Outta the way, world.
I've got my sassy pants on.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Psylocke Part 2 - Postponed

So, I don't have what I thought I would for this post.

Honestly, the rest of her accessories include cutting up strips and sewing them together to fit your arms/legs. May stick them with some Spirit Gum to keep them in place.

For her sash I just got a long piece of red cloth, and tied it together. You don't technically need a belt buckle for her, but sometimes she's shown with one.

I just used some craft foam, cut it into shape, threw on a coat of modge podge, then painted it and finished it up with more modge podge.

I plan on just gluing it on.

I couldn't get the psy blades figured out, so this post is short. I'll surprise you with some fun pictures instead. Woo.

There is not much to this post, honestly.
I thought I would have some thoughts on how to make her psy blades. but honestly my attempts failed so miserably that I'm ashamed to show them. LOL

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Psylocke Part One

Wow, long time no blog. Hurhurhur

Anyways, I'll just hop right into it. It's summer time...ish. Or it supposedly will be soon. And as I work with the Kids Heroes Foundation, you can imagine we're going to be doing a lot of outdoor events soon.

And as much as I love standing out in the heat in a full black body suit as Batgirl, I don't.

It took me a long time to decide on what cosplay would be good for hot days. The problem is there's very few recognizable female super heroes. And we already have most of them claimed (lucky thing I got batgirl early haha)

So I have to go with something lesser known. I'm sacrificing for the heat. I'd rather only very few people know who I was and be less uncomfortable then continue on as Batgirl in the heat.

Without further adieu, here's my plan for Psylocke - Part one!


I bought a wig off a friend for like $5 that's decent, so I'm set. I'd like a better wig eventually, but I need to put my money elsewhere.

It's curly, but that shouldn't be hard to straighten.
 wig is fashion

The thing is, I'm an Arda fangirl.
However, this new site has come to my attention called Wig Is Fashion.
I bought one of their wigs on sale...and I thought it would be cheap.
Although shiny, and smell, a few rounds of fabric softener later and I'm in love. 
Honestly, love them. And they're cheap. 

Also, if you wanna go the Arda route, you're out of luck.
I would have gone the Eowyn, or even Buttercup route. But they don't have a single color that would work for Psylocke. Period. Even the super long wigs don't have the color you'd need. 


I found a few forum posts that have some suggestions, here's what one person (claiming to be a body painter professional, who knows) had to say:
"Kryolan (cake & Airbrust) - worldwide a top choice - best colors, soft and most easy to come off. Airbrush new colors regularly, very durable.

Mehron's Paradise AQ (cake) and their new LUX - Also now a worldwide product - (cake) colors not as vibrant as some, medium durability. (airbrush) great colors, good durability

Wolfe Face Art and FX (airbrush) - Body painters swear by their black and white as the #1 choice. Vibrant colors, greater learning curve"

My thoughts?

Ben Nye, - easy to use, they have water based and cakes. The water based works well for full body, and the cakes worked well for face.

So take that for what you will....
 I have a local costume store that I got my previous stuff from. They were extremely helpful, so if you're unfamiliar I'd recommend checking out your local stores for suggestions. 
Keep in mind, she doesn't always have the red streak in the comics. Just depends on what you read and like. 


This part is unfair. I'm making it myself with the help of a friend.

Normally, I have no problem buying. In fact, I totally would if I could find a BLUE leotard that fit the way hers does. The best I found was a black one on Amazon

So my plan is to take apart a leotard I already have, trace the pattern on to the fabric I bought, and just reconstruct it. 

So this is a bit easier. Just take whatever fabric you're using, and cut it into strips for the arms and legs! And sew the ends together, obv. 

 fasdfaFor my own gloves, I honestly went and bought a cheap pair from the costume shop, and ripped the seams. Laying them flat, I just used them as a pattern and sewed them back up. It wasn't easy, because the material was lycra, but I went REALLY slow, and had to tuck them in here and there, but it worked in the end.

If you want to make them fingerless for ease, do the same as above, only cut them to a point rather than sewing fingers.

For the fingered gloves I'll refer to a tutorial I've posted before. Found on IMGUR

You can just do the same thing with the strips, measure them around your leg, sew 'em together. Easy as pie.

Since these boots go above the knee, I'll leave out the short boot tutorials.

This one is from Pokemon Master Kimba.
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And this is from Aleksandra Chernova

Part One Finished - Watch Out for Part Two Son (Accessories)

Friday, February 6, 2015


Ok so last weekend was SLC FanX! Comic Con's sister event.

I pulled out my old X-23 cosplay and did some revisions. One of the blades had broken, my belt fell apart etc. etc. And I was excited that, though the changes were small, I had improved.

