Costume Notes: Avengers Academy Captain Marvel

Completed: April 2019

Hours Spent: 15-ish

Debuted: Dallas Film Society’s High School Day

Why This Costume: This costume has been on my back burner wish list for quite some time. I really enjoyed the Avengers Academy game while it was out (it’s dead now, sadly), and Carol’s initial outfit appealed to me since it looked like a set of comfy but recognizable workout clothes! I even bought fabric for this outfit, but then Pinecrest fabric asked if I had an interest in reviewing one of their new collections and I jumped at the opportunity. The review is at the end of this write-up!

Purchased Pieces: 

Patterns Used: 

Super Helpful Tutorials: 

How I Made it: 

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I debated on how I wanted this suit to work for a little while before settling on a base leotard and leggings. Initially I thought I’d do a sleeveless zip-up top, but ultimately I settled on a leotard so that 1) the top wouldn’t ride up as I was wearing it, and 2) the leotard by itself could work for a cosplay swimsuit!

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The first piece I worked on was the bodysuit. I used a modified version of Yaya Han’s bodysuit pattern since I’ve made it several times before. I blended out the underbust seams and marked the angle and depth of the color blocking based on my comic book Captain Marvel. Since I didn’t have to worry about stripes for this costume, that was a quick step. Once the pieces were cut and seam allowances added, I sewed this up with yellow stretch piping between the blue and yellow for an extra pop of color. I also quickly drafted some basic yellow bands to finish off the arms and match my reference. For the collar, I extended the piece by 2 inches and cut the neck as two pieces rather than a single folded piece. It closes with a large snap.

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My test run of the star has a leather base from an old Captain Marvel jacket I had on hand. I sprayed it with 3M 77 spray adhesive and pressed some of the remaining yellow spandex on it. From there, I carefully cut around the points, folding over the fabric edges and securing them with hot glue. The star attaches to the suit with velcro.

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The pants were slightly more tricky, but that’s mostly due to the waistband. Thankfully, Sewaholic has a great tutorial on the process (linked above)! I opted to use this waistband since it had a pocket large enough for a cell phone and I’ve also had this pattern in my stash for AGES. The seams on the Pacific pants are cute and flattering, but I opted to use the Simplicity pattern so that I could put piping in the side seam. I finished the pants off with a red cuff for a speedy and clean look.

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Pinecrest Fabic Review: 

As I mentioned at the start of this post, a big reason this cosplay happened is because of Pinecrest Fabric. When they reached out and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing their material, I jumped at the opportunity (who doesn’t want fabric?).

The red and blue used in this build are the coolest part; they’re made from recycled bottle caps! Cosplay isn’t exactly eco-friendly, and I loved the idea of using sustainable materials. I didn’t notice any difference in moisture wicking, fit, opacity, or comfort compared to other spandex materials I often used, and the materials are nice and matte, which I prefer for my builds. The recovery is great, which is critical for a fitted spandex piece!

All in all, I highly recommend this material, especially if you’re looking to make more eco-conscious purchases for your builds! You can find Pinecrest fabrics for sale by the yard at Fabric.com.

Thoughts on this Build: 

This is such a comfy build. I’m so glad I finally got around to making it! I want to make a few small tweaks to it, mainly getting a different wig and making a new star, but overall I’m pretty pleased with this build and can’t wait to wear it to more cons! And give it a proper photoshoot.

 

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