I remember a few years back when two versions of the same character had been announced in the Super Hero movie universe. It’s all fun and games until they release photos of a character….that’s when the internet comes in. #notmy…. whatever, Omg I thought he would be taller…she needs to be thinner….why aren’t they…all the things.
Quicksilver was just this…and since there were to be two versions, it was hilarious to watch.
The first version got HATE. This was the X-Men Days Of Future Past (DOFP) Quicksilver played by Evan Peters. Sporting a Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon t-shirt,SILVER AF hair,a rad silver jacket and a walk man….people flipped shit.
The second was Aaron Taylor-Johnsons takes in Avengers The Age Of Ultron. He’s got the suit and some silver-ish hair. He is most screen accurate as far as what your typical fanboy will want to see.
The characters could not be more different though. You can see the personalities just by looking at photos. As a cosplayer…I lean towards any character that’s gonna be having fun wearing a Pink Floyd shirt. That’s just how I roll. His scene in DOFP made the whole movie for me. I was planning this cosplay ever since I saw it for the first time haha.
So….let’s begin. I want a great cosplay and I want to do this as cheaply as possible…as is customary for me. Here’s how I did it…
My boots were obtained at Rue 21 In Boone NC for $3.99. Lots of the good stuff in my size would stick around well into clearance time there 🙂 Small towns are great for that! Unfortunately small towns have next to no places to shop at so I ended up getting a lot of stuff at this particular store. The gals there were always excited to see what I was making next! But I just happened upon these. It was like a sign that I needed to do this cosplay my friend had suggested. So..game on! The blue shoe strings I found for $1.00 at Goodwill.
The hardest part to find of anything as the jacket. I looked in every thrift store,Goodwill,ebay,Target,Walmart…everywhere. There were some options similar to what I wanted but they were pricier. I ended up stumbling upon my magical perfection of silver in Goodwill. For $4.99 it was mine 🙂
The next part was the Pink Floyd shirt. Again I searched everywhere including online but ultimately found it at Forever 21. I paid the most for this item, $9.99, because of how it felt! It’s the softest shirt I own and I wear it all the time…worth it!
The wig was purchased online for $7.99 and that includes shipping. I’m still debating hacking some of it off. So much hair is annoying for me!
Goggles were found at Goodwill for .25,I painted them silver. After that all that I used was a black skirt/leggings that I already had and some knee-high socks that a been given to me. Silver makeup for this look was easy. I used cheap loose silver pigments and E.L.F’s glitter glue. Nothing moved,that stuff is magical!
So for everything I purchased for this I came in right at $29.21 which is great! I can reuse every piece of this in other costumes or just wear in real life!
For professional photos I wanted something straight from my favorite scene in DOPF. Kenneth A Kivett Photography is composite king! SO I headed to Charlotte NC to let him work his magic.
This character is a blast to cosplay. It’s my most comfortable costuming,by far! I look forward to adding more to it and popping it out at a convention soon.
My latest group shoot featured models dressed as witches inspired by various flavors of tea. My lack of love for tea actually inspired this endeavor. I don’t like to drink it but I love the names and the smells…so why not turn it into a themed shoot? Game on!
I threw this costume together fasssst. I had a pretty good idea in my mind of what I wanted after looking through my closet.
I had chosen Southern Sweet Tea because it’s the only tea I like! Lucky for me I had the perfect items around to whip up something in that theme. In the grand tradition of “Under $20 Cosplay” I managed to make this entire costume …for $0.
I started with a dress I’ve been looking at in my closet forever. I bought it for $3 at a thrift store. It didn’t fit then,doesn’t fit now and it’s a bit broken and stained. After I bought it I dyed it with watered down Lipton tea. It’s great material! So we are going to cut away everything but the skirt. We’ll utilize all these pieces eventually.
I gathered the skirt up and pinned it to itself at the top to create a sort of ruching in the front into a very light bustle look. After I pinned it I took it off and sewed it lightly where I had initially pinned it. Nope I didn’t sew in a zipper. This upcycle is fast and easy bc I’ll be reusing this material soon.
