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.

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Mini Avengers Assemble!

Every time I’m dressed as an Avenger, and I spot a kid dressed as an Avenger, I try and get a picture snapped with them. Can’t believe I haven’t got a Cap or Hawkeye or Hulk yet! I’ll have to find some as Captain Marvel.

I THOUGHT I HAD CAP SOMEWHERE

Mini Avengers Assemble!

Every time I’m dressed as an Avenger, and I spot a kid dressed as an Avenger, I try and get a picture snapped with them. Can’t believe I haven’t got a Cap or Hawkeye or Hulk yet! I’ll have to find some as Captain Marvel.

This is what happens when I drink in costume.
#INeedAnAdult

This is what happens when I drink in costume.

#INeedAnAdult

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!

"I’ll cast your spell, N’Astirh — everything you desire and more — but first I want Jean Grey’s heart! I want her head! I want her soul!”The Goblin Queen. Costume made and modeled by me, BelleChere.Photo by SGH PhotoArt - who, if you haven’t checked out yet, you’re REALLY missing out!

"I’ll cast your spell, N’Astirh — everything you desire and more — but first I want Jean Grey’s heart! I want her head! I want her soul!

The Goblin Queen. Costume made and modeled by me, BelleChere.

Photo by SGH PhotoArt - who, if you haven’t checked out yet, you’re REALLY missing out!

Yes, I still have spaces available for 2014! Please share this picture around. If you know someone who’s looking for a costume, let them know!
If you are interested in having me create a costume for you, please consider the following: ~ My prices are reasonable, but also reflect the quality of my work, and are based on an hourly estimation of how long a project will take. The simplest bodysuits take 5 hours minimum, and some of my costumes have taken 100+ hours to create. ~ I am happy to make replications of costumes I’ve already made for myself for others. However, I prefer to make items which are unique/challenging and I prefer most of all to make comic-related costumes.  ~ Unless the project is small, I will not start a commission if there is only a month before the occasion/convention. Please allow me more than one month to assure your custom piece is the highest quality. ~ Please take a moment to read this very well-written note by a fellow costumer that I admire, God Save The Queen Fashions: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=212841712086359 I look forward to working with you! :)

Yes, I still have spaces available for 2014! Please share this picture around. If you know someone who’s looking for a costume, let them know!

If you are interested in having me create a costume for you, please consider the following:

~ My prices are reasonable, but also reflect the quality of my work, and are based on an hourly estimation of how long a project will take. The simplest bodysuits take 5 hours minimum, and some of my costumes have taken 100+ hours to create.

~ I am happy to make replications of costumes I’ve already made for myself for others. However, I prefer to make items which are unique/challenging and I prefer most of all to make comic-related costumes.

~ Unless the project is small, I will not start a commission if there is only a month before the occasion/convention. Please allow me more than one month to assure your custom piece is the highest quality.

~ Please take a moment to read this very well-written note by a fellow costumer that I admire, God Save The Queen Fashions: http://www.facebook.com/
note.php?note_id=212841712086359

I look forward to working with you! :)

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omg-dj-judy:

Ultimate Wasp by Sara Moni

Jesus fuck… I quit. 

Wow. PERFECT.

(Source: demonsee)

2013! It was a whirlwind. I traveled places I dreamed of visiting, and some I had never dreamed I’d see; didn’t get as many costumes completed as I would have liked, but came up with unexpected ones; and best of all made some great memories with friends new and old.

This collage contains all the characters I did last year; some costumes new, some old, but all these pictures were taken in 2013.

Every costume made and modeled by me, BelleChere

Catwoman cowl made by ReevzFX

Rogue inspired custom corset by Castle Corsetry.

Thank you to the photographers who took these! ModelMosa, The Watters Mark, Eurobeat Kasumi, DTJAAAM, Patrick Sun, Pat Loika, Amanda Walton, and FirstPerson Shooter!

