Grey Warden Bethany Hawke Cosplay Tutorial

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Hello hello, its been an awful long while and I’ve suffered many questions regarding the making of this particular costume in the past couple of months so I believe it is finally time to divulge into how I went about it.

This costume I made for PAX AUS 2015 back in October last year (has it been that long already?). I was included in a group along with 50 or so other Dragon Age enthusiasts for a meet up (I encourage, no, insist everyone who cosplays to organize a meet up in the months beforehand. Its a super safe and wonderful way to make friends in the cosplay community you’ll have forever.) 

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Now, onto the making of!

 

Bolero:

  • First thing I did was use a regular blouse pattern – you can use one similar to this one – and sewed it up in a cheap calico (or just cut it out in paper and tape it together); then just marked out how long i wanted it to be. I wanted it just at the decolletage line and basically where my bra closure was on the back.
  • I then cut out the fabric and marked where I wanted my quilting to be. I chose about 4cm x 4cm squares.
  • Sandwiching my wadding between my base fabric, I machine sewed the edges so they wouldnt move when I did my quilting.
  • After it was sewed on the edges I then sewed the quilting.
  • Then it was time to sew the pieces together as usual.
  • Once it was all together, I hemmed the bottom and the sleeves.
  • Now its time for the studs! I believe I might’ve watched Guardians of the Galaxy when I went about this part – it is quite time consuming!
  • the final pieces are the leather buckle closures, I just cut out two leather strips, folded over the edges and top stitched then fed the end through the buckle and stitched it on. just put the other strap on the other side, use a stiletto (of the sewing variety) to make a hole and you have a buckle closure!
  • tadaaaa! the bolero is done!

 

Tabard (and Scales):

  • I used the same method as my Merrill tabard, I taped some paper together, drew up the shape i wanted, cut out a neckline and threw it over my head. (same as with the merrill, I suggest making it thinner in the waist and wider in the hips rather than just a rectangle so it flatters your shape – yes even guys too!)
  • after being happy with the design, I cut it out in the paper and then again in the fabric. I didnt use any wadding for the tabard as not to look to bulky with the wadded jacket. it is lined however.
  • simply sewing the edges right side together i then flipped it right side out through the neckline, folded the neckline inwards and handsewed the edge closed.
  • now onto the scales!
  • I used 2mm craft foam for the scales. I probably cut out about 1000 minimum to cover the front and back pieces. I stapled them together and then spray primed and painted them.
  • I recommend using some watered down black paint to age them and give them definition
  • then I hand sewed the edges of the scale lengths to a strip of blue tulle. then I sewed the edge of the tulle to the tabard.
  • and you have scales!

 

Thats all the mentionable making of I really have of this costume! If I didn’t describe an aspect of this costume you were particularly interested in, just flick me an ask on my tumblr and I’ll likely answer it within the day!

 

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Hawke is Soylent Cosplay

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Merrill Cosplay Write Up

Hey Hey! So I made this costume roughly in about two months, for PAX AUS 2015. It was super comfortable to wear in contrast to my other cosplay with heels, and lots of fun just in character. I do recommend a flower crown for extra dalish cuteness, mine was provided by the lovely Scarlet Moth Cosplay.

EDIT: I’ve since also worn this costume to GoldCoast Supanova in April 2016, I made some slight changes – you can ask me about those HERE. mainly to do with the vambraces and scarf.

 

Tabard:
– I drew up a rough design just on paper, held it to myself (you can use a mannequin too!)  and then drew where I wanted it to be smaller or wider then added that on when I made up the final pattern.  (I recommend making it slightly thinner in the waist, and wider in the hips. I don’t think the majority of people possess the tiny frames of our Dragon Age elves, so do take into account that our bodies are different in person than in a game! that requires changing an aspect or two of the design to make it flattering)
– I made the rings from plastic curtain rings I spray primed and then spray painted, the straps were just fed through and sewn on!
– The fabrics I used were cotton drill and poplin (poplin for the stripes, no need for anything expensive for such a small feature!) ,

 

Pauldrons: 

