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04 September 2008 @ 02:43 pm
Beware the Weeping Angels  
Y'all might have noticed that your friendly community moderator has been slacking a bit lately. No updates. No organizing. What the heck was she doing that kept her so busy elsewhere?!


Absolutely MASSIVE amounts of pictures under the cut, sorryCollapse )

This is the 'making-of' post - if you want to read the 'in-costume' post, it's over here on dw_cosplay.
tarna: lurktarna12 on August 21st, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
well I'm late but this is an awesome costume and I really want to be this for Halloween.
artemis_ephesusartemis_ephesus on August 24th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
I just saw this on the doctor who newsletter and HOLY CRAP, you are bloody amazing! I can't believe the effort you went to to make this! (Well, I can. I am tempted to do so myself. Hmm...) Just amazing.
Liz BurtLiz Burt on September 3rd, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
Making Those Wings
Thank you so much for sharing how you made this costume. My daughter wants to be Pegasus for Halloween and she needs wings. I don't want to purchase them, and your tutorial is just the thing I need to make her a pair. Thanks again!
droxy: illusiondroxy on September 9th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Brilliant use of panty hose for your gloves. That worked more effectively than makeup. As a makeup person, I am highly impressed with blink angels. Yes I am seeing pics from dragon con. Blink anges showed up at the immediate dragon con after the episode was aired. =)

The one big question is did you have to pack that for airtravel. Wings are PITA for packing but it looks like you have a good construct/deconstuct for that. I do that with hats.

When i made dumbledores black hand I used a similar idea to the stockings. Yes, you have to paint them while wearing them!!!

Just a fantastic job!
Celtic Flicka: Doctor and Marthaceltic_flicka on October 11th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Utterly amazing.
emily: prostpicture_taker on October 13th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
this is the most fantastic thing ever!
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excalibur_17excalibur_17 on February 27th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
OMG the gloves are just amazing <3 I really want to try this out for halloween, the weeping angels are my all time favorite Dr. Who monster!! Thank you for this 'how to' :D
otakuhime16otakuhime16 on March 3rd, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
I'm definatly going to take the time and MAKE THIS COSPLAY. When I do, I'll make sure to comment you so that you can see my pictures... I hope it turn out as well as yours did. Mind if, when I'm making this, I ask questions? I tend to do that a lot when making cosplay because I want to be sure I make everything right! :D
(Anonymous) on March 11th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
Hey there! This is fantastic! Me and my friend are making two of these bad boys for Connecticon this year. I've sewn up one of the dresses so far and the under-dress for the second and we've come across some questions. Where do the straps for the wings go?/How'd you get the straps on? How did you access those pockets?/Where were they in the dress? Were you constantly kicking that hula hoop as you walked? (We find it happening quite a bit just from trying it on) Did you stitch the waist band of the over skirt to the underskirt to keep it still and prevent it from slipping? (I'm planing on using velcro to keep the band closed along with the accidental rip down the skirt from trying to get the skirt/waist band part over my hips)
I really hope you see this and can offer some advice! It's the small details we cant quite figure out from what you've posted but it's a great guide for everything else! Thanks :)
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 11th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Hello! I've actually made some changes to my costume since I posted this, and seen other versions.

Wing attachment: I have changed my dress slightly. Now the panel that hides the middle of the wings is attached at the waist instead of the top, and under that panel is basically a hole where my bare back is and where the wings attach to the harness. This makes it a little easier to get into, though i did have to add some velcro along the sides to keep it from gaping and showing my back. The wings are on backpack straps and I put them on first, then pull the dress on and fasten it shut around them. The straps really are like a backpack - there's a strap that goes over each shoulder and around under the arm (I've added a chest strap that connects these two shoulder straps - really helps to keep the straps from cutting into you!) and then one strap that goes around your waist for support/balance.

