Cosplay has been a passion area in my life for quite some time, from gushing over cosplay pictures online to meeting cosplayers at conventions and expressing my compliments to them in person.
Before this experience; I had only done one cosplay. A Team Magma Grunt from Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald. A fairly simple design with minimal bells and whistles attached. So, the next phase from this is obviously going for a busty gyaru type character, right?
Join me in this adventure of new experiences, mildly annoying struggles, and pant-soiling excitement – as I put together a cosplay of Junko Enoshima from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
With Halloween fast approaching, you may be wondering what costume you could pull off. Should it be a wicked witch, a powerful vampire or hey, perhaps throw a bedsheet over your head and say ‘oOoOo’? But if you want something that looks great, is low cost and is great for anyone, then look no further. Here are 3 ideas for Halloween costumes this year, that anyone can do.
Blah! We vant to suck your blood– Oh dear, that’s the worst vampire cliche ever.
We came, we saw, we drank and we dined. GeekOut Bristol Meet was as loud as ever, seemingly slightly busier than usual and with a competition that really seemed to gnaw at everybodies necks. So whilst we were being so merry, time went by so quickly as we had games on the go, people discussing everything, including a rather deep conversation about life in the conservatory. Deep stuff, guys.
It’s easy enough to just buy yourself a onesie and say “look at me, I’m a Pikachu”. Hey, it’s a lot of fun; I’ve done it many times! But if you want to go a step further than that, then why not consider making your own Pikachu ears and tail? Join Timlah through this incredibly easy tutorial.
Things are beginning to go bump in the night here on GeekOut and we’re all looking forward to Halloween. It’s a day that I like to talk about a lot, as it’s filled with fun, sweets and of course horror (even silly horror) in general. It’s time to crank up the volume on my Spotify list and begin putting together the pieces for my outfit this year. Ahead of me is a lot of materials but it’s all relatively cheap so let’s get on with how I’m going to make my Halloween costume, a Zombie Grey Knight from Castle Crashers.
All of these conventions are sneaking up on us as of late, however it’s come to my attention that next week, on Saturday 26th, it’s BristolCon! This marks the third year I’ve attended this event, which is a really fun local Sci-Fi and Fantasy convention. There’s some interesting talks, a lot of nice merchandise and an art room to go with it. Couple this with the fact we’re right next to a bar at all times as well (… I’m saying nothing about hanging about at the bar, it’s not like last year we had a huge game or two of Zombie Fluxx there or anything, ) I like to make use of my time as a cosplayer.
Why? I dunno. I just enjoy this stuff. So with that said, what am I going to BristolCon as?
I can’t remember for the life of me if I’ve mentioned it, but it’s time to retire Oskar. He’s been great and I’m sure in the not too distant future he’d be fantastic to return to the world, but his old bones are weak and weary now. It’s time to look towards the future and decide what will become my latest casual cosplay? I’ve got one… And it’s another Original Character. Whereas Oskar was developed from an existing character (Oscar Kass), this one I wanted to make completely unique, a definitely unique costume.
For all of the Facebook and some of the Twitter fans of GeekOut, you may have noticed I’ve been tweeting and posting about a wizard hat. After all, to debut a new costume at BristolCon, a fantasy convention, it’d make sense to make it relevant to Sci-Fi or Fantasy. Last years BristolCon, I went dressed as Twoflower. It’s only fitting then that this year, I go as a Wizard. For those unfamiliar with Discworld and The Colour of Magic, Twoflower is a tourist and he travels with Rincewind the wizard. Instead of going as Rincewind himself, I decided to make a character somewhat inspired by his antics.
So to be a wizard, I need a wizards hat. There it is above. Want to know how I made it? It’s pretty simple… But pay attention to the equation part!
- Material; I used Pleather. Felt is the traditional material of choice for this type of hat. The pleather gave this a really extra floppy feel which was kind of my goal.
- Thread & Needle; I used a matching thread, but later I went over it again with a black thread so it stood out.
- Pattern Paper; I just used normal paper and taped them together. It worked wonders!
- Scissors, craft knife, a pen (or chalk, depending on your preference.)
- Measuring tape, Ruler
Material cost: I bought several metres worth of pleather for £10. I didn’t even use 1 metre for this. This hat cost approximately £4 to make.
