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Novel Cosplay
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I've been cosplaying since 2012 and go to conventions and expos across the UK. I specialise in making plush toys and props as well as outfits.

Last online 4 years ago

UK

Joined: 10th Jan 2013

Completed costumes: 22

Photos uploaded: 85

Progress journals: 14

Events attended: 12

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Because the whole thing is a leotard, I don't need to make the bustier and actual bustier, it just needs to look like it. I've sewn bias binding along the seams and here I'm sewing it around the bust where I will later sew in bra cups to give it the right shape.

Cutting out the fabric for the bustier; layering black lace over the grey pieces to get the lace effect in the reference picture before tacking them together.

Here is an image of the completed tails. All I need to do for the back now is add the corset back (which I plan on doing by cutting up an old corset to save time- less than two weeks before the con!) and adding white buttons as well.

Finally finished the leotard base, now moving on to the bustier! Here's a picture of the construction of the tails for the back of the bustier, specifically the lining of it.

As you can see on the photo I've edited the pattern (it's one of the mccalls yaya han ones in case you were wondering) and lengthened each piece by an inch. I've also lowered the leg hems by another inch for decency purposes. Here I'm cutting out one of the layers for the leotard (I'm making the entire thing as a leotard and attaching the bustier to it so the leotard doesn't wrinkle and slip throughout the day- a problem I've seen when people have done this outfit before- and so I'm not pissing about with multiple layers throughout the day. There are four layers: the lining (with interfacing), the underlining, the white leotard and the black and grey bustier

I've made the lining with fusible interfacing. Annoyingly in the shop they'd ran out of the medium interfacing so I had to get the heavier one instead so it's a little stiffer than I would have liked. I also found another drawback in the design; due to the back detail I've had to change the back zip to a side zip fastening which means, because of the curviness of the design (and my figure) it gets stuck on my hips as I'm pulling it up (although I don't know if that's to do with changing the zip placement or whether my hip to waist ratio is waaay too big. Anyway I've had to change the zip from going down to my waist to going all the way down it and have to step into it and zip it up around me.

Finished making the mock up today. Unfortunately I realised after I made it that due to getting confused with the size measurements on the pattern I made it a size too big! Stupid american sizes! As you can see from the photo I marked where things should be shorter, longer, tighter, etc. As it's strapless it needs to be pretty fitted! Other than it being too big, it's also a little too short and barely covers my chest and the legs come too high up (think 70s leotard style). I don't have time to make another mock up so I'll have to change the pattern as I go along when I make the actual thing

OK, so I initially wanted to do Gogo's super suit to kita but I decided to change for two reasons. Reason number 1: I'm in a BH6 group and everyone else is doing their casual outfits so i would stick out a bit and reason number 2: Gogo's super suit is incredibly daunting and I have zero experience in making armour. So I've changed it. Also I now get to wear heelies which look AWESOME despite not being character accurate but whatevs. It'll be awesome. Expensive trainers aside hopefully this outfit will be pretty cheap seeing as I'm pretty poor right now but we'll just have to see how it goes!

I drafted sketches of the outfit Legolas wears in DOS and despite him wearing several that I want to do, settled on the lighter fighting outfit he wears because of a) cost as it'll probably be the cheapest and b) I'm wearing this outfit in summer so it needs to be as lightweight as possible. The coat I've decided to make out of velvet as it was the best material I could find and had the right weight; all other materials were too light and wouldn't look right. I'm almost positive Legolas wears three layers; his jacket, mithril chain mail and an under-shirt. In the interest of not boiling to death, I'm not making the chain mail and instead decided to sew the mithril collar onto the shirt as that is all that can be seen anyway. (apologies for the bad quality photo; I couldn't be bothered taking a better one)

At half 4 in the morning after many late nights and much hard work I have finally finished!! I was sneakily adapting my punktier hood for this outfit and hopefully it won't be too noticeable.
I prefer to sew everything by hand where possible and so everything in my outfit was hand-sewn (excluding the shirt bodice to save time and the skirt which was bought) and I'm glad its over!
I also noticed that maybe I should have splashed out on a new pair of tights for this because mine have ladders all the way up the legs and holes (although luckily the skirt covers the worst of it). One size fits all, my arse!

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand it is done!! Finally finished the dress today! It involved a very last minute dash to the fabric shop to get a zip and some hooks and eyes (which went unused) and I had to take in like, 6 inches on the bust which is what i get for not measuring myself before cutting the pattern! Can't wait to wear it next friday!!

So, I've finished making the blue dress today! Just a few edits need to be made, such as taking it in at the back (its a little too big) and then putting a zip in. I shall upload pictures later in the week hopefully.

My wig and glasses arrived today!!! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! The wig is really pretty and bounces when i move and the glasses are harry potter glasses (cos i couldn't resist). I don't quite suit them but i don't give a shit! I have been camwhoring like mad as I decided, in honour of the event, to do a full hair and make up test. Feel free to ignore the pictures i post, my face is bleurgh :)

Finally started making this, with slight edits to the original pattern! The fabrics a little stretchier than I'd like but its the prettiest shade of blue so I'm not complaining too badly. I also want to make a bag the shape of the bec logo so I can actually carry things conveniently, I just hope I have enough money for it!


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