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Sparky Sparky Boom Lady

Michael MacWolff

Well, we're just going to keep the finished projects moving right along with this full costume of P'li from the Legend of Korra. Ok, well, we'll wrap up this string of finished projects because this is the last one I have done and won't be finishing anything new for a while, though I am starting a few new projects. Let's jump right in with some photos, cause the production was pretty simple and mostly sewing stuff so nothing you want to hear me blather on about anyway.

I started with a rib-knit sweater from the thrift store. Then the part that goes over that is just a red knit that I made the little tube-top out of. The gold trim was the trickiest part since I hand-stitched it on. It's not stretchy like the knit fabric so I couldn't really machine sew it or I'd never be able to put the thing on.

Next up are the pants and shoes! The trick with the pants was finding something dark red that wasn't too close to the color of the tube top, since the panel that hangs down in front is the same material. Needless to say, Joann's was entirely unhelpful on that front since there are about 3 standard colors of red and I didn't want to use anything obnoxiously bright. Thankfully, I came across an awesome maroon set of satin curtains, and turned them into pants.

For the shoes, I was trying to thrift a pair of boots, but was wholly unsuccessful in that endeavor. So instead, I took an old pair of cloth kung-fu shoes (which I used for Tenzin the first time I wore him), and attached a boot cover in a manner similar to this tutorial, just without covering the sole, since it was cloth so I could just attach the base directly to it. The gold bits were added after the fact, and the parts around my ankles are sew on one end, and velcro to themselves around.

Here's a little test with the last two fabric parts, the arm... things... which are just sleeves made from 4-way stretch rayon/spandex knit in black. Then the belt thing, which has the front panel attached. The belt velcros together in the back, and the brighter cold details are attached to it. I used the super heavy duty craft interfacing and appliqued on the gold satin to get the intricate design. Then I very carefully cut away the fabric outsize the zig-zag stitch. If I was being super anal about it, I would have then gone back and redone all of the outside edges with another zig-zag stitch to keep everything clean and contained but I was a lazy bum instead.

Now we're onto the shoulder pauldrons! They're craft foam covered with worbla, using sets of D-rings and straps to keep them on my shoulders. It would have been nice to have some sort of harness underneath to actually keep them on my shoulders instead of just hanging out on my upper arms but I had no easy way of doing it where it would be hidden.

Next up is the wig, which needs some love before I wear this costume again. I spent a good 2 hours trying to french braid it and finally after swearing so much my mouth dried out, I just did a normal braid with the front part slicked directly back over a little mound of black tissue paper (to give it a bit of extra volume).

Con day finally came and I clearly need some new makeup because contouring and doing her forehead tattoo were a pain in the ass, but all things considered I think my face came out pretty well.

So now the moment you've all been waiting for...

What, that wasn't what you were waiting for? Ok, I guess you can see the whole costume put together.

So yeah, I made that ridiculous face a lot. I even got the only other Legend of Korra cosplayer I saw all weekend to do it too.

Thankfully after spending the whole day looking furious/constipated, I got to unwind with a glass of wine. Needless to say, these are the best photos I have of P'li.

So yeah, I had tons of fun in this cosplay so I am super pumped for when my friends finish their Red Lotus cosplay so we can have a good group.

Anyway, that's all for now, hope you enjoyed the show!