View Full Version : Dark Phoenix/Jean Grey Suit + Boots

08-29-2011, 09:13 PM

I'm cosplaying as Dark Phoenix/Jean Grey at a Melbourne Armageddon this year and I'm starting to get a little bit apprehensive about how I'm going to do her shoes.

Here is a pic of the character: http://cghub.com/files/Image/034001-035000/34383/405_realsize.jpg
Here are some pics of other cosplayers:

http://gallery.nihongogo.com/1272391267/gallery_3_7_31284.jpg (This is the green version but the principle is the same)

I really don't understand how they've made the boots look so tight and amazing. I think maybe some of them were pre made?

I guess they have boot covers, but I don't quite understand how to do the actual /shoe/ part of it. Do I buy a pair of court shoes and then use gold spandex to make a boot cover? how then does it stay attached to my shoe? How do I make it look so seamless like these girls do?

As a side note, I can't buy gold thigh-high boots and then edit them as I'm 5'10" with large feet; thus shoe makers tend to assume that people with size 10 feet therefore must also have huge thighs (not the case!).

Also I am thinking of buying a dance jumpsuit and then stitching the Phoenix emblem on the front, but I'm not sure whether I should get nylon/lycra or cotton/lycra. This is what I was thinking of use as a base: http://www.riversedgedancewear.com/lonsleevmocn.html in red.

Help? Please? <3

08-31-2011, 09:20 AM
The cosplayer in your first photo is Aer (http://www.cosplay.com/member/3539/). You could always PM her and ask how she did her boots.

It looks to me like the best way to go about it would be to make boot covers and attach them to the bodysuit. Here's a tutorial for how to make them (http://sarcasm-hime.net/bootcovers-tutorial.html); that should clear up your questions about how they stay on. You won't be able to make them seamless, but if you play around with pinning before you sew, you should be able to make them with just one seam up the back and some darts, or with less noticeable seams.

08-31-2011, 09:27 AM
Most folks use the boot cover method, in a nutshell using an adhesive to secure the fabric near the sole of the shoe; I believe there's a couple of great tutorials at the SCF and LOH sites, that covers sewing on dance tights/lycra and the boots as well.

09-01-2011, 07:58 PM
I'll have a look at those sites, Gee2, thanks.

Thank you for linking the tutorial Rayonea and also giving me the name of that cosplayer, I'll definitely send her a PM!

Shall keep you posted.

10-24-2011, 01:14 PM
Boot covers are how my Phoenix suits are. They're so old now that wear and tear and ruined the footies, but in my revisions, I'll just be doing a heel hole, wearing clear heels underneath, and adding an adhesive rubber foot to the bottom to prevent slipping!

01-15-2012, 08:47 PM
A lot of Phoenix cosplayers stitch the boot covers directly to the costume so it will look that tight. And yes, they're built up over an existing shoe.

08-16-2012, 06:51 PM
Also if you know someone with an auto body shop, they should be able to spray your boots gold and they should be tight. too.

Just a note I am using this method to do my gambit boots.

08-16-2012, 09:06 PM
Auto paint will crack horribly.

Gold spandex bootcovers are the way to go.