Street Fighter IV
Last Updated: 07-20-2010
This costume took me about 3 weeks and has been a challenge as I'm making it for a friend to wear for a skit, but still has to fit me since I'm keeping it after Otakon. While we're similar in height and weight, our curve dimensions are very different so planning the costume around the two of our builds has been interesting.
To start, the wig is made of many parts. The base wig is a 35" black wig with bangs and false scalp. My friend LunarWhirlwind assisted me with this project as I'm not one to cut wigs. First I bought some black weave and along the back, hand-stitched the weave in layers to imitate a long center part down the back of the wig. We parted the hair and positioned super-high ponytails, then bunched them up with bands to form a loose cone shape. I then cut a hard foam cone in half, carved out the middle a bit, then attached them under the wig/cones as support. Then my friend took over with some nifty false hair falls that have draw string attachments, fitted them over the whole mess and spent several hours with a hair dryer and hairspray forming the hair falls into a woven structure. She then trimmed the bangs and sides to my face. Afterwards, I reinforced the hair cones to the wig with additional double-thread. The pink hair loops are made of foamie sheet strips covered in fabric and then stitched into the wig in spots.
The next is the gloves/arms. They're two separate pieces actually. I used a very thick purple spandex to make long glove sleeves, cutting it off at the wrist. I cut an angle into the top, then added a border of black stretch. The purple gloves I had from an antique store (awesome source for odd gloves) a while back so I chopped off the fingers and cut open the palm. The edges of the fingers are raw as they don't fray, but I prick-stitched the palm to make it look more tidy. On top of the hand is a pink shape made from fabric and soft foam. I slip-stitched it onto the knuckles area by hand and then it's held down by the wrist spikes. The strap of the spikes is foamie covered in shiny stretch black, held with a large snap. I also attached snaps to the underside so I can swap the spiked straps with blank black ones for the skit (no injury please!). The spikes themselves are made of paper clay, with 3 coats of paint and 4-5 coats of sealant.
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