Minimalist #Mothra #Cosplay on a Budget: Day 12

Painting the orange fields on the inside of the Right wing

Looking at my model and at the vest I’m using for the body part of the wings I realized that I needed to paint a chevron on it underneath the design in the middle. I also did not like the way the yellow paint was turning a greenish color on the leather. So I decided to paint an under-layer of white, over which I will paint the yellow. This should brighten up the yellow and make it less muddy and greenish. Over that I’ll paint a light brown to get the tannish color. This time I took a close up … Continue reading

#Mothra #Cosplay Day 11: Second Thoughts, Third Thoughts and More

Inside of the Right Wing black fields complete

Today is the eleventh day I’ve been working on my Mothra cosplay. I spend between 4 an 6 hours working on it when I do it. Since I work full time I only have Sundays to work on it. At this point I’ve put in a minimum of 44 man-hours (woman-hours in my case) of labor on the costume. I know that many of the pictures I take each week seem very similar to the ones from the previous week. More than just documenting how to make this costume, I’m chronicling the actual time and effort that goes into making … Continue reading

#Cosplay Sunday #Mothra Day 10 and #Godzilla

This week's progress on the right wing.

Day 10 of Mothra cosplay went far better than day 9. I can really tell the difference in just how productive I am when I’m into it versus when I’m not motivated. Last week was tough and I didn’t really get all that much done comparatively speaking. This week we were having a good time and there were no motivational issues. I got the sewing machine out and with about an hour of work finished construction on the left wing. I stitched the top edge of the faux fur that I used for texture on the inside part of the … Continue reading

War In Flesh teaser #WarInFlesh #InTheFlesh

In The Flesh Cover Art

Work on the sequel to In The Flesh is moving along. Yes it is slow going. I’m not one of those authors who can just crank out hundreds of pages without a thought. In point of fact I’m realizing that my creative process takes a lot of thought and a lot of processing. I have to think the whole thing though before I can begin to write it. I have ideas and then need to play with them to see how they fit into the narrative. Sometimes they don’t and then I have to, in the words of Stephen King, … Continue reading

#Mothra #Cosplay Day 9 A Motivation Challenge

Full color Right wing over Black and white Left wing

Yes, Gentle Reader, I had some serious motivational issues today. The other cosplayers who usually do Cosplay Sunday with me were not able to this week and I stayed out far too late last night drinking far too much. The food and the booze were both fantastic but the fun yesterday left me drained today. Forgive me then, for not getting my sewing machine out and finishing up the little bit of sewing that the left wing still needs. I need to seam the sleeve part of the wing and top stitch the faux fur down. It’s not a lot … Continue reading

#Mothra #Cosplay Day 8 Still On Budget

Mothra Hat/Fascinator

This week has been extremely busy so cosplay Sunday is going to be brief this week. I’ve been contemplating how to affix the wings to the vest that will be the structural part of the body. I do not have leather needles which would be an additional cost. Leather is tricky to work with. Not only is it a heavy fabric but also since it is hide and not woven any holes put in it by a needle are permanent and are not easily hidden should a mistake be made. A friend suggested a substance, an adhesive called sugru. The … Continue reading

#Mothra #Cosplay Day 7, Still On Budget

One side almost painted.

Mothra’s right wing is nearing completion. It was construction complete last week. This week the back side of the wing is almost completely painted. I’ll still have to do some touch up in spots but the white paint I got will help cover any mistakes. I used some of the shimmery paint one of the other cosplayers is using, in exchange for letting them use some of my black paint for their cosplay, to give the wing a bit of shimmer. It took all day to get the painting done. One side of the fabric has a coating that makes … Continue reading

#Mothra #Cosplay Day 6 & #WarInFlesh update


Day 6 of the Mothra Cosplay construction. The budget is still holding steady at $70.00 for materials. This Cosplay Sunday shows the right wing reaching construction complete and the left wing is nearing construction complete. The only thing left to affix to the left wing is the faux fur material that is being used to simulate fine feathery scales at the inside exe of the wing. Once the wings are construction complete that will leave painting to be done. Hours and hours of painting. Once the painting is done, which I expect to take several weeks. Then the wings will … Continue reading

Exciting Pacific Rim 2 and Godzilla News–Well Rumors mostly.

Pacific Rim II from the official Facebook page

April 2017 is when Pacific Rim 2 is currently slated to be released. Now I heard a vague and unsupported rumor that the second Pacific Rim movie is going to pay homage to Voltron and have several Jaegers assemble to form a giant Jaeger. That would be so cool. I hope that it happens. Also I’ve heard, in various corners of the web, that there are going to be 2 more Godzilla movies directed by Gareth Edwards. That would be awesome!

#Mothra #Cosplay Day 5 Holding Steady on #Budget

Tracing the pattern on the backside of the wing.

Thanks to the ghosts of science projects past the Mothra cosplay is holding steady at around $70.00 for supplies and materials. Black fabric paint is being shared with a Midna cosplay as well as, yes, a Godzilla cosplay that are also being made by others in the household. One of the real tricks to keeping a budget reasonable is to not be afraid to repurpose things. Have an old pillow you’re going to throw out? That synthetic stuffing would stuff a tail or other cosplay piece. We found an old broken office chair that someone was throwing away and with … Continue reading