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    Aug 20, 2013, 11:40 AM - Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #1

    First off, I'm super new to this forum (lots of lurking, not a lot of posting).

    I've loved the Avenger's Captain America costume. The jacket! With all it's many pieces (I think I counted 38 separate pieces when I was making the pattern). I wanted to make a tough female version that didn't suffer from the "showing the tummy" syndrome. I even made myself blonde for this darn thing. Now, I warn you these are call kinda crappy iphone pictures.

    My initial concept sketch:
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    Holy moly guys, this costume will be the death of me. I could go on and one with the trials and tribulations I've gone through so far, but instead I thought I'd share some process shots. I'm prepping all of this for DragonCon this year.

    I hand dyed the fabric (4 times!) to get the color right, and suffered a bleaching accident on half of the lighter blue fabric

    Pants:
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    Corset (red and white pleather):
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    Jacket (and hood): The star is a metal one I picked up and painted around the 4th of July
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    and with the silver shoulder pieces (these are made of craft foam for flexibility:
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    I'm running into some chipping issues on my shield due to the masking tape pulling up the paint which I'm trying to remedy now. Sadly, I'm kind of against a time crunch, so the shield may just end up with "battle damage." I'm also working on covering the boots.

    I'll update as I finish more.
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    Aug 20, 2013, 11:52 AM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #2

    This is awesome! Subscribed!
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    Aug 20, 2013, 1:16 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #3

    This is quite dope! Definitely can't wait to see more, miss. The jacket/hood combo looks sick! Did you have to sew all the different patterns on it separately?
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    Aug 20, 2013, 1:23 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #4

    Alan12 said: View Post
    This is quite dope! Definitely can't wait to see more, miss. The jacket/hood combo looks sick! Did you have to sew all the different patterns on it separately?
    Thanks! And yeah, I to sew all the pieces separately Most crazy pattern I have ever made. Total pain, but I think the end result was worth it. Luckily I did a test jacket ahead of time to make sure all the pieces worked.

    I'm working on the shield, belt, and boot coverings right now.
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    Aug 20, 2013, 1:30 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #5

    imatangelo said: View Post
    Thanks! And yeah, I to sew all the pieces separately Most crazy pattern I have ever made. Total pain, but I think the end result was worth it. Luckily I did a test jacket ahead of time to make sure all the pieces worked.

    I'm working on the shield, belt, and boot coverings right now.
    Very awesome! And you're mighty welcome. And yes, that pattern just looks like a nightmare, I can't imagine trying to do it, much less twice! LOL.

    How's the progress on those going? I've always had a soft spot for Captain America's shield for some reason, it's just awesome.
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    Aug 20, 2013, 1:56 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #6

    Looks fantastic so far!
    Really looking forward to seeing this altogether.
    The corset is gorgeous! Did you buy it white or was is already red and white striped?
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    Aug 20, 2013, 2:31 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #7

    Looking good.
    What paint are you using for your shield and which brand of masking tape?
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    Aug 20, 2013, 2:52 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #8

    outatime26 said: View Post
    Looks fantastic so far!
    Really looking forward to seeing this altogether.
    The corset is gorgeous! Did you buy it white or was is already red and white striped?
    I actually made it myself. I found white and red pleather and went at it. It's great because I match my reds with my boots since I'm covering them with the same pleater
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    Aug 21, 2013, 9:05 AM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #9

    Fly4v said: View Post
    Looking good.
    What paint are you using for your shield and which brand of masking tape?
    I'm using the Duplicolor Metal Cast and Frog Tape with some 1/4 inch masking tape for minis for those curves.

    I sanded and re-sprayed the blue last night and used drafting tape. Seemed to be much more gentle on the silver.

    I'm really new to layered spray paint projects, so this has definitely been a learning experience.
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    Aug 21, 2013, 9:12 AM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #10

    Here's my progress from last night:

    The wrist gauntlets. All I need now is to add the silver details. (you can also see my husband's plasti-dipped Galactus helmet in the background)
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    And I finished spraying and "distressing" the leg ones for the boots (not the most exciting picture). I'll be putting the matte finish on it tonight
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    And my boot covers in process. The red I'm covering the boots with is the same I used in my corset. Matching!
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    Thanks for all the kind words so far! It really keeps me motivated! This is the more time intensive costume I've ever made with a lot of new techniques for me, so it's been a crazy few months so far. One week left till DragonCon!
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    Aug 21, 2013, 5:26 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #11

    Love this costume so far! Great interpretation and great work. Hope to see you at DC!
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    Aug 21, 2013, 6:21 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #12

    I love this. I would wear that jacket everyday! and....Galactus too, you guys are awesome.
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    Aug 21, 2013, 6:27 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #13

    Looking better and better, miss! You certainly are cruising on the progress, haha.
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    Aug 21, 2013, 8:25 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #14

    Love the jacket! This one's gonna be fun to see finished!
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    Aug 21, 2013, 10:31 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #15

    Mega! Really well executed project. Looking forward to seeing it finished.
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    Aug 21, 2013, 10:43 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #16

    Wow! great job!
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    Aug 22, 2013, 6:46 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #17

    imatangelo said: View Post
    I actually made it myself. I found white and red pleather and went at it. It's great because I match my reds with my boots since I'm covering them with the same pleater

    WOW! It's beautiful. Well done.
    It looks amazing already
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    Aug 23, 2013, 5:07 AM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #18

    This is awesome! I love seeing genderbender costumes done right! I know that jacket was a nightmare for my fiancee when she did mine, especially as we used a stretch fabric. I was reminded many times that "I'm lucky she loves me" :P. Not my fault she won't let me near her sewing machine!
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    Aug 23, 2013, 5:16 AM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #19

    ^_^

    This looks very very promising!!! What u have done so far looks great!!!
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    Aug 23, 2013, 6:51 AM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #20

    looks class! any pics on the shield yet?
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    Aug 24, 2013, 12:21 AM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #21

    Ciano930 said: View Post
    looks class! any pics on the shield yet?
    Yes! The shield has us antsy!
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    Aug 26, 2013, 11:06 AM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #22

    Sorry I've been a bit dormant. Shield drama taking up my life. But last night I finished the whole costume, and if I have time I'll add brown leather straps to the back of the shield.

    First image is the chipping escalated to the 9th degree. I don't feel like I've seen anyone else have chipping issues with the Duplicolor chrome and the metalcast paints, but I had all kinds of issues. I ended up sanding down to base and starting over. I clear coated it yesterday morning, I'll try to take a finished picture tonight

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    I had to try on a bunch of the costume to fit the utility belt (you can see it sans pocket) and the boot glue was drying, but you can get the idea. I'm getting my hair trimmed and roots touched wednesday night before we leave for Atlanta!
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    Now I need to figure out how to make a She-ra sword before thursday morning...
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    Aug 26, 2013, 1:01 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #23

    Good luck to you, suit looks awesome.
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    Aug 26, 2013, 1:06 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #24

    sjorsjo91 said: View Post
    Good luck to you, suit looks awesome.
    Totally agree, the suit came out awesome and you look great! The shield looks superb as well!
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    Aug 26, 2013, 1:50 PM - Re: Captain America: Avengers costume genderswap #25

    Thanks All! I really appreciate the kind words.

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