McCree Cosplay Work Log | Part II

I’m back with Part II of my McCree work log! Part I featured his hat, gun, and serape. Now we’ll tackle his arm!

Kyla Is Inspired | McCree Cosplay Work Log Pt 2

I was really nervous to start this project, but it was actually easier than I thought (but still difficult!), especially since I’ve never created something like this. It’s in 2 parts; the arm itself, and a glove.

Let’s get into it!

GLOVE
I used Kamui’s tutorial as a guide for doing the glove. I bought these gloves on Amazon to use as a base, since they’re thick and black. I cut off the bow.

Each finger has 3 foam sections (the thumb has 2) that are glued completely around the finger, allowing for movement of the joints. There are thicker foam layers on the back of the hand with knuckle joints cut out.

The back of the hand, and center of the hand, each got foam glued to it. For the front, I layered 2 pieces of foam with cutouts at the knuckles, and added ovals where the knuckles go.

Kyla Is Inspired | McCree Cosplay Work Log Pt 2

ARM
The arm portion was completed in one day while marathoning Altered Carbon on Netflix :) The base is a foam trapezoid shape which I layered four pieces of foam over to create a “staircase” effect. To make sure the foam layers stuck closely together, I used superglue and a hairdryer to shape the foam.

I made sure that I was able to slip my arm and hand inside since I didn’t want to have to worry about closures and opening/closing the arm. It’s duct taped inside (high tech!) Sometimes it’s best to go simple and effective, especially since it won’t be seen.

Kyla Is Inspired | McCree Cosplay Work Log Pt 2

Then I stated working on details…since this was a more feminine version of McCree, I went a bit more stylized (and to help keep mobility at the elbow!) At the back “seam” of the arm, I added foam squares in 2 layers with a small triangle painted on in puff paint.

The top of the arm (elbow area) is a rectangular piece of foam with a circle piece on top with dremmeled edges for a clean look. There are a few cutouts in the circle to give it a multi-dimensional look.

The little knob on side of arm is actually a twist LED light (battery dead) that was already a circular shape with a little circle at the top. I glued it to the side and primed and painted it along with the arm. Gives a nice detail!

The skull is a thin piece of foam layered over the top of the arm, layered on top of a thicker piece of foam (that covers up quite a bit of the mess underneath it with duct tape). Really, the entire arm is all based on layering of foam :P I free handed the shape based on reference pictures; I made it quite slim compared to his actual arm so that it takes up about 1/3 of the entire arm.

[Kyla Is Inspired | McCree Cosplay Work Log Pt 2

FINISHING
I’ve never made anything so foam-heavy before, so I read a lot of tutorials on how to seal the foam before painting. I ended up using grey plasti-dip, which is like a spray paint. I then primed it white (so the color of the plasti-dip never really mattered) and sprayed it silver.

The entire arm is weathered with black paint on a flat brush. I dip the brush in the paint then dab most of it off on a rag before applying it to the foam; I start light then build it more into cracks and brush it on larger surfaces to look like dirt. If anyone wants a more detailed tutorial on weathering, let me know!

Kyla Is Inspired | McCree Cosplay Work Log Pt 2

FINISHING
The are a few finishing details to the arm that I think make it stand out, even without fancy LED lighting:

  • Knuckles: I hot glued some silver dots (not sure what they are, but they’re flat little round silver ‘dots’) to each of the 4 knuckles
  • Silver edging: To add depth to the skull, I painted a thin line of silver around the edges. This both acts as weathering (where the actual arm may have “chipped”) and as an added reflective surface to catch light. On any of the raised edges I also applied this technique.
  • Blue paint: In lieu of using LEDs, I mimicked the look of the blue lights by edging some of the pieces with a teal paint – obviously not the same effect, but it gives it depth. The triangle pieces in the back and the circle at the top of the arm both have this effect

Kyla Is Inspired | McCree Cosplay Work Log Pt 2

Phew! I was so pleased with this result. The fingers move and I have mobility in the elbow – not a ton, but enough to be able to navigate a con.

As always, I hope this helps you in some way! And if you’re working on a McCree cosplay and have specific questions, just let me know :)

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McCree Cosplay Work Log | Part I

Hi everyone! So usually when I post cosplay-related posts, I’m posting the finished costume PLUS all the work involved. This year I want to step back and really break out the costume process into parts, and focus on sharing in small parts how I make costumes. Because honestly, it usually takes months and I tackle separate pieces individually.