Happy Holidays! Warm and friendly wishes to you all this season! For the past couple months I’ve been taking a costuming hiatus in order to resuscitate and relocate my entire life. To those who noticed and sent their well-wishes, thank you! I’m now living in the Boston area and am thrilled at the opportunities being right next to a city bring. Though I’m still struggling, I’m on the mend, and determined to keep fighting for more positivity and improvement in my life. I am not done costuming, by far. I have big plans for 2014, so don’t forget to check in every now and again! Here’s to a bright, bold, and prosperous new year! Sláinte! Rogue, costume made and modeled by me, BelleChere.
Pic by ModelMosa, taken in Taipei, Taiwan. 
(You may delete the rest, but please do not delete the above credits. Thank you!)

Happy Holidays! Warm and friendly wishes to you all this season!

For the past couple months I’ve been taking a costuming hiatus in order to resuscitate and relocate my entire life. To those who noticed and sent their well-wishes, thank you! I’m now living in the Boston area and am thrilled at the opportunities being right next to a city bring. Though I’m still struggling, I’m on the mend, and determined to keep fighting for more positivity and improvement in my life.

I am not done costuming, by far. I have big plans for 2014, so don’t forget to check in every now and again! Here’s to a bright, bold, and prosperous new year! Sláinte!

Rogue, costume made and modeled by me, BelleChere.

Pic by ModelMosa, taken in Taipei, Taiwan.

(You may delete the rest, but please do not delete the above credits. Thank you!)

Another head goes boom!
Mad Moxxi from Borderlands 2
Costume made and modeled by me, BelleChere
Photo by Amanda, taken at DragonCon 2013
Also, Gearbox has this Borderlands 2 Loot Hunt going on right now!

Another head goes boom!

Mad Moxxi from Borderlands 2

Costume made and modeled by me, BelleChere

Photo by Amanda, taken at DragonCon 2013

Also, Gearbox has this Borderlands 2 Loot Hunt going on right now!

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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.

WHOOWHOOO

Thanks Marvel! Proud to be a fan! :D

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Found this over at Bellechere’s Facebook:

Here’s my thrown-together Emma Frost, worn on Saturday of Granite State Comic Con! I was trying to channel some Terry Dodson, here. I don’t think I can make a very good contemptuous look though, hah! I’m usually having a really good time at a con, so sometimes doing characters who usually look disdainful are tough when I’m asked for a photo. Going from a big ol’ smile to a convincing bitchface ain’t easy.

Thank you to IAMTHINK.COM for these pics! I also did a podcast with the photographer at the end of the convention, right as people were packing up on Sunday. People who were there on Saturday know I couldn’t really talk well at all, my voice was shot, and Sunday my voice was a little better, but I don’t usually sound like I smoke 5 packs a day, I swear, haha! But if you want to have a listen to the podcast, here ya go: http://awkwardinquiries.com/post/63061603977/episode-2-bellechere I answer some questions about my process when constructing costumes, what draws me in to certain characters, and generally just have a good time. Thanks again, guys!
I like that this costume is “thrown together”. I would love for you to design a Halloween costume for me, sometime. Just, throw it together, I am sure it will be fine.
The Terry Dodson vibe, is shinning right through, as well. You are a stunner.

Hahah! I should explain that by ‘thrown together’ I mean I reached into my costume closet, stole items from a few different costumes, and wound up with Emma Frost. The bodysuit, gloves, and cape are from Ghost (which, whenever I wore at a convention, I would get people calling me Emma already…despite being brunette with guns), the wig is from Ms. Marvel, and the belt is from Rogue.

I LOVE THE DODSONS’ WORK.

americancomicon:

Power.
Dragon*Con. Atlanta. 2009. Marriott Marquis: Imperial Ballroom Lobby.
KaraPlay Performed by Cosplay Genius *Belle Chere*!

'Cosplay Genius'
You said it, not me!
I’m looking forward to Kara-ing it up again this Sunday at NYCC. This time, Ame-Comi style! Alongside Rufflebutt Cosplay, to boot!

americancomicon:

Power.

Dragon*Con. Atlanta. 2009. Marriott Marquis: Imperial Ballroom Lobby.

KaraPlay Performed by Cosplay Genius *Belle Chere*!

'Cosplay Genius'

You said it, not me!

I’m looking forward to Kara-ing it up again this Sunday at NYCC. This time, Ame-Comi style! Alongside Rufflebutt Cosplay, to boot!