She-Ra
She-Ra: Princess of Power

Cosplayer: Divadellarte

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Kitacon 2015

6th June 2015: Sword Ok, so I'll admit it now: the sword was made my by fiancé. At some point, I'll get him to do an entry explaining how he made it properly, but this is is as I understand it.

The hilt is a bicycle handlebar, with some plastic piping used to form the core of the blade. He covered it with expanding foam, used a craft knife to shape it, and then covered it with wall-filler, to fill any gaps and smooth out the surface. He used a craft knife to shape the design in the hilt and the gem setting, then we coated it in two or three layers of silver acrylic (poster) paint. The handlebar would be difficult to paint, given it was textured, so I just coated it in a layer of silver duct tape. We've used clear worbla filled with resin for the stone. It's just drying before I paint it, then we'll hotglue it into place on either side of the hilt.

Here's a picture of the sword as it started out (bike handle and pipe); completely filled, smoothed out and with the detail sculpted; with the first layer of paint; and finally, complete except for the gem.

9th May 2015: Gems are complete! The last few months, I've been struggling to get the gems to work. Using the clay mold failed miserably - the resin just wouldn't set properly. Then, finally, CosCraft started stocking clear worbla! I made a version of each gem in fimo clay, cooked it in the oven to make it hard, then shaped the worbla over it. Once the worbla was cooled, I filled it with clear resin, let that dry, and then smoothed the edges with sandpaper. The breastplate gem is probably a little large, but I don't have time to re-do it. I've fallen way behind with all of my cosplay-making!! *panics*

I've painted the back of the gems with standard children's acrylic paint (aka poster paint). I used a sparkly red for the tiara gem, and a mix of a pearlised pale blue and a darker sparkly blue for the breastplate gem. Once the paint dries, I am going to put some reflective card on the back of them, and then attach them to the costume.

In other news, the sides of the tiara have been getting a little weak, so I've redone it in normal worbla and given it a couple of coats of the same gold paint as the rest of the armour.

17th January 2015: In which I discover the wonders of...wallpaper? Gauntlets are finished and painted. A word to the wise - the paint cracks a little when they're bent/straightened, so it's better to move them as little as possible between painting and wearing.

So, I moved on to the choker, shoulderpieces, belt. Yesterday, I was drawing a template for the cape on plain, medium-grade, wallpaper. As I was considering what material to use for the remaining bits of armour, it occurred to me that the wallpaper is stronger than fabric, but more flexible than foam or cardboard - perfect for a choker and belt, which need to bend easily around my neck and waist.

I measured around my neck, then added a bit extra for overlap. I cut the choker about an inch wide. It only needed one coat of paint (yey for time-saving!), then I set it aside to wait until I've made the cape. Once the cape has been cut and hemmed, I will be attaching it to the choker for wearing.

The belt was more tricky, as I needed it to sit between my waist and my hips. I measured around my hips and cut it to fit that size. As it will be hidden by the cape at the back, I can attach it to the dress and then cut any excess off so it will be a sort of trapezoid shape. It needed two coats of paint, just to hide any brushstrokes from the first coat. I'm toning up for some of my other cosplays *coughLanfancough*, so I'm going to leave attaching the belt to the dress until nearer Kita, in case I need to take the dress in at all.

For the shoulderpieces, I put my dress on, and my fiancé measured and drew the shapes onto wallpaper. Once he cut that out, we just reversed it for the other side. He cut both pieces out with a little extra, so that I can hotglue them onto the inside of the dress. I'm giving them two or three coats of paint, then I'll draw the detail in with black pen and hotglue them on.

Not much I can do until tomorrow, now. I've made a polymer clay mold for the gem for the tiara and filled it with resin, but that will take 24hours before it's dry and I can paint it. (Remember, always brush the inside of your molds with mold-remover so the resin doesn't stick to the mold when it dries).

16th January 2015: Long time, no update! I'm trying to sell my house, so had to take a break from cosplay while I redecorated and all that stuff. Now, I'm all registered for Kita and sewing like a madwoman!

