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Mr Sue Denim
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I haven't been to any conventions yet, but I'm always trying to entice my friends along for Comic-Con.

I started proper costuming two years ago when I decided to stop wondering how awesome being a Power Ranger would be for Halloween and find out first hand. Needless to say, my semi-decent outfit at the bars and clubs had me shaking more hands and taking more photos than a campaigning prime minister.

From then on, I was hooked. I just didn't know I'd ever have the excuse to play dress up more than once a year until Comic-Con.

I would love to cosplay Amazing Spiderman but my lack of sewing skill has me at a brick wall right now. In addition to the Red Ranger outfit, I have a Rick Grimes from Walking Dead sheriff outfit completed and I'm currently working on a Boba Fett costume.

Last online 4 years ago

Sheffield

Joined: 28th Apr 2013

Completed costumes: 6

Photos uploaded: 49

Progress journals: 60

Events attended: 2

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A regular black t-shirt from Primark. I faded with bleach and several washes. I trimmed the sleeves and the neckline and then cut in some holes.

Got these cheap on eBay and weathered them up with sandpaper and paints.

For the pad, I took a piece of foam and loosely stitched a piece of canvas on top for support and to prevent the pop rivets from tearing through. I stitched a sleeve for it out of spare calico and secured it with screen accurate stitching. I sewed faux leather to the open seam to complete it. I painted it black with watered down acrylic paint. The armour piece was layered sintra that I heat shaped and trimmed. I cleaned up and smoothed the edges with bondo before giving it a coat of primer. I painted it up and attached it to the pad with leather strips and then pop riveted it to my jacket.

I bought a cheap double barrel shotgun toy from Toys'R'Us. It was pretty undersized with the barrel and stock. So I cut the barrel to a sawn off and removed the stock and it ended up being a pretty good size. I still wanted to beef up the receiver and shape the grip. I used cardboard and canvas for bulking out the receiver and shaped the grip with bondo. Bondo on the receiver and a cut piece of plastic helped modernise and cover some of the imperfections even if bondoing straight lines was pretty difficult. I painted it in stages, finishing the grip end first, spraying on primer to see if there were any imperfections to fix. The break mechanism should have been a latch, but that would have been too difficult to change, so I stuck with the regular button on the toy. With the back half done, I worked on the grip. Taking a piece of plastic cut from a Roses lid, I heat shaped the curved grip and bondoed imperfections. I felt the grip looked too thick at this stage especially underneath. I shaved off the bulk of the bottom of the grip and reapplied bondo before moving onto the primer coat. Next came painting. I used a metalcote paint for the gunmetal which gives off a metal finish when polished and the wood grain was painted in layers with a coarse paintbrush, the brushstrokes giving the grain effect, before being hit with a glossy laquer. Thankfully, the break action still works after all that painting.

It was tough coming to terms with destroying a perfectly decent jacket but needs must. I lopped off the arm just above the elbow and cut away the unneeded belt and epaulettes. I riveted the sleeve back up on itself as in the movie where he ties off his red rag. I built my own shoulder pad and riveted it to the shoulder and spray painted on some grime.

I repurposed the sleeve off my leather jacket to make the holster. I trimmed it to shape and placed some rivets to keep the shotgun snug. I cut away the excess sleeve knowing the rivets would hold the leather in place. I also attached a bit of velcro to the top to hold it to the belt, although later expanded on that by stitching a leather loop too hook onto the belt.

I cut up a pair of leather gloves, making them into homemade driving gloves like in the film.

I couldn't go without Dog, but without owning one, I had to resort to getting a plush toy. The only place I could find plush dogs happened to be an Australian company that sold the same Blue Heeler breed that Max owns so that was my option. I painted his fur with watered down acrylic (his fur is a little stiff in places) and gave him a red bandana. The plan is to attach him to a lead strapped to my belt and secure him to my boot.

Built out of a vintage orthopedic leg brace, aluminium strips, leather belts and a tonne of rivets.

Boots - Boots were dirtied up and a hole dremeled into the left heel for the leg brace.

A British soldier's belt, I attached a wrench and in lieu of a multi-tool, a bottle opener.

After wearing the coat a few times and waiting around for MCM May Comic Con, I realised it was far too flimsy for the gabardine used in the original Burberry, so I interfaced the front, the facings, the sleeve cuffs and the collar with multiple layers to get the thicknesses I wanted. I also made my own shoulder pads which I sewed in place along with sleeve heads and an assortment of other dressmaking things I'd only just learned about. I'm not the best sewer, so it was very enlightening experience. I also unpicked the shoulder epaulet and sewed them more accurately and even added that thing on the back of his collar out of scrap material left over from when I removed the gun flaps. I think this is as good as it's going to get. Still needs an iron once in a while, but it holds it's shape a lot better than before.

