Man, grad school is kicking my butt. But not for the reasons you might believe. No, what's happening is I'm maintaining a really nice work-life balance...and the BART to SF takes 40 minutes. BUT despite all this, I decided to do a cosplay for Animation on Display (AOD) in Santa Clara, due in some part to habit of the season because of the typical PAX East timing (/cry).
|Tuh! Tuh-tuh! /vague spitting noises as I dash around|
I made a costume for Sheik based on both Ocarina of Time and Super Smash Bros. Melee, since I main Sheik in Melee. I didn't take a lot of photos, but the cosplay was very straightforward; I purchased a blue jumpsuit from Amazon, a wig from Arda Wigs (my first wig, and I highly recommend the seller), colored contacts from Pinky Paradise, and fabric.
|I was in the middle stages of bleaching my hair pre-dying to blue at the time.|
For the arm bandages, because I don't ever trust things to stay put, I actually double-sided-taped strips of cloth onto a sleeve that closed with a strip of adhesive velcro. This gave me a lot of control over the distribution of strips, and made the weathering easier as well. After I spray painted the periwinkle blue parts, I put on the suit and painted thick white lines using acrylic, so that the paint wouldn't crack when I put it on because the suit was already in a pre-stretched state when the paint set.
|Such a nice bandage. Such a dirty mirror.|
|This spray tatt proves I'm down to get dirty...but still not as dirty as this mirror.|
I sewed the general shape of the cap to the wig using spirals of cloth, and then I used double sided tape and hot glue to finish solidifying the curvature, and made a few tack stitches to hold it all down securely. The cowl contains an inner layer of interfacing, and I had to use doublestick tape to stick it to the bridge of my nose anyways, just for security. I left enough material on the inside to allow for this to be done without making a tent occur.
The colored contacts are prescription, but not my prescription. I have astigmatism (funny football shaped eyes that are not curved the same amount both ways), as well as nearsightedness, and that means that colored contact options are very limited and also very expensive. I took a risk and decided to just go with normal, spherical prescription lenses, so while they were the strength I needed, they weren't the right curvature. Luckily, my toric curvature was on the smaller side of the threshold, and the only problem with my vision is that everything looked vaguely fishbowled if I thought about it. Otherwise, I was able to function quite normally. Word of warning: the contacts take a while to ship, so order early!
|I was impressed at how red they turned out even over my dark brown eyes. I've used these contacts for several events since; they're a lot of subtle fun.|