Kyla Is Inspired | Illustration, cosplay, and general geekiness
Hi there! I'm Kyla, a designer by day and blogger & cosplayer by night. Sometimes I like to be a magical girl. You’ll find here my own cosplay photoshoots and progress photos, con snapshots, and the occasional cosplay showcase.
OMG am I back with another geeky cocktail? You bet I am! To stick in the theme of previous drinks, this falls in line with Overwatch’s brand new Paris Map!
This cocktail uses two french liquors: Champagne and Chambord, a raspberry liqueur from the Loire Valley of France. I remember when I first heard this ordered out; I immediately had to try it myself! It’s kind of a classic for me. Pair these together for one very french cocktail to cheers the new Overwatch map!
You will need:
Raspberries for garnish
For this drink, fill your champagne flute about 3/4 of the way full. Add 1/2 shot of cranberry juice and about a teaspoon of the Chambord (any more and the drink will be too sweet!) Top with a few raspberries, and enjoy!
As always, if you make this drink, let me know! I’d love to hear or see how it turned out. And let me know if you’ve been playing the new Paris map! Do you love it?
Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to document my progress of creating Eco Point Mei, my newest costume, before I debut her at PAX East 2019. This post will be in 3 (or 4) parts: jacket, tank & gun, boots, accessories. Here’s part 1!
I’m not good at creating patterns from scratch, so I used Simplicity 1759 as a start. Using wrapping paper with a grid, I traced out the existing pattern into a larger, boxy fit. The grid was key for me to trace out what would become the leather parts, making sure they lined up evenly. I created a mock-up using muslin to make sure my pattern lined up…and it did! I was shocked I didn’t have to create it twice. I left plenty of room for seam allowance.
The jacket has 4 components:
Fashion Fabric – “wrong side” of red satin (bought 4 yards, had extra)
To start, I cut the out all of the main pieces of red fabric, in the fashion fabric, lining, and batting.
I laid down all 3 layers of the jacket at once (which in hindsight could have been a mistake, see how messy the inside was below). I sewed together any edges that would be showing; the bottom, and front seams, mostly so the layers would hold together. To “quilt” the pieces, I drew my sections in chalk (I think the squares were 4″).
For the leather pieces, I drew the pattern on the back (diamonds instead of squares) and sewed them using a light tan color thread for contrast. To attach the pieces to the red fabric, I folded down each edge and carefully sewed it down.
The sleeves followed the same process as the jacket, except on one arm I added an overwatch patch and painted on “ECOPOINT”. The sleeves were a pain in the butt to attach…too many layers! D:
The hood is a completely separate entity and isn’t attached to the jacket. There’s no batting in this; just a thick interfacing to give the hood some structure. I actually used my Shinoa hood as a template for this pattern. The fur was then hand-stitched on.
The last component was the zipper; I used a 26″ separating zipper, though it’s really more for show since Mei’s jacket is kind of folded over and held in place with a belt.
Let me know if you have any specific questions about this! Part 2 will be coming shortly…I just have to finish the props first! :)
I’m really, really backlogged for sharing my costumes from last year, so here’s Palanquin Dva, completed for PAX East back in March 2018!
This costume was tricky; DVa is Korean, so I spent a lot of time researching how to create her hanbok (traditional Korean dress). I spent a lot of time filming the creation of this costume, but…I never got around to editing the footage :/ I’ll share what I have for progress photos and hope they help!
I will say the star for this entire costume was the upholstery fabric I fount at my local fabric store for $4/yard…it had multiple colored stripes on the back already in a unique pattern so I didn’t have to purchase multiple colors of fabric. It’s definitely worth foraging through bins of fabric at places other than Jo-Anns to find materials!
If you have any questions at all about how I made this costume, please feel free to ask! I’ll do my best to help :) Otherwise, click below for more info!
The bodice of the dress is dark purple and the skirt is bright pink, both Jo-Ann’s casa collection. For the pattern on the skirt, I created a rubber stamp pattern and stamped on some light pink paint. I outlined each of the stamps in gold puff paint.
I bought a raw 3d print of her gun on etsy that came in 3 parts. They’re epoxy-ed together, sanded, primed silver, and painted in acrylic. I can’t find the original listing but there are lots of options if you search.
For Dva’s head piece and pin I sketched the ideas out and cut them out of layered foam. I covered them in a layer of worbla, but I think if you wanted to seal the foam instead, worbla wouldn’t be necessary. I had fun picking out decorative beads for her headpiece, and picked up cheap embroidery thread for the pin.
Can you believe that 2018 is nearly over? Once again, I find myself looking back at what I created this year, and feeling proud of what I accomplished. I made 9 costumes in 2017 and I said this year would make less, but I still ended up with 7!
This was a Big Year for me – McCree was definitely my most involved costume yet, and I went more detailed than ever with my Anna and Snow White. Plus, I’ve never done a bathing suit costume before, so Lifeguard McCree definitely took me out of my comfort zone!
I’m hoping that next year I can focus more on my blog and back fill some of these costumes that I never got around to posting about! I’m also hoping to do more tutorial posts for some future cosplays I have planned.
What are you most proud of that you’ve made this year?
If you’ve been following my instagram & stories , you’ll know I’ve been working on the Snow White designer doll costume…when I first saw this costume when it was released, I knew I wanted to make it.
This is definitely the most glamorous costume I’ve made, but I enjoyed the challenge! I want to get a longer wig and style it properly before wearing her again.
