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Cosplay made and worn by :iconmalindachan:
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Hey all! Irrational Games is having a Bioshock cosplay contest, and my husband 
Ex-Shadow & I made it in the top 20!!! Unfortunately you can only cast one vote, but we'd appreciate any votes regardless of who you pick!  This is a different image than what I entered, but our cosplay names are listed below them, so it shouldn't be hard to figure out which ones are ours!  Click here to go to the poll: j.mp/1kQGgZv Voting ends on the 24th!
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This costume was a collaborative effort with my hubby :iconex-shadow: 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.

(end spoilers)

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!

Photo taken at the Georgia Aquarium during Dragoncon!
Photography by Kiratsukai kiratsukai.tumblr.com/

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The #1 thing I wanted to do at Katsucon was get a photo with "The Awakening"/Poseidon statue on the beach. I had been wanting to do it since I started watching SnK/AoT last year and had decided to cosplay from it.

The only time frame I had to do it was early Friday or Saturday morning before work, and Joseph Chi Lin is my hero for offering to take the photo. It was cold. And early. And raining. So I can't thank him enough for doing that for me.

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Costume construction time!
I made the jacket out of Tobacco Twill with a broadcloth lining. You can see my process via this tutorial I put together: malindachan.deviantart.com/art…
I made the vector for the smaller patches and had them embroidered by a professional. The reason I didn't do the scouting patches was because at the time I was making the costume, it was going to be with a group that included characters that had died early on (so it was better for us all to be trainees so they could be included! :) ). The larger patches were too expensive to make for the group, so I made applique patches for everyone. I still have several sets of the trainee patches available on my Etsy if anyone is interested! www.etsy.com/listing/166680216…
Once those patches are gone, I'm not having any more made. I plan to make scouting ones soon for another group of friends I'm cosplaying with, so expect those possibly in a few months (I think I'll be able to afford getting the larger ones made for those sets too).

I made the shirt using McCall's 4261 as a base, and a tan colored knit fabric. I use interfacing and additional fabric to make a facing for the collar area.

Hip wrap thing was essentially a rectangle of home decor suede that I draped around my hips and sewed some darts into around the top so it'd fit better. Pants were from Wet Seal, boots were from ebay (they came a bit higher originally than I wanted, so I sewed the top hem down a little), and the key was also from ebay.

I made the harness, and it was a pain in the butt. No kidding. Like, almost worse than making Chain Mail. I used leather straps for the whole thing (in addition to several buckles and EVA foam for the back pieces), and it was thin enough for my sewing machine to barely handle, but if I had more time, money, and better equipment then I would have used something sturdier. Depending on how well it works with my gear when I get around to it, I might end up either remaking it or just purchasing one on ebay since they have some decent ones for affordable prices.

Wig was a Jett in Dark Brown from Arda Wigs! :) No trimming or styling necessary besides some blow-drying to tame the bangs how I wanted.

Eren Jaeger cosplay made and worn by :iconmalindachan:
Photography by Joseph Chi Lin www.facebook.com/josephchilinp…

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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!

For costume construction, please check here: malindachan.deviantart.com/art…

Photo by Eurobeat Kasumi Photography www.facebook.com/pages/Eurobea…

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This might be the last photo I post with my Trainee patches before I switch to Survey Corps! (unless the Trainee group I'm in is able to finally get together :) <3  )
I created the vector and sent it to a company to make the patches for my Trainee group. I ordered a large quantity of them, and I had several leftover, so if you're interested you can get them on my Etsy! www.etsy.com/listing/166680216…?
I won't be getting any more made though, so once they're gone, they're gone for good!

Eren Cosplay made and worn by me
Check here for tips on making your own AoT jacket! malindachan.deviantart.com/art…
Photo taken by Ex-Shadow at Evillecon 2014

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Link costume made and worn by me! :)

Photography by Joseph Chi Lin www.facebook.com/josephchilinp…

For costume construction details, please look here!: fav.me/d5flba1

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Absolutely love how this shot turned out!

As promised, since it's a new costume, here is how I made it!:

The wig is a Matilda in Crimson from Arda Wigs that I straightened and trimmed. I had a hard time getting the right size and shape for the side curl because of the weight, so I made a drill curl support using wire and red stiff felt. The hair in the back is just twisted up into a clip.

I made the mask out of a plastic mask base with worbla and piping trim for the beak. Each feather was trimmed before being glued to the mask. The mask and flowers are attached to a headband, and the feathers are all glued together so I can just stick it into the top. The forehead jewelry piece has hair clips that allow me to secure it before putting on the wig. It was made from some jewelry chain and beads from a trim.

All my yellow fabric was originally a white brocade. I could not find a yellow brocade with a pattern that suited the original design, but I did find some in white that I liked, so I dyed it with idye polyester (one pack yellow and a veeeeery small smidge of orange)
I also had a hard time finding fancy-looking gold trims/lace. I ended up getting white and ivory ones and hand-painted them gold. I managed to find most of my feathers between several craft stores, but a few of the feathers were dyed with food coloring.

