Costume :Zapdos
Variant :Steampunk/Gijinka
Source :Pokemon
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2011

Costume Photos

Thunder and Ice

Ready, Aim, Fire!

Electric Warfare Officer

Thunder and Lightning

Almost there

Finished wings

New and improved ref


Costume Information

A possible plan for either the Saturday or Sunday of October Expo with the lovely Rohan joining me in being another of the legendary trio.
I've always loved the idea of gijinka's and for a long time I've wanted to create my own design and go all out with it.


I'm absolutely amazed and shocked this got on the showcase! It means so much to have my costume alongside all the beautiful (and much better :') ) costumes in the weekly showcase. So a massive thank you goes out to anyone who nominated me!


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This is coming along AMAZINGLY so gutted I couldn't make time for Moltres D:

by CALLAMON on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 23:11
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Ah thank you! And I know you fool :') totes letting the side down!

by Alouette on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 23:52
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This is looking fantastic! I hope I see you there!

by Plasticsharkattack on Saturday, 3 September, 2011 - 00:25
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Oh now i love the wig, looks beautiful.
You should defiantly wear it on the Saturday, me and a few friends are doing some pokemon Gijinka along with Red. (: But i love your design! beautiful! <3

by cowiee on Saturday, 10 September, 2011 - 01:24
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I am loving the look of this!!

by eternal_aranel on Saturday, 10 September, 2011 - 02:04
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The design and progress is gorgeous. I'm loving the wig. I hope i get to see you around for a few photos!

by Om_nom_nom on Saturday, 10 September, 2011 - 02:11
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Love this idea, it looks amazing so far, can't wait to see more! :D

by Eloraborealis on Saturday, 10 September, 2011 - 15:06
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Ah thank you all for the lovely comments :) <3

@Stripeycow, I would have loved to get photos with your group but unfortunately I'm wearing this for the Sunday ): My Articuno is being on Zelda on the first day and I know she plans on joining the group that's planned, that and we're hoping to enter the Sunday masquerade. I will however look out for you group as I'll definitely need to get photos :)

by Alouette on Saturday, 10 September, 2011 - 22:15
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wow just wow

by J-Po on Saturday, 10 September, 2011 - 22:24
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You look AMAZING!! I love your interpretation of Zapdos! The jacket is gorgeous! 8D

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 10 September, 2011 - 22:24
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looks amazing ! *_*

by majinmarron on Sunday, 11 September, 2011 - 13:40
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This is looking beautiful so far, I really can't wait to see your completed costume :) The design is so great!

by Mungojerrie on Sunday, 11 September, 2011 - 17:21
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I really like the wig!!! :) Looks great!

by Fliss on Thursday, 29 September, 2011 - 18:31
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This is awesome! I've been wanting to do a steampunk gijinka myself, it's nice to see one so beautifully executed.

by Tomecko on Friday, 7 October, 2011 - 14:10
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your jacket is cool. you look great in it.

by Elle on Saturday, 8 October, 2011 - 05:42
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I've never really been a fan of ginjinka's but this is gorgeous *-*
Love the jacket and wig <3

by Illulyn on Sunday, 9 October, 2011 - 18:28
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Hnnng this design <3
Your outfit looks amazing! One of the best gijinkas I've ever seen <3

by CrystalNeko on Sunday, 9 October, 2011 - 18:34
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Oooh wow, I really love this!
I love the design itself, the details, the wig, everything!

by ToroSonyCat on Monday, 10 October, 2011 - 18:03

Excellent design work, details, construction... excellent everything. The madskillz: you have them. I'm excited to see how this will look when you bring the whole costume together.

by birds-hate-flying on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 - 16:53
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This is amazing! I love the jacket and your make up is fabulous. I'll have my DSLR with me on the Sunday so hopefully snap some pics if I see you :'3

by yukioto on Friday, 14 October, 2011 - 22:09
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thats by far the most epic zapdos cosplay i've ever seen O_O its amazing!!!

