I’ve been feeling so crafty lately!
I used the neckline cutout from the leather backplate I made to practice beveling and dying the leather before committing to the whole piece. I’ve also had a set of leather letter stamps in my tool bag for a while that I was eager to play with. I had no intention of keeping this scrap piece and honestly half assed the stamping and dying. But in the end it actually turned out to be really cute and I grew super fond of it, but had no idea what to use it for. Then the idea struck me to turn it into a belt pouch (you can never have enough belt pouches!)
I made the pouch out of a purple brocade and lined it with blue wool, then attached the leather piece by punching holes along the top and hand sewing it together. I’ve added a button and tassel for aesthetics and eventually will add another tie to keep the pouch closed, but nothing can fall out anyway because it’s so deep. I’m actually so pleased with how this turned out, and I feel pretty cutesy having something matching with John.
Here’s a video of how I made my new teal medieval belt! :D If you have any questions feel free to ask. As this was the first belt of this kind that I’ve made, I’m definitely not an expert, but I’ll do my very best to help a brutha out.
Also, if you like this kind of video let me know and I’ll keep ‘em coming :)
Welcome to the second installment of the “Isabela Cosplay? How?!” series. Today I will be breaking down the BEASTS that are Isabela’s boots. I say beasts because these bad boys ate up the majority of the cosplay construction time. That’s ok though because once again I want to stress how absolutely important her boots are. Whenever I run across an Isabela cosplayer the first thing I look at are how they did the boots. I don’t think two people have ever done them the exactly same way and I think that’s really neat. They all have different buckles, the cuffs are made out of different materials, some are real leather, some are faux, and now I’m rambling. The point is don’t stress too much about getting them exact!
BEFORE I GET STARTED!! I am by know means claiming to know what I am talking about! I am completely self taught in all things sewing related, so I guarantee there is probably a much better way to do all of this. I just wanted to explain how I did mine.
Anyway I will start with the reference pictures I used most while working on the beasts.
The top images are from Tumblr user thedosianimports
who has just a ton of high res reference pictures for dragon age! I can’t stress how important these pictures were to me during the construction process.
Immediately I knew when looking at these images that the best way to go with these beasts were not to make actual boots, but make them more like a pair of spats that went over a pair of base boots.
The first thing I do when working on any cosplay is determine what type of material would work best for this project. If I had the funds and tools I would have loved to have made these boots out of actual leather. Unfortunately when buying for this cosplay I was trying to recover from an expensive semester in college. So I took a trip to the local Joanns and browsed for a while. My search took me to a giant roll of dark brown upholstery vinyl that I immediately fell in love with. It was thick enough to support itself for the most part. I’ve noticed that a lot of Isabela cosplayers have a tough time keeping their boots up. Some use garters, some use tape, and some just let them do what they want. The main goal here is to be able to just put your boots on and be able to leave them. I hope that kind of makes sense.
Once I had my base material I started working on the pattern. I just made it out of some old white sheets I had lying around. It kind of ended up looking like this:
I measured the circumference of my legs at the top of where I wanted the boots to lie, around the knee, around the largest point of my calf, and my ankles with the base boots on. I put the mock up pieces together and sort of measured how big I wanted the knee hole to be. Sorry I can’t think of a better way to explain that. Don’t forget to add the seam allowance when your cutting out your spat pieces!!!
I started by sewing the two horizontal parts so that instead of four pieces I had two. After that I joined the pieces at the top thigh. At this point I put on the first invisible zipper. NOT THE THIGH ONE but the one going down the length of the shin. I sewed it in upside down.
I marked here where the invisible zippers were sewn in during construction.
IMPORTANT: THE THIGH ZIPPER DID NOT GO ON UNTIL MUCH LATER I WILL SPECIFY WHEN!!!!!
Once the shin zipper was on I cut out a circular piece of the vinyl and just sort of pinned it into the knee whole till I thought it looked alright. This is probably the sloppiest part of my boots and I praise anyone who does it well.
Once I sewed the knee piece in, I topstitched everything I had with a thick white upholstery thread.
At this point I sewed up the back to right behind the knee and just pinned up the back of the thigh to make sure the fit was right.
