Costume Notes: Angel Dust (Deadpool)

Completed: October 2016

Hours Spent: Approximately 10 hours

Debuted: Dallas Comic Con Fan Days

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Why This Costume: This costume was partly a matter of convenience, partly a matter of wanting to cosplay with Callula, and partly a nudge from everyone and their dog. As I mentioned in my last post, I was out of the country for a week on vacation at the beginning of October, and I knew I wouldn’t have much time to finish up a full build for Fan Days. I loved the Deadpool movie, but wasn’t really sure who to cosplay. I think at least half a dozen people suggested I make Angel Dust before it actually clicked in my head that I look like Gina Carano’s character. And as an added bonus: it was pretty simple to make!

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How I made it: All in all, this is a pretty simple build. I bought all the pieces and modified the corset, top, and belt to be more film accurate.

Purchased pieces:

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The corset was definitely the most time-consuming piece of this costume. This tutorial from Lucy’s Corsetry was a massive help with this project. I compared it to my Wonder Woman overbust corset and marked where I needed to cut. From there, I seam ripped the binding, removed the boning, and cut the corset down to the right shape. Once that was done, I cut the boning down to the new length, re-tipped it, and put the boning back into the appropriate channels. I used the excess fabric to make the straps and I used faux leather scraps from Lulu to make the bias binding, which is also what I used for the diagonal stripes. A lot of reviewers on Amazon complained about the sturdiness of the zipper, so I tore that out and replaced it with a heavy-duty zipper as well. I also swapped out the lacing for black parachute cord. Finally, I stitched some 1″ black webbing I had on hand to the center front of the corset and to the straps.

The only other part of this costume I had to sew was the shirt. I didn’t think to purchase a shirt before my cruise, so I picked up 2 long-sleeve crew neck shirts at Wal-Mart for $5 a piece. I marked where I wanted the neckline to go, cut it off, and made a neck band out of my 2nd shirt. I also cut off the sleeves to 3/4 length and made bands from my second shirt to finish it off.

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I styled my wig much in the same manner as my Captain Marvel wig: tease, hair spray, blow dry, and repeat for crazy volume. Though the braids are film-accurate, I think I’ll remove them for future wears as the side burns of the wig don’t come down quite far enough on me.

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Thoughts on this costume: This might be one of my comfiest costumes to date! Even though a lot of people had trouble recognizing my costume, lots of people thought it was cool and I had a ton of fun derping around with Callula and trolling Deadpools. Next time, I’ll pay a bit better attention to my shapewear (my silhouette wasn’t quite what I was going for), shorten the straps a touch, and tweak the wig a bit. Otherwise I had a lot of fun with this build!

What’s your favorite comfy costume? 

Costume Notes: Negasonic Teenage Warhead

Today I’m featuring another recent(ish) commission I completed. This one was for Callula Cosplay!

The Basics: 

Pattern: Kwik Sew 3052

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Photo by 10th Muse / Gear Owl Photography

Fabric: Stretch pleather from Yaya Han’s new Cosplay Fabrics line (available at Jo-Ann’s), yellow moleskin from Spandex World, and stretch netting from Golden D’Or.

Notions: Invisible zipper, stretch elastic cording, fabric stabilizer

Make it again?: Already have! I made a second one for 10th Muse of Cosmic Coterie a little while back!

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Photo by Ash Snap ‘Em Photography

How I Made it: As with most of my spandex bodysuits, this one involved a mock-up out scrap fabric and using a Sharpie to draw in the seam lines. Once the seam lines were drawn in, we cut the pieces apart and used the mock-up as a new pattern.

Callula’s learning how to work with spandex, so we’ve been working off of a version of this pattern that’s altered to her measurements. Each time we make something we tweak the fit a little more. Eventually it’ll be perfect!

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Photo by 10th Muse / Gear Owl Photography

 

For the most part, this suit came together quite well. I did encounter some trickiness with the netting wanting to shift as I was stitching. In hindsight, I should have done more underlining with the yellow fabrics. I did that for 10th Muse’s Negasonic and it was much easier to handle.

