For the last day of MCM London, I partnered up with my friend Ruth to cosplay Panty and Stocking from the anime Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. Both of us made our own costumes.
I sewed my skirt, my shirt, my corset, my sleeves, and my leg warmers from white cotton, purple cotton, and a stretchy metallic fabric. The bracelets I painted with silver paint, and the shoes were originally white, which I covered with silver metallic fabric. Ruth patterned the wings, but we both made our own set out of wire, fabric, feathers, and hot glue.
The metallic fabric was such a pain to use because it was very stretchy and pins would leave permanent holes in it. The corset was particularly difficult because the metallic fabric had to be backed onto a stiff muslin. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a more in depth post about how I made the corset despite neglecting to take photos of the whole second half of the process.
Luckily, that Sunday was the coolest of the days, meaning the costume wasn’t too warm to wear. I did have an issue with the shoes, but that was mostly due to my own poor use of glue. Bits of hardened hot glue jabbed into my heel, and the fabric slowly peeled off the shoes. If I were to cover shoes with fabric again, I’d probably do it over the course of a few days using some kind of super glue, or maybe modge podge.
We also met a couple of lovely cosplayers who were cosplaying the same characters as us! I only have a link for the Panty cosplayer’s Instagram, but she has some super cute cosplays on there, so definitely check out her page! I especially loved what they used for the hearts on their outfits!
Photos taken by Daisy Tweed
I’ve been watching a lot of Luxury Comedy recently, so my friend Alice the Insane and I decided to dress as Noel and Dolly.
I made the dress and cut and styled the wig myself, too. The tights, shoes, and belt I found on Amazon and I already owned all of the jewelry and makeup.
The dress was a weird thing to make. There’s one sleeve, a weird flap in the front, and shoulder pads. I patterned a shift dress and the sleeve using flat pattern drafting. To make the front flap, I cut out two shift dress fronts and sewed one to the back on both sides and the other on only one side. I then cut the top front (the one sewed in on one side) so that the free side slowly came in until it was about five inches from the side seam. Next, I folded over the side and sewed a hem using my machine. I also hand sewed the edge of the top of that side hem onto the side seam so that the flap would fall where I wanted it to.
Instead of fully lining the dress, I made a facing to go around the neck and the left armhole. It’s herringbone stitched in place to make sure it wouldn’t flip up or move around, and I used it to help keep the shoulder pads in place.
I actually really like the dress and might wear it without the rest of the costume sometime. It’s a little dressy to wear to uni, and the shoulder pads are kind of a weird element, but I think I can find use for it somewhere.
I think I made the exact same expression in every photo we took.
The makeup is still probably the funkiest part of this outfit. I spent a lot of time trying to get it just right, and I ended up needing some help with my eyebrows from my friend on the day of the con.
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I realize it’s already November, but I’d still like to share the Halloween costumes that I helped some of my friends with!
Here you can see a picture of Genny dressed as Dirk Strider. As you probably remember, I made the skirt that she’s wearing out of a stretch knit, although the applique isn’t visible in this picture. I’m dressed as Jake English, another character from the webcomic Homestuck.
This is my friend Noah, who also dressed as Jake English this Halloween. I screenprinted both of our shirts in two colors, copying the design directly from the character’s t-shirt.
My friend Laurel wanted to be a Pokemon trainer from x and y, so she asked me to make her this hat. I made the hat based off of a pattern by Pinar Vardar on Ravelry. I had to change the entire base of the hat because I used a very different weight of yarn.
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Here we see my sister modeling a skirt I made for my friend Genny’s birthday. It’s a reversible knit skirt with an elastic waistband. It’s based off of the character Dirk Strider from the webcomic Homestuck. I put an applique of Dirk’s glasses on the orange side and and one of his hat on the black side. Genny is planning to cosplay as Dirk later on in the year, and hopefully she’ll allow me to post a picture of her complete costume on my site!
The applique on this skirt was difficult to attach because the threads wouldn’t catch during the stitching, and I’d take the skirt off the machine to find terrible seams. The issue might have been that I was trying to applique a knit to another knit. However, I was able to fix the applique in time for my friend’s birthday, and I am very pleased with the result!
This is the “White Queen” dress and jacket from the collection Alice in Wonderland.
The sleeveless dress simply slips on, while the jacket laces up in the front.
This is the “Mad Hatter” outfit from the Alice in Wonderland collection.
It consists of flared pants, a corset, a jacket, two sleeves, and a hat (not visible). The jacket closure consists of a hook and eye in the front, the corset laces up in the back, and the sleeves are held up by elastic in a casing.
This garment is the “Jabberwocky” dress from the Alice in Wonderland collection.
The mermaid-style dress is held up by a hook and eye located on the halter top in the back of the neck. A zipper in the back is added to allow the dress to be taken on and off.
This is the “Red Queen” garment from the Alice in Wonderland collection.
This garment consists of a red plaid heart shape on a black corset, a red and black striped skirt with a large slit on the side, and a pair of red shorts. The corset is laced up in the back and the shorts have a front zipper, while the skirt requires only a clasp to keep it on.