|Awards :||"By the Power of Grayskull" award, Minamicon 17|
|WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF.|
IU was a terrible, terrible game, but Sigmund's design is /beautiful/. So after having made Faize and Flynn, Sigmund is now my new challenge.
[edit March 2011]
There is a lot on the construction of this costume in the journal, but here's the summary:
- The coat is made of faux orange suede, genuine unsplit hide, gold vinyl and cotton lining. The decorations were gold fabric paint and leather enamel.
- The crotch and bum... I mean front and back flaps were acetate satin, faux blue suede, lots of gold thread embroidery (though you can't see it in this pic) and fake white leather made into straps.
- The armour was EVA foam. LOTS OF IT OHGOD. Anywhere you see really shiny silver bits, those are rivets and press studs. Most of it has leather straps with buckles so that I can wear them.
- The gauntlets were a pair of cheap gloves with large cuffs added using left over unsplit hide. All the armour on it was made of extra thin, high density EVA foam, riveted on so that my fingers could still move without worrying about loosening any glue. :)
- The boots are almost but no entirely accurate - I made them the way they should be and bits kept falling off when I walked, so I had to change them slightly. There was a lot of cursing...
- The headband is foam covered in fabric, decorated using gold fabric paint.
- The sword is mostly foam with random bits of bamboo sticks to strengthen it... XD
The costume as a whole is not very nice to wear at all. The sewn bits are fine, but the armour bits can't withstand too much movement and bending. I've also made the upper arm armour too big so they kept sliding down. The cuirass was great but I hated the boots with a burning passion. DX So this is going to be my last armour for a very long time I think.
|Wig (from my own shop)||£0.00||Bought|
|Unsplit suede for the lower half of outfit||£25.00||Bought|
|Suede in orange/rust/terracotta/whatever colour you call it||£25.00||Bought|
|Rivets, studs, belt leather and buckles||£35.00||Bought|
Sword (Posted 12th March 2011)
That is all.
Lessons - Armour making (Posted 28th February 2011)
1. Consider thickness. Too many layers of foam are hard to rivet, and may come apart even when glued due to movement.
2. Glue is good, but rivets/press studs are amazing.
3. Rub n' Buff is great in metallic colours like silver and gold, but useless in most other colours. Use acrylic instead.
4. Remember to seal the Rub n' Buff afterwards or it'll rub off on everything.
5. For foam sealing, PVA + water dries 1000x slower than Mod Podge but gives a smoother result. But you can wet sand Mod Podge anyway so it doesn't really matter.
6. Using coloured rather than white foam allows you to easily see when your PVA/Mod Podge has dried.
7. A good pair of leather puncher is well worth the investment.
8. But it also helps if you have very strong hands because punching leather is really hard work.
9. Heat gun is far superior to hairdryer.
10. Planning + patience > everything.
Gloves/Gauntlets 3 (Posted 22nd February 2011)
28 bits of foam to be added to gloves.
In the end I bought a pair of brown gloves at a market for £2, and have added massive cuffs to them using the same unsplit leather as the outfit, plus the strange pink ribbon. It works quite well, better than if I made my own gloves I think.
Armour 4 (Posted 21st February 2011)
Finally, assembly! /o/
It's fastened using belt and buckles since the art shows belt and buckles (although in the art those seem to only be decorative, and the armour doesn't seem to have a way of fastening!) It's a bit fiddly...
The amount of work gone into make a pair of these shoulder thing was just RIDICULOUS. OTZ
Cuirass 4 (Posted 21st February 2011)
This is how it looks so far. I decided to make it so that the entire back piece detaches (with heavy duty velcro) so that it's actually wearable. I haven't started the said back piece yet. :D;;;
General update (Posted 18th February 2011)
I'm quite overwhelmed by how much I still need to do and other things I need to spend time on (urgh, this thing called "life", hate it when it gets in the way of cosplay! XD). Too many committments, too little time. =_=
Things I've finished since last update:
Things I'm working on:
Things I need to do:
Things I hope will eventually happen:
Photos later maybe!
