Posts by A.C. Rodgers

Asami’s Formal Dress from Legend of Korra

Asami (voiced by Seychelle Gabriel) is probably the most mature and steady of Korra’s group. She carries herself with a sense of calm and collected poise that runs counter to the chaos the group so often experiences. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have her breaking point or that she doesn’t feel deeply for her people, and for Korra most of all.

Asami is fashion-forward and has several looks throughout the series. But her formal look is one of her most striking and it is one that can be replicated with just a little DIY. A high-collared sleeveless red gown can be altered with just a few snips at the neckline to create the keyhole in the chest and the curved angle of collar similar to Asami’s gown. Fabric Fusion will glue the seams down from the cut edges, creating a smooth finish in the area and preventing any runs or fraying. And it can be used to glue on a bow made of burgundy cord.

With that bit of DIY done, all you need is a long brown wig, gold decorative hair clips, stacked gold bracelets, and vintage-style black heels.

Risty Wilde from X-Men: Evolution

Risty Wilde (voiced by Nicole Oliver) drove fans wild when she first showed up in X-Men: Evolution. With her British accent and punk hair, fans were sure Risty would eventually become Psylocke or was at least fashioned after her. They were shocked to find out she was actually Mystique trying to stay close to Rogue using a fake identity the way only Mystique can.

Unlike Mystique’s usual blue appearance, Risty’s look will rely less on body paint and more in hairstyle. A black bob with purple streaks clipped in, to be specific. For her usual outfit, all you need is a beige long sleeve shirt, dark red pants, and blank ankle booties. They’re pieces that can fit into your usual wardrobe or easily transition to other cosplays, making this not only a great cosplay by itself but also a great option for people traveling to a convention or with limited space to store their cosplays

Courtney from Total Drama Island

Courtney from Total Drama Island

Courtney isn’t what you probably think of when you imagine someone on a reality TV show. Voiced by Emilie-Claire Barlow for most of the show (Rochelle Wilson voiced Courtney in two episodes), it quickly becomes clear that Courtney is in it to win it and that she has big plans for the prize money. Unfortunately that leaves her little room for patience with other contestants. Especially Duncan. Or so she claims.

Courtney’s style is thankfully not as high maintenance as she is and it makes for a great closet cosplay. A grey sweater matches grey gladiator sandals which coordinate with green capris and a white button down shirt worn under the grey sweater and cuffed at the elbows. A brown bobbed wig – or your own brown bob – finish off the look.

Dimitri from Anastasia

Dimitri from Anastasia

Dimitri (voiced by John Cusack) has spent his life running from the memories of what he saw as a child the night the Romanov family fell. He’s never seemed to settle, never really found his place. Not until he stumbles upon the real Anastasia, the girl he helped escape years ago. Only then do things seem to fall into place.

Dimitri has a few looks in the film but his most memorable is probably the first outfit we see him in as an adult. A off-white button-neck shirt and brown slacks are a common look for the time, as are the vest and brown shoes. But with his slick center-parted hair style, Dimitri gives the look a modern spin that makes for a great cosplay.

Tyler from Total Drama Island

Tyler from Total Drama Island

Tyler (voiced by Peter Oldring) started out a member of the killer bass. Somehow both sporty and accident-prone, he’s quick to take on the physical challenges but isn’t quite up to the games Heather has running in the background of the competition.

Cosplaying as Tyler is both easy and comfortable. You can either use your own hair or grab a brown wig to copy his look before adding a red and white sweatband over whatever you choose. After that all you need is a red tracksuit and a pair of white sneakers and you’re all set!

Skinny Pete from Breaking Bad

Skinny Pete from Breaking Bad

Skinny Pete (played by Charles Baker) is one of the few recurring side characters on Breaking Bad. He appeared in all five seasons and even made it out the far end alive which is more than most of the show’s characters can say. He is known for his gaunt appearance, trademark beanie, and quick wit that many people ignore because of his history as an addict.

When cosplaying Skinny Pete the key detail to nail is the beanie. He wears it through the entire show until he gives it to Jessie as a means of disguise. A simple black knit beanie serves as the base. And while there are no pre-made patches to match the one on the beanie, most tailor or alteration shops can probably make one. The design is a simple white square of fabric with a rampant eagle outline in black and then stitched roughly to the hat. DIYers might even want to have a go at doing it with some scrap fabric and black thread.

