Thank you very much!
Uhm, I’ll try to break it down for you:
Toga: You might have a problem there as the toga was made from scratch; there is no pattern that I can think of that matches the toga’s fit so I made the pattern my self. It consist of two parts: the top that goes over the shoulder and wraps once around the bodice and the bottom part that reaches down to the knee and wraps half way around the waist and hips. The two parts are joined together and the ‘sleeve’ thing is also another piece which was attached to the toga’s shoulder. That ‘sleeve’ is only layered at the top and it’s pretty much in the shape of a half-circle. The toga can be held close by the belt by it self (that’s what I did the second time around, it didn’t move or anything) or if you want, you can put a button on the inside to make sure that when you close to, it will stay closed.
The red trim was stitched at the end of the toga and the golden designs were painted by hand as there is no way I can even think to find trim that had the exact same design as Pit’s toga. That does it for the sewing part of this cosplay unless you’re wanting to make the shorts and tank top that go underneath.
Wings: I used this tutorial to make the wings, but the way she straps them onto her back isn’t the same way I did it. Mine are held by two straps that clip onto the wire frame of the wings, tightly cross over my chest and clip again at the base of the wing’s frame. It’s actually kinda painful and the wire forces my posture so there’s that to watch out for. You’re also gonna have to bend your wire frames to a different shape than hers to match the shape of Pit’s wings. No worries, though, she has you covered on different shapes. If you have any other questions about the wings, though, you can always come to me if you feel more comfortable. ♥
Knives/Bow These were made from: insulation foam, paper mache, wood, wood glue, acrylic and spray paint and a small copper cylinder. Here’s how it went: The swords can be broken down into three pieces: the blades, the hand guards and the handles. The shape of the blades was drafted onto the insulation foam, cut out, smoothed and ‘sharpened’ with sand paper. (Wear a mask or something when you do this!) Then they were coated in paper mache, BUT and this is very important: when they were set to dry, they were placed under something heavy (they dried in sections) because if you leave them to dry alone, the paper mache will bend the blades! Be sure you have a long while to do this as paper mache takes a very long while to dry completely. But it’ll be hard and your swords will be a lot more resistant.
The hand guards were also made of insulation foam, but instead of just one sheet, they were two. They were cut out first, the hole for the blade was made on one layer and the hole for the handle was made on the other and only after this was done did I glue them together using wood glue; wood glue takes about 24 hours to dry completely, so there’s that… After everything was nice and dry, I sanded the hand guards to make the edges smooth and such and finally I moved onto the handles. The handles are made of wood, just wood… But in reality, one is a lot short than the other, because the shorter one will have the copper cylinder. (This is what allows them to join together and come apart.) I used PCV cement to glue the copper cylinder to the wood (DO THIS OUTSIDE, THE SMELL IS VERY STRONG AND TOXIC!!) and I sanded the opposite handle (the one that is longer) so that the handle could slide into the hollow end of the copper cylinder.
Once this is all done, then you can use wood glue to glue the blades to the hand guards and the handles to the hand guards as well. I recommend doing it one at a time as you’re wanting to make sure that they dry straight. Remember, wood glue takes about 24 hours to dry completely and if they dry crooked, you’ll hate hem. (I know I did)
Everything is assembled now and it’s time for spray paint! Gold to be exact! Spray paint the swords as a whole and then use painter’s tape to make the frame for the blue part. I used acrylic paint for the blue part. Finally, all you need to do is wrap the handles in leather and BAM! Pit’s swords are ready!~
Roman…sandal…boot things…: I started off with a simple pair of Adidas sandals and I drilled a hole through them on the spot between the big toe and the second toe. For everything else that goes on the shoe, I used pleather, faux fur and, velcro and craft foam. The craft foam was cut to fit around my calf perfectly and in the basic shape of the boot, that piece was then coated in pleather, the straps are also pleather and they join at the back. The boots them selves close thanks to a long velcro line at the back and the ‘buckles’ were made of craft foam and painted with acrylic paint. Now, the way the sandals connect to the calf part: remember that hole you drilled through the sandals? well, take a long piece of pleather from the part that goes over you foot and drive it through then secure it underneath the sandal with gorilla tape. Add the faux fur and your boots are done!!
Crown: The crown is made of wire, masking tape, craft foam and acrylic paint. The wire was first cut to fit my head, you should do the same, haha! Then, to give it thickness, I wrapped craft foam around it and secured it with masking tape. The leaves are made of craft foam and they’re cut out in increasing order, they’re also glued to the rest of the crown with hot glue. Lastly, painted with acrylic paint and sealed with mode podge.
Thigh bracelet and arm bracelet: Nothing special here, they’re made out of craft foam and painted with acrylic paint. Again, finisher is mod podge.
Forearm Guards: These are made of craft foam, black fabric and pleather. First, the craft foam was cut to fit around my arm perfectly and to cover the length of my forearm as well. Then, the craft foam was covered in pleather and after, one more layer of craft foam was added at each end, painted gold and finished with modge podge. The black fabric was added to the inside of the guards so that you don’t see too much of my arm in there. The small ‘arrow’ piece that goes over the hand is also made of craft foam, painted with acrylic paint and finished with mod podge. Fabric glue holds it to a half glove that goes only over my hand and tucks into the left fore arm guard.
Shoulder Brooch: This started out as a Styrofoam orb, cut it in half, give it an initial sealing with modge podge then painted it red, added the gold trimming around it that is made out of craft foam and it attached to the shoulder of the toga with a small piece of velcro. Remember to finish it with modge podge so that it ends up with that shinny surface.
Belt, front and back buckles: The belt is made out of pleather, the white lines were added by me—I used fabric paint—and the buckles are made of insulation foam and painted with acrylic paint. Sealed and finished with modge podge. They attach to the belt via velcro as well. Notes: Before adding paint to any form of foam, you must seal it or else the foam will suck up the paint and you’re going to have to spend a lot more paint.
After you’ve painted things, remember to give them a finish with Modge podge so that the paint doesn’t peel off and is protected against minor bumps.
As for the wig, I can tell you that I got it off eBay, I honestly just look for sellers that have the color style that I need and have high ratings. I haven’t been disappointed just yet.
This is quite long, but if there’s anything I missed or not made clear, then don’t hesitate to contact me again.
Sorry to have kept you waiting and Good luck!!