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Aloy Skirt Tutorial – Part 2

  Hi guys! So, today, I’m going to go over how I embroidered the skirt panels for Aloy’s skirt from Horizon Zero Dawn. If you’re looking for how I made these panels in the first place please go have a looksie at part one right HERE! Okay, are you ready? Then here we go! Note: for this tutorial, I’m going to assume that you used real hide, like me. This changes the process quite a bit! (I.e. it takes a LOT longer, but the results, in my humble opinion, are worth it!) Here’s all that you’ll need for these steps: Your finished panels. You will need 6 in total (4 large ones, 2 smaller ones on the sides) A hole puncher Red wax chord 1mm thick (approx 50 metres per panel) Sand/white wax chord 1,5 mm thick (50 metres is enough) White/Ivory/off white wax chord 1,5 mm thick (30 metres should cover it) A large hobby needle/leather needle. Any needle with a big enough opening should do. (Insert dirty joke here) A piece of paper Tape An exacto knife A marker Pencil Some nice music/Netflix/movies or something. This will take a while!   Ready? Alright, then! First step: The red chord. Now, if you look closely, you will see that the red panels on Aloy’s skirt are actually twine of some sort that has been wrapped around the fabric a bunch of times. Again, I don’t know what leather needles that girl has been using (or maybe she’s got superhuman strength, who…

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Aloy skirt tutorial – Part 1: Flaps!

Hi guys! I’ve decided to chronicle my journey making Aloy’s costume from Horizon Zero Dawn. Today, I’ll be going over how I made the base flaps for her skirt! MATERIALS First of all, picking materials is quite a big step for this one. I wanted this costume to be as authentic as possible. In addition, I was eager for a chance to work with genuine hide. In the cosplay guide, Guerrilla Games specifies that her skirt is made from panels of hide that are embellished with simple fabrics. I decided to go for suede. You can either buy pigskin or cow suede. I believe mine is made from cows (I forgot to ask when I bought it), simply because it’s a bit too thick and sturdy to be pigskin. I personally think using real hide gives you the best results, but I’ll list the pro’s and cons here for your reading pleasure. 😉 Pro’s: It looks freaking great The added weight makes sure the flaps ‘hang’ believeably Authenticity Fabric is most likely too thin to successfully emulate this look Cons: It’s harder to sew (cow hide is practically impossible to sew by hand without a hole puncher and steel robotic fingers) It’s harder to find a vegan / animal friendly option Cost (it’s more expensive) Other materials used: dark blue linnen/cotton blend, light blue linnen/cotton blend A heavy duty sewing machine (if you use real, tough suede, this is a MUST). I used my mum’s old Lotus 1000 from the…

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Yennefer of Vengerberg – DLC Costume tutorial

Over the past few weeks a LOT of people have asked me about how I made my alternate Yennefer of Vengerberg costume! Photographer: Peter Krul   I didn’t take pictures of all the steps, but I decided to make a blog post and share what I’ve learned so far 🙂 Hopefully this will be of some use to someone out there 🙂 For what it’s worth, with Aloy I am currently taking pics of every step, so that might help some of you 🙂 So, without further ado: let’s get to WORK! My costume is made up out of the following parts (from bottom, heh, bottom,  to top): Boots Stockings Mini-skirt / hotpants Flappy pencil type skirt Belt around hips Gypsy shirt with feather shrug Brown leather corset Belt around waist Gloves Ribbon with symbols and runes engraved on them Necklace with a pentagram So, let’s just visit these elements one by one 🙂 1. BOOTS Now, I have to be honest here. Yen is wearing elaborate boots. These are highly detailed and very intricate and it was impossible to get decent screenshots of those boots. I was on a time crunch when I made this costume (who isn’t?!) and I figured the boots would not show up in their entirety in a single picture (I was right). So, I got some thigh high boots I already owned and wore those. In some shots I’m wearing even higher boots, because I wrecked my feet the day before and could not wear heels. For…

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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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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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