|Time Taken :||Around 50 hours|
|There are several reasons I decided to do this costume!|
1) I already had an Undertaker wig, 'memento mori' jewellery & ring from last year's costume
2) Undertaker is awesome
3) I wanted that jacket!
The jacket was the most difficult and time-consuming part. I spent about six days working on it, at around 4-6 hours each day.
When it comes to the most fiddly bits, that was probably the hat (which I bodged a little) and the boot covers (which were just a pain in the bum when it came to sewing elastic to the bottom of them!)
The trousers were probably the easiest thing to make--I made them in a day!
I already had some of the fabric I needed for this costume, mostly the other stuff I needed to buy was pretty cheap except for the striped trouser fabric...which worked out almost as expensive as buying a pair of striped trousers! Despite this I opted to take the time to make my own so that I could make them to fit me, and be the right shape!
|Make jacket - with built in waistcoat||High||Complete|
|Make bow & skull||High||Complete|
|Make boot covers||High||Complete|
|Hat (to customise)||£0.50||Bought|
|Zips for boot covers||£3.40||Bought|
|Pillowcases (for waistcoat etc)||£2.97||Bought|
|Vinyl for boot covers||£4.99||Bought|
Oh you booty! (Posted 4th July 2012)
Boot covers are finito!
The buckles are made from cardboard (cat food boxes lol) and covered with foil. No expense spared there obviously ^_~
Since the zips ended up being a little too short (despite measuring before buying) I sewed on a hook and eye to the top of each boot cover.
And with that, the construction of this cosplay is completed! Roll on Amecon!
Cover your booty (Posted 2nd July 2012)
Boot covers are under way!
Today I finished off the basic covers and cut the straps. I'm opting to make buckles with foil-covered cardboard since eight large metal buckles wouldn't be cheap and I've run out of cosplay-money!
Tried a new method of making a pattern--wrapped boot in clingfilm, covered in packing tape, then marked the place for the back/front seams and where the zip would go. Cut carefully along the lines and then drew around the pieces onto scrap paper to make a pattern! Did the same with my leg for the leg part of the boot cover (I'm working with ankle boots).
The covers themselves are a little short, but it turns out the zips I bought are a bit shorter than I could've done with them being (typical....I even measured TWICE to make sure...)
I could nitpick these bootcovers to hell so far, but really considering it's just a second try they're not turning out too bad!
Hatterly Mad (Posted 27th June 2012)
Finished the hat today by adding the '10/6' sign and the fork!
Wiggin' out (Posted 20th June 2012)
Finished working on the wig today! Sewed in the extra strands of hair I'd made using offcuts, then trimmed it and restyled.
Monday I made a glorious hash of the hat but it's turned out mostly OK, I think. I just need to find a fork for it...
The boot covers are the only part of this costume that I haven't started work on, but hopefully will buy fabrics tomorrow!
Hair, Bow (Posted 17th June 2012)
Finished the bow with the aid of brooch backs, cardboard (inside the skull) and glue. Used a Sharpie to mark the black details on the skull.
Made some extensions to sew into the front of the wig, as I did with my Grell wig--this took most of my cosplay-making time today! Haven't sewn them in yet.
Started to modify the hat. It's only a cheap party hat that cost 50p at the charity shop and was slightly too short, so I made it a bit taller using card. (Because card and sellotape are really classy XD) I'll recover it all with different fabric before adding the details.
Get Your Coat (Posted 16th June 2012)
Finally finished the jacket today!
Started making the bow, but this has ground to a halt as I need to attach the skull to it. Said skull is from a halloween skeleton that came from Poundland, I just cut off the back. Will need to add something to the back in order to attach it to the bow.
Detangled the wig because it got in a real state last year! It's still a little tangled (some of the fibres have gone frizzy) and had a little bit of a trim in places. I'm going to add some extra pieces of hair to the front, as I did with the wig for my Cheshire Cat!Grell cosplay.
The Ongoing Saga of the Jacket of Doom (Posted 13th June 2012)
SERIOUSLY I cannot believe how long it's taking me to make this jacket! (Maybe I should've just...not lined it?! But then it wouldn't have looked so good inside, which is bad when part of the inside shows..)
Realised - after hemming - that the grey fabric I used on the outside and also as part of the lining, is a bit thick for lining, as it makes the lower half of the jacket hang a bit strangely. Curses!!!!
The back has ended up shorter than the front and there are various other little things that went WRONG today, which is really aggravating! Between pinning and sewing, things went a little awry.
I don't think it looks terrible though, and am happy with my progress today:
Don't have much left to do on this jacket now, only:
Lie-ning (Posted 12th June 2012)
Trying to sew the lining into the jacket is a blooming nightmare!
However, successful part of today's sewing was getting the waistcoat-style insert for the jacket made and the buttons sewn on.
For the jacket, I still have to:
Hoping this won't drive me too mad!
Jacket (Posted 10th June 2012)
Still haven't finished the jacket, some of this is giving me a total headache (even though it should be simple!
Jacket It? (Posted 9th June 2012)
Made more progress with the jacket--added the lower half of the collar and the pockets, cut and half-sewed the back part of the collar and cut out fabric for the grey section of the sleeves. This doesn't sound like much but somehow took all day.
It looks a mess at the moment but will be better once it's finished.
Don't Get Shirty (Posted 5th June 2012)
Turned out the collar on the shirt I bought (from a charity shop) was the right shape for this costume when turned up...but way too thick. So I had to remake it with thinner cotton and interfacing. Messed up a little but it shouldn't show.
Started the jacket; only have the basic shape of it so far--need to add collar, pocket flaps, buttons, the grey part of the sleeve, the lining, and finally hem it all. Need to buy some purple fabric to make the waistcoat before I continue, as I'm making it all as one piece.
Buttons are bought (from ebay) and ended up costing just over a fiver! Gaaaah! This is still cheaper than it would have been to buy the same thing from a shop...*facepalm* They're only simple buttons, too!
True Trews (Posted 30th May 2012)
Trousers are done! They're about 3/4 length. Used a pattern from a Gothic & Lolita sewing book. Opted for a side-zip so it won't show (elastic would have made the waistband bulky and the top part of the trousers too bunched-up). Finished the hems with cuffs because that's how the pattern was, and it gathers the bottom of the legs nicely for the tucked-into-boots effect.