Next let’s start on our hat! I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to use for it. Some friends of mine had given me some great hats! Super grateful for these! Included were several straw varieties.
This Southern Belle one was calling my name for this project and the cats were loving the new smells 🙂 They are SO helpful….
I couldn’t get the top of this hat to point like I wanted. So I decided to use a second hat for that. I basically folded it into a point and hot glue it to make it stay together then attached it over the top of the belle hat.
One side of the hat I curved upwards to the point sort of pirate style and glued it there. This side I layered in flowers.
Since the two hats are different colors I am now going to “paint” the top one with a tea wash to make them match up! Super easy…tea and water. I spray it with a clear coat to prevent rub off.
I’ve added an off white sash to my hat so now I want to tea stain that as well. What I love about the staining for this versus the dress is that this will not be uniform. It should look splattered..like drops of tea.
I also painted the lace trim with some watered down tea to make it less white.
Throughout the process I kept adding flowers to the side. I even spray painted some to match. Notice how the flowers are used to cover the areas where I added the second hat and any other imperfections.
My last touch was to add a hanging tea bag to the crooked top 🙂
ANDDD I’m done! Cats and hats forever!
To complete my costume I used a ruffled white shirt from Goodwill,a corset I made years ago, a belt as a necklace,wrist bands I glued sunflowers onto ,some thigh highs and Goodwill shoes.
“Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.” ❤ Neil Gaiman
I had an absolute blast making this. It’s simple and sweet and captured exactly what I wanted. I always seem to go a little bigger on hats than I mean to but I plan to use this as a table centerpiece later 🙂 It’s perfect.
“Listen up, cause I’m only telling you this once. I’m not bedtime story lady, so pay attention. It’s 2033. The world is *screwed* now. You see, a while ago this humongous comet came crashing into the earth. Bam, total devastation. End of the world as we know it. No celebrities, no cable TV, no water. It hasn’t rained in 11 years. Now 20 people gotta squeeze inside the same bathtub – so it ain’t all bad…”
Tank Girl cosplays are super fun,filled with attitude and can be very inexpensive to throw together! I had everything you see here in my closet aside from the weapons and the decal on the shirt. I was going to paint a bulls eye onto the tank but a friend helped me print a decal instead straight of the internet!
It’s all in fun so make it your own. I usually shoot for cosplay to be under $20 but this one cost me $0.
” Look, if you want to torture me, spank me, lick me, do it. But if this poetry shit continues, shoot me now, please.”
James Polk of Polk Creative and I wandered around downtown Greensboro and shot in some fun locations. We utilized back alleys and older parts of buildings…went down under the tracks.
So let’s break down the parts I used to make this cosplay:
Bulls Eye Tank
Various striped thigh highs
I wore a black wig because I couldn’t find my blue one
I wrapped cut up fishnet stockings around my wrists
“Look, it’s been swell, but the swelling’s gone down.”
Cosplay is fun and doesn’t have to break the bank! Upcycle and thrift stores are your best friends!
Hi I’m Moonkitty and I have a serious BioShock addiction. I probably mentioned that in my other blog about my previous cosplay from the game 🙂 Bioshock Splicer
Infinite,the 3rd game in the series,may well be my favorite. The story line is very different from the first two games and then comes full circle. It is brilliant.
“Will the circle be unbroken??”
The game itself hosts some spectacular characters and baddies but I looked to Burial At Sea and the reemergence of Splicers for my most recent cosplay. Leadhead Splicers in the expansion may well be creeper than the ones we see in the earlier games. I really was digging the mask on this one on the lady below here sooo I decided to recreate it.
I usually challenge myself to $20 cosplay,if you haven’t seen my other blog posts,BUT for this…I challenged myself to basically a closet cosplay. I wanted to see if I could do it on no budget at all. So many people think cosplay takes SO much money. It doesn’t have to! I did indeed make it on a $0 budget from things I already had. In this blog,I’ll also show you pricing for the items if I had to purchase them.
