|Cost :||£150 - £160|
|Time Taken :||46 - 47 hours|
|I want to do this costume because I looked at Dedede and thought that it's one of the few Kirby characters that's possible to cosplay as (without a big mascot-style costume for example). Also he's one of my favourites in the anime and I also love his dub voice.|
The easiest part was the mittens since they where just drawing around my hands, cutting fabric, sewing it together, and turning inside-out.
The hardest part of this costume was working out how to do the hammer, but luckily when I told my Dad about it he tossed some ideas around so he gets half the credit for this.
When I wore it, it was very comfortable and easy to move around in, and the long-ness of the coat made me feel epic. Although it was a bit hard to also carry the hammer around crowded places and when I had other bags, and it got a bit warm sometimes. But everything stayed on fine.
I learned to bring a lint roller with me next time since red bits from the coat kept getting onto the white trims which I didn't want. D: I also learned how to make a coat since this was made from scratch.
Started 03/06/2010 when I bought a blue shirt for the shirt base.
To make the hat I first used the tutorial by clearkid on DeviantART (http://clearkid.deviantart.com/art/Fleece-Hat-Tutorial-68772035) and used yellow material for the band. I then cut out a yellow egg shape, and sewed that one with a bit of stuffing underneath, then I just sewed on the white pom pom.
To make the shirt I first measured how long and wide I wanted the white band to go around the big shirt I got. I cut it out from white material, hemmed it, then used masking tape to aid in painting the triangle pattern. Most of the time was waiting for paint to dry before being able to paint somemore. After that was done I hand-sewed it onto the shirt with the better part of the pattern showing on the front.
The mittens were done by tracing around my hand with plenty of seam allowance and wide wrist space, then cutting two of each shape for each glove, and then sewing them together and turning inside out.
To make the shoes I decided to use the same material as I did for the mittens so they would match. I then bought shoes that were soft so I could sew through them. I used boots that go up to the calf instead of finding slippers that just went over the ankle, but never mind. Then I used baking paper to get the patterns and the one for over the foot part of the shoe is like a long and thick horseshoe shape. The shape for going round the top was basically a rectangle with rounded edges. I pinned them down and sewed them on, using a curved needle and last I glue the material hanging at the bottom to the sole.
The blue trousers were bought from eBay. They're actually meant for nurses I think. They don't exactly match the blue of the shirt, but I do like the royal blue colour, and they fit over the shoes fine.
To make the coat I got a lot of red and white fleece material (I wanted the white trim to be fluffier but I couldn't find anything thick enough) and first cut out shapes for the main red body. I used the help of this coat pattern (http://wkdesigner.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/hooded-wrap-coat/) to cut out the back, two front, and two arm pieces and used measurements from my dressing gown. I sewed the sides to the back, then the arms to the shoulder holes, then sealed the arms up. Then I cut out long white strips for the cuffs, and four strips for parts of the main body trim. The cuffs were folded round the wrists and sewed on by hand, and the main trim was hemed and sewn onto the main body by machine. I then got white material and orange material, made the two shapes, cut folds around the shapes so they could be hemmed and sewed them on.
The mallet is probably the biggest thing I've ever tried making next to the coat. They took about the same time and price. First I got these paper-mache tubs that were cylinder shape, and I got an old broom handle and the necessary paints. First was getting the handle in and we(my Dad and I) cut a hole, threaded the pole through, and drilled and screw in the top. Then we cut and packed in some tough polystyrine(sp?) material to keep it sturdy. Then was attaching the other tubs using glue and they held on very sturdy by themselves. Then we put on strips of plain wallpaper-esque paper to hold it together more. Then was painting on brown paint, and white, red, and yellow on the ends and applying multiple layers until the colour was nice and crisp. I also added some black marker lines to finish off.
Mallet Finished (Posted 21st September 2010)
So after putting on the strips of wallpaper paper, it took several days to apply all the layers of paint and getting it right. Drawing on the black marker lines along the barrel and around the star pattern really helped.
Mallet Progress (Posted 1st September 2010)
OK, so we tried putting tape round the seams but it came out all crinkled and crap so we took it off and tried this different method. We put on this wallpaper-like paper over it in strips going vertically. Which is good since the design is like that anyway, and I'll just draw black marker over the seams after I've painted all of it.
So that's all been smoothed down and is drying, and I've also drawn the star patterns on the top and bottom ready for when I paint it. It's dying to get some colour! D:
Mallet Progress (Posted 30th August 2010)
So the other two tubs and lids have been glued onto the sides with some surprisingly strong PVA glue and filler glue. Filler was also put in round where the lids went as they left some gaps. Plumbing filler was also put in round where the handle has gone.
I tried putting some paper-mache round one of the seams but it didn't come out as smooth as I wanted and the tubs are held together well enough without it, so my Dad and I are going to put on tape round it as smooth as possible, and then paint on some special stuff over that so it can be painted over.
Mallet Started (Posted 28th August 2010)
I did start work on one before this made out of cardboard tubes and tubs and using sticky tape and paper-mache to keep it together, but it was turning to shit so I destroyed it and thought of another method.
I had seen these paper-mache circular tubs and bought three big ones to make the body, and using two of the lids to make the ends. My Dad then thought up ideas on how to get the handle in and keep it secure. After talking about it for ages, we've now actually put the ideas into action.
