About the costume:
This was my first major cosplay outfit I ever made. It was also my first leather project. I am so happy with the way it turned out.
The corset, tassets, chest strap, shin guards, gauntlets, shoulder piece and hairpiece were all made from leather. I cut out and hand tooled 56 feathers. The ones on the upper layers are riveted and the ones on the bottom row are glued with a leather glue. The corset was wet formed on a mannequin and the shin guards were two pieces sewn together and then wet formed. I did some slight wet forming on all the pieces, but not much. Instead of cutting a curved strap, the chest strap was a straight piece that was curved slightly by wetting it and then bending it into place. I used leather dye for the browns and blacks and acrylic paints for the grays, pinks and golds. I also hand dyed with fabric dye the feathers on the back of the costume.
The bodysuit and tabi were modified from zentai outfit I bought to save on time. I am glad I did this, it worked really well. I hand sewed the fishnet neck which I destroyed a pair of stockings for.
The swords and sheaths are those plastic kids katanas you can buy anywhere. The grip and sheath were wrapped in leather and painted with acrylics. The hilt is molded from sculpey and details were added with pieces of foam sheets. The blade was spray painted with a metallic silver.
The wig.....this was my first wig. It was way more complicated than I ever imagined. The wefts worked wonderfully, but the wig was styled the morning of. I plan on replacing this wig in the future, but it worked out well enough for the weekend.
I had lots of help and advice from my two pals:
All costumes were made by the individual wearing them!
Photo (c) Jayce Williams/AnimazeGuy [link]