|Cost :||£50 - £55|
|Time Taken :||33 - 34 hours|
|I want to do this costume as Cream is my favourite character ever and I'd also love to cosplay a Sonic character.|
The easiest part was essentially buying the gloves and sewing the buttons onto them while they were stretched out over my DS.
The hardest part was attaching Cheese's head to his body since sewing it on just wasn't working so I decided to glue it and then hid the glue with a band of blue felt.
This was a comfortable costume to wear although not good for any slight wind outside and the gloves were annoying when trying to open my wallet.
I learned to not worry about the skirt being too long since it was a bit short and I kept pulling it down a lot especially while travelling. I also think it was too wide but it was still all cute and fit me anyway.
Started 27/08/2010 when I bought the white socks and a whole bunch of other stuff from Hobbycraft.
The socks were bought from Primark - 7 pairs for £2.
The hat was made in mostly the same method as my Dedede hat, using the fleece hat tutorial, but this is mostly made of felt since I couldn't find fleece in a cream colour. I also used the wire ears tutorial by clearkid on DeviantART and threaded wire though to how high I wanted the ears to perk up. The ears were made from first sewing orange and cream pieces together, and then sewing on a couple layers of pink material because it's quite thin. Then I just sewed on the cream tips at the back and the orange stripe. I would have liked the ears to be a bit longer but I could only work with the length that the pieces of felt came in.
The shirt was made from an old school shirt that was small-ish so the collar wouldn't look too loose. I cut off the sleeves and hemed them at the collars. I also cut down the shirt to half its size so that it would definately be shorter than the dress. So that was cut off and hemed. I haven't modified the back of the collar like Cream has because I think if I tried that I would ruin it.
The tail was dead easy, first I made a sphere plush of matching cream felt to the hat, and I added the tip before adding the stuffing. Then it was stuffed, and a sealing stitch was used to finish. Then a safety pin was added so it can be attached anywhere to the dress.
To make the gloves I found these plain white ones from Primark bundled with red ones for £1, then I located where I wanted the position of the buttons, kept it stretched using my DS, and sewed on the buttons.
For the Cheese plush, I used mostly felt except for the red bow and pink wings which were scrap material from t-shirts. First I planned out the shapes needed for each body part, like 4 bits for the big round shapes and two bits for the other shapes. They were sewn together, turned inside out, stuffed and sealed for most parts like when usually making a plush. The ball is held in 'mid-air' using a transparent straw, and I think it's split a bit but I can only try to fix that with tape. The face is cut out and glued on from scrap materials, and the mouth is drawn on with fabric pen. The yellow parts were painted on with fabric paint before the pieces were sewn to the body. The pieces of the body parts where sewn the the main body first, then the head was attached with a bunch of glue and secured with a strip of blue felt, then the bow was sewed on to around the neck area.
The shoes were made by first getting a pair of grey 'slipper' boots since I wanted them to have grey soles. Then I got red fabric that will match the dress colour, and wrapped them round the shoes and cut out a shape that seams round the back. Then the red material was sewn around the inside of the mouth and hemmed round the bottom. Then I got yellow felt and pinned that to the shoe while cutting out a shape and sewing it on. I also added strips of yellow felt round the inside of the mouth to hide the fraying red material.
The tie was made by first getting an old school tie and putting it on like I'd want it to see if that would be long enough. Then I measured the tie and used that as the length measurement. I then cut out two long shapes with the length measurement out of blue material. They were then sewn together, turned inside-out, and sealed at the end.
To make the dress I got a big sheet of red fabric, and I got various measurements like how high I'd want the dress, my head circumference for the neck, shoulder width, waist measurements, etc. I then got a big t-shirt of mine and used that to vaguely trace over on the red material so it'd be wide enough and I'd draw the pattern a lot wider as it got to the bottom of the dress. I then cut out two of those patterns, and pinned them together. There I tried it on to see if the neck and bottom would be big enough and if I needed to cut off any of the pattern before sewing it together. After alterations were made, I sewed them together, hemmed, and turned inside-out.
|White Collared Shirt||High||Complete|
Dress Finished (Posted 23rd October 2010)
I had tried making a dress with leftover red material I had but I had to get more since the measurements I was using made it too small. This time I got a big t-shirt of mine for how wide I'd want it to be and drew a pattern on the red material out of that. Then I cut out two pieces, and pinned them together so I could try it on and cut it down if necessary. Then I just sewed it together, hemmed it and turned it inside-out.