In addition, I bought some brown contacts. I avoided circle lenses and went with as small an iris I could get, although they do still look slightly off in pictures.

And with that the costume is complete!

I bought some braids off eBay and stained them with tea before sewing them together. They attach to the vest via safety pins.

The cape was just a length of green canvas that I hemmed and weathered through washing, sanding and cutting. After that, I airbrushed some burn around the holes.

I found some cheap chelsea boots on eBay which I went about converting with shoelaces hotglued and sewn to the top and some heavy weathering with an airbursh. I painted the soles with a specialised shoe paint, but I'm paranoid it'll crack and show the red underneath.

Another major costume part, I built this out of the tried and tested cardboard/resin/bondo technique. I made the rocket detachable through a twist off container and had the opportunity to get it signed by Jeremy Bulloch, Boba Fett himself at Sheffield Comic Con. The thrusters were made out of sintra and curtain rail balls I found in the cellar.

Using the Hasbro toy blaster as a base for the midsection, I carved an accurately sized wood stock and created a new barrel out of PVC, silicone sealant tubes and styrene rods. What's more, I managed to keep the electronics from the toy so it still lights up and makes noise.

As with the vest, this was one of the only costume buys I made. Still, I slimmed the arms and legs, added a hook for the gauntlet hose, added elastic feet loops, added velcro & press stud attachments for various other pieces and finally weathered the suit with paint through an airbrush.

Attached to the ammo belt with velcro, these will hold my voice changer along with anything else I'll need when wearing it. I sewed them up and applied the same process as the spats, leaving the left pouch in the dye longer to take it to more of a blue hue than the right pouch as per SE reference photos.

I sewed some spats to go over my ankles, attached it with press studs and velcro and weathered it with dye and airbrushed paint.

I used the leftover card from the helmet to make the gauntlets and the same fiberglass /bondo process to strengthen and smooth the finish. I originally made the mistake of sizing them to my uncovered arms and found that with the flight suit on, they were too small, so I had to fashion some spacers and repeat the fiberglass/bondo process on those sections. I hooked up LEDs to the flamethrower nozzles which light up when one of the buttons is pressed and also added a flashing LED for accuracy.

A simple Aker amplifier hooked up to a voice changer on my phone, now I can sound all croaky and bounty huntery. The speaker/phone will go in one of my pouches with the wire running up under my vest to my headset mic.

EDIT: I've recently altered this setup to accomodate an iPhone and a superior app. Also, I've disconnected the mic from the headset and taped it inside the helmet for less hassle.

Taking some white parade gloves, I dyed them light grey and sewed white patches to the fingers and the back of the hand. Some of the most difficult sewing I've ever done.

Using cardboard, I created nets of the pouches which I covered in brown pleather. Gluing a strip over the top provided the flap and a belt loop for a belt that was made out of the same material. Some velcro sewn in place and some weathering with a paintbrush and I've got myself a budget belt.

Here's the vest and neck seal. I weathered the colour with paint to add grime and highlights and rather sloppily cut a hole to fit a flashing light kit that would act as the chest display on the armour. I also had the laborious task of sewing on all the press studs to attach the armour pieces.

As before, curved sintra provided the shape of the armour plating. Keyboard keys with nuts epoxied in them provided the means of securing the cod to the back plate.

Same process as before, sintra heated up and curved to provide shoulder armour. Press studs were glued to other side to fasten to the flak vest. I then painted it up, and used a combination of stencilling and freehand to paint the mandalorian symbol on the left piece.

I used sintra to form the majority of the armour pieces, including the knee pads. I heatgunned the curve and layered up the peaks. Then copious bondoing of the seams I glued, I hit it with paint. I used pens and miscellaneous plastic tubes for the missiles and then epoxied elastic straps around the back of them.

I got some burgundy rope, cut it into lengths and sewed them together. Then I sewed buckles to the ends and threaded some nylon strapping through for a cheap under belt.

And the signature hair. I went to a barbers, but I had to add in the back and sides as they hadn't taken the bleach far down enough. Not bad for my first ever dye.

I made more than enough. Lifehack: watercolour paper makes for good business card material.

The coat arrived and fits me perfectly. The colour is a little darker, but aside from that, it's a dead ringer for John's coat. I removed the flaps on the chest and the buckle on the collar.

In order to hold up the jet pack all day, I needed something sturdy. I looked at what was used on the real deal and replicated the functionality using MDF and nylon webbing. It doesn't look pretty, but it does the job and it won't be seen on the outside.

I found a single breasted 3/4 length coat in the same fitting as John's Burberry trench for a fraction of the price. It's Asian sizing though, so hopefully a medium will fit me when it comes.

So I already own some rosary beads that we were given way back in high school, and rather than buy a crucifix, I thought I'd save some pennies and make one myself out of offcuts of skirting board lying around in the garage.

