mylifeasaweapon:

bellechere:

I miss mylifeasaweapon so I gif’d some evil laughter shenanigans from Denver Comic Con.

Full Denver Comic Con 2014 Epic Cosplay video here.

Look at us, we’re so majestic it freaking hurts. Love you lots!!

Oops, I made it better. Now with 100% more totally evil I swear dance party!

I miss mylifeasaweapon so I gif’d some evil laughter shenanigans from Denver Comic Con.

Full Denver Comic Con 2014 Epic Cosplay video here.

Today I was told I take myself too seriously by a complete stranger who is making an awful lot of assumptions about me. So this is my counter-argument.

This is just a collection from the past few months. This is a fairer look at how I regularly act than any polished photoshoot.

Just because I value my emotional well-being and vocally put my foot down when I’m feeling uncomfortable does not mean I take myself too seriously. You, judgmental stranger, are part of what’s wrong with society for trying to shut me up for that.

Tags: cosplay

I believe in the phrase ‘Art imitates life’, which is why I relate to the term ‘artist’ over ‘entertainer’. It’s always hard for me to say what my favorite character or costume I’ve made is because it’s most times a visceral thing for me.

This is 2014 so far. Lust, Abaddon, and Hela are three out of the four new costumes I’ve made for myself this year. Red Sonja and Captain Marvel were photoshoots. I see a lot of vindictiveness, and hurt, and anger.

Then I look at the costumes I’m enthused to be currently working on for myself - Diva Plavalaguna, Edward Kenway, Barbarella, Gambit’s jacket, Witchblade - and I feel like I’m headed in a better direction. Ready for adventure.

Cosplay can be pretty damn cathartic.

Half of me wishes I was at SDCC, trooping around in some outrageous costume, struggling to meet up with friends, occasionally rubbing elbows with celebs, and not giving a damn if dinner is bought at a cupcake truck because you walked like 5 miles in high heels in one day, damnit.

The other half is remembering how costly it is, is very comfortable in PJs thankyouverymuch, is perfectly fine *without* being groped/leered at/catcalled, is good *without* the anxiety-inducing crowd, and is drinking up all the online coverage (pretty tough (impossible in costume) to do while at the con itself).

Pretty much an extreme ambivert.

cosplayleague:

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Photo Edit by Slim Summers
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Hel by bellechere (FB)

Original Photo by dtjaaaam (FB)

Photo Edit by Slim Summers

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marvelentertainment:

Costoberfest Spotlight -  Bellechere

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Introduce Yourself!
Hey there! I’m BelleChere, I hail from New England, and I happily work the technical side of theatre - costume design and stage management being my specialties.

How long have you been cosplaying? And how did you fall into it?
I’ve been happily costuming for 8 years now! I fell down the rabbit hole when I was looking to make my own Rogue costume for Halloween. Having never worked with stretch fabrics before (or even really sewn at all), I sought advice online and found a forum for X-Men costuming. To my pleasant surprise, I discovered that people donned costumes outside of Halloween, and really had a great time doing so! The forum - now unfortunately closed - was wonderfully helpful, a great community where I met several friends I still have today, and inspired me to craft. For someone who works backstage, ensuring the actors/actresses/talent are dressed well, makeup perfect, without a hair out of place, costuming offers me a chance to dress myself up and take the spotlight now and again.

What was your first costume?
My first costume was Rogue’s, the green and white one she was introduced in way back in the early 80s. No one recognized who I was supposed to be on Halloween, hahah! But I had fun, and wore it to Dragon Con the next year, where people DID recognize who I was.

You make all of the costumes, right? Include us in the process!
I do make all my own costumes, and the process is a wee bit crazy. I’m entirely self-taught, and each new costume I try to challenge myself to learn a new method. I always choose characters that I love, but also choose those that suit my body type. Choosing the right fabric is important for me - I always recommend tons of reference pics, getting fabric samples, and trying to diversify with textures and levels of shine to make a costume really pop. Though a costume may take me anywhere from 10 to a 100 hours, it’s usually spread out over months; I usually have three projects going on at the same time, ditch one when I’m tired/frustrated with it, and go after another one!

