how i made my cosplay

I marathoned ATLA the other weekend and realised I’ve never actually drew one of my favs Iroh, which is a travesty!!!

Teaching aliens Pai Sho~ Iroh and Coran would get hella along

How to make felt wings

You can make angel wings in a lot of ways and this is how I made a pair out of felt for my latest cosplay. This technique is fairly simple but takes a lot of time.

I started by drawing the shape of one wing on a piece of paper (One wing was for me around 33x26 cm). It is a good idea to also draw out how you want the feathers to be on the paper wing so you can get a hint on how big they should be.

For the feathers I used white hobby felt that I cut out in to six different sizes. This step is by far the most time consuming (it take a lot of time!) and I highly recommend making a pattern of the feathers in cardboard to make the process easier. I made around 600 feathers in total to cover back and front on both wings.

To make the feathers more stiff it is a good idea to coat them with mod podge. Just one coat makes a lot of difference and help the wings keep its shape. (I did not do this step with the smallest feathers since they did not need to be stiff).

To see how I wanted the formation of the feathers I placed them out on the paper wing and took a photo so I could check it later on.

For the base of the wings I cut out the shape of the wing in craft foam. Since I wanted the small feathers on the upper part of the wings to be a bit higher up I glued on some extra craft foam there.  

To hold the base up I used some black worbla that I twisted the lower part of to give them some angle so they didn’t lay flat. To make sure no color show between the feathers everything was painted white and a stripe of felt was glued over the worbla.

Next I started to glue the first row of feathers to each other. Since I did not want to glue them direcly on the foam wing yet I used needles to help mark the placement of the feathers on the next couple of layers.

When I was done gluing the bigger feathers together I took the foam base away and used some transparent paper to draw out the shape of all the feathers except the first row.

I then placed the paper over the foam base and made dots where the inner corners where the feathers on the lower row met. I then draw a line above it and cut along it. This was made because I realised that the felt feathers where a bit see through and the shape of the foam base could be seen. Higher up it were more feathers and harder to see it.

The base was glued to the feathers and was then flipped over and feathers where glued to that side as well.

For my cosplay I needed red stones on the wings. I used two glass prism, black worbla and some red and gold paint to make them. However this made the wings heavier then they needed to be so if you are making something like this, try to use a lighter material for this part.

And they are done! Time consuming but really light (even with the stones) and easy to make.

~Bubblefish

How I made Shiroe’s bag

This is how I made Shiroe’s bag for the cosplay I am making for my boyfriend.

I started of deciding the measurements I wanted on the bag. I ended up making it 14x18x27 cm.

I then draw out the pieces for the sides and the bottom on my fabric and cut them out. The fabric I used was a light brown faux leather.

Before sewing the pieces together I made the straps for the short sides of the bag. The color of the straps is different in every reference picture so I ended up making it out of a dark brown faux leather fabric.

I cut out the straps from the fabric and hemmed the sides. I then glued the straps on to the pieces for the bag with fabric glue.

It was then time to sew the four sides together. I pinned and sewed them together and then pinned and sew the bottom part together with the sides.

I now had the base of the bag but it was not as square as I wanted it.

I measured the inside of the bag and cut out pieces of cardboard (I used cereal boxes for this part) and glued the pieces to the inside of the bag. I made the cardboard pieces a bit shorter than the bag so I later would be able to fold the edges down.

I then cut out the part for the lid out of the fabric, made some long straps in dark brown faux leather and glued them on to the lid part.

I sewed the lid on to the bag and glued down the edges of the base.

To make the lid more stiff I glued some cardboard pieces on it as well and glued in the edges.

To open and close the bag I used some velcro.

And this is how it look now.

I still have to make some details that hang from the bag but so far I am happy with the bag itself.

~Bubblefish

I fell in love with this piece by @hamiltonshorn when I first saw it forever ago. So, of course, I had to cosplay it.

I did my best to match the picture through makeup, clothing, pose, lighting, and color editing- and, honestly, I’m proud of how it turned out.

Yelyzaveta, I hope you like it!

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#im a real boi

How I made my Sophie Hatter dress

I’ve gotten some questions on how I made my Sophie Hatter cosplay so I though it could be a good idea to make a post about it. :)
Unfortunately I don’t have so much progress photos for this cosplay but I will try to explain as good as I can.

The fabric I used was a blue micro satin. I really loved the fabric, it was very soft and it barely wrinkled at all but it melted in high temperatures so that was an experience^^’

I made the dress in two parts:

1. The skirt was a simple long circle skirt with a waistband and a zipper in the side. To make a more accurate shape I used a hoop skirt under and then a petticoat over it.

2. For the torso I started of with the back and the upper part of the front using a pattern for a basic blouse. For the lower part of the front I took a quite wide square of fabric that I gathered at the top.

I sewed the square (with the gathered side up) to the upper part of the front and sewed in the sides of the blouse. At one side a zipper was sewn in and then I sewed the arms, buttons and collar.

Hope it makes some sense and that it’s not to hard understand what I mean ^_^

~Bubblefish

One day I promise I will put my natural hair to good use and make this an actual cosplay

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For anyone struggling with their Yuri!!! On Ice cosplays, I have some help for you: a video on how I made my Victor Pairs Skate cosplay along with information on how to do basic pattern modification!

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Feather collar!

I’ve gotten a couple of questions about how I made my feather collar for my Red cosplay. These are the only progress photos I took, but they show the most important parts.

I formed the shape out of chicken wire and duct tape, and then covered the whole collar in duct tape. I then covered it in white cotton fabric by gluing and using a few strips of duct tape to stick the fabric on there. Then I glues all the feathers in to place, starting at the top and working my way down. Remember to put feathers on the backside of the collar as well!

How I attached the collar to the dress is kind of obscurely done, and there are probably a thousand ways to do this. But I attached one side of a press stud (?push button.. thing) to the fabric on the neck part of the collar, and the other part of the button in the fabric of the dress. You can kind of see a bend on the bottom of the collar in the first picture, the fabric from the dress covers that, so that’s also where the buttons are placed. My philosophy is that costumes can look awful on the inside and in the construction, as long as it looks good when you wear it! :D

But yeah. I made the collar over a year ago, so I would probably make it differently today. My tip is to make the base in a thin foam or worbla instead of chicken wire. :)

We took this as an afterthought after the shoot was over but asdfghjkl I love it so much!

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Finally got around to making my casting video, outlining how I made the molds and cast the bow arms for my latest cosplay (which in turn is very similar to how I made Valeera’s daggers.) I tried to include as much as possible to make it easy to follow, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask.