hi Allegra! I'm embarking on my own Aria cosplay journey, for reasons I can't fathom, and I'm having trouble deconstructing her costume, so I just wondered if you could maybe shed some insight on her black leotard armour bodysuit leggings combo. Is it a bodysuit with bits chopped out? Is it just legs with separate bustier leotard? In which case, how does it stay up? I think you did the former in your costume, but I just thought I'd ask in case. Sorry to be a bother!
Not a bother at all, thank you for asking!
Aria’s outfit is all kinds of weirdness held together by … biotics, I don’t even know. TBH, her Omega outfit clarifies a lot of grey areas, and I wish I’d seen it when I was making Aria!
My Aria is made predominantly of an altered black unitard, where I cut and restitched a deep V for the neckline, added the vinyl extension with straps to hold it together (and not completely spill out), added sleeves, and cut and restitched those side cutouts. The leg pieces are basically chaps (of a sort?) that I made of vinyl and attached to the unitard with snaps (about 5 on each side).
NOW, if you want to know how I would have made it now? Start by looking at Emmabellish’s Aria because she did a PHENOMENAL job. Aria’s neckline is definitely a little more shaped and defined than I was able to manage with just a unitard, which Emma achieved. From the looks of things, she built an additional structured leotard (but just the front!) over the unitard—I’m not sure what material she made it out of, but it definitely makes the costume look more armored, which is perfect for ME3 Aria. I definitely recommend asking her about that part! She’s super nice :D
So yes, I recommend: black unitard (either altered or made from scratch if you dare) with a leotard-type front made per Emma’s advice (since hers is A+) and separate chaps that you can temporarily or permanently attach depending on the fabric used for the base unitard (Emma’s looks like it could be permanently attached? Her fabric doesn’t look quite as stretchy as mine. I definitely recommend snap attachments if you use super stretchy athletic spandex, but mind the stitches on the spandex side when you remove the chaps!)
I’ve been way too busy today to bounce up and down about it (Monday’s usually my heavy work day, PLUS they reshuffled our teams so I suddenly went from actively managing 10 people to 24 now—I’m cry but I love my job so it’s great), but I let out the HIGHEST PITCHED SQUEAL when Kelsey tweeted at me to tell me the good news
We already preordered it on Amazon ok I just I just *FLAILS*
heyy I hope be you well, My name Is adynne I just saw you the CAPTAIN SCARLETT cosplay I love it. But you can help, how did you make CAPTAIN SCARLETT cosplay I wanna make it please help. have it nice day.
Let’s see! I don’t have any formal writeups and I’m way to cosplayed-out to write up anything big, but here are some tips:
Buy a big leather coat on eBay to alter for the coat, and use all the extra leather for things like the belts, hat, etc.
Beth made my hook out of wood (the hook shape & pistons), some piping from home depot (the cylinder for arm), and epoxy sculpt (details). She also worked with some serious tools and I’m hardly one to give too much advice in this arena since I’m from the happy land of fabric, but ask for tips at your local hardware store—I’m sure they’ll be happy to give advice!
The leg was a lot easier. The main body (with the “joint”) was made out of EVA foam and the rest out of modge podged craft foam. Beth used the thin kind and recommends the thicker kind if you want to wear it a lot or travel with it. I attached it to my pant leg with snaps.
Build the shirt around a proper corset structure and it’ll look really awesome. The back of her shirt is open, but since the top hides under the vest, the top of the shirt comes together with a zipper. It’s actually a lot more comfortable (and flattering for the chest) to do that rather than having the whole thing lace up, imo.
Make your life easier and alter a pair of pants. I’m not of a school of cosplay that dictates “thou must make everything in a costume,” because you’re making your life unnecessarily difficult that way. Buy a cheap pair of pants that fit you well and then have fun making them all Borderlandsy. Much more time-efficient!
It’s all about the paint job. Try to find a nice medium between painted and crisp—pair cool weathering with sharp black outlines. Start small and work bigger on your cloth pieces in particular, since you can’t undo weathering!
I hope this helps! Sorry for the delay in responding—I’m finishing up some costumes and also really bogged down at work. Have fun making Captain Scarlett!!!!
-hugs- i empathize 900% with my own bullied childhood and i am digging that motto, because that’s what i do too
ahhh I promise I won’t flood anyone’s dash with replies, but I do want to respond to this one for sure
I definitely think you’re doing the right thing too, then! I don’t understand the way geekdom as a whole likes to perpetuate the cycles of bullying and rejection. If we faced it in our youth or our adulthood or whenever, shouldn’t we know how much it hurts, and know better than to hurt other people?
