Now my work room has been sorted out (at long last!), I can finally spend time on this costume.
Time for a run down of what I have planned for Pit.
I'm following several references, from Uprising and his appearance in Brawl, and I'm mishmashing the minor details to create a look that I'm comfortable with. The goal is to create something that looks like it's straight from the game, with a heavily stylised hairstyle and wings, but something that still looks convincing.
So looking at the elements that will be needed, head to toe:
Wig - I've been incredibly inspired by Malinda-chan's wig work, mostly her Cloud wig (it's one of the biggest inspirations I've had for this project). Her progress has been incredibly helpful, and I plan to follow her methods. Spiking is something very new for me, so I will have to.
Laurel - I can make this with worbla quite easily. It'll be simple to create the leaves and add in intricate details, while keeping the piece strong. Painted with the same gold as all the armour in this costume.
Wings – I have been so torn about this part of the costume, and it's something I want to do right. Feathers would be great to work with, but sadly I can't afford a huge amount, and I don't think real ones would suit the cartoon look I am trying to make. Paper would be another option, but it's way too delicate to risk it (rain, wind, expo crowds etc). I have worked with foam for a pair of wings before, and again, it's not the effect I want for Pit. From my research, the best thing I have found is thin white packing foam. It's translucent enough and it creates a really soft, delicate look. The foam could rip, and may struggle to keep its form because it's such a thin material, but I am sure I can find ways to counter that.
His wings will also require a harness, which is going to be difficult because of the exposed nature of his costume. If I keep the wings as light as I can then I can keep my options open for when I have to attach them to me. The best kind of harness would be one that covers the binder on my back, .
Underwear – Pit seems to be wearing some kind of active wear under his toga, which resembles modern racing swimsuits and other sports gear. The racer back is perfect for his wings *which unfortunately falls short of my binder's arm holes fffff*. For the sake of practicality, I am going to split this part in two, and make a swimsuit (this will stretch out the top evenly, and will not be seen) and a pair of shorts. I did have a little toss up between jersey or lycra for this part because of the shine, fitting, cost and even colour. Right now I'm not too sure, I will have to research more. Lycra is more likely because it fits the stretch requirement for my pattern, even though it's more expensive.
Scarf – I want this to be a little different in either colour or texture to stand against the toga nicely. It's shown to be a different fabric in all of my reference art.
Shoulder pendant – Can be cast from resin, or be a clear dome painted from the inside. Resin would be heavier, but it would look best.
Toga – this freaking thing. I can't be the only person that has planned to cosplay this guy that has had problems for his forsaken toga. I want to keep it simple, and I'm taking into account that togas would be made using a folded sheet. So I'm treating it like really elaborate fabric origami. What I have narrowed it down to is that it's just a rounded sheet folded in half. I will either roll hem the sheet or line it completely to create a seamless look. I'm drafting it with muslin, and I will make it in either linen or cotton.
Trim – The trim along the bottom edge of his toga is just a repeated swirl pattern, I can add a red fabric that has been either painted or embroidered. Painting would be quicker but the embroidered method would be ideal.
Belt – His belt has two buckles, one in the front, and a larger one in the back. The silver can be painted.
Cuff – Pit's arm cuff is more detailed than the one on his leg, it has engraved details and extra bands around the edges. This will be treated like all of the gold areas in this costume.
Bracers – EVA foam will be good to use here, I want to make these look as large as they do in the art, if I can. I will use the same leather material that I use for the belt.
Rings – I am really conflicted about this too. My fall back plan is to have two tube rings painted pale yellow. If I can use EL wire to light them up, I will work that into the costume.
Glove flaps – Red velour and worbla. I will wear these on both hands because no two of the reference images are consistent with this.
Gloves – this will be made with the same stuff as the underwear. Like the flaps, I will wear these on both hands.
Band – same as all the gold pieces, will be made with worbla and smoothed to gloss. This has no detail and will be the simplest of the armour pieces to make.
Boots/sandals – this are trimmed with wool, and feature a pair of buckles on the back, and a single one on the front of each boot. The crossed leather strips can easily made with worbla. It's possible to completely make these from scratch, if I used EVA foam for the soles.
Swords – these are really beautiful swords, with a glossy, holographic centre to both them. They join at the hilt to become a bow. They will be made with the same process as I will with the gold on the costume, with worbla. The core is debatable, because I could use cut perspex (I need to test this first), and it would be strong enough to support the blades. Another option is to use a flat wooden core that was cut.
I can't wait to see what I can do with this~