Since I have a lot of questions about Vanellope, here's a little Q&A for you guys!
Q: Where did you buy the skirt/leggings/hoodie?
A: I made everything myself from scratch. I didn't buy anything except the boots.
Q: Would you suggest a blue-green or a light green for the hoodie?
A: LIGHT GREEN. Most Vanellope cosplays I've seen haven't looked screen-accurate because they're too blue! Her color palette constantly changes with the lighting in the movie and it's better to go with a light green because no matter where she is, her hoodie *never* looks blue. That mint green is super hard to find so it's better to play it safe and do a light green.
Q: How did you make the skirt?
A: I made the skirt out of corduroy. Looking at the high res pictures of Vanellope, her skirt is two cupcake holders turned upside-down and stacked on top of each other. To create this illusion with fabric, you need to do pleats--two layers of pleats. Depending on how big you make your pleats and how much they fold on top of each other, you'll need two to three times the amount of fabric of your waist measurement. My advice: on the bottom layer, anchor the pleats that aren't visible so that they don't get all sorts of messed up! To preserve your pleats without constant re-ironing, use a same-colored thread and sew very close to the edge so that it becomes permanent. I'm talking maybe a millimeter away from the edge. It needs to be really subtle.
Q: How did you make the leggings?
A: I sewed the large white stripes on the right leg (your left leg when you're wearing it) right into the fabric (using white fleece). I then put the leg on, taped off the middle of the white stripes, took it off, stuffed it with a soft material, and painted the red stripes with fabric paint and a brush. The other side was a lot harder to do. I had to tape off the diagonal stripe and carefully remove it from my leg so that the tape didn't rip. I stuffed the leg and did about three layers of white fabric paint. It still wasn't the color I wanted, the green underneath showed through, so I went over the top with a layer of white acrylic paint (since the fabric paint primed the leg for another type of paint). Viola! Leggings!
Q: What did you do for the candies in her hair?
A: When I used my real hair I used real candies and it was a pain in the butt. When I got a wig I used craft foam instead. I cut out pieces (circles, hearts, sprinkles) and colored them with marker and hot glued them to the ends of bobby pins.
Q: Where did you get your contacts?
A: I got my contacts from Lens Circle. [link] They have high quality contacts for great prices, and the shipping price/shipping time is really fair. They were the most comfortable lenses I've worn to date. I forgot they were in my eyes most of the time.
Q: Do you have WIP shots of Vanellope?
A: I do, they're on my Facebook page, as well as my pattern sketches! [link] I'm a very visual learner so I like to document my process, since seeing other people's WIPs has helped me so much in the past.
Now, I have a question for you: Would you guys like me to do a make-up tutorial on how to re-create Vanellope's look? Comment if you'd like to see that, it's one of the few things no one's asked of me yet.
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