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Bakugo Katsuki Cosplay Tutorial (Part 1) — 06/15/2018

Bakugo Katsuki Cosplay Tutorial (Part 1)

Some of you may know about my cosplay making hobby, and for this most recent convention I decided I’d make both my own cosplay and my friend’s. I already posted part of my friend’s cosplay a while back, and this is just part one of the rest of the costume. I wasn’t able to finish making it before going to the con, since I had a limited amount of time to do it, but by the con at the end of July, I’ll have it done. Along with another one for myself, which I may do a video on as well, as per request from someone on instagram.

As you can see from the title, this cosplay is of Bakugo, from My Hero Academia. This cosplay is very complex for my level of experience, so it’s natural it would take me longer to make.

What I did complete so far was:

  • shirt
  • pants
  • boots
  • belt + straps
  • wig
  • wings
  • mask
  • sleeves
  • gauntlets

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There’s still this much to go:

  • neck accessory
  • gloves
  • pouches
  • kneepads

So, this post will cover the tutorials for the things I’ve finished, and part two will be everything else I have yet to make.

Now for each piece. Just keep in mind that this is a very time-consuming cosplay. If you’re looking to cosplay a hero costume from My Hero Academia, but are on a time limit, do not do this one. Todoroki is much simpler, though more expensive due to a material I used for the back plate, which I will explain in a tutorial I’ll write up next week most likely.

Shirt

  • black v-neck t-shirt
  • orange t-shirt
  • sewing machine
  • orange thread
  • scissors
  • pins
  • pen/marker
  • ruler

Start by cutting off the sleeves of the t-shirt, and make sure they look even. It’s easiest to cut just above the hem line to make the cut even.

Measure along the collar from the shoulder to the hip of the shirt at a diagonal. This is how long you’ll need to cut the orange strips of the other t-shirt. I made the strips 2″ thick, and when I sewed them on, I curled them a bit to make them look smoother, so this is a good thickness if you plan to do that as well.

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I started by sewing the side without the two circles, this is the one that starts on the left side of the shirt. I lined the strip up with the collar, and matched the other end to the hem line by the hip. You’ll cut the little bit hanging off at a diagonal, so don’t worry if it looks strange at first. Place pins along the strip at roughly 2 or 3″ intervals, just enough to keep it straight while you’re sewing.

I used a zig-zag stitch for this piece, and made sure the thread I used matched the orange of the shirt as best it could. Start by sewing onto the shoulder, then along the collar, and then the rest of the length of the shirt. When you reach the end, trim the end at a diagonal and sew that to the hem.

On the other side of the strip, I folded it a bit to take away from the cut edge’s jaggedness, though this isn’t necessary. The other side should go easier than the first, since it’s a straight shot down.

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Repeat this for the other strip, though this one should have two holes cut out from it. I made my holes about an inch in diameter, but I just found something that was about the size I needed and traced it. Cut these out before you sew it on to the shirt. And add a circumference of stitches to each one, to make it look like it belongs on the shirt.

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This piece was fairly simple once I figured it out, but my rusty sewing knowledge made it a day-long process of trial and error. Don’t get frustrated if you screw up, a seam-ripper will be your best friend to redo stitches.

Pants

  • We found athletic pants at a salvation army that were slightly baggy and worked well

Boots

  • Black lace-up boots that go to either mid-calf or knee, preferably to the knee, but we just found mid-calf ones
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Thin & thick paintbrushes
  • Masking tape
  • A steady hand

Place masking tape along the leather portion of the boot near the sole, so you don’t accidentally paint a part that doesn’t need paint.

Mix equal parts Mod Podge and paint in a cup, and use a thicker brush to coat the soles of each boot. You’ll likely need 3 or 4 coats to fully cover the black fully, so be patient with it.

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Take the tape off and section off a part on the toe and on the heel, the boots I had already had a raised part on these areas, so it was easy, but you may need to make this yourself if your boots don’t have this. This part also will need several coats, more like 4 for this one.

Next is to paint each of the eyelets on the boots. I used the smallest brush I could find, and unlaced each boot to have an easier time with coverage. Each one might need two coats if you don’t have a lot of paint on the brush each time.

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The boots are super simple as long as you’re patient with them. They took me about 2 hours to paint, between waiting for the paint to dry and doing another coat. That seems like a lot, but every other piece took longer than this. Cosplay is time consuming.

Belt + Straps

  • A fabric belt, though you could also find a leather one and modify it in a different way I did
  • Green felt
  • Sewing machine
  • Black thread
  • Ruler
  • Pins

Initially I tried dyeing the belt a darker green than what it was, but either the dye didn’t like the fabric or it was too dark an original color, so this didn’t work. I plan on taking the felt and sewing over the belt to make everything match, and I’ll show pictures of that in the second part when I finish it.