Trousers 1 (oh dear) (Posted 16th February 2011)
With the lighting effects on the pictures, it's really hard to decide what shade of what colour Sigmund's trousers are.
Might get a cheap pair from eBay or make my own. See what fabric I can find...
Cuirass 3 (Posted 27th January 2011)
The things I do for the pretty. orz
(This foam is so stiff it's blunting my knives.)
Cuirass 2 (Posted 26th January 2011)
This foam is pretty stiff and tiring to cut. I'm really not looking forward to cutting out all those swirly patterny bits.
Cuirass 1 (Posted 24th January 2011)
SIGMUND'S CUIRASS HAS NO SIDE OR SHOULDER OPENING AT ALL.
This means if I made it the proportions it's supposed to be, there is no way for me to get in and out of it. I'll have to incorporate openings somehow. This will involve changing the design, but I'll try make it as inconspicuous as possible, and if I can't, make it look as logical as possible, like a real cuirass.
For a given value of "real", anyway. XD
Gloves/Gauntlets 2 (Posted 24th January 2011)
Oops, made it too small. Gotta start again...
(Unlike regular patterns, the glove pattern has no guidance on what they mean by small/medium/large. It shows where to lengthen/shorten fingers, but doesn't say what the standard size they've given suits what finger lengths. I thought since my hands are small and fingers short, I'd shorten it a bit... turns out I didn't need to do that.)
Gloves/Gauntlets 1 (Posted 24th January 2011)
I've done a lot of the arm armour now, and need to wait for things to dry/materials to arrive through the post before I can put all the pieces together, but let's not waste time!
I've always wanted to try to make my own gloves, so here we go! They are based on the Butterick B5370 pattern.
If these turn out good I'll use them for the costume. If not, I'll need to do some glove shopping.
Armour 2 (Posted 15th January 2011)
I used a dremel with a sanding attachment to make the edges of the foam armour nice, and also create the sharp design details.
That's my hand covered in foam dust from sanding. THIS IS WHY SAFETY EQUIPMENT IS IMPORTANT. My goggles and mask were covered in it as well but most of it fell off when I pulled them off my face. And that's just from tidying up the edges of one forearm piece. Imagine what'd happen if I breathed this in or it got into my eyes.
So if anyone's following this journal and thinking about trying the same techniques - GET SOME SAFETY EQUIPMENT. They're annoying, but they're IMPORTANT.
Armour 3 (Posted 15th January 2011)
Next was to seal the foam so that it can be painted. This foam is much closer to regular craft foam rather than plastazote, so I didn't need latex, in fact the good old PVA+water should do. But I decided to try to use Mod Podge.
Love the result, mostly because Mod Podge dries very quickly, I don't need to wait a day between each coat, just 15 minutes or even less. I could paint one piece, move on to the other, and by the time I finish that one the first piece can be recoated.
My technique got a bit better after the first few coats, but where I didn't paint fast enough in the beginning, it dried textured. I'm sure that's useful in some cases but this armour needs to be smooth, so I wet-sanded it. In the photo, one side has been sanded.
Weirdly, I read that Mod Podge dries tacky, but this hasn't happened. Not that I'm complaining!
Armour 1 (Posted 10th January 2011)
The outfit had more of its suede painted, and the patterns on the collar also got painted on with gold fabric paint. More gold edges were added, along with a zipper and hook & eye. It's more or less finished now. I'd rather not use zipper since it doesn't fit the style of everything else, but looking at how it fastens together (you can see a bit of it where the chest armour doesn't cover), zipper is the best solution.
Moving on to the armour. I guess the photo is self explanatory!
Outfit 6 (Posted 4th January 2011)
Painting the lower part with brown edge enamel for leather. It's usually used for the edges of belts after you've cut and smoothed it down. I bought a small bottle for the little belts that are everywhere on the armour, and decided to try to use it for the swirly designs. It turned out pretty easy to use, like quick-drying paint.