A cheap pair of black boots via eBay. Originally, I bought some more formal shoes, but after seeing a behind the scenes photo, I realised he wears ankle boots.

A common trend in this build, these tools were made out of layered cardboard, again strengthened with resin and smoothed out with car filler. The tubes were made of spare pieces of dowel with headphone jack adapters plugged in one end.

I was looking for a burgundy coloured slim tie. Next came to the rescue with a sale on and I left with a bundle pack of a burgundy and navy tie and a pocket square I'll likely never use.

- H&M white slim fit shirt
- Next black slim fit suit trousers
- Primark fake leather black belt
- Wooden rosary beads
- Zippo lighter

I built the helmet out of cardboard and reinforced it with fibreglass. With copious car fillering, I was able to shape out imperfections and paint it up to reference material. I've installed lights in the rangefinder which flash when in the down position, a hearing aid system to hear outside the helmet and fans to keep me cool.

And with that the costume is complete!

Here's both the undershirt and the deputy shirt. I tea-stained the undershirt and misted some dark brown over the neck area. I only focused on what you could see under the deputy shirt.

The sleeves were cut to length and hemmed in place. Patches were ironed on, taking care to match the placement between epaulettes and sleeve length with screenshots. Then I dabbed extremely watered down acrylic onto sweat points (neck/collar, armpits, bottom of pockets, middle back) and added more depth with an airbrush. You can't see the wear that well in the photo but I took a less-is-more approach.

Trimmed the name plate to size with a dremel and then filed the edges to stop me killing myself on sharp edges. It now sits more accurately on the pocket.

Finished the hat. I steamed the hat over the kettle to slightly reshape the brim. I used Simply Spray Saddle Brown Upholstery paint to darken the hat, but found it came out as a mid-chocolate brown rather than a dark brown, so I took some heavily watered down acrylic paint in an airbrush to darken it up. Time will tell if the paint runs in rain. I don't think acrylic will though.

I bent the star points back again as I did with the cheapo badges although this was a considerably stronger alloy and I had to make use of the gas hob to make the metal more pliable.

Picked up the name plate today and found out he'd provided me with a spare. By the end of this project I may very well have two Grimes outfits! They're a bit on the larger side, but I can trim them with a dremel if it starts bugging me.

Ordered a hat cord from a cavalry store. I enquired about which length would best suit the hat and got a 'just in case' spare for the price of one. Another money-back eBay venture!

While I already have two perfectly acceptable badges and series 2 Rick has no need for collar pins, I saw a deal on eBay which resulted in me getting a $40 badge and $13 collar pin for £15. I'll sell one of my old badges for that price on eBay and get my money back, so win!

Trawled eBay for a while looking for a cheap cattleman style hat. Saw some great options from overseas but with overpriced shipping. I eventually settled on a cheapish hat with reasonable shipping. I'll have to dye the brown darker though by the looks of the picture.

I can't decide whether I should go for this or not. It's a Sekonda watch for £16. It's a close enough copy to Rick's, but is it worth buying a watch that will only see use for this costume? Especially since I already have a watch I wear and love. I also have spindly skinny-guy wrists so it might sit quite slack. Decisions...

I carefully bent the star points back with a pair of pliers and added a yellow glaze to the silver, excluding the centre seal. Then I scuffed them with sandpaper to give the worn impression. All they need now is a gloss clear coat over the paint. (Note one badge came without the 'Sheriff' text inked so I had to add that myself which is why one looks a bit rough)

Went to a local engravers in Sheffield today to see what he could do. He seemed pretty confident he'd be able to match it up to the reference pictures I gave him.

The patches I see everyone using from eBay. The brown is a bit light; I may darken it later if I can do some precision dyeing. I haven't decided yet, but the size and quality is pretty much spot on.

I wasn't willing to go for the £50 option, especially given I needed two so I went cheap. Very screen-inaccurate but I plan to customize them quite a bit.

UK based, I couldn't justify spending so much money on the Quartermaster store shipping for the shirt, so I trawled through eBay again. The best deal came with a long sleeved tan/brown shirt in my size. I'm going to have to cut the sleeves to size and hem them up and also remove a concealed zipper on the inside so I don't have to button up all the front buttons.

Or rather a S&W Model 586. Finding an airsoft 6" barrel Colt Python with wood grips is impossible in the UK so I had the dilemma of choosing between a Python with black moulded grips and the 586 with wooden grips. Since the gun will spend most of it's time in the holster, I went with the wood grip option.

EBay provided me with the duty belt along with all the bells & whistles which was cheaper than if I bought them all separately. The buckle is brass rather than chrome and it doesn't include a speed-loader pouch but it looks the part and comes with a 6" swivel holster. I don't have the heart to cut the bottom off the holster as in the show.

- George white tshirt
- Loblan cowboy boots
- LTB slim fit blue jeans
- A wedding-ring-like ring
- Primark fake leather black belt


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