I had a great time making Spider-Woman appearances recently! This past Saturday was Free Comic Book Day. Allen and I met up with some other costumed superhero friends at our favorite local comic shop, Teahouse Comics, to celebrate. The shop had a great turnout! I’m already looking forward to next year’s Free Comic Book Day!
Monday night I attended Drink and Draw at the Mellow Mushroom in Decatur with my friend Ned as Giant Man. It was a fun night filled with superheroes, pizza, and art! I definitely look forward to attending more Drink and Draws in the future, either to support my other superhero buddies or to pose for the artists again. Drink and Draw occurs the first Monday night of every month.
I used applique, one of my go-to techniques for adding images to fabric, for Spider-Woman‘s bodysuit. However, working with knit fabrics for both the bodysuit and spiders made it a little different from standard applique.
I started by tracing a spider symbol I liked onto parchment paper. I also made note of where the edges of the fabric for my bodysuit pieces would be in relation to the symbol on the parchment paper. I went over the lines with a marker so I would be able to see them through Wonder Under. Whenever you’re drawing out things like this that should be symmetrical you can make sure they are symmetrical by only drawing half, then folding your paper in half, then tracing that half onto the other side. So after my parchment paper spider was drawn I traced it onto a large piece of Wonder Under for the front of the bodysuit, and Wonder Under with a seam allowance added in the middle for the back. My bodysuit has an invisible zipper going up the back so I needed to add a seam allowance for this.
Once the spiders were drawn out I ironed them onto my white moleskin spandex to fuse the Wonder Under to the spandex. The great thing about Wonder Under is it takes on the properties of the fabric it is fused to. So when it is fused to a spandex it will stretch with the spandex. After my Wonder Under and spandex was fused together I cut out my spiders by following the drawn lines on the Wonder Under.
With my spandex spiders cut out I could now fuse them to the pieces of my bodysuit after removing the paper backing from the Wonder Under. I pulled out my parchment paper spider to help me make sure I had everything placed correctly. One piece at a time I laid down my black spandex pieces with a white spider on them, then using the side placement lines for my bodysuit pieces I drew on the parchment paper as a guide I laid that over everything and matched up the lines and edges. I carefully adjusted each spider into place under the transparent parchment paper to match the lines on the parchment paper. I carefully pinned the very edges of the spider legs into place, took away the parchment paper, and ironed each spider into place. Make sure to follow the Wonder Under directions for a good bond. This includes using a damp press cloth. I found that as I worked with my pieces bits of spiders would still sometimes come un-bonded from my black spandex. When this happened I would just iron them back down.
Spiders could now be stitched down permanently into place once they were bonded to the black bodysuit pieces. I used a small zigzag stitch around every edge of the spiders. Normally I use a dense satin stitch around the edges of applique pieces, but with both fabrics being spandex I use a small zigzag stitch to allow the fabrics to stretch. The sewing machine foot I used for this step was my teflon foot. It is one of my favorite feet because it glides over fabric so easily.
It took me about eight hours work from start to finish to draw out my spiders, fuse the spandex and Wonder Under together, cut out spiders, get them bonded to my bodysuit fabric, and get them stitched down. Once all these steps were done I was able to then move on to constructing my bodysuit.
There were a lot of other steps involved in making my whole Spider-Woman costume, but I felt like the spiders deserved special attention. I hope learning about my applique process for Spider-Woman will help out some other costumers working on spandex projects.
Sorry internet! It’s been forever since I’ve updated my site. Well today I added a Spider-Woman costume gallery. I completed this costume in time to debut it at this year’s Momocon. Since my last update I also attended a Christmas parade with some of my Heroes Alliance friends, Atlanta South Comic Con to see George Perez, and the winter edition of Hair of the Dragon. I even ended up at MegaCon, but that was just to help run Yaya Han‘s booth and I didn’t get around to any cosplaying there. Today I also listed some new cosplay items up for sale at my Storenvy shop, including one of my Twilight Sparkle outfits. Anyways, here are some of my favorite pictures from these past events!
My favorite time of the year has come and gone again, and this year’s Dragon*Con did not disappoint! Some of the highlights for me were hitting the con floor with some friends and my dad in our Battlestar Galactica costumes, finally seeing my buddy Matt in his Where the Wild Things Are costume I made him a couple years ago, going to the big DC shoot and seeing Batman propose to Batgirl (with help from Dean Cain), cosplaying with Allen as Clea and Dr. Strange, and going to the big Marvel shoot and witnessing the wedding of Brian and George (who also recreated the comic wedding of Northstar and his partner Kyle Jindau in the process)!
I just updated Azusa and Twilight Sparkle costume pages with new pictures from Sukoshicon in Destin! There’s only one more photographer I’m waiting on pictures from the con from, and a couple off my own camera I need to edit, so this will probably be my last big picture update until I make a new costume or go to another event.
I had a great time at Sukoshicon in Destin this past weekend! I’ll report back more about that later. For now I just wanted to share the links I used in my panel My Little Pony: Cosplay is Magic. Thanks to everyone who came to the panel!
Friendship Is Magic: The Cartoon
Humanized Pony Fan Art Resources
Socks and More
I finally started getting some significant work done here! There are now galleries, though not any information yet, for each of the costumes I have listed. I am also working on content for the Cosplay and Crafts pages. Hopefully I’ll have at least the basic content of my site done by Sukoshicon in Destin next month, which will be my next convention. I’m also working on a new costume, Azusa from iDOLM@STER, to wear with friends at the con. And I’ve been working on my new Etsy shop, twinklebatBoutique, so please check that out!
Hello everyone! I’m rebuilding my site. I plan to include features likes product reviews and demonstrations, convention reports, and of course lots of personal cosplay pictures on the site. Until that really gets going feel free to check out my Tumblr and deviantART accounts, linking on the right, and my ACParadise account.