Wanderer/Red Cloak - Journey


AyaCon 2013




Worn to:
- Ayacon 2013
- Florida Supercon 2014

Journey is, honestly, one of the most amazing games I've ever played - it manages to achieve so much by doing so little, and if anyone was having their doubts about buying and playing it, I really would recommend it. It's a really beautiful game, and I wanted to pay tribute to it by cosplaying the unnamed character that the player wanders towards the far-off mountains as.

When I started this costume I knew I wanted to play with textures as opposed to only using plain fabrics, so the first thing I made was the cloak - I scored a bargain on some textured red fabric (I think it might be polyester) where I managed to bag a 15 metre roll for £5. It frays like crazy, but I really like the effect the fabric has on the overall costume. The dark red triangles are cotton poplin, and the yellow stripes are strips of grosgrain ribbon. The hood is made out of the same red fabric as the cloak, and it's also edged around the face with the dark red cotton poplin and around the hem with the grosgrain ribbon.

Next came the mask - this was a five-minute job that involved me shaping a circle of black craft foam to my face, then attaching elastic, the fabric for the eyes (it allows me to see out but not others to see in) and the ribbon for the headband. I'd like to go back and improve this if I ever have the chance, but I'm happy with it for now.

The scarf was the next thing I worked on, and although the base took me about half an hour to sew together, I spent about 12 straight hours sewing all of the glyphs and lines onto it. The glyphs are made out of red and white jersey, and the lines are red ribbon.

The red underclothes are just a shirt and some leggings that I made out of cotton jersey. The shoes are a pair I bought.

Save for the underclothes, I hand-sewed this entire costume. Altogether there must be at least 25 metres of ribbon in this costume - 10 metres alone are in the scarf! I'm really happy with how this cosplay has turned out. I just hope that I've done Journey justice. <3

This year I made a second Wanderer costume for a friend! He also loves Journey and after telling me how much he wished he had a Journey cosplay, I offered to make one for him. I had to make it without him being there in person as he lives in another country, but fortunately my brother is the same height and sort of build as him so I had something to base measurements off.

I am the first to admit that the mask I made for myself is not the best, mostly because it was a rush-job. It had taken damage at a convention I wore it to, but I had never gone back to repair it. My friend offered to make masks for both of us, and he took it a step further than I ever did by incorporating LED lights into them to make the eyes light up.


TheStarlightFairy posted on 28 May, 2013 - 00:01
This is amazing and I cannot wait to see photos of it <3

Freyarule posted on 3 September, 2013 - 08:59
Loving the photos! Especially the one in the sand! So atmospheric <3

madmazda86 posted on 23 July, 2014 - 07:02
These look super, really nicely made!

Mothfox posted on 23 July, 2014 - 07:56
A very beautiful cosplay from a great game. :) well done

InfiniteJester posted on 23 July, 2014 - 08:52
This looks awesome!

Amy-Lou posted on 24 July, 2014 - 13:15
Beautiful costumes, the textured fabrics are so good for block colour!