|Cosplayer||Cookie Cat Creations|
|Character||Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls|
|Hours spent making this cosplay||I spent a month working on this cosplay|
|Total cost involved in making this cosplay||I’m not sure of the exact cost, but I would estimate that it cost around R 500. I already had most of the materials so that helped me to save on costs.|
Info for the Costume
It’s highly detailed cosplay of Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls (TV show)
I made this costume because……
I love this character because she is funny, silly and doesn’t care what others think of her. Her love for arts and crafts and all things shinny is also something that we share in common. I also love the show that she comes from, Gravity Falls. It was this love for the character and the show that drove me to cosplay as her.
I really wanted to enter this cosplay into a competition, but I found that her outfit looked kind of simple. This is why I went out of my way to make it look as accurate as possible and to add more elements to it. This meant that I added in props, such as a grappling hook and a pig plushy which feature in the show. I also made sure to make my own fake braces because they form such a crucial part of the character.
I had to break down my cosplay into different parts, there was the…
- Pink Jumper
- Purple Skirt
- Pumps and Socks
- Fake Braces
- Pink Headband
- Waddles Plushy
- Grappling Hook
Once I knew what I needed to do I started with the outfit itself. This was so that if I ran into trouble with my props my initial cosplay would already be complete. Then I had to plan on how to make my fake braces. After looking online for tutorials I found a way that used thermoplastic, fake nails, earring butterflies, superglue and wire. Once I finished with the outfit and braces I got started on the grappling hook and Waddles plushy. Towards the end I made time to make my own portfolio titled “Mabel’s Guide To Mabel.” This was based off of the short episodes from the show. This was to show the processes I used in making the cosplay as well as to show how well I knew the character to the judges.
- Hand stitching
- Pattern making
- Working with foam
- Using a heat gun on thermoplastic.
Did you have to learn any new techniques in order to make this costume?
Before Waddles, the pig plushy, I had never made a plushy before. This meant that I had to learn how to make my own plushy pattern. This was not an easy task, there were no patterns online so I had to make a couple of prototypes. It was harder than I thought it would be, but eventually I found one that I liked.
I also had to learn how to work with thermoplastic. This was so that I could make my fake braces. I had to make a mould of my teeth with the plastic so that I could remove them with ease. It took me a couple of attempts to get them to fit properly, but it worked out in the end.
Does this cosplay need special make-up to be done?
Mabel has some very distinctive cheeks. So one of the things that I had to learn in terms of makeup was how to apply blush. This was a bit tricky because I didn’t want it to look like clown make up but at the same time I wanted it to be prominent.
At which cons and events did you wear this costume?
I wore this cosplay for the first time at ICON 2017.
Have you won any awards for this costume?
While I didn’t win any awards for it, I did end up in the top ten in the novice/intermediate category at ICON 2017.
Any last thoughts on this costume? Any upgrades or alterations you would still like to do?
I’ve been told that Waddles needs to be a bit chubbier and that I need to fix up some stitching on him, so I’ll be looking into that. I’ll also get a wig so that my hair can look exactly the same as Mabel’s. Other than that I am very happy with my cosplay and look forward to wearing it at future conventions.
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