The rest of Pete’s outfit is consists of a tank top, an oversized hoodie, and basic jeans. They are often dirty and hang off his frame since he lives up to his name.

Captain Boomerang from The Suicide Squad

Captain Boomerang from The Suicide Squad

Nobody makes it onto the suicide squad without their fair share of problems. For Captain Boomerang – also known as George Harkness (and played by Jai Courtney) – those problems stem from his lack of concern when it comes to beating down, or even killing, anyone who gets between him and what he wants. Unfortunately what he usually wants is the property of other people. He is, after all, an “asset relocation specialist” and he quite enjoys the life of the thief.

Captain Boomerang’s approach to life probably isn’t the best thing to emulate, but his style definitely makes for a great cosplay. Jeans, a blue Henley, a blue sports jacket, and a long fur-lined coat make up the majority of his outfit. Black boots wrapped in duct tape finishes off the look, though actually wrapping boots in duct tape can leave some pretty nasty residue on the boots. Pomade can give your hair a similarly spiky, wild look. And, of course, you need the boomerang.

Brock Rumlow from Captain America The Winter Soldier

Brock Rumlow from Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Brock Rumlow (played by Frank Grillo) is one of the most notorious double agents inside of SHIELD. Far from the loyalty he claims to have for Fury’s organization, Rumlow is an agent of HYDRA, a member of the team that handles the Winter Soldier, and one of the men that tries to take down Captain America. It’s no wonder he ultimately becomes the villain Crossbones.

Before he becomes Crossbones, Rumlow favors black tactical gear for his uniform. A black t-shirt, a set of cross-chest straps, black tactical pants, black combat boots, black fingerless gloves, a tactical belt, a thigh holster, and a costume pistol are all you need for his costume. Most of the pieces also transfer easily to other costumes, making this a great option for a multi-day convention. Though if you do plan on wearing it to a convention, make sure you check their policies on prop weapons.

Teela from Masters of the Universe: Revelation

Teela from Masters of the Universe: Revelation

Voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar, the newest version of Teela has all the strength and courage of previous versions with a modern take on what it takes to go up against Grayskull. She also has two costumes in the show – the classic and the modern – but for this cosplay write-up we’re going with the current version of her classic costume. It requires a fair bit of DIY but can be done with fabric paint and liquid stitch for those who aren’t ready to go all-in on sewing their own.

Starting with the skirt, cut the one listed above into the right shape, leaving enough room to fold the edges in for a hem, then seal them using Liquid Stitch. Next edge the skirt in gold ribbon, gluing it in place with Liquid Stitch. The best method is to fold the ribbon in half and glue one half inside the skirt so the hem is smooth ribbon. Finally, cut out the golden decoration for the front of her skirt using the satin. Use fabric paint to recreate the design, then glue it in place using Liquid Stitch.

Next take the shirt and edge the arms with ribbon the same as the skirt was edged. Using the gold paint pens, recreate the designs on her top. You can then add the designs to the corset using either the pain pens of the ribbon, whichever works best. Testing both methods on satin craps can find out which gets the look you want.

A little white faux fur trim and a pair of brown boots finishes off the main part of Teela’s. From there you’ll want to get an auburn wig and a pair of golden upper arm cuffs. Teela’s crown is hard to fine, but a blueprint is available on Etsy for those who are comfortable with EVA foam or want to give it a try. White gauntlets trimmed with gold acrylic paint mimic Teela’s gauntlets. From there all you need is a scabbard and a sword and you’re set! The sword pictured here is technically Wonder Woman’s but it’s a close fit to Teela’s style from the available options.

Cody from Total Drama Island

Cody from Total Drama Island

Cody (voiced by Peter Oldring) likes to think of himself as a ladies man. The ladies on the island, however, beg to differ. Still Cody has his own kind of charm. Tech-savvy and eager to help his teammates, he is a great asset to the Screaming Gophers until he has to leave the island, not to return to the competition until Total Drama World Tour.

Cosplaying as Cody is a great opportunity to use stuff you might already have in your closet. And if you don’t have the items, you can easily transition your new purchases into other cosplays or your daily wardrobe. A short sleeve yellow polo, grey long sleeve shirt, cargo jeans, and a pair of brown sneakers make up Cody’s outfit. You can add the stripes on his shirt with fabric paint. And if you want to get his messy hairstyle, you can either opt for a wig or style your own in a similar fashion.