This is probably the costume I enjoyed making the most this year!
Challenge 1: Designing how to get into the jacket. I eventually decided to do a front closure with snaps and velcros on the lapel. The jacket itself is stretch twill lined with dull bridal satin to add structure and panache.
The shirt and scarf are made from yellow poplin. I made crazy box pleats for the ruffles as simple gathering did not look right. The scarf was gathered at the top and stitched to a neck band which attaches at the back of the collar rather like bow ties.
The brooch started as a fail. I tried using Cast'n'Crap and ended up just airbrushing the piece and découpaged the white design onto it, sealed it, and added the gold trim and a pin back. Next time I will use Easy Cast or similar.
The pants are made from charcoal gray cotton/poly/lyrca mix which proved very comfortable and easy to move in.
The shoe covers are cotton with black whisper vinyl, details were appliquéd on. The arm band was made with scraps from this and other costumes. I designed and created the iron-on design in Photoshop. It came out surprisingly well. For the bear traps on his shoulders, I painted & gessoed craft foam and reinforced them with wire. They are attached by pin backs.
This is the first gun prop I've made. I based the design on what few official character art pieces there are and my father's gun manuals, as he is a gunsmith. After plotting and drafting, I was able to design the scythe arm to completely fold into the stock. I used the band saw to cut out the scythe and stock pieces from craft plywood. For the remainder of stock I used 1" thick pine and carved out a trough for pvc pipe to simulate a barrel and other details with craft foam. The "shark" patterns on the stock are craft foam with puffy paint, sealed in gesso and painted.
The wig: I bought a short brown wig that was prestyled to be messy. I layered it a bit using thinning shears and made it defy gravity using my steamer. Luckily from another project I had some braiding hair left over so I could add the long piece of bangs he has.
Best in Novice - AnimeUSA 09'