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:
- belt + straps
There’s still this much to go:
- neck accessory
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.
- black v-neck t-shirt
- orange t-shirt
- sewing machine
- orange thread
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.
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.
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.
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.
- We found athletic pants at a salvation army that were slightly baggy and worked well
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
I also trimmed each spike so it wasn’t as long, but depending on the length of your wig, you might not need this.
- Orange craft foam
- Black craft foam
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Athletic compression sleeves (I think my friend found them online for less than $15)
- Scraps from the orange t-shirt
- Orange thread
- Sewing machine
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.
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.
- 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.