Costume design process.
- The first thing I did was chose a character I was going to cosplay as. The character I chose was Batgirl as I feel that we look quite similar and we have a similar personality.
- Then I decided how I was going to make my costume.
- Next I drew up designs of of how my costume should look and made mood boards about the character.
- The next step was to go shopping:
- Then I made a template of the bat symbol
- I then drew around the template onto some felt and cut it out.
- I then pinned it into place
- I then sewed it into place
- The next step was to start the cape. The first thing I did was cut a neck hole.
- Then I hemmed the seam I had created.
- The cape itself was too long so our next step was to cut it shorter.
- Then I hemmed the rest of the cape
- I then made the batarangs by cutting them out of cardboard and spray painting them black.
14. We then went and brought my utility belt.
- I then stripped it of all tags and zip covers to enhance the look of the belt.
- I then made my mask. First I drew it out onto the felt before we cut it out and attached two pieces of elastic.
- Then I made the headband. I cut out four felt triangles of equal length and two pieces of wire. I then sewed two triangles with the wire trapped between them that were then attached it to the headband.
- Next I made the gauntlets using the same principle as the headband except we sewed them into the gloves.
- The actual costume was now made the next step was make up
- I used black I shadow and pink lipstick
- Here is the finished costume:
One thing I did not like was the cape needed a lot of caution as it could get trapped quite easily in the wheels of my wheelchair which became a hindrance when moving around.
The positive attributes of my costume were that it was all made from quite comfortable material which was easy to move around in. This is a good thing because uncomfortable material would have been difficult during the long day that we had.
The negative attributes of my costume were that I got quite cold as the materials used are quite thin and I could not have used a coat to warm up as it would have ruined the look of my costume. Another precaution that I had was using wire to hold my gauntlets in place as occasionally it would come through my gloves and scratch my skin.
The most enjoyable thing about making my costume was watching it all come together as I made it and then when people appreciated all the time and effort that I had put into my costume I found it very rewarding.
The thing I did not enjoy when making the costume is the worry that you would not finish on time that accompanied it. I tackled this problem by making a time table with all the things I had to do inside it. The worry itself can be very disheartening but the feeling of satisfaction is defiantly worth it.
As I have all ready said several times I found this to be a really enjoyable experience and I can not wait to cosplay again.