|Cost :||I don't even wnat to thuink about it lol|
|Time Taken :||5 months|
|I fell in love with the character design the moment I saw him…I mean Pang Tong just looks so awesome and who couldn’t resist cosplaying as a giant moth lol|
Hair - Done
Headdress - Done
Fur Collar - Done
Fringed Shawl - Done
Tunic - In progress
Boots - Done
Weapon - Started
My first task was to create a under ‘hat’ upon which to fix Pang Tong’s hair. I decided to make the ‘hat’ from fleece as I thought this fabric would have more stretch and fit the head more snugly then the fun fur which I intended to use to create the effect of hair.
I started by cutting a four inch strip of fleece to make a headband for the ‘hat’. I folded this in half and machine stitched down the raw long edges. After turning the tube of fleece the right side out I measured it around my forehead then pinned it in place at the raw edges and finally machine stitched it together to form the headband.
Next I measure a rectangle of fleece that would fit the headband and would cover the top of my head remembering to include a generous hem at the top to finish things off.
The raw edges were machine stitched together to form a tube which I then sewed again with the sewing machine to the top edge of the headband. After trying the ‘hat’ on for size I finished it by hand sewing the top closed by gathering the raw edge together and over sewing it firmly in place.
The ‘hair’ was created from several pieces of white fun fur which I cut to cover the ‘hat’. I started with a piece that was stitched from the front headband seam and finished at the back of the ‘hat’. The excess of fabric at the sides of this piece I pinned close to my head while wearing the ‘hat’ and then once the surplus was cut off I folded the raw edges in and sewed into place. I made a double sided upside down arch shape that I sewed to the back headband seam so that it hung down to cover my neck.
To make the long bobble plats I cut two long lengths of fun fur and machine stitched then into tubes sewing the long and short edges together. I gathered together what would be the bottoms of the tubes and over sewed them into place and then turned them right side out. To achieve Pang Tong crazy plats I stuffed a section of the tube with wadding then over sewed it to create a bobble. I repeated this process until I have achieved the desired number of bobbles. One I had the six bobbles I cuts off the remaining fabric but making sure that I had allowed enough to sew to the ‘hat’ and finish it off neatly.
The headband I made from a piece of funky foam that I traced from a cardboard template that I had made before hand in order to judge the size and shape without wasting foam. I cut two pieces of foam using the template then cut four wide slits from the centre of the first piece. This was then stuck with copdex to the remaining piece to create the indentations either side of the centre shield shape on the headband. Next the foam was covered in white cotton fabric, the front stuck ontp the foam with copdex glue so I could push the fabric taunt into the indentations and the back where it would be seen I secured by hand sewing the raw edges together. Once the glue had dried I painted the whole headband with several coats of light green (the shade mixed myself) fabric paint and the indentations with a much darker green fabric paint. When the final coat of fabric paint was dry I then hand sewed the headband at the sides and the centre point to the front headband of the ‘hat’ hiding the seam where the fun fur and the fleece met.
The fern antennas were made from felt and wire. I enlarged a high quality picture of Pang Tong’s headband and then using this as a guide hand draw a template of the antenna onto thin cardboard. Placing the template onto a square of cream felt I traced out two fern shapes and cut them out. Each of these fern shapes I placed upon another square of cream felt and glued them in place with a piece of thick garden wire running between the two pieces in the centre of the ferns. While the fern pieces were drying under the weigh of several heavy books I cut two thin strips from the remaining felt and hand stitched them into long thin tubes. Once the fern pieces were dry I cut the excess away using the felt shape as a guide and then stuck the thin strip of felt down the centre to give the effect of the spin of the fern. When the antennas were completely dry I gave both sides of them several coats of yellow-green fabric paint this not only made them the desired colour but also help stiffen the felt. Finally I shaped the antenna by bending the wire in between the layers before I hand sewed each antenna to the back of the headband and the ‘hat’ itself so as long as no one tries to pill them off them should be pretty sturdy.
The shield form at the centre of the headband I made from shaping a left over lump of expanding foam (that I was using to make the staff) covering it with tissue paper Mache, painting with white and red acrylics and spraying with satin clear varnish. The round shapes at the side of the headband I made from cutting a small polystyrene ball in half, covering with tissue paper Mache, painting with white and silver acrylics and spraying with satin clear varnish. All the details of the headband were then stuck onto it using a hot glue gun.
