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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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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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