Laughing Beauty
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Cosplayer: Mighty Odango

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

31st October 2011: Got the giggles? OK! Making this was an interesting process as it was made in collaboration with Nomes, who made Crying Beauty. We'd never actually met, having found each other via this very site, so all of the discussions on making it were done via email and PM. Given this I think we did a fantastic job of matching up the suits :)

The first stage was the fabric. This part came down to me - I found wetlook silver and black lycra in Goldhawk Road and sent a picture to Nomes for approval. We agreed it would work so I posted her portion to her. Unfortunately there was no fabric available that would work for the dark grey sections, despite us both looking and ordering several samples from half a dozen different places - all of them were unsuitable. So I decided to try iDye Poly, which I had previously used to dye polyester brocade for Ivy Valentine. Polyester and coated fabrics are both notoriously difficult to dye, and trying to make it black would have been a nightmare, but since the Ivy fabric came out a lovely shade of dark grey with the black dye, I was hoping the same would happen. Fortunately it did, so I bought more of the silver lycra, dyed it, and again sent it over to Nomes.

The next challenge was to find something suitable for the cabling on the suit. Nomes' part in the construction was to painstakingly paint lines on flat black elastic with 3D fabric paint so it resembled scart cables. She also found round elastic to use for the smaller cables and ferrules to use as the jack plugs. These came out really well, especially the scart cables which look great and also have the advantage of being stretchy.
Nomes also went through the reference photos to give me a detailed breakdown of where all the seams on the suits were, and for my part I advised her on how to best sew lycra.

The pattern was adapted from an old PVC catsuit that I took apart. I made a paper pattern for Nomes and used the pieces for myself. It's a 4-panel catsuit, which I've never done before - all my previous suits were 2-panel. The grey and black sections were stitched together before being topstitched on to a base suit made of the silver fabric. Concealed zips were used for the front and back. The catsuit pattern had no collar so we had to improvise this, also stitching in a section of black between the silver parts. Sock and glove patterns were self-made using web tutorials.

We'd also agreed that the references showed separation in the bust area. I suggested sewing in a strapless bra, but Nomes pointed out that gluing it in would avoid stitching lines. I'm really happy with how this came out as well.

Nomes had also included detailing of the bar codes and text on the suits with the seam breakdown, which saved me an immense amount of time. She put them on with acrylics but as I was unwell and suffering from shaky hands I chose to use a white-ink pen. This worked well on some areas and less well on others so I will probably touch them up with acrylics at some point.

The elastic was all hand-stitched on my suit as the glue I had bought did not work.

Overall, given that these were made in something of a rush, I'm very pleased with how they came out, and I'm also very happy to have made a new friend!

11th October 2011: iDye I both hate and love you The dye test worked :3 I'm slightly ambivalent as it means all the hassle of dyeing (with slightly toxic dye...), washing, and drying the fabric rather than just buying it as is, but hey - the colour has come out better than we'd probably have been able to find, and time is swiftly running out. I'm off to buy more of the silver today and will dye it tonight.

7th October 2011: Gah Finding a suitable dark grey fabric for this costume is a bitch, even with two of us on the case. Several samples later and still no joy. I have my fingers crossed for one particular final sample (and possibly one other), but in the meantime I'm going to try a test dye sample on a bit of the silver stuff I already have. I don't have the highest of hopes but if anything can dye it iDye can!

Have been staring at pictures and working out seam lines. Some of them are... interesting. For example, on the legs, the side seam that's present everywhere else is absent but there's an apparent seam on the ass. That doesn't really make any sense in the real world! Accuracy is fun but sometimes a little artistic licence is a good thing.
Most of the rest of the seams are relatively straightforward, there's just a billion of them. Thankfully most of the darker colours can be stitched directly on top rather than faffing about with inserting panels.

12th August 2011: Fabric This is the fabric I've bought for it, but the more I look at the "grey" (top) the less it looks right. It looked great in the shop, but in other lights and under a camera flash it looks much darker and more purpley.

I have made enquiries about another fabric that might work.

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Sephirayne - 12th August 2011
Yes you are.

Looking forward to seeing.

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Junta - 12th August 2011
Year of the catsuit for you is it? =P

I'm sure it'll look fantastic; also seconding Sephiraynes comment!

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Mighty Odango - 12th August 2011
Dude, I have ALWAYS done a lot of catsuits :P first thing I ever learned to sew by myself!

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Nomes - 13th August 2011
I can't wait!

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Zelvyne - 1st November 2011
Wish I'd got some piccies with you - this looked fantastic

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gaming_goddess - 2nd November 2011
Loving this outfit so much! Need to put up pictures :-) still can't get over the fact you dyed it - really brilliant :-)

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street-angel - 6th November 2011
I thought you two were awesome in the masquerade, you look amazing in that suit :o

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Nomes - 6th November 2011
I've been waiting for you to put pictures up! I'm so pleased with our suits. For two people that had never met I think we did a bang up job of matching. I've already seen a couple of things I'd like to change on my suit but I doubt I'll get round to it. We can save that for version 2 ;)

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Donna - 6th November 2011
Wow Annette, just wow!

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MangaChild - 6th November 2011
Just like the references, except less covered in hentai goo...
Which is a good thing :D

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Ranma1-2 - 7th November 2011
Nice work on these. Love all the seam work. Did you sew in underwiring to get the curves so neat?

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Mighty Odango - 7th November 2011
Steve - to avoid visible stitching we used fabric glue to glue in a smooth-cupped strapless bra.

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Ranma1-2 - 7th November 2011
..genius! :)

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Anonymous - 10th November 2011
Wow, you look fantastic in this. Fabulously well made as always! :)

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CyanideCustard - 11th November 2011
i love it i love it i love it!

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Defrain - 18th November 2011
ace why haven't I seen these before

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DarkElf - 24th November 2011
You have mad catsuit skills. Amazing work <3 love the costume!

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Tsuchinoko - 27th March 2012
Oh this looks really awesome, I wish I'd seen you guys =)

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Alias Cosplay - 20th April 2012
This was really well made, great job!

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awesomeblossom - 4th February 2013
Very cool! definitely better than mine, I envy your skills! :O

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Sephirayne - 28th March 2013
Love the newer photos. You look amazing.

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Amy-Lou - 28th March 2013
New photos are amazing! The suit is great; all those sections and still so neat!
Also that make-up really suits you :)