The base boot was created from a cheap fake sheepskin boot purchased from the Shoe Zone. I brought the lightest colour boot which was beige so that colouring it pale grey with fabric paint would be easier.
I set about creating the binding effect on the middle section of Pang Tong’s boots by using half a metre of rusty brown cotton which I cut into several 4 inch strips that I machined stitched into tubes of fabric. I pinned these strips to the front or outward side of the boot three each side at a slant and interlacing them to give the appearance of a weave effect as if they had been woven about the legs. These strips I hand sewed together and to the boot along the outer edge of the top strip. I repeated this method at the back or the inter side of the boot, tucking the raw ends in and sewing them so that they would show or fray.
The fur edging at the top of the boot was created by cutting two 6 inch strips of long white fun fur which I machined stitched with the right sides together making a tube. I hand stitched one short edge and then turned the tube right side out, fluffed up the fur and finally stitched the tube to the top of each boot.
To make the fringe effect I first tried just cutting a strip of the rusty brown fabric in half that this proved to look far to thick and clumsy. So I decided to get a strip of the fabric and frayed it roughly an inch and a half by hand which took a while but gave a much more pleasing effect and finished of the binding perfectly. I hand stitched the frayed strips of material to the bottom section of the binding, folding the raw top edge over to neaten the finished boot.
The toe of the boot I made from fun foam, I cut the shape and then covered it in cotton fabric which I then hand stitched to the front of the boot. This was a slow and painful process as I did not a curved needle and it was pretty awkward getting the needle through the boot and the foam. Once I had sewed the toe to the boot I stuck a strip of fabric to the front of the toe to cover the stitching and give a little shape. This was then painted grey with fabric paint (that I mixed myself to get the shade I needed) along with three strips of fabric like I had stuck to the toe of the boot. The base of the boot was then painted pale grey, dark grey and mid-grey fabric paint (again mixed by myself) in four sections that were all separated by the three grey strips that I had stuck with a hot glue gun running around the top surface of the boot.
I decided to make this garment from brown felt as it wouldn’t fray too badly and because of the nature of the fabric it would hang a lot better than heavy cotton. The first thing I did was to cut two long strips of felt about 8 inches wide which I folded in half to make a double layer for the fringed collar that would fasten at the front of the shawl. I machined stitched a line about an inch from the top folded edge of the strip in order to prevent the fringing from fraying. Next I made long snips into the top layer of the collar to create the fringing which was achieved by first cutting in about an inch strips wide up to the machine stitching all along the length of the strip. Then I cut into each of the inch strips up to four more time to make even thinner strips, this process was repeated on the lower layer to create a nice full fringed collar.
The base of the shawl I made from a pattern mocked up with newspaper to get the side shape and size which I then cut out from the brown felt and sewed together. I machined stitched the surplus of felt strips left when cutting out the base around the underside edge of the shawl to reinforce the border. I machine stitched one end of each section of the collar to the top corners of the shawl base so that I could drape it over my shoulders and fasten the fringing at the front just below my chest.
The fringing on the back of the shawl was made by cutting many strips of felt about four inches wide and cutting what seemed like hundreds of snips into it to create a fringing effect. This process took about two evenings to do as after an hour or so my hand would begin to ache and I would have to have a break from it. Once all the strips were turned into fringing I machine stitched each section onto the base of the shawl. Each strip would be placed underneath and a couple of inches lower then the strip before to ensure a neat and layered look to the finished shawl. As the felt fringing is very delicate I have lost a few of the thin strips but I have used the left over from the collar which was initially made too long (so that I could alter the length once the tunic was finished) to replacing any malting.
The shawl is fastened with
This was made out of the same long white fun fur that I use to edge the top of my boots. The collar was pretty simple to make as it was just a long strip of fur that I machine stitched right sides together into a tube. After turning the tube the right side out I doubled the fur over to make it chunkier before hand sewing it together along the length and finishing it off by hand sewing the ends together.
I made the trousers from a Belly Dancer fancy dress pattern from Simplicity. I had to alter the pattern slightly so that the waistband sat higher on the hips but it was a pretty basic pattern and so the garment didn’t take too long to make up.
After searching unsuccessfully for a tunic pattern I ended up using my trusty kimono pattern and altering it to make the tunic. I found a dark grey fabric online and ordered 5 metres in two pieces as it was on offer on eBay.
