narnia cosplay

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Susan Pevensie cosplay from the Prince Caspian movie! 

I absolutely adore this dress and it’s been a dream of mine to own it since I was 13 years old! My inner 13 year-old is amazed that I was able to make this, and dress up like her, and I’m so thrilled with how all of these photos are looking! I feel like a fairytale princess! Maybe some day I can do a group cosplay of all the Pevensie children and Caspian from this scene in the movie! 

Cosplay made and worn by beleggs

Photos by theshatteredsilhouette

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FOR NARNIAAAAAA.

I took a break today to look though the Katsucon pictures that I still haven’t touched and found these gems taken by the spectacular @koalois! I’m so glad we got these before, you know, the maid cafe caught fire.

Hopefully I can wear this babby again soon! I put a lot of work into this (namely chainmail), and it was my first legit armor, but there are still a lot of found pieces that I would like to replace with my own.

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More photos of my Susan Pevensie cosplay from the Prince Caspian movie!

I absolutely adore this dress and it’s been a dream of mine to own it since I was 13 years old! My inner 13 year-old is amazed that I was able to make this, and dress up like her, and I’m so thrilled with how all of these photos are looking! 

More photos here 

Cosplay made and worn by beleggs

Photos by theshatteredsilhouette

Fabric Painting on Costumes: Part Three

Continuing this little series on fabric painting:

1) Using flowing silk paints with resist for an Elven Banner (Part One found here.)

2) Free-hand painting on stretchy fabric for Jareth the Goblin King (Part Two found here.)

3) Puffy paints to simulate embroidery on Peter, High King of Narnia, and

4) Using graphite transfer paper as a stencil for Tali from Mass Effect (Part Four found here.)

Peter, the High King of Narnia in the movie “Prince Caspian”, wears a brown tunic/jerkin with golden heraldic embroidery (although in some pictures I think maybe it was actually painted?).

This costume of mine was really a last minute, fun outfit; done on a whim. I was content to make things less than screen-accurate for it, including not embroidering… and using some brown kinda velvety polyester faux suede for the tunic… and picking up metal leather findings at Tandy that were close enough, etc…

And you will be happy to know that Peter gave Eowyn back her sword (that’s a wooden replica my father and I made and painted) once his own Rhindon arrived. But she was happy to lend it to him for this photoshoot.

Right, enough excuses, back to faking embroidery:

My answer in these situations is “puffy paint”, also called dimensional fabric paint.

There are different types - velvety, slick, matte, glitter, metallic. Experiment, of course, to achieve the look you want on the material you’re using.

I’ve found that this Metallic gives a more silky appearance, like silk embroidery thread, while the Glitter reminds me of that scratchy, more aggressively glittery thread. I used the Metallic gold on Peter’s tunic.

Making a template of the designs I was going to paint did take awhile for this costume. I had a lot of screencaps and promotional images collected before I started drawing my design on paper. I have no drawing training - I just wing the thing in pencil until I’m satisfied, then go over the final in felt marker/sharpie.

I’ve found that getting the design onto the fabric is sometimes the biggest challenge in a project (as we will also see on Tali!). For transparent fabrics like the silk for the Elven Banner, it’s simple enough to trace with the fabric over top of the paper. For Jareth, I could just free-hand it. But for opaque, dark fabric like this tunic, it was difficult!

Sometimes, I tape the paper template to a window, then hold the fabric over that and trace what I can manage to see with a pencil crayon. This is my kinda pathetic attempt to replicate a Light Box for tracing.

Then, I work on the design in pencil crayon, filling in details, fixing scale, etc. In Peter’s case, I ended up mostly re-drawing the design from scratch on each of the shoulder pieces.

I’ve found that pencil crayon washes off with soap and water. But if you’re using a white material, or something that can’t be washed, then be cautious here! Plain pencil, for instance, I’ve found can mark up white silk and it’s really tough to wash out. Chalk, tailor’s pencils - these are other options that are easier to remove. Although you need to use something you can see on your material, you might also want to pick colours that don’t show up too badly if you can’t remove it all.

Using puffy fabric paint has a definite learning curve. Practice on paper and some scrap material: practice the amount of pressure you need while squeezing the bottle, how quickly to move the nib along, what happens on curves, or how the grain of the fabric is going to effect the smooth flow of your paint.

Do a test run on a scrap of your material to get an idea of how it looks when dry, and to get a feel for what you need to do.

If you set the paint bottle down for even a little while, always start on a piece of scrap to make sure the paint is flowing smoothly before putting it back on your fabric.

If a big blob of paint or bubble suddenly happens, I use a plastic knife or popsicle stick (sometimes I break these to get finer points) to clean up the mess.

I also like skipping the line of paint a little when replicating embroidery - it (hopefullly) looks a bit more like a sewn line if it’s not entirely continuous.

Let dry (the paint shrinks a little and sinks more into the fabric as it does so) and then wash to remove the guide lines.

Really, my costume needs weathering, and I haven’t done that. Weathering real embroidery is probably easier and more rewarding - if you scrape up fabric paint you risk lifting it off. But you could still over-paint it and rough it up some.

I proudly keep a collection of puffy paints in my costume room. It’s a pretty nifty product - fake embroidery, texture effects, colourful adhesive - it has many uses. Here are some more.

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It was like 100 degrees but I’m crazy like that. No facemake up because of that. Also cracked a hoof on a rock but I was a total goat and climbing all over.
Legs, hooves, horns, ears made by me. Wig was cut, styled by me. horns and ears are not removable. Corset and shirt were borrowed but I do have mt own outfit now!

Photo credit goes to my friend Christian Mercado (no tumblr)
Please do not include me in satanic blogs. It makes me very uncomfortable. You are free to worship whatever you please, but so am I.