For the straps, I used 3 pieces of green felt. I cut each one in half the long way, and rolled them up, and pinned them in 3 places. I took a ruler and marked each inch along the length of each one, and then sewed in a line stitch along each mark. The black thread gave it a lined effect.

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To attach, I sewed two to each other, and then the third one straight up. The third one would be sewn to the belt. The other two wrap around the thigh. Measure to fit the thigh of who’s wearing it, and sew it, cutting off any excess. They should be easy to slip in and out of. If they look too loose, pin them to the pants at the back of each knee. It won’t effect mobility, but will make them look more accurate.

Wig

  • My friend found a character-specific wig on Amazon, though a long-ish light blond one would work as well
  • Got2be freezing hairspray (this is like less than $5 for a bottle and it works wonders for spikes)
  • Bobby pins
  • Comb (remember, if you plan to comb a wig, NEVER use this comb on your own hair, and a thinner comb will work better for this part)
  • Scissors (ones meant for hair are best)
  • Hair dryer
  • PATIENCE

I never wanted to spike a wig, but now I have. I’d say I wasn’t super stoked about how it turned out at first, since I made the spikes too sharp, when Bakugo’s hair is somewhat fluffy and full, but after a while, they fell in a way I like more.

Start by sectioning the spikes and pinning with bobby pins. This is quite time consuming but important so you don’t take too much at once. Combing through will ensure you get all pieces into the spikes.

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Spray a bit of the hairspray on each spike until it’s tacky, then hit it with a hair dryer on the low temp setting. To keep the spikes together, I just put some pressure on the tips while it was drying.

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I also trimmed each spike so it wasn’t as long, but depending on the length of your wig, you might not need this.

Wings

  • Orange craft foam
  • Black craft foam
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Hair clips (these didn’t work that well but as of now I don’t know how else to attach them)

This was equally the easiest and most challenging piece. Easy, because it was just drawing a design on foam and cutting it and gluing two pieces together, but it’s a nightmare to keep them on the wig. Some people have recommended I sew them onto the wig, but I haven’t attempted that yet, so I can’t say for sure if it works.

You’ll basically just need to reference a photo of the actual wings, and do a free hand version on the orange foam. You’ll have to do a similar but smaller drawing on the black piece, which should be visible if you press into the foam hard enough.

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This one is just a matter of doing, and measuring to make sure the black and orange fit together well. Glue the two pieces together, and find a way to attach them and you’re set. The hair clips I used would fall out frequently, so I want to work more on making these stay put. I love how they look, and they just add a nice touch. But in the end they aren’t 100% necessary.

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Mask

  • Snazaroo black face paint (online it’s about $8, I found it at a craft store for $6 at one point as well)
  • Small concealer brush (the elf brand is only $1 for a brush, and it works just fine)
  • In the future I’ll try either setting powder or setting spray since it melted and smudged throughout the day

This is a simple look at an image and paint it on, since I decided against a fabric mask. The biggest issue is preventing it from sweating off or smudging, and I’ve heard setting spray/powder can take care of this issue, but I haven’t purchased any yet.

Sleeves

  • Athletic compression sleeves (I think my friend found them online for less than $15)
  • Scraps from the orange t-shirt
  • Orange thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins

After making the shirt, there should be a good amount of fabric left from the orange shirt. Some of this can be used to add orange bands to the sleeves.

The sleeves I had left the elastic band fairly visible, so I just measured this and made the orange fabric the same width. If not, I’d think an inch or an inch and a half would work.

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I pinned this on, sewed down the point where the ends of the orange strip met, and then sewed down each side using a zig-zag stitch. It’s a bit awkward to run through the machine, but it isn’t too thick like I thought it’d be.

Gauntlets

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  • I did this in a separate tutorial, here.
  • These are definitely not the sturdiest, and likely need to be fixed after each use, but they work for a budget cosplayer who’ll only wear them a couple times

I hope this tutorial was helpful, and that some people are able to use it! If you use this tutorial at all to make pieces, please tag me in your pictures so I can see what you’ve done! Either use my Twitter, which is @letstalkanime1, or instagram, which is @aniblogplay. I have pictures on both locations of my friend wearing this cosplay if you’re interested! I have links at the bottom of my site as well.

I’m still working on fully returning to the blogging scene, but I at least posted twice this week! I’ll likely have a new post for Pride Month next week, and another one the week after that. I can’t promise two posts a week still, since I just have so many projects going on at once, but I’ll sure try.

