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Costume :Black Widow
Source :Avengers Assemble/Marvel
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Collectormania Glasgow 2014


Costume Photos

Never sneak up on a super spy

Serious business

Is this my good side? O.o

Why am I down here?

You like my shiny guns?

How do you work these things?

No threat imminent; one gun's enough

...if I can get it away...

Gun maintenance is of utmost importance

 


Costume Information

Description
Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow from Marvel's Avengers Assemble (2012).

I did a quick version for my 30th birthday in October 2012 and now I'm taking my time to rehash it as best I can on a limited budget (and limited talent!).


The plan is to wear this at Collectormania Glasgow on Saturday (23rd August)

Comments

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Great work on this, I look forward to pictures! :)

by HarryKurt on Sunday, 17 August, 2014 - 19:14
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Progress is looking great. Can't wait to see it complete.

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 23 August, 2014 - 02:14
 

To-Do List

SHIELD logo patches x2HighComplete
Change zip on catsuitHighComplete
alter bootsHighComplete
Sew patches to catsuitHighIn Progress
Belt and buckleMediumComplete
Widow's braceletsMediumComplete
Utility pouches x4LowComplete
Paint gunsLowComplete
Buy glovesLowComplete
Colour hair (week of event)LowComplete

Shopping List

SHIELD logo patches x2£8.00Bought
Catsuit£24.00Bought
Gloves£2.50Bought
Boots£10.00Bought
Foam/Rubber/Webbing/etc£10.00Bought
Paint/PVC tape/Glue£5.00Bought
Left leg holster£11.00Bought
Total£70.50

Journal

Boots complete! (Posted 23rd August 2014)

It's nearly 3am, I'm getting picked up at 7.30am, but I'm finished.

Nothing is quite as perfect as I want it, but I've pushed myself for the first time with this cosplay, so it's better than any previous attempt.

Exhausted now, going to catch some shut-eye before my alarm goes off...and I'm hoping I can sleep in the car on the way to Glasgow!

Boots Progress (Posted 22nd August 2014)

Well, they don't look like that *points down* any more. I just need to add a couple more straps to them, and they're done. I can't do any more tonight though - it's nearly 4.30am, I've been working at it for about six hours today (altered catsuit collar as well tonight), and I'm working tomorrow.

I have a to-do list as long as my arm, and I'm going to have to make sure I do it all tomorrow evening after my shift - we're setting off for Glasgow at 7.30 on Saturday! O.o

Boots (Posted 18th August 2014)

Now, moving onto footwear. I didn't really want to start chopping into them (confidence, again), but they're actually quite tight at the top, so perhaps altering them to look more like the movie version isn't a bad idea. Now that I've done the catsuit, that's boosted my confidence ever-so-slightly, but it's still a whole other ball game.

Still. Challenge accepted!

Catsuit Update (Posted 18th August 2014)

It worked! I didn't ruin my catsuit! :'D

Now, instead of a zipper going from neck right round to tailbone, it now finishes at my navel. I tried it on after sewing it up, to test the stitches, including bending over and wiggling my butt at my husband (I'm sure he didn't mind!).

Now, I just need to hope that the stitching actually holds up for the entire day!

Patches, Attempt Two (Posted 12th August 2014)

The second attempt I made at the SHIELD logo patches went a bit better than my first try. Still not sure whether to use these ones that I have made, or to cut my losses and use the pre-made embroidered ones. I have a little over a week to decide.

Catsuit (Posted 9th August 2014)

Well, here's where it's going to get hard. The catsuit I bought to wear as Widow's jumpsuit has a zip which goes from neck down and round to tailbone. Needless to say, I do not want a crotch zip!

This part of the project involves unpicking the stitching of the zipper halfway, so it ends at my navel, chopping it off and sewing up the seam. I'm really hoping this will work. Can't afford, nor do I have time, to replace this if I screw up.

Shoulder Patches (Posted 5th August 2014)

Made the SHIELD logo shoulder patches from foam and rubber sheeting. The initial drawing of the logo looked good - accurate and even. Unfortunately, they haven't turned out that way. Not that happy with how they've turned out. I might try again with them, but I've now ordered two embroidered patches from Amazon as back ups.

Cuffs (Posted 31st July 2014)

I had a bit of a "eureka" moment a couple of days ago.

The previous version of Black Widow had me wearing bracelets made of black spray-painted plastic bullets. These, however felt too bulky on my wrists, especially since it's the movie Widow I'm cosplaying currently, and Iron Man/Avengers/CA Widow's cuffs are much more slim.

Well, with all the hot weather recently, I've been over-indulging in ice lollies, and suddenly thought - I know, I'll try making her bracelets using the lolly sticks. And behold, sticks covered in (more) black pvc tape actually looks quite good.

Attached to black webbing with elastic to stretch cuffs over my wrists, and I have much slimmer bracelets to wear.

Not bad considering I don't have the equipment to mould/cast pieces to make movie-accurate bracelets. :)

Belt Up (Posted 31st July 2014)

The finished belt. Buckle attached using superglue. I kind of love superglue right now.

Progress! (Posted 28th July 2014)

Finally finished the last of the four utility pouches for the gun belt. Am currently working on the belt with Widow's symbol, and the bracelets.

Quite happy with how the belt/symbol is coming along. Although there has been some swearing at my not-always-steady hands!

I close my eyes and see cardboard and glue (Posted 24th July 2014)

Moved on to making the belt and buckle. I'm using broad webbing as the base of the belt, and velcro to secure. For the buckle with Widow's logo on it, I'm simply using craft foam; the silver base is reinforced with cardboard. Once the sticking-together part is done, I just need to figure out how to fix it securely to the webbing.

One Potato, Two Potato... (Posted 22nd July 2014)

The. Pouches. Are. Driving. Me. Crazy.

Two down, two to go. O.o

The Story So Far... (Posted 21st July 2014)

From previously cosplaying Black Widow, I have the guns, a right leg holster and belt. I'm completely rehashing everything else.

I'm currently working on the utility pouches for the belt. They have proven quite tricky actually!

I found that the faux leather material and craft foam I have doesn't hold the shape of the pockets properly, so I've made them out of cardboard and covered them in black pvc tape. The disks in the pouches are two layers of foam essentially, and I'll be gluing down the flaps on the pouches once they're finished. I'm putting a loop of elastic on the back of each one so as to attach them to the utility belt.

Not going to lie - I'll be glad when they're finished. I just hope they are sturdy and well-made enough to stay in one piece!

Bang Bang (Posted 17th July 2014)

The guns were the easy bit...Two coats of matt black paint to cover the garishly blue plastic, and boom. Done. If only everything else was as easy as this!