Captain Testarossa from Fullmetal Panic!

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Simple anime makeup using mineral foundation, eyelash curler, white and black eye pencil and lipgloss. Plus wig and circle lenses!

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I used to dislike anything with a military setting, but Fullmetal Panic! changed my mind and is now one of my favourite animes! It’s about a paramilitary organisation named Mithril and combines mechas with highschool anime fun. Teletha Testarossa is the captain of a submarine at Mithril. Even though it seems a bit unlikely that a 16-year-old girl would be given such responsibilities (because anime :P), I love how Teletha Testarossa is both a supersmart tactician and a pretty girl at the same time. Plus, the uniforms are stylish!

This was my first time making a suit, and first time cosplaying with a wig and circle lenses. I thought constructing the pattern for the suit would be the most challenging part, but I actually had a lot more trouble with the lenses! It took forever to teach my eyes to stop shutting themselves and let the lenses in. I even bought cheap one-day lenses to practise with. Now that I finally learned to do it I will certainly be using circle lenses again! The effect is stunning! I bought the lenses from PinkyParadise, I figured that to get lenses that really would cover my naturally dark eye colour, I should get them from a Japan where they expect you to have dark eyes. Most lenses you can buy in Sweden probably look great on blue eyes, but do absolutely nothing for dark brown.

I based the pattern for the jacket on the pattern of a shirt and drafted the collar and lapels myself. The skirt I copied from a pencil skirt I already had, but adjusted it significantly to fit better. Pinterest helped me sort my reference pictures. The material is cotton with acetate lining and bias tape around the edges. Unfortunately, the cosplay competition at Närcon 2015 where I was supposed to show off my finished project was cancelled due to the terrible weather. Better luck next time!

 

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Bought badges online and embroidered over the bits that were of the wrong colour.

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Finished skirt with a bought belt that looks just like in the anime, although you can only see in it the last scene of the last episode…

Open jacket with gold snap fasteners visible.

Made Mithril emblems from Fimo clay and mounted them on brooch fasteners.

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Wig styling with satin ribbon.

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Epaulette fastened with gold button and decorated with cotton ribbon.

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Sleeve with Mithril badge sewn on and decorated with folded bias tape.

Sheik from Ocarina of Time

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Sheik from Ocarina of Time.

My awesomely fit friend Maria was rocking her Sheik cosplay at Närcon 2015. Everything made by me except the “shoes” and the painting on the tabard. She also wears a fake fringe and red circle lenses. Apart from being a huge Zelda fan, Maria is a physiotherapist, personal trainer and body fitness competitor, so she has the muscle to pull off a life-like Sheik! Follow her on instagram and her blog!

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Biceps at the first fitting!

I made the costume with stretch fabric of two different shades of blue, and white jersey bias tape around the edges. Around the chest, arms, fingers and headpiece we wrapped strips of an old sheet. Both the strips and the bias tape were first dyed with green tea to give them a more weathered look. No hemming, they’re supposed to look frayed. Some references from Pinterest, although it was hard to find good images from the appropriate game.

I based the pattern for the top and tights on some of Maria’s own tight work-out gear but changed the seam placements. The sheet strips around the chest are attached with seams at the centre, sides and the zipper opening in the back so that we wouldn’t have to wrap her up every single time she wore the cosplay.

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Muscle-enhancing panels!

This is how I designed the panels on the sleeves: 1. I made a sleeve of the lighter blue fabric. 2. I asked Maria to put it on and flex her muscles. 3. I drew the shapes around her muscles with fabric marker. 4. I cut the shapes out and cut new ones from the darker blue fabric. 5. I edged the dark blue panels with bias tape and attached them to a new sleeve of the lighter blue. Same process with the legs.

 

 

 

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Sheet strip hat on a hat form.

For the hat, I used a tight stretchy cap as a base and glued the sheet strips on to it while it was sitting on an old hat form. After the glue had dried, I removed the cap from within and was left with a hat so stiff it could stand on its own. I had originally planned to keep the stretchy cap inside, but that turned out too bulky. Anyway, it wasn’t needed to retain the shape of the hat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tabard isn’t hemmed either, for a torn look, and turns into a tube around the neck which is held up with wire on the inside. Maria couldn’t see very well while we were walking around at the convention, but she got a lot of praise from other visitors!

 

 

Medieval Week on Gotland 2015 #1: Zelda’s Hylia Dress from Skyward Sword

I recieved a fun comission for this year’s Medieval Week on Gotland: a girl who wanted to be Zelda! At first, we thought we’d make the costume from Twilight Princess, but since she lives far away, making proper fittings impossible, we chose the simpler Hylia Dress from Skyward Sword. Plus points: the cut is inspired by medieval garments!

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Hylia in Visby!

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Dress with paper template.

 

I designed the dress using the same straight pieces and triangular gussets I use when making medieval clothes. In the back, I made adjustable laccing, partly because I wouldn’t be able to fit it perfectly on my client, and it turned out quite well! The pattern at the neck was the most difficult part: first, I made a paper template, then I hemmed to layers of fabric together along the edges of the pattern. Tricky! I look forward to seeing my creation in action at this year’s Medeival Week!

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The neck.

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Adjustable lacing.