So this is how I made my Viper cosplay.
Now that I've made a couple of them, I can't get enough of wearing 50's style circle skirts. Especially now I can make them for myself! A bit of searching came up with some amazing vintage cosplay outfits from Comic Con, and this amazing Wonder Woman Cosplay.
After a couple of nights researching various female comic book super heroes and villians, I settled on Madame Hydra/Viper.
- Her look is basic green - easier to work with for a starter costume.
- Being a bad guy is fun!
- Snakes are cool.
I was very lucky to score a beautiful snakeskin brocade on sale at The Remnant Warehouse, and chose a lovely green poplin for the rest of the dress.
This is the first dress I've made, and while a skirt is easy, a bodice is another matter entirely. I purchased a couple of vintage dress patterns, but unfortunately my current measurements make it hard for me to fit a standard dressmaking pattern. So after a dissapointing mockup using an old sheet, I decided to try another approach.
This Body Coutour Cosplay Tutorial on YouTube was most helpful! If you're not familiar with how to use a bodice sloper, or if you have a tricky figure, this is a pretty good approach for a one-off design (provided you can get a dress form with your measurements. I had to make some..ahem..additions in the bust region).
|First I made a paper+tape bodice to fit Dolly|
|Cutting a practice bodice from muslin.|
|An acceptable fit!|
|Cutting the bodice from the brocade and poplin.|
|The skirt cut and sewn, with pockets!|
With some fun accessories off ebay, and a bright green wig, it wasn't exactly what you'd call an authentic cosplay, but it was fun to wear. And the best bit was that it made wandering around a crowded convention centre much more fun. Now to plan next year's effort :)
|Heading to Supanova!|
|Wearing boots to cover up a bandaged ankle.|
And best of all, there was a fantastic camera to take a picture of my work!