We’re bringing you another Cosplay Cover Spotlight! Next up is a Yashuntafun, who is on Spider-Woman #1 Cosplay Variant, on sale now.
Born and raised in Florida, Megan lives and works in Atlanta, the home of a very large cosplay and costuming community. Thanks to a friend, Megan discovered cosplay in 2003 and has been cosplaying for over 12yrs.
We asked Megan to walk us through the process of making a her Spider-Woman costume!
The first thing I do when tackling a new costume is gather as many reference photos as I can get. From there you can decide if you want to put your own spin on it, but in this case, I was trying to be as accurate as possible. So, for “research purposes”, I sat down and read all the newer Spider-Woman comics.
The second step, and sometimes the most challenging for me, is finding the appropriate fabrics. I like to pay close attention to textures, weight for draping purposes, and shades or color. It’s not always easy to find exactly what you are looking for. Though Spider-Woman no longer wears her spandex suit, her new jacket is still rather form fitting, so I knew I wanted to use thicker knit materials. I ended up finding some thick moleskin spandex, but I did have to use polyester dye to get it to the deep red color I wanted. For the sleeves of the jacket, I used neoprene.
The jacket was the most challenging part of the costume. I searched, but was unable to find any ready-made asymmetrical jacket patterns. Therefore I had to go through my stockpile of scrap spandex to make multiple mock-ups until I had the design exactly how I wanted it. Making mock-ups is always a lengthy process, but it keeps you from wasting your good fabrics, so it’s worth the effort.
My friend and spandex expert, Twinklebat/Mary, gave me a few pointers on how to make the emblem on the front of the jacket. I made the spider parts out of a stretch material, but backed them in wonder-under, which I then ironed in place. Carefully, I sewed a small zigzag stitch around all the edges of the design. This allowed the emblem to stretch as the top stretched while it was being worn.
When it comes to making boots and
gloves for cosplay, I have two words for you: leather paint! Leather paint sticks to leather or vinyl type materials without being tacky and stretches, rather than cracking. This discovery saved me so much time with my cosplays! Rather than making Spider-Woman’s gloves and boots from scratch, I was able to purchase pre-made items, and with a little modification and a few layers of paint, have completely custom costume pieces.
The glasses are definitely one of my favorite parts of this costume. I bought a pair of sunglasses with yellow lenses and then built off of that. I first made the patterns out of craft foam before making the final pieces out of a thermoplastic called worbla. I used a heat gun to gently shape the pieces until they matched the curve of the glasses. After a paint job, I glued the worbla pieces to the glasses and my disguise was complete.
When not working on Cosplay, you can find Megan logging long hours playing video games or lost in a fantasy novel.
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Photographs provided by Judy Stephens and Yashuntafun.