Avengers Black Widow - Pics & Upgrade Plans!

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  1. aeryn

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    Widow has been debuted and worn to various events, and you can check out pics below (post #22) as well as my plans for upgrading the outfit. Fabric has been chosen and ordered for the new suit, i've chosen a new belt and i've begun research and schematics for her taser gauntlet. I'll be posting progress on the gauntlet here.



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    So, with timing and other things, I've decided to put Sif on hold for right now and work on a Black Widow costume for Avengers and a con just a couple weeks before the premiere. Sif will still happen, but it's about 3x the work with her armor and I've got a lot on my plate already before April and Widow is better timed.

    That said, I have ordered a wig, but it is more Iron-man length than Avengers length. But it's GORGEOUS. It will doubles as my Codex wig, too (i just dyed my hair from auburn to dark brown, hence the wig).

    I've also figured out she carries 2 Glock 26s which i can find for about $10-12 ea with shipping (airsoft variety and cast in metal, even!). What is proving to be a bit harder are the leg holsters. Anyone know a source of cheap leg holsters? I have a friend with a vac-form machine, so i might be able to make the actual gun-holding-part out of that, but I can't find a glock holster for less than $35 ea. :unsure

    For her wrists, i plan on casting each of the casing-type things and adhering them to elastic or something similar. Her SHIELD patches i'll also cast so i can get them thin enough and out of silcone/rubber to attach to the arms. Widow buckle i'll make out of magic sculpt, but the utility belt i haven't figured out yet.

    The body suit i actually plan on finishing first as i want it to double for my Katniss costume for Hunger Games premiere. I LOVE her Iron Man boots but HATE the wedges she wears in a lot of the Avengers filming stills. blah. She wears flats that are similar, so I'll be trying to find/modify boots for those.
     
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  2. Blurr

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    Re: Avengers Black Widow

    Double post*
     
  4. Rdmaul

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    I believe the Holsters are BlackHawk Serpa holsters but the actual leg harness was custom made for the film by Studio Art and technology.
     
  5. aeryn

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    Thanks for the holster ideas! I just got my wig yesterday - i'll post a pic when my face isn't so derpy from being awake at a con all weekend. :p
     
  6. SickTag

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    My wife wants to dress up as Black Widow to go along with my Iron Man costume for the midnight release of the film :D
     
  7. Shenanigan

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    What are you planning on doing for the jumpsuit? My fiance is wanting to go as Black Widow for StarFest in April, and for the Avengers midnight showing, but our best idea was to use a wetsuit. Any other ideas for it aside from that?
     
  8. aeryn

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    I plan on making mine, as I do with most things. Bodysuits are easy - i've made half a dozen at this point. Otherwise you can get bodysuits all over on ebay.

    Where are you going to the showing? I plan on wearing my Widow to Starfest as well (with my BF as Thor).
     
  9. Shenanigan

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    I'll likely end up buying a jumpsuit off of ebay, and just make the rest of the costume myself. I don't know if I'll have time to make the bodysuit and finish my costume (I'm going as Thor, too) before StarFest.

    Aside from my costume and my fiance's, I'm also helping a few friends with a Captain America, Hawkeye, & Loki costume, so I've got my plate filled for the next couple months. We'll hopefully have someone going as Iron Man and the Hulk with us, too.

    As for where I'll be going to the showing, it'll likely be at the AMC in Highlands Ranch. The whole gang will be there, too.
     
  10. aeryn

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    woo! dual avengers groups! I'm making my widow (should be pretty easy) helping my BF with his thor and then /hopefully/ finishing an avengers loki (which will be awesomely insane) for then. my friend anthony has an iron man, but i'm not aware of any other avengers. not sure where we'll do the screening, but i live in the springs, so likely here.
     
  11. Shenanigan

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    Haha it should be epic at StarFest then. I am very much looking forward to finishing Loki's costume. Definitely one of the coolest Avengers costumes.

    Anyways, could you post some pics of your Widow costume as it comes together, so I can get some ideas from it? And I'll post a link as soon as I start a thread on my costume builds, too.

    Good luck to you on your costumes. Can't wait to see my competition at StarFest...haha.
     
  12. aeryn

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    no prob! that's what this thread is for. i'm going to draft my bodysuit pattern next week and maybe sculpt the shield logos. might be able to make a couple extras if you need them for your girl's costume. :)
     
  13. aeryn

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    does anyone have good screen caps of the back of black widow? i have one, which reveals there is no back seam, so i am trying to figure out how the seam works for the legs. :)
     
  14. ben reilly

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    i can't wait to see the costume at starfest! i plan to have my spider suit finished by then
     
  15. aeryn

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    Woo Starfest!

