So this was my first full character cosplay that I made. Whew! It took A LOT of time, and blood, sweat and tears. I’d still like to redo the skirt to be more ruffly, but I’m pretty happy with it overall. I got full sclera contacts to wear with it, but they were too big and were INSANELY uncomfortable, so I need to get red circle contacts if I decide to wear it again.
Lady Mechanika is a character from Aspen Comics created by Joe Benitez after he came to DragonCon one year and saw all the steampunk cosplay! Here’s the costume version of her I decided to cosplay:
There were a lot of pieces to this costume, including a blouse with detached sleeves, under a white vest edged in black and gold, under a harness. Then a high-low skirt, goggles, and some awesome thigh-high stockings/boots. I made every piece of the outfit myself, aside from the goggles and stockings.
I started out with the blouse, using a corset-type top pattern as a base, adding boning into the seams, and making some basic arm band-like sleeves to match. This was the easy part.
Next I tackled the vest. I used a basic vest pattern, added a collar, and made it out of plain white linen. The hard part? The edging! It was a BEAST! I couldn’t find gold-edged black grommet edging to use, so I had to add the gold edging to the basic black grommet strip I got from Joann’s.
How did I do this, you ask? Well, I didn’t have an embroidery machine at the time, or anything else I could use that I was satisfied with the look of. So I used the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine, with metallic gold thread. And back-stitched. A LOT. Over and over, going an INCH AT A TIME around BOTH SIDES of that darn strip of black grommet edging. The thread was so fine and delicate, that it broke. Often. It took several hours to do this, and I was pulling my hair out by the end. But I am so happy with the result! I’m sure there was a much better way to get the same result, but this was the only thing I could think of at the time. And here’s a view of the vest and a detail shot!