So I was filling out some paperwork for a convention and I was asked ‘Please provide pictures of three different outfits and include a description of the materials and techniques used in constructing them.’ I didn’t know what costumes to talk about, at first. Now I felt like the three I wound up choosing are a pretty good array, sooooo here, have a bit of insight. :)

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Ivy Valentine (Soul Calibur 5 version) – Hours: ~120 Cost: $75 Sometimes some of the smallest costumes have the most construction to make sure everything stays in its appropriate place. Fabric: 3 types of spandex, microsuede, silk, lace. The combination of stretch fabrics with non-stretch fabrics is always a struggle, and atop of that there was piping in between the paneling. Most of the construction was done on my serger, sewing machine, and details were sewn by hand. The pattern for this outfit was entirely drafted by me. All of the fabric of this outfit started off white and I hand-dyed it all to achieve the perfect colors. Armor: Wonderflex covered in metallic spandex, and the shoulder piece was sculpted from expanding foam, wonderflex, and epoxy putty. Sword: Insulation foam covered with polyethelene sheeting, with coil conduit for the ‘whip’, with the pommel made of insulation foam, a wooden dowel, and decorated with pieces of polyethelene sheeting. Wig: Hand-cut and styled by me. Boots: These are boot covers, into which I slip a high heel of my choosing. Making bootcovers saves a lot of money – you can invest in one pair of great, comfy pumps, and slip them into all high-heeled costumes – and I would be happy to teach others how to make a money-saving bootcover pattern.

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Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers version) – Hours: ~12 (Flame props: 30) Cost: $50 (Flame props: $40) Fabric: Navy is hand-dyed 2-way stretch wet-look spandex, the gold is 4-way stretch shiny moleskin spandex (the same gold I used on my Ms. Marvel/Warbird costume, which tied two costumes of the same character together), and the red is 2-way stretch faux leather. Constructed on my serger, the only hassle was combining 2- and 4-way stretches, and fitting a 2-way stretch fabric to my bust, which was achieved by patterning panels that would fit my bust without compressing it. The gloves were made by me, with finger gussets and fully functioning buttons. The boots were painted to match using Nu-Life leather spraypaint, with aesthetic buttons hand-sewn on. The wig was a combination of two wigs, weaving wefts of long hair down the center of a short wig, then styling it into a faux-hawk. While the flame effect has been enhanced by the photographer, they are props I made using theater lighting gel – forming them into ‘flames’ using a heat gun, then adhering them to a Wonderflex base (the tutorial for which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/bellecherecostume/photos/a.10151351721546130.1073741827.224399206129/10151352837586130/?type=3&theater). The cowl is made out of silicon, made by 4th Wall Designs.

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Red Sonja - Hours: ~75 Cost: $60 The bikini top and loincloth/bottoms were made from a base of brown microsuede, atop of which I hand-stitched over 750 nickle-plated mild steel scales (purchased from theringlord.com). It weighs about 16 lbs. and is tied with reinforced leather strapping. I test ALL my costumes out before attending a convention, to ensure no ‘wardrobe malfunctions’ happen, by the by. Gloves were made out of the same brown microsuede, as well as the boots – the soles of which are water shoes, which is another cost effective way to sole a costume shoe. The shoulder, thigh, and arm bands are made from Wonderflex, covered in metallic spandex.

Captain Marvel #2 is out today! Yaay!
Captain Marvel cosplay by me, BelleChere.
Photo and space manip by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.
Cowl by 4th Wall Design.

Captain Marvel #2 is out today! Yaay!

Captain Marvel cosplay by me, BelleChere.

Photo and space manip by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.

Cowl by 4th Wall Design.

From Marvel’s Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher animated film, coming out March 25.

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Anonymous asked: I love Carol Danvers Captain Marvel and her costume. I want to cosplay but I'm a man. Is that no acceptable? There's lots of great guy characters I could be, I feel like I'd be "stealing" one of the wonderful lady characters and I don't wanna offend.

gailsimone:

Well, I am not affiliated with Captain Marvel and I’m not the sage of cosplay, but I can’t see one good reason why you can’t cosplay Captain Marvel. 

I say be an amazing Carol, and enjoy it!

I have made 3 Danvers Captain Marvel costumes - 1 for myself, 1 for a lady, 1 for a guy. Not a crossplayer/crossdresser/drag queen, but a dude who loves the Captain Marvel series. There’s nothing wrong with pulling a Rule 63! There’s also nothing wrong with crossdressing as Captain Marvel, either, if that’s your thing. I heartily support any guy who wants to show he’s a fan of Captain Marvel.

rainbowsunflowers asked: What superhero comic books about women would you recommend for a beginner? I'd like a title that's relatively new and accessible so I could easily catch up on it. Marvel or DC is fine, although I do have a preference for DC characters. Some of my favorites are Wonder Woman, Black Canary, Vixen, the Birds of Prey, and Zatanna.

dcwomenkickingass:

Ms. Marvel from Marvel. The first issue just came out. Brand new book, new hero, new cast.