There are still things I want to do, so I'm compiling my list again so I can come get the resources to make her even better.

First, let's compare this year to last year:
Note the awful belt. I literally took large floral wire and hot glued it to a belt. And the buckle is just cloth over cardboard. The necklace was cloth over duct tape safety pinned together. And the pendant was duct tape again, and the design was just drawn on.

The claws only look good because a friend of mine made them from fiberglass and formed them perfectly to fit my knuckles. Thy are the best thing about the cosplay.

If you want to go that route - there's nothing wrong with it.

But, let's check out this year!!

This year I did some things different. 

First, I would start off with the hair, but I use my natural hair for this. Which is nice and easy.

To start from the top - it's way easy. 
Hair? I just dyed my natural hair black. The style isn't the same exact one as X23's but she has so many fanarts and renditions that it doesn't matter.

The shirt? 
Just find a black tank top. Honestly, not that hard. Check basically anywhere and you can find it. The only trick is finding one that has decently large straps. You don't want a full spaghetti strap shirt. That's what I went with, but if I'd had time I would have gotten a better shirt to top it off.
If you want some options I'd check out this black tank top from Amazon. You don't want a ribbed, cotton one if you can help it. Something smooth or shiney is going to look much better. Either way, make sure it is as tight as you can get without looking squeezed in. If you need to tailor it, I recommend it. You will also need to modify it by cutting off the bottom. 
I didn't bother cutting it and sewing it, I just folded any excess under my bra, lol.

 The choker was a bit of a challenge to figure out. But when I did, it was really easy.

Basically I took some thick ribbon and sewed it together. And then I took a clasp and sewed it in the back. Bam. Done.

The harder part was the pendant. I used craft foam, my lovely friend. I had to print out the design and use it to cut out the symbols. I wanted it to have layers so it looked more real.

I glued it together with superglue, but modge podge would work. I also modge podged it, painting it, then modge podged it again to seal it up. Turned out pretty good.

Next we've got the belt. Which is gold and blue, not red and black like most Xmen.

I basically did the same thing as the pendant. I cut the circle and X symbol out of craft foam, glued it, modge podged it, painted it, then modge podged it again. To give it some more substance I actually glued it to some cardboard as well.

The tricky part was finding a belt to attach the buckle to. I just found one on ebay by searching "gold circle belt" lol.

 bootsWhen I found the belt I had to adjust it to fit without having hanging extra pieces. I just used some pliers to switch around loops. To attach the buckle I just flipped the belt around, and hot glued the crap out of it. It didn't work trying to get it on the clasp, so I figured it just best to put the clasp behind me and make the buckle look good in the front.

I'm skipping to the boots really quick. I used a pair I bought awhile back that I"m in love with. They happened to work perfect. However, if I had the money I'd totally buy these ones. They've got some of the straps already, which is something I didn't want to bother making to be honest...

 legAnyways, back to leggings. I just used some regular ones I already had. However I am going to probably buy more shiny ones in the future. Like these which are pretty cool because they are more interesting to look at. But if you're looking for shiny without design, these are a good option and probably will be the ones I get next.

The last part would have to be the claws. I recommend making some templates out of cardboard. If you can get them to work, just use that, and paint them. If you want to go the extra step to awesome ones, try using cintra. Make sure to SAND it before you paint. I made that mistake...never again. It chips so bad.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Disney Genderbend!

So I haven't posted in awhile. Life has been a bit crazy the past few weeks. But I'm hoping to get back on the ball.

 panThis post is all about Disney! Someone posted on the Utah Cosplay group page to see if anyone was interested in joining her for some genderbent Disney princesses. She needed some males to compliment what she was doing.

The reaction was outstanding.

So many people were totally into it! So with her permission I set up a group and started a list of what people wanted to do. If you're interested, check out the page!

Well, I, myself, was on the fence about what I wanted to do. I'm only a partial fan of Disney, but there are some things I love. After seeing that someone was going to do a male Tinkerbell, I knew I had to jump on that. I could have done a sweet Captain Hook, but I chose Peter Pan and convinced my mom to go with Hook.

I'm totally excited.

So this post will highlight my plans for Peter Pan!

This is only the first of the posts I'll be doing. I don't want to do the normal 'sexy' Peter Pan where basically girls take his outfit, make it fit for a girl and there it is. Those look awesome, don't get me wrong! But I want to design my own version.

Also RogueLeaderRed's Pan and Hook look awesome!

Obviously I haven't designed anything yet. But There are accessories I'll need so I'll start here.

So I'm gathering a few reference ideas based solely on Peter Pan's original outfit. I'll be gathering possible inspiration for modifications later and posting them as.

When I get that figured out I'll post a full top to bottom exploration of how I'm doing things. Yay!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween!

