This blog is about the behind-the-scenes aspect of the hobby. The process that makes it happen, tips, tutorials, memorable quotes, and the little moments that make it all worthwhile. Brought to you by mods (Xaynie & ElfGrove) and our cosplaying cohorts.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but you mean Madeline “Maddie” Hatter as in the Ever After High doll line, correct?
I’m afraid you’ve got the wrong cosplayers in so far as having cosplayed Maddie Hatter before. ElfGrove ran into a lovely Hatter cosplayer at Dragon*Con 2013, but neither ElfGrove nor Xaynie have cosplayed the character ourselves.
echoing-artemis has made a post here about how she achieved the skirt, top, and wig. Alternatively, a search on eBay/AliExpress/Google for “blue and purple wig” will turn up some potential candidates that would need cutting and styling but not wefting. I’m not going to link a specific listing as I can’t vouch for the auction-site sellers, read seller reviews before choosing who to purchase from.
As for the gloves and tights, I don’t know myself, but I suspect echoing-artemis, like the skirt, may have painted the dots onto items in the right colors, but it’s certainly worth checking with the cosplayer herself via her ask box. WeLoveColors is a great resource for basic gloves and tights in a variety of colors. Here’s a simple tutorial for painting dots onto your tights. [link] (The same idea should work for the gloves.)
My suggestion is to buy an old flip phone off ebay for under $10. It will have all the key design elements you need: screen, flipping mechanism, keypad, etc. The time you will spend making something that resembles anything that looks like a cell phone is probably better used to just buy an old one and mod it.
Regardless of which phone you choose, you will have to mod it and paint it the correct teal color. Once you decide on which phone you have chosen, please submit another question and I can help you mod it- it’s hard to make modding recommendations until I see what you’re working with. Good luck!
Major disclaimer: The original post is just a copypasted collection of tweets. Reika didn’t write down every single step of the process, there are some repetitions and overall a lot of mentions of the Japanese 100-Yen supermarket chain Daiso. You can find several Daiso Internationals in America (mostly in Northern California) but for those who don’t have access to those handy stores, try Walmart or general hobby stores!
If you have any questions you consider asking me, please read this first.
Since it’s already spread over twitter, I’ll just leave the copypasta containing all of my tweets over here~.
■I will add a PS at the bottom.
But first of all, pictures of the finished product.
Some minor adjustments and fine-tuning might be necessary, but this is more or less how it is.
Now some pictures while having it equipped.
Also some photos after I did various adjustments here and there. This one’s the most recent status （＾ⅴ＾）
For our followers who have been requesting a 3DMG Tutorial. This is one of the best ones out there!
You’re not a bother at all! A large part of what we do here is try to offer cosplay tips, information, and advice. We’re happy to help.
Aww. I love Syo. I’ve cosplayed a version of him myself! He’s going to be a bit easier than some options out there specifically because he is pretty covered up and likes to wear layers most of the time. His tendency towards jackets and open vests help to disguise your natural curves and thusly does not require you to bind as tightly!
The main thing to remember with binding for crossplay is to remain aware of your comfort level. Many binding methods aren’t really meant to be worn for much more than a couple of hours at a time (let’s say 4 max). Binding methods that are safer for longer amounts of time still tend to max out most people’s safety and comfort range around 8 or 9 hours. If you start hurting or are having difficulty breathing, it is time to take the binder off. No ifs, ands, or buts. Everyone who matters would much rather see you doing a female version of a male cosplay than in pain or passing out. Never bind for more than 8-12 hours even with a high quality binding method.
Methods are below the cut.