  • I used (quite expensive) faux fur and cut out two rectangles by eyeballing it, leaving two little ‘straps’ on the bottom section to sew the rings and front tabard to.
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  • then cut out two triangles (after holding it up to your arm and figuring out where its bubbling / gapping) and sew the remaining edges back together. you can skip this step altogether if you arent having any gapping issues.
  • I then hand sewed (you can use a machine) the edges under and the rings to the straps.
  • After that I sewed a small piece of elastic connecting to the two lower rings.
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  • then measure out against yourself a piece of elastic from the front of the tabard to the back over your shoulder (its easier to use a piece of yarn or string for this by tying different length pieces to the front and back and trying it on)
  • sew the elastic to the two rings on the front and back of the tabard
  • then just sew the top edge of the fur to the shoulder elastic strap.
  • tadaaaa!!! completed. (This was insanely hard to describe, please send me an ask on my tumblr if i didn’t describe this well enough)
  • (you can weather and age the fur as much as you wish, i just got some water paint and hair spray and went crazy, hence why i bought inexpensive fur)

Under suit / chainmail suit 
note: if you’re going to make this suit I recommend working out / drawing up where you’re placing the holes onto the pattern rather than making it up and then cutting out wherever when its done. I wish Id been a little smarter about it.

  • I used ‘Kwik Sew 3052’ , as far as I know this is now out of print though I’m sure you can find one second hand online.
  • The fabric I used I actually ordered from Spoonflower and it was design 923515 ‘chainmail for larpers, medieval fairs or plays’
  • I used “Modern Jersey” but I warn you, it very nearly didnt fit me though that may have been a measuring mistake on my part. Just know its not a very forgiving pattern.
  • I sewed it up following the instructions
  • i then put it on, and pinned where I wanted the holes to be
  • It helps to get a friend to do this, I had my partner cut the holes for me when I was wearing it, that way i could see how large or small they were when it was stretched across my body.

Leg Bracers / Arm Bracers:
– I drew up the design I wanted on a piece of paper, I wanted my criss cross pattern to have some space between each piece, and then be sewn on to make it look a little more rustic.
– I then cut out those pieces in 2mm craft foam, primed and painted them.
– the base of both the leg and arm bracers i drew up in paper and did the same as with the tabard , just adding and removing width until i was happy, and then marked in where I wanted the straps to join
–  from there I basically just hand sewed each piece on!

The wig is Arda Wig’s  ‘Lulu’ in ‘Natural Black’
The ears are Aradani Studio’s ‘Nomad’ in ‘Light painted’
The contacts are Pinky Paradise’s ‘Dolly eye green

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If I didnt answer something to do with this costume that you’d like to know, feel free to send me an ask on my Tumblr! Ill get to it as soon as I can

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Progress to completion photos of Morrigan Gown

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So the past two months have been extremely busy, I haven’t posted much as a result but I basically spent the entirety of the time working on cosplay non stop.

I don’t think its really necessary to do tutorials for the things I made in that time, they’re pretty straightforward but if anyone is curious as to how i made something just flick an ask my way on my tumblr blog. Ill be happy to explain!

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The Breastplate
I made two versions of this.
The first i made before the corset, which then ended up being waaay too short and i was just generally unhappy with it. *cries from worbla wastage*
The second I made excessively long which i ended up trimming down a little, and even then I cant actually sit when i wear it. Cosplay dedication at its finest.

Its made from yoga mat (eva foam) thinner is better! and then its mounted with a flat layer of worbla, then i cut out each of the little ‘scales’ and added them on top. I also added four ‘loops’ one either side of the bust and another either side of the waist. That way I can just tie it onto my body.

Now if you are going to make this following that technique, I reaalllyy recommend adding a lining because when i wore it at the convention it became very hot and gross against my skin. *disgusted noise*
You can probably also get away without having to put that first layer of worbla down, but i felt it made it more durable and sturdy.

The breastplate has also earned itself a nickname; the corn penis.  the picture below explains why.

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The Blouse
This was pretty simple, i kind of wish I made it wider in the neckline looking back, but that is up to you.
I made a regular top, figured out how much i wished to take out of the center to make the part by holding the breastplate against it and seeing where it ended (leaving at least 4cm either side of the breastplate edge)
I then made bishop sleeves, adding a cuff. you can find tutorials pretty easily on how to alter patterns to do that online.

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I then added dots of velcro which i hand sewed and matched to the breastplate, this way the fabric wouldnt move and reveal underneath where it shouldnt, it would also hold the breastplate still.
I also added gold trim next to the lace.
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The Corset
The corset was pretty straightforward. I just used a simplicity or butterwick historical corset pattern, then made a mock up of it with old fabrics, drew where i wanted to lower and extend it and then made another mock up to test it.
Once i was happy i made it out of really thin corduroy (my machine doesnt take leather) and then put all of the eyelets and rivets in. one.. by.. one..

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Morrigan Gown Progress: Dragon Age Inquisition

So It’s been about a month since I really posted much about anything Morrigan!
(I was too preoccupied with life to actually blog of what ive been doing)

But basically I’ve since finished the skirt of the ballgown, and am preparing to begin on the corset and blouse top.

