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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Xena, Warrior Princess! on: October 26, 2015 02:54:39 PM

In a time of ancient gods, warlords and kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero.

This is (one of) my Halloween costumes (from last year!) that I revisited earlier this year - and here's a tutorial on how to make it!

(There's still time before Halloween, it's doable!). The armor is latex and/or foam, and the dress is pleather. It was a challenge to make (first time doing a corset!) and *loads* of fun to wear!


Happy Halloween everyone! Good luck finishing your costumes this week!!

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Gandalf the Grey on: November 12, 2014 12:14:46 PM

The big costume I made for Halloween this year was the top wizard himself, Gandalf. My Gandalf was based on his description in the book The Hobbit, with a little mix of Ian McKellen's portrayal, John Howe's paintings and my own spirit-guide drawing. It's not a very complicated costume but it was about the little parts that sold it.

With the facial hair, makeup and facial prosthetics, (along with changing my gait and voice) I had everyone thinking I was a man until I squeaked out some words in my regular voice. It's definitely a costume I plan on wearing again!

Several of my friends also went as characters from (the movies) The Hobbit (both ladies here also made their costumes!)

The eagles were busy - had to take transit.
Thanks for looking! There are more pictures and a tutorial up over here Cheesy
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Other Mother on: November 04, 2014 03:59:02 PM

"Buttons? Do you like them?...I'm your Other Mother silly!"

One (because one is never enough!) of the Halloween costumes I made this year was the Other Mother (in mid-transformation) from the movie Coraline. It's pretty fun to wear - turns out having buttons in your eyes really unnerves people - and it's fairly simple to construct if you have a little bit of sewing knowledge (ie you can follow patterns.)

I put up a little tutorial on how I assembled the costume - it's a pretty inexpensive outfit to put together and works best if you have kids/short friends to be your Coraline Wink Everyone got a real kick out of us. Thanks for looking!

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Death Note Costume - Rem on: October 13, 2014 12:45:52 PM
A few years ago I made a Ryuk costume from the anime/manga/movie Death Note - and I decided the time had come for me to revisit the series and go as another Shinigami (Death God) named Rem.

Photo by Rui Photography

Originally I was going to sculpt, mold and cast a latex suit, but after sculpting and making the torso, I hit a block. My mold locked and I couldn't get it open! I still wanted to make Rem so I took a different route to make a faster, cheaper costume.

Photo by Andres Vargas

In a nutshell I made a bodysuit, glued craft and upholstery foam and backer rod to it, covered it with latex and repeated this method for the feet and hands. I also made a wig and face (chin and nose) prosthetic. It's not as detailed as I would like, but overall I am very happy with the results.

Photo by David Ngo

..and this costume was constructed in about two and a half weeks, so, er you can still make it in time for Halloween Wink I have a full tutorial up on how it was made over here Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Avatar Kyoshi on: October 08, 2014 11:56:23 AM

I went to my (first) Anime Convention this summer, so of course I had to make a costume for it. Or two. Or four. The first one I made and wore was Avatar Kyoshi from the Avatar: The Last Airbender Series.

Photo by David Che

She was the oldest avatar, with the largest feet, who got things *done*. Alright, so maybe some of her deeds didn't work out in the long-run...but who wouldn't want to dress up as the fiercest Avatar of them all?

Photo by David Che

I made it all (except the shoes!). This costume could still use a few tweaks, but regardless it was an interesting experience to make and fun to wear (save for the 6" boots). The fans/headpiece were brass, the bracers were leather, and I used white alcohol based makeup (the same stuff for my Aisling cosplay). I recently made a tutorial on how to make the fans for all you future Kyoshi Warriors out there!

Photo by Aka Maple
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Sorceress with Skull Mask and Horns on: November 23, 2013 03:57:28 PM
Yep, the dress was (quickly) handmade too - the night before I took some cheap broadcloth and put some rough pieces together, then in the morning splashed a bit of black paint on the bottom of the sleeves and skirt.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Sorceress with Skull Mask and Horns on: November 13, 2013 02:08:35 PM

A few days before Devil's Night, I decided I needed a(nother) costume! So I decided to put together a witch-sorceress-demon thing. The goal was to make a costume out of supplies I already had in the house, and I wanted to make something out of paper-mch, since it had been *years* since I had worked with the stuff. It was very quickly and roughly put together, so the skull isn't the greatest, but it was fun to make and creeped people out Cheesy I posted more pictures and talk about its construction over here
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Bjork (...or "just a swan") on: November 12, 2013 10:12:03 AM

Bjork's swan dress; love it or hate it, you know it (and for those who don'twell, I guess you can say for Halloween I went as a 6'2" swan). This costume has been on my to-do list for a while now and I decided this was the year! It was the third Halloween costume I made for myself for 2013 and was actually easy to construct, just very time consuming. I love it. So. Much. I want to go to prom in it. I want to be married in it. I want to eat it!! (I guess that means it look, feels and possibly would taste delicious?) I wrote up a full tutorial on how to make it over here.

Thanks for looking!

9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Pink Fairy Armadillo on: November 03, 2013 06:34:23 PM

Wow. I love this. Oh-so-very much.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ooh-la-la... A stripey sweetheart necklined dress pour moi! on: February 11, 2013 12:42:55 AM
So chic!
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