Eco Point Mei Cosplay Work Log | Part II – Boots

I’m back with part 2 of Mei’s cosplay breakdown! This time I’ll be sharing her boot process. Part I covers her jacket if you want to check that out!

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log
Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

SUPPLIES:

  • 4 sheets EVA Foam – 1/2″ thickness
  • 1 large roll of thin foam (can be found at Michael’s
  • 2 yards of blue spandex
  • 1/4 yard of red spandex
  • Leftover fur from Mei’s jacket
  • Worbla
  • Yellow and silver acrylic paint
  • Silver buttons

Honestly, the boots were the last project I started, but the first to finish! I was the most terrified of making these, but I’m very happy with how they turned out. My biggest concern was that I needed to be able to wear my comfortable Clark’s shoes (I’ve fractured my foot twice over 3 years, so supportive footwear only!) and slip into the boots, so the structure was going to be key.

The main structure is all EVA foam – we bought a pack on Amazon for $20. Sam really helped with this part :) The bottom base is just an oval, traced over my shoe so there is about 2-3 extra inches of surface area around the sole. It has little raised pieces of foam on the toe and heel where I need to slip my foot in, so when I walk I’m not kicking around in the boot. It’s nice and snug so the shoe doesn’t have any wiggle room. We made a “cage” over the toe of the foot to create the large rounded look of the toes.

Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial
Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

The back portion of the boot is the thick EVA Foam, but the entire boot is wrapped with a large sheet of thin craft foam (look for a roll like this). Everything is glued together with hot glue. To cover the toe of the boot, I cut a diamond notch out of the front so it could form around the round end.

Then came the most tedious part of the project, which is covering the boots. I had this great blue spandex fabric, but I didn’t want to just wrap it around the boot – I wanted it to be smooth. So, I ended up covering pieces of foam and sewing the spandex on top. Then I could wrap and glue the foam to the boots. The fabric/foam pieces were layered over a strip of fur, and I added silver buttons for accents.

Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

The silver back piece of the boot is 1/4″ foam that was painted silver and glued to the fabric parts. The last bit of detailing I did was the bottom yellow – it’s worbla that I shaped over pieces of foam, so the bottom of the boots wouldn’t bend at all during the stress of wear. I painted it all yellow with acrylic paints. Then I just glued the fur to the top of the boots.

Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

And voila! I’m extremely proud of these boots; it’s one of the strangest projects I’ve worked on and they came out great. While I am able to slip my foot into the boot, they’re impossible to wear for more than a few yards – they’re clunky and very hot! So I ended up carrying them most of the con and slipping into them for photos :)

Hopefully this tutorial was helpful!

Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

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Eco Point Mei Cosplay Work Log | Part I

Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to document my progress of creating Eco Point Mei, my newest costume, before I debut her at PAX East 2019. This post will be in 3 (or 4) parts: jacket, tank & gun, boots, accessories. Here’s part 1!

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log

PATTERN
I’m not good at creating patterns from scratch, so I used Simplicity 1759 as a start. Using wrapping paper with a grid, I traced out the existing pattern into a larger, boxy fit. The grid was key for me to trace out what would become the leather parts, making sure they lined up evenly. I created a mock-up using muslin to make sure my pattern lined up…and it did! I was shocked I didn’t have to create it twice. I left plenty of room for seam allowance.

FABRIC
The jacket has 4 components:

  1. Fashion Fabric – “wrong side” of red satin (bought 4 yards, had extra)
  2. Red lining (bought 4 yards, had extra)
  3. Quilting batting
  4. Faux leather upholstery fabric – I used leftover from McCree’s chaps

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log

ASSEMBLY
To start, I cut the out all of the main pieces of red fabric, in the fashion fabric, lining, and batting.

I laid down all 3 layers of the jacket at once (which in hindsight could have been a mistake, see how messy the inside was below). I sewed together any edges that would be showing; the bottom, and front seams, mostly so the layers would hold together. To “quilt” the pieces, I drew my sections in chalk (I think the squares were 4″).

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log

For the leather pieces, I drew the pattern on the back (diamonds instead of squares) and sewed them using a light tan color thread for contrast. To attach the pieces to the red fabric, I folded down each edge and carefully sewed it down.

The sleeves followed the same process as the jacket, except on one arm I added an overwatch patch and painted on “ECOPOINT”. The sleeves were a pain in the butt to attach…too many layers! D:

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log

HOOD
The hood is a completely separate entity and isn’t attached to the jacket. There’s no batting in this; just a thick interfacing to give the hood some structure. I actually used my Shinoa hood as a template for this pattern. The fur was then hand-stitched on.

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log

The last component was the zipper; I used a 26″ separating zipper, though it’s really more for show since Mei’s jacket is kind of folded over and held in place with a belt.

Let me know if you have any specific questions about this! Part 2 will be coming shortly…I just have to finish the props first! :)

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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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