Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light!

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Surrender now, or prepare to fight!

Pokémon theme party of 2012! I dressed up as Jessie from Team Rocket in the original anime. Sorry, I don’t play Pokémon, but it was one of the first animes I watched as a little girl along with Sailor Moon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not much sewing invloved in this costume, but some other craftiness! The top is a shirt which I folded up and secured with safety pins. I did make the skirt, by cutting off an old tank top and hemming it. The gloves are a pair of short leather gloves plus the cut of legs of faux leather leggings. Instead of boots, I wear overknee socks. The earrings are buttons attached to earring hooks. The ‘R’ is made of ribbon glued onto cardboard.

 

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Prepare for trouble!

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Make it double!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bild 2010-12-31 kl. 18.19 #2The hairstyling was the most work really. I teased my own hair over a huge pair of rollers with velcro and braided in some wire to make it stand a bit. Plus a ton of hairspray.

 

 

May the Force be with you, Master Jedi!

This Jedi Master attended the premiere of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens dressed by me. Now he has joined the Rebel Legion! Emil had dreamed of owning proper Jedi attire ever since he was little, so this was an especially fun commission to make. Emil assembled the belt with all the little pouches himself, bought a pair of faux leather boots and weathered them and already owned the light saber. He was also inspired to make his own undertunic (barely visible at the neck here). More info on his Rebel Legion Profile!

 

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The Force is strong with this one.

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Shoulder tuck at the sleeve aligning with the tabard.

I made the Jedi tunic, tabard, obi and robe. The attire is very much inspired by traditional Japanese dress. I drafted the tunic from Emil’s aikido gi with a few changes: I added shoulder tucks (the little folds at the shoulders) and made the tunic a bit straighter. The obi and tabards are basically just long rectangular fabric tubes. The obi is wrapped around the waist and secured with the belt, and the tabards rest on the shoulders and are tucked under the obi. All except the robe made of the same oatmeal linen. For the robe, I had help from this fantastic tutorial. It is made from pure wool and very heavy! Emil had done a ton of research himself so that everything would be just right. The Rebel Legion has actual costume standards, much like historical accuracy in reenactment circles!

 

 

Jedi Master without his robe.

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The tabards cross at the back under the obi and the belt.

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The robe is freaking huge!

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Star Trek TOS Science Officer

Sci-Fi theme at our New year’s party of 2015/2016! I have recently begun educating myself in the ways of Star Trek The Original Series. I wish the other Star Trek series could have been as progressive for their time as the original, so many missed opportunities!  Anyway, I decided to dress up in Star Fleet uniform – 1960s mini dress style. IF I ever was to be qualified for Star Fleet, I think I would be more suited to be a science officer than security or command. Would there a place for a dress consultant to help the crew blend in with new cultures?

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Am I needed on the bridge?

I found the pattern at this site, but didn’t have a lot of time to alter it according to my measurements. So when it came out much too wide, I simply removed one of the panels in the back and voilá, it fits pretty well! I drafted the collar myself. As I was pressed for time, I didn’t bother hemming it, and the fabric doesn’t fray anyway. I suppose I will remedy that for the next time I wear it.

There are Klingons on the starboard bow!

The fabric is a very shiny spandex in almost the correct shade of blue, but I used the wrong side of it to get a more matte surface. Here you can see what the fabric supposedly looked like in the actual TOS uniforms, but needless to say it was hard to find an exact match. I cut out the badge from a piece of ribbon with a gold reverse side, dabbed some glue on it to keep it from fraying and attached it with a safety pin. The collar is just some black cotton I had lying around.

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Inside of skirt. The skirt panels overlap both at the front and back but are only attached at the corners for flexibility.

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Combadge made of ribbon and glue, secured with a safety pin.