The dress was made splicing 2 patterns together; Simplicity 1607 for the bodice and Simplicity 2442 for the skirt. I knew I wanted a train in the back, so I taped some paper to the back 2 panels of the skirt pattern to add about 18″ of length at the very back, and tapered it up to reach the length of the original pattern.
The sleeves are flutter sleeves! Basically, you take an existing sleeve pattern and cut upwards towards the top. Then you fan out the strips and create a new, wider pattern by drawing around the old pattern.
The red shapes were added using heat n’ bond, and I stitched around them.
I used the same pattern for the train as I did the dress, and used 3 panels of it (back and 2 sides) so it would flow on top of the dress. It’s double-sided red satin and pressed at the sides. I used 10mm rhinestones up the sides and on the seams, and filled in with 5mm.
For the wrap, I used fur left over from by Belle costume for one side, and the cream satin for the other. It’s a simple rectangle, and I added some of the 10mm rhinestones on the fur side for sparkle (which unfortunately you can’t really see…).
Do you collect Disney Designer Dolls? I didn’t know much about them before seeing this Snow White doll, but now I’m really interested!
Have any of you played Mario Odyssey?? I sadly don’t have a Switch (or plan on purchasing one) but that doesn’t stop me from loving all of Peach’s new outfits! One of my favorites is her cute travel skirt/blouse/hat combo, which of course I had to make :)
I think I had the most fun eating these delicious Knead Donuts!
This costume is mostly a closet cosplay, but details are below! I had all the fabric I needed for the skirt and scarf already, which made the idea of this costume appeal to me all the more.
I bought this hat on amazon and sewed some leftover pink belt fabric as trim.
I sewed this by creating a really long rectangular shape with angled edges. I dipped the end of a pencil in white fabric paint to create the polka dot pattern.
I 3d printed the gem and painted it pink. I added glitter into the clear top coat, and added white shading on the edges for a bit of a cartoon look. It just pins onto the skirt.
I used my favorite skirt pattern, Simplicity 1369 as the base but added in 2 extra panels for volume. The waistband is in a contrasting color and there’s a petticoat underneath to make the volume show.
These aren’t entirely accurate to what Peach wears (she wears white heels), but they’re my go-to comfy and foot-friendly Clark’s wedges :)
This is my third Peach wig! :) I used Luthien Classic from Arda in Light Blonde as my base. The bangs were sectioned into three parts to mimic her front and 2 side pieces. The front of the bangs were teased up and smoothed down, cut to shape into a point. Her bangs are almost heart-shaped, so I tried to keep that in mind. The two side pieces were curved towards her head and also made into points. I used lots of hairspray to keep them all together!
This is my original mushroom from years ago, and I made a tutorial!
I can’t wait to make other Peach outfits from Mario Odyssey. Which of her new looks is your favorite?
Last week I had a mini Disney vacation, and visited Magic Kingdom and Epcot! I thought I’d share a more personal post, since I’ve been lacking in those. I wanted to feature highlights of each park, starting with Magic Kingdom!
First off, I had to wear the perfect outfit. Am I really a blogger if I didn’t? :P I went with a Rapunzel theme after seeing this dress.
I also went on a hunt for the magical #PurpleWall, and snagged a few outfit photos there. I have to say, this is my favorite Disney wall I saw on my entire trip!
We ate a lot of snacks, and Skowalz managed to take a “BITE” series of photos…and of course, because I wanted as many instagram-worthy photos, I had to try the Dole Whip (which was surprisingly really tasty!)
My 2 favorite rides at Magic Kingdom are Thunder Mountain and the Teacups :) I got to ride both! I really wanted to try out the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster, but the wait was too long :( Next time, hopefully…
I have also done Splash Mountain and Space Mountain in previous visits, but I am terrified of both. I just don’t feel safe! And after riding Space Mountain last year, I was extremely stressed and anxious. I can’t be the only one scared to ride these, right?? Which rides are your favorite?
I really wanted to get this post up before the Overwatch Summer Games ended, and I did! \o/
I started Lifeguard McCree earlier in the summer as a fun little project since I had most of the materials needed to complete this.
Also – the hat was so small, it wouldn’t stay on my head! That’s why in all of these, I had to hold the hat on so it wouldn’t blow away ^^
To be honest, I followed my own McCree arm tutorial that I made for McCree earlier this year! The only difference was I added an extra piece of arm to go above the elbow, and used different shapes and colors for the finishing. The rest of the process followed my tutorial.
I used my 3D printer to print the gun. I found a free McCree peacekeeper file and used Tinkercad to add in the text of “Desert Seagull” and “Guard”. The whole thing was 10 pieces that I epoxy-ed together. I used joint compound to fill and sand down the seams. It’s primed and painted glossy red, and all the details are acrylic.
The SAMF buckle was modeled by me in Tinkercad and 3D printed. I primed and painted it in acrylic.
The belt itself is a long piece of 1/4mm EVA foam (found at craft stores) that’s covered in a piece of scrap red fabric I had. The foam gives it structure without it being stiff. I sewed Yaya Han’s black stretch vinyl over the ends using a zig zag stitch.
The backpack is a simple rectangle of red with a black border at the bottom. It’s sewn together at the sides and bottom, and I added a simple flap that velcros closed. The “cross” is ironed on using heat n’ bond.
Honestly, I was a bit intimidated to share these photos since I don’t ever really share anything of me in a bathing suit, but it’s summer and I really like this costume :) McCree isn’t my favorite summer skin (I LOVE DVa and Roadhog!) but I do love McCree! Which of the summer games skins is your favorite?