Cosplay Chronicles: Creating Twilight Sparkle

Cosplay is something that I have been trying to currently ease myself into, although it has taken me a long time to really go full out on it. Aside from the fact that I still get a little bit shy at first about it, there is also the fact that I’m not the best when it comes to arts and crafts. However, despite with, and the appropriate amount of lead time, I am hoping that all of this is something that I can conquer and challenge myself with.  After all, it never hurts to try, and doing this has been a dream of mine. Last year, I had a lot of help in making my DIY Halloween costume, and this year around, I decided that I would try my best not to ask as much as I did last year, and start experimenting with a cosplay that I wanted to work on for next year’s round of fan conventions- Twilight Sparkle from “”My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” (MLP:FIM).

I have been very vocal here on  how much I love MLP. It’s because even though it is a kid’s show, it doles out life lessons that apply to both adults and children, and the way they present these and deep, complex issues are creative and astounding. (I’m talking about episodes such as “Bridle Gossip”, “Tanks for the Memories”, “The Cutie Map Parts I and II”, among others). The animation is pretty smooth, and I love how the show is so pure, and a ray of sunshine, especially when almost everything with everything going on today.  Also, all of the main characters, and even the secondary ones, are easy to relate to. I’ll talk more about this in the future, as I have decided that now would be a good time to start putting up my reviews for the seasons of MLP that have aired so far.

However, among the “Mane 6” characters, the one I most relate to is Twilight Sparkle. At first, this pony was socially awkward and needed an extra push to make friends as she was too caught up in her studies, which reminds me of myself. Add the fact that she loves checklists, researches a lot, and is such a worrier that she does have epic freak outs especially when she can’t control things, and you have me.

So, it is no wonder that I chose to go as her for this year’s Halloween, and is a character that I wanted to cosplay as.

This is how I came up with it.

(Of course, I sort of “Twilighted” the entire thing by overplanning, making sure I had enough material for mistakes to be made, and attempted doing some things in two mediums before settling on what to do.)

CUTIE MARK TIE:

Materials:

Paper, scissors, fabric glue, a dark colored tie, pink & white fabric.

Instructions:

I got a vector template off of Deviant Art. I cut out one star and the pink star in the middle and laid it out on my tie to see where I should position them.

Using the paper cut outs as guides, I traced five small stars and on big star on the white fabric; and one big star on the pink fabric.

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Small White Stars 

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A Bigger White Star

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The Pink Big Star

I then laid them out and used fabric glue to stick them to the tie.

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HAIR:

Materials: 

Blue wig, purple & pink hair extensions, needle, thread.

Instructions:

Put the wig on a stand. (I made a very easy DIY one out of a bottle, scratch paper and a garbage bag).

Brush the wig.

I then removed the hair extensions from the clip so that I only had the hair weft. I then sewed it on in the appropriate areas. You can put her purple and pink streaks anywhere but I decided to put it on the right side.

I also had to trim the bangs to make it look straight for this wig.

End result:

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Front View

 

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Side View

HORN & EARS:

Materials: 

Felt paper in pastel violet (Pantone Code: Violet 0631 C or HEX BF9BDE), scissors, pencil, ruler, pen, glue gun, purple pentel pen,snap clips.

Instructions:

Ears:

I used this tutorial for the ears.

For those of you who want the measurements I used for it, a soul put these measurements in the comment section:

From the base to the top of the ear:  2.5in; Sides connecting to the top: 1.8in ; Bottom: 3.5in; DIAGONALS connecting to bottom corners: 1.75in

I also used a purple pentel pen to outline the ears.

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Horn:

I used this tutorial for the horn.

For the snap clip for this one, it’s better to use a bigger one so that it can hold better. I also made all my outlines using a purple pentel pen.

Clip them to your wig to see how it will look like.

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Here’s the end result on the wig:

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OUTFIT:

A white polo shirt from the closet, a purple skirt, the cutie mark necktie, white knee high socks and black shoes.

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I finished off the look with red-purple glittery eyeshadow, pink lipstick, and the usual make up I put on when there’s a party (eyeliner, mascara, eyebrow pencil, blush on,foundation and concealer)

Final result!

The Kat as Twilight Sparkle

Me as Twilight Sparkle

Twilight After Spike Left the Photo Op

Twilight After Spike Left the Photo Op

And there you have it, my Twilight Sparkle outfit for Halloween 2017!

I hope that this guide will also help others who are trying to make their own DIY My Little Pony costumes for any occasion.

(P.S. I’ll probably be making a Princess Twilight Sparkle version, and maybe a Pinkie Pie one in the future.)

 

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