DON’T BLINK! Weeping Angel from Halloween 2013

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Don’t even blink…

The theme for the Halloween party I went to in 2013 was Face Your Fears, and I chose to dress up as a Weeping Angel from the Dr Who episode Blink. That episode is scary no matter how many times I watch it! If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil it here, but I highly recommend it. It’s kind of a stand-alone episode, so you can watch it even if you haven’t seen any other Dr Who episodes.

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Blink, and your dead.

The outfit is a rather simple dress with elastic waist and pleats. I tried to choose fabric, wig and makeup that were of the same grey colour, and I’m particularly pleased with how the grey makeup on my skin and the fabric align. The base of the wings is made from a plastic box which I reshaped and taped together and covered with fabric. I deliberately cut the fabric of the wings rather slapdash and left  the edges raw to give the illusion of chipped stone.

 

 

 

 

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They’re fast, faster than you can believe

 

 

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Don’t turn your back, don’t look away and DON’T BLINK! Good luck.

I didn’t manage to get the contacts I had bought into my eyes before the party, so my eyes are my natural brown instead of stone grey. Better luck next time! This was not an ideal party oufit, as I constantly had to keep track of where I put my painted arms so I didn’t stain any furniture. But I did manage to frighten my friends a bit, so I call it a success!

Pink Gold Peach Cosplay

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Ready to race!

I am quite incapable of hosting parties that don’t have a theme. Without a theme, how can I dress up? Most recently, I hosted a sport-themed house-warming party dressed as Pink Gold Peach from Mario Kart 8! Racing games count as sports, right? So far, Mario Kart 8 is the only game for the WiiU I own, and the only console game I’m relatively good at. I’ve wanted to cosplay my main, Pink Gold Peach, for a long time.

Then entire outfit is made with gold spandex. I drafted the pattern based on my gym tights and a t-shirt. The gloves are based on a pattern I found on the internet which I altered to make the gloves long. For the thigh high boots, I used a pair of ankle boots I already had and made long shoe covers, guided by internet tutorials. So, how do I get in and out of this outfit? Can you guess where the zipper is? It put it in a rather unorthodox place: namely around the hips! Ten points if you got it right! The other alternative was to put it at the centre back, but that would be very visible and require an extra seam (the fewer seams the better if the character you’re cosplaying doesn’t really look like they’re wearing clothes). Placed around the hips, the zipper is hidden under the belt.

Yup, I made a gold spandex body suit from scratch. For a theme party. But who knows, maybe I’ll get the chance to use the outfit again at a convention or something like that? In that case, I will probably make some kind of mask and crown, or a complete head piece, to truly become Pink Gold Peach from top to toe!

 

 

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Vroooom!

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.

Oswin Oswald from Asylum of the Daleks

Yup, Clara is my favourite companion! She’s smart, fun and pretty! I first made this cosplay for a theme party, and then I added the shoes and wore it to the Swedish convention Multicon 2013. I also wore it when Sylvester McCoy was in town and there was a costume show. Both the dress and the shoes work great for everyday wear as well, which is nice for a girl with little money and a wardrobe overflowing with historical clothing only worn once a year.

The dress is made with stretch fabric in two layers. I bought the shoes and the socks, for once I actually did find the exact ones I wanted! On the belt, I simply placed a measuring tape and two hair clips. If I ever do this cosplay again, I’ll also try to craft the tools in her belt. I usually avoid cosplays that require a lot of crafting other than sewing, but at some point I suppose I’ll try that as well!

MUUN PURINSESU Princess Serenity

There’s a new Sailor Moon anime being aired right now: Sailor Moon Crystal! It’s much more like the manga than the old anime from the 90s. Of course, that means we had to have a Sailor Moon Party! What do you mean, this outfit is too much for just a theme party? Dressing up is the whole point of theme parties! Besides, I already had the wig, shoes and dress. The dress is my white Regency dress, I just attached a pearl necklace and a bow. I adorned my forehead with a moon-shaped earring suspended from a gold thread. Did you know that the inspiration for Princess Serenity’s dress was a design by Christian Dior? Google ”palladio dress”!