Thanks to a friend, Soni first discovered cosplay at Otakon, an anime convention in Baltimore, in 2003. Falling in love with cosplay, Soni bought a sewing machine right after attending and began to teach herself to sew.
We asked Soni to walk us through the process of making a her Ms. Marvel costume!
I started with a four-way stretch blue fabric, and used a metallic gold fabric for the bolt on her dress. I made sure to stiffen the gold fabric first with an iron on fusible fabric. After I ironed on the bolt, I sewed the edges down to ensure it stayed in place.
I then used a two-way red fabric for Kamala’s pants. The collar is edged with metallic gold vinyl and hand sewn onto the dress. I actually stabbed myself during that process, oops. (Kids don’t try this at home!). To keep the dress from rolling up my thighs, I attached it to the leggings.
The mask is real leather cut and soaked in hot water and molded on a mannequin head. When it was dry, I dyed it with liquitex latex spray in blue. The arm piece is foam heat formed and covered with eight layers of plasti-dip and then gold spray paint. Ms. Marvel’s costume was a lot of work, but a fun learning experience and fun costume to wear.
When not working on Cosplay, you can find Soni logging long hours learning about Astrophysics or traveling to her next convention.
Silver medalist, Andre De Grasse of Canada, gold medalist, Usain Bolt of
Jamaica, and bronze medalist Christophe Lemaitre of France, pose on the
podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 200m on Day 14 of the
Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium, August 19, 2016, Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (German-American, 1886-1969) | Toronto-Dominion Center | Toronto, Canada | 1967-1973 | April 14, 1966 after high-steel men secured the last beam on the 56th floor of the Commonwealth’s tallest building, the first tower of the Toronto-Dominion Centre, with a gold-plated bolt’ | Photo: John McNeill