A New Dress

I haven’t been making a lot of stuff lately, and what i have made i’ve forgotten to blog about. But right now i’m making a dress, which i took from a blog post i found, where i fell in love with the bodice of the dress.

I’m changing the skirt, and basically most stuff other then the top of the bodice, but it’s coming along and i thought i should show it to you guys.

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Sorry for the shitty photos, i got a new computer for Christmas and i haven’t gotten around to using my camera with it quite yet. This is from the webcam, and that’s the bodice. It’s only basted together currently (i’m planning on sewing it today), and i don’t even have the skirt started yet. I’m going to line it, but because i made this pattern up from a photo, i want to sew up and make sure the bodice fits before i sew the lining.

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That’s the boning for the bodice. The original blog post (which i don’t have to link right now but i promise i’ll find and then edit this later) showed how she sewed in her boning. I wasn’t going to originally but it needs it. I’m also going to add black edging i think around the top of the bodice, and will figure out some straps as well.

The boning is just some black zip ties i had in my closet. I cut off the edges, trying to roughly round them, and then melted the edges with a lighter and dipped them in water to cool them quickly. After that i held three together and wrapped some scotch tape around them. Voila! Easy breezy cheapy boning. I’ve used zip ties before and they work alright….I think it will be fine for such a light fabric.

Okay, that’s all for today. i hope you guys had (and continue to have) wonderful holidays, and a happy New Years! I may be wearing this dress new years, we’ll see if i finish it in time 🙂


Sword Cont’d

A few weeks ago (our very first post), I was showing you guys a sword I was making. I’ve actually taken pictures of most of what I’ve done since then, and it’s now finished. There are definitely things I’d do differently next time, which I’ll get into later.


First thing I did was paint it silver. As I did not have any spray paint, I did it with some acrylic paint I had laying around, mixed with grey paint. That didn’t work out very well, as it didn’t look very good, and was patchy….You could even see some of the newspaper form the paper-mache still, after a few coats. Also, the paper-mache cracked about midway down the sword after I painted it — probably not enough layers on top of foam. So I took some hot glue and glued it down, just to cover it up. I decided to use it sorta as a decorative thing.

I took some white paint and painted the sword, not really paying attention to the handle as that would be covered up later. Not sure if it was the paint or paintbrush, but you can see the paint strokes, like the individual hairs on the brush in the paint still. If I’d noticed that before it dried, I’d have gone from the center out, not just up and down on the blade.

After that I took some different silver paint and painted that over the white, a few coats. It was starting to come together and look nice.



I went to my fabric bin and found some leather scraps I had, and then grabbed some plain cotton in a similar colour.


I took the cotton and tore it into thin strips….maybe half an inch wide.


I then started wrapping it around the handle of the sword, using my trusty hot glue gun (which I’m seriously starting to consider naming) to secure the ends by overlapping and gluing the ends of the strips. I went all the way to the bottom, gluing it down neatly so the entire thing was covered. Then I grabbed the leather scraps.



Here I wrapped a bigger piece all the way around, cutting it off when it came back around. I put the seam on the side, and made sure to glue it down at the top of the handle, right underneath the cross-guard. Just put some hot glue around the edge of it, and then along the side-seam and the bottom is a great place to glue as well, to make sure it stays. It didn’t seem to matter if you put glue on the whole thing, though you can.

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I just continued fitting the leather pieces together and gluing them….it takes a bit of thinking, but just go with it and when you’re done…


…you have a pretty cool handle.


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It’s not quite what I thought it’d look like when I started out, but I like it a lot better actually. 

What I did next was to take the hot glue and add two more ridges around the base of the blade, to go more with the whole decorative thing. After putting the glue around it, I’d get my fingers wet so that it wouldn’t burn/stick to me, I shaped the hot glue to match the first ridge, making it look like, well, a ridge, instead of a blobby line of hot glue. Be careful if you do this, hot glue burns suck!

After doing that I took some more of my silver paint and painted over the hot glue (in hindsight, probably would have been easier to add the ridges all at the same time. oh well).


I then started distressing it a bit, to make it look real. I used the tutorial from Risachantag on Deviantart. Next time I’m going to for sure use spray paint instead of actual paint (my mom brought some home today, in fact) and it might look better next time. 

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I concentrated the black paint around the very bottom of the blade/cross-guard, and the edges of the hot glue. I also put some on the handle.


I had also held a lighter to some of the seams, which caused them to peel back, blacken, and generally smell bad. But I do like the affect, and please be careful when playing with fire and materials. Be cautious, as I was not 😉


I also put some silver on the edge of the blade, and center, as it said in the tutorial, after spreading the black on the blade a bit.


I then took a hammer, because my edges were really thick (from the foam and poster board and paper-mache), and hammered the edges. it actually flattened them a bit, even though be careful, because it’s pretty easy to break.


And finished! I don’t want to use paper-mache again, just because it tends to crack as I’ve found out. Pretty good first try though I think. Has anyone out there ever made weapons for a costume before? What did you do?


Steampunk Nightmare Moon Cosplay Tutorial: Coat

So my favorite My Little Pony character is Nightmare Moon. She is an amazing villain but I only wish we had seen more of her!