So! McCree is my first project of 2018. Part I will cover: Gun, Hat, and Serape. Lets go!

Kyla Is Inspired | McCree Cosplay Work Log Pt 1

GUN
This was pretty straight-forward. The raw 3d print was a gift for Christmas, so I didn’t print it myself. It’s pieced together using screws provided from the etsy seller. The barrel actually twists out, which is a neat feature.

All pieces were primed and sprayed silver, then individually painted with acrylics before assembling together with the screws and a generous amount of epoxy.

Kyla Is Inspired | McCree Cosplay Work Log Pt 1

HAT
I bought this hat from Amazon and immediately removed the ribbon around it. I replaced it with a thicker band of upholstery faux leather from Jo-Anns and hot glued it down.

The emblem on the front was also purchased before my 3D printer, and was found on etsy. After being painted and weathered, it was glued on.

The gold eyelets were painted over with brown, and I attached bullets I bought on etsy (bullets were painted and weathered at the same time as the emblem). Everything is hot-glued on this hat…watch out for glue strings!

Kyla Is Inspired | McCree Cosplay Work Log Pt 1

BAMF BUCKLE
I was REALLY excited about this belt buckle, since I was going to design and 3d print it.

The print itself was first drawn in illustrator. The design of the buckle was fairly simple, and didn’t have a lot of raised edges. The rectangle shape, letters, and outer “lip” were all exported separately as .svg files. They were uploaded into tinkercad (which was a process to learn, let me tell you) and shaped into the correct size. Once that was complete, I printed it on my NEVA 3d printer!

Kyla Is Inspired | McCree Cosplay Work Log Pt 1

Once it was printed, I filled in the small gaps the printer left with gesso, primed, and painted it gold. I weathered it with some black paint. I haven’t actually added it to his belt yet :)

SERAPE
Despite a serape literally being one piece of fabric, the pattern for this was quite hard and took over half a day to get right. It ended up being 2 pieces; a square with a neck hole and a taped cowl neck that goes over the larger piece. Doing it this way made it more accurate to the drape McCree actually has. (I want to be completely honest here; I went through 4 yards of muslin and 4 patterns before I was happy with this).

The fabric is a bright red, stiff fabric that I found in the bargain loft of my local fabric store…I wish I knew exactly what it was. It could almost be an outdoor upholstery fabric.

I finished the bottom edges with gold edging that I had leftover from a previous project…it’s actually the “wrong” side of the fabric.

Kyla Is Inspired | McCree Cosplay Work Log Pt 1

The pattern stumped me more…and required a lot of math. I measured one side of the serape and left ~2″ off each end for the weird spacing on the pattern. I divided that by 5 (the number of shapes on each side) and drew out a pattern piece. It’s a little over 1″ wide. That was chalked onto the serape and taped over.

I used a regular gold fabric paint for the “hexagons” and mixed white and gold for the triangles.

For weathering, I sat with brown paint and water and hand added in spots to make the serape feel used/like McCree was actually using it in fights.

Kyla Is Inspired | McCree Cosplay Work Log Pt 1

So that’s part 1 of McCree, done! I hope this helps you out…keep your eyes out for part 2, which will be his mechanical arm!

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Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket

One of the costumes I wore to PAX East this past weekend was Tennis Rosalina. Because it’s so cold, I wanted to create a fun little track jacket to wear with the costume. I documented my progress in case anyone else wanted to learn how to make something similar – hopefully this tutorial will come in handy!

For reference, I completed this over 2 days, and it took about 10 hours.

Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket

CONCEPT
The concept for this was pretty simple – a light blue track jacket with some stripes and a Luma applique on the back (something I’ve done before and wouldn’t take more than a weekend). I sketched it out:

Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket

FABRIC & MATERIALS
I visited my local fabric store and snagged 2-way stretch jersey for $2.99/yard – I got 2 of the light blue and 1 of the dark teal. I already had the white leftover from a previous project. I also picked up a 22″ separating zipper in white.

PATTERN
I used a zip-up hoodie I already owned as a pattern – I traced 1/2 of the front and the entire back (I’ve used this method in the past and found it works well).

I knew I wanted a white stripe down the side, so I cut that out of the pattern, too.

SEWING
For warmth, I doubled the fabric and cut 2 of each pattern piece. I sewed the back and sides together, then turned them right-side out. I added the teal bottom band before sewing the front panels to the back.