Seconding Ms. Marvel. If OP might be looking for someone a little older (as Kamala is 16), then I’d recommend Captain Marvel, too. #1 is hitting stores this (March 12th) Wednesday! Plus there are two trade paperbacks (TPB) available of the first run, also written by kellysue. :)

thefinalfive:

Preview: Captain Marvel #1

Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, gets an all-new #1 next Wednesday, March 12th, 2014. Check out the preview above and full solicitation below.

Story by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by David Lopez
Colors by Lee Loughridge
Cover by     David Lopez, John Cassaday, Skottie Young, Leinil Yu
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER, MORE begins!

Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Hero with death-defying powers and an attitude to match, is back and launching headfirst into an all-new ongoing series! As Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life and the entire Marvel Universe in the months to come. It’s time to go HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER and more in the most super-powered comic around!

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- Drewtos

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caroldanverscorps:

Captain Marvel by SarahArtHope

Photo by foodandcosplay 

Costume by bellechere

Yeeeaaaaaah!! Sarah looks AMAZING! This makes me happy. Thank you for capturing these shots, FoodandCosplay!

ethanslayton:

This is so awesome!! It looks like the Carol Corps has another member in the highly talented costume designer/maker and cosplayer; Belle Chere! I was fortunate enough to meet Belle many years ago at FCBD in Burlington, Vermont. She came into the comic store where I worked on FCBD around 2006 and asked what was going on. She was referring to the 501st guys that were in Stormtrooper outfits leading around a gentleman in a Han Solo outfit in manacles and handing out our flyers on the streets advertising for Free Comic Book Day for our store. I explained what was going on and she mentioned that she had a Spider-Woman costume in her car. I said that if she wanted to come in dressed up, I would give her 50% off of anything in the store. She said she would think about it. About a half hour later, in walks Spider-Woman. She was stunning. From head to toe. She had made her own Spider-Woman costume and just flat out killed it. She walked around church street and handed out flyers and was genuinely the NICEST woman you could ever meet. She posed for pictures, she held her head high (as Spider-Woman should!) and she and her husband had a great time. I’ll never forget that. It made our tiny stores Free Comic Book Day something very special and unique. And now, Belle has made this awesome Captain Marvel uniform and looks like she could punch through solid steel wearing it!!Check out/like her FB page and see more awesome costumes that Belle has made and worn;https://www.facebook.com/bellecherecostumeAnd she’s here on Tumblr too!! http://bellechere.tumblr.com

Awww, thank you Ethan!! I had a blast that day. I was up in Burlington, VT seeing some friends and knew it was FCBD, so I just tossed my Spider-Woman in my car in the off-chance the local comic shop wanted a costumer there. Wasn’t expecting the 50% off! I wound up buying Ame-Comi Power Girl and a good stack of comics that day.
Here are a couple shots that were taken that day:

ethanslayton:

This is so awesome!! It looks like the Carol Corps has another member in the highly talented costume designer/maker and cosplayer; Belle Chere! I was fortunate enough to meet Belle many years ago at FCBD in Burlington, Vermont. She came into the comic store where I worked on FCBD around 2006 and asked what was going on. She was referring to the 501st guys that were in Stormtrooper outfits leading around a gentleman in a Han Solo outfit in manacles and handing out our flyers on the streets advertising for Free Comic Book Day for our store. I explained what was going on and she mentioned that she had a Spider-Woman costume in her car. I said that if she wanted to come in dressed up, I would give her 50% off of anything in the store. She said she would think about it. 
About a half hour later, in walks Spider-Woman. She was stunning. From head to toe. She had made her own Spider-Woman costume and just flat out killed it. She walked around church street and handed out flyers and was genuinely the NICEST woman you could ever meet. She posed for pictures, she held her head high (as Spider-Woman should!) and she and her husband had a great time. 
I’ll never forget that. It made our tiny stores Free Comic Book Day something very special and unique. 
And now, Belle has made this awesome Captain Marvel uniform and looks like she could punch through solid steel wearing it!!

Check out/like her FB page and see more awesome costumes that Belle has made and worn;https://www.facebook.com/bellecherecostume

And she’s here on Tumblr too!! http://bellechere.tumblr.com

Awww, thank you Ethan!! I had a blast that day. I was up in Burlington, VT seeing some friends and knew it was FCBD, so I just tossed my Spider-Woman in my car in the off-chance the local comic shop wanted a costumer there. Wasn’t expecting the 50% off! I wound up buying Ame-Comi Power Girl and a good stack of comics that day.

