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Captain Marvel - Marvel Comics


 


Reference: https://photos.app.goo.gl/76U8t1WeseKxLE549

I recently discovered the comics available on Amazon Prime and that combined with excitement about the upcoming movie led me in this direction! I’d hoped to finish the costume in time for Nine Worlds 2018, but needed more time and, as it turned out, the trailer was released just days before MCM Scotland Comic Con so it ended up being perfect timing to wear the costume. It is very comfy and a lot of fun to wear.

I began by ordering a selection of fabric samples from Tia Knight Fabrics and also bought some cheap white lycra from them to use as a mock-up. I ended up choosing their 4-way stretch shiny lycra.

I chose Simplicity 8286, Riddle’s jumpsuit pattern because it has raglan sleeves. I think the leotard option might be useful and I also like that the pattern allows non-stretch fabrics to be incorporated too so I hope to get more use out of it on other projects. That said, it was not ideal since it has so many additional seams that I did not want (including a ridiculous one on the bum) and it therefore took longer to cut and assemble my mock-up and refine it to come up with my final pattern.

Using the spare lycra I made up the pattern straight out of the envelope, adjusted the fit and drew on where the gold and red sections should go. As well as adding those additional seams, for my final pattern I eliminated a whole lot of extra seams. I altered the legs and sleeves to only have one seam, and the bodice to only have centre back, side seams and the centre front seam for the zip. There wasn't any need to make changes to the crotch area since the sash hides all the seams, but on principle I removed the stupid horizontal seam on the back.

I wasn’t sure how successful I’d been removing and adding seams so I tested out my pattern with a second mock-up before progressing to the final fabric. This was also useful to practise inserting the zip (I used interfacing and this tutorial to nicely square off the end of the zip: http://cosplayblog.mccall.com/2015/09/22/bodysuit-sewalong-inserting-the-zipper/).

This mock-up also let me experiment with inserting piping. I bought some stretch piping from myfabrics.co.uk since that seemed much easier than making my own. I knew I would need to insert red piping in the shoulder seams but decided to also try piping between the yellow stripes to accentuate them, so I have navy there. I tried this on one half of my mock-up so I could decide if I liked the effect first.

After all that, I was finally ready to sew the actual suit. Assembly required some precision and I carefully basted where the stripes needed to match up at the seams before overlocking it together.

The collar is interfaced and has gold snaps. I didn’t want to sew on buttons all over this costume and I also don’t like how shank buttons tend to look when they’re only decorative – they don’t sit properly – so I bought a heap of gold snaps on ebay and just set in the top halves.

I thought about appliqueing the star on the front but was not sure how to deal with the piping that would be in the way so I’ve made the star a separate piece. I stuck gold lycra to craft foam with bondaweb, cut out the shape then glued snaps to the back to attach it to the suit.

The sash also attaches with some snaps. I started with a rectangle of fabric, experimented with draping it and trimming it into the right shape, then lined the final piece I ended up with. It has a foam buckle with both some elastic and a brooch pin glued inside. The ends of the sash loop through the elastic, then the pin keeps it in place. I shaped some craft foam over a ball with a heat gun to create the domed shape then cut out the star to stick on top. It's primed with pva glue and painted with gold enamel.

I dismantled an old pair of stretchy gloves to use as a pattern with a small adjustment to add the placket. All the lycra on the costume has its shiniest side facing outwards, but for a slight contrast on the plackets I used the more matte reverse. To create the appearance of the button fastenings, I bought some red elastic and sewed on short lengths along the (interfaced) placket section, glued the other ends to gold snaps and set them in. Making the most of my snaps, I set in the other half of a snap on the bodysuit’s sleeve so that the topmost snap on the gloves can be attached and ensure that the gloves don't droop or get twisted round. It also ensures I can’t mislay the gloves if I take them off! I made the sleeves on the bodysuit with a loop to go around my thumb so it’s easy to pull on the gloves without the sleeves bunching up underneath.

The boots were an ebay find, they have a large elastic section on the side so there’s no need to unzip them to be able to easily pull them on and off. I patterned out a cover with some spare lycra, it just has simple centre front and back seams and the placket constructed the same way as on the gloves. The covers are hot glued to the inside of the boots and as they go over the soles of the boots, I glued on some stick-on shoe soles.

The wig is Arda’s Marty in champagne blonde with the widows peak trimmed off styled with Got2b Glued hairspray and a hairdryer.

Mana posted on 26 September, 2018 - 21:26
Wow I really love this! Amazing job!

24th September 2018

Suit

I didn't take many progress photos for this costume unfortunately since I was initially rushing to try to finish it for Nine Worlds, but have this one taken just before I attached the sleeves.

24th September 2018

Gloves and Bootcovers

All snaps in, I just had all the fiddly aspects of the gloves to finish up at this stage.

24th September 2018

Snaps

My snap production line for the gloves and boots. I didn’t want to sew on buttons all over this costume and I also don’t like how shank buttons tend to look when they’re only decorative – they don’t sit properly – so I bought a heap of gold snaps on ebay and just set in the top halves.

All the lycra on the costume has its shiniest side facing outwards, but for a slight contrast on the plackets I used the more matte reverse. To create the appearance of the button fastenings, I bought some red elastic and sewed on short lengths along the (interfaced) placket section, glued the other ends to gold snaps and set them in.

24th September 2018

Boots

I patterned out a cover with some spare lycra, it just has simple centre front and back seams with the placket being the only complexity. The covers are hot glued to the inside of the boots and as they go over the soles of the boots, I glued on some stick-on shoe soles.

24th September 2018

Boots

The boots I covered were an ebay find, they have a large elastic section on the side so there’s no need to unzip them to be able to easily pull them on and off.

24th September 2018

Brooch

I shaped craft foam over a ball (actually a stress ball balanced in a mug) with a heat gun to create the domed shape then cut out the star to stick on top. The photo shows it being primed with layers of pva glue before I painted it.



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