Here are some photos

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This was taken when the skirt was merely pinned together, I hated the shape of the silhouette it gave, hence the red drawings.
I decided the only way to give my skirt the shape I wanted was to sew my crinoline thinner. I did this by hand sewing the front to the back at the width I wanted. This leaves string horizontally on the inner sides of my hoop skirt, but it does the trick!
I also, still not happy with the shape, decided to make a bum roll. These were used very often in history, mostly in the Baroque, Georgian and Victorian periods, when women were desiring a larger ‘rump’.

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The skirt from the side, with the hoop skirt sewn inward, and the bumroll also attached.

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And a front view of the completed skirt.

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The necklace only took me about 3 hours (not including paint drying)
I used Chrisx’s wonderful tutorial which you can check out here

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Morrigan: Dragon Age Origins Skirt Tutorial

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Unfortunately I didn’t take too many WIP photos for this part of the project, Ill try and explain as best I can however.

Basically I measured my hip measurement and then the length I wanted the base skirt to be.

I then drew out a large rectangle by those measurements (longer at the back) making it a little bit longer for the front pieces to over lap.
I then cut it out in the vinyl / leather Making sure the back was at the center. (front opening)

I then held it up to myself and worked out where I wanted the two back seams. (refer to this image)
I then cut those two lines I drew for placement, and sewed them back together again.
(I did this because there was a lot of gappiness from the rectangle pattern I used, so this helped with the fitting.)

For the front I sewed two snap clips into the overlapping sections.

The belts were really easy, just incredibly time consuming. I drew straight onto the back of the vinyl the shape and length I wanted for each one, and cut it out on the fold (so i had two of the same pieces). I then super glued the edges together and put around 4 or 5 eyelets in each one.
I then would super glue the belt to the skirt.
This was a lot more sturdy than you’d imagine.

I used white top stitching thread to sew the white detailing into the skirt.
The Belt

The belt I just measured how long I wanted it to be around my body (the large section)
and then drew up a general shape onto the vinyl. I cut it out twice and hand sewed around it with black thread.
Once I’d done that I cut my white fur trim into a long thin strip (I used the same trim they use for santa costumes), and sandwiched it between the seam allowance i left from hand sewing earlier.
I then used white top stitching thread (really thick) and hand sewed around it again.

Then I measured how much more vinyl I’d need to make it close, drew out the thin strip on vinyl and cut it out twice. Stitched it together and then stitched one side to the back end of the large belt section.
The two front sections I hand sewed a snap clip to.

Viola, Done!

(I also did some aging with water colour paints and charcoal afterward)

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Morrigan; Dragon Age Origins Cowl Tutorial

The Cowl

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Firstly I followed THIS tutorial on how to make a draped cowl neckline.

Now when I did this, I followed their instructions of lowering the neck line 3-5 inches, ignoring what I actually wanted for my own project.
This resulted in Image 1 & 2 <——-

For the 3rd and 4th Images, I ended up lowering the neckline a further 13 – 14 inches, this I was far happier with.

I used this tutorial for the hood pattern
I just attached it to the top pieces of the cowl, pretty straightforward.

After lining the cowl,
I decided that I wasn’t happy with the colour choice at all, but i didnt want to have to remake the entire thing – so I dyed it.
(see below)

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I used iPoly dye in Magenta to get the colour I wanted. Because the purple original fabric was quite dark and heavy, I opted for Magenta over the accurate dark red as it would have come out too dark on the already darkly dyed fabric.

After finally dying it, I still wasnt happy with the fit. So I unpicked the top sections that the hood was attached to and cut it down about 5cm, so it would be more flattering on me.

(See bottom of top picture for end result)

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Cosplay Update!

So its been a little while since ive done anything major, still has. however I’ve been very slowly doing little bits and pieces for upcoming costumes.

My contact lenses for Morrigan arrived!
They are from Honey Color and are the ‘Yellow Eclipse Halloween Lens” 

Enjoy a no make up / creepy stare selfie

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I started piecing together the fabric for Coles pants
I’m using a brown corduroy rather than pleather as pleather doesn’t sit as nicely with such articulation.
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I began pattern making my Morrigan gown at long last!
Its my first time doing a ballgown so its very rough (hence the abnormal length which ill have to deal with) at the moment.
But basically the paper pattern in the center will be a wine or dark red taffeta i might add some embellishment to, and the calico pieces in the photo will be black velvet.

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