Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Easy and Cheap Tutorial #2

Since I love love LOVE budget cosplay, I've decided to post another tutorial from on of my cheaper cosplay costumes that I'm working on right now for my husband. As I said in my earlier post, How to Cosplay on a Budget, the easiest way to save money is to pick a character with a simple costume. Someone recognizable, but not hard to make and that involves few materials.

I now introduce....Greed.

Greed is verrrry budget friendly. His entire costume only costists of about 6 elements : Glasses, Vest, Undershirt, Bracelets, Pants, and Shoes.
Since Sunglasses, Shoes, and Pants are pretty self explanatory, this tutorial will be for his vest.

Greed Vest Tutorial

What you'll need:

Black Vest
A Large Bunny
Hot Glue
Straight Pins

Step 1: Pick out that vest

Find yourself a nice, smooth vest. Preferably made of some thick material, like faux leather.

Step 2: Remember that Bunny from earlier?

I was lucky enough to find a bunny that was perfect enough to do double duty as bunny ears and Greed vest fur. This is just another way to get the most out of your cosplay budget. As my good friend Alton Brown says, everyone loves a multi-tasker.

Step 3: Attack your bunny

Show that little guy no mercy. For my greed vest, I decided to use part of his tail and part of his body. The tail on my particular bunny was long, and the body's fur was slightly shorter. *Tip: Save the stuffing for later, you never know when you could need it for some other cosplay, or even a plushie!* Be sure to cut the fur into wide strips - remember, this is going to be a collar. By the way, get ready for some serious vaccuum cleaner duty after this is all over...

Step 4: Pin the Collar in Place

You'll need two long strips of fur, and the tail should be cut into two pieces (if you used a tail). Pin the shorter fur strips around the collar. Place the tail pieces that have the longer fur on either side in the front. Pinning the fur to the collar makes it much easier to glue the pieces in place, which you will do in step 5.

Step 5: Hot glue that sucker.

Yep. Do just that. And don't burn yourself.

Hey look! It's a Greed Vest! Give yourself a pat on the back. Now clean up that HUGE mess you just made and hit the thrift stores and dollar stores for all the other pieces. When you're done, you've got a costume that probably didn't cost much more than 15 bucks. Who says cosplay can't be cheap?

Easiest Bunny Ears Ever

Since I've begun working on Imagicon costumes, I'll be posting quite a few tutorials as I go. Here's the first one. It's super easy, really, nothing to it at all. These bunny ears are meant for my White Rabbit from Alice In Wonderland.

Easiest Bunny Ears Ever:

What you'll need:

Fabric Scissors

Hot Glue


A Large Bunny

Poor Little Guy. Has no idea what's in store for him...
**Tip for picking a bunny: Make sure his ears are big enough to look good on your head. Also, it really helps if there is wire inside the ears, so you can actually stand the ears up if you want. If you want to make floppy bunny ears, then a wire isn't really necessary.**

Step 1: Attack Your Bunny

Chop off the top of the little guy's scalp. I know, I know, it's tough because he's so cute. But sometimes sacrifices have to be made in the name of good costume making...

Step 2: Glue them to your headband.

Use the hot glue gun to secure the ears to the headband. Make sure you hold them until they dry, otherwise you will just frustrate yourself because if your bunny is as huge as mine, those ears will be heavy and will fall off if the glue isn't dry all the way.


Step 3: Try them on for final adjustments

I decided it was cutest with one ear sort of flopping over, but you can adjust them however you want :) At this point, you are done!


Monday, January 4, 2010

Imagicon 2010...

Imagicon 2010 is fast approaching, and I have finally narrowed down mine and Sasuke's costume choices! Please share this joyous moment with us ^_^ :

Photoshoots before the con:

Steampunk style White Rabbit. This costume will mostly be a hybrid of these three pictures I found for inspiration on Dev.Art. Will be a bit more steampunkish than the pictures shown, but this is the general idea of the outfit.

Some friends and I are planning possibly to help advertise for Imagicon in Alice costumes (Hatter, Alice, and White Rabbit) at the Tim Burton movie premier. We also plan a "tea party" photoshoot, which will be total fun.

Day 1 at the con - Friday

Sasuke and I are going to be clad in Street Fighter gear! Sasuke will ressurect his Ryu costume from last year, which was a big hit. However, we only managed to get a few pictures of it, so this time around we will photoshoot some more. Here's one of the pics from last year :

I will be wearing classic CHUN LI. Yes, I am definitely going to be working out my legs. LOL

For the Night it is very possible that I will change costumes, but this isn't set in stone. If I change into anything, it will most likely be a fullmetal character, either Sloth or Lyra / Dante, fully depending on how long my hair is at that point in the game, since I'd rather this be a wig-less outfit for comfort and money-saving's sake.


Sasuke will most likely don a Greed outfit, if he so chooses :)

Day 2 : Saturday

Saturday will be the busiest day, so I'm wanting to do our most complex costumes that day, for sure. This will be the day of the "Female Sephiroth" I have no concept art for this, since it's all in my head. But the idea came from this doujinshi art I found:

I will either be ridiculed or praised for this costume, and I personally hope it's the latter - for I plan on working my butt off for this thing. The dress will feature high slits like in the picture, with a black corset / waist cincher. A short black jacket will be tucked into the corset, sort of making the jacket and the dress look like one article of clothing instead of two. Rather than being topless underneath and showing everyone and their mom my breasts, I'll probably wear some fancy type of top. I'm going to wear Dissidia style shoulder armor, bracelet and belt. I also plan on having Dissidia style purple and yellow fabric peeking out from under the dress. I'll wear high heeled Thigh boots, and a typical Sephiroth wig, in the style of Advent Children. Oh yes, and a LARGE kingdom hearts style wing. I sort of mean for this to combine different Sephiroths from different games, I guess, chick form. I really hope I can pull this off.

Sasuke will be wearing a Zack costume :)

At night, there has been talk of a Tri-Wizard ball, so I'll definitely be bringing Bellatrix back out for the costume contest! I wish I could talk Sasuke into doing Lord Voldemort...but I think that's an amount of makeup that will get an instant "NO FREAKING WAY" :p

Day 3: Sunday

Since Sunday will be super dead, we're just going to pull out the good-old Bleach costumes for a photo-shoot with some friends. We're calling out bleach friends from all over, even those who were unable to attend the actual con itself. I figure we can all hang out in the streets of the city taking crazy photos without everyone having to pay to get into the con. I'm tired of always being Rukia, so this time I'm going to be dressed as Soi Fon, who I haven't been before.

For Sasuke, I plan up updating his Chad costume by making him this new arm to replace the old one:

(impossible picture to find)

Anywho, these are our final choices for cosplay, so I'm super excited to get started on these. Pictures and tutorials will be flooding the blog soon :)