New big project

I’ve had a couple of weeks off the blog as my birthday happened and I got a little distracted. My lovely friends bought me some books which I’ve wanted for ages and I’ve been completely absorbed. Thankfully for you, it means I now have a brand new project in mind, which will take ages and probably involve a lot of swearing.

Up to this point my cosplay has been mostly fabric based, because that’s what I know how to do. The books I got were by Kamui cosplay, who is frankly, a genius. Her books cover how to make foam armour, LEDs, props and a few other bits and pieces, as well as practical tips on how to stay comfy in your costume. Naturally I can’t get books like this without immediately coming up with an idea to practice all this on!


I’ve decided to start small and do a costume that’s half armour and half fabric, so I’m comfortable making half of it already. My favourite graphic novels of all time are a series called Monstress by Marjorie Liu – the artwork is stunning and the story is both bizarre and captivating. I’ve chosen one of my favourite characters, Warlord, to cosplay because as per usual, I’m drawn to the characters that wear masks.

I’ve had to tamp down my enthuasiasm in order to do research and to take my time with it, rather than jumping feet first, which is how I normally do things. So the past few weeks has been research and ordering tools online, but last night I finally started making the pattern for the armour, so I can work out how much stuff I need.


I’m using Kamui’s method of clingfilm combined with masking/painters tape (ideally I’d have duct tape, but I ran out). Me being me, I’ve of course chosen a day where the temperature is in the twenties, because, you know – why WOULDN’T you want to clingfilm yourself on a particularly hot day. This poorly taken picture is the result of my upper arm and shoulder being wrapped first in clingfilm, then covered in tape and a rough outline of the pauldron drawn onto it. I need to clingfilm more of myself to do the other bits of the pattern, but I need a second pair of hands for that because I have to go round my back. But this is officially started and I will be documenting the whole process, so stay tuned!

Written by: Lulu

I’m best described as a jack of all trades type - I have a lot of interests and tend to bounce sporadically from one to another, picking up new ones on the way. Predominantly I make things and read. I do play console games (I think at present I own three four consoles that fight for space), but even then I wouldn’t say I play one type of game more than any other. I’m a big final fantasy fan, but I also like puzzle games and FPS. There are plenty more console games enthusiasts on here though, so I’ll be sticking to reviewing tabletop games. I grew up with a culture of playing board games with my family frequently, especially Hero Quest with my dad. Whenever we have a social gathering, which is usually every other weekend, we inevitably play at least one board game. Then there’s the making of things. My current list of enthusiasms includes crochet, embroidery, clothes making and cosplay, bags, leather work, some jewellry, plushies of all shapes and sizes and some other random bits and pieces. You can read all about my nerd-craft in my blog and if you’re interested and willing to part with some cash, I do take commissions on certain things. If you can think it, I can probably make it out of something - just ask!

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