|Photographer: Aslak Sødal|
The first thing to do was get some reference pictures. We watched the episode "Blink" and took a lot of screenshots, like this:
First we sewed an underdress. This was practically me lying on the fabric, drawing a rough outline of myself, cutting out the pieces and sewing them together. Karoline and me are built almost exactly alike, so what fitted me fitted her. The fabric is cotton fabric from Stoff og Stil
I sewed a zipper into the back of the underdress to make it easy to put on and off.
The Angels outer dress we made in to parts. First, the skirt.
For the bodice we used the same technique for the wrinkled part. This is also 3 meters in length.
For the top of the bodice I cut out a front and back piece like this:
I sewed them together at the shoulders and sewed the gathered fabric on right above the breasts. The bodices also have elastic bands sewed on at the bottom to keep them tight to the waist. At the bottom of the skirt there is a hola hoop (kid sized) to get the right shape.
The dresses are now ready for painting, and we had to suit up.
We bought 3 liters of grey acrylic wall paint, the cheapest they had at Coop Obs Bygg. First we painted the skirts and bodices with this colour as a base, then we added darker and lighter colours later to accentuate the folds.
When finished the skirt and bodice was stiff and looked and felt like stone. Not that it was heavy, it just looked like... a statue, which is what we're aiming for, so we were happy.
Here we looked a lot at the reference photos. This whole costume is made as judged by the eye, and the wings are no exception. First we made a pattern on brown paper.
We drew the feathers on the front on one piece and the feathers on the back on the other piece. We wanted to make the wings in foam, but we had no idea where to get it, so we ended up bying cheap yoga mats on ebay. We drew out all the individual pieces on the yoga mats, labeled them and cut them out. We had to make two sets of wings, that is four inividual wings, four backsides and four frontsides. So we cut out feathers for 8 sides.
|The pieces for the backs.|
|The pieces for the fronts.|
Inside the wings there is a skeleton of chicken wire and some plastic tubes for the fitting. To get the shape we wanted the chicken wire is rounder at the top.
I will try to describe how the fastening mechanism work. There is a wooden board with padding attached to our backs with shoulder straps, over the underdress. There are also thick metal wire going down from the wooden board to support and align it down our backs. There are straps going from the metal wire and around our waist. I forgot to take a picture of it, so you'll have to do with this crude sketch:
We started out braiding our hair and covering it with plastic foil.
gipsbånd) and slipped it of when it had dried.
We did not paint our arms but made gloves out of tights. We made the hands out of the feet by sewing fingers. It looks very nice when you turn the tights inside out and get the seam on the inside.
For the finishing touch on the gloves, wigs, dresses and wings we sprayed it with this granite spray we bought at Panduro.
All the pieces ready I packed them into a suitcase, packed the wings and hola hoops in bubble wrap and brown paper to be sent as special luggage, and hopped on a plane. I stayed at my aunt and uncle's place not to far from the convention and a huge thanks goes to them for letting us stay and occupying their bathroom for as long as we did on saturday morning.
Getting the angels on turned out to take longer time than we thought.
|Photograph by Aslak Sødal.|
|Photograph by Aslak Sødal. The Dalek is made by Hadley Cosplay.|
|Photograph and editing by Danarki.|
|Photograph by Aslak Sødal.|
|Photograph by Starbit Cosplay. 10th Doctor by Captain Imaginary.|
Østlandsposten and Vestfold Blad.
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