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Civilian Disguise Hera WIP

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:59 am    Post subject: Civilian Disguise Hera WIP Reply with quote

I'm finally starting work on Hera's civilian outfit from S4 now that my S3 Hera is done! I started gathering materials way back in October. Razz This costume will be perfect for a couple of the really hot summer events!

I'm currently experimenting with a soft, black rayon for the pants. It is lightweight and cool to wear, plus I've had no trouble so far with achieving the baggy look the pants need. I drafted a pattern with no seam on the outside of the legs so the only visible outside seams will be the piped panelling once I add it in. Thinking about doing a basic elastic waist, but I'm not sure if it will be too bulky. The legs will be gathered into cuffs at the bottom, with maybe a velcro closure? They look super shapeless here because I'd just quickly stitched them together to figure out where the piping goes so the waist/cuffs aren't gathered yet, but you get the idea.

For the singlet top I bought a cheap t-shirt, a few sizes too big, in the right colour which I'm going to cut up and modify. If it doesn't work out I'll have to dye some fabric and make it from scratch. I'm thinking about making a stamp and using it with fabric paint to print the annoying circle pattern to save me hand painting the whole thing. I can't get the fabric professionally printed because of the cost. (the colour looks better in person)

One thing on the top I'm confused about though is the brown strip around the edge. Is it piping? Or is the edge bound? I originally thought it was piping because it looks raised in my reference pictures, but now I'm not sure. Any ideas?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say edge bound, as it looks a little raised but still flat. If that makes sense. lol it is an animated costume, so feel free to experiment as long as it looks right in the end. Smile

Xenadd made a great version of this costume which you can see here:

http://www.forum.rebellegion.com/forum/costume.php?mode=view&c=16629&bu=profile.php%3Fmode%3Dviewprofile%26u%3D104884&bl=Back+to+Xenadd%27s+profile

The t-shirt color looks right, justs be sure the circles don't stand out too much. Smile

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AliyaJ wrote:
I would say edge bound, as it looks a little raised but still flat. If that makes sense. lol it is an animated costume, so feel free to experiment as long as it looks right in the end. Smile

Xenadd made a great version of this costume which you can see here:

http://www.forum.rebellegion.com/forum/costume.php?mode=view&c=16629&bu=profile.php%3Fmode%3Dviewprofile%26u%3D104884&bl=Back+to+Xenadd%27s+profile

The t-shirt color looks right, justs be sure the circles don't stand out too much. Smile

Good luck!

Lol that's the problem with animated costumes, everything's up to personal interpretation. I'll give both a go and see what happens. Smile

Thank you for your help! I'll check out Xenadd's version Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used a stencil I made for Aunt Beru's collar - it was a lot quicker than using a stamp so you might consider that for the circle thingy.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stardancer1914 wrote:
I used a stencil I made for Aunt Beru's collar - it was a lot quicker than using a stamp so you might consider that for the circle thingy.
Thanks for the tip! I'll have a go at making a stencil. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost finished my pants, I just need to add the cuffs. I'm pretty happy with how they look so far:


I mixed up some light grey dye with a tiny bit of brown to try and dye some crepe bandages the right colour for the shoes and leg wraps, but I'm not having much luck. My first attempt turned the bandages a charcoal colour, so I diluted the dye and played around using test strips of calico until I got a colour close to what it should be, but when I used it to dye a second bandage it somehow turned pink??? Surprised

I don't know whether to try again with the bandages or whether to dye strips of calico and use them instead since calico dyes a lot better. As you can see here, another problem I'm having is the elastic in the bandages doesn't dye the same colour and leaves lines:

I could probably make calico work for the leg wraps by sewing it onto a kind of sleeve like what Rey cosplayers use for their arm wraps, and it wouldn't be a problem for the shoes since the bandages are just glued on anyway. I'm just worried about the texture of calico not being right. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm really lost.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks nice so far! When I made my top back in November, I happened to come across a nice quilted knit fabric that seemed to work well without any modifications. It doesn't have the "circle" pattern for the diamond shapes, but to be honest I can't actually see that they're circular unless I get two inches away from my screen, so it might be something to look into. Being a knit, it has some stretch, and can be made nicely form-fitting.

The one I used can be found on Joann's website as "Knit Apparel Fabric-Boysenberry Quilted Diamond". Just be aware that the fabric is much darker in real life than is shown in the website photos, and pretty spot-on color-wise to Hera's actual top. If you do decide to go that route and can't get your hands on it, I have more than enough left for another top I'd be happy to pass on.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rhythmichigh wrote:
It looks nice so far! When I made my top back in November, I happened to come across a nice quilted knit fabric that seemed to work well without any modifications. It doesn't have the "circle" pattern for the diamond shapes, but to be honest I can't actually see that they're circular unless I get two inches away from my screen, so it might be something to look into. Being a knit, it has some stretch, and can be made nicely form-fitting.

The one I used can be found on Joann's website as "Knit Apparel Fabric-Boysenberry Quilted Diamond". Just be aware that the fabric is much darker in real life than is shown in the website photos, and pretty spot-on color-wise to Hera's actual top. If you do decide to go that route and can't get your hands on it, I have more than enough left for another top I'd be happy to pass on.

Thanks! I didn't even know the shirt had a pattern on it until I looked at the turnaround because of the terrible lighting in the episode! The fabric you found sounds really good, if my method doesn't work out I'll try and get my hands on some Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've made a little progress on the shirt and belt. Smile It's not sitting correctly on my body here since I rushed putting it on, but you get the idea.

I altered the t-shirt to have the correct neckline and converted it to a peplum style with a seam at the waist.

I ended up using piping for the brown edge after experimenting with both binding and piping just because I liked the way it looks better, but I can easily take it off and replace it with binding if it's an issue.

I still need to paint the pattern on, add lining and shorten it because I think it's a bit too long.

I made the belt from vinyl and craft foam scraps I had lying around. It has a velcro closure hidden underneath one of the foam detail rings. The rings aren't glued on to allow me to slide them into the right spot when worn.


I also made a first attempt of the wrist comm thing, but it didn't work out very well. Ended up being a little too small for my wrist and the closure method I tried was not strong enough. I've never made anything like it before and I'm not really sure what to do. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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