Well I was honestly not expecting this to be such a favorite cosplay of the people. It was supposed to be a quick cosplay for a Marvel photo shoot (that never happened, ahem, Kyle....) and a little ode to one of my boyfriend's favorite characters.
I started it on April 20 and finished April 27. This is the fastest I have put together a cosplay. Not counting my whole weekend of closet cosplays of course.
The first thing I did was plan out my supplies and do a supply haul. I went to Value Village and Goodwill to thrift what I could. I found an awesome soft, white, king size sheet to use for the cape at Value Village, and a black dress with a droopy collar thing, black long sleeved stretchy shirt, and baggy white capri sweat pants at Goodwill.
Pretty random, but my thoughts were frugal, and easy. My original idea was to use the droopy part of the dress as the face cover, and use the extra length of the dress to turn it into a body suit. After trying the dress on, I thought, why does it have to be a body suit? Fuck it. I'm leaving it! And I'm so glad I did.
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But I did modify the dress a little. The droopy cowl part was doubled over, so I cut it at the seam and used half of it for the face cover. The material was so dark. I didn't know what to do. I wasn't going to modify it any further than that. But I did some research on Spidey face shells and got creative.
I was experimenting a while back with heat forming craft foam for the first time and I had a black mask that I had primed and painted. I used that as my base, built up a few layers with craft foam to push it away from my eyes and glued it inside the mask. I cut out triangles for the eye holes and wrapped the material around it.
I used some sheer white curtain material my grandma gave me to fill in the eyes, and I glued it between layers. I was genuinely surprised how well it worked when I flipped the mask inside out and tried it on. Riley was pretty impressed also. The inner mask helped shape my face better and kept the material away from my eyes so it wasn't uncomfortable to blink.
I cut out and sewed gloves from the body of the other shirt. Pretty simple after my practice with Psyduck!
I used the rest of my material from that shirt to fill a weird gap between my dress neckline and the end of my face cover. I was going to sew an extra panel to make the face shell longer, but as I was looking at the material I had left over, I just cut off the sleeves and used the turtle neck part as a bib. It's funny to explain, but you can't even tell!
The cape was really fun to make. I had a king size sheet to work with, so I wanted big, I wanted awesome! I found an amazing tutorial on pinterest by Rain Blanken, if I got that correct. And I made the cape following her steps. Basically you make a big body sized rectangle, and then a rectangle for the hood. You gather the material and pull the thread to bunch it all up and make it the same size as the hood. This was my first time gathering fabric and I was so gentle because I was afraid of ripping the threads. It turned out really neat and I was proud of myself.
The hood I modified from a basic rectangle to account for the point at the front, and I had to add a black lining, so getting the shape right was tricky, but I got it right the first time. PS, for the black lining I used old satin black sheets I used for my Mad Rabbit hat!
After the cape was gathered and the hood square sewed on, I folded it in half and sewed the top to finish the hood. I hemmed the sides of the cape and it was an easy finish. Check out her tutorial for step by step instructions how to rock your own cape.
Now for the fun part - armor! It's hardly armor, it's a belt and wrist cuffs. Both are made of craft foam. It took me a while to figure out the science of the wrist cuffs. I kept twisting it weirdly. Once I figured out all my pieces, I cut them all out of craft foam. This took the longest. I hot glued on all the details, including the moon straight to the dress.
I heat formed the cuffs using my heat gun which helps it keep its curved shape. I added a velcro strip on the inside of each to keep it closed. The test fit was making my arms sweat and stick to the cuffs, so I used some extra white material and glued it quickly to the inside as a soft barrier.
I used long strips of black felt for the back of the belt and used a couple strips of velcro to hold everything together.
I primed everything with 3 layers of Mod Podge on both sides, inside and out, front and back. I coated everything in white acrylic paint, and then did the detailing with a couple coats of metallic silver acrylic paint. I finished everything off with a coat of shiny clear spray paint.
I had some black tights on hand, but apparently they're made for short people. Stretched to the max, the crotch is still hanging inches too low. I suppose I could cut the toes out, since I wear boot covers anyways. But they were too light for what I wanted, so I went out and bought a darker, better fitting pair.
The boot covers were interesting, and a total fail to say the least. In trial they were fantastic, but after a few hours at a con, they were a disaster. I used the white sweat pants for these because they were stretchy and I was trying something new. I had to reinforce a few of the stitches after the test fit, but I was mostly happy with my first attempt.
After the con there was ripped stitches everywhere, they were completely filthy, and my washer couldn't get it out, plus the bottom part that held them on my shoes was already deteriorating.
I went out searching for material for my boot cover remake, but I ended up finding a pretty cheap second hand pair of boots from Value Village. I bought them and some white fabric paint and went to town with a few coats. Then I added some removable - with velcro - craft foam rings that I had painted silver for details.
After all that, this easy costume became the crowd favorite. I do love it, and I will be wearing it more often. As always, here's my breakdown on Cosplanner! I seriously love this app guys. It's free, you should download it.
I am selling prints of this cosplay on my Etsy Store!
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