One week ago (it’s still Sunday right now!) I went to the last day of SUPANOVA Sydney 2016. I’ve been to SUPANOVA before – back in ’08 – but never in costume and never as a proper nerd/geek. I’m not a high-intensity super nerd, nor am I a fully fledged comic book geek. But I am invested in my fandoms, and currently I am very invested in both the MCU and ‘Stucky’ (I do not care what you say, Stucky is awesome).
I like making things and I have experience making costumes, and when my friend Sophie asked me to accompany her to SUPANOVA, I decided why not. I took forever to choose a costume and then it hit me. I hate talking to people, I like being menacing, and this costume wouldn’t need any race-bending – not like much skin was being shown anyway. As far as cosplay goes, this one’s very modest.
So, after much blood (yes, I cut my finger), sweat (not so much, it is winter after all), and tears (only in my mind), I give you Rule 63 Winter Soldier. Yes, Winter Soldier. Not Bucky Barnes. As much as I like Bucky, Zimniy Soldat allowed me to glare and people and not talk to them.
*Rule 63: the rule that for whatever the character, there exists an opposite gender variant.
**That shield is not mine – it belongs to Action Reaction Entertainment.
OK. Now let’s get real crafting nerdy. I’m going to break this down into parts to properly explain how things were made. I don’t have photos of the individual bits sorry.
JACKET: I bought this at Vinnies for like $12 and it was off-white with some blue patches. Kinda cool actually, and it’s denim which gives it the nice structural shape and good rough texture. It took 1.5 cans of spray paint to get it black.
MASK: This is a standard plastic white face mask from the dollar store. Sprayed black, cut in half and had the upper half glued onto the lower half. The neck portion is a piece of ribbed lycra sewn into a tube and then glued to the inside of the mask. Need to add air-holes – was a bit hard to breathe.
ARM: Right, the arm. Before spraying the jacket, I tried it on, traced out the arm pattern, cried a bit internally (because I hate ‘ruining’ clothes) and cut it off. Then I painted it silver (paint + sponge), and attached two loops of elastic (1 inch wide). This is important – they loop around my chest and shoulder to hold the arm in place and to give me some support. They get quite constricting after awhile so I may have to adjust it for future cons.
The metal plating is actual metal. Sheet Aluminium (Bunnings) and contact adhesive – that stuff is GOLD. I traced out the design on paper, drew it onto the metal and used tin snips to cut them out. Sheet aluminium is fairly flexible so it curves and bends easily and can be made to hold a shape. What’s hard is clamping it in place for drying. Lucky I had Sophie to help bend this into shape and glue it on. Once the plates were on, I filled the gaps with smaller plates, repainted the gaps with silver paint and whacked a great big red star on. The star’s too high and the plates aren’t quite right but I’m happy with how it turned out.
This is a long post. I also made Sophie’s costume for SUPANOVA – my #firstevercosplaycommission ! She chose Asuna from Sword Art Online (SAO), and I’m really happy with how it turned out!
*Sophie made the sword.
Another breakdown. This costume was tough. None of the parts were standard so it needed some creative fiddling.
SKIRT: This was the easiest. That said, I hate box pleats. They are awful and a pain but look really cute. This has an elastic waistband and is very simple.
CAPE-DRESS-GADGET: Lord. Why. The lower cape is a simple half-circle. The rest was cut as one piece and that actually worked out well. It ended up super tight due to the super long zip, but it balanced out with the room around the neck. The awkward shape of the bottom was complicated and bias-ing this edge was a nightmare. Sophie also drew the pretty silver designs because at 3am, I was not having it.
SOCKS: They’re socks. I sewed some ribbon on. Cute.
SHOULDER STRAP GADGETS: These were cut out of interfacing, ironed down onto the back of the red fabric, and then cut out. They have gold stitching on the edges which isn’t visible here.
BELT: It’s a belt. A long piece of white with silver bias along either side.
GARTER: You can’t see it, but I made a very simple yet successful garter to hold up the socks. You can get garter clips and lingerie elastic quite easily in most fabric stores, and the soft lace we got for the top was stretchy and comfortable.
This was a big success for me. I am pleased, Sophie is pleased, and many many people at the expo loved it and took pictures! 😀
Long blog. Here are some more pictures from SUPANOVA. I had an amazing time and am hoping to update the Winter Soldier costume for Oz Comic Con in September. If any of you show up, look for me!
I am a huge Totoro fan. This was a terrible Totoro, but at least he was friendly.
This is dude has got to be the cutest Cap ever. Apparently, he bought the costume and had it altered to fit. Really friendly, very adorable. Can’t seem to find him on Instagram to tag him. 🙁
So. A very long post. Thanks for getting to the end. Leave some comments, and let me know what you think.
Photos by me and Sophie. Or Sophie and I. Whatever. Deal.
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