Soooo, if you guys didn't know, I got addicted to One Piece.
I got my first taste of it years ago before it hit the US, and then I watched about a hundred episodes around the time Funimation saved it from 4kids, but I had to stop because college stole all my free time. So when our friends decided to do a One Piece cosplay group together, I started over again this past summer and am currently over 400 episodes in.
I always liked Sanji's character, so that's who I picked to cosplay first. I already had nearly everything I needed on-hand too, so it was cheap and easy.
The button-up shirt was from Goodwill, but I dyed it a slightly darker blue and hand-painted the pinstripes with fabric paint.
I used pants, a tie, and shoes from my closet, and the wig was even recycled from an old costume. I did make the suit jacket though, out of a linin-like black fabric I had leftover from something else. The cigarette is a fake halloween costume prop. XD
I got to doodle on my face with an eyebrow pencil.
So this started off as a bathing suit, then I added a midriff and tights so I could wear it around at convergence, then I realized I wanted to make it more legit Aquaman, and now I really just want to redo everything but the gloves and make it the exact New 52 version... This is the costume I will apparently never be quite satisfied with. Photo by helloFeanor
This is likely going to be the last shot of this Mera costume that I submit here, or at least the last one from this shoot, I do have a few more ideas for shots with this Costume (also I just plain like Mera). This is one of my favourites shots and after I made it my facebook banner I realised I didn't have it here.
Costume, wig and makeup all by me (I also made the crown)
Oh one last comment about this photo, the insanely white background that is in fact snow. lots and lots of snow.
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.
I didn't think I'd be able to have the whole thing done by Acen, but I somehow got it done!
Yugioh Zexal is a fun addition to the YGO series. The character designs are a bit strange at first, but they grow on you. If you do decide to sit down and watch it, I recommend getting through at least the first 13-14 episodes before making any judgments (and I'm not just being biased since that's when Kaito comes in XD).
Since this is the first photo of a new costume, here's the wall of construction notes:
The coat is modified from Simplicity 4962, though I was dumb and tailored the main part of the outfit before I added on the sleeves, which ended up making it really tight and awkward. I was able to save it since I had yet to do the purple part on the top, but it still has some areas that I wish I could fix without having to remake the whole thing. Overall I'm not too concerned with it though. The coat is made out of white denim with a red broadcloth lining. The purple areas are made from a piece of the same denim that I dyed with a mix of purple and blue dyes. All the yellow trim is bias tape and quilt binding. I also used a zipper and velcro in the front, and there's interfacing in the collar. The small yellow triangle accents are applique, and I used snaps for the detail on the little "belts" on my left tail.
The white finger-less glove was from Amazon.com, and I tailored a pair of pants from goodwill.
The boots are a pair of white go go boots that I got during Halloween. I made the front pieces out of the dyed denim and bias tape, added the zippers, and Velcro-ed them to the diamond shaped top pieces that I made out of craft foam (It's sealed with mod podge and painted with metallic gold paint). The craft foam parts slip on my legs before I put on the boots, and the rest of it is held on with elastic straps that stretch around the boots.
The undershirt was a white turtleneck I got on clearance at walmart, and since it was a cotton blend I was able to dye it grey. I cut off the sleeves so it'd be more comfortable and modified the collar so it'd have the proper shape and fit. I put a zipper in the back so it could still fit over my head. The red diamond is applique using heat n bond and a satin stitch.
The belt base is black vinyl with a bias tape edge. I hammered in snaps for the accents, and they're also used in the deck boxes to attach them. The deck boxes themselves are made from foam board covered in craft foam. They were then sealed with mod podge, painted, and then sealed again. They have Velcro to keep them closed. The "buckle" is also held on with snaps and made with the same materials as the boxes.
The duel disk was probably the most rushed out of everything; I made it 2 days before we left for Acen XD. It's all foam board, craft foam, and hot glue. I sealed it all with mod podge and only painted the spots that I didn't have the right colors of craft foam for.
I used blue Make up for ever Aqua cream for his Duel gazer mark and a Dolly + red lens. [link]
Perhaps one of the most difficult parts of this costume was getting all the references I needed to make it as accurate as possible. I had to re-watch several episodes multiple times to find every detail since character sheets for Kaito have not been released yet. It also doesn't help that because of the style of the show and importance of certain animated sequences, some details get distorted or end up inaccurate in certain shots.
I found a store selling real cheap N64's so I bought one and figured I'd customize the case a bit. After a little thought, I decided to go with the Legend of Zelda theme. My thought behind the design was that if there was an ancient Triforce pedestal found in Kokiri forest, this is what it would look like. As such, I went with the that.
The base was painted gunmetal, I figured, whoever made the 'pedestal' would have made it out of metal to last. Next, the top was painted brown to look like aged wood ( possibly donated courteously by the Great Deku Tree). As it was put together, the carpenter cut out the symbol of the of the Triforce into the wood and put glass in the etchings, maybe to let some curious traveler look into the mystery's the pedestal might hold inside. However, I wanted it to look old, so the glass is cracked in places, and as you can see, the wood has a little moss growing on it (but not too much to get annoying and to get messy when you move the system.)
Finally, the 'On' red LED light was replaced with a more appropriate green light to go with the Zelda theme.