First off…The Mask:
Crucial element…it’s almost the whole character. There are so many ways you can accomplish it. You can paper mache the whole thing or you can do what I did and cut a mask I already had in two pieces,utilizing the half I wanted. I hear people complaining about the price of mod podge…DON’T USE MOD PODGE. Use .50 Elmers glue and some water. It’s the same thing for this project. I use the tin foil to put it in bc after I’m done for the day I can close that up and it doesn’t dry up overnight.
We are going to cover over the eye whole and make the mask smooth. I cut the strings from the back of this one to reuse later. Once we make it smooth then it’s time to cut it into the shape you want. After that we are going to draw a cartoon type eye to cut out and paste on top. AND then undo what we did by making the mask look paper mache-ed…like she made the thing out of vanity and craziness.
It doesn’t matter at this point that it looks like you pasted the eye…we are going to rough it up. Using the photo of the splicers mask I wadded up more paper mache and placed it on the mask. Coloring on the rest of the mask is easy. It’s supposed to look weird anyhow.
Next up we are just forming the mask. layers are good. Shape the mask into it’s basic shape then have fun. After we age it…no matter what you’ve done…it looks great. For basic weathering I just wanted to discolor it so that it wasn’t copy paper white. For that I used some watercolors in yellow and white but you could just use yellow and white acrylic paints and water.
After that add on more effects in dark color paints. Using them around the edges looks great..gives a burned effect. Go wild..it just needs to look old. I left my eye white though bc it seemed to still be pristine in the photos from the game. Then add the strings back to the backside. I used Elmers as a base them hot glued all over that and it held up.
So if you don’t have ANY of these items on hand then the mask will run you:
1.)Base itself: Nothing if you make it from paper mache. Anywhere from .99-$5.00 if you buy on in store.
2.) Colored pencils…crayons…for “makeup” depending on brand .99- $5.00
3.) Paint ( I used yellow/white/brown/black) Acrylic paints run .50 a piece or cheaper. $2 for this.
4.) Elmer’s glue for mod podge .50
5.) Paper of any kind (newspaper,copy paper). Anyone has access to free paper.
So in purchased material this part of the cosplay runs : Low end:$4.50 and High end : $12.50
The Gun: I will tell you that me and the gun did not get along AT ALL. Since I’m doing this on a $0 budget I couldn’t buy a new piece so I dug into my commission collection and found something vaguely similar to the Hand Cannon used in game. Now the problem was that I couldn’t use permanent parts bc everything would need to come back off.
Using black,silver,gun-metal,brown and gold paint…me and this gun danced around for three days. I was shooting for an overexaggerated version to look intense in photos.
I won’t go into what didn’t work but each time it sucked it led me closer to what I wanted…which was to square off the roundness. I ended up doing this by organizing cardboard around the silencer then paper mache-ing a ruler to make the new barrel. I painted this as best I could to match the gun in-game.
The painters tape didn’t help at all.
Paints I used. The gun metal and metallic gold worked best
At first I had two box shapes,the large to cover the silencer and a smaller one under it. I ended up taking this off and organizing the squared off silencer part into two sections using the ruler.
After you’ve added the detail parts and distressed this to your liking,hopefully you are close to something you like. I feel like I did pretty darn good with what I had! haha. If you’re using this at a con you may want to do a lot more to it but I’m using this in a photo shoot so I knew what I could get away with.
So if you’re buying all the parts I used:
1.)Nerf gun: I thrift these for anywhere from .99-$7
2.)Paint: Brown,Gun Metal,Silver,Gold….$2
3.)A ruler: .99
4.)Cardboard….use a cereal box or something. You shouldn’t have to buy this.
Low End: $3.50 and High end: $9.50
Simple and funnn. You need a dress,maybe you have this…maybe you thrift it…something cheap you can jack up. Rips are wonderful,make sure you cut the hem and fray it out. I used charcoal and water and then spray blood.
