I love Overwatch. I love retro fashion. I love mashups and crossovers! When you put them together, I’m probably going to cosplay it (or really, really want to cosplay it). There was a really fun piece of fan art made by Andrew Tran (@doctaword on Instagram) called Rockabilly D.Va. I found out about this illustration when Shellshocked Cosplay shared it with me since he could imagine me cosplaying it, and he wasn’t wrong lol.
Since I only had two weeks to complete it before SDCC and I just felt like doing more of a casual cosplay, I decided to use the clothes that I already had in my closet. The shirt was just slightly altered: I made the sleeves shorter so that I can easily roll them up and then sewed in the D.Va patches that I made myself.
The wig I got is actually a two-toned wig from EpicCosplay Wigs because I thought that style would be a lot funner than having a solid color wig. One side of it is light brown and the other side is dark brown.
- I’ve recently been taking an interest in hand embroidery so I decided to utilize that method to create my patches. I used a printable version of Sticky Fabri-Solvy and printed the D.Va bunny logo on it.
- I did a satin stitch in the pink areas. If I had plenty of time to work on this (which I didn’t), I would’ve used a long and short stitch first and then sewed a satin stitch over it. You’ll see why in the end. :/
- I had to “fill” in the white by using a long and short stitch. Unfortunately, I’m really bad at it and hopefully I’ll improve on this with time.
- This is after I had dipped my patch in warm water to dissolve the Sticky Fabri-Solvy paper. Soaking it in water ended up leaving a “dent” in the pink areas. of the patch This is because the area underneath the pink threads were basically hollow. Using a long and short stitch beforehand in the same areas would’ve prevented it from distorting the satin stitch, probably.
This tutorial really helped me in making these patches. 🙂
- I couldn’t find any similar fabric that would match the bandana in the artwork so I made my own using pink fabric, painter’s tape and Tulip fabric paint.
- I mixed the paint with water so that the stripes wouldn’t be solid white. I wanted it to be slightly translucent which worked out pretty well.
- After the first set of lines had dried for about an hour, I made another set of lines. This time, it would be rotated 90 degrees and the lines would be smaller.
- When I had finished painting the pattern and waited for it dry, I tried it on and realized that the direction of the pattern was incorrect. Rotating the pattern to 45 degrees would’ve been more accurate to the artwork (so I will probably remake this once I get the chance).
- I glued two thin strips of EVA foam together.
- Using a heat gun, I curved the head piece as much as I could.
- To attach my headset, I hot glued a metal hair clip on each side. The outer “claw” of the clip goes directly into my wig and fastens securely and discretely when worn.
- For the pink bows, I used this tutorial. This photo was taken after I had worn the headset to SDCC so the bow on the right had gotten pretty flat during transport. :/
Yay, all done!
I wore this for just a few hours at SDCC 2016. I had no makeup test prior to this and I had completely forgotten my circle lens/contacts so I feel like my face could’ve looked a bit better. Otherwise, it was super fun to wear her at the SDCC Overwatch meetup!
These photos have all been taken by Paincakes Photography.