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|My first ever costume. I put it together with my dad's help for Halloween in 2002, just for fun, and over the next year or so got a lot more interested in cosplaying. Since I was involved in it all enough by then, AmeCon 2004 was my first con, which was conveniently the year I turned 16 as well. |
I really didn't realise exactly how difficult the costume would be, but I made the FMV version without the weapon and large glove, which helped simplify it a little. I'm fairly pleased with it all because I tried to pay attention to detail and accuracy (down to the correct earrings and yellow nail polish), even if I found it all quite challenging and it's certainly not well-made. Obviously I was lacking a wig, accurate shoes, goggles...but I at least had go at everything.
I started with an orange t-shirt for the top, cutting off the sleeves, shortening it and adding the darts. The fabric I cut off formed the collar, and I used kilt straps from the side buckles. A lot was held together with wundaweb rather than sewing much, and I suppose that was a helpful choice since I was dealing with stretch fabric (and my original sewing machine only did straight stitch). I dyed a pair of shorts green, added the splits up the sides and made my own ruffled trim. The belt was spray-painted orange and the rest was covered in yellow fabric. I even painted the grommets silver and added studs.
I cut the fingers shorter on a pair of gloves and carefully hemmed them by hand (and wundaweb). The red crosses are painted on. The elbow things are made from a pair of socks, and the upper-arm bands are green and black felt which velcros closed. I used the same felt on a pair of white socks to make the boots, sewing all of it by hand since I had no confidence with the sewing machine.
The leg holster-thing is stretchy black fabric straps with a felt pouch I made – padded out with foam inside. I bought the earrings and made the necklace by stringing together beads. Hairslides were painted with nail polishand the feathers were all glued together, combining orange an white ones.