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. :/
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/d4u52dhfav.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. 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 8D (Yay, free! ) 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 ). 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.
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
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?
(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) )
No, but seriously... I just... why would they erase her? Why? She was so amazing in every single way. Her 73-issue run was wildly successful. Her blatant mistreatment was the cause for major fan outcry. Really, it's like they're trying to hurt female fans more than they're trying to make money or something.)
Augh yes! And before the new52, I believe her newest appearance was in Gates of Gotham... And even so, I felt like they forgot about what Cassandra is really like. D; Her character in the No Man's Land arc, and her Batgirl run had so much personality and heart. In her last appearances, she ended up being a stereotypical, flat "ninja chick." That's my opinion at least.
/sigh People often forget that Cass smiles too. ._. )
Wow, that's really, really informative! I might use one or more of these tips for my (Rule 63, lol) Black Bat costume (I did buy tabi, though, as I wasn't fussed with the material used. My calf muscles are almost too big to fasten all the clips, though ^^").