Tie Finished (Posted 19th October 2010)
This was really basic to make. First I got my old school tie and put it on to see if it would be big enough. Then I used the measurement of how long it is for the length of this tie. I cut out two long shapes from blue material (which I found in the scrap pile of Fabric Land, yay), sewed them together, turned it inside out, and sealed.
Shoes Finished (Posted 18th October 2010)
These were started and done within a day since I had no Uni work to do anyway. I cut the tops off 'slipper' boots and then got red material and positioned it round the shoe so it would seam at the back. It was hemmed while sewn to the bottom and sewn around the inside of the mouth. Then I got yellow felt and pinned it in position to cut out and sew on the shape. I also glued in yellow felt strips to hide the red frays in the inside of the mouth.
Cheese Finished (Posted 16th October 2010)
So all the different body pieces were sewn together mostly using a curved needle. The head was a challenge to attach to the body. I decided I needed to unstich the back of the head, un-stuff some of it, cut off some of the felt, then seal it back up to make the head smaller since it was really bulky at the back. In the end I used mostly glue to attach the head to the body since sewing it was just not working, and then I also glued on a small strip of matching blue felt around the neck to secure it a bit more and hide the glued parts. Then the bow was sewn on no problem.
Anyway, I'm glad how big this has turned out.
Gloves Finished (Posted 14th October 2010)
These were done real quick while watching Mock the Week. Basically stretched the wrist of each glove with my DS and sewed a button in.
It was a hassle getting gloves though. I bought 2 pairs from eBay, 1 pair turned out glittery in real life (o__O) and the other pair were alright but very thick. But then I found a good pair in Primark for £1. Lovely jubbly.
Cheese Progress (Posted 14th October 2010)
Finished making the rest of the body parts, and the tail and wings have been added to the body. When I was making the body part I was worried it was going to be too small for the massive head. But I positioned all the parts together and it doesn't look that bad. So also the tips of the head, arms, and feet have been painted with yellow fabric paint and are now drying overnight.
Cheese Progress (Posted 11th October 2010)
Made the bow and the wings now. And the feet, arms, tail, and body are cut out and ready to be sewn together on the machine.
Cheese Started (Posted 7th October 2010)
Started with the head. Used the general making a plush method where you cut out 4 shapes to make a round head. Those are sewn together, then it's stuffed, then it's sealed. I cut out the different coloured bits of the eyes and glued them on as I'm not that worried about it fraying. Then I drew on the mouth. The floating ball was added by making the plush ball and then slitting and gluing in a transparent straw.
I like how it's come out quite big so my Chao might be to scale with me. :)
Tail Finished (Posted 4th October 2010)
First I cut out the shapes needed to make a small sphere plush. They were sewn together, and the tip was sewn on before I stuffed it. Then I used a sealing stitch and added the safety pins.
Shirt Finished (Posted 1st October 2010)
I got an old school shirt that was smallish so the collar wasn't too loose. Then it was basically cutting off the sleeves and heming them at the shoulders, and then cutting the shirt and hemming so it was shorter and wouldn't come down longer than the dress.
Hat Finished (Posted 30th August 2010)
So I made the ears and sewed them in when sewing the hat together. I threaded the wire through to make the ears perk up, and I attached another cream layer of felt in the back to cover the wire. Then I sewed on the cream rim, and then attached the cream tips on the back and the orange stripe.
Hat Started (Posted 27th August 2010)
I'm excited and eager to get this costume done by the end of October, where I'll hopefully be going both Saturday and Sunday to the MCM Expo. ^^
Bought a bunch of supplies I need and started with the hat. Using the same method as I did with my Dedede hat, except this one is made out of felt than fleece; I hope it still works. ^^;;
So far I've also cut out two rectangles which will be sewn together to make the rim of the hat, made the rough wire frame for the top of the ears, cut out and pinned together the shapes for the ears, and made a rough shape for the pink of the ear.