A while back I decided to make a MLP cosplay. I debated which character to play for a while (my choices had been Rainbow Dash, Princess Luna, Doctor Whooves, and Derpy. I might play Derpy at some point, but in this style instead because I really love it-


But anyway, those were my choices)
Then it hit me that I wanted to do a villain (because I really love the baddies – they are just too fun not to love). I loved them all and it was hard to choose but I eventually decided on Nightmare Moon: The first villain. (Maybe I’ll do ’em all and make a small series, who knows?).
But instead of doing the traditional Nightmare Moon, I wanted to put a spin on it. Steampunk more specifically.
I decided to start with the coat. My dad has these old black, long raincoats. I nabbed one from him because I knew it’s be the perfect coat once it was finished. So here’s where I tell you how you can make your own.

1. Get some of this Webbing paint by Krylon in silver. This was on sale in the craft section at my Walmart, I got three cans but only used two. You’ll want to get 3 depending on how much coverage you want, the size of your coat, and because it’s always nice to have extra in case something goes wrong. This stuff dries really fast – not even 5 minutes. But leave the coat out overnight so the paint can cure.


2. Get your coat and hang it on a hanger, then hang it somewhere you’re ok with getting a bit of paint on (I.e a fence post or the edge of the fence), you’ll want to do this outside seeing as this paint can have some strong fumes. Also my coat had a matte finish which really made it look Steampunk – so you might want to make sure yours has a similar finish if that’s the look you’re going for.

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3. Begin painting, I painted in streaks and ribbons. You can’t mess up with this paint – it’s just about impossible.


4. When you’re finished painting you can put a seal on it I you like, but this paint doesn’t really chip and the finish it’s got is pretty perfect so I didn’t use a seal on mine.

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I’ve never done this so it might not work – but then again it might. Paint a black coat silver (all over, but it doesn’t need to be a thick coat), then take some sandpaper/sand block/nail file and start sanding away at the paint. This’ll make the paint start to wear away and make it look distressed. This can be time consuming but it can be a more custom look. I think you’ll also definitely want to put a seal on this – the paint will definitely fleck from the sanding. And remember to let the paint fully dry before sanding (otherwise you’ll just have a mess).

That’s all for this post, if you have any questions, suggestions, ideas, or suggestions, please leave them in the comments sections and we’ll get back to you!

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosplay Plans

Ok, so I saw te new marvel movie Guardians if the Galaxy this past Saturday and it was EPIC.
Thus I must make some cosplays!
I will begin with Groot (he has no props and I think with some creativity this costume can easily be made within a week I think)

After Groot, I’ll do Rocket. The details on his suit will take some time (especially seeing as my sewing skills aren’t that advanced) and his gun will take some thinking (if you have any ideas or suggestions, please leave them in the comments! I would be extremely grateful!). And I think I’m gonna do some extreme makeup to get the raccoon look.

And then there’s Pete. He has 4 props (2 guns, a mask, and the rockets on his boots) and his jacket is leather and has a little more detail to it than a normal leather jacket.

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If you have any questions, suggestions, tips, or comments, as always feel free to leave them in the comments section and we’ll get back to you!

League of Legends Cosplay Inspiration Pictures (Diana and Katarina)

Ok, so I definitely want to do a LoL Cosplay (too cool to pass on). I love Diana’s Classic skin


But Kat is also a favorite (I can play a good game as bot Kat)


The problem is – that’s a little more midriff than I wanna show. So instead I was thinking of Kat’s other skin which would be High Command Kat


Which is cooler in my opinion. Plus I’m liking the belted peepholes on the sides.

Post question: which LoL character would you cosplay?
Bonus question (in case you don’t play LoL or want some extra brownie points) how would you begin building a High Command Kat or Classic Diana cosplay?

The Private Eye cosplay

I am in love with The Private Eye comic from panelsyndicate.com. And particularly, the coat the main character has. I’ve been looking for a white jacket with a hood fro a while, but haven’t had any luck. So, when my dad came home with rain ponchos for this weekends music festival, and I ended up with the white one, I thought, “Why not?”.


I don’t have any pictures of my wearing it yet (no doubt I’ll take them this weekend), but here is how I made it.


First off, I went to the first issue, where I knew there was a couple good pictures of the jacket’s hood. I took a screenshot, and then blew the picture up until it was about the same size as the back of my hood.


Then I took a normal piece of printing paper, and held it over my screen as I traced out the design. I also traced out the lines of the center of the hood, although I didn’t put that on my hood, just so that I could center it correctly.


Voila! Finished sketch!


Then I held it under the hood, trying to center it. I used a plastic head, to help keep the paper smooth against the hood so I could see the lines clearly. After centering it, I took the pen I used on the paper, and did another tracing. I didn’t’ take any pictures past this point, but i’ll do my best to explain what I did.

After tracing the pattern onto the hood, I took a big book, and set it inside the hood, so that it could lay flat. You could do that how you wanted to, honestly, even just keep it on the head. I then took a Sharpie and traced the pattern again, lengthening the mouth a bit, and filling in all the places that needed to be black. I then took some yellow paint, and filled in the eyes.

I decided that I needed to actually paint the teeth white to make them stand out, so I did that next. All the painting took a few goes, as I almost always had to go back over at least parts of the sharpie again, because I got paint on the lines.


I let it dry overnight and the next day. When I got home, I took it outside (again on the plastic head), and took some clear spray-paint and sprayed over it, to make sure it stayed waterproof. I did two coats, and after that dried, I left it hanging in my room for a few more hours to make sure, then folded it up to take to the festival!

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It’s just a little thing, and even though I look ridiculous in a rain poncho (but then again, who doesn’t?) It’s something that will make wearing it more fun. And jesus, it truly is more scary in real life ass apposed to the comic book. I love it. – Dita