|Starting a new job means I had limited time before Oct Expo so I needed some easy costumes to make. I wanted to do Elle for a while and this costume looked simple.. It got finished in time and I got a masquerade performance slot. Japanese drums in the next hall were so loud though, the noise drowned out my sound track which kinda ruined the mood setting. Fortunately the drums stopped by the time I got to the dialogue part and I was able to act out Elles sinister lines. So despite the drums I enjoyed doing the performance. :) |
Note to self: cosplays with eyepatches Really cut down your vision!
Uniform - I used a proper nurse uniform for the base of the costume. It was supposed to save time, but when it arrived ithad the as much shape as a sack! So I carefully took the pockets off and also the sleeves. Then I pinned the uniform into a fitted shape, creating two front seams and darting the back to get a nice fit around bust waist and bum. Then the sleeves were trimmed down to a close fit and re-attached, then pockets re-attached. I also swapped the popper fasteners with white buttons.
Nurse hat - I made from cardboard. First I made a pattern from paper to get the shape similar to the screen costume. It wouldnt sit on my head firmly enough and I didnt want it to fall off during the stage performance so I fixed it onto the wig with a few stitches
Eyepatch - I made from cadboard, printed a red cross and glued it on, then sewed a white lycra band onto it.
Syringe prop - I used a novelty pen which looks like a syringe, just took the biro part out and glued a straightened paper clip in the end to look like the needle part.
Venom container - I used a small water tight container and filled it with water coloured with artists watercolour, then printed off a label for the side. For the performance aspect I added a hollow tube into the lid so the syringe could look like it was going into the container - like those proper medical containers.
Hospital bed and patient - This was the best way I could think to do this performance. The prop was basically a cardboard standee, with a cardboard cupboard at each end for stability and somewhere to rest the tray with syringe. I took a screen grab of Beatrix Kiddo from the film clip on YT, and printed off her head to life size using my pc and printer. It was trimmed down to the profile and then glued onto the cardboard standee. Then the cardbaord was trimmed down to the rough body shape with a sharp craft knife. Next some spare cloth was draped over the rough body shape and hot glued on. Same with the matress and pillow. For the cupboards I just glued white card onto the brown cardboard, then drew on the cupboard doors and handles with pencil and felt tip - btw I did this part in the hotel over the Expo weekend :P . Hospital ECG machine was printed in a similar way but I had to paint the screen display on to black card. Hospital drip was a plastic broom handle hot glued on with a plastic bag and some aquarium tube.
The cardboard standee came apart in three main sections so I could get it in the car. But once masquerade had finished I left it behind. Probably ended up in a rubbish skip. Oh well it did its purpose.
making the dress curvy (Posted 22nd October 2012)
progress - with the dress on the dummy I drew on the curvey seam lines in pencil. Then cut and pinned. Front and back both curve in toward the armholes and this gives a lovely fitted shape to the dress.
wip - tailoring the dress (Posted 29th September 2012)
Since the uniform shape is so shapeless, I have started re-tailoring the whole thing into more of a fitted dress shape. All the pockets have been carefully unpicked and also the sleeves. Pic shows the dress pinned where I want my new seams to flow and make it very fitted around bust and waist.
Base dress (Posted 28th August 2012)
Nurse uniform dress arrived today. Dissapointed tbh ..Could it be any more shapeless? - it will need loads of alteration to get that sexy fitted look. So this how it looks before alteration.