I made adjustments where I thought they were needed, seam ripped the back and started on the dreaded buckles.
For the buckles I knew I personally wanted to go a little larger than what is strictly accurate. Just a personal preference sort of thing. I ended up buying 10 of these:
I liked the antiquey look and size. I also bought 10 matching “D” rings in the correct size.
At this point I was completely stumped and actually ended up walking away from the project for a couple weeks. I HATE BELTS!!!!! Once I calmed down and de-stressed, I sat down with my materials and just started playing. I came up with a weird solution that worked really well for me.
I sewed pieces of vinyl to brown craft foam. Each belt is two pieces: the one with the “D” rings, and the one with the buckles. The buckles are not in any way important to the fit of the boots. They are just there for show.
Breaking it down specifically I cut out the craft foam, spray glued the vinyl strips to the foam, and sewed them on with the white upholstery thread. All the belts were hand sewn to the boots because my machine couldn’t handle it. This is the part that took the longest BY FAR.
Once all the belts were on I sewed up the back, FINALLY INSTALLED THE LAST ZIPPER, and started patterning out the cuff. I don’t have a picture of the cuff pattern so it kind of looked like this:
Use your imaginations I suppose. Anyways I cut out two of those for each cuff, sewed them right sides together, turned them right sides out, and top stitched with my upholstery thread.
Once those were on I just hemmed the bottoms and they were done in time for the con.
They aren’t done at this point. I still need to add the buckles and belts to the base boots. I’m going to use the same method as the belts on the spats but instead of sewing them to the boots I’m just going to glue the belts on with Barge Cement.
And that’s all folks. If there is anything I forgot to mention or anyone has any questions PLEASE ASK ME! I loooove answering questions about my cosplays. I promise you can do it little Izzies! It’s easier than it looks.
If anyone uses any of my methods to make their Isabela boots PLEASE SEND ME PICTURES! I wanna see your awesome work guys!!!!
Princess Zelda - A Link Between Worlds (Cosplay work in progress)
I’ve recently got a request to show how I made my Princess Zelda cosplay from A Legend of Zelda a Link Between Worlds. I made this cosplay for Desucon 9’s cosplay contest in July. The contest went really well and I got to the final which was really fun and totally awesome!
So the first thing I did was to order the stuff I needed to get from Ebay. I decided that I wanted my dress to be pretty poofy, so I bought an underskirt, a long blond wig and a pair of elf ears.
So to make the skirt I started by measuring my waist and used a circle skirt measurement calculator thingy to get the length of the radius for your waist. Since the skirt needs to be so long I decided to make the skirt as a basic circle skirt parted in to four parts, so each part I need to sew together will be ¼ of a circle.
To finish off the skirt i hemmed all the edges and sew on a zipper in the back. Then I got the basic of my skirt, bet zelda still got this blue ribbon thing at the bottom of the skirt, I realised that if you sew on both sides of the ribbon it will stiffen the skirt and make it look a bit weird. Therefore I used some kind of glue thing that activates when being ironed that’s usually made for lazy people who wants to hem their curtains, and finally sewed the top edge of the ribbon.
To make the pink top I folded the fabric in two and basically just cut out a folded rectangle with a hole in the fold to fit your head and pinned it to my body before I sewed the and cut the excess fabric.
For the arms I used an old tshirt I didn’t use anymore and cut out for pattern and just made it extra big before I attached to the armpits in the pink top. Remember to make the sleeves too big since they’re kinda flowy and not body fitting. For the blur ribbon I used the same method as I did for the ribbon at the skirt. The cape is cut in a rectangular shape which is bigger at the bottom. After a lot of thinking of how to fasten the cape I realised that it was easiest to just attach it to the neck of the pink top.
For the pink apron on the skirt I used this pattern and just painted in yellow, red and blue with fabric paint.
For the accessories and armor I used craft foam, a heat gun, hot glue, wood glue and painting. For the rhinestone in the crown I used a button that looked like a crystal that I found in my local craft store. When making the crown, remember to make it a little bit bigger that your head since you’re most probably going to wear a wig underneath. For the belt buckles I used air drying clay with craft foam inside/underneath so when I’d sewn on a peace of craft foam to the belt I could just melt them together with hot glue. The belt is fastened in the back with velcro.
