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Costume :Teagan Chalke
Variant :Created by Ninodog
Source :Bar One Brawler
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minamicon 16 (2010)


Costume Photos

Random crossover

Villain Collar

Brawler

Cauldron

Brawler

Headshot

Froggy

Back

Beasties

Brawler

Yay!

Reference

 


Costume Information

Description
Bar One Brawlers is an original wacky concept of our cosplay group (Bar One Cosplay). Ninodog designed us all costumes as if we were characters in an imaginary fighting game, and came up with this cutesy witch design for me (including obligatory yellow). I made it in time for Minami 2010, and I'll also be set for every future Halloween, methinks. I enjoyed having freedom in making an original design, but still only deviated from the concept drawing in a few aspects, mostly for practicality. Teagan Chalke is an anagram of my real name.

I used navy/black shot taffeta for the dress, which has a different appearance on either side. The exterior of the dress is navy, and it’s lined with the black side of the fabric showing. A wire frame sits inside, and flares out the petals. I did the decorative stitching on the seams with embroidery thread.

The dress closes at the front with lacing. Nearest the hem I used elastic, so I can still pull the dress on and off. The lacing further up is leather cord to function as a proper closure.

The sheer fabric on the shoulders is a wonderful two-tone chiffon finished with a rolled hem. I used craft foam to support the black collar, which is like a bat wing inspired sailor collar! The stand-up navy villain collar is supported with wonderflex, and both collars are hand sewn to the dress. Everything is fully lined, except the side cutouts at the waist, which had to be finished with leatherette trim around their edges.

I got yellow hair bobbles and kirby grips from Primark, and styled a wig I already had. It already had extensions added for braids, so I just adapted it a bit. Skull earrings are from eBay.

I also bought finger puppets on eBay for the various creatures, since it was an easy cheap way to find a bunch of them the right size. One bat safety pins to the front of my dress. The ones on my shoes attach with loops of elastic, and have wire threaded into their wings to try to keep them in place. Everything on the wig is safety pinned on - the hat, frog, and another bat. I made the spider with the traditional method of a pom pom, googly eyes and pipe cleaners. It's suspended on thin jewellery wire from the hat.

This hat is a craft foam cone and brim shape, which I figured out then used as my pattern for the taffeta to cover it. I moved the seam on the cone to go diagonally, and added the decorative stitches. The yellow is felt, like on the stockings.

The shorts and stockings are made from Primark leggings. There's elastic in the stocking tops to try and keep them up. The details are felt and embroidery floss. The arm and legwarmers are adapted from Primark jumpers, one navy and one yellow. I used their sleeves to make the armwarmers, overlocking the stripes together, and making use of the ribknit from the cuffs to go on the ends. The legwarmers were assembled from the rest of the jumpers. There's elastic in the tops to keep them in place. The silver loops for my arms are painted craft foam, strung together with clear thread, so they sort of float

For the pumpkin cauldron, I used a large, hollow polystyrene sphere which conveniently separates into two halves. I preserved that ability to make the cauldron easier to transport. I marked where the top of the cauldron would be, chopped it off, and also cut out the face shapes with a knife. The feet are polystyrene eggs. As well as being glued on, they have wire embedded in them which slots into the main cauldron to help secure them.

The handle is model magic, with wire inside it for strength. I had trouble getting the model magic smooth enough, so I made a stretchy fabric cover for it to smooth it out. The wire is shoved through the polystyrene sphere, and can pivot a little. I used the ends of a couple of the egg shapes to form the rounded pieces where the handle meets the cauldron. I tried sculpting the rim of the cauldron from model magic too, but failed even more at that. So it’s again a tube of stretchy fabric, but this time it’d padded out with batting. With my lack of skill at props, I tend to do weird stuff like that so I can stick with techniques I’m comfortable with.

I primed everything with gesso, then the exterior was then all spray painted black. There are a couple of tap lights inside the cauldron. The holes for the face and the top are covered in green fabric to make the light shine through as green, and also conveniently hide the lights themselves inside. Anything I tried with leaving the cutouts uncovered just wasn’t quite as good. The fabric over the top can be opened up and pinned closed to let me reach in and switch the lights on and off. The weight of the lights in the base prevents the two halves of the cauldron from staying securely together, so I have a piece of string which attaches to each end of the wire handle, then loops through the base of the cauldron to support it.

Comments

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spiffy!!!! :D

by Ninodog on Saturday, 27 February, 2010 - 20:00
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Good grief, you're going to be preposterously adorable.

