is from www.animestuffstore.com
Elysiam shot with me at San Diego Comic Con and I'm absolutely amazed at this photo. He did all of the post production work and I think it's one of my favorite photos we have ever collaborated on.
Character: Misato's Plugsuit Dress (based on this collectible figure designed by Shunya Yamashita: [link] Costume entirely made/modeled by Yaya Han Photographed by Paul Tien
I remember watching Evangelion as a kid when the first release of good fansubs hit, many years ago. Of course it had a huge impact on me as an anime fan, and artist. Over the years I have always wanted to make a plugsuit from EVA but my favorite character was Misato, who's outfits were simplistic and casual. FINALLY, someone designs a plugsuit-ish outfit for Misato, and it is very fan service and revealing. But it's probably the closest I'll ever get to see Misato in a plugsuit, and I decided to make the outfit. From the get-go, I wanted to make modesty alterations to the outfit, so my dress is longer and there are no floating boob cups, just flattering princess seams. I used 4-way stretch PVC to make a base dress with front and side seams, then cut it up to create all the interesting top-stitched seams on the design, while interjecting navy blue faux leather panels. I patterned everything myself, which meant a lot of mock-ups in cheap left over spandex and drawing lines on them. I also patterned and made the thigh highs and arm sleeve things, as well as the hip rolls and all the accessories. I even made my gloves. To achieve the shapes needed, I used everything from EVA foam in various thicknesses, worbla, floral foam, and squishy tube foam. Everything was covered in PVC for that unified sleek plugsuit look. I also cast aluminum powdered buttons and round side pieces. Work in progress collage: [link]
I love my fun futuristic booties, which were a lucky find online.
My wig was sponsored by AnimeStuffStore.com - [link] I cut about a foot off, and styled the bangs ala Misato.
I was totally surprised by this image over the weekend! Anna and Beethy make magic together! I'm just standing by witnessing it lol!
This Phoenix costume was made for SDCC and I also wore it at Dragoncon. I really loved making it, and can't wait to wear it again! New York Comic Con most likely! I made the armor with Worbla, a thermoplastic which you can buy here: yayahan.bigcartel.com/ I also made the bodysuit, strappings, sash etc. on this costume.