Cost to you if you purchase items :
1.) Dress: Thrift this,don’t pay more than $7. I paid $3 for this one at some point.
2.) Charcoal: If you don’t have a fireplace (which I do) then you can buy it for $3.99 at Michael’s…or use something use.
3.) Spray Blood: My favorite kind…. $7.99 Party City. BUT you don’t have to use this. There are cheaper options.
1.) Makeup I’ve had forever. Basically just a blue for my other eye and bright blush for my cheek. I took black makeup and sponged it around my face then overused the lipstick outside of my lips. I’ll bet you already have this stuff.
2.) Shoes: Thrift these,no more than $5 if you don’t already have them.
3.) Hose/garter: Garters aren’t necessary. Hose I liked bc they looked wrecked. Buy some cheap ones ,no more than $5,and call it a day after you wreck um!
4.) Necklace: Walmart has cheap pearls always. $5 tops
5.) Slip: I used a vintage lace top slip underneath,not necessary but I loved the look when I added blood. I don’t recommend buying one for this but maybe using an old bra that you can get dirty or a lace top tank top if you have such. Yes I put spray blood on a vintage slip. AND every drop came out with a clorox bleach pen. #magical.
Total pricing for cosplay : Low End: $35. High End: $56.99 – estimation with you having to buy most pieces. I’m willing to bet most people have a lot of these items already though!
In the end I rose to the challenge and made my cosplay using no money at all. I wanted to buy a new gun each day I worked on this one haha. BUT I think it looks great on camera.
Image by Kenneth A Kivett Photography, on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Kenneth-A-Kivett-Photography-215756471782938/?fref=ts
It’s better than I ever imagined and we had a super fun shoot 🙂 I love having creative people in my life who also dig on weird things!
I do “under $20 cosplay”. It’s sort of a challenge I presented myself with after watching many girls on Facebook beg for money to make a cosplay or hearing one too many people say “I can’t cosplay,it’s too expensive.” I really hate when people say they can’t do something because of money and I esp hate it when it’s NOT true. Cosplay doesn’t have to be expensive. If your heart is in it there is a way.
Bioshock is the love of my life. In case you haven’t connected “Atlas Moonkitty” to that yet….Would you kindly??
If you’ve never played here’s the backstory. If you just want to see what I used to make the cosplay then skip ahead….
BioShock is set in 1960 in the underwater city of Rapture. Rapture was planned and constructed in the 1940s by Objectivist business magnate Andrew Ryan who wanted to create a utopia for society’s elite to flourish outside of government control. Scientific progress greatly expanded, including the discovery of the genetic material “ADAM” created by sea slugs on the ocean floor. ADAM allows its users to alter their DNA to grant them super-human powers like telekinesis and pyrokinesis.
Despite the apparent utopia, class distinctions grew, and former gangster and businessman Frank Fontaine used his influence of the lower class to plan a coup of Rapture. Fontaine created black market routes with the surface world, and together with Dr. Brigid Tenenbaum, created a cheap plasmid industry by mass-producing ADAM through the implanting of the slugs in the stomachs of orphaned girls, nicknamed “Little Sisters”.
Dr. Brigid Tenenbaum developed a procedure whereby a Sea Slug was implanted in a host human’s stomach, and a symbiotic interaction between host and slug yielded up to thirty times the quantity of usable ADAM. Female children, eventually known as Little Sisters after implantation, were found to be the only viable hosts. With the City’s ADAM addiction endemic, and ADAM’s use to fight the civil war, shortages were becoming critical. Eventually, as the civil war’s body counts grew and the shortages increased, a solution to get additional ADAM led to using the children to obtain ADAM from corpses.
Methods were used to mentally recondition the Little Sisters so that they could complete their new role. They were made to see the corpses as Angels to make the gathering tasks appealing to them. They saw the splicers as costumed party guests and Rapture itself as a beautiful place…filled with wonder.
Shit hits the fan when….