I'm deviating slightly on a couple of my own details, I'm sure Dez will forgive us!

by Mighty Odango on Wednesday, 3 March, 2010 - 14:05
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:D

dammit I'd better get on with mine..

by nert on Saturday, 6 March, 2010 - 01:31
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It's nothing that I can't change in the final drawings!

by Ninodog on Saturday, 6 March, 2010 - 19:45
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Looked so awesome. I thought you looked so adorable.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 21 April, 2010 - 21:32
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This is such a cute outfit! You look adorable ^^

by kiichan on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 01:36
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This was so cute!! I loved this costume to pieces!

by CrystalNeko on Saturday, 24 April, 2010 - 20:38
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You looked so adorable in this!! And the group was fantastic :D

by Freyarule on Saturday, 24 April, 2010 - 21:11
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This is such an adorable costume ^^ fantastic!!

by Kacela on Thursday, 29 April, 2010 - 20:56
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Very nice 8D

by RanmaSyaoran on Thursday, 29 April, 2010 - 21:08
 

Journal

11/04/10 (Posted 11th April 2010)

I primed everything with layers of gesso, sanded the bits I’d hacked at, primed it some more…and more…then the exterior was then all spray painted black. I made sure to paint the two halves of the sphere individually to ensure they could still separate ok.

There are a couple of tap lights inside the cauldron. The holes for the face and the top are covered in green fabric to make the light shine through as green, and also conveniently hide the lights themselves inside. Anything I tried with leaving the cutouts uncovered just wasn’t quite as good. The fabric over the top can be opened up and pinned closed to let me reach in and switch the lights on and off.

The weight of the lights in the base prevents the two halves of the cauldron from staying securely together, so I have a piece of string which attaches to each end of the wire handle, then loops through the base of the cauldron. I’ll be armed with pins and tape and whatever else in case this plan fails!

11/04/10 (Posted 11th April 2010)

Halloween failed me for obtaining a plastic cauldron, especially because I wanted it to be a decent size, but I didn’t have too much trouble assembling my own out of various polystyrene shapes!

I used a large, hollow polystyrene sphere which conveniently separates into two halves. I decided to preserve that ability to make the cauldron easier to transport.

I marked where the top of the cauldron would be, chopped it off, and also cut out the face shapes with a knife.

The feet are polystyrene eggs, as well as being glued on, they have wire embedded in them which slots into the main cauldron to help secure them.

The handle is model magic, with wire inside it for strength. I had trouble getting the model magic smooth enough, so I made a stretchy fabric cover for it to smooth it out. The wire is shoved through the polystyrene sphere, and can pivot a little. I used the ends of a couple of the egg shapes to form the rounded pieces where the handle meets the cauldron.

I tried sculpting the rim of the cauldron from model magic too, but failed even more at that. So it’s again a tube of stretchy fabric, but this time it’d padded out with batting. With my lack of skill at props, I tend to do weird stuff like that so I can stick with techniques I’m comfortable with.

Here’s the basic shapes before priming and painting.

11/04/10 (Posted 11th April 2010)

The side cutouts were a nuisance. Before cutting holes in my nice dress, I stitched round the outline to secure the lining and outer layer of the dress together. Once I’d snipped out the shape, I finished the edge with glue to prevent fraying. I wanted to go over it with a machine satin stitch, but with the wire framework inside the dress, I just couldn’t get the dress through the machine anymore! Running out of time and ideas, I cut out leatherette to go round the edges as a quick-fix. It’s hot glued on for now, but could do with being hand-sewn.

The base of the black collar is craft foam, I could have made it bigger, but I got a shape I liked from taping two sheets together, and didn’t want to bother with extending it. It’s covered in the taffeta, and hand sewn to the dress.

The other, smaller collar has a Wonderflex base due to its curve. I held it in front of a fan heater, which easily got it warm enough to mould, just with my hands more or less. It’s also hand sewn to the now-finished dress.

I think the collars and everything look fairly nonsensical in the photo, but I’ll have photos of me wearing it soon enough!

28/03/10 (Posted 28th March 2010)

Then the right way out

The lacing nearest the hem is all elastic, so I can still pull the dress on and off. The lacing further up is leather cord to function as a proper closure.

Unfortunately, I found that I have to keep the wire frame permanently inside, if I wanted to be able to sew the sleeve openings closed and later do the cutouts in the sides of the bodice. So ironing, packing and storing the dress will always be an adventure.

I did the decorative stitching on the seams with embroidery thread, and used it as a kind of flossing, like on corset bones, to hold the fabric in place on the wire frame.

