Costumes and Performances by Tab Kimpton

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How to make a loki costume- tutorial round up!

Here’s a round up of all the How to build a Loki tutorials:

How to make a loki costume part 14- Add a pocket!
How to make a loki costume part 13- Armour attatchments
How to make a loki costume part 12- Dat Coat
How to make a loki costume part 11- Tunic (aka the chronicles of hand sewing)
How to make a loki costume part 10- Shoulder plate
How to make a Loki costume part 9- Arm Guards
How to make a loki costume part 8- Strap Armour.
How to make a Loki costume part 7- Chest and wrist armour
How to make a Loki costume part 6- Trousers
How to make a Loki costume part 5- Leg scales
How to make a loki costume part 4- Begin the flaps.
How to make a Loki costume part 3- Materials
How to make a Loki Costume Part 2- Mock up a pattern
How to make a Loki Costume Part 1- References

 

Go forth and make!


How to make a loki costume part 14- Add a pocket!

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.

 

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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.

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Sewing in the pocket lining!

 

 

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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.

 

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HOT DAMN WHAT A FINE POCKET.

 

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Then the whole lot gets packed up and sent to the lovely person who commissioned me. Now onto the next one!


How to make a loki costume part 13- Armour attatchments

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:

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How to make a loki costume part 12- Dat Coat

 

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Here’s how the coat came together step by step:

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How to make a loki costume part 11- Tunic (aka the chronicles of hand sewing)

Long post is long-  Here’s the breakdown of how I made the tunic for Loki.

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Amazing beehive wig tutorial!

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:

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How to make a loki costume part 10- Shoulder plate

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!

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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!

 

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How to make a plugsuit part 6- Glowy chest orb

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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.

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How to make a Plugsuit part 5- Lycra armour

Lyrcra armour is very simple, all you need is lycra, scissors, some glue and a breather so the glue doesn’t kill you.


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How to make a plugsuit part 4- legs and arms made of hundreds of squares arrrg

Poll results are in! Time to make some plug suit : D

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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.

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Prince George Roundup post

Finally got around to updating the Prince George Gallery and rounding up all the tutorials. It also includes a video of Christian and I making tits of ourselves on stage. Check it out here:

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Prince George and Blackadder

 

And here’s the tutorial list:

Path to Princedom 7- Shoes and Final finishing touches!
The Path to Princedom Part 6- The Chronicles of Coat.
The Path to Princedom Part 5- Two Wig wonder
The Path to Princedom 4- Authentic Shirt
The Path to Princedom part 3- Fantastic Waistcoat!
The Path to Princedom Part 2- Enormous Trousers
The Path to Princedom Part 1- References and Materials

 

This brings up the question of what tutorial I should update next. What do you think?

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Path to Princedom 7- Shoes and Final finishing touches!

Sexy shoe time!

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The Path to Princedom Part 6- The Chronicles of Coat.

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And now the most complex part of the costume broken down- the COAT.

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The Path to Princedom Part 5- Two Wig wonder

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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.

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The Path to Princedom 4- Authentic Shirt

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Sexy shirt time!

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The Path to Princedom part 3- Fantastic Waistcoat!

Longest tutorial ever- The full construction of a heavily embroidered and beaded georgian waistcoat, 68 pictures of glory.

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The Path to Princedom Part 2- Enormous Trousers

While Christian made his shirt for Blackadder, I started work on a vital, but also easiest parts of the costume, the trousers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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Here you can see the fail rate on machine embroidery and why large projects are terrifying to put in a machine.

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Sexy buttons.

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The first little clusters of pearls!

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TADA!

 

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

 

 


The Path to Princedom Part 1- References and Materials

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:

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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.

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(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!

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How to make a Loki costume part 9- Arm Guards

 

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How to make a loki costume part 8- Strap Armour.

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!

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How to make a Loki costume part 7- Chest and wrist armour

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.

 

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How to make a Loki costume part 6- Trousers

 

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How to make a Loki costume part 5- Leg scales

 

Pretty no? Here’s the breakdown of how the scales came to exist:

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How to make a loki costume part 4- Begin the flaps.

 

So, this is how you make something beautiful like this. During this project I would sew/add zip tops until my hands hurt too much then go off and sculpt armour until my hands hurt too much in a different way, then swap back. This is a costume to be paced- it’s physically impossible to last minute this!

 

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