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Unread 11-16-2013, 08:36 AM   #1
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Buggy the Clown - Marinford

Hello everyone!

My Silvers Rayleigh Cosplay this year was really awesome thanks to this forum.
This will be my 3rd Cosplay attempt and again i'm hoping for your help.

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I've decided for a Buggy Cosplay. Won't be too hard i guess after i gained some experience with sewing. But i still have some questions ...

- What are these kind of pants called? I'm really having problems finding the right ones.
- Any advice about the hat? Should i buy a fitting hat and work from there or would it be better to start from scratch? The hat is my biggest concern right now.

That's it for the moment. I'm sure there will be more questions later. Thanks in advance for every advice!
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Unread 11-16-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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I LOVE Buggy, and this is such a great version of him

The pants are "Harem Pants" Burda seems to have a suitable pattern available.

As for the hat, I'd probably make it from scratch. To get some inspiration, have a look at negativedreamer's Marine Captain Buggy cosplay to see the general construction he used, which turned out just about perfect!

Good luck, can't wait to see how yours goes!
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Unread 03-23-2014, 04:13 PM   #3
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Hey guys,

i contacted negativedreamer and he helped me a lot with the cosplay.

But i still have problems with the hat. I have a smaller one that i use as the base for the hat. So i just want to cut out two pieces and sew them together to form the outer hat.
But i have no pattern or anything that i could use and everything i try does not fit at all. Does anyone here have an idea that could help me??
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Unread 03-24-2014, 08:16 AM   #4
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The brim for these types of hats is actually a perfect circle extending about 10"- 12" out from the skullcap portion. When it's pulled up in the front and back, then pinched together at the sides, the natural shape of the head creates the silhouette you see.
Check out a thrift store, see if you can find a ladies summer straw hat with a big brim, it'll give you a good practice model as well as help you decide how big the brim should be.
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Unread 03-24-2014, 04:24 PM   #5
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First of all, thanks a lot for your help ... again!

See, this is the hint that i needed. I spent the whole day just trying shapes and nothing really worked out. I'll try it like you explained tomorrow.
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Unread 04-04-2014, 12:02 PM   #6
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Hello again!

The method with the round brim works pretty fine. But my problem now is, i don't know which material i should use. I tried the round shape with some strong felt that i could use, but i just doesn't look right. I could apply another fabric on it, but that sounds a bit complicated.
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In what way is it "not right"? texture? weight? If you have a practice hat going maybe paint it?
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Unread 04-05-2014, 02:09 PM   #8
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Well if you look at pirate hats, they mostly have a "leathery" look. Felt looks too different and i don't want to use real leather (and i wouldn't even know where to get it ...).

I already thought of painting it, yes, but i don't know what kind of paint works on felt and which will offer the right texture.
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Unread 04-06-2014, 08:22 AM   #9
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ahhh, ok. Yes, a lot of sailors wore leather hats because they were waterproof (Jack Sparrows' hat is leather). You most definitely can paint felt until you get a leathery look, but it will take a good deal of paint. The up side is that I think painted felt will do a better job of replicating a seafaring hat than if you were to make on in fake leather. The felt has more structural integrity, which will only get stiffer with layers of paint.

I'd start off with cheap craft acrylics. No they aren't official fabric paints, but in this case cracking will give it an appropriate aged look, and they aren't shiny. You want your underneath layers of paint flat so upper layers will stick. As a hat doesn't flex and move as much as a shirt does, not using fabric paints isn't really a big deal.
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Unread 04-06-2014, 08:39 AM   #10
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Alright, thanks, i'll try that.
I still have some leftover felt, so i'll apply it on that first to see how it turns out.

Is it possible to paint on the dry acryl? Because i need to paint the Marine-Logo on it.
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Unread 04-07-2014, 09:12 AM   #11
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yes, you can keep painting layer upon layer of acrylic paint over previous acrylic paint almost indefinitely.
If your first test with paint on felt lets too much texture come through, a heavy bodied gesso might suit as your base coat. It will soak in and smooth out a bit more of the texture in the felt. Or just do lots of layers of paint, depends of your budget & time parameters.
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Unread 05-12-2014, 12:04 PM   #12
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I was able to complete the hat and i'm about 90% happy with it.

Thanks again for your help! I'll come back next year for sure.
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Unread 05-13-2014, 07:40 AM   #13
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Your hat turned out very nicely!
... even if I do find the character creepy....
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