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Riley Costume Outline

March 3, 2013

As with Cynthia and Looker, I’m making a costume outline for Riley.

For the record: on materials and bases, we spent roughly $35-40.

The rest will be time and effort.

First we will break down the costume into various parts, the same way I always do.

Riley's official artwork. I forgot to include it in the previous post.

Riley’s official artwork. I forgot to include it in the previous post.

For Riley, I broke it down like this:

-Hat

-Hair

-Shirt

-Pants

-Suit Coat

-Shoes

-Necklace

For his Hat, he has a wide-brim blue hat with spikes in the back. It’s a “true blue” with a black ring around it. I felt it was best to pursue a fedora for this. Fedoras have a fancy look to them. We found a black fedora at Hobby Lobby, along with some blue spray paint. We were hoping to get fabric paint, but we felt it wouldn’t have worked out as well. We read the backs of several brands of spray paint, and found one that says it works on fabric. I used black Sharpie to plan the spikes, then cut the spikes out with a pair of fabric shears. The spray paint SHOULD cover up where the fabric and cardboard meet.

Black fedora: $8.99

Black fedora: $8.99

I cut the spikes with fabric shears.

I cut the spikes with fabric shears.

Spikes

Spikes

Blue spray paint for Riley's hat.

Blue spray paint for Riley’s hat.

For Riley’s Hair, we will be getting foaming hair mousse. It lasts longer than hairspray and allows you to shape the hair. Foaming mousse is less sticky and messy than gel.

Spiky hair.

Spiky hair.

The Shirt he wears is a very simple black turtleneck. For this, we went to Goodwill. After having Shihan try on a million and one black turtlenecks, we found one that the three of us could agree on. The shirt was marked at $4.99.

The turtleneck.

The turtleneck.

Riley’s Pants are dress pants that are black, brown, or ash gray in color. We found a pair of pants that fit that looked good enough with the shirt. We went with the ash gray color in this case, as the coloring in the official art was hard to distinguish. These were 1/2 off at Goodwill, so they were marked $2.50.

The dress pants.

The dress pants.

The Suit Coat for Riley, like Cynthia’s coat, has to be broken into multiple parts.

BASE

FLAPS

and BUTTONS

The BASE is the blue suit jacket. Like the hat, it is a “true blue”. I was reluctant to get the jacket we did, because the blue was darker than I’d wanted it to be. But it was the only jacket that fit and it was $2.50. This is the part where I say with disdain that we need to make sacrifices sometimes.

The FLAPS are two separate things: the collar and the pockets. We bought another $2.50 suit jacket, this one black. John cut it in half and pinned the collar flaps over the ones on the blue coat. He will eventually be sewing those over the blue. The excess material will be cut away after sewing, and sized to the blue suit coat pockets. John will then sew the flaps onto the pockets.

The BUTTONS are black on Riley’s coat, and we will simply be replacing the buttons on the blue coat with black ones from my grandmother’s sewing supplies. We need three matching black buttons that John will sew on. (In case you didn’t know, John does the sewing… I’m incapable of it.)

The blue suit coat for Riley. It's a darker blue than I hoped for.

The blue suit coat for Riley. It’s a darker blue than I hoped for.

The black coat pinned over the collar.

The black coat pinned over the collar.

Those pockets will have the flaps sewn on to them.

Those pockets will have the flaps sewn on to them.

For his Shoes, Riley has black dress shoes. As a temporary fix, we paid $2.50 for a pair of rubber shoes. Later, Shihan will be getting actual black dress shoes. With black socks, they don’t look bad. He’ll need actual dress shoes if he wants to go to the Formal Ball, otherwise we’d just stick with these.

They look much better on than off, I swear.

They look much better on than off, I swear.

Riley has a gold Necklace. We are considering drawing the necklace on with gold paint marker, then heat setting it into the fabric. Because of the way it looks in the art, I actually think it’s a design on the shirt to begin with. I’d draw out the design on paper and size it to the space before drawing it on the fabric.

Some tools of the trade.

Some tools of the trade.

That’s about it. Very simplified, but most of the costume pieces are partially done so its hard to make this post now.

PS: My next cosplay has been chosen. Mew Lettuce from Tokyo Mew Mew will be done by August, I hope.

G’night!

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