This is a step-by-step walk through of Yaya Han's Ultimate Bodysuit pattern.
Materials you'll need:
1. Draw horn shape on paper
2. cut horns out of fosshape
3. sew the sides together
4. heat and shape the horns
If your stitches are loose enough, the seams should lay flat. If the stitches are too tight, you may have a raised ridge along the seam.
The Fosshape will shrink a bit as you heat it and once it cools it will harden, so heat it as evenly as possible, making sure to heat the inside of the horns as well as the outside.
5. Trim and position the horns
6. wrap each horn in hair
Let the glue dry then spread more glue on the horn and wrap the hair around the horn, gently pressing the hair into the glue. DO NOT SATURATE THE HAIR WITH GLUE. It will loose it's hair texture if you do.
When you reach the end of the weft, use a flat hair clip to hold the ends in place until the glue dries. Let the glue dry completely before trimming the excess and starting on a new weft. Trim the excess off at a sharp angle and glue the ends down (spread the hairs and use more clips if the ends won't stay down). Let it dry.
Wrap and glue the wefts in layers, making sure to let the glue dry completely in between each layer. If there are gaps, you can fill them with glue, then take a pinch of loose hair and press them into the gap to cover them up. Don't worry about the horn tips looking flawed because they will be covered in red fabric.
Try to wrap each horn in the same amount of hair to keep the weight of the horns even.
7. wrap the horn ends in fabric
Use Tacky glue because it is thicker doesn't bled through the fabric as much as Elmer's Glue would, and has a stronger hold.
Cut 1/4" - 1/2" wide strips of red fabric and wrap and glue the fabric around the horn. Try to make it look a bit uneven and rough.
8. sew the horns to the wig
9. Style the wig to hide stitches
Try on the wig with all the horns to make sure they all sit properly.
Style the wefts to hide the stitches, gluing them in place with clear Elmer's Glue if you need to.
The wig will be heavy and will pull to the back. If you are having difficulty with the weight, sew on extra wig clips to the inside to hold it in place. Use white bobby pins to help distribute the weight over your head.
After finally shaking the con crud from PAX South 2016, it's time to get back to work on Flemeth! I'm aiming to have her finished by Phoenix Comicon in June. Details of what I've been working on below!
Flemeth's horns are constructed out of Fosshape. By the makers of Wonderflex, Fosshape has the texture of felt that shrinks and hardens when heated with a heat gun. The benefit of Fosshape is that it is lightweight and you can sew through it, which is how I plan to attach the horns to the wig.
I cut out 2 sides of each horn using a paper template I drew, making sure to make the pieces larger than I wanted the finished horns (they will shrink when heated). I then hand-stitched each side together, then heated and shaped the horn. The result was a light, hollow, stiff horn that can be sewn onto a wig.
The wig and wefts I am using are from Arda Wigs. The wig is their Matilda wig in silver. The wefts I glue on with clear Elmer's Glue.
I draped the pattern for Flemeth's bodice from scratch on my dressform, using an old sheet. The most important part was making sure the seams match up to the image. I made sure to mark notches for every piece so that I can match them up with little trouble later.
This bodice will be boned with spiral steel boning, with underwire to give breast support, and a zipper up the back.
Phoenix Comicon was an amazing success! I debuted my Dragon Age: Inquisition costumes, Josephine and Empress Celene, and our DA cosplay group, The Romance Options, met up and shot photos with photographer Matthew Hunt!
It was super fun and I can't wait until Phoenix Fan Fest in December! In the meantime, I've updated my website and re-opened the shop!
It's also time to get started on my next big cosplay, Flemeth! Yes, it's another Dragon Age costume. I can't help it! I love DA so much!
Keep checking back here or on my Facebook page for more updates!
Finally managed to finish the petticoat for my Empress Celene costume! I used 6 layers, 40 yards (34" wide), of blue tulle. The overskirt is on it's way to being done, i just need to sew the waist band and that's two items I can cross off my list. So fluffy!
In honor of Black HIstory Month, cosplayers are gathering together on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to celebrate #28DaysofBlackCosplay! Post your favorite pictures of black cosplayers on whatever social media you want, just tag it with the #28DaysofBlackCosplay tag and join in the celebration!
I wrote a short blurp about the movement on the Bookmans website which you can read here: http://bookmans.com/28daysofblackcosplay/
The new cosplay culture online zine, vsCosplay, is live! The site features articles on everything cosplay, from tips and tricks to explorations of the culture of cosplay.
I wrote an article on the experiences of black cosplayers in the hopes that it will help inspire other cosplayers of color to push aside their fears and do what they love. Give it a read at vsCosplay!
New Garrus "Archangel" t-shirt designs are now available on my Etsy site!
I managed to score tickets to PAX South, so now it's time to finally work my Samara cosplay! This blog will follow the entire process of putting the costume together.
Samara's loyalty costume is basically a black version of her normal costume. I plan to make her suit out of black 4-way stretch vinyl, and stencil/airbrush the hexagonal details on. The boots I will modify from knee high black boots. The armor (knees, thighs, shoulders, neck and back) I will make from EVA foam.
For the head piece, I commissioned the amazingly talented Emmabellish for a blank latex head piece. She made mold for her fantastic Aria cosplay and details the process of making and painting her head piece on her blog.
Pros-Aide prosthetic adhesive
Liquitex acrylic paint
To paint the head piece, I used PAX paint, which is a 50/50 mix of Pros-Aide prosthetic adhesive and Liquitex acrylic paint, for the base coat with Liquitex in Cerulean Blue. After the base coat with PAX, I did a black wash with Mars Black (I watered it down and sponged it on, then wiped the excess off with a cloth) so it got into all the grooves, then dry brushed the highlights with the Cerulean Blue mixed with a bit of white. I then painted in the ear gills and parts of the back with Deep Violet mixed with the black, then deepened all the grooves with just black. More highlighting with a dry brush, then added the lines aded to the top tentacles. I filled some of top and front texture in with black and a fine detail brush, then did one last dry brush with the Cerulean Blue, and DONE!
4-way stretch vinyl (matte black)
Mehron Paradise AQ- Light Blue
Mehron StarBlend - Blue
Mehron StarBlend - Moonlight White
Mehron StarBlend - Monster Grey