Fontaine used his plasmid-enhanced army to attack Ryan, but reportedly was killed in the battle. Ryan took the opportunity to seize his assets including the plasmid factories. In the months that followed, a second figure named Atlas rose to speak for the lower class, creating further strife.
Atlas led attacks on the factories housing the Little Sisters, and Ryan countered by creating “Big Daddies”, plasmid-enhanced humans surgically grafted into giant lumbering diving suits who were psychologically compelled to protect the Little Sisters at all costs.
Ryan also created his own army of plasmid-enhanced soldiers, named “Splicers”, which he controlled using pheromones distributed through Rapture’s air system.. Due to excessive ADAM consumption, their bodies and minds have been deformed beyond repair .
Tension came to a head on New Year’s Eve of 1958, when Atlas ordered an all-out attack on Ryan. The battle left many dead, and the few sane survivors barricaded themselves away.
In this war, and the chaotic days that followed, the Splicers murdered much of the sane population of the city.
What once was a beautiful utopia had fallen into a crumbling dystopia….
It all gives me chills 🙂
The first character I decided to take on was your everyday ,Rapture dwelling, scary AF Splicer. I won’t lie…I wanted the rabbit mask…I was going to make the rabbit mask but time got away from me and commissions were calling over my own stuff. BUT one day at Michael’s the cat faced mask basically and literally fell at my feet. I took that as a sign. It was on sale for $4.99 at the time so I bought it. According to the web site they go for $5.49 and remember kiddos Michael’s always has a 40% off coupon for an item not currently on sale! So very useful! You can pull it right up on your phone at check out!
The cat mask was NOT the first item purchased in this venture though. It was actually the Splicer weaponry. Some of them use lead pipes..some use a crowbar and some have meat hooks attached to their arms. Basically makeshift weaponry built out of the ruins of the under water civilization.The Dollar Tree had plastic Sickles out for Halloween. $1.00 a piece. I decided then to be a Splicer. I figured I could turn that into a rusted looking weapon of some sort. It looked close enough for me. I mean… $2 and BOOM. How can you beat that?
So here is what I have so far….
Materials I used to make the mask/sickles (I had all this already so I didn’t spend money in this section).
1.) Hot Glue. I used this to really bind the “blades” to the base bc they were very cheap and already falling apart. If you don’t have a hot glue gun…use regular glue or tape it…duct tape would probbaly make it look even cooler,honestly. I’ll still include a glue gun/glue cost here though. These can be found at walmart for $5 max at Walmart…and they come with a few sticks.
2.) Silver,black,brown paint for blade color and rusting/blood effects. Spray paint costs more than acrylics but it’s your choice. I painted the babe parts silver,then just smeared over it with the other colors. I’m not the best at aging. I figured it would just need to lok gross. Acrylics at Walmart are like .50 a piece.
3.) Leather dog collars. Yes that’s what I said haha. I have a tendency to buy any leather pieces I find at thrift stores/Goodwill. These,in particular,I had gotten at Carolina Thrift for .25 a piece! I was so excited when I found these a few years back. There were four,brand new and I have used them so often in Steampunk costumes 🙂 I am using these to keep the sickles held onto my arms. I don’t recommend using these bc they are pricey unless you can just find them like I did. I never found anymore after that day though. I’d say use material to hold these on,cut down an actual belt from a thrift store or build the actual (makeshift) contraptions like they use. I should have done that but I was lazy. Just being honest. Belts at Goodwill are like $1.00
4.) Scissors/lighter to jack up the mask….you can literally mess this thing up however you want. That was super fun. I cut around the edges,pulled back parts and then I took a lighter and burned it somewhat just to add effects. I’m sure you have scissors!
5.) Gold paint for the design. This varies by style but the cat mask I wanted to make had this gold paint detail I wanted to recreate. Acrylic paint is like .50 at Walmart
6.) Fake Blood. I LOVE the spray blood you get at Party City. I keep it in my craft room. It’s amazing. This doubles as use on the sickles,mask and on body for the cosplay. This is the most realistic blood I have ever found. My opinion.
