The fluffiest, fuzziest, silliest thing I have ever sewn! It took me 9 months from start to finish! Dang! Let’s start with materials.
In the high-res renders of the outfit, the base of the outfit has a broken up, fuzzy texture to it, like a short-pile fur, with the purple trim done in a similar material. In game, this outfit is made from pelts and other parts from a large, furry, monkey-like monster, and I wanted it to look like it could have been constructed from actual monster parts! (haha gross) The main materials of the costume are black upholstery suede for the main body (chosen over regular microsuede for its stiffness), purple microsuede for the bias tape and accents, and different types of fur, suede, and minky for the trims, accents, and puffballs. Yay textures! All the tassels were made with red lace yarn wrapped, tied, and cut to the correct lengths. All bias tape and trim was made from scratch. All the white fur was bought in pure white and colored with copic markers to match the color patterns. The purple fur was made from brushed out yarn.
Let’s start from the top! The hat was patterned from scratch and constructed with a very stiff fusible craft interfacing at its base. The black suede was ironed to the interfacing, with suede bias tape stitched on for the upper and lower trim. The brim of the hat is a piece of craft foam with black suede contact-cemented on, bias tape added, and hand-sewed to the main body.The front emblem (The Eye of Sauron) was made from a piece of yellow minky-like fur, colored with copic markers for the orange gradient and black center. This piece was then hand-sewn into place. The silver ring around the emblem was painted on with a paint marker. The front details are made from shell beads and pompoms bought at Joanns- in-game, the shapes are very consistent, but I imagined the pieces were likely made from teeth or bone fragments, and the shell beads captured that look perfectly! The flowers were made by Heat&Bonding 2 layers of red sateen together (for stiffness and to prevent fraying), gathered at the center to create the petal shape, with a pompom sewn to the center. A tassel was sewn to each flower, then attached to the hat. The top “ponytail puff” is two teardrop-shaped pieces of fur sewn together, stuffed, and attached to the top of the hat. The interior of the hat is lined with red lining fabric I had leftover from a previous costume.
Onto the dress! The top portion of the dress is red sateen, with a gold satin trim. The “teeth” trim on the neckline was done the same way as the trim on the hat. A square of suede was used for the front diamond shape, with a puff and a few beads at the center for added detail. The bottom half of the dress is made from a base of upholstery suede, sewn from several different panels to match the seams on the renders. White suede was handstitched on top to create the white shapes, and was colored with copics and alcohol to create the marbled colors near the top and bottom. The bottom hem is finished with single-fold bias tape. The collar closes at the back of the neck with velcro and two snaps, and the main body closes up the back with an invisible zipper.
The belt and belt loops are made from the same red sateen and gold trim used for the dress. For the flower, I worried it would be difficult to make bias tape that thin and precise, so I opted for a simpler and cleaner solution. The flower at the center is a layer of suede Heat&Bonded to two layers of gold satin sandwiched together. A pompom was handstitched to the center, then the flower was stitched to the belt. The belt closes at the back with velcro.
The gloves are simple gloves sewn from red 2-way stretch pleather I bought on Amazon. I literally have nothing else to say about them. You know you’re in trouble when gloves are the easiest part of your cosplay.
The shoulder pad was made detachable for ease of packing and mobility. It was made with a base of craft foam, with black upholstery suede attached with contact cement. Then, I made bias tape and sewed it all the way around the inner and outer edge. The part closest to the neck incorporates matching purple fur, which was one of the trickiest parts of this outfit to figure out! I could buy white fur and dye it to match the suede, at the risk of the dye running or the colors not matching perfectly. I could buy purple fur and buy suede for the bias tape in matching colors, but ran into the same problem- fur and suede both come in very limited colors, and neither plan was foolproof. Eventually, I settled on buying yarn the same color as my suede trim, and brushing it out to create fur from scratch. A little more time consuming, but it was a perfect color match, and no messy dyeing required! The yarn was cut, slip-knotted, and sewn to the collar, with a little bit of hot glue around the edges to keep it pointing outward instead of gathering around my neck. I opted not to straighten the fur, to give it a more ragged and “wild” look. The yellow emblems on the front and back were done the same way as the “Eye of Sauron”- short yellow fur colored with copics and stitched on. The white flecks were added with paint. The off-the-shoulder fur was made from 2 layers of white plush fur, colored on top with copics to create the stripes. The tassels were made and sewn on to the fur. The whole shoulderpad piece attaches to the coat with a few pieces of industrial velcro.
The coat! Hoo boy the coat. The coat pattern was drafted by me, referencing and measuring in-game turnarounds and matching them to my measurements to make sure everything stayed proportional. I tried to keep it as seam-accurate as possible, with the exception of the horizontal seam across the center (a byproduct of Monster Hunter’s armor pieces system- the top of the coat and bottom of the coat are technically two separate pieces of armor)- I opted for a less accurate, cleaner solution. The base of the coat was done in black upholstery suede, with all inside edges finished with either french seams or a zig-zag stitch (this stuff frays like a monster! (Haha, monster jokes)). The purple designs were all patterned with tracing paper, cut out, and attached with Heat&Bond. After finishing all of the designs, I noticed that the adhesive wasn’t attaching to the suede very well, and opted to satin stitch around all of the designs for durability (and also because satin stitching is pretty). To keep the coat form-fitting around my waist, hips, and chest, hooks and eyes were installed on the inside of the coat and on the front of the dress. This also keeps the coat from falling off my shoulders or billowing open when I walk, to match the in-game look. The lower hem detail was made from seven “blocks” of fur colored with copics, and several tassels, all sewn to the bottom of the coat.
The “gauntlets” on the sleeves were made from craft foam covered in the same black upholstery suede and trimmed with purple suede bias tape. The top cuffs have trim made with brushed yarn fur (to match the shoulderpad), and the bottom cuffs have white plush fur trim, colored with copics. All the “puffs” were made by cutting circles of short fur, gathering them shut, stuffing them with polyfill, and hand-sewing them to the cuffs. Tassels were made and sewn between the fur and the base piece. These pieces were assembled, then attached to the sleeve base.
The boot covers were patterned by wrapping my leg with a trashbag and a lot of masking tape. This was then cut into three pieces and used to make the final pattern. The base shoes are a pair of ankle boots I already own- the heel slips through a hole in the boot cover, and fake shoe soles were added to the bottom front of the boot covers for additional traction. The purple heart details were added the same as the designs on the coat- purple bias tape, Heat&Bond, satin stitching, and determination. The line down the front was satin stitched as well. The top cuffs and ankle cuffs were made the same way as the sleeve cuffs- craft foam covered with suede and bias tape, fur trim colored with copics, tassels sewn to the fur, “puffs” made and stitched to the base, the whole piece attached to the top of the boot cover. Zippers on the back of the leg allow me to insert the shoes and keep the non-stretch fabric form-fitting on my calves. The boot covers are sewn to a pair of dance tights cut off at the knee, to keep them from falling down while I walk around.
The Kirin Glaive prop was made by Sarah and Axel of Lumberjack-Rabbit Cosplay because they are wonderful and generous humans with too much time and witchcraft on their hands.