The dress now has a zip (yatta!). The breastplate and tiara have been painted with gold acrylic paint - the same stuff that kids use for painting at school. It went a little bit see-through, even after several coats, so I've painted the back with one coat as well and that seems to have done the trick. I've also given one of the gauntlets two coats of paint. It will need one more coat, then it'll be done and I can move onto the other one.

I've done a template for the cape. In the cartoon, you never see how it's actually attached on her costume, but I'm going to attach it to the back of the choker. To work out the proportions, I checked out a few reference pics. It's hard, because in most of them the wind is moving her cape, but it looks like it falls to her mid-thigh. I'm not sure how wide to make it, so I'm going to try cutting a few templates first and then cut the fabric after I find the right template. Must remember to allow room for hemming, though!

11th May 2014: Gauntlets and tiara So, I decided to take a break from the dress for a bit.

The gauntlets were pretty simple - a template made out of newspaper (a bit of trial and error to get the shape and size right), then cut the final versions out of thin foam. I hate feeling things loose around my wrists, so I opted to make the gauntlets with a bit of an overlap so that I can glue velcro to them and fasten them tight rather than leaving them a little loose and slipping them on over my hands.

The tiara was more tricky. I opted for a three-piece process - two side pieces (the "feathers") and a central piece (the thin bit across her face). First, the central piece. I drew the bottom line of the tiara, where it comes down into a point. Then I did a bit of compromising between the (rather variable and often downright odd) proportions used in the cartoon and adapting it to work on my face. I left it curving round towards the back of my head - this will be useful later!

Next, I used a plate and a bit of freehand to draw the side piece. I cut out the side piece templates in newspaper and stuck them to the central piece where it reached the side of my head (in front of my ears).

I cut all the individual pieces out in foam, and it's now ready for each individual piece to be sealed with pva glue and painted before I finally attach them all together. The attached picture shows them after one coat of paint. As you can see, they'll need a few more coats before they're finished!

20th April 2014: Dress part 2 So, I've cut the skirt out in fabric, sewn all the pieces together, hemmed it, gathered it and sewn it to the bodice. Luckily, I tried it on before putting the zip in, as it turned out it needed taking in at the back and darting down the bust. So, I did that and then put the zip in.

The first "fitting" also identified I'm going to need to take the neckline down quite a bit, so the plan is to do that after I've lined the dress rather than take the neckline down and then have to alter the pattern for the lining. The original pattern includes boning, but I'm not sure whether this dress will need it or whether it might get in the way of the breastplate, so need to have a play about with the dress and the breastplate before I actually fix the boning on for good.

I've made the template for the breastplate already. We taped a piece of newspaper to my torso, then my boyfriend drew the image on. To get the proportions right, he used reference points from a picture of She-Ra (for example where the centre of the top "leaf" should be in relation to the neckline and where the lower leafs should sit in relation to the belt/waistline). I'm going to cut it out of thin foam, then wait until the dress is lined and the neckline fixed before trying the breastplate with the dress.

13th April 2014: Dress part 1 The original dress has a very low back. Given the practicalities of wearing this type of dress in real life and the fact that I have a very small bust, I decided to adapt a pattern which I already own - "Style 1982". I love this pattern. I've already used it for Lust and Doll.

I raised the waistline so that it sits on my natural waist, rather than on my hips, and I'm going to shorten the skirt. So far, I've cut and sewn the bodice in white polycotton.

Next steps are to cut out and sew the skirt in white polycotton, do the same to the lining, attach the skirt to the bodice and sew in the lining. Then, it will need boning, interfacing and a zip to finish it off.


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Lady-Aira - 23rd January 2015
Progress photos in the journal are looking fantastic! ^^ I love the headpiece, it's all well on its way to looking amazing! Great work ^^

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Siouxsie James - 4th April 2016
Excellent cosplay. Really, really fantastic :)