Monday, September 3, 2018

Cosplay Tutorial: Stomacher

The first time I made Rococo Belle, I created a front panel that velcroed on. When I decided to revamp the cosplay, I knew I would switch that out for a stomacher. This is a walk-through of how I did that.

First, I created my pattern. I used the old panel, and added a 3 cm seam allowance all the way around.

Next, I cut out one of my main fabric and two out of my coutil. In hindsight, interfacing the main fabric would have been a great idea.

Now, creating the boning channels. The stomacher needs to be stiff. Create as many channels as needed to create the effect. I made 3 vertical and 3 horizontal. Measure and sketch them out.

Sew your channels, making sure to leave the cross areas open.

Insert your horizontal boning.

I decided to do large bows for my stomacher, but if you want to embroider it, do that now.
Attach main fabric to coutil. I used a 3 cm seam allowance along the bottom and a 1.5 cm allowance along the sides. Also, insert ribbons along the side for pinning your stomacher.

Turn right side out. Do a small seam across the top.

Add bows/ details.

I'm going to include a little photo tutorial of how I made the jewels for the bows (and gown).

I'm indecisive if I'll leave the top seam alone or add a ruffle to cover it.
And finished!

And as always, keep cosplaying!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Cable Cosplay- Arm Tutorial Part 2

Are you ready to finish that arm? Let's do this!
In part one, I showed you how I made the forearm. Now, it's time for the upper arm.

Much like the forearm, you need to make your pattern. Wrap your upper arm in plastic wrap and duct tape. (no photo of the upper arm cause that's hard to do)

Draw your pattern. Cut out.

Transfer your pattern to foam. I used 5mm and I think it was a little too thick, but thickness will be a personal preference. Cut out.

Glue together.

Add your details.

Create a harness. I used my mannequin to create it, the fitted it on me.

Put your harness on. Put your arm on. Mark out how they should connect. This will aid in taking your arm off without taking off the whole cosplay.

Add connections. I used velcro.

Plastidip. Paint. Weather.

Wear over a black sleeve and you are finished!

And as always, keep cosplaying!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Cable Cosplay- Arm Tutorial Part 1

Next up in the Cable cosplay series, the arm! I learned a lot making this arm and I plan to remake it in the future as this version was not ideal. But, I'm hoping it could still help you, so I'm writing the tutorial anyway. I will write a new one when I remake the arm.

You will need:

  • Foam (I used 3 mm foam from TNT cosplay)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Duct tape
  • Corrugated cable covers (I bought a small and large, both from Lowes)
  • Heat gun
  • Pastidip
  • Black spray paint
  • Silver spray paint
  • Black acrylic paint 

First, let's make the forearm pattern. Wrap your arm in plastic wrap arms duct tape. Draw your pattern. Carefully cut pattern off your arm. 

Clean up pattern and add ticks for placement later. Name pieces. Cut out pattern and transfer to foam. Cut out foam. Use contact cement to attach pieces. Be sure to leave one side open so you can install velcro to make it easier to put on and take off.

Add details. Install velcro.

Heat seal carefully (corrugated tubes will melt) and plastidip. Black spray paint next. Spray with silver spray paint. Weather with black paint using dry brush technique. (picture is of upper arm, I apparently didn't take any photos of this process with the forearm, sorry) 

And your forearm is finished! Stay tuned for the upper arm and hand!

And as always, keep cosplaying!