When Dark Souls 3 was released a few months ago I instantly had a favorite NPC. Upon Firekeep Shrine I was instantly fascinated by the beautiful Fire Keeper. She is the girl who trades your souls for character leveling. I lamented on Twitter that I had no reason to make this beautiful costume. Well, that quite not true. There are plenty of comic and pop culture conventions here in Portland. I'm just shy. So last week sometime I decided I just have to make it and go. So, yesterday afternoon I sat down and wrote down every little thing that needs to be made for my Fire Keeper Cosplay. I am planning to debut her at Rose City Comic Con. So that gives me about 80ish days to get it all done. I figured my best course of action would be to make a little diary of inspiration and progress. I am going to use a pattern for the dress, but everything else Cape, crown, gauntlets is all me. (I'd also like to fashion pockets and a little purse so that I can keep all my stuff with me.) I'm nevous because her dress is so fancy that it requires a lot of slippery expensive fabrics. But we are gonna forge a head fighting! Today we are gonna go over the basic battle plan.
Let's start with the thing I have for sure narrowed down, the gauntlets. I am planning to just knit them. I think they are leather in the costume but that a no go for me. So I am gonna knit them with Tosh Merino Light in Dachshund.
I think the brown and the little flects of gray purple will give a weathered look and match well with the gray of the dress. I'm also knitting them on size 1 needles to give a fine gauge. I cast on last night and I have pushed these to the front of my knitting. I have limited my knitting to just these. I don't want to push myself to have two many long knitting projects on the needles and then be disappointed they aren't done.
For The dress I am thinking of is Butterick B4827. I would make the top dress shorter and shorten the sleeves. I think that will just make wearing the costume comfortable. Since I plan on staying at the convention most of the day, making costumes comfortable is key. I plan on making the dress out of bridal Satin. I think that it weight and drape will be perfect for her dress. I also plan on adding pockets to the dress part, so that I can keep my wallet and my keys and phone on me. Her cowl will be out of dark gray chiffon and lace.
After these pieces things become 100 % DIY no pattern just my sewing and crafting skills. Let's look at the crown. this is the piece that will make or break this costume, it also the piece that fills me with the most dread. I haven't made a whole lot with Craft foam, thankfully it is cheap enough that I think it will be ok to try try again until it is right. I am also planing on using hot glue for some of the details. I feel it will be a lot of trial and error, I'm sure there will be lots of video me swearing and burning/cutting my fingers on our Friday crafting streams but that the fun of it right?
Next we move on to the cape. Here again I will be making some changes for the comfort of the costume. I would love to have a three tire velvet cape I however would not like to walk around in one. So I plan to make the train length cape out of a double layer of organza. The top two layers out of a lightweight velvet. I am working on finding two big silver buttons and. I plan to also make the cape attach to the shoulders so that I don't have to mess with it all the time.
Next up is the wig. I am planning on going with the Arda wigs Luthien in Titaniam blond or ash blond. I haven't settled on the color quite yet. I am leaning on Titaniam, but it is back ordered so I may just settle on ashblond.
So that is it for this entry into the cosplay diaries, see you in a few week when I have actual pieces put together to show you. Are you planning on doing any cosplay this summer/fall? If not, what character would you like to cosplay if you could?