The top is essentially a square with straps, and a collar that snaps on. I used a home decor beaded trim and piping around the edge. The accessory is worn like a necklace and was made from a variety of jewelry findings with a flower and feathers; the bottom part of the piece was made from excess wig hair from another project, and worbla.

The the chaps-pants-thing was drafted as if they were going to be a pair of pants, but I made several modifications as I went (kinda didn't know what I was doing but I think it worked out alright!) I added on some more of that beaded home decor trim, a couple braided cords (those things used to tie drapes/curtains), two plastic ornaments (painted red inside and has holes cut with a heat knife so it can go on the cords) with bells inside, some painted lace, and fake flowers.
Since the panties are made from the same brocade and have no decent amount of stretch, I decided to add nude spandex to the leggings in order to keep things modest. This addition also keeps me from having to worry about the "leggings" sliding down. More painted trim decorated the leggings, and the panties also snap to the chaps/pants for extra safety!

The shoes are made out of worbla for the bottom, craft foam and fabric for the top, and decorated with piping and painted trim.

The sleeve things were made by draping and hoping things would work out because I was low on fabric XD. I made bracelets and anklets out of worbla, and two of the bracelets are attached to the sleeves at my wrists, and the other ends snap to my top. I decorated the tube sleeves with bells, piping, and feathers, and all the larger feathers on the poofy sleeves and tail are made out of fabric and interfacing. My gradient dye attempt for the large feathers failed and I ran out of time, but I plan to try an airbrush instead later.

Photography by Miss Mallo: m.facebook.com/missmallophoto

Design by Cowslip: generalcowslip.tumblr.com

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For the first time in forever, Kyle and I attended a con where we hadn't already made plans to bring any particular costumes, so the night before we left I was frantically going through my closet picking out things I either hadn't worn in a long time or had only worn once. It was hard to narrow it down, but one of the things I wanted to bring was my Rapunzel wedding dress. This is a very special "costume" for me, as it's my real wedding dress that I made for my Disney-themed wedding near Halloween of 2011, and this was the first time I've worn it since I got married.

Tangled Ever After premiered after my wedding happened, so the front panel of the skirt is an ivory brocade rather than pink like in the short film. I've considered swapping it out, but at the same time I kinda want to leave it as-is.

If you're interested in seeing pictures from my wedding, I have a small sample of them here!
malindachan.deviantart.com/gal…

Photo was taken by my husbando <3
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Ever since Cowslip's Pokemon Gijinka designs went viral last year, I wanted to make a cosplay of one! Zapdos and Jigglypuff are my top 2 favorite pokemon of all time, but I fell in love with her design for Moltres. It also gave me an excuse to get an Erhu, which I've wanted for years. XD I haven't learned to play it yet, but I fiddled around with one as a kid while I was learning the violin.

I'll do a write-up of how I made the costume once I upload a full body shot!

Costume made and worn by me

Design is by Cowslip: generalcowslip.tumblr.com/
Cowslip's GijinkaDex: imgur.com/a/DDxvd

Photo taken by JwaiDesign Photography: www.facebook.com/JwaiDesignPho…
from Colossalcon 2014

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At long last I have photos of this costume! I finished it back in October, but now the weather is nice enough to get some photos.

New costume means info on costume construction!

The wig is a Jeannie in Spanish Brown from Arda Wigs. I re-sized the base because my head is tiny, and stubbed the ponytail. The hair piece from the clip-on was separated from the clip and glued over the stub. Just did a regular rope braid, and styled the bangs with lots of teasing, a glued hairline, and curled the pieces on the sides. You can find video tutorials for making gravity defying bangs like these as well as the glued hairline on the Arda Wigs tutorials page. www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDUs78…www.youtube.com/watch?v=KawyKs…
Though I removed the plastic butterfly clip from the tail, the very base is still a little bulky, but the ribbon does a good job hiding it.

rather than making the dress one piece I made the bottom separate. I got two tank tops from Amazon and modified them with bias tape (I couldn't find a purple ribbon in the right size and color, so I had to make due)! Though my braid is hiding it here, the little flower embellishments on my left strap was made from a combination of some floral appliques and a daisy trim from JoAnn's.

The skirt is essentially a very wide rectangle that is gathered at the top. For the blue criss-cross parts I found a dark teal trim from a Chicago fabric warehouse that I trimmed down and spray-painted (unfortunately the fabric spray paint I got wasn't doing anything and I didn't have the time to hand-paint it). I also used a light blue cotton and matching lace around each piece of trim. The bottom edge is a purple quilt binding that matched my bias tape that I ironed open. I just trimmed one side so it was wavy, but I used fray-check to seal the edges.

The shoes were modified from a pair I found online. I painted the base white and covered the front bands with some pink material around craft foam. I used fabric paint and some of the flowers from the same daisy trim I had for the embellishments.

I didn't have the basket until more recently; I got it around Easter time and painted it a darker brown with acrylics, and it's filled with a variety of flowers that matched the basket from the Aerith Play Arts figure. :3

Photo taken by :iconex-shadow: at Anime Central 2014

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