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Don't mind this journal entry, I'm mainly typing this up to reference to when I upload some good photo's after Fan Expo on Saturday. :)

My main references for Cass' Black Bat were from Red Robin 25 static.tumblr.com/yl0t4fw/j7Om… (Can we just have more stories of Cass and Tim working together please? You know... if DC ever actually BRINGS CASS BACK?) and Gates of Gotham.

I'm planning to do Cass' Batgirl outfit as well (I'm so excited!), but my sewing skills are really lacking, and so I wanted to practice by sewing Black Bat first (easier, in my opinion).

Alright!
So here are some details on the costume:

Wig:
I've actually been trying to grow my hair out, since I've always had it at shoulder length or shorter, so I decided against cutting my hair for this.
Also, I prefer using wigs whenever I cosplay.
I pretty much just bought a simple black wig, and cut and styled it.
At the moment, I have to restyle it, as I'm unsatisfied with how it looks. :/

Mask:

Version 1: fav.me/d4uctkp
Made from plaster.
After applying vaseline on my face, I started putting the plaster bandages on my face and laying out the general shape of the mask.
After that was done and dried, I took it off my face and cut and sanded it to a more refined shape (I think I'll be redoing the mask for the future though. It's still really bumpy. :/ And rather heavy).
Sprayed it with primer, then painted over with black paint.
I'm attaching it with string and spirit gum.
Version 2: fav.me/d4y9ily
After wearing version 1 to Fan Expo, I realized it was far too heavy.
So I made a second mask that was lighter, and also smoother.
I went to a local craft store and bought a pre-made, full-faced mask. I then cut it to the shape I wanted, and used a blow-dryer to soften and bend the "ears" of the mask up.
After, I painted it black (spray-painting it would have been ideal, but in all honesty, I was far too lazy to go and buy spray-paint).

Batsuit: fav.me/d4u52dh fav.me/d4wjpys
For the Batsuit, I had bought a pattern for it. Specifically pattern A from Kwik Sew: sewing.patternreview.com/patte…
However, pattern A had a seam going up and down the front, which is not want I wanted since Cass' suit doesn't have a seam down the front. Because of this, I altered the pattern so there would be seams down the sides, and down the back for the zipper.
For the bat symbol, I printed out one of the symbols from here: laughingsquid.com/wp-content/u… and used it as a template to cut the out the symbol for my suit.
Didn't use an invisible zipper because they didn't have the right length I wanted. :P
Just used a normal zipper.

Cape:
Haha, really simple. :'D Most stress-free thing I had to sew!
Because the cape bunches up around the neck like a scarf, that's what I did. However, it doesn't connect in the centre.
I added in a hook (hidden) so I can take the cape off quickly if need be.
Cutting the ends to be spikey was fun too. :)

Gloves: fav.me/d4wjpka
Used the same fabric as my bodysuit.
I originally used the same fabric as my cape's, but it wasn't as stretchy as I thought. >3>;;;
I got some free fake nails from my close friend Helena :iconiamcharon: 8D (Yay, free! :heart: ) and shaped them to curve more than the square shape they had, and then painted them black (Luckily Superstore had some black nail polish on sale :D ).
I used LePage Pres-Tite contact cement officedepotcacdn.shopvisible.c… to glue the nails onto the gloves.

For the bandages, I'm using random fabric I bought and attaching velcro to the ends because I feel it's faster and easier to hide than attaching with pins. :P

Utility belt: fav.me/d4wjpev
The fabric for the Bat symbol and utility belt are the same.
For the buckle, I printed out another logo from here: laughingsquid.com/wp-content/u… and used it as a template to cut out from my fabric.
The "buckle" attaches to the rest of the belt via two hooks (same as the one I used for my cape).
And the pouches are held closed with velcro (since Cass' belt has no visible buttons).
The pouches are not 100% accurate to Cass' belt - however I do hope to fix this in the future. I'm unfortunately short on time due to final exams conflicting with my schedule. (My last exam is the day before Fan Expo!! D; And I have a late shift at work after that... gotta rush sewing in the few hours I have left before Fan Expo.)

