Well, here we are, first cosplay update! I spent the last four days with my mom working on the costume for Jyn Erso from Rogue One, to the point that I almost wish I had just “moved home” for my long weekend since I was back and forth almost every day. Thankfully I only live like 15 minutes from my parents’ house. 🙂
I kind of had to chuckle when my mom apologized on Sunday night for not getting as far on the outfit as we hoped after we worked on it for most of three of the four days (and went cosplay shopping on the 4th). I am so happy with how far we got and told her so. The pants are done, the shirt just needs the sleeves shortened, and the vest is waiting until we get another part that I ordered this weekend. I even got 3 of the 4 last pieces of the blaster sanded! So, yeah, I’m happy with the progress.
Wednesday night I dyed some strapping for the vest.
I also inadvertently dyed the end of my wooden spoon brown. At least it was a spoon designated for non-edible use.
I dried the strapping on my tub on a piece of wax paper so it didn’t stain. I wish I had taken a “before” picture. The long piece was a natural cotton color and the short piece was a dark tan with two thin red stripes. Obviously, they dyed really well.
To make the vest we pretty much followed this step-by-step write through by Jessica of Restill Cosplay on Facebook. There were no measurements or anything, so we based the basic pattern off a vest I already own and had to create our own pattern from there.
This is the front of the vest after most of the doohickies are attached. The top horizontal patches and the wide rectangular ones on the sides are what I dyed dark brown. The pockets were an especially large pain to figure out, with the extra gusset on the side. But they turned out pretty awesome. The front panels are lined with one layer of cotton batting, and the back has two layers of that plus a layer of 1/4 inch foam, which will look pretty cool after it’s tie quilted.
Pretty, bright red lining.
Of course I had to try it on at various points in construction, and of course I had to take pictures. 🙂 And the pic on the right is my wonderful, creative, sewing wizard mother.
So that was Thursday. Friday we took off sewing to go shopping and pick up a few things we needed, including of course more cosplay items and fabric. Because, of course!
Saturday we got the pants for the costume done. I had found a pair of black pants at a local thrift shop with really wide legs which we cut off and pintucked part of the front. We made the legs taper smaller at the end, and added the strapping and a black band and a buckle around the knee where the pants were cut off.
And just a quick note on that, let this be a lesson to you to always check your stash of miscellaneous items before you go out shopping.
We needed a strange type of buckle for the strapping on the leg and ended up buying two packages of buckles, which are the four items at the bottom of the above picture. Upon getting them home and opening them up, we came to the conclusion that they would, in fact, not work for what we needed. I raided mom’s little drawer of miscellaneous buckles and such, and found the two on top, which were pretty much EXACTLY what we needed and which the store didn’t have. So we traded. Mom kept the new stuff and we used her random buckles for the pants. So yeah, always check your stash before you spend money. 😉
Sunday afternoon we were both really tired, but we managed to get the shirt collar done anyway. I had bought a couple gray shirts a few months ago and we used one for fabric to remodel the other one to add the flappy collar on Jyn’s shirt. Neither of us thought it would be as difficult to figure out as it was, but we still managed to accomplish it.
So here is the final result of the weekend of work. The details on the pants are pretty hard to see in this pic, but eventually I’ll get better shots. Still work to do, but I’m really pleased with how much farther along it is.
Btw, I should clarify, pretty much any time I’m saying “we” in this post, I’m really meaning “my mom”. She did ALL of the sewing on this (except the top stitching and hand stitching on the vest fronts). I pretty much gave my opinion, offered a few ideas, watched, fetched things, and was a human mannequin. I’m so blessed that I have a mom who loves to sew (maybe not so much after this weekend?!) and who is willing to put up with my geeky craziness and help me with stuff like this.
So that’s update one! We’re working again on Wednesday this week to finish the shirt and hopefully sew the shirt for Merlin. I ran to a thrift store after work today to look for some brown pants and possibly a brown jacket for Merlin, but I struck out on both, so I’ll have to do some more searching.