the shiny red button

About Sniper’s Vest

Sooo, I noticed everybody and their mom seem to have fallen in love with my cosplay vest for Sniper (and I don’t blame you, it’s the best one I’ve ever seen as well). Anyway, I decided to share a little something about it. Here goes!

First of all - yes, it’s made by myself (and my mom) entirely from scratch.

Materials used:

- fake leather (basic brown & very dark brown)

- second-hand, jeans-textured, a bit stretchy pants I cut in stripes for the trimming

- cheapest shiny red lining

- the buttons I had made by a leather workshop dude. It’s cheap.

Almost every Sniper’s vest I’ve seen so far was made out of linen… and didn’t look too well, because this material is too thin and cheap, and come on, Sniper may have like one set of clothes, but at least this one is sturdy and well-made enough to last him for years. Besides, I bet that 75% of all his posessions are made out of leather.

Anyway - faux leather looks nice, is thick enough to fold just right but also not too much, being relatively light and making sewing easy.


The pattern I made using my dad’s old vest as a template, only slimming it down at the sides. Keep in mind that I’m rather on the tall & thin side, so the measurements here are suited for this body type.

All the pieces cut and in the process of being sewn together. I modified the back a bit, sewing it from two pieces because it gave me this nice vertical line along the spine which made the vest slimmer, more dynamic and more realistic.

This isn’t a tutorial or step-by-step, just some useful info I decided was worth sharing. So I won’t be getting to much into detail, sorry. 

For the trim choose something rather thick and stretchy, otherwise it will all wrinkle and look awful. I used old jeans-textured grayish pants which worked perfectly (it still was a bitch to sew, seriously, trimming is the WORST).

On the side note - yes, the bullets are made out of marker cases, chopsticks and little pieces of pvc, hot glued together and smoothed with sculpting mass.

The collar is NOT a rectangle! Look up a tutorial on how to make a stand-up collar and make your pattern according to it. A rectangle will look bad and just flop down.

The pockets are of course functional (after all these years of female pants I can’t look at false pockets) and here’s how the rough pattern looked like. Be smarter than me and make the sides bigger. 

Ammo pouch is basically two rectangles sewn together in a weird way.

The whole vest is also lined, because lining makes everything 100% more expensive, comfortable and pretty. 

And the last thing - always weather your stuff even if it’s not a prop. Here’s a little close-up - you can see I painted the corners dark, to make the vest look more 3D, used up and authentic (plus a bonus side view).

And that would be all I guess. If you have any further questions about the vest or any other piece of this cosplay (clothes, props whatevs) just message me and I will answer… eventually. May take some time.

Dusty Rose [Prologue // Open]

“An escape from something… vast riches… fame…”

As he turned over the golden pocket watch in his hand, Strawberry pondered just what it was he wished for most. Fame? No, that would only impede his business. Money? Well, he could always make more money. Plus, it’d be awfully boring to become supremely rich after killing only one person. No, it has to be bigger than that. 

Maybe he could get law enforcement off his tail? Psh, as if they could touch him anyway. Power? Knowledge? Love? Again, all things he could obtain himself without the help of some mysterious luxury train headed by a creepy game show host. Strawberry rubbed the shiny red button on the watch with his thumb, resolving to think it over some more as he stowed it away in his pocket. Perhaps the most exciting thing for the moment would be to just observe how things play out. Strawberry Luxe was no victim. 

Strawberry hadn’t really gotten the chance to appreciate the observatory just yet, but it was the closest this train had to fresh air. Though laying on the ground and staring at plants or stars quickly got boring, he wasn’t quite ready to leave. Thankfully, the sound of the observatory door opening filled him with energy once more. 

“So what would you wish for? If you were to kill someone, I mean,” Strawberry said, punctuating the question with a flash of his pocket watch, “Don’t worry. I don’t judge~”

What happens when Tony gets extremely bored...
  • Tony: I'm going to do it
  • Bruce: No Tony, don't-
  • Tony: I'm going to press this shiny red button..
  • Steve: Tony, don't-
  • *Finger lowers closer to the button*
  • Tony: It will be fun!
  • Bruce/Steve: TONY NO!!!
  • *Boop*
  • *Massive explosion in the distance*
  • Avengers: Oh for fucks sake Tony, you've fucked everything up again.
  • Tony: *Giggle*

My stove is not flat.  My cookie sheet is not flat.  My oven tray is not flat.  My cookies are not round.  I am so angry.  

I needed someone to lay some Ina Garten logic all over me and was like chefstrid, are you there?  And this happened.  And this is like, early cast iron-verse.  Like, lost scene sort of thing.  I don’t know.  But here?  

“This is…this is a fucking—sorry!”  Hiccup’s face lights up bright red with honestly apologetic shock.  

Fishlegs barely hits the censorship button in time, tagging the occurrence for later editing.  It’s a brand new button, red and shiny, and Astrid sighs because if she doesn’t have the best restaurant, at least she has the most profane cooking show.  Next on the checklist, excelling at things that actually, you know, matter. 

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