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

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

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

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 :)

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!


NEVA 3D Printer Review

Hey everyone! If you’ve been following me on instagram and twitter, you’ll know that for the past 6 weeks or so I’ve been testing out the NEVA 3d printer by Dagoma.

Kyla Is Inspired | NEVA 3D Printer Review

The folks at Dagoma were kind enough to send me this printer to try out and use for cosplay – and I’m so excited to share my review with you! You can watch my progress on the below video, or you can read a bit more about the NEVA and my progress below.

About the NEVA

The NEVA is an easy-to-use, plug and play printer that’s small and quiet – perfect for families. It’s quick to set up and perfect for people who have no prior knowledge of 3d printing. It comes with free software, already configured. The print size is 7″ wide x 8″ tall.

Setting the NEVA up

Setting up my NEVA was SO easy – it really does come almost ready to go out-of-the-box. The main body of the printer was all put together and all I had to do was attach the magnetic arms to the printer head and supports. It took around 30 minutes total for me to set up.

Kyla Is Inspired | NEVA 3D Printer Review

Using the Cura software

Kyla Is Inspired | NEVA 3D Printer Review

The Cura software does exactly what I need, no frills attached. I’ve never had any problems figuring out the settings or not knowing what something does. For my first test print I imported a .stl I exported from Tinkercad and that was it. It was automatically placed in Cura in the center, but I could move the object, scale it, rotate it and even mirror it. Once I selected the filament type from a drop down list, the temperature automatically was automatically selected. If I wanted to change the temp higher or lower, I simply selected “other filament type”.

Kyla Is Inspired | NEVA 3D Printer Review

The NEVA comes with an SD card and when you “prepare the print” from Cura, it will automatically re-write over the file on the card (don’t change the name of your file!). This file is already prepped and ready to pop into the NEVA.

Printing & Troubleshooting

I want to be honest here: my journey with the NEVA was less than perfect. I’m very happy with it now that I’ve figured out my issues, but I want to go through each as they may be more common than I think.

Faulty Printer #1: First of all, the people that work at Dagoma are AMAZING and so kind. I was having issues getting good prints when I first got my NEVA and they invited me to a video call with them to troubleshoot. When some of their tips didn’t work they decided I had a faulty printer and actually replaced it with a new one.

Kyla Is Inspired | NEVA 3D Printer Review

Vibrations: I live in an old apartment and have downstairs neighbors. Unfortunately they complained about the vibrations from the printer traveling through the floor (I heard it and yeah, it was bad). So I had to think about padding the printer – I achieved a happy balance by adding a thick layer of EVA foam under the desk holding the NEVA. Similar to this, I had to move the NEVA to a sturdier table – any wiggle in the platform holding the NEVA will cause more vibration.

Kyla Is Inspired | NEVA 3D Printer Review

Calibration & Adhesion: One of the great features of the NEVA is that it self-calibrates each time before a print, and there’s no need to do anything after you insert the SD card. Unfortunately I kept having issues during calibration – the printer would stall at one of its checkpoints, the printer would calibrate outside of the build deck, and twice the printer head actually dented into the surface.

Kyla Is Inspired | NEVA 3D Printer Review

I was using blue tape over the build deck to improve adhesion (per the recommendation of the folks at Dagoma from my video call). I just folded the tape over the sides…don’t do this! I strongly believe the printer was registering these tape edges as a larger surface than it actually was. Once I trimmed the tape to the edge, my calibration issues were fixed! I only wish I knew that sooner :)

Kyla Is Inspired | NEVA 3D Printer Review

Print quality

Once I was able to nail down and fix the issues I was having, I was beyond thrilled with the results. The prints are smooth, easy to attach together and look amazing. I’ve tried hollow prints all the way through .1mm and all the settings yield great prints. Honestly, I’m upset that I haven’t been using a 3D printer sooner than this!

Kyla Is Inspired | NEVA 3D Printer Review

The bottom line

I HIGHLY recommend the NEVA printer, whether you’re a first-time 3D printer or not; the NEVA creates easy and high-quality prints and at a budget cost, too. I have to admit, it was pretty amazing that I could literally just head to my printer and make DVa’s gun when they announced her new skin, instead of having to purchase something on etsy. Plus, I’ve printed all kinds of non-cosplay items already too, like a stand for my PS4! The possibilities are endless,

I’m so excited to use this printer more and see what kinds of cool cosplay accessories I can create! If you’ve ever thought about 3D printing…the NEVA is right for you. Be sure to check out their website!


Cosplay | Faye Valentine

As I was working on updating my cosplay page, I realized I never shared my Faye Valentine costume! I made this last year for Anime Boston. It’s the outfit she’s wearing when we first meet her in the casino.

Kyla Is Inspired | Faye Valentine Cosplay
Kyla Is Inspired | Faye Valentine Cosplay
Kyla Is Inspired | Faye Valentine Cosplay

I also think this might be the first costume in a long time where I didn’t document my progress…I’m so sorry!! I searched and searched for progress photos but couldn’t find any :( If you’re interested in any way about how I made any parts of this costume, please let me know!

Kyla Is Inspired | Faye Valentine Cosplay

All photos by Wei Guan

If you watched Cowboy Bebop, who was your favorite character? I love Faye so much, but I also really like Spike. This is one of my favorite animes of all time!


January Favorites

Wow, January seems to be flying by, huh? I can’t believe we’re over halfway through!

I feel like 2018 is going to be a good year, and I’m excited for all to come. I’v stopped doing a lot of non-cosplay posts, and I’d like to get back into that this year. So, here are some January favorites, some geeky and some not :)

What are your favorites this month?

Kyla Is Inspired | January Favorites

Super Pusheenicorn Musical Plush Toy | Winterberry Tart Coat | Overwatch Tunic Dress
Overwatch Blouse | Overwatch Mei Nendoroid