7.) Pipe Cleaner…..or anything you can use for whiskers if you are doing the cat mask. Super cheap in store. Dollar Tree even carries it. I actually forgot this step AND forgot that I have stock in damn white pipe cleaner because of pastie making. I ended up throwing on some curled paper whiskers before the shoot. I don’t recommend that BUT it was fine for the shoot. They showed up just as well. Really anything you do to this mask , after the design is painted,that you think looks crappy…will probably just add to the aesthetic.
So all in all,if you don’t already have ANY of these things then we are looking at about : $25 and that takes into consideration buying the mask at full retail price (which don’t you do that!) and the glue gun.
So here’s my mask with the cutting/burning of edges. No blood/aging added at this point and no whiskers.
The next thing will be what you wear. Various Splicers wear different things. Some of them are in dresses,some are guys in suits. I see a lot of cosplayers who look like evil Newsies haha.
Original concept art from Bioshock
A friend had given me a ton of clothes and I had this gold dress I figured I would never wear for anything other than costuming. It was perfect…and no issues with getting it bloody 🙂 You may already just have an old dress laying around…or something perfect that you don’t want blood on. You do not have to get it bloody! Just use the blood on your skin or maybe wear something over it ,like a jacket,that can be bloody. If not then Goodwill is your friend here. Find a $5 dress that’s sort of 50’s inspired and go wild.
****Insert photos of dress I used … well,ya know, if I was a better blogger***
Hair and makeup are easy. You are wearing a mask over most of your face. Now you can really do it up and be all “messed up” under that mask or you can just smear makeup around like I did haha. So I just pulled my hair back,pinned it and smeared my lipstick.
So all together the Splicer cosplay cost me : $6.99
If you had to buy every single thing yourself (yes glue gun included) it would cost right at $30.00 …and again,I’m willing to bet you have some of this stuff already laying around. Get creative.
Yes you can def just buy the mask if you have more money…you can hand make every single bit of this…age the clothing…GO ALL OUT and it’s amazing when people do! There is almost no theme I love to see more in Cosplay as anything from Bioshock. BUT my purpose was so do it under $20.00 and I succeeded.
For cosplay you want a great photographer…NO you want the best photographer. And not just that,you want someone who will share passion for your vision so that it’s captured in all it’s gory detail. You may even want someone who can work a composite in a way that makes it look like it’s not one. I happen to know a guy 🙂 The fabulous Kenny of Kenneth A. Kivett Photography. Check him out below.
Kenny is an artist with not only his camera but with lightning and editing. The way he shoots leads people to believe he does more editing than he actually does, in some cases. I assure you,I’ve seen the shots in camera…they are brilliant. You also won’t be standing around for hours trying to get a shot. Kenny knows what he is doing. I give you evidence :
In closing I want to say…
Do you ever get back images and you are so excited that you scream? If you don’t you are shooting with the wrong people. Have you ever shot with a photographer for hours and gotten back about 20 photos that are all pretty ok and you are satisfied? You are shooting with the wrong photographers. Have you ever shot for more than 2 hours one on one with a photographer and gotten back like 2 photos at most? STOP DOING THAT.
Photographers that can take a concept and capture it all in one image, which doesn’t require you to be there most all day,are a gift.
Now I totally get having more than one shot during a shoot. In fact,it’s fun! For concepts though,I personally believe, you only need one image for your portfolio. Depending on the complexity of said cosplay maybe 3 total to really capture it. No one really wants to see 100 photos of all the same costume on facebook. And honestly we all know that’s where all photos end up haha. Also I don’t even know what all went into compositing this photo. I would image no photographer would want to do that with a bulk amount of photos.
My next venture into the world of Bioshock cosplay is to make my Little Sister. I’ve already obtained the gas pump to use to make the ADAM syringe. I have plans also for a Motorized Patriot from Infinite. Excitingggg. OK guys and gals thanks for reading!