The wig I ordered was a little too long for my taste so I had to cut off about 10-15 cm to get it as I wanted. For the bangs I also had to do a lot of cutting since she got a pretty identifiable front with the separated bangs and the longer parts hanging loose in front of her ears. Also make sure to have some blue contacts and spirit gum to fasten the ears.
So that is pretty much how I did it! I also painted the painting of her from the game which was used on stage during my performance in the cosplay contest. Good luck!
xx Cosplayer - Mathilde Bakken Thoresen (check me out on Facebook!)
Oslo…it’s tempting for me to say, or beg, for denim & suiting to be dead. Sans the “craft” belt, with a jacket that hits below the seat, with a extended tab fly closure Its refined enough to balance the materials rugged charm, I think.
First, I think it's *really* cool you're doing a fic giveaway. Congrats on your followers, you deserve it! I was hoping to request a Star Wars Han x Leia role reversal fic set sometime during the original trilogy. Leia, the easily angered smuggler and Han, the suave/laser brained Prince. Thanks :) Also, I found your blog a few months ago and I'm in love *raises blue milk* here's to your next 1500.
*clinks my glass to yours* Thanks so much, friend! And I hope you enjoy what came of your request!
Title: oh how the galaxy turns Characters: Leia Organa Whitesun, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo Organa, Chewbacca Relationships: Leia & Luke, Leia & Han, hints of Leia/Han Rating/Warnings: T / Language, some implied mature themes Summary: Leia Whitesun had expected an easy passenger trip to Alderaan. She hadn’t bargained for dealing with Imperials, a moon-sized space station, and two boys who made her remember what it meant to feel. (A New Hope AU)
The cantina was dirty, sand filling
the corners and cracks of the desert-beaten adobe, the scent of sweat and stale
alcohol heavy enough on the air to make one gag. Thick yellow and grey smoke
hung in lazy clouds up by the ceiling, drinking in the dim glow of the lights
behind the bar counter that ran along the back wall across from the door.
Leia Whitesun sat at a small table
tucked into a small niche on the outside wall, watching her fellow patrons come
and go. It was still early in the afternoon, so only a handful of the two dozen
or so beings—mostly nonhuman, though an old man and a straw-haired boy about
her age had walked in through the front door a few minutes before, two droids
in tow—were drunk. Most of them, Leia suspected, were here on business. Just as
she was—or, rather, as she hoped to be.
Jabba was getting impatient for his
payment, and unless she found the means to pay him back for the dropped
shipment of spice within the next few days, she was going to have a lot more to
deal with than a bruised side dealt by one of his cronies.
Chewie’s arrival snapped Leia out of
her spiraling thoughts.
[I’ve got two possible customers], he
wharfled, halting across from her.
Leia narrowed her eyes. “Who?” she
asked. She and Chewie had made the rounds not an hour ago, and there
hadn’t been anyone new who’d come in…
[The old man and the boy], Chewie told
her, motioning over his shoulder toward the bar.
Just then, a commotion broke out
around the two. It looked as if two of the less savory folk were badgering the
kid—only for one of them to suddenly let out a horrifying shriek, at almost the
exact instant that the distinct snap-spit
of a blaster discharged, and an equally distinct but unknown snap-hiss cut through the air. A flash
of blue light, the creeping tang of blood—and then all was still once more, an
unnatural hush falling over the cantina as all eyes turned toward the two.
right, Leia thought. Them.
[So?] Chewie asked.
Leia sighed. “Yeah, bring ‘em over,”
she said. “Might as well see what they’re asking, and what they’re offering.
I had a lot of fun with this request ^.^ Hope you like it as much as I do! Haha
Helm - Cenarion Helm Shoulders - Vengeful Gladiator’s Dragonhide Spualders Chest - Ceremonial Leather Harness Bracers - “Smart Bracers” Gloves - Gloves of the Able Belt - Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Waistband of Cruelty Legs - Malfurion’s Leggings of Triumph Boots - Boots of the Neverending Path weapon - Staff of the Plaguehound