|Cost :||£120 - £125|
|Time Taken :||19 - 20 hours|
|I want to do this costume as this is my favourite of Momoko's outfits plus she's my favourite character of Powerpuff Girls Z.|
The easiest part were the things that didn't need altering like the jumper, and shoes, and the socks.
The hardest part was sorting the wig out as the ponytail makes it heavy from the back. The bangs were also tricky to style.
The costume was comfortable to wear except for the wig which kept slipping and I even had to take it off and on again halfway through the day.
I learned about ponytail wigs and to try making a ponytail from a long wig next time as there won't be a heavy clip in it. I also learned that a bow becomes a lot lighter when using wire instead of stuffing.
Officially started 26/01/2011 when I bought some clothing items and a whole bunch of stuff for this costume from Hobbycraft.
The jumper was bought from M&S for £12. The boots were bought from Primark for £5. The socks were bought from Asda for £2.
To make the shirt I got a white t-shirt, cut down the body and arms and hemmed if necessary. Then I put newspaper and cardboard in the shirt so I could paint on it without it going through to the other side. I painted the green 'wings' first, then I painted on the stripes, using masking tape for the bottom one, and then painted on the heart. Each colour had up to 2 coats. Then I painted the stripes on the back when I was satisfied with the front. Before finishing each side I painted white on some bits to cover up any cock-ups. Then the paint was sealed by ironing with a pillow case over it. The only criticism I have is that I might have cut it down a bit too short, but I think with the belt and everything else I'll look fine.
To make the skirt I used the rather fabulous tutorial here (http://thecosplaychronicles.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-to-cosplay-pleated-skirt.html) by Kaika/Elpheal.
To make the belt I first got some white pleather(fake leather) and measured my waist to get the length. Then I used a ruler to draw on the long rectangle on the back of the pleather and I cut it out carefully to keep the edges straight. Then I got some kid's clay from Wilkinsons and made the four main shapes of the belt. They were then painted on with acrylic paint. Then I got thin foam sheets in white and yellow and cut out the rest of the shapes. Then they were stuck in place with Bostik glue, using Bostik leather glue for sticking pieces to the belt.
To make the bow I first got some steel 20 guage(ish) wire and arranged it into a bow/butterfly shape. Then I roughly traced over that shape to make two shapes of red material, and I sewed them together, turned them inside-out, put the wire shape in, and sealed up the bottom. Then I made two strips of red material, hemmed to hide edges, and arranged the small one in the middle of the bow and the long one underneath. This was done by putting the long on in place on the back, folding it to get that effect, and then wrapping the small strip round and velcro-ing in place. I also velcro-ed the long strip in two places near the edge of the bow so they would fan out like they do in the reference.
For the wig I got a pumpkin orange wig with two long ponytails ('cause I haven't seen them come with just one ponytail). I just used one ponytail since it would be too heavy with two. I trimmed the fringe and around the back a bit, then I trimmed and styled the bangs using my cheap hairspray and hairdryer method. The ponytail was trimmed to an appropiate length, and that was clipped on with the bow attached just above it using a small hair slide. I also used two bobby pins to secure some hair behind my ears.
|Dark Pink/Purple Skirt||High||Complete|
Wig Finished (Posted 7th May 2011)
Got toupee clips, then had to figure out how they worked. I think I need to sew them to the wig. But I tried the wig on and found it didn't feel too heavy anyway. Used bobby pins to secure hair behind my ears. Found that if I hang ponytail over my shoulder then that takes some of the pressure off. I also think my glasses help anchor it down too. Anyway, I'm satisfied with the wig staying on now.
Wig Progress (Posted 23rd April 2011)
Styled the bangs using cheap hair spray and hot blasts from a hairdryer. Both sides done after wrecking one side with glue twice. So that had to be cut off but there was still enough to make another bang out of. The back was trimmed and so was the ponytail so it was slightly shorter. Also got the bow secured using a small hair slide.
So now it looks great and everything but I need to get a couple tools to keep the wig secured to my head, as the ponytail is very heavy.
