Hi I wanted to start working on a Garnet Cosplay (Steven Universe) but I'm not really sure how to go about it and this will be my first time actually making a costume. Any suggestions? I can do the hairstyle with my own hair and I have an idea for her gauntlets by using some hulk gloves and painting it. I just don't know how to make her actual costume. Thanks for the help!
Garnet’s outfit is a body suit and for the most part, it’s form fitting. You can learn how to make a body suit through these tutorials, although I find this site is a great resource. If you prefer to work with an existing sewing pattern, McCall’s has one for body suits. You could also purchase an existing body suit and modify it to look more like the character.
You’ve probably noticed that her body suit has multiple colours on it. This is best done though a technique called colour blocking, where you sew in another colour of fabric. There are some tutorials here to help you out. Fabric paint is also an option but you’ll want to paint it while the garment is being worn, otherwise the paint won’t stretch to let you wear it OR you can get in but the paint will crack. Airbrushing and spray fabric paints are good options because they look a little nicer than the puffy regular fabric paint. Applique is also an option, but you’ll definitely want to match the stretch of your bodysuit with your applique fabrics.
Garnet also has these funky shoulders. I would build them out of a foam and wrap them in the fabric.
Hope this helps!