Articles By amazonma

March 30, 2018

 

Whelp, it’s been a while since I’ve updated, but I moved over 1000 miles so I have an excuse! BUT I have lots of costumes to update with, I went to a convention and have been very busy sewing! Lots more soon!

 

New: Original Cosplay: Winter Fawn

Original Cosplay: Chrysalis Bunnysuit

New Commissions: 9 New Commissions Added

 

Winter Fawn

Since I did a Spring Fawn, I had wanted to do a Winter fawn for a long time, but waited until I had a design come to mind I really wanted to do. This one was made of a base of thick non-sheen bridal satin, with layers and layers of yards of chiffon. The gold sequin was applique I pieced together and hand sewed on, the bodice laces up the back for the best fit. All of these photos were taken by Rob Somers!


Chrysalis Bunnysuit

 

 

This one was just a fun project! A friend of mine designed My Little Pony bunnygirls…I love Queen Chrysalis so much I made my own Chryssi bunnygirl, but then wasn’t able to go to the convention to see the group. Still, I liked the outcome, it matches the gown I made for Chryssi!

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Evil Lyn ~ He-Man

 

A friend of mine sent me Sideshow’s He-Man collection online, and as soon as I saw Evil Lyn I knew I had to make her. Her design is SO GOOD, they did such a good job re-imagining her!!!

 

Unfortunately I decided it was time to make her one month before DragonCon. I spent my evenings and weekends banging this out! It’s a mix of foam, thibra, and worbla for the armor parts. I only changed one or two very minor things I didn’t like on the design, I’m super happy with it!

For the back I used temporary tattoos, I have how-tos available on my 100% free Patreon, should you want to make your own!

I got some great photos at DragonCon, then set up a private shoot with RobbyIdol where we did our best to recreate dramatic lighting like the figure has in the official Sideshow pics. I’m really stoked about the results!!

 

 

 

 

 



SO I love this costume and hope to wear it a lot more!!!

 

Zeronis Elsa

 

I thought this was the coolest original take on Elsa I had ever seen, it was done by the artist Zeronis.

I made it in 2016, and decided I hated it on me. I put it away for almost a year, then found it again. I knew I wasn’t ever going to wear it to a convention, but I decided to at least try to take some pics privately to show I made it.

I set up all kinds of lighting in my spare room and got this image, then added snow and the little gem thingy with photoshop. Photoshop hates me now and we broke up, but I have one image for the result, at least to prove I made it! 😉

 

Right after the pics, I put this in the garbage. BYE!!

 

 


 

Captain Phasma ~ Star Wars The Force Awakens

 

My Captain Phasma costume: Progress & Fixes to Come

This costume has been such an undertaking, & I still have so far to go. But I’m really glad I took it on, & am looking forward to doing all the work I have left on it! This pic was taken at DragonCon by Robby Idol Photography , if anyone knows the Finn, please let me know so I can tag him!

So far:
Let’s start with the fabric parts? I used a thick, heavy lycra, & made the gaskets from piped PVC. I put industrial velcro on certain places on the bodysuit to hold on & secure a few of the armor pieces from moving/sliding, but they were not weight bearing (the armor was much too heavy for velcro). The gloves are separate pieces. The cape is really heavy, has the appropriate pockets and straps on it, and goes on with hidden industrial velcro. I did rubberize the cape fabric, but I don’t want to go into how because it wasn’t something I would recommend anyone actually do, I made myself sick & will not be responsible for someone repeating my mistakes.
The armor. First off, it’s flexible fiberglass. It was part of an original kit, an experiment. I realize now why Stormtroopers always use vacu-formed plastic, it’s incredibly light & shapeable…this set of armor alone weighs 60 pounds!! It was made for an enormous male, someone over 6’ and over 200 pounds. I had to first start out with trying as many alterations as I could. I removed inches from the circumference of the upper arms, upper torso, & upper thighs. I had to spray Plastidip first inside of all of the armor, as the fiberglass was shedding a bit (as rough fiberglass will), & was itching/making me crazy. Sealing the inside made it easier to handle. Then I primed all of the armor using auto paint primer, since it’s made to adhere to fiberglass without reacting & seals it. A few coats + sanding & filling, priming. I then attached inside a harness system I made for myself, most of the armor weight hangs from my shoulders all the way down to my knees. I also glued pieces of EVA Foam inside of a lot of the armor since it was so big, kept it from rattling around me like a bell! Then I spray painted it with a chrome paint, & waxed it.
The helmet I screwed up on a few times, of all pieces, & had to sand/repaint the thing 4 times. And it’s not done. Inside the helmet I added the plastic visor to hide my eyes, a fan for cooling/air, & a voice box so my voice carries outside the helmet, otherwise no one could hear me at all!
The part I hated the most: all the little finger pieces. Between sanding and shaping, priming and painting, & gluing them to the gloves…I hate finger armor, now. Hate it.

Stuff left to fix/redo (this is gonna be long & costly)
If I am able to do it, I need to take a LOT of the armor in even more. It’s just too big. Way too big.
I need to distribute the weight onto wide cushions for my shoulders instead of all on 2 thin straps, it wrecked my shoulders at the con!
NEW PAINT. I was initially happy with the chrome paint I used, but as with most store-purchased chrome paints, you really HAVE to seal them. So I did but the wax causes the chrome to die down to a silver. NOT what I wanted. I am eyeing up/experimenting with ordering new chromes, though some are really pricey and will just have to wait. I have time.
The belt: The boxes on the belt are far too heavy. There’s no need for them to also be fiberglass, I’ll be making foam ones.
I may remake some of the shin pieces from foam. The fiberglass was very heavy & weighed onto my ankles, which hurt.
The shoes. The shoes were a last minute emergency stand in, I hated them. Will be replaced.
I need to alter the thighs after resizing, they cut up too high IMO (& I’m really leggy, who is this made for???) & make smaller shoulders.
I’m sure there’s more.
Special thanks to the awesome dude who brought me my little piece of heel armor after it came off in the crowd, you’re a hero!!
I wasn’t able to wear her long for the first time, but I did find a really fantastic & fun group of Force Awakens cosplayers at the con, & we had a really nice time getting pics & talking. I was really happy I met them, honestly I wish I had gotten their names. But I am honestly glad I took this on and saw it through, & look forward to working on it between other costumes over the next few months to make it really what I want!




More pics once I do all of the changes/repairs that I plan on doing over the winter!

 

Zeronis Elsa

 

 

I can finally say I got a pic in this costume, right before it went in the trash. ​Photohop and I broke up after this.

I set this photo up in a spare room in my house! I used black fabric for a wall backdrop. I know I’m not very good at special effects, but I wanted to give it a try! Added snow, some lighting, and a glowy gem thingy! I also removed the little stick that held my crown above my head!

For lighting, I hung 6 strings of blue LEDs, which ended up in the garbage when I learned quite a few of them no longer worked (but at least enough for this pic)! I also ended up throwing out most of this costume. I’ve had it for so long, never been super happy with it, and finally pushed myself into one shoot. I did it. Now it’s gone, BYEBYE. But I’m glad I finally pushed myself.

I made the costume from mostly spandex (blue metallic and silver), all of the hard armor parts were Worbla. I made this when I had very little experience with Worbla, so there were a lot of mistakes made as I learned. The tights were a sheer sparkle spandex mesh, and I hand painted on the design which pretty much is invisible in this lighting, but whatever. The underbust corset is boned and laces up the back.

Obviously I used my original Elsa wig, but it was a big mess, I had to completely comb everything out of it and start styling it from scratch. The bangs in this version are also a little messier than my other Elsa. The crown stood from a small support on a headband. I also learned that armor with clawed fingers makes no sense. You can’t do ANYTHING with clawed armor fingers.

This costume was based on one of the Elsa designs by the artist Zeronis!

 

 

 

 

Jarael ~ Knights of the Old Republic

 

 

I wanted (yet another) new Star Wars costume to wear to Celebrations 2017, so I went with the pretty Knights of the Old Republic elf-looking gal, Jarael!

I airbrushed myself for it, hand painted on the tattoos. I put together her Electroshock staff using a lightsaber, built on top of it, and painted it to be wood-grain.

I may do more of her outfits in the future, she has so many!!

Hopefully I get more pics, I barely have ANY from Celebrations!! I’m mostly just posting this to remind myself to post more pics after a shoot, since I tend to forget to update my website with costumes that are only found on my Instagram! D: