I finally finished this costume! -Completed pictures start Page 4, album here.
Hey guys! I'm a long time lurker here, but never really had any costumes appropriate for a build thread before this one. I've been playing a huge amount of Borderlands 2 the last few months, and started a Gaige costume at the beginning of the year. It has everything I like in a costume- a fun pattern to create, lots of details to obsess over, and opportunities to try out some new skills. Plus her robot arm is AWESOME. Let's be honest here. Oh, and DEATHTRAP.
The plan is for it to be fairly rugged. I want this to be something you could actually wear to explore Pandora and for it to come off more real world than cartoonish. I went back and forth about it, but I decided to go with the "Cherry Bomb" skin instead of her uniform. It's the reward for getting a hundred kills with a rocket launcher... and I really love to blow stuff up. Plus I like red. I don't play video games on default so I shouldn't have to cosplay that way either.
I started with the fabric pieces of the costume. Using my duct tape dummy, I draped out the basic sillouette of the vest and then transferred those pieces to some grid wrapping paper to make a pattern. A few drafts later, I ended up with an okay mock up and plenty of notes on the game plan to fix it.
After I got my good fabric, I tinted the denim from a bright red to crimson and made some chunky piping. The final draft took a few steps to get to, but fits nicely! It is lined in sateen with metal snaps. I cut the shoulder piece from an old, torn, stretched out leather coat, added a few details, and hand stitched it on.
The t-shirt was one of my first projects working with a serger so it isn't perfect, but still really fun. I used that jersey fabric in several places throughout the costume- it really came in handy. I screen printed on the skull last night.
The skirt was a pretty straight forward box pleat with a few darts at the hips. I made a kilt last year for St. Paddy's and used the same technique but... shorter. It is finished with matching bias tape.
I still have a long way to go, but its a start! It will get some airbrushed "distress" before its done- everything looks entirely too shiny. Next I'm designing the patches for my vest, hand stitching a leather glove for her right hand, and getting the base of my arm ready for a date with some Bondo. :-) The fun prop stuff comes next, I promise. I'd like to have a very full utility belt when its done.
I've got a lot more progress pictures in this album. I had more included in the thread, but it was causing irritating side scroll.
I'll check back in once I've got some progress to show, but I update my Facebook page as I finish things here.
So yeah, uh, Hi Everybody. I'm Caitlin at Contagious (previously known as Chance), and I'm into Scifi, English Bulldogs, comic books, belly dancing, XBox 360, and making stuff. I hope you like my costume. :-)
(PS, n00b question-Can you resize pictures in this forum? It doesn't seem to stick in the edit/preview box... I guess I'll need to start uploading some smaller ones.)