Thursday, June 25, 2015

Scarlet Witch

Yesterday was the heroes-themed blood drive at the library, so I got to wear my whole Scarlet Witch costume. Sadly, my husband is no photographer (and also didn't point out to me that my necklace was twisted backwards or my socks had rolled way down) but you can at least get the idea:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

'Shopped Scarlet Witch

Paul is the best... he shopped my photo from the bracers being finished to give me awesome Scarlet Witch powers!

Even when I get the red light and the smoke set-up ready, it won't look quite as cool as that. No pink orbs of force or anything. So this is awesome.

Thanks Paul!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Scarlet Witch: Rings

You wouldn't believe how hard it was to find silver stacking rings. Actually, I never really did find them, but I did find a great assortment of silver rings to wear as Scarlet Witch. They aren't exact matches; I'm just going for the general feel/look of her rings. I'm even keeping my wedding ring on, because it matches the theme.

That's 16 rings (including my wedding ring) and I actually have one more that I want to put above the knuckle on my right ring finger, but I didn't think to get it before I took the photos last night.

After many fruitless searches on Amazon, Google, and specific stores' websites, I finally just stopped at the mall on my way home from work. One very quick stop at Limited ($4) and another stop at Claire's ($20) and I had about twice as many rings as you see in the photos, so there was plenty to mix-and-match with. I'm also certain that some of them will come in handy in future costumes.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Scarlet Witch Bracers: Finished

When it comes time to make the more detailed, more accurate Scarlet Witch, I'll be remaking these. Partially because the left one (being the first one I made) has fraying on the fabric near the zipper, and the right one is a little too tight (and the left one a little too loose), and partially because I'll be finding a way to fit some machinery in them to make the red smoke wisps. But the first iteration of the bracers is finished!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Scarlet Witch Bracers

I'm pretty proud of these. I thought they'd be easier than they were, then once I got started, I thought they'd be impossible, and then I finished them. Chronicled here is the saga of making the left bracer (I didn't take pictures of making the right one, but it did turn out better because I had the practice of making lefty under my belt).

This is the biggest difference between lefty and righty:
On the right one, I sewed down the edge where it was going to
meet the zipper. I kind of forgot that this fabric does actually fray.

All pinned down and fitted. Time to sew!

The zipper foot is my new best friend. Changing presser feet wasn't nearly as hard as I expected.
(I had never done that before. And it took me a few minutes to figure out which was the zipper foot.)

Fabric is sewn to the zipper, just have to hem the top and bottom now.

Bracers make me feel like a bad-ass. Because I am.

Clearer shot of the finished product. The other difference between
the left one and right one is that lefty is a little looser (because of the fact
that I folded under the edges of the right one before sewing to the zipper).

Modeling with the jacket (cardigan) I'll be using for this costume's first public appearance.
(The leather jacket is a bit too warm for June. I'm committed, but I'm not stupid.)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Scarlet Witch Jacket

The cosplayer inside me took over while I was watching Avengers: Age of Ultron. At least whenever Wanda Maximoff was on the screen. I want that jacket. I really want that jacket. And everything else she's wearing, but really, that jacket.

Turns out, there are lots of websites selling her exact jacket (if they can be trusted, and some look kind of sketchy) between $140 and $180. No thanks, I'll just make one.

But I can't do that in the next two weeks, so I need something in the meantime. The good news is, both of the things I bought this morning are things I'll wear all the time (like the boots I got for my Ramona Flowers costume... they were literally the only shoes I wore this January and February, plus I'll be using them for the Scarlet Witch, and Dr. Horrible, and probably lots of other costumes until they fall apart and I have to replace them).

BEKDO Womens Classic Mock Collar Fitted Biker Zip Up Faux Leather Jacket-M-RED
Here on Amazon

This one is $30 (plus $11 shipping... I hate falling in love with things that aren't on Prime) and will probably be my new go-to jacket for fall. It's the closest I could come to the real thing without breaking the bank (and still being able to get it within a week or so). It might be a little warm for wearing on June 24th in Virginia Beach, though, so I also got...

Here on Amazon
The lighter cardigan ($21 and free shipping) should be more appropriate for warm-weather events. Not as canon, but since this one is just a "dress up for fun and a blood drive!" event, I'm not going to be too nit-picky. When I get the smoke mechanism working, I'll need to get everything right. (Which means sewing and dyeing my own leather jacket).

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Scarlet Witch

I told myself I wasn't allowed to work on any cosplays until we moved, so I wouldn't keep pulling things out of already-packed boxes to work on them, or keep buying materials that I had to find the right box for or risk losing in the move. But then...

We're having a blood drive at the library two weeks from today. Someone on staff thought it would be fun if we also dressed up as heroes (superheroes, personal heroes, whatever) as a fun addition to the blood drive and to help promote it.

Well, I don't pass up opportunities to wear costumes.

I only plan to make two things, maybe three, so it's more of a casual cosplay. I have a black dress similar to this, I'm wearing boots almost exactly like that, and I'm going to buy a red jacket. I'll make the bracers and socks/tights/leggings/whatever that is, and probably the jewelry. My hair's a little short but it's the right(ish) color and style so I'll roll with that.

Now to figure out how to make red sparks fly out of my hands...