by BlackLouie on Thursday, 27 October, 2011 - 11:10
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This is such a wonderful design and brightly coloured steampunk has a real wow factor. Will keep an eye out at Expo, I would love to see this in person :)

by Amy-Lou on Thursday, 27 October, 2011 - 12:28
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This looks amazing! And very well made too. I'm not usually a fan of gijinka
but if it leads to costumes like this then I'm all for it!

by visiting_wizard on Thursday, 27 October, 2011 - 12:54
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You looked SOOOO good when I saw you on Sunday.
Didn't get to say hi properly but you and Articuno looked stunning :D

by Bambi. on Monday, 31 October, 2011 - 12:51
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I did see you briefly in this but I had to get to somewhere quickly and am so annoyed that I didn't manage to get a photo of you DX You looked absolutely stunning! the design is so unique and everything is perfect :)

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 01:04
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This looks incredible and I'm so sad I didn't get the chance to see it in real life! I hope you do a lot more gijinka designs in the future because you definitely have the talent and skill to both create unique designs and make them to a really high standard.

Well done with this. It honestly is so great :)

by Mungojerrie on Thursday, 3 November, 2011 - 12:34
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this is one of the greatest gijinka designs i've ever seen <3

by Kouji on Thursday, 3 November, 2011 - 13:42

...and everything looks freaking awesome all put together. Of course! This is a great costume, and such a creative take on Zapdos. Tangent but whenever I land on your 'Electronic Warfare Officer' Zapdos page 'Electronic Warfare' by Apoptygma Berzerk gets stuck in my head. Go figure!

by birds-hate-flying on Thursday, 3 November, 2011 - 13:51
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This is amazing! The design is so fantastic! We walked past eachother at expo and I was like *O*

by Alyx on Friday, 4 November, 2011 - 01:35
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Ah thank you so much for the comments everyone <3 I'll admit I had so much apprehension wearing this as I was scared no one would get what we were from, but we got such a lovely reception and everyone's comments really made my day :) I'll definitely be trying my hand at more gijinka's in the future!

by Alouette on Saturday, 19 November, 2011 - 22:08
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Gorgeous work!!! Beautiful design ^^ Congrats on the showcase! Much deserved!

by White Tigress on Sunday, 4 December, 2011 - 16:56
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Really love this cosplay! The colours are so striking and it looks really well made! :D

by Lady Bahamut on Sunday, 4 December, 2011 - 21:11
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Really adore the design, and you look fantastic! 8D Everything looks awesome, congrats on the showcase!

by KiraraYumi on Tuesday, 6 December, 2011 - 21:23
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This is a great cosplay ^^

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 20 October, 2012 - 22:05

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Progress pictures (Posted 3rd November 2011)

An amalgamation of progress images moved from my gallery.

Wing making (Posted 15th October 2011)

So me and RohanFox finally got around to making our wings today! They aren't as big as we originally intended them to be but as we could only get a few feathers we just had to make do!

I'm actually really happy with how they're coming out at this stage, they've actually turned out just the right and size and cutting of the feathers has certainly give them their own 'personality' :)

Almost there! Wing failure and armor. (Posted 9th October 2011)

I haven't updated my journal in such a long time, but with most of the larger pieces out of the way, I've just been working a way at tiny bits.
At the moment my main concern is the wings. Having being unable to acquire the feathers for the wings I originally planned, it was back to the drawing board several times.

I tried to actually make more steampunk looking wings but unfortunately on such a limited budget they didn't go well. Whilst I was happy with the base (which could actually pivot), I didn't like how the feathers came out in craft foam and after I bit of an accident with wood glue they were scrapped. Sadly the wings are quite important to me as I see them being as so vital to the birds in terms of design. Hopefully RohanFox shall be visiting me the coming weekend with some feathers bought from Hobby Craft so we can quickly knock up some small scale ones. Wish us luck!