First the old broom handle was cut into its correct length, and it was sanded down so it can be painted on. Then the middle tub was identified and a hole with flaps was made for the handle to go into. It was pushed all the way in and got a hole and screw drilled into it to keep it held there. We then added more insulation and structure with bendy stuff used for packaging. Three layers were used, curved round and with slits cut out of them so it could go round the handle. Extra stuffing was used for small gaps and a circle from a spare lid was glued on to help keep it in. Clamps were put on to hold it in place and it's now drying.
The stuffing stuff is light, so the hammer won't be heavy when I'm heaving it round the Excel Centre. XD
Next is to maybe fill in any gaps, and then to glue and paper-mache on the other tubs and lids to make the whole hammer. After that will be painting.
Coat Finished (Posted 20th August 2010)
I used the orange material from a t-shirt and the white material from previously bought white material for the back symbol. I cut out the shapes and made various folds around the shape to aid in hemming. I pinned the 'bunny' peace sign to the orange circle and sewed on, then I sewed that onto the back of the coat.
I also did a bit of extra sewing to the seams at the shoulders and also ironed and used a lint-roller to clean it up. :)
So now I actually have a costume but I want the mallet aswell so me and my Dad will be working on that.
Coat Progress (Posted 16th August 2010)
I've finished the white trim around the coat and on the cuffs! The cuffs took a while since I decided to sew them on by hand. The rest of the trim was easy since I got an awesome new Brother sewing machine. :D First I measured how long it was all the way round. Then I split the measurements into four to make trim for the different areas of the coat (top, bottom, and two sides). Then I pinned and sewed them on included hems. It does all have a white trim on it, I just didn't get the whole coat in the photo. Also the white trim has given me sufficient support on my shoulders. :)
The last things I need to do is add the 'bunny' peace sign on the back, then clean up any bits with any extra sewing or glueing, ironing, and then running a lint roller over it to get it clean and get any little bits off.
At the moment, this can double as a Santa coat.
Coat Progress (Posted 1st August 2010)
So I sewed the arm pieces on to the main body first by sewing it round onto the shoulder, and then sealing up the arm into the cylinder shape.
But after trying the coat on I found out I didn't give the main body enough shoulder. I cut down the tops of the side parts since with arms it was too big over the front. Next I need to add the white trim and I'm hoping it will add more to around the neck and shoulders.
Coat Progress (Posted 26th July 2010)
This is the biggest garment I've ever tried making.
First I got measurements for the different pieces by measuring my dressing gown, since that's how big I'd like it to be on me. I then cut out the back, two front, and two arm pieces from the same red material I used for the hat.
I sewed each front piece to the back and pressed the seams. I then cut the front pieces down to make them shorter along the width. Next I have to put the arms on which I've never done before. The closest I've done is sewn zips to shoulders.
Trousers Bought (Posted 17th July 2010)
I got these royal blue nurses' trousers from eBay. They don't exactly match the blue of the shirt, but I like the colour anyway. They're able to go over the shoes to cover the seams so that's good. They're a tad long but I think the lower size wouldn't have fit me, so I'll have to make do with this. I'll either wear them higher if I can or roll them up a bit, or even cut the bottom off a bit. I see into that later when I've finished the coat and mallet.
Shoes Finished (Posted 12th July 2010)
Before I started work on the shoes, I did attempt making the hammer out of various containers for the shapes, cardboard, and paper mache. After I had covered the whole thing in paper mache twice, I decided that it wasn't strong enough since the handle wobbled and that it wasn't very smooth around the main part. So I'm going to try again using round paper mache boxes and an old broom handle my Dad found. :)
Anyway, I got a pair of those soft boots for the shoes, but it would have been less work to get slippers that went up to the ankle, but never mind. So I made patterns out of baking paper, then pinned on the fabric shapes and sewed them on, doing the one at the top of the boot first. For this I used a curved needle since I found that the strongest and easiest to use for this, then to finish I glued on the remaining material at the bottom to the soles.
I'll be wearing trousers with this, so the seam around the middle shouldn't show, but I covered the whole shoe just incase my trousers ride up at any time or something.
Mittens Finished (Posted 15th June 2010)
Dead simple. Traced around my hand for a mitten shape with seam allowance and wide wrist space, cut out 2 pieces for each hand, then sewed them together and turned inside-out. The left mitten is a tad tight for getting on, but it gets on and wears fine.
I now have nothing else to make unless I get more supplies.
Shirt Finished (Posted 14th June 2010)
After finishing the painting and taking the masking tape off (and also using some white fabric paint for where I had got some on the white areas) I pinned the pattern onto the shirt and sewed it on with the best part showing on the front. I bit more painting had to be done to clean it up a bit, but I am still on the first 45ml pot for each colour. :D
I also realised the other day that I can use that dressing gown behind me for the measurements for my coat.
Shirt Progress (Posted 9th June 2010)
I've measured how high and wide I want the white band go around the t-shirt, cut out the rectangle, hemmed the edges and then added masking tape to get the crisp lines at the top and bottom. I've also positioned masking tape to paint in the yellow triangle shapes, and after they dry, I start on the next. After 2 or 3 yellows I started on the reds using a thin paintbrush for the straight lines against the yellow.
I'm also quite surprised how I'm still on the first small pot of fabric paint I have for each colour.
Hat Finished (Posted 9th June 2010)
After buying the majority of material I need for this costume, I went ahead and started work on it. For the hat I used the tutorial by clearkid on DeviantART (http://clearkid.deviantart.com/art/Fleece-Hat-Tutorial-68772035) and then added on the extras. It's my first time making a hat and this has turned out quite well. :)