Yennefer of Vengerberg

Photographer: Peter Krul     My Yennefer of Vengerberg!   I LOVE The Witcher and I have the biggest soft spot for CD Projekt Red, the game’s developers. When I played The Witcher 3, I was pretty much on team Yen ever since she first showed up. I love her strong personality, intelligence and obvious beauty. I just love how she never makes any excuses for who she is and does whatever she thinks is best, even if people will hate her for it.   When I saw the DLC costume, I was sold. I HAD to make this. I made the skirt and the corset from scratch, dyed and altered the blouse and made the feather trim. This is one of my favourite costumes to date, mostly because I love this character so, so much.

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Aloy (Horizon Zero Dawn) – Wig review & Make-up test!

So I’m starting construction on Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn! One of the first things I did, was order a wig! I ordered the Matilda from Arda Wigs, in the shade Pumpkin. I plan to combine it with wefts in the shade Peach (if you do the same, buy a lighter tone than peach. It’s slightly too orange, but I think it’ll work in my case. If you have a choice, buy a blonder shade!). Of course, the first thing I HAD to do was a make up test! My brows look a tad too round here (need to get them waxed, but am holding out because of wedding shenanigans. The struggle is real, people!) and the freckles aren’t perfect (I lacked the necessary tools to make them more natural), but all in all it’s not bad for a first attempt. Might darken the eyes a bit more for dramatic effect. This ‘no make-up make-up’ is hard, for me, okay! I’m better at full out drag queen make-up, that much is for certain. I am in LOVE with this wig. It’s thick, fluffy, the quality is spectacular and the lace is barely noticeable. Now I’ve always been a big fan of Arda Wigs. They’re based in the US and their wigs are just a bit bigger than wigs usually are. I have a relatively big round head (and a lot of hair) so wigs for big heads are a necessity for me! The quality of this wig is so good that…

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Edward Kenway WIP

I made this costume back in 2013 and I never bothered to make a tutorial. I did take some in progress pics, so hopefully this will be of use to someone 🙂 Some general tips: use heavy and expensive material and weather your fabrics to make your costume as authentic as possible 🙂 Also: don’t be an idiot like me and take the time to correctly measure everything and do the math before you start cutting. The first version of the hood. I used a material that was surpringly close to burlap and that frayed in all the right places. It had a nasty smell to it though.Getting the hood to be nice and round was a skill I never quite mastered. These shoes were bought for like 20 Euro’s at a cheap shoe store. I weathered them with brown shoe polish. I love those early moments when you see things coming together for the first time. The pants were store bought, the shirt was an old blouse from my boyfriend. Ridiculously happy with the first wrist blade I got in. Bought it on Ebay. It was uncomfortable as hell. Those with thick wrists / lower arms should not attempt to wear these. Also be careful: the lock mechanism is not fail safe. I stabbed myself a couple of times ;’) For the hood, I used eye shadow to make it dirty. On the clothes, I used a mixture of brown face paint and a spray bottle to dilute the paint…

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Aloy necklace tutorial – 8 stranded braid

So, I recently started working on Aloy’s costume from Horizon: Zero Dawn. I am in love with her design and her costume provides some nice challenges for me (working with EVA foam and leather, mostly). I figured, seeing as not many people have made this costume yet, that it’d be nice to post a tutorial every now and then. Today I will be going over Aloy’s braided necklace. This necklace is made from braided blue suede. This is what you’ll need: 8 strands of suede or fake suede. Each strand should ideally be about 2,5 m long. I bought four packs with 5 metres of chord and cut those in half. A jump rope or cable. You’ll have to braid around something. The cheapest available option for me was to buy 3 metres of jump rope at my local toy store. Pick something that’s not too thick and that has plenty of flexibility. A fastener. Now, I was lazy and used key rings I still had lying around. On the plus side, I think this is actually something that Aloy herself might do as there are probably no jewelry fasteners where she lives 😉 It doesn’t matter though, your hair or wig will cover it. TIME. The finished braid (without the leather accents) took me 8 hours. Yes. 8 HOURS. This will take a lot of time, even if you’re faster than me. Now for the actual braiding. Tie the chords to the key chain and section them off onto two…