In my world I get commission requests for so many variations on Disney princesses. Some people want to throw down a grand…some want to keep it under $30. Well,I have a game I play against myself,a challenge if you will,to see what I can accomplish (for myself) for under $20.00 🙂 All photos except group shot are from Paul Cory Photography.
I’m lucky,I know,bc I do have lots of material to pull from. Most everything for this costume came directly from my supplies. The only items purchased specifically for this look are the wig and an XL green dress by Kathie Lee from Goodwill. I also picked up some white fabric needed for various costumes and brown spray paint for the shoe fins. So My total for this costume was right at $18.96 ( I will break this down later in the blog). And here is the final result :
And here is the breakdown for me with photos:
The first item I found that made me want to make this costume is this bright green (photo doesn’t do it justice colorwise) Kathie Lee dress obviously 90’s style 🙂 I was drawn to this bc it’s an XL so it has loads of great fabric for use. Also…the details are amazing. I immediately knew that I could make some killer spats from this sucker. I found it at Goodwill for $5.00
I knew I wanted “shoe fins”. I wasn’t too sure how I wanted to make a first version of these …but as I was cruising Walmart I walked by the paint aisle and saw paint stirrers. Magical. The perfect thing. Since they go with paint…Walmart can’t charge you for these. I tried to pay for them,I asked two different people…but NO. So yay! FREE. I picked up Brown paint on sale for $2.99 and a lot more white fabric than I would need for this haha. I had other projects to do 🙂 So the cost for that was $2.97
It’s probably obvious how I made these once you look at them again….haha…. Paint stirrers painted brown,hot glued to fabric. This is also a shot of the spats I made from the dress. Literally just cut the pieces off and tied them around the shoes. the good thing is…with spats you don’t have to use Victorian boots (I am though) you can use any boot and make it look snazzy with this extra fabric piece.
So my total for this is $18.96
Green dress for materials: $5.00 Goodwill
Shoe fin materials: $5.96
Red wig: $8 from Ebay
Other items used in this are:
Black gloves I sewed some of the green material from the dress onto as well as little white buttons. These are not necessary but if you wanted to go that route you can pick these up for as little as $3-$10
The corset purchased previously for $9.99 on Ebay
Ruffled purple shirt from Goodwill $3.75
White ruffled bought at a thrift store for .25
Striped thigh highs purchased on clearance at Spirit Halloween $1.99
Victorian Boots: Ebay $9.99
Black top hat from Party City $9.99 which I glued every random piece of crap lying around on my coffee table. I mean that literally. My boyfriend chews on things so there were bottle tops and weird pieces of plastic hanging out. They are forever on this hat now. I also glued seas shells, empty thread spools,some netting and a fork (dinglehopper) on top 🙂
The green overskirt was made from the green dress materials.
I’m wearing a black skirt I already had under the green one for aesthetic.
Fluffy petticoats bought through various trips to Carolina thrift for .99 each
The parasol was borrowed.
So total in purchasing everything would be roughly around $60.00 To cut corners thrift stores and your closet are great! Like I said…most of this I had. I wear that purple shirt regularly. Just so happens it works perfect for this.
This was a group shoot I organized at Castle McCulloch. All models made/provided their characters and costuming. I’ll most likely do a separate blog for that event. I have many awesome photos to share of the other models involved 🙂 This photo below was taken by Marie Otero in about 1 minute. She rocked it 🙂 It’s the only group shot I received and she snapped it while she was leaving. #winning I LOVE IT.
Me and the bright red wig didn’t get along. I actually hated it,haha. Idk that Ariel is the character for me. But for one day,surrounded by fun people,I think I rocked it.
People have asked me, “How did you keep the shoe fins on?” The answer is…I didn’t. They are first off hot glued to my boots. That lasted about 30 mins into the shoot. They popped right off,glue included so no damage to my shoes. Luckily I had brought a second costume bc I knew that was going to happen. The second model of the fins uses leather straps and is more of a steampunk look. You’ll see that later though.
