Raven costume from Teen Titans. On a Budget (Pic-Heavy)

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  1. Wearenotlinear

    Wearenotlinear Well-Known Member

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    So my sister and I are going to WonderCon this April. I'll be Spider-Man, and surprisingly, my sister wanted to dress up as well.
    She told me to make her a Raven costume from Teen Titans. Although she's dressing from a different universe and we probably shouldn't hang out together (half kidding), I'm pleased that she wants to dress up. It'll be fun!
    I've been working on it for a little over a week now and am pretty much finished. Just a few final touches to go.

    Here's what we're going for:
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    And, here's where we're at (Almost finished):
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    The process:

    I bought some black boots from the thrift store, cut them down to just above the ankle and painted them purple (Dioxazine Purple Acrylic Paint) with a top layer of high-gloss Acrylic
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    For the belt and brooch, I used red plastic Christmas ornaments that I cut in half and fit them into brass fittings from a vanity light fixture I had lying around the house. I had to cut the brass fittings to make them thinner since they were originally about 2 inches deep. First pic is before I cut and fit them, second picture is after. The belt is some gaudy thing I found at the thrift store for $2--gaudy but perfect.

    Belt 1.jpg Belt 2.jpg

    I sewed the cowl/hood from leftover Magneto fabric. Nice purple knit, then I went to the store and bought more to make the cape.
    Hood.jpg Brooch and hood.jpg

    Here I am modelling the cape/cowl/cloak for you. I ran a piece of wire through the hood so I could shape it better for the peak/point in the front.

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    Yesterday, I took an old Men's Large turtleneck and turned it into a long-sleeve turtleneck leotard. This morning, my sis came over for a fitting and so I could finish the sleeves.
    She's wearing black tights, but in the final one she will be wearing the light-gray tights. This was just a test run :)
    Almost done.jpg Almost done 2.jpg


    Here are the jewels for the hands and the forehead jewel. I put them on this morning, but don't have photos of them in place yet. I'll save those for the final fitting.
    For the hand jewels, I found some gold buttons at the craft store, painted the centers of them red. Then, I took some plastic gems, scraped the metallic backing from them and replaced the backing with tinfoil. I Red-sharpied the surfaces and glued them to the gold buttons. Similar process for the forehead gem, except I just sharpied it and painted the back purple to give it a deep red look.
    Jewels.jpg

    I'll throw up some final pics some time this week. Also, once we go to WonderCon, I'll update with pics from there.

    Hope you all like it. This is now my third budget costume and I think this one takes the cake: $30

    feel free to comment, question or critique!
     
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  2. Xtafa

    Xtafa Active Member

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    Looks great! Hope you both have fun at WonderCon!
     
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    caseyatbt New Member

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    Great work!

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  4. Wearenotlinear

    Wearenotlinear Well-Known Member

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    Complete. She's just got to dye her hair purple day of WonderCon
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    Thanks, you two! I think it turned out pretty decent. I'm glad you like it
     
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  5. Xtafa

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    Have her dye her hair a few days before the con and not on the day, this will make sure the dyes taken properly and also time for any dyed skin to clear.
     
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    Wearenotlinear Well-Known Member

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    Good idea. I'll see if I can talk her into it. I think she can get away with rocking the purple hair for longer ;)
    Do you know of any good temporary dyes? I've read good and bad about most brands. She's blonde so it should take well (hopefully).
     
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  7. CessnaDriver

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    Now she has to master Raven's "vocal fry" voice.
    Demo of "vocal fry". Once you become aware of this, boy you start to notice it.
    https://youtu.be/UsE5mysfZsY
     
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  8. Xtafa

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    Mmmmmmmm not so much temp dyes, maybe check into hair chalk if shes blonde, should work well.
     
  9. Wearenotlinear

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    I'm just worried about it rubbing off in the cloak and getting everywhere, you know?
     
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    Spidey and Raven at WonderCon 2015!

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  11. stormtrooperguy

    stormtrooperguy Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome! The hair dye worked well :)
     
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    thejoeba New Member

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    I think we chatted at wondercon at the Image booth. Do you remember asking a fellow Spidey some questions?!?
     
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  13. Wearenotlinear

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    ahh yes! I remember chatting with you about your costume and a brief exchange of how each of us made ours. How'd the rest of the con go for you? Nice to meet a fellow RPF member in person!

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    thanks! We actually decided to go with a wig at the last second. I couldn't get her to perma-dye her hair and I was afraid anything temporary would just rub off into the cloak :)
     
  14. Knight Watchman

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    Great work! looks like you both had fun
     
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    It was a blast. Definitely going again next year.
     
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