We don’t have to personally like everyone we meet in our day-to-day or online lives or whatever, and we never have to agree with people around us, but I think we owe everyone the common decency to not treat them like shit for existing or liking something—as long as they aren’t actively trying to hurt someone and unwilling to stop hurting people, that is. (If you’re unintentionally hurting someone, you definitely deserve to be told “STOP THAT,” and if you won’t apologize and learn how to stop hurting people, then you’re probably a jerk jsyk.)
So yes, <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 because you’re definitely doing right by other people and by yourself with that mentality!
What happened? Who hurt you? Do I need to cut a bitch? -sends hugs and love-
Oh, no no no no no! I just edited the text of the post because I guess it looks pretty confusing and ambiguous, whoops :) I just felt a resurgence of hurt from past bullying pain, which happened from age I-don’t-even-know-when-it-really-started-but-I-was-young to 18-ish (which is at least when it stopped being cool to pick on me, so if anyone was mean after that point it was personal rather than institutional). For context, I’m 25 now, so it’s years in my past, but shit like that never really heals.
I just cried really hard after watching this video, and then went to Etsy to give a fox plushie a loving home. I probably shouldn’t have bought one since end of the month bills are coming up (hurrah), but … I think I needed that.
Truth be told, the way I coped with being bullied for most of my life was to try to be as nice to people as I can humanly manage (because we’re all assholes sometimes, and I’m never proud of myself when I am), in the hopes that people can … I don’t know, feel like they have someone who thinks they’re really awesome and special. That was what helped me through my dark days, and while I can’t be somebody for everybody, I do want to just be loving and nice to the people I can be loving and nice to.
Which is why I cried really hard, and bought a fox plushie. Because I don’t want people to feel as helpless as I felt.
“Brienne’s story is an adaptation of a traditionally male narrative, one that usually sidelines or victimises female characters. She swears fealty to a woman, as male knights swear to their liege lord, because she respects that woman’s strength, her bravery and her kindness. She goes on a quest to save the beautiful maiden, but not to marry her or benefit from the quest in any way, but to return her to her mother. Because she cares for Catelyn, and because it is the right thing to do. It is a story of a woman, rescuing a woman, for the sake of another woman. It is a rare story where the mother, the young girl and the shieldmaiden are all given equal weight and worth. Brienne, despite taking on many stereotypically male traits, is not “one of the boys” or in any way dismissive of her gender as a group. She does not fit into the role that society has assigned for her, but she does not disparage those who do. She uses her strength and her skill to respect and help other women in ways that most men in Westeros would never even think to attempt, because she understands, more than any other knight, that women are truly worth something as individuals.”—“There Are No True Knights: Brienne of Tarth” @ Feminist Fiction (via amstibovvered)
I guess I should clarify that my cosplay break isn’t a cold-turkey stop because it’s cool to bring a costume to a con as long as it doesn’t have to be a big production all the time (which is what it was becoming, and that’s just tiring). I’m also still definitely dressing up at GGC and do have a few things to make for that, assuming Beth and I don’t mutually decide that we’d rather just relax—but we do intend to finish Cassandra so that’s unlikely.
But yeah, I do understand if people want to say goodbye to my blog because I’m not holding anyone here against their will. I’ll still post pictures and stuff, but I’m not making anything new after GGC, and that’s going to be the big change.
ALSO, last thing, part of the reason why I have to break—like actually kind of have to, and I’ve alluded to it on Twitter—is because I am a contract worker, and Washington State only allows us to work contracts for 11 months. By March 1st, I’m out of a job again unless I can secure something first, and you know that’s a little worrisome? I don’t need to spend money on crazy costumes when it’s more important that I can continue paying rent if I become unemployed. (which means saving money starting as soon as fucking possible) I have to prioritize my adult responsibilities over my fandom ones, unfortunately.
I’ve been having these weird thoughts lately thinking a lot lately about cosplay and fandom, and the more I think, the more I realize that I am 100% burnt out. Maybe it’s just been this year, because this year has had a lot of drama and stress, with fandom drama and really over-the-top cosplay…
Hey. Hey you. I know, you’re not looking for head pats or whatever, but like. Can I just say that I’m kind of bummed that you’re burnt out? No, not like how that initially sounds, but honest-to-goodness sad that something that should just be a fun hobby ended up, especially on top of real life stuff, becoming something that you didn’t look forward to, or even if you did, it’s an ungodly amount of stress. Cosplay should have stayed as something you did for fun and to chill, and I guess it’s sad that it just sort of… wasn’t. Because reading about how much Isabela impacted you, about how she was so much to you (and things of the sort), was kind of my favourite thing about your cosplays? Honest to god your posts about her made me tear up and just sort of choke up in the best ways.