Now, I really like the wing attachment I saw on some other angels I met a couple years ago. They based theirs on the wing attachment actually used in the episodes. They have a backpack-type strap arrangement, too, but instead of having the wings permanently attached, all they have on the harness are two sections of pipe that run parallel to their spines. When they put on their dresses, they have holes that these pieces of pipe poke through. Then they made each wing a separate piece with a slightly smaller bit of pipe running along the edge where it connects to the body. To put the wings on, they just slot this pipe into the harness pipe. Brilliant!

My original pockets were right at the hem of the dress and required flipping the hem up to access. Again, I stole an idea from those other angels and just added normal pockets exactly like you'd find on a dress or skirt - along the seam at hip level. The fullness of the fabric hides it with no problem. I do still use my original pockets for storing things like my spare mask, but for quick-access things like keys, cellphone, and bottle of water, the hip pockets are best.

(YOU WILL WANT A BOTTLE OF WATER! Figure out how you can each carry one that you can access fairly quickly, and make sure you can remove your mask quickly for drinking and breathing breaks. Map out the locations of water fountains for refilling your bottle. Wearing this costume is pretty much an endurance feat and if you don't take these precautions you risk passing out and/or dehydrating badly. If you're not wearing masks/wigs it won't be so bad, but if you're fully covered head to toe you need to make sure you stay safe.)

The overdress and the underdress are definitely attached at the waist, and multiple other places. The underdress is basically a support structure, so sewing the overdress to it lets me keep the folds and drape exactly where i want them. And lots of velcro for keeping things shut, definitely! If possible, get black velcro, and definitely run some grey paint over the edge of the velcro that is nearest the gap - you wouldn't believe how good it is at finding ways to show!

Yes, I constantly kick the hula hoop! If I want to walk quickly I have to hike the skirt up. But most of the time I just walk on my tiptoes in tiny super-fast steps, which has the unintentional side effect of giving me a really creepy gliding motion that freaks people out.

FYI, the other upgrades I did to this costume were a totally new mask and wig, both made out of a paper mache base with paperclay sculpted over the top. The end result is MUCH nicer that my originals. Also, when I remade the mask I just stretched painted pantyhose fabric across the eyes but did NOT put in plastic lenses - this increased my airflow for breathing comfort, improved visibility, and solved the problem of the lenses fogging up all the time.

Hope all this helps!
otakuhime16otakuhime16 on April 25th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
Okay so hi. I plan on doing this [and have been going around searching for the materials and such so far just looking] but I was wondering about how much did you spend on this? Also, about how long did it take you to do it? I want to try and have it done by the end of July [and it's the end of April now] Do you think I can have it done in time? Hope to hear back from you soon!

cherrycruisergirlcherrycrusrgirl on May 2nd, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Holy cow! Awesome!
Allie MAllie M on July 19th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
Wow! Me and my girlfriends are all going as weeping angels to a Halloween party this year to freak the Whovians out, but I can't seem to get the costume down for all three of us without failing miserably. I have a few questions...
1. Around how much did this cost? I'm on a budget and want to know if it's cheaper to just go as something else.
2. For the wings, what did you use to keep it harnessed on you?
3. As for the arms (INGENIOUS idea by the way!) on a scale of 1 to 10 for beginners, how difficult was it to sew the pantyhose without it ripping?
Krystina ButlerKrystina Butler on October 6th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
Hi! This is a wonderful costume. Absolutely fantastic! I'm actually making my own version of this for a Doctor Who convention in about a month and I have everything figured out except for the wings. I was planning on just using a couple large cardboard boxes with wire in between. So my question is, what gauge wire did you use? It seems to have worked well for you and I don't want to purchase some wire and it not be strong enough. Thank you so much!
penwiper337: Psmithpenwiper337 on October 6th, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
I really wish I could give you a good answer to this, but the fact is that I just used a reel of wire I had lying around and I have no idea what size it was. I do know that it was galvanized aluminum wire, approximately 1/8 inch thick, and that I bought it at WalMart in a shrink-wrapped pre-cut roll, so that probably means its something pretty standard.