Shoes: euphoriclandings.deviantart.co…
As pointed out by my friends, Cass' shoes are actually Tabi: dragonimpact.com/biz/images/99…
And I would really, really love to buy a pair, I'm worried the fabric wouldn't match my batsuit and it would look awkward. :/
There are leather Tabi that can be ordered online, but they're $80 which is far too expensive for my budget - I also try to not buy leather.
I did, however, consider making my own, but I don't know where to buy the soles for them. :/  I'll keep researching, and hopefully get a solution for this in the future.
At the moment, I'll be making bootcovers to go over some ankle boots I owned (the store ran out of the fabric I used for my batsuit kasjfals;djfa). They're my next best option. The shape of the boots are fitting, and sleek - hopefully don't look too bad from afar, and the wedge heels help in making it look more like leveled shoes, rather than obvious heels.
Still really torn up about the shoes,... hoping I can find a more accurate solution soon. ;_;
-edit- Found instructions on how to make tabi! :) I can make a mold of my foot with pliatex rubber mold! However, I won't have time to do this for Fan Expo, so I'll be using bootcovers for now.

Batarangs:
At the moment, I haven't had time to make them yet since I've been studying for finals.
My plan is to make them out of plaster, then sand and paint them.
Hopefully I'll have time to make them.
Reference: 26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lwz…
--> Working on them, but not sure if they'll be dry by Fan Expo! DX

Video where I talk about the costume, and am wearing it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyYtCs… (I feel really cool wearing a cape.)

Anyway, that's it.
Can't wait for Fan Expo! :)
  • Mood: Lazy
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:icondauntlessbanana:
DauntlessBanana Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Hi, it's my first time cosplaying, and I was wondering if you could give me a bit of advice on the cape? I have no idea how to make the bunched up collar part of the cape, even though I've searched Wiccan's cape which has a fairly similar style around the neck. I was thinking of just cutting a hole in the middle of a circular cloth and putting my head through it and bunching it up with pins, but the pins might be visible, and if someone accidentally stepped on the ends, it would be pretty dangerous. Another option would be just buying a lot of blacj cloth, draping it around myself and getting someone to cut it to suit but it seems too complicated and messy. Any advice? :)
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mj31588 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
What fabric did you use for the bodysuit and where did you get it?
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mj31588 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
What fabric did you use for the body suit and where did you get it?
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:iconeuphoriclandings:
EuphoricLandings Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used a faux leather vinyl spandex fabric that I bought from my local fabric store!

It's kind of like this: www.amazon.com/Solid-Leather-S…
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DaggerPen Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Heya! Mind if I share this over on the OperationBatgirlInc Tumblr? You've got some great stuff put together!
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EuphoricLandings Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, of course! Please do! :heart: 8) Just credit back to me here, or my tumblr [link]

(Love the Operation Batgirl Inc idea! Been following for awhile! 8D )
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DaggerPen Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Done! Thanks a bunch!

(And <3! I'm so glad to hear that. If you do any more posts like this one, feel free to submit us the link! Hope to see you and your gorgeous costumework at NYCC '13!)
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EuphoricLandings Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NP! 8)

(Oh, of course! My fav DC character is Cass, so I have a real beef with DC about how they're treating our Batgirls. ):< Hopefully! If not, my friends and I will get some photo's done locally and post them up. 8) )
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DaggerPen Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
<3!

(Seriously. Cass is so great... I can't believe they'd just summarily toss her aside like this. She's so utterly fantastic. And we look forward to the photos! <3)
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EuphoricLandings Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:

(Oh man, don't I know it! I could go on and on about ranting over how much pain and agony I feel with how DC's treated Cass... but then I'd be blubbering.)
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