Honestly, though, it’s not just your posts about her: I adore your posts on feminism and gaming and duckies and puppies and—- okay I think you get the point. Honestly I really respect you and I’m devastated whenever I see people giving you flack: you post cosplay pics, you don’t, you post personal things, you don’t, like… your blog is your blog, and hell yeah, you post what you want! (Not to mention when you get into detail on things and you can just read the passion behind the text and hhhhngrrrh ESPECIALLY when you post about gaming things and feminism things and dorky things and all the things.)
But, I’m getting distracted here. I just want to make sure that if no one else says it, I will: I’ll be here even if you stopped cosplaying, for any reason you freaking want to. You don’t owe us cosplay. Cosplay is the relationship between yourself and that character.
I’m getting distracted here but like: this wasn’t really an attempt to cheer you up, because hell I suck at it, and you said you weren’t looking for that, but even though the only reason I heard about you was cosplay, that sure as hell wasn’t why I followed you, and it won’t be why I stay here.
And I really don’t think most other people will say it, so I decided to take it into my own hands, even though I’m probably just the creepy blank icon on the other side of the computer.
No, you don’t need to delete it—I think I actually really needed to read it this week. Thank you :)
The good news is that, break or not, I’m still a big fan and huge dork with lots of silly shit to say, and that won’t be changing any time soon! I’m just hoping to be able to do more things like play video games and actually share my headcanons if anyone gives a shit about them, and engage with people more and ah oh my god like not have to sew every time I go home, that would be great. I also like the idea of being a little more anonymous at conventions—not that people recognize me as me or anything (nooooooooooooo) but just being able to walk through a crowd without being stopped for a picture and go to panels I want to attend and not spend so much energy on fucking cosplay drama for a little while. Just getting to be a fan and have fun with other fans, full stop.
So yeah, I’m around and a doofball, and I’m hoping that I’ll actually get to be more me for a little while than just share some pictures and wonder if people even care about the person wearing the costume.
Thank you so much to everyone who commented on the initial post—I don’t want to bore people with responses, but thank you to people who encouraged me to take a break, and I hope those of you that are kind of feeling similarly will likewise be able to take a breather. I am genuinely, genuinely grateful for people who encourage me to not be On all the time, seeing as I think it’s kind of a way of living for the ~*~typical Manhattan woman~*~ and I sort of miss living and being myself. TL;DR you guys are really sweet and awesome and thank you :’D
Also, smile-shy, 12 in about 3 years, not counting any sewing I’ve done for Beth on The Sheriff and the current progress on Cassandra…yeah I’m wiped XD
I’ve been having these weird thoughts lately thinking a lot lately about cosplay and fandom, and the more I think, the more I realize that I am 100% burnt out. Maybe it’s just been this year, because this year has had a lot of drama and stress, with fandom drama and really over-the-top cosplay drama and also just Real Life Problems—that last bit being the things I really need to focus on but that I often find myself sacrificing for this hobby. And cosplay is just a hobby to me.
I believe that if a hobby isn’t fun, I shouldn’t do it. Maybe this crafting break is just what I needed.
Did people really get what that Axe Malaysia Space Race was about?
Facebook users were asked to vote for their favorite competitor, but as seen in the terms and conditions in the app (link at the bottom here), the vote only comprised 30% of what was going into the final decision for the winner. There is also an actual “Space Race” which is weighted at 40% of the decision, and a judging panel which is 30%. I have no idea what any of those two sections entail, if the space race itself has already occurred, etc.
Even if she does win this vote, she isn’t automatically going to space. This contest is a part of a large, international, Axe-sponsored program called the Axe Apollo Space Academy. Winners from around the world are being sent into a space training program, and from that group, only a select group of “top recruits” from that international program will get to go into space. So winning the Malaysia competition, as cool as it is, does not guarantee anything but an opportunity to go to a really cool space camp/training program.
There’s a lot more to come based on her own aptitude, and while I believe in her because she seems really awesome, let’s be fair, people: she’s not suddenly going to space now. We’ve helped to give her an amazing chance to prove that women are kickass astronauts, and I’ll be cheering her on for sure! But there’s a lot more to come.
Also, it looks like the top recruits in the program just get to fly in sub-orbit, so I’m not sure if this means that they’d actually be flying up on actual missions or representing their country in space after that’s over. That much is pretty unclear, and I can’t load the Axe Apollo site to get any more information. So keep that in mind when sharing this: I could be missing some really vital piece of information just because the site won’t load on my work computer.
Are you going to Rose City Comic con this weekend? :O
Alas, no! I didn’t even know it was happening! XD I’m also still recovering from a pretty nasty cold, so I need to spend this weekend catching up on projects and social obligations that suffered while I was wallowing on the couch with a fever and playing video games. (No regret on the video games part, aw yiss)
I imagine you’re going, though, so I hope you have a wonderful time! :D I’ve actually not had the chance to go to Portland since moving here, but it’s a local enough convention that I may consider attending it next year, finances allowing!