I'm a costumer of 15 years with a crazy interest in cosplay. I'm hoping to make this blog an informative place to learn about and become a better costumer/cosplayer. Although, sometimes the blogs will just be randomness pulled from my head. Enjoy!
Let's face it, Sailor Fukus (outfits) are HARD!!! So, I took notes when I made the two fukus pictured above. Now I don't mean to brag, but I think these came out AMAZING! So I'm going to share all of my secrets with you!!!
The base pattern you'll need is going to be Kwik-Sew 3836. I liked that this pattern has a lot of the ideal details that fukus have -- the underbust seamline, and the sewn in skirt with the attached trunks, etc. I also used pieces from McCalls 6166.
I left mine open at the crotch and the dress goes on overhead and fastens at the crotch with hooks and snaps. That way I didn't have to sneak any zippers in there.
For fabric, I used a medium-heavy stretch satin that I found at Jo-ann Fabrics. And using a 40% off coupon I think I got it for around 6 or 7 bucks a yard.
The downside is that while the satin looks pretty, there isn’t that much of a stretch to it so the dress is difficult to get on and off. If you use spandex yo…
In keeping with my Prop Making adventures.. Here's Jack's mask.
So I started with a Pepakura model for Jack Skellington which I had to enlarge to fit over my noggin.
Here's video with annotations on putting together the paper model.
Then when I all done, it looked like this.
Then several weeks later, I coated the outside with resin for sturdiness. However the saturation of the cardstock caused the model to warp and the heat from the resin curing melted the hotglue in a few places, so that'll have to corrected before I can move on. But here's pics.
You can see, Jack's a little more egg-shaped now, but I SHOULD be able to correct that.
Lastly, here's a few pics with the eyes and mouth partially opened up. The mask might be a TAD large, but I eventually want to work up to Jack on stilts with arm extensions so the mask will be good then. I'll basically have visibility through the mouth. And maybe I can put fans in the eyes.... we'll see.
I've decided to change my original idea a little... originally I was going to pic one costume or cosplay and critique it.... Well that proved way too difficult so instead I'm just going to grab several various pics... themed of course, and run with that... I'll try to make a few comments on each so you can maybe see it how I see it.
So today's cosplay theme will be X-men. Why? Because X-men are awesome!!
Here's a really good example of Colossus showing the power of makeup and simple cosplaying. This guy isn't that muscular... don't get me wrong, he's not scrawny, but with makeup and using highlight and shadow he's given himself the illusion of a much more muscular physique. The rest of his costume is just a pair of cargo pants and an X-men belt buckle... a buckle of which I need to find one for my very own. I really would have like to seen one of Colossus' more recognizable costumes though... But that's okay. You don't see a lot of o…