|Time Taken :||2 Weeks|
|I originally planned to have Morrigan ready for Amecon 2008, but just two weeks before the MCM Expo in May I discovered I'd need Morrigan ready a lot sooner for an earlier debut!|
Despite all of the rushing and all of the stress, I was really pleased with how Morrigan came together and I had such fun wearing the costume ^_^ It was my first time wearing contacts too, but I'm now a convert and will be buying a different coloured pair for every costume that now calls for it lol. I also had a small pair of moulded vampire fangs to wear, just to add to Morrigan's demonic look :-)
I made the costume in two parts. Morrigan wears a black skin tight body suit, but I decided to go along the two piece route, wearing a black leather corset for the top half and creating a pair of elasticed bottoms for the lower half :-) It was my first time working with elastic but it was fun and fairly easy to do ^_^ Anyway, I went with the corset because of the wings. I was determined to have a pair of back wings that supported themselves and very fairly sturdy, unlike other Morrigan cosplayers I've seen who go for light, loose wings which they hold up themselves, or attach 'invisible' thread to so that the wings appear to move when they move their arms. But I didn't want to have to throw my arms out this way or that for photoshoots, just to make sure my wings were spread. The easiest way I could think of for having self supported wings, was to create a harness that slipped under the lacing at the back of a corset, so that when the corset was pulled tight around me, the wings would be held firmly in place against my back. And somehow, miraculously, it worked! ^___^
The wings were made from copper tubing and metal coat hangers, and involved some soldering at the joints to add strength, and a little bit of duct tape too. It's quickly becoming an essential cosplaying tool of mine lol. The head wings were created in a similar way, with metal coat hangers, and threaded through the wig cap and attached to a head band beneath :-) Meanwhile the bat detail on the tights were hand painted on by Sjbonnar, thank you honey!
This is the first costume I've been able to use my new sewing machine on, but unfortunately the back wings still required a lot of hand stitching! The Expo was so packed with people who kept knocking into them all day that I spent most of the time outside where there was more space, but my right wing still took a bit of a beating and will require a repair job before Amecon :-(
And although Morrigan didn't win any prizes at Expo, it's still one of my favourite costumes as it's so much fun to wear ^_^ Morrigan wasn't as well recognised as I thought she would be, but she still seemed to attract quite a few photographs from people who didn't know who she was, I guess because her style is quite unusual and eyecatching :-)
Now all I need to complete her look is a Lilith! Anybody fancy joining me at Amecon? ^_^