Azula Cosplay: Pants

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Continuing my recent kick of cosplaying antagonists, I’ve started working on Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender (specifically her season 3 outfit). Though Azula is clearly a villain, there’s a lot I admire about or identify in her. She’s talented, hardworking and (mostly) confident. She knows what she wants and will go after it with single focus.

Another reason I’ve wanted to cosplay her is because of her martial arts prowess. I study kung fu, and though I’m only a beginner, I thought it would be fun to bring together two things I’m passionate about: costumes and kung fu.

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Envy Cosplay: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: Postmortem

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Envy was the perfect character to cosplay in a short amount of time. With only a few elements and a forgiving fabric, this project was a lot of fun. I wore the final outfit at C2E2 2018, which took place in Chicago in April. Here’s a look back at the whole process of making and wearing the costume, the things I’d do again, and the steps I’d change if I did it over:

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Envy Cosplay: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: Shirt

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For those of you wondering where I’ve been the last few months, I took a cosplay hiatus to apply to grad school. All of that is done now, so I can turn my attention back to cosplay. In the short amount of time I had between finishing grad school applications and C2E2 (which took place April 6-8), I was able to squeeze in a simple cosplay. Here’s my journey on Envy from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.

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Cersei Coronation Cosplay Postmortem

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I completed my Cersei coronation gown cosplay about six months ago now, so this is a pretty late postmortem. However, despite all of the time that’s passed, I do still feel proud of the work I did. This has been my most ambitious sewing project yet, and despite the final gown’s flaws, it’s functional and mostly screen accurate.

Here are the thoughts that have marinated in my head over the past six months:

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Cersei Coronation Cosplay: The Pauldrons

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In the season six finale of “Game of Thrones,” Cersei wears two dresses that have the same pattern. The first is her dress when she blows up the sept – it’s made of solid black leather and has epaulettes. The second is her coronation dress, which is made of perforated black leather with pauldrons. I’ve been working on the second dress.

Figuring out how to make the pauldrons admittedly took me longer than I thought, and I messed up a lot. From failed paper patterns to trying Worbla with and without foam, nothing I did seemed to give me the look I wanted. That is, until I finally figured it out. Here’s how I ultimately made the pauldrons:

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