How did the Marvel universe suck you in? Who are your favorite Marvel characters?
I was in 3rd grade. All my guy friends were trading the Fleer Marvel collectible cards back and forth during recess and they would give me their doubles. I still have them! My little sister and I didn’t understand the characters or the stories, but we loved the art, and we would take our favorites (she loved Phoenix and Firestar, I loved Silver Sable and Invisible Woman) and play pretend in the backyard, fighting villians (Mojo was the most popular). Of course I loved the 90s X-Men cartoon, too, but it wasn’t until I was in college when I could actually afford the comics. Today my favorite characters are Rogue, Carol Danvers, Storm, Mr. Sinister, Spider-Woman, and She-Hulk.

What would you say is your favorite part about cosplaying?
I love meeting people! I love ‘talking shop’ with other people, on how they made their costume and pouring over the details. I love seeing other people’s appreciation for the characters that I also enjoy. It’s also great getting it in return and, for just a moment, escaping the ‘real world’ and feeling like that character in photography.

Besides cosplaying, what do you do for fun?
I cook. Ooooh, do I cook. And I’m good at it. I also love writing, table-top gaming, playing with my beagle puppy, kayaking, hiking, traveling, and scuba diving, when I can!

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Thanks Bellechere! You can follow her on Twitter at bellechere or Facebook at BelleChereCostume.

Photos by Anna Fischer, Guncat Grace of Bodhi Tree Photography, Eurobeat Kasumi, Taliesin and Pete Tsai.

I reblogged this last October, when it was first posted, but I’m reblogging for the newbies (welcome!) and the curious. This answers some pretty common Qs I get.

The Jess to my Carol; the Spider-Woman to my Captain Marvel! I had the best time at Denver Comic Con paling around with my friend mylifeasaweapon.  This person is a great example of the beauty of friendships made from chance meetings at conventions. It was Sunday evening last DragonCon, I didn’t want the con to be over, I was waiting for friends who I weren’t sure were going to show up, and I had too many troubling personal things on my mind. Up comes this sweet stranger who remarked I was looking a little sad, but who loved that I was dressed as Catwoman. It immediately lifted my spirits! We got into a nice, long conversation. Li’l Loki and I have been in contact ever since, and I leaped at the chance to do this collab. My favorite comic friendship! It fits us pretty perfectly. Thank you to WeNeals Photography and Retouching for the pic! I love having moments like these captured.  Captain Marvel mask made by 4th Wall Design. Everything else made by the respective costumers.

The Jess to my Carol; the Spider-Woman to my Captain Marvel! I had the best time at Denver Comic Con paling around with my friend mylifeasaweapon.

This person is a great example of the beauty of friendships made from chance meetings at conventions. It was Sunday evening last DragonCon, I didn’t want the con to be over, I was waiting for friends who I weren’t sure were going to show up, and I had too many troubling personal things on my mind. Up comes this sweet stranger who remarked I was looking a little sad, but who loved that I was dressed as Catwoman. It immediately lifted my spirits! We got into a nice, long conversation. Li’l Loki and I have been in contact ever since, and I leaped at the chance to do this collab. My favorite comic friendship! It fits us pretty perfectly.

Thank you to WeNeals Photography and Retouching for the pic! I love having moments like these captured.

Captain Marvel mask made by 4th Wall Design. Everything else made by the respective costumers.

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asgardiantelevision:

mmmagpie:

mylifeasaweapon:

OH MY GOD GYYS LOOK WHOS ON THE LOGIN SCREENasgardiantelevision bellechere and meeeeee

OMG YOU GUYS! <3 

Also, totally unrelated to my squeeing about being on the login page… holy crap my eyelashes in this picture like WOW

OF COURSE THE GODS OF DEATH AND MISCHIEF ARE ON THE TUMBLR LOGIN PAGE. IT ALL MAKES SENSE.

asgardiantelevision:

mmmagpie:

mylifeasaweapon:

OH MY GOD GYYS LOOK WHOS ON THE LOGIN SCREEN
asgardiantelevision bellechere and meeeeee

OMG YOU GUYS! <3 

Also, totally unrelated to my squeeing about being on the login page… holy crap my eyelashes in this picture like WOW

OF COURSE THE GODS OF DEATH AND MISCHIEF ARE ON THE TUMBLR LOGIN PAGE. IT ALL MAKES SENSE.

pumpkin-rape said: Hi! My name is Zina and I absolutely love mad moxxi. So I was wondering if you had any tips on making her costume for me, I don't make clothing much so I am getting help, but she's deff who I want to dress as for October :) Please and thank you

Hello! I’m trying to think of the best way to answer this because, unfortunately, the path I took wasn’t especially easy. I made the pattern myself, using muslin on my dressform.