Wig Started (Posted 17th April 2011)
Sorting out the main body of hair first. Trimmed the fringe while wearing it; the wig head has a smaller forehead than I do. The bangs have also been prepared for sorting out by using masking tape to indicate where the bangs will start and how much hair to use.
Bow Finished (Posted 17th April 2011)
Made a bow/butterfly shape out of steel 20 gauge wire, then I used that to roughly trace out the shape onto red fabric. Two of these shapes were cut out and sewn together. Then they were turned inside-out, and the wire was put in, and then it was sealed up. Then I made two strips of red material which were hemmed to hide the edges. The long strip was folded slightly and put in place on the back of the bow, then the small strip was wrapped around the middle and secured in place with velcro. I also used two small bits of velcro to stick the long strip to the bow near the edge, so it would fan out like the reference.
Once I sort out the wig, I'll attach the bow on probably using a hair slide.
Belt Finished (Posted 29th March 2011)
Finished painting the round shape by making pink paint for the P, and then painting on the white shiney bit to make it look cartoon-y. Then I cut out the rest of the shapes from coloured foam sheets, and stuck them in place using Bostik glues.
Very satisfied with this. :) It'll do the costume well.
Belt Progress (Posted 27th March 2011)
Belt pieces have been painted on with a couple layers of acrylic paint. Round piece still needs to have a pink 'P' and a white shiny bit painted on aswell.
Belt Started (Posted 26th March 2011)
Actually started this on Monday but didn't update this until now. The belt was started by using some white pleather my flatmate (Freyarule) had left over, and I measured my waist with the rest of the costume on to get the length measurement. I drew on the desired rectangle I wanted on the back using a pen and a ruler and cut it out carefully so it would be straight all the way along. Then I just stuck velcro on the ends which will hold the belt on.
To make the coloured bits I used Wilkinson's clay and moulded out the different round-ish shapes. The three similar ones are the general colours on the belt but I will paint over them since they are infact darker shades than they are now. I'm now waiting for the clay to air-dry in a day. There is also a red mark on the belt where I worked on the red shape on, so that's where the main bit will now go.
I've also bought shorts to wear under my skirt so now I'll feel a lot better. :)
Skirt Finished (Posted 14th March 2011)
I'm rather surprised I finished this in one day, but I had a lot of time on my hands plus I don't have any coursework deadlines that are too soon.
To make it I used the tutorial by Kaika/Elpheal (http://thecosplaychronicles.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-to-cosplay-pleated-...); where you measure out a long rectangle for the main skirt, pleat it using pins and ironing, then sew the zip in, sew the skirt shut, then measure out the waistband, sew that on, and attach a hook and fastener.
It'll need another iron before I wear it for Expo, and it feels a bit short at the back (even though I think my Cream dress was shorter), so I'll probably get some shorts to wear underneath, so I'll feel more at ease when wearing it.
Shirt Finished (Posted 2nd March 2011)
Front was painted over in some areas and cock-ups were fixed with white paint. Painted stripes on the back, added another layer where necessary, fixed cock-ups, then ironed under a pillow case.
It looks a little too short but with the belt and everything I think I'll look fine.
Also the wig arrived and it's VERY long! The ponytails also make it heavy but I've seen cosplayers have had this problem before and fixed it so it'll be alright.
Shirt Started (Posted 27th February 2011)
Bottom of shirt and arms were cut down. The bottom was hemmed to hide chalk marks and the shoulders were just cut neatly.
Layed newspaper in the shirt and painted the green 'wings' first, then painted on the stripes, using masking tape for the bottom one. Then the heart was painted on when the green bit was dry.
I still need to paint over the heart again and touch-up the stripes, then I can get started on the stripes on the back.
Bought Items (Posted 27th January 2011)
Pink jumper was bought from M&S for £12, and it fits quite well. :) Short boots were bought from Primark for £5. Yellow socks were bought in Asda for £2 (in a pack of 5 pairs), they're a tad short but they're still longer than the boots so they'll do unless I find a longer pair, but these ones are such a perfect colour.