Saturday, October 1, 2016

Roy Mustang Cosplay

So we attended Geekfest 2016 at Central Texas College last month, and it was a pretty good small show.  I have a few costumes for myself, but my husband usually just dresses in the NERDpillo shirts we had printed as a "uniform".  This time, he wanted to go as Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - and he let me know about a week ahead of time (ugh!).  But, I got it done!

For this cosplay I used:

10 yards of blue cotton fabric
One yellow iron-on patch
6 star shaped buttons
5 yards light iron-on interfacing
2 yards gray cotton fabric
10 yards yellow cording
Various gold, gray and silver round buttons
4-5 packs of gray bias tape
Elastic (for waist band - optional.  You can do a zipper/button if you want)
Ring from a keyring
Sculpey clay
Silver paint
Green, red, white, and yellow ribbon
(optional for neck pins - soda can, print of pins on collar, safety pins, ball point pen)

I couldn't find any suitable patterns online to use directly for the uniform, so I knew I would have to draft my own.  I started with Simplicity pattern 1039, and decided I could alter it enough to work.

I used the pattern for the suit on the left for the most part.  I began with the jacket, since I knew that would be the most time consuming part.  I cut out the pieces for jacket A, trimmed it to the length of jacket B so it would be shorter.  
When I alter a pattern, I always trace the piece onto a large piece of kraft paper (I keep a huge roll on hand for such occasions). Then I alter the piece on the paper before I cut it out for use.  Not only do I have a stable piece for the fabric, but it can be used again and again and isn't made of that flimsy tissue paper that patterns come on.

I added a rectangle to the left front panel of the jacket at an angle, to make the fold in the front of the coat.  To be sure it worked, I folded the pattern itself, and resized until it worked how I wanted it to.

For the rest of the four panels of the coat, I didn't alter much.  I added interfacing to the blue cotton to give it the crisp uniform look, and lined it in the same blue cotton since I was pretty sure the coat is blue inside.  I completed the sleeves as directed in the pattern as well, but didn't hem them so I could add the cuffs later.

Here's the fun part where you learn from my mistakes!  I added the sleeves before adding the epaulets on the shoulder.  Sad, sad day.  But it was an easy fix (rip out a seam, add it in).  For the epaulets, I did a 2.5" wide piece of fabric the length of the shoulder to just under the neck seam, along the top of the shoulder.  I took two pieces of blue cotton that size, sewed them together on three sides, leaving a shorter side open, and flipped it.  For the yellow lines, I tried embroidering ribbon but it just looked terrible.  So I took a yellow iron-on patch, cut it into thin lengths, and ironed them on.  At this point, I placed the open end of the epaulet into the shoulder seam and sewed it into place.  Each shoulder should get 3 stars, and I secured the end closest to the neck with a gold button sewn through the epaulet and onto the shoulder of the coat.

For the sleeves, I measured the length from the wrist to a little under 1/2 of the elbow, and used that as the measurement for the cuff.  Don't make this a complete circle when you sew it on, because the sleeve does have a slit in the cuff (shown in the photo).  Once this is in place, use your bias tape to outline the cuff on both sleeves.  The same can be done for the collar, I measured a 5" high piece of blue cotton the length of the neck collar, cut this, used interfacing and lined it in cotton.  I then ironed it in half to make the fold in the collar, attached to the coat, and lined in bias tape.   This is a good point to line the rest of the coat in bias tape, as needed, including the "t" shapes on the breast of the coat.

The rope on the shoulder was impossible to find around my home without ordering it, and I didn't have the time.  So I simply took yellow cording I found in the dollar section of my local hobby store with the ribbon, and braided it together.  I took a piece of bias tape and made a loop with it, and sewed it to the middle of the "t" on the coat, then added a ring from my car keys that I wasn't using.  I attached the cording to the key ring, then attached it to the cording I placed around the shoulder and under the epaulet with hot glue inside of a piece of clay I made in the shape of a tube "t".  The clay was painted silver to make it look like metal.  At this point, I added the rest of the buttons onto the coat since it fit nicely.   I also had used velcro to keep it shut, but it didn't seem to be working as efficiently as I had hoped.  I sewed a few snap buttons on the inside of the coat instead.

For the belt and cape that goes around the waist, I had to create my own pattern from scratch.   I measured the length from the waist to about halfway down the calf, and measured the waist.  I wanted the belt part to be 1.5" the circumference of the waist, so it would overlap in the front.  I used gray cotton, as close to the color of the bias tape I could find.  I made the belt 4" high, so the fabric was 1.5 x waist circumference by 4.5" high (seam allowance!).  I cut two, used interfacing, sewed it together flipped it.  For the cape, I used the measurement from the waist to the mid calf, and measured the part of the waist the cape should touch.   If you look at the photo, the cape should go around the hips, but not close in the front.  I made two trapezoids out of the blue fabric, and made the bottom of them about 4" longer than the tops.  I sewed it together about 3" at the top in the middle, but not all the way down.  The cape is split in the middle.  Outline in the bias tape, sew it to the belt!  I also added snap buttons here to keep it in place, and added two large gray buttons at the front just as decor.

The pants were the easiest part.  I simply did the pants in the pattern, but made them a little larger in the thighs to make them "billow out" a little bit.  I kept them the original size on the calves, since the pants had to sit inside of boots.  I also didn't add a zipper or button on the fly, since my husband didn't want any of that.  We went for an elastic band placed inside the waist band instead.
The details were pretty easy, though I have to admit they were quick solutions that I will update later.  I used pieces of cardboard and ribbon for the ribbon the front of the uniform, and simply wrapped them around the cardboard and glued them in place.  I added a safety pin to make them stay on the uniform.  For the buttons, I wanted to order the official ones but there wasn't time.  I cut up a clean soda can, printed a photo of the buttons on Mustang's collar, and traced them onto the aluminum using a ball point pen.  This makes an impression on the aluminum.  Go over it a few more times with the pen, and you'll have good, deep impressions.  I folded the edges under to try to make it less sharp, added a safety pin, and that was that.  This method does make a SHARP edge, so please be careful.  They will definitely be replaced for the next show. 

We paired the uniform with the Roy Mustang gloves we got online (I was going to make them but he insisted), and a pair of boots we found at the local thrift store.  Ideally, the boots would not have laces and be pull on, but those seem impossible to find around here.  We make do with what we have!  His costume was a pretty big hit, and it rained that day so he had a lot of people marking snarky comments about how he's pretty useless in the rain.  It was great!

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