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Harley Quinn WIP

In 2014 I started working on Harley Quinn’s costume from Batman Arkham Knight. This costume really helped me learn how to sew as I had to make an entire ruffled skirt from scratch. In addition, this costume includes leather work, wig alterations and other fun little tricks of the trade 🙂 I never made a real tutorial, but I did take some in progress pics. I’m hoping I can help someone with these 🙂   The leggings were constructed from two pairs of leggings from Forever 21: a red one and a blue one. I bought a bigger size on purpose because they shrink a bit when you take them apart and sew them back together again. Also, I wanted these to be as comfy as possible 🙂 The squares were painted on using Fabric Dye, outlined first with chalk and ironed into place. The bra I used was an old Marlies Dekkers bra. I hand sewed fabric over it to cover the cups and made my own bias tape out of fabric to top it off. Beware: the bigger your cups are, the harder this will be to get right! The skirt was made with a heavy duty cotton. First, I made a basic short pencil skirt with an elastic waist. Then I took long strips of fabric (make these longer than you want the actual showing strips to be because you need to hide the seams underneath each ruffled section) and wrinkled the fabric. I then sewed them…

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Mario Warfare

  After doing Edward Kenway, I really wanted to do something fun and simple that required minimal effort on my part 😉 Hence Mario Warfare was born. Inspired by the webseries by BeatDownBoogie. The only thing I made was the Bob-omb belts for me and Mario. I bought a cheap H&M dress and necklace, cut holes in my tights and glued crystals to a gun.   Character: Princess Peach Game: Super Mario Brothers series Estimated construction time: 8 hours

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Tutorial: Dante’s guns from Devil May Cry

Tutorial: cosplay guns (Ebony and Ivory) I figured I might as well make a tutorial on how I made my guns for my genderbend Dante from Devil May Cry! Now, these are for his guns but they’d pretty much work for any ‘normal’ non sci-fi guns that do NOT have rounded edges. These guns are quite ‘boxy’ and square in nature. This was the first prop I ever made and I am sure a LOT can be improved about them. However, these are not that expensive (excluding the cost of the dremel) and very light weight so easy and safe for cons. First of all: I started with the YouTube tutorial from HyperPropsFX. He also included the schematics for the guns, which was super useful! However, I did do some things different from him, hence the tutorial. I strongly suggest you watch his excellent tutorial first https://youtu.be/BaoTuSw2Lx4 Supplies: foamboard (I used 1,5 large sheets)  a dremel or sanding paper wood glue (and/or worbla and/or sculpting materials) exacto knife paint primer gold paint, silver paint, black paint, brown paint (I suggest using spray paint for all of these, though the gold might be easier in normal acrylic paint) gold marker Pattex glue Have everything you need? Great, let’s go! I don’t have pictures of all the steps, so bear with me. 1) Print the designs, trace them on the foamboard and cut them out. Turn the design over and make copies of all of them, except for number 2 (see step 2)….

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Harley Quinn – Batman Arkham Knight

  Photographer: Charlaine Kreuning Photographer Unknown. Is this your photograph? Please contact me asap! Photographer: Bas Eenink Photographer: Bas Eenink I started construction on this costume somewhere late in 2014 and finished it in March 2015. I have always loved the edginess of Arkham Harley, the pleather and obvious BDSM references in her looks. When I saw Jessica Nigri cosplay the Arkham Knight version, I knew what I had to do 😉 Everything, apart from the corset, was hand made or adapted by me in some way. The bra is a Marlies Dekkers bra I repurposed by covering both cups with different fabric. The harness is made of two layers of pleather glued together, stainless steel rivets and O rings. The wig is a Chibi by Arda Wigs, dip dyed with markers. The skirt is hand made and features 3 layers and loads of lace that was hand sewn to the bottom. It’s made of a very thick and heavy cotton blend. The leggings were two pairs of regular leggings I cut up and sewed together. The diamonds on them were made with DecorFin fabric dye. The studs were attached by hand. —————————————————– Character: Harley Quinn Series: Batman Arkham knight Estimated construction time: Over 100 hours.

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