Anonymous asked: How does it feel knowing that Elizabeth Banks has seen and enjoyed your Wyldstyle cosplay?
Things I expected today:
- Small children sneezing in my face at work, giggling, and sneezing again.
- Never ending PDX rain.
- My kitten climbing everything in the apartment.
Things I did not expect today:
- Elizabeth Banks seeing and enjoying my Wyldstyle cosplay!
It’s pretty awesome! It just makes me even more excited to finish it.
capristargetsmad asked: Hi! I'd first like to say that I LOVE your WyldStyle cosplay. I am planning one of my own for a con here in Florida next month, and I was wondering if I could pick your brain a bit on how to make the hoodie.
Thank you! And yes!
So, I have only been cosplaying for about a year and do not have the best of sewing skills at this point. There’s a lot of me just floundering my way through things, so I really hope no one uses this as a proper tutorial, because there’s a lot of “no what no that’s not how you use a sewing machine what no glue doesnt’ go there stop” that doesn’t really make sense to anyone beyond my brain.
Anyways! I figured that making a hoodie from scratch would end in crazy stress, so I bought a giant generic men’s hoodie from a local store with the plan to chop it down to size, as zip-up hoodies seem to never fit me right. I decided to fit it to a similar shape to my Portland Thorns FC sweatshirt. For this part, I looked at a lot of hoodie resizing tutorials. This one in particular is really great and helpful!
From there, I cut the sleeves off, traced the shape out onto my hoodie with chalk, and then cut off the excess fabric. My cats decided that it worked much better as a wrestling mat, but you can kind of see my chalk lines here.
After that, I sewed it all back together. I also got a random pink shirt that matched the inner lining of Wyldstyle’s hoodie that I cut to size and ended up hot gluing down since myy sewing machine was having issues with everything. Once I get that figured out, I’m planning to sew it down so it’s more secure.
Then came painting! For the designs, I drew out the shape of the hoodie’s sleeve, front and hood onto newspaper, and then sketched out the design. The design on Wyldstyle’s torso is kind of odd, because the pattern on the front is also on her back in a way that doesn’t appear possible on an actual hoodie. Instead, I made the pink stripes wrap to the back of the hoodie and lower part of the S go around closer to my hip.
I drew out all of the patterns onto contact paper and stuck them onto the hoodie. Next time (probably on the pants) I am going to try using freezer paper instead, because the contact paper kept coming up and made it a nightmare to keep the lines smooth.
I used acrylic paint, because it was what I had available, but fabric paint would would better. I put two layers of white down down using a stencil brush to keep the paint even before I added the colour. When I started the pink and blue, I ended up pulling my stencil off and freehanding it because the contact paper was peeling like crazy (thanks, random art degree skills!). I put two layers of pink and blue down to make sure they were extra bright, waited for it to dry, did some touch-ups and called it done!
That’s about it! If you have any other questions, feel free to message me!