|Time Taken :||About 140 Hours (but over 7 days because I have bad time management XD)|
|Ok this is one of my dream cosplays. Something I have wanted to do since forever and something I've been too nervous to do for fear of messing up. But I am having a trip to Japan with the wonderful Quinzel and Squall_Wolfheart and we are hoping to go to Fuji-Q at some point and they have a real life-sized entry plug you can sit in so I decided I will put this off no more and have a go at tackling something so challenging. |
I already have a brilliant bodysuit pattern from Screaming Mantis/Peacewalker Sneaking Suit so I'm not too worried about that. I'm still not sure what fabric to use. I really like the look of shiny stretch vinyl. Though I do know it's gonna be so sweaty inside. Which makes me prehaps opt for cotton lycra but I don't like the finish so much. I am so so fussy. Think I'm going to have go squig some fabrics.
I'm pretty sure though how I'm going to construct this so once all the fabric dilema's are sorted this should be progressing pretty quickly. And I think I will be treating myself to a new wig as my current one is becoming very old now bless it.
Progress is going slow but steady. I have been taking lots of progress pictures but due to the tight deadline I will write a full report of how I made it after I've worn it. I already know of a few aspects I want to alter already ^_^; but how the first attempt went it is useable so?
|Get new wig||High||Planned|
|Make Plugsuit||Medium||In Progress|
|Make Legs||Medium||In Progress|
|Make Wrist Pieces||Low||Complete|
|Make Sleeves (Under vest)||Low||Complete|
|Make Shoulder Armour||Low||Complete|
|Cat Hat with Badges||£13.50||Bought|
|1/2m Shiny Orange Vinyl (V2)||£4.50||Bought|
|3 x Bra||£6.00||Bought|
|Cardboard (Already have :D)||£0.00||Bought|
|Silver Fabric (Left over from another project)||£0.00||Bought|
|1/2m Lime Green Vinyl||£4.00||Bought|
|Red Fabric x 2yards (180cm >_<)||£24.00||Bought|
|Cheap Shoes (Kmart)||£3.00||Bought|
|Black Fabric x 1m||£3.00||Bought|
|Blue Fabric||£0.00||To Buy|
|Upholstery Foam||£0.00||To Buy|
|New Wig||£0.00||To Buy|
Knee Details (Posted 7th November 2012)
I had originally planned to paint the detail on with either acrylic paint or puff/3D paint. I then found this fine line pen I had lying around and after testing appears to be permenant. The details were drawn on whilst I wore the trousers. They arn't amazing but I'm quite pleased with the effect it gives. Also this is the quickest method for adding this detail on - I guess it depends how fussy your feeling :) Though version two I will probably cut these out of vinyl and attatch as this will be more accurate then what I did here.
Whilst I was wearing the trousers I also drew where the butt strips will go. On reflection I wish I had already cut out the put strips and pinned then accordingly as hand drawing makes them irregular.
Shoes (Posted 6th November 2012)
Shoes to this cosplay are sewn into the trouser part. They were made from a cheap pair of lace up plimsoles. The laces and eyelets were removed and also I found it easier when putting the trousers on and off to tred the backs of the shoe down so it's more like an open backed slipper.
The top is hand sewn on and I kinda wish for ease I had made the trousers longer - as a tube so ends in a sock type design as oppose to the massive shoe which I did. Though happy with result just sock technique would have probably been easier :)
The black details are all vinyl and these were hand sewn on.
Wrist Cuffs (Posted 5th November 2012)
Due to time constraints and budget I decided to opt for using cardboard. I actually had forgot how brilliant bog standard card is for cosplay. I decided to go for a hexagonal design as the original plugsuit has this but I have seen people opt for circles and also rounded square shape.
When researching these I had seen a design where the cuffs have a hole cut out like mine and you poke your hand through and tuck in the flaps. I was tempted to do this but was worried that I would get my hand stuck so opted for this design with a fold flap. It also offered a tighter fit.
The whole design is made out of card rectangles duct taped together. Then a hexagon cut out the same size as the hexagon formed by the rectangles. Then an oval shape cut out to fit wrist then a small piece cut out the top which lifts up.
The whole thing was then covered in vinyl which was duct taped down then the edge has vinyl added with hot glue. Be careful when using vinyl and hot glue, in the past I have had experience of it wiggling under the heat and look horrid. I did not find this to be the case with the fabric I bought. Then once complete the flaps were held closed with Sticky Backed Velcro. I'm not a massive fan of the stuff but in this situation it was a lot easier then trying to hot glue the velcro down, and adhered to the card/duct tape base very well :)
Gloves (Posted 4th November 2012)
Originally I wanted to use a glove pattern suggested by a user on DA where you cut up a pair of wooly gloves. I was too cheap to buy wooly gloves so in the end drew round my hand. I have attempted to make gloves in the past but have always failed. Using 4 way stretch vinyl though made them very forgiving. Also Lycra will be good using this technique.
I ended up using red 4 way stretch vinyl for the top half and black 2 way stretch suiting for the bottom. For the 2 way stretch I cut it out so that the direction with the greatest stretch was widthways.
Simple sew it all up inside out, turn it around a voila you have your gloves. I didn't use any fancy stitch. I know a lot of people opt for zig - zag stitches when working with stretchy fabric but for gloves especially I found it would of taken up too much space so a very tight running stitch was used.
I was pleased with the first glove more then the second glove as it was a little roomier and more comfortable to wear.
The orange detail was added with Acrylic paint. If there had been details on the fingers I don't know if I would of gone with acrylic paint due to risk of cracking but because the fabric on back the of hand doesn't really experience much stress it is fine. Even after a full days wear I didn't find any cracking.
Patterns are Pointless for this cosplay O_o (Posted 31st October 2012)
Ok so as previously mentioned I used Kwik Sew's leotard/catsuit pattern as a base for this cosplay. If you are attempting this cosplay do not waste your money! I measured myself up to the pattern and everything ended be massively too big and I ended up reducing the pattern probably by around 50% and I'm still not happy with the fit. Thankfully the 4way stretch vinyl is extremly forgiving but it has been a case of jumping in and out of the plugsuit all day to get a good fit.
I also made a glove today. First time I've ever made a glove but again because the 4way stretch vinyl is so super stretchy it was really easy to make. I simply drew around my hand and used that as a templated to cut out a red and black piece of fabric and sew together. Didn't use an special sort of stitch just a very tight running stitch :) Yeah it isn't an amazing fit - each finger is a slightly different shape at the top due to my crappy sewing skills but overall I am very pleased with the outcome. Will update at a later date but for now success for my second every glove attempt :D
Under shirt (Posted 26th October 2012)
The cosplay itself is going to be made in several pieces. I decided this after looking at other plugsuits people have made online and also seemed the easiest way to prevent having weird seams that are not present in the costume. It also means I can get most versions of the plugsuit from a single costume.
The undershirt is what the arms will be built on. I have also made it so that the right arm can be removed with velcro so that I can wear the suit like Asuka appears in EoE with the single bandaged arm. It also means I can do a no arms version as well, mainly if I get too hot as I have opted for 4-way stretch vinyl, and will probably overheat :P
To increase coolness the black fabric of the undershirt is being made out of two-way stretch cotton/polyester blend. This will be more breathable then the vinyl but also stretch enough that it will be easy to put on.
The shoulder pads and the red at the end of the sleeves will be added directly to the undershirt.