    Was thinking of entering Widow in the costume contest with my BF's Thor, my friend's Loki and any other Avengers we can scrounge up. Might still do that, but it will be a little trickier since we don't have Loki anymore (various reasons), but do have a Bruce Banner (but no Hulk). Anyway, Avengers WILL be seen saturday, whether it's a group competition or not. :)

    Also, I was hoping to have the bodysuit done this weekend, but due to the fact that the company I ordered fabric through hasn't responded to my questions or anything, that didn't happen. Was going to use it for my Katniss (Hunger Games) costume, but I've made alternate plans for that. I found a SUPER high-res pic of Widow and discovered that her suit actually has a mesh-like overlay - like the athletic jersey mesh. Found some from a company called SportTek but they are being slow. I hope they actually send my fabric....
     
  16. Shenanigan

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    To bad the fabric companies are being difficult. And could you link that picture you're talking about? All the pictures I've seen make it look like a wet suit. I'd like to know what this mesh overlay looks like.

    Also, how did your S.H.I.E.L.D. logos for the arms come out?
     
  17. aeryn

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    http://scifipop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/the-avengers-black-widwo.jpg

    oh, i know what you mean about the wetsuit - i was considering a thin neoprin for my fabric, but saw this and decided to do 2 layers of fabric - one solid, one mesh. I need to get some knit, too, for the bound seams on her knees/chest/etc. might have some in my stash....

    and haven't had a chance to work on the shield stuff, yet. next week - this week i'll be making a Katniss Girl-on-fire cloak and fixing my boots. I got these boots:

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    i'll be dying them black as i couldn't find black in my size anywhere! I'll also be sculpting the wrist cuffs next week so i can start casting them.
     
  18. Shenanigan

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    Very cool. I definitely never noticed any mesh pattern previously. I'll have to reconsider what fabric to use now.

    If the offer is still up for you to make a couple extras of the S.H.I.E.L.D. logos when you cast them, let me know how much for them. I may try sculpting & casting them myself...but that's only if I have the time.
     
  19. aeryn

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    yeah, i'll let you know how they go next week!
     
  20. aeryn

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    Finally got my fabric. verdict? meh. the mesh/perforations are too big - it's very much like basketball jersey fabric, only spandex. i'll be hunting down their phone number and calling them tomorrow to ***** at them about not responding to questions via their contact form and asking about either getting a refund (including the exorbitant shipping) and/or getting GOOD fabric since they won't/wouldn't send me any information about swatches or their other meshes.
     
  21. EyeofSauron

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    aw man that sucks :/ hope you get your stuff, im allways for this kinds of builds
     
  22. aeryn

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    Sorry for the Hiatus, but I have pics of Black Widow! Saw the premiere thursday night/friday morn, and have decided that she gets a do-over. so many little things i'm not quite happy with, and also, i want to make my wristy cuffs light up, dammit. ;)

    pics below (let me know if they can't be seen)

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    to (re)do list:
    bodysuit - tighter fabric, actually get good perforated stuff. improve craftsmanship on the bound seams. also, i noticed in the film that the collar and back are ONE PEICE. gorram designers. why must you do weird things like that and make it difficult!?
    boots - better black
    patches - use 1 layer of foam (instead of two) and use paint to get the relief look)
    wristy cuffs - THEY NEED TO LIGHT UP.
    widow belt - carve new insignia and use fabric for the belt instead of webbing
    gun belt - thicker? the weight of holsters pulls down on it a bit. might have to upgrade... :/
     
  23. Rdmaul

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    Please tell me your eating at Shawarma in the last pic?
     
  24. aeryn

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    ohhh yes. shawarma that is. couldn't resist.... and it happened to be right next door to the comic shop we hit up for free comic book day. have a pic of my BF in his thor costume, too.
     
  25. TheNickFox

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    Re: Avengers Black Widow

    What are you using for all of those pieces of "accent piping" around the suit? (for lack of a better word)

    In the hi-res pics I have, they seem to be upside-down zippers, but was curious what you've chosen, because it looks great!

    Before you start thinking this is for me, Im doing research for my girlfriend...Yeah, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. :lol

    -Nick
     
  26. aeryn

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    they're actually "bound seams" - i just used a slightly different fabric and added the stripes. i referenced a tutorial written by a woman who made a replica of the new Star Trek uniforms. Laughing Magpie's Trek Costumes First time doing them and they turned out /mostly/ OK. i need to figure out a better technique for doing the back of the shoulders where there's an inside corner.
     
  27. aeryn

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    also, i think the 'zipper' look is because they used a ribbed fabric. for the bound seams. i'll be hopefully upgrading to a similarly textured fabric for my next suit - the fabric i used was far too thin, but provided enough contrast for the most part (in person, anyway)
     
  28. TheNickFox

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    That makes sense, the part that's throwing me off is the seam itself, between the two sides, it just looks like there's something there...

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    But that may just be how the ribbing on one side lays on the ribbing of the other side, creating that effect.

    Thanks!

