I am making an Erza Scarlet cosplay outfit.
This is Erza:
She's a wizard from the anime Fairy Tail. A character who is motivated by loyalty and the desire to defend her friends. She doesn't take any nonsense, taking everything seriously whether that's saving the world, winning a race or getting a picnic exactly right. I recommend watching the show if you are looking for an anime to start.
So as you can see from the picture there is a whole lot of stuff to make there!
I've been working on the main chest piece for most of the time. There was a slow beginning and I had to do a lot of maths (ugh) and measurements to get it right for my chest. But now it's all cutting and gluing and fun stuff. I've just about done with the breast plate and am super excited for the painting stage. My problem is that I am just too impatient!
So what do I have so far?
1. Shoes. I'm actually going to use platform black canvas shoes with knee length black socks. This is because comicon is roasting hot and I don't want to bake my legs or buy shoes I won't wear agani .
2. Wig. I bought a specific Erza wig which has already arrived.
3. Pauldrons. Shoulder pieces are made! But need to be painted.
|Making initial measurements.|
|Curve number 1 glued in place|
4. Breast plate. Almost all done except for the neck, and then painting.
|It fastens with a zip!|
|Basic body shape before extras|
|Making a paper template for the neck piece|
|And now! A little bit of detailing, and putting those pauldrons on!|
|Pauldrons are attached with split pins so I'll be able to move my arms about. Always useful!|
Yeah so, quite a lot. That would be the sword, gauntlets and little winged elbows. Plus her diamond earrings. But I am confident it's going to get done! Comicon is 23rd May so I'm going to have to keep working hard.
In case you think that I am incredibly clever to have come up with how to make all this, I am not. Yes, I made it and did the measurements, but I am actually following a tutorial I found online!
I'd decided to go for Erza from that start but Google found me this amazing girl who had made it all before AND put up every single bit of instructions online.
I'm sure mine will turn out a little different, just through having different materials available but the girl below is basically what I am aiming for:
SIMCAT on DeviantArt. The instructions written by the model are all available on her page on Inustructables.
Have you ever made armour like this? Got an tips?