Cosplay – Learning by doing (and failing)

So, I got invited to a friend’s Star Wars themed birthday recently (I won’t say *which* birthday, I don’t think that would be particularly appreciated). Someone had joked about it being a costume party, with obvious consequences…

In terms of options, there was only ever one choice…

Harrison Ford is Han Solo in Star Wars

Harrison Ford is Han Solo in Star Wars

So, I present Bryn Solo!

Bryn Solo - Kessel Run in 12 parsecs or less

Bryn Solo – Kessel Run in 12 parsecs or less

A few things I learnt from this particular escapade…

1) I really need to practice my had-stitching — Seriously, it’s terrible. The stitches are uneven, crooked and all over the place. It’s a miracle that any of it hangs together (the stripe on the trousers is stitched on by me).

2) Spray Paints are jolly good fun — The blaster originally came in a wonderful shade of white plastic, which rather ruins the effect:

The cheapo replica pistol sold by Amazon...

The cheapo replica pistol sold by Amazon…

But after some painting…

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Not quite the right shade of grey on the muzzle, but a lot closer than the original prop did…

3) The Holster — Possibly the most accurate part… an actual replica bought online from Jedi Robes.com

Han Holster

4) 80s beige shirts are hard to come by… even in London — Despite checking out all the places you’d expect to find such things in London (Shoreditch, Soho, Covent Garden & Camden Market, I’d not been able to track down a single place I could get a shirt & jacket combo that worked. Amazon listed a “deluxe” costume (this version came with a seprate vest and shirt…) which answered the requirement. The trousers on the other hand came with some ridiculous fake boots… speaking of which…

5) Knee-high boots for men — Another thing that turns out to be quite tricky to find. The only pair I’d been able to track down were a pair of rubber riding boots (essentially wellington boots). The problem was, whilst they were okay to the size of my foot, I couldn’t actually get the damned things on. So, in a fit of pique, I cut a 10″ slit in the inside edge, which fixed one problem, but created another…

The boots, one problem fixed but another created...

The boots, one problem fixed but another created…

A zip was dismissed (since it wouldn’t add enough space for me to actually be able to zip them up). I opted instead to put in a large velcro tab type thing (which was initially glued in place, then re-enforced with stiches – again, appalingly stitched).

So… the stripe is badly stitched on, the boots are a travesty and the shirt comes from a cheap costume, but I honestly couldn’t be happier that it all hangs together. It actually *looks* like what I’d originally intended. My take-away from the whole thing is that I just need to take a bit more time to look at a problem, then implement it properly, rather than half-heartedly working on getting it done (because part of me didn’t fully believe it’d work). The solution I came up with worked, and a bit more effort on my part would have ended up with with a much neater-looking end product. I’ve also learnt a lot about how some of these materials work, how to attach one to the other, and where I can pick up supplies to get these jobs done.

Plus, I have a reasonable Han Solo Costume…

Achievement Unlocked: 1st Cosplay Effort
Skills:
+1 Sewing
+1 Prop Replication
+1 Botching & Making Good

About bryns

Gîc Cymraeg Defnyddiwr Mac Podledwr a ffotograffydd Welsh geek, Mac user, Podcaster and Photographer
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5 Responses to Cosplay – Learning by doing (and failing)

  1. nerdycanuck says:

    loved this post! This is awesome. The boots looked really tough to get on and good idea cutting a slit! I just found out about your blog and looking forward to more posts. If you have a second here is a link to my latest post. http://nerdycanuck.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/zeppeliniii-bron-yr-aur-stomp/ Please check it out and let me know what you think:) Thanks for sharing.

  2. scatmania says:

    Can I just say that I’m loving this new format that some of your posts are taking (about how you’re grinding various skills): it’s engaging and fun.

    And it was awesome to see you in costume, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder.😉

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