The sheer fabric on the shoulders is a wonderful two-tone chiffon I found, and could justify buying because I only needed 40cm. It’s finished with a rolled hem, which is beautifully effective on chiffon.

Still needs the collars and cutouts at the sides of the bodice.

28/03/10 (Posted 28th March 2010)

The actual dress is made from some navy taffeta I bought in LA. The reverse of the fabric is shot blue/black; I used that side for the lining to add some interest.

This is what the inside looks like - that’s the centre front at the bottom of the photo. So bizarre!

20/03/10 (Posted 20th March 2010)

I also used a bodice pattern, combined it with the pieces I’d figured out for the skirt, and made another mock-up, this time of the whole dress.

At this stage I discovered I’d actually made Reith from Magna Carta, who has been lurking on my cosplay list for a long time (I love yellow). So I’ll be hanging on to my pattern, and considering this dress a trial run for Reith!

No cutouts at this stage, for fitting purposes.

20/03/10 (Posted 20th March 2010)

I could then make a mock-up for the skirt. It felt a lot like I was trying to make a lampshade or umbrella. All very messy, but you can see the rough wire outlines are now nicely hidden.

20/03/10 (Posted 20th March 2010)

My work on the dress began with making a wire frame for the skirt. I definitely wanted it to stick out like the reference.

Here's my very messy initial framework. I was planning to replace it with a neater version, but I found this one worked out ok, so lazily left it as it was.

I needed the wire to continue all the way up to the waist for support and to keep it sturdy, so it has a kind of waistband, and it’s also taped together lower down to form the zigzag shape for the hem.

05/03/10 (Posted 5th March 2010)

Wig with more creatures! The wig is the one Eli wore for our Ouendan group - it already had extensions added for braids, so I just adapted it a bit. The result is that it has extra braiding going on, but I don’t mind, and it’s not obvious except from the back.

There isn’t room for a bat to peek over my ear like in the drawing, so it’s suspended, asleep, from a braid - the puppets all came with velcro on their wings so they can be wrapped closed, and it was too cute not to keep one bat like that!

The frog and hat are safety pinned to the wig, and hopefully everything will stay balanced on my head. When clearing out my room this week, I found I have a larger cuddly frog, which I want to incorporate into the costume too, if I can. It’ll probably live in the cauldron, since there’s no more room for things to go on my head.

So that’s me done with most of the accessories, it would help if I had a dress to go with them…

02/03/10 (Posted 2nd March 2010)

I bought finger puppets from eBay for the bats and frog, because they were cheap and the size I needed.

One bat (whose wings I might have to remove, I’m sorry!) will be safety pinned to the front of the dress. The ones on the shoes also required surgery, to thread wire into their wings to keep them open. They won’t have the red beads, since their wings just won’t go that way, so I’m deviating from the reference there. They have a loop of elastic which holds them to the straps on my shoes.

02/03/10 (Posted 2nd March 2010)

HAT, because I’ve been avoiding the dress so far…

It’s a craft foam cone and brim shape, which I figured out then used as my pattern for the taffeta to cover it. I moved the seam on the cone to go diagonally, and added the decorative stitches. The yellow is felt. It’s going to safety pin into my wig so it stays on at a silly angle. I’ve not finished sewing the cone to the brim, to it’s a little wonky here, but you get the idea.

I made the spider with the traditional method of a pom pom, googly eyes and pipe cleaners. It's suspended on thin jewellery wire from the hat.

27/02/10 (Posted 27th February 2010)

The silver loops for my arms are painted craft foam, strung together with clear thread, so they sort of float

27/02/10 (Posted 27th February 2010)

The arm and legwarmers are adapted from Primark jumpers, one navy and one yellow. I used their sleeves to make the armwarmers, overlocking the stripes together, and making use of the ribknit from the cuffs to go on the ends. The legwarmers were assembled from the rest of the jumpers. There's elastic in the tops to keep them in place.

When I think about how annoying it was to deal with fraying wool and assorted strips of stretchy fabric in making my Karolina armwarmers, I truly appreciate how easy my overlocker made this!

27/02/10 (Posted 27th February 2010)

The shorts and stockings are the first thing I’ve done on this costume, because it was quick, easy and involved hand-sewing which could be done in front of the tv.

I made them by chopping up some Primark leggings. There's elastic in the stocking tops to try and keep them up. The details are felt and embroidery floss, I made up some of the pink shapes and positioning of the yellow squares myself.

I think in the process of making up the position of the extra square, that’s how I’ve got these the wrong way round. Whoops. Never mind, it’s a original design - what’s accuracy got to do with it?