When I tried the jacket on, it was too big, so I took it in at the sides where the white panels were. Not a huge deal, but I ended up with a folded over seam on each side where I wanted it to be clean. Oh well.

Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket
Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket

For the sleeves, I used a sleeve pattern I already had as a guide. Similar to what I did with the jacket, I cut a strip of white into the middle of the sleeve (so it would face out) and added the band at the bottom of teal. I was going for cute, puffy sleeves but there ended up being a lot of fabric. I recommend using a sleeve pattern without a lot of excess where it connects to the shoulder.

LUMA APPLIQUE
I attached all the separate pieces of this (white circle, Luma, black oval eyes) together using heat n’ bond – unfortunately, they didn’t want to stay. I ended up using a zig-zag stitch to go over the outlines. In the end I’m glad I did because you can hardly see the stitches and it’s a lot cleaner than having a rogue edge start to peel up.

Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket

Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket

If you end up using this tutorial to create your own track jacket, let me know! I’d love to see what you create :>

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Cosplay Step-By-Step | Mercy Wig

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step

This weekend, I spent my entire Saturday documenting styling my Mercy wig. Yikes. I’ve cosplayed 2 characters in the past with ponytail wigs, and after those two horrible experiences I vowed I would never cosplay a character with a ponytail again. And I didn’t – for almost three years! So I found it slightly ironic that I was once again at the mercy (heh) of styling another ponytail. I used an Arda Jeannie in ash blonde.

Since there weren’t a lot of tutorials out there (especially for total wig styling noobs like myself), I figured I’d document my progress and hope that someone might find it useful! I apologize in advance for the poor lighting (and my pajama top, ha!)

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
MAKING THE PONYTAIL 1:
This was honestly the part that took the longest – 5 whole hours. During which I had a breakdown, thinking I’d never be able to do this. But I pushed through! I’m sure I’m an anomaly and this wouldn’t take as long for someone else.

I took out the ponytail that came pre-packaged and brushed the entire thing out. It’s recommended to have a friend help you gather the hair back into a ponytail on your head but I did it myself. It took 4 different tries before settling on the height of the ponytail pictured above. As you can see, it’s still a little “baggy” at the bottom but after 5 hours…yeah, I settled. I secured the ponytail with 5 hair elastics.

I knew I needed some extra volume in the ponytail for the spikes, so I added 6 extra wefts, 4″ wide. I tied them in via elastic, knowing that the elastic and tops of the wefts would be covered later on with a large black fabric band.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
MAKING THE PONYTAIL 2:
Mercy’s back ponytail comes to a point in the back with three little spikes at top. Using small elastics, I sectioned the hair into where the spikes would go.

To make a spike, flatten the section of hair and snip the hair into a point. I used got2b ultra glued gel to gel the hair into a spike and set it by using a hair dryer. I repeated this basic process until all the spikes were made. For the top 3 spikes I added a little drop of tacky glue to keep the points extra sharp.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
BANGS PART 1:
I started out with the side of Mercy’s bangs with the least amount of hair, since her bangs intimidated me ^^ I knew I wanted a bit of hair on the side to cover up where my hairline might show (damn being a thick-haired brunette). To do this, I sewed two wefts to the inside of the wig, right at the hairline. I trimmed them into a point, used the got2be gel, and set with heat.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
BANGS PART 2:
I sectioned most of the bangs over to her right side to use for the larger side of the bangs, and kept a smaller piece to use on the left side. Starting with the “under” layer of the bangs, I started teasing the hair, pretty much with no goal as to how I’d achieve her gravity-defying bangs. I used the hair dryer to coax the roots up and ended up cutting up a paper towel tube to use as a guide for the curl. Then I used hairspray to set the curls, and started to tease some more. And more. Really, I just kept teasing and using heat to get the bangs to lay around the tube.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
BANGS PART 3:
I repeated the above process with the rest of the hair that I’d sectioned off. I tried really hard here to add even more volume to the back of the ponytail so it would “float” above the front section. Not sure if I achieved it but I did use a lot of hairspray…this section was then trimmed shorter and turned into a spike.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step

And there we have it! I still have some work to do taming flyaways and getting rid of hairspray frizz but the overall shape is there. I’m so proud of it! I keep waffling back and forth between making the black neck cover in the back (since I’m doing a casual cosplay) to cover up my hairs that are showing. Do you have any tips for covering those up? I’m not too sure what to do…

Anyway, I hope this tutorial helps! If you use it, I’d love to know! Let me know :)

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