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.
I’m back with part 2 of Mei’s cosplay breakdown! This time I’ll be sharing her boot process. Part I covers her jacket if you want to check that out!
4 sheets EVA Foam – 1/2″ thickness
1 large roll of thin foam (can be found at Michael’s
2 yards of blue spandex
1/4 yard of red spandex
Leftover fur from Mei’s jacket
Yellow and silver acrylic paint
Honestly, the boots were the last project I started, but the first to finish! I was the most terrified of making these, but I’m very happy with how they turned out. My biggest concern was that I needed to be able to wear my comfortable Clark’s shoes (I’ve fractured my foot twice over 3 years, so supportive footwear only!) and slip into the boots, so the structure was going to be key.
The main structure is all EVA foam – we bought a pack on amazon. Sam really helped with this part :) The bottom base is just an oval, traced over my shoe so there is about 2-3 extra inches of surface area around the sole. It has little raised pieces of foam on the toe and heel where I need to slip my foot in, so when I walk I’m not kicking around in the boot. It’s nice and snug so the shoe doesn’t have any wiggle room. We made a “cage” over the toe of the foot to create the large rounded look of the toes.
The back portion of the boot is the thick EVA Foam, but the entire boot is wrapped with a large sheet of thin craft foam (look for a roll like this). Everything is glued together with hot glue. To cover the toe of the boot, I cut a diamond notch out of the front so it could form around the round end.
Then came the most tedious part of the project, which is covering the boots. I had this great blue spandex fabric, but I didn’t want to just wrap it around the boot – I wanted it to be smooth. So, I ended up covering pieces of foam and sewing the spandex on top. Then I could wrap and glue the foam to the boots. The fabric/foam pieces were layered over a strip of fur, and I added silver buttons for accents.
The silver back piece of the boot is 1/4″ foam that was painted silver and glued to the fabric parts. The last bit of detailing I did was the bottom yellow – it’s worbla that I shaped over pieces of foam, so the bottom of the boots wouldn’t bend at all during the stress of wear. I painted it all yellow with acrylic paints. Then I just glued the fur to the top of the boots.
And voila! I’m extremely proud of these boots; it’s one of the strangest projects I’ve worked on and they came out great. While I am able to slip my foot into the boot, they’re impossible to wear for more than a few yards – they’re clunky and very hot! So I ended up carrying them most of the con and slipping into them for photos :)
I am SO excited to share photos of my Daisy cosplay!! This now officially makes #3 of the Nintendo princesses – I’ve done both Peach and Rosalina in the past :) I went overboard and definitely added a lot of embellishments to this costume.
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I legit used my own Princess Peach tutorial while I made Daisy :P But if you want any detail shots, or specifics on how I made anything, let me know! I would love to help out.
I just wanted to drop in and say I’m still alive!! The PAX cosplay crush, well…crushed me. BUT I don’t have any upcoming costume projects so I’m excited to explore new craft and blog ideas!
In the meantime, did you know today is National Unicorn Day? I didn’t. But it coincides perfectly with Netflix’s new movie Unicorn Store, which I just watched this weekend. Have you seen it? I loved the story that you don’t have to “grow up” once you become an adult.
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!