There’s also a lot of inset corners with this suit, especially around the shoulders. Atelier Heidi’s tutorial is a great overview on how to get these points perfect. I also used topstitching to secure the edges.

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Photo by Cosplay Illustrated

For the piping, I cut 1″ wide strips of the yellow moleskin and filled them with elastic cording. I used my zipper foot to install them on one side of the fabric before stitching pieces together. Twinklebat has a great mini-tutorial on this process!

By far the trickiest part of this costume is the front belt-looking piece. I’ve seen cosplayers handle it a couple of different ways, but I opted to embed it into the fabric. This required quite a bit of finangling, as there’s lots of inset corners to work around, and it’s a highly visible part of the costume. For Callula’s, I had to go back and hand stitch most of this section down since I flubbed a few places.

Callula made the awesome patches for this costume!

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Photo by 10th Muse

Thoughts: All in all, this was a fun build that came together pretty quick. I can’t wait to knock out Angel Dust so we can beat each other up for photos and troll all the Deadpools!

Costume Notes: Deadpool

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Whoooo!!!! 100 posts! Deadpool gives tacos to all of you!!!

Completed: October 2014

Hours Spent: Close to 30 hours

Debuted: Dallas Fan Days 2014

Why This Costume: This costume is actually my second full-fledged commission and first time sewing for a guy. One of my old friends contacted me back in late August saying he was interested in cosplaying at Fan Days. He’d never cosplayed before and wanted to do a more realistic Deadpool. It seemed like an interested challenge (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA) and a good chance to broaden my costume portfolio, so I agreed to take it on.

Fotor0102293249How I Made It: As I mentioned, my friend was after a more realistic Deadpool. He knew right away that he didn’t want a full spandex bodysuit, so we used the above image as a reference and swapped out the bodysuit for a spandex top and pants.

The pants were my first task. I picked up some poly black and red twill from Golden D’Or and made them using Kwik Sew 4045 as a base. To give the pants more depth, I topstitched the black twill on top of the red. Since I was working with a crap ton of fabric, I ditched the side pockets since it would have been too much bulk, but kept the cargo and back pockets.

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Pants before I added the waistband. I am stupid proud of that fly.

When my friend came over for fitting, we realized that this pattern had a metric shit ton of ease built in to the legs. I wound up taking in the legs by almost 4 inches on each side and the butt in by a full 2 inches. Dafuq? Of course, this meant that I had to take in the waist band as well. Le sigh…

The top was a whole other mess of a challenge. I ordered my spandex from my go-to shop, Spandex World, in early September. After waiting a few days, I realized that FedEx lost my order. Two weeks later (and after a lot of phone calls from FedEx asking if I was really, really sure that my package wasn’t delivered), my fabric finally arrived, but it was the wrong color. In a last ditch effort, I attempted to dye the spandex using this tutorial. Lo and behold, it actually worked. Unfortunately, I had to chop up the fabric to get it to fit in the pot, and the dyes came out very different, so I had a limited amount of yardage to work with. On the plus side, I now have a half yard of very pretty burgundy spandex. I might need to make a miniskirt soon…

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Out, out damned spot!

I added the black pieces using the same tutorial I used for Ms. Marvel. The black vinyl was absolutely perfect. To draft the pieces, I made a mock-up out of scrap fabric and drew the lines on while my friend was wearing it. I then cut out those pieces and trued them up on paper to use as a pattern. I didn’t take a picture of this step, but I’ll try to demo it when I get around to my spandex tutorial, promise!

Making the mask proved… difficult. I drafted a basic mask using this tutorial, but my first test mask was way too small and crushed the nose. The final mask was better, but the eyes were too far apart. My fabric was limited at that point, so I  seam ripped the eyes and moved them in closer together. The “lenses” are a slightly stretchy mosquito netting. I got some real funny looks when I asked for 1/8 of a yard at the cutting table. Anywho, I’d like to make some test spandex masks when I have down time just to get a better feel for them. Let’s just say I know now why people charge $50-75 for masks alone on etsy.

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Thoughts on this costume: Overall, I’m pleased with how this turned out and my friend really enjoyed his costume. I definitely learned a lot both technique wise (never knew you could dye spandex) and in regards to handling a commission (always, always, always get detail specifics before cutting into fabric).