Top pic is work in progress. I asked Storme to help me take a photo for the records. :) And lower pic is how it looks like in one corner now. I dry-brushed around the design for some shading, to help create a look of depth. In the art it looks like the design is slightly raised, and this is the best I can do with paint. XD;
Outfit 5 (Posted 1st January 2011)
Some close up details of the outfit so far. :)
Top-left: the hem. See what I mean by the gold stretching and twisting. I couldn't get it perfectly flat. =/
Top-right: where the orange fabric joins the brown, there's a pointy detail. It's not finished yet, I need to find a button to put on it, then hand-stitch that little area down.
Lower-left: around the groin area, the brown actually ends before it meets the main top bit. What a weird design...
Lower-right: lining and facing. The lining is mostly machined apart from where it meets the front left and right panels, where it's done by hand. This is mainly because I'm too lazy to hand stitch all of it XD (plus machine is neater) but there needs to be a gap for me to turn the whole thing back the right side out, so that's where I finished it by hand.
Outfit 4 (Posted 1st January 2011)
The very bottom piece is real unsplit suede from a shop at Goldhawk Road. It's pretty thick and heavy, luckily my scissors and sewing machine seem to be able to cope with it.
I added all the necessary trimmings before attaching it to the outfit itself.
The gold isn't nice to work with at all. Pins leave marks, and it stretches and twists a bit under the sewing machine foot. I need to get one of those teflon feet I think...
Outfit 3 (Posted 1st January 2011)
Added the orange bit (which is strengthened with interfacing), then the whole thing is lined. I chose a cotton lining because it's nice to wear and every time I try acetate satin I make a right mess.
Outfit 2 (Posted 30th December 2010)
The collar can stand up really well. XD Note to self: this method of making collar might be useful for a future costume! The top itself is too long though, I'll need to chop off about 4 inches from the bottom.
In the picture on the right is how I'm working out how to make the lower half of the outfit: use calico and keep pinning until it looks right. Once that is ready I can add lining (which I've already prepared, which also needs to be 4 inches shorter from the bottom.)
Outfit 1 (and so it begins.) (Posted 30th December 2010)
I don't know what to call his orange clothes so from now on it'll be called "the outfit". :)
The fabric is faux suede. Considering the feel of the game, the material has to be natural rather than synthetic, and depending on which picture you look at, it can look like suede or leather or silk. o_o I settled on suede because it's easy to work with. Finding real suede in the right colour proved to be impossible, though, and even faux ones took forever to find. In the end I got my fabric from an unlikely source - Etsy. O_O It was shipped from India. It's soft and very lovely. The colour is closer to the official art than the game art, and that's fine with me.
The outfit is being made by combining and adjusting the pattern I'd used for Daryan Crescend and a pattern I used to make my sister's Christmas present. I decided to try to make this as nice as possible even though some details aren't going to be visible. So facings were added, interfacing was used, and it'll later be lined. The top pic shows the collar being pinned on, and the lower pic shows the facing (and interfacing) pinned and sewed on top of it. It was then turned inside and understitched. Normally I'd use iron-on interfacing, but I ran out so I used sew-on instead.
Please ignore the gold strip. I got that wrong and took it off (painstakingly with a stitch unpicker) later. Sigh. The gold should go around most of the outfit like bias binding. Lesson learned: when your reference source is mostly screencaps that aren't entirely clear, study ALL the screencaps very carefully rather than just stare at one of them.
Colours (Posted 9th December 2010)
So... in-game blue/grey/black-ish shade vs. official art brownish-greenish shade. Which to pick?
(Orange suede on order. Picked out bits and pieces to buy. Foam also ordered. Starting soon!)
Not properly started yet (Posted 2nd December 2010)
- taking many screencaps and working out how many rivets, studs, buckles and belts I'll need. I have a sheet full of order numbers for these parts.
- looking for a supplier that sells tangerine/burnt orange/terracotta suede.
- planning to use medium density EVA rather than plastazote for most of the armour, for enhanced stiffness.
- wondering if I should bother with his shield or not. It'd be an extra item to carry when already in full armour...
Hopefully I can get some materials together so that I can start making this over Christmas holidays.