Here are a couple shots that were taken that day:

glassgears:

Captain Marvel #cosplay at #cardifffilmandcomiccon #carolcorps # captainmarvel #marvel #comics (at Motorpoint Arena)


I found myself admiring her/this costume…and then I realized it was a commission I did.

glassgears:

Captain Marvel #cosplay at #cardifffilmandcomiccon #carolcorps # captainmarvel #marvel #comics (at Motorpoint Arena)

I found myself admiring her/this costume…and then I realized it was a commission I did.

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princessofthewhitemoon asked: I'm looking for any cosplay costume makers! My friend and I are gonna meet eventually for the first time, and we agreed to be in costume when we do -- her as Kamala, me as Carol. Thing is, I don't really know how to make my own Captain Marvel costume, so I'd need to commission someone to do it for me. I'm not looking for it immediately, since it'll probably still be a couple of months until we can meet, but I'd like to have it on hand. Inbox me if that's your thing, please!

carolcorps:

Personally I am a traditional artist,  but there are a lot of members that may be able to point you into the right direction.

Would anyone want to help her out?

I would be happy to make a Captain Marvel costume for you! I’ve made 3 so far (1 for myself, 2 for commissions) and here’s what it looks like:

If you’re interested in a quote, please shoot an email over to BelleChereCostume@gmail.com. Thanks! :)

mr-eid asked: First off, I have to say I think your cosplay is fantastic; discovered you through your Mad Moxxi, and everything I've seen since has been great! I had a quick question though; in the most recent picture you posted (the maskless Captain Marvel, doing a particularly heroic pose) did you use something to hold your hair in place like that? A couple of characters I've been looking at cosplaying myself have similar hair, and I can't help but be curious. Thanks, and keep up the spectacular cosplay! 8D

Thank you for sticking around! :D My Captain Marvel wig consists of 1 short wig, 1/2 a full wig (fibers about 16” long), some hot glue, and lots of hairspray.

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This is a wig, inside out. See the horizontal pieces? Those are called ‘wefts’, and are essentially the wig fibers doubled over and woven together with thread. The wefts are then sewn onto the vertical pieces of elastic. You can purchase wefts outside of a wig…

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…but I had an extra blonde wig lying around, so for this project I seam-ripped the 16” wefts from the wig’s structural base. About 1/2 a wig’s worth.

With the short-hair wig T-pinned onto a wig head, I parted it straight down the center, from the very front to the very back. I laid out a line/dots of hot glue right down the center and applied the weft. Once I had laid down a few wefts through the entire length of that center part, I made a new part just to the side of the center part, sandwiching the short-hair wig fibers between the wefts (adds more body/appearance of realness), and continued gluing. I continued doing this parting/gluing/wefting for 1” to either side of that center part. 2” thick total.

Keeping the wig on the wig head, I combed the short-hair wig back until it blended with the wefts, hairspraying pretty liberally with a high-hold hairspray along the way. Once that dried, for extra height for the faux hawk I laid the wig head on the floor, brushed the wefts out/away from the wig, and then applied more hairspray. Wait till it’s dry, flip it over, and repeat. Then repeat it again, on each side.

When removing the wig from the wig head, you might find that you’ve hot glued the wig right onto the wig head. Don’t worry about it - just slowly work your fingers between the wig and wig head and pry it off.

And there ya go!

caroldanverscorps:

Carol Cosplay: BelleChere as Captain Marvel
Photography by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.
Cowl by 4th Wall Design.

caroldanverscorps:

Carol Cosplay: BelleChere as Captain Marvel

Photography by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.

Cowl by 4th Wall Design.

Higher. Further. Faster. More.

Captain Marvel, costume made and modeled by me, BelleChere.

Photography by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.

Cowl by 4th Wall Design.

Though there is some photoshop involved in the flames, they are actual props I made. The tutorial for which can be found here.

Please do not remove the above credits when reblogging. Thank you!

comicsalliance:

Best Cosplay Ever (This Week) - 02.10.13
By Betty Felon
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
Check out this week’s Best Cosplay Ever on ComicsAlliance!
ABOVE: Captain Marvel, cosplayed by BelleChere, photographed by Robbins Studios

Thank you for the feature, ComicsAlliance! :)

comicsalliance:

Best Cosplay Ever (This Week) - 02.10.13

By Betty Felon

Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

Check out this week’s Best Cosplay Ever on ComicsAlliance!

ABOVE: Captain Marvel, cosplayed by BelleChere, photographed by Robbins Studios

Thank you for the feature, ComicsAlliance! :)

BelleChere is the Star She Was Always Meant to Be

kellysue:

I won’t lie, I’m unabashedly fangirling over this. Thank you Kelly Sue! I’ll be posting a Captain Marvel set of pics with the new cowl soon.