Hrrm.

Well, this pattern would be a good base: image

Though you might need to insert different sleeves, in order to avoid the gathered, puffy shoulders. You’ll also need to extend the back panels to create the tailcoat tails, and might want to have extra length in the front for modesty sake. (HAHA - MODESTY FOR MOXXI, GOOD ONE) Aaaalso, the front panels will need to overlap, if you’d like the front buttons to be functional. You could have them be aesthetic, and do an invisible zipper in the side, instead.

I would recommend cutting this out of a cheap cotton (like muslin), basting it, and then putting it on for sizing and reshaping. Use a pen/pencil/chalk to mark on the muslin what spaces will need to be cut out, and where it will need to be taken in/let out. You might need someone else to assist you with that part. After that, seam rip, trim away any excess (making sure to account for seam allowance!), and you should have a muslin pattern to use to make her jacket with!

My cuffs and collar were reinforced with heavy duty fusible interfacing to keep them stiff/gravity defying.

The top hat was made out of cardboard and craft foam, covered with fabric.

And here’s a how-to for making spats.

Hope this helps!

Anonymous said: Hello there,I was sent here by Bethany~I'm working on a spiderwoman cosplay and I can't figure out how to make her mask without it falling off my face,I'm a beginner when it comes to cosplay making lol,can you give tell me how you made yours please?

Sure thing! Any way I can get more Jessica Drew love out there in the world. I love Spider-Woman! :)

The base of my mask is made from Wonderflex, though you could get away with buying one of those full-face masks from JoAnns/Michaels and cutting it out to Spider-Woman’s mask shape. I used spray-adhesive (3MM makes great stuff, found right at Home Depot/Lowes) to adhere the same bodysuit fabric to the mask, and left it a little long at the bottom for the underchin and sewing it right to the turtleneck of the bodysuit. The fabric of the mask also extends out about 2” extra to each side, too, and have slits cut in to go around my ears. That helps keep it to my face, along with the elastic band hot glued to the plastic of the mask, which goes on around my head underneath my wig. The remaining edges of the mask get finished by curving a 1/4” allowance to the wrong side of the mask, and hot gluing. The eyes are made by popping two clear costume glasses lenses out of their frames, covering them in a fine white mesh, and hot gluing them to the mask.

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I hope this helps!

epicallyepicepicosity:

Mark Meer (Mass Effect) talking to who I believe is Belle Chere

That time when I accidentally upstaged my VIP-celebrity-guest friend, haha! It was nice seeing Mark outside of the craziness of DragonCon&#8230;even though we were talking about DragonCon here, trying to synch up costume schedules. We&#8217;re just a little obsessed.
My Loki is mylifeasaweapon :)

epicallyepicepicosity:

Mark Meer (Mass Effect) talking to who I believe is Belle Chere

That time when I accidentally upstaged my VIP-celebrity-guest friend, haha! It was nice seeing Mark outside of the craziness of DragonCon…even though we were talking about DragonCon here, trying to synch up costume schedules. We’re just a little obsessed.

My Loki is mylifeasaweapon :)

dtjaaaam:

Hela - Denver Comic Con 2014
Goddess of death and ruler of the Shadow Realm.
Cosplayer: BelleChere

&#8216;NONE may challenge Hela&#8217;s will!&#8217;

Thanks for the pic dtjaaaam! You even got the feet. :)

dtjaaaam:

Hela - Denver Comic Con 2014

Goddess of death and ruler of the Shadow Realm.

Cosplayer: BelleChere

‘NONE may challenge Hela’s will!’ Thanks for the pic dtjaaaam! You even got the feet. :)

(Source: dtjaaaam.com)

mylifeasaweapon:

Started pulling shots off my camera, here’s a few before I go to bed! I had such a great time running around with Belle all weekend, and of course, chilling with my local friends :D
All edits are mine
AoA Loki: me
Siege Loki: asgardiantelevision
Hela: bellechere

VENTS! It’s all about the floor vents.

I miss you already and I haven’t even left CO yet!