First, get your measuring tape and let’s figure out how we’ll make the pattern:
- Measure around your forehead for your heads circumference. Add some extra on for how low on the head you want it to sit. You do not want it to be the exact size of your head, as it will barely fit. Write down your heads circumference and any give. anything between half an inch to one and a half works wonders. I put up half an inch extra.
- Figure out how wide you want the brim. I decided to add 4 inches for the brim.
- You can suss out the brim circumference if you want, I found it didn’t matter too much.
- Find your heads radius: That’s half of your heads circumference (with the extra give you gave in step 1.)
- Figure out how tall you want your ‘peak’, that’s the long pointy bit!
For a better explanation of how this works, I’d highly recommend this page, which has some amazing information about the maths behind making the hat. Once you’ve finished writing all this down, you’ll be making two patterns: One for the peak and one for the brim.
The peak is interesting to make the pattern for. You need to think that you’re making a whole cone. You need to make what is close to three quarters of a full circle, which seems like a bizarre thing to do… But the reason is simply that you’ll be folding the peak on itself to sew it up. You’ll notice my brim (the big circle) didn’t have a hole in it: This comes afterwards. I used my craft knife to score out the part and it popped out quite easily. I used scissors when I was unsure of how well the knife scored it. I also used the scissors to cut out the main shapes.
When you go to sew the peak, remember to sew the “wrong way”, as when you’re finished, the untidy bits of your sewing should be on the inside. If you’re going to use pleather, I might advice that you use a lining of some kind. I didn’t mind so much, I personally prefer it without lining, but I’d probably recommend a simple lining for the brim. It would make it look a lot tidier. But heck, my guy is an accidental wizard.
With two pieces now, you need to sew them together. The way I did it is probably not the recommended way, but: I used some extra room I left on the bottom of the peak (the hem) and pinned it to the brim. Then I sewed the peak to the brim by sewing along the hem and whallah. I had a pointy wizards hat! Well then, that’s that.
Couple this with my blue robes, commonly used with Oskar and armed with a brand new book (That I made), I’ve just got one thing remaining: I need a wizardly weapon. Y’know I already have one..? Cast your mind back to this image:
You might notice what appears to be a large stave of kinds and you’d be correct. I already had a staff made up, which was the basis for the scythe. The staff needs a tiny bit of love (some duct tape sounds good) and we’re good to go. Therefore, by reusing things I already have, this costume has cost me no more than £4 to make. Bargain cosplaying if there ever has been some!
Well, that’s it folks. There’ll be pictures of Timlah, the Accidental Wizard no doubt some time after BristolCon is over. For now though, we roll onto Saturday. I’m looking forward to the event and hopefully people will get a bit of a chuckle out of my attire. If you’d like to make your own for Dummies book, please check out this website, a generator. As a warning, there’s a small watermark on the printed page, but it’s not so bad. I’d recommend doing what I did which is copying the embed code into a text file and adding <html><body></body></html> tags around it. Change the size to something more appropriate (I chose 1024 x 768) and then display that on screen and print it. That was, for some reason, the only way it would get larger for me.
That’s all, the Accidental Wizard is about ready to go. Let me know what you thought in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. The costume has taken no more than 4 hours to make and at just £4 to make the hat..? This was one of the easiest decisions and simplest costumes I’ve ever worked on. This will become my future casual cosplay pieces. Keep your eyes out over the coming weeks whilst I work on my horror Original Character, Ashe.
It’s late, I know, but I wanted to share with you all how my Apollo Justice costume is coming about. Did I even make it? What was the silly delay all about? It’s time to talk through not just the hows but the whys of how this costume has come about. It’s time to put on our wristband, point with our arms stretched outright and accuse the prosecution of lies and slander – Here’s my Apollo Justice cosplay, with a full walk through on everything I am doing for this costume.
Firstly, the easy bits:
The things that I bought were the white shirt and the blue tie. I wanted this costume to have a homemade suit so I could get that just right, but I also wanted some level of professionalism just in case something went pear-shaped. The white shirt cost me £6.99 and the tie cost me £2.50. I’d recommend checking out eBay for this level of offer and I’m not going to lie… I really like my shirt and tie!
Along with the shirt and tie, I also bought a pair of smart shoes.
I am actually using my own hair. I didn’t want to get a wig for this, I wanted to use my real hair. So I grew my hair out to be nice and long and I’m going to head off to the barbers, before I get myself some hair gel and boom. I’ll have myself a proper Apollo Justice hairstyle. If you’ve got long brown hair and want to do this look, simply use some thick hair gel to slick your hair all the way back and don’t forget to get a big clump of hair from your fringe for the antenna.