    -Nick
     
  29. BTTFfan88

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    Your costume looks very authentic to me! Great job!:thumbsup
     
  30. aeryn

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    yeah, hard to tell exactly what's going on there.... they may have used some specific trim they had about, almost like a ribbon. i wouldn't worry about that detail, though. ;)
     
  31. Riceball

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    Looks good. One thing, when you pose for pics you may I suggest you take your fingers off of the triggers of your guns and put them straight against the outside of the trigger guards. I realize that you're only using airsofts and they're probably unloaded too but it's always best to just do so anyway and it looks more professional too. If you look at footage and pics of ScarJo as BW she has her fingers off of the trigger most of the time unless she's actually shooting or just about to shoot.
     
  32. aeryn

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    Hey, thanks for the tip! i've come to realize it's actually a little awkward to pose with both guns and make it look "realistic." and yes, they're unloaded airsofts. :p
     
  33. Welshtrooper

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    I,m looking into doing a Black Widow costume for my daughter. Does anyone have any idea what gloves are used as I just cant seem to find any like them around.
     
  34. slave1pilot

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    any progress on this?
    mrs.slave1pilot is having a hard time with the jumpsuit because we decided to do this costume waaay too late and don't have time to have an accurate one made.
     
  35. aeryn

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    Thank you very much.
    not much time left before SDCC, let's see what we can do.
     
  37. aeryn

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    I will be re-doing the belt buckle sunday, likely. I'll post a pic and if people are interested, I can put them up in the junkyard.
     
  38. LoveofCountry

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    ooo, excited to see progress. I'd like to see the belt, that and her gauntlets are the more "eye-catching" parts of her costume in my opinion.
     
  39. aeryn

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    Agreed. Planning on working on light-up gauntlets later this summer. For now, the only part of the belt i will be selling is the insignia - whoever purchases it will have to figure out how to attach it to their belt, unless they want to use my cheater-way of just hot glue to a velcro'd piece of webbing. I'll also plan to work on improving that later this summer, but not before denver comic con in less than 2 weeks and not likely before SDCC. :/ so much to do!!! Doesn't help that i just moved and was unable to work on things at all this past week-ish.
     
  40. aeryn

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    Will be starting suit 2.0 today. Been talking with several on here concerning the fabric for widow. Here's my solution to the problem: spandex mesh from the ny fashion center Nylon Spandex Sheer Stretch Mesh Fabric | NY Fashion Center Fabrics and thick black spandex from joanns (matte side out). This layering solution would work for other shield outfits too, in the dark blue.

    These pics show the mesh, both sides of the spandex, then the layering of the two.

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  41. aeryn

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    Suit 2.0 progress! Not much yet, but you can see all the pieces (excluding seam strips) that go into this thing. Hope to make progress on this, and sculpt my widow belt tonight (6/12).

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  42. aeryn

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    Progress! I have a side panel i'm pinning trim to and a base sculpt of the buckle. i'll be sanding/defining/gluing the buckle tonight so i can make a mold of it. once i make a pull, i'll make a FS thread in junkyard.

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  43. parnsangel

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    Fantastic thread! I'm considering trying my hand at Black Widow...never sewn a bodysuit before so super nervous about the patterning and everything...eek! Just wondering - what fabric are you using for your seam strips? I can't for the life of me figure out how to make something similar looking!
     
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  44. aeryn

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    Actually using a small-rib knit from joanns. it doesn't have quite the right sheen to it (a cotton, vs synthetic on the rest) so i'm tempted to spray over with a clear... something. but seems to be working well so far.
     
  45. Bellecurve

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    Question for you! :) I'm using the tutorial you posted - super helpful, thank you! - and wanted to ask one thing. The shoulder seams in the tutorial are straight, so obviously you would use straight strips. However, for Widow, the seams are curved or angled. Did you still use straight strips or did you cut strips that followed the pattern's lines?

    Also, do you have any pointers for getting them nice and even? I'm doing a test run on some cheapo fabric right now (with straight strips) and it appears that Loki has infested my machine. I want to get it fixed and make sure I'm using the best technique before I get working with the real fabric! Thanks in advance for any pointers. :)
     
  46. Duncs

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    Great likeness there. Well done
     
  47. Fly4v

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    Please don't laugh too much... but... How do you feed the fabric in your machine with the pins and not have a jam.
    I gave up trying and used masking tape.
     
  48. tauriice

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    "Please don't laugh too much... but... How do you feed the fabric in your machine with the pins and not have a jam. I gave up trying and used masking tape."

    Just sew slowly and pull the pins out right before you get to them. It's time consuming, but effective....it does make me hate pinning though.
     
  49. aeryn

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    What taurlice said. i quit putting pins back in my pin cushion and just got a bowl for them - went through all my pins several times thru making the outfit.

    I'll get some more pics and the final bodysuit posted this week. it looks fantastic!!!
     
  50. Welshtrooper

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    The seam material is Grosgain Ribbon which looks as if its either been stitched dont the middle or has been used to cover the edges of the panels and then stitched together some how
     

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