|Time Taken :||3 Months|
|This year, not only do I have to make a costume for myself but also for my pet Wookiee, who doesn't know the first thing about making stuff. We are both planning to get along to MCM this year with the same bunch of misfits as in October, and have decided to do a double cosplay as Professor Layton and Emmy Altava.|
Everything was going reasonably well with the costume, until I discovered in late April that a little visitor was making his way into the world via my womb - and fast! Due to medical reasons I had not realised until then that I was actually six-and-a-half months pregnant. Oops!
Unfortunately this meant that the costumes cost a fair bit more than originally intended, as not only was I running out of time fast, I also had an expanding belly, and the stress of a sudden revelation to deal with!
Here is a breakdown of all items included in the costumes:
- Top hat: Home-made. Plastic canvas, brown fabric, red ribbon.
- Jacket: Existing suit jacket, covered in brown fabric
- Undershirt: Ebay
- Trousers: BHS
- Shoes: Existing
- Overshirt: White maternity shirt from H&M, dyed yellow
- Undershirt: Belonged to the Wookiee, but it fit my bump comfortably so I was given permission to edit away. Took the sleeves in because they were too long, and changed 2 of the white buttons to black ones.
- Bow tie: Home-made, with scraps of pink fabric
- Belt: Found at my grandparents' house!
- Pouch Bag: Home-made, with scraps of brown fabric
- Leggings: White maternity leggings from H&M
- Boots: Ebay
|Professor Layton's costume||Medium||In Progress|
|Emmy Altava's Costume||Medium||In Progress|
|Material to cover suit jacket (Layton)||£2.00||Bought|
|Brown trousers, or material (Layton)||£15.00||Bought|
|White Leggings/Jeans (Emmy)||£6.00||Bought|
|Yellow Dress Material (Emmy)||£14.00||Bought|
|Orange shirt (Layton)||£5.00||Bought|
|Materials for Layton's Hat||£7.00||Bought|
Cheating (Posted 5th May 2013)
Well, it looks like I will have to cheat. It turns out getting the news of an unnoticed pregnancy makes cosplay planning a little more difficult than anticipated, especially when one loses a weekend to panic attacks.
Unfortunately, with three weeks to go to the big event, I still hadn't got anywhere with making my costume, but I had bought some maternity clothes. So I returned to H&M to purchase some more today and came across a long, plain white shirt/tunic in a similar style to Emmy's trenchcoat. I have therefore decided that rather than doing a complicated pattern and expanding it, I'm going to dye the shirt yellow. It will not be 100% accurate but hopefully it will work well enough for the purposes of a pregnant cosplay.
It does feel a little bit like cheating, but hopefully it will still look like the character. I think because it is a maternity costume I'm going to have to just deal with inaccuracy this time. Next time I will make a better costume from scratch. Also, I'm still making the Wookiee's Professor outfit, so it is not a complete loss.
Good thing I'm not cosplaying Luke! (Posted 29th April 2013)
I found out on Friday 26th April that the Wookiee and I will be having a baby! Weird, huh? Anyway, I'm still going to go ahead with the Emmy cosplay because, well, it is less than a month to the con and I've already bought quite a bit.
Obviously alterations are going to need to be made! I can't very well be splitting at the seams, especially as I am so far gone already (it is a long story - I didn't realise due to other medical conditions with similar symptoms) so I need to figure that out.
I was hoping to do the bulk of my costuming for Emmy on Saturday but for obvious reasons was a bit distracted. It is going to be a bit of a, er, tight squeeze, to get the costume done on time now!
Finally decided on Emmy! (Posted 6th March 2013)
Yep, as the title says, I've had a complete change of heart and made my final decision to go as Emmy Altava instead of Luke.
There are a few reasons for my decision, but mainly it's because I look more like her, aside from the fact that, you know, I'm not a boy, so I think the costume will be more effective.
Secondly, it means I get to make her dress/trenchcoat (which one is it?!) exactly to the specifications I want, rather than scouring charity shops for the specific shade of blue jumper and khaki shorts as Luke.
Thirdly, it means that I have a better excuse to take photos and do a bit of a skit with my Layton-Wookiee. Obviously I won't be able to incorporate a bag into the cosplay any more, but that's OK because most people will be carrying bags around anyways.
And finally, it's going to work out cheaper. I need far less things as Emmy than I would need for Luke, and I won't need to pay for a wig or haircut either! Just yellow dress/coat, shirt, bow tie (which I already have fabric for), white leggings/jeans and boots. And the camera pouch.
Time to re-adjust my shopping list I think...
Having a second thought... (Posted 1st March 2013)
So I am set on a Layton cosplay, but right now I'm wondering if it would make more sense for me to cosplay Emmy Altava? I mean, I look a whole lot more like her, and the costume would be a whole lot more flattering for my body shape than if I went as a little boy. It would still be obvious who I am, and would also give me an excuse to take more pictures as this is what Emmy does best! OHHHHHH, if there was someone else to play Luke then I would be Emmy in a flash. I even have the same hair as her, so I wouldn't need a cut. On the other hand, I do need a hair cut. Like, a big one.
Thing is, in the Layton games, Luke & Layton are the constants there, so more people would recognise us. I'm going to consult the forums and report back.
The Final Hat (Posted 27th February 2013)
With much help from the fantastic tutorial on DeviantArt, the hat is complete. There were a few changes from the tutorial which I discovered as I went along, but generally speaking it was very accurate and extremely helpful in the beginning stages of the crafting.
I was lucky enough to find some cheap quality brown suiting fabric in the local fabric warehouse - at £2/metre you can't go wrong! I found that I needed to use a lot of duct tape around the brim of the hat as the inner rim was sharp and dug into his head even with the fabric on, so I had to go a bit mad with the taping on that bit.
I probably could have cut the brim a little wider, but everyone has little niggles with their craft projects that they don't like, and it's really not going to notice on the day!
Starting Out (Posted 20th February 2013)
Most of the clothes that we will be wearing for this duo will be find-able. I won't say easy because I don't want to set myself up for a fall! But some ebaying and charity shop scavenging ought to do the trick quite nicely. Luckily for us, we live on a main road with access to many a charity shop within walking distance.
But there is, of course, one item that stands out as a craft project essential. You can guess. I mean, the title says it, right? The True Gentleman top hat. I ain't gonna find one of those, and even if I do it certainly won't be cheap. The only thing I can possibly do is make it.
Luckily for me, a quick google netted me an "amazible" tutorial, courtesy of chameleoncosplayteam on devientart. It's so detailed and straightforward, with many a picture to behold.
The first thing that stood out to me is the fact it will require plastic canvas - what is this magical material? Another quick google and phonecall to Hobbycraft later, and I found all I need to know. To the Laytonmobile!
So there we go. A nice trip down to Hobbycraft and Fabric Land for the material, and all the components are there. Time to go make the hat. Let's see how I get on!