|Decided upon this costume because last year I couldn't choose between this and regular Grell! |
Managed to keep the costs down with this costume:
+ Wig: from last year's Grell cosplay - added some extra strands at the front to make it fuller
+ Shirt: from last year's cosplay - customised the back with fabric leftover from another project
+ Trousers: from my wardrobe - cut down and rehemmed shorter and added buttons
+ Waistcoat: made using fabric left over from other cosplays, button from button box and buckle at back off an old top (spray-painted it gold)
+ Straps on trousers: made from same fabric as waistcoat
+ Bowtie: made from white fabric (same as shirt) and given stripes with fabric pen
+ Glasses, glasses chain, gloves: from last year's cosplay
+ Tail: made with felt and stuffed with toy stuffing bought for previous non-cosplay project
+ Scarf: made from felt
+ Ears: made from felt
+ Boots: from wardrobe, customised with marabou with shoe clips attached
+ Socks: bought
So basically, what I bought was socks, felt, some marabou and some shoe clips! (Oh, and some cotton for sewing the felt with, but that totally doesn't count as a 'cost', right??)
Unfortunately the waistcoat gave me some problems; first I messed up the lining, then the back was a little small, and try as I might I couldn't unpick my stitches, even with a seam-ripper! Gaah. So I decided to stick with the waistcoat as it is. Thank goodness Grell wears it open!
|Fix tail to trousers||High||Complete|
|Make strap thingies and fix to trousers||High||Complete|
|Fix ears to wig||High||Complete|
Sorted (Posted 20th May 2012)
Everything on my to do list has been completed, hurrah!
Is That a Tail in Your Trousers or... (Posted 19th May 2012)
Sewed the tail onto the back of the trousers. Messed up a couple of times but its fine now. Sewed on the straps too (and broke a needle. Gah!)
Your ear sticks out (Posted 17th May 2012)
Finished sewing the ears to the wig today. They're a tiny bit crooked (and as you can see by the picture, the wig isn't styled yet!)
Bootiful (Posted 10th May 2012)
Just as I was packing away all my sewing supplies after finishing the ears and scarf today, the postie rang the bell and delivered my shoe clips! Hoorah! So I got out the marabou and sewed shoe clips to it in order to customise the boots. I know they're not perfectly like Grell's - his are plain with a pink sole - but shoes/boots are something that I wasn't prepared to buy specifically for this costume (been there, done that, spent an absolute fortune!). It's really hard for me to find boots that fit comfortably and are in my price range (ironically these came from New Look!) I'll use these for another cosplay too, with boot covers.
Ear ear (Posted 10th May 2012)
At first I thought making the ears would be easy peasy. I even considered gluing them together (then decided to stop being lazy and sew them!)
Scarf Tails Part The Second (Posted 8th May 2012)
Pretty much finished off the tail now--just need to attach it to the trousers.
Scarf Tails (Posted 7th May 2012)
Started cutting out the pieces of the tail and the scarf, after faffing around to figure out what size to cut them (which I messed up a little, but I'm going to go with it and see how it turns out--plenty of fabric left if it doesn't work).
Waistcoat (Posted 1st May 2012)
Started on the waistcoat today and gave myself a big headache in the process! Decided to do it 'properly' this time around and use interfacing and press the seams and everything...but totally screwed up the lining. Need to fix that if possible so it hangs properly. It's also a little small but I am not remaking it unless I have oodles of time and lose even more of my sanity.
Unmentionables! (Posted 18th April 2012)
Did you know it was once rude to say 'Trousers'? Instead they were known as 'unmentionables'. Or so says a childhood book, 'Bamber Gasgoine's Amazing Facts'. But I digress.
Shirt (Posted 6th April 2012)
Am going to totally cheat with the shirt for this costume and use the one from last year's Grell costume. It's practically the same--I just need to change the hem at the back. Think I'll iron in some interfacing too, since the shirt is pretty thin material and there are always things that people SHOULDN'T see!