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!

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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

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

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.

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.

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.

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
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
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
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
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
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 Tutorial | Sailor V Moon Compact

Today I wanted to share a little tutorial for Sailor V’s Moon Compact! I made this initially back in 2014 but remade it last month for Anime Boston. I documented my process and wanted to share!

Kyla Is Inspired | Sailor V Compact Tutorial

Kyla Is Inspired | Sailor V Compact Tutorial

((the cute Chibiusa cosplayer is my friend Ashley!))
Read on to see the full tutorial!
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Cosplay Tutorial | Mario Mushroom

Hello hello! From my last post of Fashion Wario, you may have noticed I was holding a golden mushroom…here, I’ll break down the steps involved in making your own, just in time for Halloween! I’ve even included a downloadable template to print and use!

Cosplay Tutorial | Mario Mushroom

You will need:
  • 1 Styrofoam ball
  • 1 Styrofoam half circle
  • 2 sheets of craft foam
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Gold paint
  • Hot glue
  1. Line up your styrofoam circle inside the half-circle. You’ll need to cut a circle of craft foam the glue to the half-circle, leaving a hole in the middle. You should be able to “slip” on the top onto the mushroom. Glue in place. (This was honestly a lot of guessing for me to figure out where his mushroom head should hit!)
  2. Sand everything smooth! I also sanded the bottom to be slightly flat so he could stand up.
  3. Prime. You can use gesso if you’d like (to fill in any holes), but remember to sand again after
  4. Paint. I used a few different gold colors for each portion of the mushroom. Feel free to do classic white and red!
  5. Seal your mushroom with a few layers of mod-podge
  6. Glue on some craft foam eyes, and you’re done!

DIY Mario Mushroom

If you want to do the crown, follow the below instructions. It’s the same method I used for my Princess Peach crown!

  • Crown template (download here!!)
  • 1 sheet craft foam
  • Worbla scraps
  • Heat gun
  • Paint
  • Resin kit OR buy your own gems
  1. Print out the provided crown template, and cut out of both craft foam and worbla.
  2. Using your heat gun, heat the SHINY side of the worbla. Place the craft foam on top, and bend the edges of worbla over the foam, encasing it. Do this to all 4 pieces(For tips on using worbla, check out this video!)
  3. Re-heat all the pieces, and stick the sides together. Shape the crown into a circular shape. Let cool
  4. If you’d like, add a rectangular strip around the bottom of craft foam.
  5. Prime. You can use gesso if you’d like (to fill in any holes), but remember to sand again after
  6. Paint.
  7. Seal your mushroom with a few layers of mod-podge

Between waiting for paint to dry and putting everything together, I’d say this project took about 5 hours to complete. If you make your own mushroom, I’d love to see how it turned out!

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