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My Thoughts On: Haikyu!! Season 2 — 01/20/2018

My Thoughts On: Haikyu!! Season 2

I’ll start this out by apologizing for being late in posting this. I had most of it ready on Thursday, but I ended up not finishing it up and I was going to make my last changes yesterday, but I spent the time I would have worked on this getting my hair done, so it had to be postponed until today.

Apologies over.

In the months I’ve been watching this anime, I’ve learned some things. For one, I learned more than I ever wanted to know about volleyball, and I could hold an intellectual discussion on the sport with no problems. Another thing is, it’s one of those shows that is hard to like in a casual way. I thought I’d only like it a little bit, but even from those first couple episodes, I realized that would not be the case. It doesn’t help that the fanbase is huge and very much active.

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30 Day Anime Challenge! Day Thirteen — 12/13/2017
Youmacon 2017 Cosplay Photos! — 11/10/2017

Youmacon 2017 Cosplay Photos!

If you follow my Twitter, I’m sure you saw some updates this past weekend on the con I went to in Detroit, Youmacon. It was my fourth year going, but it was the first time I was able to go all three days, since I now have no high school or college on Fridays. And of course, I wanted to cosplay. The first day, I used my Princess Mononoke cosplay, which I’ve posted about before. The other two days, I used the Tobio Kageyama cosplay I just bought a couple weeks ago. And on that Saturday, I found out about a Haikyu!! photoshoot that was happening, which I ended up attending.

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Princess Mononoke Mask & Glass City Con — 07/21/2017

Princess Mononoke Mask & Glass City Con

This past weekend I went to Glass City Con in Toledo, Ohio. But before I went, I had to finish my Princess Mononoke cosplay that I made for Motor City Con, which was in May. I had everything completed beside the mask, which is the most iconic part of the costume. Of course, I didn’t begin making it until less than a week before the convention, a bad move on my part. But anyway, I’ll explain a bit of my process in making the mask. There’s work to be done to it since it fell apart a lot, but I think I know what I did wrong.

If you want to see how I made the rest of the costume you can read it here.

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Princess Mononoke Cosplay — 06/05/2017

Princess Mononoke Cosplay

I wore this cosplay on May 20th, at Detroit’s Motor City Con. It’s not completely done, but this is the base. I’ll be completing the mask and fur cloak for a later con, but this was what I was able to complete for now. I thought it turned out pretty well, and it’s fairly comfortable. The boots I got were a bit small and hurt my feet, but that’s not too hard to avoid. And I made this entirely without other tutorials, which I’m quite proud of.

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YOUMACON 2016 — 11/21/2016
Maka Cosplay — 10/07/2016

Maka Cosplay

On Saturday, October 1st, I went to the comic con in my city.  It’s a pretty small convention but my dad has a table at it every year, so I help him out.  And every year, it grows quite a lot.  I decided that I would wear my Maka Albarn cosplay to it so I could practice wearing it for the anime convention I attend.

I began working on it in July, and I finished it on September 30th, the day before I needed it.  (I’m a bit of a procrastinator, so it was difficult to make myself complete it.)

In all, it came together pretty well, and I got a TON of comments on it, my scythe especially. (thank you Soul for being awesome)maka-reference

Before you get to see the finished piece, I’ll show my beginnings and some of the process on completing it.  As well as the materials I used.  This is kind of like a simplified tutorial, since I got a lot of ideas from other tutorials.

I have a reference photo of Maka here so you can compare if you want to or if you’re not familiar with her.

Clothing Materials

  • White vest (thin sweater material)
  • Red plaid school skirt
  • White button-up long sleeved dress shirt
  • Green & white striped tie
  • Clunky heeled ankle boots
  • Button-up black dress

Craft Materials

  • White craft foam
  • Thick poster board
  • Air-dry clay
  • PVC piping (1/2″ and 1 1/2″)
  • Black leather dye
  • Yellow RIT fabric dye
  • Silver acrylic paint
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Velcro
  • Silver spray paint
  • Sealant spray
  • Masking tape
  • Hot glue
  • Super glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Straight-edge
  • Red permanent marker
  • Black permanent marker
  • Staples
  • Clear elastic hair ties (not really craft material)

Gathering the Materials

Here are the boots I used and the vest I used, neither looked like this when I bought them.

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The vest was white when I bought it, and it had strings coming out of the sleeves.  To fix this, I pulled the strings out as far as I could and cut them, and then I used yellow fabric dye to make the vest look pale yellow.  This isn’t a good picture, but my room lighting sucks, so we’ll have to make due.  As for the boots, they were brown when I bought them.  I got black leather shoe dye and brushed that over them, let them dry, and rubbed them with a soft cloth.

