This costume was a huge challenge due to its complexity. Given it's the trickster of the Avengers universe, it's no surprise that I had nightmares of Loki taunting me as I worked to make this costume.
Most of the costume is made of faux leather, but to ensure my client didn't faint from heat exhaustion, I made parts from twill to absorb sweat. The pants are based on a slacks pattern I had on-hand and are lined with cotton twill. They also feature over 1,000 gold studs, hand-installed. The inner shirt is black and green twill with leather strip sleeves. It was based off a Mandarain shirt pattern I also had on-hand, with a V-pattern free-handed in.
The vest is free-handed, with the initial armor-plate and pieced with individually sewn leather strips. The side has about 100 more gold studs. The back is black twill and it all closes with a side zipper. The overcoat, based on a Mandarin coat and sliced into sections to create Loki's trademark look, is black faux leather with green twill lining and gold satin accents. The trim is a gold zipper trim. The epaulets are made of bits of scrap leather.
I had to turn down a lot of commissions and lose a lot of sleep to finish this piece, but I am proud of the results!
The client decided after this was made that she didn't want the costume after all and returned it. If you are 5'2 - 5'5, have measurements near 31-26-37 and $500, I'd be willing to sell this to you! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
While working on two major commissions, I was somehow able to sneak in this one in the space of an afternoon while I waited for supplies to come in.
The vest is made entirely of thick cotton twill and based off a simple winter vest pattern. The original pattern was meant to be layered over a thick sweater or multiple layers of clothes, so I had to take in the princess seams a little to make it more form-fitting to my client.
The logo on back is embroidered, made easy with my new embriodery machine and a five second trek on Google Image Search. The trademark stupidly large zipper was provided by OrgXIII Shop.
Photo Credit: Frost Photography
Ever see something online and instantly know that you have to cosplay it? That was my reaction when I saw Khriztian León's "Lolita Avengers" fanart series. While Iron Man's design was my favorit outfit, Captain America is my favorite Avenger.
The pattern was based off designs out of Gosu Rori, a Japanese Lolita magazine and completely hand-drafted by me. After making a mock-up and tweaking the seams for a better fit, I was ready to create the outfit. This costume was also the inaugural costume on my new combo embroidery/sewing machine, which did all the little details on the jacket and skirt a treat.
The inner blouse is a standard Lolita blouse, without any frills, except for the red lace and ribbon on the collar. The jacket features star buttons and removable lapels for easy attachment of the honor cord. The trademark Captain America shield and Air Force logo are embroidered directly on the jacket.
The skirt is three layers of fabric. The inside is lined with muslin and the underskirt is pieced with alternating red and white rectangles. The overskirt has embroidered stars appliquéd to the skirt. Even the lace on the overskirt has little stars embroidered on it. The red bows on the skirt are hand-knotted and hand-sewed on.
The hat was a cheap costume hat I found on Amazon. I took it apart, took all the stupid decorations off and embriodered the "A" and wings. Then I put it back together and added the trim and star on the front. The boots were another Amazon find, with scrap lace and bows attached.
The gloves and child-sized shield were store-bought. My trusty BFP (big fluffy petticoat), microfiber tights, blonde wig and clip-on pigtails complete the costume.
Kat "Tigress" Ingersoll is a semi-professional tailor and operates out of her home near Elon University in North Carolina. A self-taught tailor, she started sewing at 10 years old by cutting up old clothes to design custom outfits for her dolls. She started attending conventions in 2005 and people liked her designs so much that they offered to pay for commissioned costumes. |
In January 2008, Kat officially started Kat's Play, offering custom costumes, patterns and original designs. Since then, she's amassed several clients -- both domestic and abroad -- and won many awards for her costumes and original designs. She also offers her services as a guest panelist, offering her observations on cosplay, mass media and nerd culture.
Outside of costuming, Kat has a "real" job in IT and plays Magic: the Gathering semi-competitively. She is a 2nd dan in tae kwon do, with over 20 years of training. Her husband, Chris, tolerates her obsessions and sometimes encourages them. She is also owned by two calicos, Alice and Fiona.