Thursday, May 31, 2018

Cable cosplay- BFG part 1

I'm sure this is the tutorial you've all been waiting for... the big freaking gun. Now, after building this I have ideas on how to improve upon it. So, I'll add a new tutorial once I finish the upgrades detailing how I did those. Hopefully, this tutorial will point you in the right direction.

First, you need a scale outline of the gun. I'm not going to go over how to make a scale outline here. There are numerous tutorials online, and I may make a video for this at a later date. I also like to sketch my patterns out on paper to get an idea for the design. It helps me, but it's not necessary.

Once you have your scale outline, print and cut it out. Trace on to foam and cut that out. Be sure to use a sharp blade, and to continuously sharpen your blade while cutting. I used 10mm foam from tnt cosplay supply, and cut out 4 of my outline.

Get a dowel rod in the diameter you like for the barrel. I used 7/8, i believe. Measure where it should sit, mark, and cut out of 2 outlines.

Glue together using contact cement, encasing dowel rod. Do this carefully, trying to keep everything even as it will save you from loads of sanding later.

Sand. I used an orbital sander, dremel, and hand sanding. I did not get everything smooth due to time. Therefore, I used copious amounts of kwik seal to smooth things out as best as I could. I also did not sand in details (ie, the stock). I will add that to my update tutorial once I do it. Once sanded, you can begin adding details. I used the same process I used for my outline to trace out some details. Transfer to your gun base, cut with knife, and heat with heat gun. Be sure to use a low setting and to keep the heat gun moving so you don't burn your foam (like I did).

And that's all for part one! You now have the base of your gun. Details will be in part two!

And as always, keep cosplaying!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Cable cosplay- corset style tactical vest

I've finally finished fem Cable, which means... TUTORIALS! Let's start with the corset style tactical vest.

If you have a mannequin, set it to your measurements, wrap it in plastic wrap, then cover in tape (duct tape works best, but painters tape and making tape will work in a pinch). If you don't have a mannequin, get a friend to help and use yourself.

Draw the pattern pieces for your corset. I decided to make mine more like a fashion corset, instead of a reducing corset so I didn't make a bunch of pattern pieces. If you want reducing, you could make more. Also, you only need to draw on half your tape form. You'll use those patterns for both sides. Be sure to number them and add lines to help match up the pieces later.

Cut out. Add seam allowance to the top and bottom of all your pieces. You do not need to add seam allowance to the sides since its a corset. I highly recommend transferring your tape pattern piece to paper (butcher paper, newspaper, etc). I didn't, and now I have to clean all of my pins since they're sticky from the tape. Cut out of your fabric and lining. Cut out of interfacing (I forgot to do this).

Apply interfacing to fabric. Sew together your outer fabric. Sew together your lining.

On your outer fabric, place your webbing where you'd like it. I started mine 1.5 inches from the top, and 2 inches apart after. You can do yours however you'd like, but I recommend measuring it so it's consistent.

Sew your webbing down along the seams.

Install zipper to outer fabric and lining. Be sure to pin the zipper while it's closed to make sure it lines up. You'll want to use a separating zipper, so you can unzip it completely while sewing.

Measure your channels. Cut or buy boning at those measurements. I used spiral steel boning because plastic pinches me. You may use either if you're making a fashion corset. If you're making a reducing corset, use either spiral or flat or a combo of the two.

Now, I forgot about closures when I added the webbing, so I had to create an extra panel in the back for the grommets. Use interfacing in the outer fabric of this back panel.  Sew to back of the fabric and lining. With right sides together, sew the back panel together. Clip and turn, pressing out your corner.

Measure out where your grommets should go, and install per instructions. I recommend heavy duty grommets. Lace. I used para cord, but you can use regular lacing. If using para cord, I recommend using the knot before.

With corset on, mark where your straps should be on the front and back (you'll need help). Pin front in place with buckle. Install second buckle piece to the end of the webbing, buckle, and measure out using your mannequin (or on you with help). Cut to length. Be sure to burn the edges of the webbing to seal.

Measure another piece to connect shoulder webbing to back of corset and to the other should webbing. Sew it all together (but not to the corset). Decide how to want to finish your edges. I turned the corset inside out, sewed across the bottom edge, flipped right side out, and pressed the seam. Then for the top, I attached a piece of webbing. You can also use binding, or fold in the upper edge to create a seam like your bottom. Since I used webbing, as I sewed that, I also attached the shoulder straps.

Put corset on your mannequin and sketch out shoulder pad. Cut out of foam, plastidip, paint. Thread through your webbing to install.

And that's it. If there is any part of the tutorial you would like a more detailed description of, or even a video of, let me know!

And as always, keep cosplaying!