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May 20, 2014 AT 9:00 am

Becoming She-Ra: Princess of Power

she-ra costume

Cosplay inspiration can come from where you least expect it. The Stylish Geek went through old clothes in her parent’s house and found a white dress (pictured below) that sparked her idea to make a She-Ra, Princess of Power costume. She chopped 24 inches off the bottom, removed the lace and sleeves, and a had a perfect base. This a great demonstration of how you can start your costumes with pieces of clothing you find in your closet or at a thrift store.

She used craft foam and a clear plastic bubble to make the embellishments on the dress. She made paper templates first and cut them out of the white craft foam. Then she covered them in gold fabric:

Next I laid them all out on this gold satin-y fabric from JoAnne’s, pinned them down and cut around each piece, leaving around half an inch around each one. Now was the tedious part of the construction – gluing all the fabric to the foam. This wasn’t as easy as I thought b/c of the pointy ends and I had to resize almost all of the pieces to not cover the belt (bad planning on my part).

Once I was happy with the size and layout of all the “petals”, it was just a matter of glue-gunning everything together. Although glue guns aren’t exactly the most “elegant” way of constructing clothing, it definitely beat sewing. I even glue gunned the final piece directly on the dress! Kind of ghetto, I know. I did the same thing for the “wings” on the bust as well.

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she-ra costume in progress

Read more at The Stylish Geek.


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