The top section (above the belt) of the tunic I used the kimono pattern but made the sleeves narrower. I also sewed the neckband where it crossed over to fix it in place. I then cut away the surplus fabric at waist height and then added a rectangle with a double layer shaped from a pattern that I made from newspaper to form the shirt section of the garment.
After hemming each of the layers of the skirt I then drew the detailing on the bottom of each layer using a cardboard template. The detailing was hand painted over several layers (as it soaked into the dark fabric) with white fabric paint.
The belt I made from a length of cotton webbing that I coloured with grey fabric paint which I had to mix myself to get the correct shade. I added the dark red detail by sewing silken cord onto it by hand. I sewed one length of the cord to the top of the webbing and another length to the bottom and finally I wove the last length of cord in-between the two lengths so it created a cross-like pattern. I hand sewed the belt to the tunic on the waist seam which helped cover the joining of the two pieces of the garment.
It took me ages searching both at local shops and on line before I found a suitable fabric for Pang Tong’s coat. Finally I found a brilliant light grey upholstery weave which was not only the perfect weight for the coat but reasonably priced for the amount I would need.
Once again I used the kimono pattern for the base of the coat but I trimmed the front ‘crossover’ section of the garment to make the edge of the kimono hang straight. I added a grey trim (the surplus from the tunic) to the hem of each sleeve and then made a stiffen collar/trim to add to the edge of the coat. I created the trim by folding and stitching a long strip of dark grey fabric to a strip of the light grey fabric I used to make the coat and then I sewed it to the edge of the coat.
Next I made a template out of cardboard for the detailing that runs down the edge of the coat. I transferred this pattern to the fabric by tracing a gold pen around the template then I painted several layers of white fabric paint. I also painted the edge of the hem with white fabric paint and then added the fine detail with black fabric paint. I added the cord detail which runs around the hem of the coat and sleeves by hand sewing a long length of green silken cord with cross stitch using grey wool.
The ‘eye’ details on the sleeves and side of coat I decided to paint onto fabric first and then appliqué them to the coat in case I had a mistake ruining all my hard work and also I wasn’t too sure that painting onto the woven fabric would work very well.
For the small and large ‘eyes’ I cut out a template from cardboard then traced around it in pencil (six times for the small and four times for the large) onto thin cotton fabric. I painted each section of the ‘eyes’ starting from the outer edge inwards, cutting the template up into the diminishing sections which enabled me to draw out each section as I got to it. Once I had painted all the ‘eyes’ I carefully cut them out, pinned them to the coat, hand sewed them and glued the edges as this would give a neater result. Finally I hand painted the white spirals on the tip of the sleeves and the bottom edge of the coat with white fabric paint.
The mask I decided to make from light grey stretchy fabric, I used a t-shirt and cut a large strip to form the mask. I decided as the mask would be pulled on and off a lot during the day as it would be hot it wasn’t worthy making it with a fastening as the fabric might be stretched too much whereas if I just pinned it I could alter the tension if it was needed during the day.
I ended up buying a cheap pair of gloves and sticking grey bias binding round them.
To create Pang Tong’s staff I first draw out the shape of the weapon onto newspaper and then lay a sheet of clear thick plastic sheeting over the pattern. Next I sprayed two cans of expanding builders foam onto the plastic sheet following the pattern to create the shape of the staff. Once the foam was cured I peeled it off the plastic sheet and turned it over so I could bulk out the staff with another can of expanding foam. After several days when the whole thing was dry I carved the surplus foam away to give the staff a better shape and then created the detailing by using cardboard and attaching each piece to the body of the staff with wire that had been sandwiched between the layers of cardboard. The ‘pearl’ detail I made from a large polystyrene ball which I covered in paper Mache and then repeat the process with the staff. I used a mixture of PVA and water with tissue paper to build up several layers and was relieved that as the staffs was meant to be rough wood that I did not have to sand the surface down to smooth for once. Once the paper Mache was dry I painted the whole thing with several layers of brown poster paint and then spray varnished it to stop the poster paint rubbing off. I painted the ‘pearl’ and stuck it to some wire that I had stuck into the staff before covering it with paper Mache.
I made the tassels from brown felting wool by cutting strands, pulling them apart to make them fluffy looking and them plated them together at the top. Next I tied strands of wool along the length of the fluffy part of the tassels to form the sections of the tassels.
I made the beads from red and purple Sculpty and once they had been hardened in the oven I thread them onto the tassels.
Finally I wrapped a length of green ribbon around the stall and then fastened the tassels to it.
|Mask and Gloves||Medium||Planned|