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|This cosplay was a journey...of which the majority is documented in my journals so I advise you have a read there if you're interested. ^^|
I adore Sora. He's my favourite kingdom hearts character by about a mile and this is very much a dream costume of mine. I had been put off by the amount of Soras but I finally gave in and decided to cosplay him. ^^
My favourite part of this cosplay are...the shoes and the trousers. Alot of effort went into both of them and i'm pretty satisfied. 8D I think the wig needs a bit of work as it's not as I would like but it works for now. ^^
Although the shoes mean paaaaaain I had alot of fun wearing this with my KH group at ame and being all HAPPY SPACKY. XD
That said I'm really not very confident about this cosplay, maybe because it's SUCH a dream that I was never going to be satisfied... But I kinda feel like I didn't do him justice >< I'd like to make a few edits on this costume and wear it again, and hopefully come to love this cosplay...
Wig (Posted 10th August 2010)
So. Many. Spikes. |:
Base wig for this was a punky which is a joy to work with! I used got2b glued spiking glue and hair spray and the usual spiking technique (I also use a hair dryer on cold setting.) All the references for Sora's hair differ so I ended up just focusing on one. >_>;; I'm pretty happy with the front spikes but the side and back triple pronged spikes were very tricky and ended up looking more like just three spikes >_>;; Also they're pretty lobsided...might fix that if it really starts to irritate me. x.x
ANYWAY. IT LOOKS VAGUELY SORA-LIKE SO I NEED TO LEAVE IT ALONE AND STOP BEING A PERFECTIONIST! X.X
This means the costume is done! \o/
Shooooes (Posted 8th August 2010)
My second pair of giant shoes...after Neku's...and they're even more giant! XD (Seriously in person they're scary. :P)
Made from cutting the end off a clown shoe and attaching to a pre-existing pair of shoes. Then I paper mached to get that KH style hump at the end, then I added wadding to make it even larger (and also squishy! 8D) The silver details (and the bottom...even if nobody will see it) was made from craft foam, painted, then pvaed. I cut the boots into the right shape and added craft foam to make the tongue. Then it was just a matter of adding all the seperate details on. (Including that massive zip! XD) My hot glue gun got lots of attention these past few days. |: (MY POOR FINGERS. XD)
I'm pleased with how they came out! But they're a total bugger to walk in. x.x Most painful shoes eeeever...I'll make sure to wear lots of bandages when I wear them! ^^;
Gloves Complete (Posted 4th August 2010)
Why does everything on this costume seem to take forever? XD
Anyway this was my first attempt at making gloves and it went so badly initially I was very tempted to just buy some...>_> BUT I eventually got there, and though they're definetly not perfect...they're wearable and that's good enough. XD
The blue bit is fabric sewn around craft foam with the studs glued on. All the different straps were hand sewn onto the gloves.
I'm possibly going to die to heat exhaustion wearing these. XD How Sora fights with them on I'll never know. :P
Trousers and chaps complete! (Posted 1st August 2010)
As I said in my photo...THESE TOOK FOREVER. X.X
The most time consuming thing was all those belts. x.x Trying to line everything up right was really tricky and there are certain bits that still annoy me >_> *ahem.*
I know alot of Sora cosplayers actually attach the blue trousers to the black chaps but I thought it worked better by letting them hang. ^^
I used Bias for the white around the...butt...bit...XD But ran out of it so was forced to be more accurate by sewing that white elastic string stuff around the legs. The metal clips arent as large as I would like but they took me forever to find. ^^;; For the belts along the bottom I sewed them to the trousers as they just fell awkwardly when I didn't. The cross belts are just hanging and attached to the waist band.
I'm not overly happy with the pockets as I would have prefered to line them with craft foam or something similar to make them sit better but...I don't have enough...maybe another time. XD Anyway the pocket work as functional pockets and close with velcro, means I can use them at the con! 8D
Anyways I'm so relieved these are done, I broke about 10 needles...no lie. x.x But these are so hilarious to walk around in. XD I love the poofyness!
Chaaaaaaaaps In progress (Posted 27th July 2010)
Can't touch this! Na na na na...
Have some progress! I hope they're baggy enough...they FEEL baggy enough. O.o
Trousers (Posted 26th July 2010)
Made these today and am pleasently surprised they went so smoothly because i've had hell every other time i've had to make trousers! XD They're by no means perfect but i'm very satisfied! ^^
Leaving them long until I attach the chaps and see how they fall. (Also apologises for the awful photo, was the best I could get. O.o)
Jacket Complete (Posted 22nd July 2010)
Basically...I just need to buy some poppers for the weird...shoulder...belt...bits...so they stay in place but otherwise done!
This took SO much work on my god. XD The whole thing is lined, The shoulder pads are made out of craft foam (I did consider paper macheing them but then decided that craft foam would give easier movement.) The zip is super chunky 8D (So chunky actually that I had to hand sew all around it cause my machine couldn't get close enough. x.x)
It's by no means perfect but i'm actually quite proud...XD Dodgy pic does not do justice to the work that went into this. ;_;
Shirt Complete (Posted 11th July 2010)
Sorry for the somewhat crappy photo...x.x Bad lighting...
Made this today. ^^ Took longer than expected actually. XD Wasn't exactly hard...just time consuming...weirdly... I'm still unsure if it's a bit baggy, but i'll see how it looks with the jacket.
Also i'm already nearly out of bias on the shirt alone. XD I never buy enough!
The material that I used to that was actually originally MUCH lighter, and I had to dye it...I'm still unsure it's dark enough but I think it works okay. XD
In Progress (Posted 17th June 2010)
I went on a very determined epic shopping trip and managed to get ALMOST all the supplies for this in one go. Spent a good deal on material and don't reeeeeally know if I have enough though. x.x We shall see. I also spent a stupid amounts on zips because I was determined to get the KH chunkyness...D:
I want to make a start on this very soon because i'm concerned about how much it actually does involve. So expect progress soon! *Fear*