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Con shot! Pardon my inability to take photos. Gloves are the worst.

I think now’s a good opportunity to mention that I am planning to open up for a small batch of 2015 costume commissions. I don’t intend to take on more than 10 or so, depending on complexity. You can find more information on details here. I’ve already got a few lined up, so let me know if you’re interested in getting on my list for next year!

WIP: Setember Edition

Gah, we’re already in October. Whaaaa…? I feel like this year has just flown by. Here are a few of the projects I worked on in September along with some things I’m wrapping up for Fan Days!

Commission: Steampunk Dorothy blouse and skirt

tumblr_ncmovfcDkV1sxq29yo1_500Back in August, a local cosplayer contacted me about making the fabric bits for a Steampunk Dorothy at Fan Days, based on this Tonner doll. This wasn’t too difficult of a project, but did require some drafting skills.

For the blouse, I turned to a pattern I used in the past: New Look 6244. I used this dress for my Inara costume a few years ago. My client is a bit larger than me in the waist, but shares my chest and arm measurements, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch to get this to fit properly. I hacked the pattern off at the hips to turn it into a blouse, slashed and spread the appropriate pieces, and added sleeves from Simplicity 2813. I wanted to keep this blouse as comfortable as possible (given the layers this client will be wearing), so I cut it on the bias, which means no zippers! The only issue with that was the arm part of the sleeve got twisty, so I hacked it off and made arm bits out of spandex. The rest of the blouse is made of peachskin with netting in the sleeves for a bit more volume.

The skirt is made from a modified Butterick 6196 skirt. I took 3 panels of the skirt, hacked them off at the knee and swapped out the regular waistband for an elastic one (again, comfort). The seams all have 3/8″ elastic in them to create loose gathers, and I created ruffles for the bottom of the skirt on my serger. Gathering on my serger was a new technique, but I’m really happy with how it turned out!

My client is coming over for a fit test this weekend, then this project will be wrapped up. Can’t wait to see her with all of her other pieces!

Commission: Deadpool

Pants before I added the waistband.
Pants before I added the waistband.

This commission is also for Fan Days. One of my old high school friends asked if I could make a Deadpool for him, but more grounded in reality. Kind of Christopher Nolan-esque. Our first task was to ditch the spandex bodysuit and swap it out for cargo pants and an Under Armor-style top. I used Kwik Sew 4045 as a base and topstitched black twill on red twill to get the effect he was looking for.

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Stovetop dyeing. Not to be confused with dying.

The spandex for the top was a nightmare. My go-to spandex shop didn’t have what I was looking for, so I turned to my back-up: Spandex World. FedEx wound up losing my order, so I went through a two-week ordeal trying to get a reshipment. Fortunately, Spandex World is awesome and replaced my order as soon as they could, but I only got it in at the end of last week. Turns out, I should have ordered a swatch, because the color was a bright, almost orangey red. In a last ditch effort, I tried dyeing the spandex, and it actually worked! I’m in the process of wrapping up the top and mask, then this project will be done.

Sailor Ariel

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A cosplay friend recently asked me to join her Disney Sailor Scouts group at Fan Days. I was hesitant to create a new costume with just a few weeks until the con, but their Ariel has other costume commitments, so I’m using my Sailor Jupiter to create Ariel! All I have to do is touch-up my shoes, make a trident, make the bows, and style my wig. And maybe buy a Flounder 🙂

Ms. Marvel

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Photo by Aperture Ashley, who was kind enough to give me some BA Binary powers!

I’m also planning to touch-up my Ms. Marvel for Fan Days and hopefully enter her in the Costume Contest. I’m planning to tweak the sash, raise the leg holes, and make flames to represent her Binary powers. Hopefully that will all be finished by the end of next week!

That’s all I’ve got for this month. Once these projects are complete, I’m planning to tackle my Halloween costumes (see: slightly modify), another commission, and get started on Ikkicon costumes! Not going to lie, I’m so ready to be done with Fan Days so that I can get started on Princess Jupiter. That costume needs to be made!

What’s on your craft table right now?