The bracers are just a small added detail I felt we needed so we looked a little more, combat ready. To say Zapdos is the 'Electric Warfare Officer' of the group she looks ridiculous feminine at the moment so I thought the bracers would make her look a little more serious :')
I'm actually rather pleased with how they've come out, especially to say they're my first attempt at craft foam armour. They just need one more coat of PVA and they will then be painted and weathered!

Earning our wings (Posted 3rd September 2011)

Since we first came up with the idea, me and Rohan have been adamant that we have little airship badges.

I was initially going to just order wing charms but that turned out a lot more difficult than I imagined and making them has also given me the chance to personalise the wings.
This photo was taken pretty much after their first coat of PVA so there's still a long way to go. They still need some major neatening up but this at least gives an impression of what they'll look like.

Admittedly, I've never made anything out of craft foam so this is definitely an experience and some well needed practice before I start to tackle the arm bracers.

Cameos! (Posted 3rd September 2011)

To take a break from the sewing bits of both my costumes for London I decided to finally finish my cameo&#039;s. I&#039;ve had the parts for them for quite a while now I just haven&#039;t got round to it. I decided to make my own cameo&#039;s as I really couldn&#039;t find any that had the colouration I wanted. I did manage to find some yellow cameo&#039;s but the shade just wasn&#039;t right and it turned out a whole lot cheaper constructing them myself. That and I&#039;m actually rather happy with the outcome.

The other cameo I have will be made in to a hair clip/fascinator for the wig for a bit more of a victorian twist. At the moment I&#039;m just waiting on my black feathers and my yellow guinea fowl feathers to arrive :)

Tea Dying Experiment 1 (Posted 25th August 2011)

So with my shorts finished and tights arriving today I decided to try my hand at tea dying.
I love the shades you can achieve with tea dying so I&#039;m really hoping this works out.

I do however have a feeling it wont. I have the sneaking suspicion that the elastic in the tights will prevent them from absorbing the dye but we&#039;ll see how I go. Worst comes to worse I&#039;ll buy a new pair and draw the pattern myself.

Shorts! (Posted 23rd August 2011)

After much pain and headache with the corset I'm giving that a break so I can come back to it a little more positively. I have however found the most perfect trim for it so things are looking up.

Moving on to the shorts I found the most perfect pattern and it's definitely lifted my mood about this costume! The pattern I'm using is a Simplicity 2367 and it's a perfect match to my original artwork which is an absolute bonus. I decided to go with grey suit fabric to imitate the grey leg tufts on the original Zapdos artwork seen in Red and Blue. That and I wanted to break up all the yellow and black. I'm going to plow a head with this today and hopefully by tonight I should have some more progress!

Slowly Getting There (Posted 20th August 2011)

So since my last journal entry I've made a moderate amount of progress. The jacket is almost finished and just needs the last few finishing touches and then the detailing adding. At the minute I'm toying with the idea of adding applique to the lapels, similar to how I did with Gakupo, as at the moment it's looking at a bit bare.

I'm hoping to purchase my second wig next week as my first didn't really look right. I'm going more for a sharply cut, sleek, look with a heavy fringe and possibly a pony tail. I do however have my black extensions sorted.

And the corset, well, let's just say that's a sore subject. I've already put about 15 hours in to it and the moment I just feel like I'm in the dark with it. Having never made a corset I'm struggling considerably, and it certainly doesn't help that the pattern I chose is a historically accurate R&G corset. Fingers crossed it should turn out how I want it but we'll just have to wait and see :)

Progress Begins (Posted 31st May 2011)

So this thing officially got started today.
I've had the fabric hanging around for a while. It's actually curtain fabric and was bought from a small upholstery fabric shop in Keswick so I'm praying I don't run out.

The design itself was practically re-done yesterday and is now in its 3rd revision. I'll have detailed sketch up soonish but so far it's definitely the design I've been most happy with. At the moment I'm just taking it slow, not getting too stressed and leaving the work free for any changes.

That and I still need to get my head around making killer jodhpurs :')