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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Cosplay | Tennis Rosalina

So we’re deep in the middle of winter with tons of snow on the ground, and I realized I never shared my Tennis Rosalina photos – so here’s a total summer costume flashback! These photos were taken at Connecticon last July, and I’ll be bringing this costume to PAX East next March. And I think Sadie from Sadie By Design will be Tennis Peach :)

Kyla Is Inspired | Tennis Rosalina Cosplay
Kyla Is Inspired | Tennis Rosalina Cosplay

To be honest, I made this dress because I had so much fabric left over from making my Rosalina gown early last year, that I didn’t want to let it go to waste.

Costume Details

DRESS: The dress itself isn’t a difficult pattern; I used Simplicity 4070 (a go-to of mine) but any sort of high-necked, flare skirt pattern should work. My (minor) modifications included: cutting an upside-down “V” in the front, adding a pleated trim to the bottom, and adding the little collar, with heavy-duty interfacing for strength.

CROWN: The crown has a foam base, covered in worbla. I cast the gems in resin (I have a mini resin tutorial here). I attached the crown to a headband, also painted silver. When I attach it to the wig, I use hidden bobby pins to keep the headband In place.

SNEAKERS: I bought these sneakers on Amazon. I stuffed the toes, put masking tape over the toe for a straight line, and painted the toe white.

RACKET: I found this racket at my local Dick’s for around $20 – it was already teal. I wrapped some leftover fabric around the handle to tie it into the whole look. Then, I painted the slats white (spray paint would be best, but I used acrylic). Rosalina has a star on her racket which I didn’t add here, but plan to paint on for PAX.

Kyla Is Inspired | Tennis Rosalina  Cosplay
Kyla Is Inspired | Tennis Rosalina  Cosplay

So, on a scale from 1-10, how painfully obvious is it that I have no idea how to actually play tennis? I thought I was doing great while I was posing, but when I got them back I just… ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Cosplayers, what advise can you give for posing as a character/or doing an activity you’re not familiar with?

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Cosplay | Princess Peach

Hi everyone!

I went to Rhode Island Comic Con last weekend, which is held right in my town. Unfortunately I ended up getting sick, so I only went on Saturday. Luckily I was able to get some photos of Princess Peach! You can really see the gold details – which I showed in detail in my previous peach post.

Kyla Is Inspired | Princess Peach
Kyla Is Inspired | Princess Peach
Kyla Is Inspired | Princess Peach
Kyla Is Inspired | Princess Peach
Kyla Is Inspired | Princess Peach

Also, if you’re interested in a costume breakdown, you can find it HERE!

Kyla Is Inspired | Princess Peach

This costume is by far my favorite that I’ve made, and favorite to wear. What’s your favorite costume that you’ve made? I’d love to see photos!

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Cosplay | Princess Peach (Amiibo Dress)

I’m so excited to share with you my latest costume, Princess Peach! I made her Amiibo dress for PAX East 2016. I actually made a different Peach for last year’s PAX – but I cut it short into a cocktail dress because my skills just weren’t there yet.

If you told me a year ago that I would be able to create her gorgeous ball gown, I wouldn’t have believed you. That just goes to show that the more you practice and create, the better you’ll get! I need to remember this little fact a lot more in life.

Kyla Is Inspired | Princess Peach Cosplay
Kyla Is Inspired | Princess Peach Cosplay
Kyla Is Inspired | Princess Peach Cosplay
Kyla Is Inspired | Princess Peach Cosplay
Kyla Is Inspired | Princess Peach Cosplay

Click under the cut for a full walkthrough (with photos!) on how I made this costume:
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