The start of McCree

Now for something different! While I’m working on my Tashigi cosplay, I’m also helping a friend make his first cosplay, which is McCree in his Blackwatch skin.

We started by making a pattern for his armor. I covered my friend in saran wrap, then in painter’s tape, and I drew the armor pattern on top of that. After we cut it out, we traced the pattern onto some pattern paper.

We cut the major pieces out of anti-fatigue foam, and the backing is 2mm craft foam. The thicker pieces are glued onto the craft foam, which holds them all together as one piece.

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Tashigi coat, progress 2

After the mishap I wrote about last entry, I replaced half of the pieces with newly dyed fabric. (I forgot to mention that I got the color using Cherry Red Rit dye, incase anyone was wondering.)

Then I sewed the front pieces together and the back pieces together, but I didn’t join the front and back immediately. I stopped to do the kanji on the back first. I used several screenshots as references and made a vector, which I printed out. Fortunately, the fabric was light enough that I could put the kanji behind it and then trace with a fabric pen.

I’m glad I used a temporary fabric pen at first because I didn’t like how I spaced out the characters. I ended up washing it out and trying again!

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Mistakes have been made

As I wrote in my previous entry, I decided to dye the fabric for my Punk Hazard Tashigi cosplay since I didn’t like the pink fabric that I found. Well, no biggie. I’ve done it before with success (like my Zia and Rhyme cosplays).

Let’s just say I made a couple bad decisions.

The first decision was around the amount of fabric I had. I had 4 yards of the outer fabric and 4 yards of the lining, and I didn’t have a plastic tub big enough to dye them. I decided to cut out the pieces first, and then dye them afterwards, meaning I only had to dye the exact amount of fabric I needed.

This made them all fit in the tub, but! The edges of my fabric frayed pretty badly. (In retrospect, I really should have seen that coming.)

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