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Here’s the rest of the clothing for her basic school uniform.  The white shirt I got from my previous Haruhi Fujioka cosplay, and was a little difficult to work with since it is a men’s shirt.  But hey, I didn’t need to buy a new one.  The skirt and tie I found on Ebay, since it’s apparently impossible to find a plaid school skirt and green and white striped tie around where I live.  Again, this isn’t the best picture, but it was either this or an awful selfie in the middle of my disaster of a room.


**I’m sorry this middle part is awkwardly here.  It was the only way to fit both pictures here.**

 

 

 

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These are the pieces I used for the scythe, which was a piece of thick poster board cut into the blade shape. (I don’t have recommendations on how to cut it, since my dad cut it at work for me.) And two sizes of PVC piping, one 1/2″ in diameter and the other 1 1/2″ in diameter.  The thinner pipe was cut where I hold it and a coupling was put in between to make a small handle.  The other was cut to be about 6″ long for the top by the blade.  Each were spray painted silver and soon I will be sealing them to prevent the paint from chipping off while I’m holding it.

The Scythe-making Process

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After the blade was cut, the next step was to paint it.  I used masking tape, a pencil, scissors, and a straight-edge (also known as a hardcover book) to outline the zigzags.  I started with painting the bottom, so the masking tape is lined up for painting the bottom

 

I used red first, so I didn’t accidentally paint black on the bottom.  But, once the red was done, I couldn’t exactly tape the red without peeling the red paint, so I carefully outlined the black lines with a thin brush, and then filled everything else in with a larger brush.

 

Here’s the scythe almost fully assembled.  All that’s left is to make Soul’s lovely eye.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the process before I finished it and put it on the scythe.  Basically, I used the air-dry clay to make ovals, and used the top pipe to mold it to fit around.  Then I waited for them to dry, and my dad sanded them down before I filled in the iris and pupil.  I used black and red Sharpie to make the designs, since it gave me more control of the circular edges.  Then they were attached using super glue and I traced them with more black Sharpie for the little lines at the top and bottom.

Oh, and for the little thing on the back, I used the left-over poster board from the blade and drew the shape with a pencil, and my dad cut it out, and I sprayed it down with silver spray paint.

The screw at the top is another type of piping thing, I think it’s a cap for 1 1/2″ piping.  And the way I attached the top to the bottom pipe is by more piping stuff that I honestly don’t know the name for.  The way we put the blade together is by cutting slots in the blade, back piece, and the pipe at the top.  All were slid in and the screw put on top to hold it all together.  I’m supposed to spray the silver parts down again to make them stick better, but the pipes are held together with some super glue.

The Boot-making Process

Next, the boots.  I actually finished these in August, and the scythe in September, but this is just how I put the pictures in.
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This is a picture of the giant straps she has on the top of each boot.  I made these using craft foam, silver acrylic paint, scissors, a pencil, a paintbrush, and glue.  I cut the long strips, and then used a pencil to poke the holes, and then grabbed a paintbrush to make the holes cleaner.  Then I cut small rectangles, cut the inside into a buckle shape, and then painted them silver.  I pushed them through the strips and secured them using glue.

I then secured Velcro to the ends of the strips so I could take the straps on and off without ripping them off of the boots.  The top ones, I glued the backs of them to the boots.

For the bottom of the boots, I used white acrylic paint and Mod Podge.  I mixed the paint and Mod Podge, put three layers down, and then a layer of just Mod Podge.

For the other white strips, I did the fronts one first, and secured them with hot glue.  Then I did the ones behind those, the ones in front of the ankle.  I took the next ones and used something circular to mark where the black dots would go.  Then I used black acrylic paint to fill them in.

Though, I wouldn’t suggest the hot glue for securing anything.  Before I even made it through the convention doors, the front strips were falling off, so I used duct tape for a temporary fix.

Final Product

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And here are some pictures taken at the convention by my amazing aunt.  And yes, I am posing with a Kaneki cosplayer.  They really liked my cosplay and theirs was so cool, that I decided why not take a picture with them.  I don’t know their name or anything, so they don’t know they’re on my website, but oh well, it’s my favorite picture I’ve had of my cosplay.

And woo!  Face reveal!  I know you didn’t ask for one, but I really don’t care anyway, so there you go.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial, it turned out a little more in-depth than I thought it would be, but I hope it wasn’t too boring.

Also, I didn’t include the coat instructions since it isn’t done yet.  But what I did here was take a button-down dress and add some staples to the bottom to make it come out naturally.  I’ll be sewing it soon, adding silver buttons, and white cuffs to make it complete.  And then I’ll get some white gloves.

Tell me how you liked this in the comments, and I’ll post next Friday hopefully.

Bye!

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