Cosplayer Luluko > Costume of Sticky Wipplesnit (Wreck-It Ralph)
About this Costume
- Construction Details:
This is one of those costumes that was supposed to be easy to throw together AND THEN WASN'T. hence I classified this as a "difficult" costume since it ended up being such a huge pain in the ass.
I had planned to dye a jacket that I had purchased when I first started cosplaying. After researching several methods of dyeing spandex/polyester and running into several roadblocks (dye I needed not being available, too expensive to buy online, etc) I attempted to dye it with three quarts of rubbing alcohol and an entire bottle of Speedball acrylic ink. It sort of worked - but it didn't dye evenly. When I first planned this cosplay I periodically checked to see if Old Navy had cheap hoodies in the color I wanted - since I had a gift card left over from Christmas. When I determined the dye experiment to be a failure, I checked their website one last time to see if they had anything - lo and behold, they did, and I was saved the trouble of making one. Though I probably could have made one in the time it took me to seam-rip the Old Navy logo off the front, good lord. The stripes were made with leftover white knit from Nero and Ultrahold Heat N Bond (soon some fabric glue too I'm sure).
NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT THE SKIRT. I wanted to use organza to imitate the candy-wrapper look of the skirt and head bow. I went to SAS - without references!!!! - saw two colors, one that was perfect and one that was way too dark. GUESS WHICH ONE I WENT HOME WITH!! I tried to convince myself that the darker color would be okay but no I love accuracy too much. I took my sweet time going back to SAS to pick up that perfectly colored cheap organza AND I GUESS SOMEONE HAD A WEDDING AND THEY NEEDED AN ENTIRE BOLT OF TURQUOISE ORGANZA. Fortunately Joann's had an equally acceptable color but the price was not nearly as wonderful. I used 3/4'' horsehair braid in the hem to give it extra poof and it has an elastic waistband. I'm not sure I recommend either of these things - I think 1'' horsehair would have given me a better result, and more importantly, I should have added pleats around the waistband and not used elastic to keep the ruffles more controlled. I thought I wanted a more organic look, but it ends up looking kind of awkward.
Anyway, when actually making the skirt I doubled up on the organza so that the color was more vibrant and the skirt less see-through. The brown trim was done with organza ribbon that I thankfully ended up buying way too much of because I also had to double up on it so it looked the correct color against the turquoise. The head bow and sleeve ruffles were obviously made out of the same materials. 3/4'' horsehair braid was added to the hems of the skirt and sleeve ruffles. All of these were patterned by myself.
Fortunately I saved some scratch making the leg warmers which I patterned myself. The pink poplin was leftover from a costume I've still yet to finish, and the turquoise knit was remnants from making Star Date Sheryl centuries ago. The teal "rick rack" I made myself by tracing an image of actual rick rack onto the back of - YOU GUESSED IT - Ultrahold Heat N Bond, then using my soldering iron to cut them out/seal the edges.
The tights are from We Love Colors and were thankfully almost exactly the right color.
- Personal Thoughts:
- Sticky is more or less a re-color of Minty Zaki though I suppose technically they are different characters. I chose her design because DUH POOFY SKIRT AND GIANT HEAD BOW but also because that shade of teal is one of my favorite colors to wear. Also, already had the wig. 8D
I don't normally like cosplaying background characters or characters that aren't given personality or development, but Anti Ai Chan wanted a Sugar Rush group since the day the movie came out and this design jumped out at me in particular. Because poofy skirt and giant head bow and teal.
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