Thank you everyone for your interest, but unfortunately I’m closing down my commission service for now as I’m getting ready to move house and won’t have a workshop during the move period. I’ll let you know if I plan to open up again but right now I’m focusing on comic work.
I’ve taking lots of great progress photos during recent sewing work though so you’ll still see tutorials popping up on here occasionally!
Here’s a round up of all the How to build a Loki tutorials:
Go forth and make!
And now for the final and most important step- adding a damn pocket! This costume has to be worn by a real human person with human needs so a little trademark of mine is to always add at least one pocket that can fit a phone and some money.
This is a hand sewing technique that you can use to add a welted pocket inside any garment- it’s easier if you do it before the coat is constructed, but welp I forgot so here you go.
First I grab a rectangle of stiff fabric and back stitch a slim rectangle in the middle. This will become the pocket opening so make sure it’s big enough! When that’s done you cut a slit down the middle and poke the rectangle inwards through the hole, making a slit for you to apply the pocket to.
Sewing in the pocket lining!
Finishing off the other side. I’m using something called ladder stitch here which is basically an invisible running stitch. I occasionally chuck in a back stitch here and there to keep it secure.
HOT DAMN WHAT A FINE POCKET.
Then the whole lot gets packed up and sent to the lovely person who commissioned me. Now onto the next one!
Had an awesome time in Norway at BANZAICON! (despite missing our flight and having to take an emergency ferry!) Over there I did a panel on how I built the loki costume which reminded me to get finishing on this tutorial!
Sometimes the hardest part of making armour is figuring out how to attach it to yourself. Here’s what I did with mine:
Here’s how the coat came together step by step:
Long post is long- Here’s the breakdown of how I made the tunic for Loki.
It’s busy busy busy at Haus Khaos as I’m working on costumes for an upcoming production of Pirates of Penzance- in the meantime here’s an amazing tutorial for a georgian wig that I could have used last year:
Phew! I Hope everyone has had a wonderful holidays- I’ve had a couple of requests for continuing the loki tutorials so here we go!
Here’s the template for the shoulder plate if you want to play along- If you do end up using my template then I’d appreciate a link back to me and I’d love to see what you make!
Okay, so as part of the plugsuit I needed a nice glowy orb to go on the chest. You could just do this with a red christmas bauble, but here’s the technique for casting in resin and adding a LED.
Lyrcra armour is very simple, all you need is lycra, scissors, some glue and a breather so the glue doesn’t kill you.
Poll results are in! Time to make some plug suit : D
Here are the previous tutorials in this series
|How to make a plug suit part 3- F**king shoes|
|How to make a Plugsuit Side tutorial- Skin tight gloves|
|How to make a plug suit Part 2- Armour/Plugs|
|How to make a Plug Suit Part 1- Mock Up|
Here’s how I made these beautiful skin tight legs.
Sexy shoe time!
And now the most complex part of the costume broken down- the COAT.
Here’s the story of how I finally arrived at this wig- I think every project has a moment where everything goes wrong and you have to go cry in a corner for a little while. This wig was mine.
Longest tutorial ever- The full construction of a heavily embroidered and beaded georgian waistcoat, 68 pictures of glory.
While Christian made his shirt for Blackadder, I started work on a vital, but also easiest parts of the costume, the trousers.
I bought 2m of cream taffeta which is rather see through, so I knew I’d have to self line these.
I’ve never made flap fronted trousers so I pretty much followed the instructions to the T. I drew the pattern out on the fabric with a blue chalk, then measured the size I needed for where the embroidery would go.
I have a template in photoshop for the embroidery hoop size, the challenge is making something that tessellates nicely and will fit in the border and also be able to be used in the corners of the work.
Here’s the pattern in PE design. I actually bought my machine because it came with this software for free, embroidery software can cost up to £1000. PE design is a bit of an idiot to work with, if I had a choice I would use http://www.embird.net/ instead.
The pattern instructions here are surprisingly very good! I took the embroidered parts of fabric and completed steps 1, 12 and 14 to create a pair of trousers so I could fully line them before proceeding with the front flap steps. Lining trousers is a real head fuck, but I got there in the end!
I made up a pattern for some buttons. The reference images for this costume are way too blurry to make out so I’ve got a folder of embroidery inspiration that I’ve been using for ideas.
Here you can see the fail rate on machine embroidery and why large projects are terrifying to put in a machine.
The first little clusters of pearls!
I did the stupid thing of not trying something on until I was completely finished and the trousers were WAY too big. But in the bad way where they wrinkle at the crotch and look a bit like strange genitals. I took about 4 inches out on the sides, crotch and back seam, and the result is what you see here.
They’re still slightly see through even though they’ve been lined. I’m going to have to buy a pair of beige pants.
9 hours work, 2 bobbins worth of embroidery thread.
Total hours: 19
Once every year I save a commission slot for a personal costume. This is because I love getting up and doing skits with friends- that’s where my cosplay career started and where I hope to stay for many years to come. But just because something is a skit costume doesn’t mean I want it to be simple- this is my chance to try out new techniques and really push myself to do things I wouldn’t dare with commission work.
Enter Prince George:
Sweet jesus look at all that bling. LOOK AT IT. THE HOURS OF EMBROIDERY AND PEARLS AND BEAUTIFUL EVERYWHERE.
And the best thing about this costume? That my long term buddy Christian R Allan is the perfect compliment to the look.
(The one on the left…)
There are THREE things a costume must be before I consider it for a personal costume:
1) It must be a new challenge. (I’ve made so much armour that all I want to do now is sew. SEW I TELL YOU)
2) It must cost less than £200 in materials to make (Because anything more and my costume business is a farce)
3) I must have the ability to have FUN in it. (I.E. Can I sit down/move about/ spend the day not having to pull a bitch face)
We have a winner!
I’m going to go spent hundreds of hours beading a coat, then get smashed with Christian and possibly wreck it. Tally Ho!
Materials and research info under the cut!
Yet another foray into the realm of beautiful things! Detailed breakdown of construction including templates under cut! (more…)
Making a big costume is a BIG load of work. I don’t know about other people, but if I look at a costume and start thinking about how much work I have to do I start panicking. This means instead of doing work I’m panicking about how much work I have to do, which is helpful to no one.
The loki armour was a BIG thing. I’ve had real fights with sculpting and resin in the past, so if I let myself contemplate the mammoth that was sculpting and casting each piece I knew I was doomed.
So I learnt to trick myself.
I broke it down as much as possible. I started sculpting the easiest parts first, slowing working my way up to more difficult pieces. It was a process summed up a bit like this:
Here’s the next step in the armour making process- Straps!
I have a secret about sculpting.
…I hate clay.
I mean REALLY hate it.
I hate it so much that I avoid it as much as possible. It seems that clay and I will never get along, so much so that I avoid costumes that I know I’ll have to do any sculpting in clay for.
I have lived in envy of other people who find sculpting in clay *fun* and produce these beautiful finger print free pieces. I am not one of those people.
So here’s how I made the sculpts for the loki armour with the LEAST amount of clay work possible.
Pretty no? Here’s the breakdown of how the scales came to exist: