Because in 2016, I put together two cosplays -- each with only a minimal amount of Duct Tape (eep!)
The first taught me the value of sewing in a timely manner. The second was my foray into Damn Massive Props (DMP).
Let's begin with the sewing project -- a continuation of a previous cosplay, though you might notice a few key differences...
|Weiss Schnee from RWBY|
I kept the weapon from a few years ago (though I had to re-cut one of the hilt details after basically leaving the blade in a machine shop for two years...note to self, Adafruit has some damn good LED wires...the thing still lit up!!) so the challenge this year was a legit version of the Weiss outfit.
Legit because I was cosplaying with these lovely ladies, and I needed to make sure my outfit was worthy of their presence
|There ya go. The RWBY ladies in full force.|
Through many nights at her place listening to KPOP (BTS - Dope made many an appearance) I got this outfit finished.
True to form, it was not all from scratch. I certainly saw no need to sew a white camisole shirt when there were several available in most women's clothing stores. Instead, I focused on tailoring a few pieces to my character -- and my body.
If nothing else, I learn time and again that costumes you make for yourself actually fit you. Cosplay-wise, this is a huge benefit both for comfort and the overall look.
The jacket needed to be constructed by hand. It was kind of a bolero sweater, except it had a lot more structure. I began with an actual bolero (white), and ran it through its paces -- cut off sleeves and added my own, added a collar, inserted lining, sewed on some lace, and put in details like the tiny buttons.
|Emblem on the back was painted on with a lasercut stencil|
The skirt was far easier to make, since there was no lining involved and the overall shape is pretty simple. Again, fabric dip-dye was essential in getting the proper gradient of color (Weiss has a fade from blue to white). It was recommended to me at AB 2014 that I use airbrushing to achieve the gradient, but once 2015 rolled around I found out that...airbrushing is kinda expensive. And I am still a cheap cosplayer. So.
Maybe in the future, it will be a worthwhile investment, but for now...
|Where is the duct tape, you ask? Look no further than the little pouch right there. All duct tape. And still incredibly functional. See? Still an engineer.|
Boots were as simple as fabric covering and strategic sewing/sealing with duct tape. Again, stiffening fuseable fabric was a god-send for making this work. I actually used some boots I bought many years ago for a Mireille cosplay (Noir, for those 90's connoisseurs) as the base for Weiss's footwear.
|I don't have the heart to take the boot covering off. Sorry, Mireille, but I don't think you are coming back.|
Oh, and the real benefits of a photographer. A cosplayer's best friend. See for yourself below!
|We're going on an adventure!!|
|Lighting. Such lighting.|
|Ruby gets it. Weiss needs a bit more time.|
Be on the lookout for RWBY Season 4 outfits -- hopefully debuting at Anime Boston 2017!!