Of course, that doesn’t explain why these antenna seemingly defy gravity and logic, but that’s a simple explanation. That’ll be wire that’s keeping the clumps up! Just two small bits of wire. I’m going to be wearing a really thin wire piece around my head, burying it somewhat into my hair. It will be done in such a way that you shouldn’t be able to see it, but if you were to go behind the antenna, you should be able to see the wire.
The suit was of course the most daunting piece of the whole costume. From start to finish, I was worried that I’d never get this suit made and that I’d ruin the fabrics I bought for it. For my first ever attempt at sewing a suit, however, I think I’ve done an alright job. However, I didn’t make the patterns for this entirely from scratch. I modified one pattern and the other pattern was basically spot on for Apollo’s trousers.
For the trousers, I used Burda style pattern 6933 which is a really basic formal trousers pattern for men. I think this was a nice one to work with, as everything was included within this pattern. Seam and hem allowances, a belt hold area, zipper, etc. It was pretty easy over all, once I read through the instructions in the pattern. As such, would I recommend using shop-bought patterns? Absolutely. I made a few pairs of trousers using various materials, since I have so many… But honestly, most I won’t wear out. The Apollo one however, I may be tempted to use again in the future at least!
For the vest again I used a Burda pattern, this one was simply called “Men’s Waistcoat 04/2013 #136”. That’s not very inventive, Burda, but I get it! Anyhow, I looked over the pattern several times and it wasn’t spot on to what I was looking for. I needed to modify this pattern. First, I needed a lapel (the bit where the jacket comes in over itself, if you see it?) and I needed some more slit pockets. Nothing to worry about! The slit pockets were already included, so it was a case of adding in the lapel and just copying the slit pocket designs. Once I had everything drawn out, sewing it was not that tricky.
Overall, I don’t know why I was panicking. What do you think of my first proper sewing job?! Let me know!
The Badge and The Bracelet
The Badge was actually quite simple and I don’t know why I didn’t think of doing this before…
The Badge in the Ace Attorney series is a staple of making Apollo and indeed Phoenix. All I did was took some foam board and… Get ready for this… I will be heat gun melting some Worbla over it. This gave that sunken effect. All I had to do was pierce the back with a pin, add the pin into it and boom. I’d have the Defence Attorneys badge.
The Wristband you’d think would be tougher, but actually, it wasn’t so bad at all. I got a lot of ideas from Cosplay Tutorials, where the very first accessory in the list is Apollo Justices’ Bracelet. Check out the tutorial I was looking at.
I couldn’t help it. I’m making myself a super goofy OBJECTION! sign, so I could hold it up to object people whenever I was out and about. Why will I be doing this? I’ll never know, but hey – It’s a funny extra piece to carry around with me. It helps to cement the character for who he is, as we’re all familiar with Ace Attorneys use of the word.
To make this, all I’ll be doing is getting a picture of it up on The GIMP, then blow it up. I’ll blew it up to an A4 size, stuck it to a piece of foam core and cut carefully. That is literally all I have to do for this, but just in case you’d like to make your own OBJECTION! sign, stick around as I’ll be documenting the whole day of crafting.
Fun-extra uses for the OBJECTION! sign
Why not stick it on a spring? Get a way to attach this to a spring and go for it! Let it bounce around with you, or you can keep it down and activate a trigger to let this pop up outta the blue. I’d be curious to see what sort of contraptions people could come up with for an OBJECTION! sign!
That’s it. Apollo should be complete today and will ready to be taken out to the world. In the future, I will likely add to the list of Apollo Justice stuff. I might go so far as to make the blue jacket I shown in the design I was originally going for. The blue jacket doesn’t belong to him, but is a pivotal part of his character development in Dual Destinies… So if you’ve not seen it, don’t worry, I’ll spoil nothing about that.
Stick around through the rest of the day for updates on the costume. Let me know in the comments below, over on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for baring with me on this one. I’ll have some more cosplay progress pictures and stuff in the coming weeks! I will be test-wearing Apollo out tomorrow for the GeekOut South-West August ’15 Meetup, but I’ll also be wearing this for one day in Cardiff Anime and Gaming Convention when I’m off staffing duties.
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