A day late, but Happy Halloween!!

I did not, unfortunately, get to dress up due to some medical issues in the family. That also kept me from doing a charity event I was very excited to do. :(

But, before I had to go off to the hospital I took some of my mom's black and silver eyeliner and played around with the creepy Cheshire Cat smile I wanted to do but couldn't afford the facepaint for.

 I had planned on doing a gender bend Red costume from Pokemon, and having my husband wear a Pikachu onesie, but that obviously didn't work out. I did, however, have a friend takes some pics for me a few weeks ago. 

And here's a reference to what I based my gender bend off of. I didn't do the white on the color or the gray on the gloves.

Well, I hope you guys were able to have an awesome Halloween and were able to dress up!

If you have pics, please share them I'd love to see what you guys were able to do!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


So my last post was all about the Black Bat.

 batgirl artWell, the reason I made that one my top priority is because I can mod it easily and use it as a Batgirl (Barbara Gordon style) as well.

There's not much that needs to be changed. See my previous post for more details.

In this post I will only be talking about the things that I didn't cover for Black Bat. Like the difference in boots, gloves, cowl, cape, and belt.

I guess that may look like a big list. Maybe it is. Oh well.

Either way I feel obligated to highlight this AMAZING cosplay. I'm basically hoping that if mine is a fraction as cool I will feel successful.

So let's start top to bottom again.
First up: the cowl

Now, here's the problem. Cowls are hard. Like, they seem really hard. And I haven't quite decided on actually doing a cowl. For what I want this for, I could probably get away with just a mask. Which for now, is actually what I'm going to do unless I get hit by some sort of inspiration and loads of money.

BUT for your sake, I have found some tutorials. First up is one made completely out of duct tape. Which might really be the only way I'll try it hahaha.

And here is the first part of a video series. Honestly I only saw part 3 so I'm
hoping that when I start over I'll have a better idea of what to do LOL

And this is a video tutorial for Captain America, but hey, the basics are the same, right?

I actually think it's the same guy doing both but whatever.

Let's talk a little about the wig.
I happen to have gotten lucky and swapped out a wig of mine for an Arda wig - the Buttercup in Dark Copper Red. This is a very natural red, which is what I like about it because there is a lot I can use it for. It has a part in the front which can be re-styled to give the appearance of bangs if you don't go with a cowl, and use a mask instead.
My original choice had been a Ferrari in Maroon. However this turned out to be MUCH more purple in person. If you are looking for a more vibrant red, they have a color reference page you can check out. They also have comparisons of the colors side by side. I would actually recommend buying samples of the colors 
The next stop is the cape!
As in the other post, I'm not that great at sewing. And although I could learn, my friend Rachel is like, the master of capes and cloaks and stuff. So if I don't have her apprentice me, I'll be having her make it haha.

The basic thing to understand about Batgirl's cape is that it two toned. It is only black on the top. The underneath part should be as close to the same color as the gloves and boots as possible.

Also keep in mind most artwork will have the edges of her cape jagged. Not ripped, but very sharp. But, a lot of artwork also has it with smooth edges.

There are a few other things to consider. I'm not well versed in my Batgirl outfits, but I have seen many versions where her cape is no longer than her butt. I feel like this coincides with how young she is hahaha but I don't know enough about her character or history to say for sure. You Batman fanboys feel free to jump in.

For my personal preference, I'm going with a mid-thigh length cape that has the sharp edges.

I already outlined how to do the bat symbol in my last post. I'll be using the same bodysuit with the same symbol on it for both.

Now let's check out the gloves.

Or not. Because I don't have a whole lot going for them yet. Mostly I have gathered information on how to make bracers and just regular gloves.

However, I haven't spent the time yet to figure out how to make the spikey parts. I'll work on that next.

Anyways, here is a homestuck glove tutorial that I think is really cool. Don't know that it would work too well with heavier, super hero gloves, but I'll have to try it out.

So the next step is the belt of course!

Ah the belt. So. Much. Easier. Than the Black Bat one hahaha.

Using this tutorial, I'm basically going to start scouting buying a belt with a changeable buckle. When I find it, I'll link it. For now at least I know what to do when i find it! Hah!

I'm doing Barbara Gordon's belt, however, so instead of all those pouches I just need to make some little line things to glue on. Fun times.

And the last bit of the costume: The Booooooots~~

Now, again, in my other post I linked several boot tutorials.

Here's one more that I forgot to link. Just in case it's useful.

 The biggest thing about Batgirl's boots is the top design. She doesn't have just regular superhero shoes, she's got the cool bat design at the top.

Which makes them unique, fun, and probably harder to make hahahah.

Well here goes nothing!!!