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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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