No shocker a Star Wars something or somethings was going to eventually happen. I get comments on my hair daily. “Princess Leia!!!” andddd it doesn’t look that much like Leia if I’m being honest. I’ll take that compliment though! Been doing this since 90’s Gwen Stefani, peeps!
Anywho! Boone Goodwill is a magical magical place. I cannot say this enough and you have no idea. YOU WILL THOUGH. So much of my everyday cosplay has been found at this wonderful place! This day was no exception.
I had already had an idea of doing a Han/Leia type mesh thang. I wanted his general well known clothes and her sort of hair.Since I go to conventions with my cosplay group ,The Fandames ,I also volunteer during the events. What I wear needs to be functional. I liked the idea of using the Chewbacca backpack that I was coveting from The Gamefather in Boone. I had seen another Han cosplayer use it and she was adorbs! This way I didn’t need a purse with me as well 🙂
Off to Goodwill. AND….I found every single thing I would need including the weapon. CRAZYY!!!
So the first item I find is this and it sets my mind on fire! School girl Han/Leia thingy!!! YESSS! So this is an authentic school uniform. It’s def not made with room in the chest area haha. It flattens me like cray but it doesn’t matter. It’s a top covering cosplay anyways. The second thing comes easy bc I just need an off white shirt. I find this in an off white 100% silk Brooks Brothers blouse (like dayummm). I bought a pair of size XXXL red shorts to make the red stripes on the uniform. For all three of these materials I paid $8.50
The pin was bought at the convention,Cosplay America. I felt I needed it. It was $1.00
The rest was easy. I picked up a random belt to go across the waist of the uniform $.50 and a pair of knee high socks $.50 I should have bought a few pairs of the socks bc they are fantastic and they had them in three colors and in BULK!
BUT at this point…even though I have found all this great stuff…I told myself I could not possibly do this cosplay unless I found a weapon too…today…in THIS store. Bc that’s how I roll. I’m insane in the brain. AND BOOM!!! They had it. The perfect starting piece to make into the Blaster model I want 🙂 $.25
So grand total of everything so far with added pin that I purchased later at the con is $10.75
My one splurge for this was the backpack. I had wanted this for over a year and now I wanted it for this cosplay so I talked myself into paying $29.99 for it. BUT IT IS SO WORTH IT!!!! I could not have been happier with this at the con. So nice to always have my hands free.
The other parts of this outfit I already had. These were mary jane shoes and clip in bangs. Haha. My total for this costume ,including splurge,is : $40.74
All of this costume is reusable or rewearable in everyday life. The blouse is SO SO NICE!!
Everyone asks about my bangs. “did you cut your hair??” all day long and NO. I will never have bangs again. I have crazy curly hair that never lays right. Fake bangs are magical and always look like perfect hair. if I feel the need to have bangs… I pop them in and get over it 🙂 Mine are Jessica Simpson brand (from ebay) for $4.99 that included shipping. Idk how people sell stuff so cheap online. It’s wild! The company did a fantastic job on these. They have what looks like real highlights so they can match any hair color within the range of that color. I have this set in Chestnut.
^ That looks funny 🙂 hehehe. Anyhow the convention was small but fun. I volunteered both days and that was such a great time. I got to meet a lot of new people and some people I had been friends with online for a while. We felt like friends already 🙂
Jayce aka Photos NXS was in attendance and he is amazing at cosplay photography. I knew I had to grab him at some point for photos. I was on a schedule with volunteering so him and I literally had maybe ten mins tops to squeeze in a “shoot”. I think I spent 5 of that trying to find my way outdoors to him (haha). But I’m sure glad I did!
No it’s not the most extreme cosplay on Earth…it doesn’t have to be! It’s iconic and people connect to it.I personally connect to it. I had so many people who loved my take on this character mix. I had basically thought of this as a Han and Leia’s daughter sort of thing. But now that I’ve met Kylo Ren I don’t want to be his sister! He is loveeeee 🙂
So BOOM cosplay on a budget. You can do this. There is no right or wrong way to be inspired by what you love. And Thrift stores are your frand!