Amy Ratcliffe

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Skyrim is packed with characters, and that means tons of options for cosplayers. Mimiru Riley created a version of the Elder Scrolls V Jester costume, and she specifically based it on the male version of the Cicero costume. She used micro suedes and knits, and she spent time hand sewing the details and weathering the hood. Her hard work shows in the finished ensemble. I especially admire the gauntlets!

Photos by Mason T Photography.

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Elastigirl doesn’t need a man to save the day. The kickbutt character from Pixar’s The Incredibles is super flexible and super awesome. Cosplayer Liv-is-alive made the golden age version of Elastigirl’s costume, and it has just the right retro vibe. Some of her pics in the costume are manipulated to show off her superpowers, and the effect looks neat. Plus, she incorporated the proper amount of sparkle into her mask, belt, and gloves. I want those accessories for everyday wear.

Photos by Simple Arts.

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While I support fantastically detailed cosplay, I also embrace the attitude of making it simple. It’s more important to dress up in any way you can and participate instead of not cosplaying because you can’t afford to create the most amazing costume ever.

For example, yesterday we showed you how to do a cheap Sub Zero costume with pieces from your wardrobe and today, there’s a simple way to become Raiden. Redditor SpaceCampDropOut used the Sub Zero concept and added a lamp shade. Boom. Easy, cheap, kinda hilarious Raiden.

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Here’s a crazy idea: how about giving a female character full coverage armor? Diablo III has done just that with their Crusader armor. I’m not sure how functional it is, but it’s not leaving the holy warrior’s midriff or thighs open to attacks. What a novel idea! Cosplayer SpcatsTasha did an incredible job making this costume. It makes her look intimidating and strong and also like she just stepped out of the video game.

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Square rhinestones make wonderful pixels – who knew?! Instructables user mactothefuture was aware of the trick and used tons of rhinestones to make a cuff bracelet featuring the question block from Super Mario Bros. She wrote a how-to, and to make your own, you only have to make or purchase a leather cuff and buy tons of rhinestones (okay, like 300 of them). Then you carefully apply them to the cuff with a rhinestone picker. It might be tedious work but just look at the finished product! I love sparkly and geeky combos.

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Lightning is a fierce opponent, and cosplayer Lyz Brickley has created a spot on replica of her costume – from the rose colored hair and the detailing on her shoulder pauldrons. I would avoid getting on her wrong side.

Above photo by Zim Killgore Photography.

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captain patch-it costume

Costume mishaps are an inevitability. Hot glue fails, threads come unraveled, and fabric rips. You can only carry so many repair supplies. But, if Captain Patch-It is around, you don’t have to sweat it. The helpful hero was spotted at Supanova Pop Culture Expo, and according to his Facebook page, he’s “A lone repairman roaming conventions in a never-ending crusade against cosplay malfunctions and breakages.”

He wears a vest stocked with duct tape, thread, safety pins, bobby pins, scissors, and a hot glue gun among other items. This is an absolutely brilliant idea, and I’m kind of hoping each convention makes their own version of this character to aid cosplayers.

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NASA astronaut Steve Swanson recently posted the first Instagram from space. Yes, even astronauts take selfies (hey, it probably gets boring up there). He’s posed in the International Space Station, and you can see Earth behind him. That’s all awesome, but please note the t-shirt he’s wearing. It features Serenity and says “Shipping & Logistics: Everything’s Shiny.” (A white or silver version of the shirt is available here).

And the Firefly design isn’t the only geeky tee he brought on board; he also snapped a selfie while donning a Star Trek t-shirt with the Klingon Empire symbol. Yes, he is that cool

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Pacific Rim was released last July, and Jaeger costumes are starting to become more common. The giant mechs obviously take time to assemble, so I predict we’ll see more of them this convention season since people have had months to perfect the costumes. If they look half as good as Nona Neon Cosplay’s Gipsy Danger costume, we’re in for a treat.

She did an incredible job with crafting the armor and painting and aging it to match the film. It looks like she’s been fighting Kaiju for years. From the helmet to the chain sword she crafted from wood and foam – I’m impressed.

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Nothing brightens a design like fiber optics, and Instructables user Natalina put that theory to the test. She created a gorgeous dress that swings and glows like the most elegant jellyfish ever. The fiber optic whip she used has one central light source, and she designed the dress to include a pouch for it on the back of the dress. Perfect.

In her tutorial, Natalina goes into detailed explanations about the fiber optics, the pattern and sewing of the dress, and making it all work together. Since the result is so stunning, I have no doubt others will bookmark the instructions and put making the dress on their to-do list.

See the enchanting dress in action in the video after the break.

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