|Comic, Sci-Fi & Fantasy|
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|Catwoman - Arkham City|
|Female Wizard - Granado Espada|
time completed: Beginning of September 2010
hours spent: 100+
worn at: Dragoncon 2010, AWA 2010, Saboten Con 2010, Sakuracon 2011
Why I chose to make this costume:
How I made this costume:
I had so much fun fabric shopping for this costume! I used different types of materials such as satin, two-toned taffeta and dupioni silk, that react differently in the light, to create a more textured look to the costume. Eventhough this was not a competition costume, I made sure to serge, finish and top stitch/press all the seams and hems - I hate fraying silk/satin eeek. I embroidered the outer silk layer of the corset and added a set of faux flesh tone panels to match the weird character design. I built the corset over a white bra and patterned out all the little panels and overlays on the bust area, made them and sewed them onto the bra by hand. I used the same technique as Carmilla's to make the Wizard's sleeve caps, covered them in fabric, and spent a good day decorating them by making the pleather straps, adding eyelets., hand sewing yards of black rattail in the criss-cross pattern, adding the feather fringe and white lace over that, and finally attaching them onto the shoulder-wrap-sleeve-thing. The shoulder wrap portion of the sleeves were also interesting, as I had to make a pattern with circular shaped and cut them out, then finish sewing the wraps. I made a pattern for the vaguely leafy-looking trim on the bust and shoulders, cut them out of organza, fray checked them, then used fabric paint to paint on the black lines. The sleeves themselves actually detach because there was just too much going on to properly put on the bodice with the sleeves permanently attached. I made the sleeves by creating a burgundy taffeta sleeve section and stitching lined strips of silk on top of it. I used gray organza (fray-checked of course) to make the fringed around the upper arms and wrists. Most of the details on the bodice was attached together by hand.
such as the necklace/choker thing, the belt thing, and the feathered sleeve caps. A lot of design elements that were simple drawn lines for the artist became time consuming hand stitching and fiddling for me, the cosplayer lol. I must have used over 20 yards of rattail trim alone on this costume lol.
My thoughts on this costume:
Photos by Paul Tien
Photos by Anna Fisher, JLinto, Judith Stephens and ?