It’s been three months since the Dallas Comic Con (or Fan Expo Dallas as it’s properly called) and I’m fully aware that this Ariel Rey Cosplay post is long overdue. I’ve found myself with quite the “cosplayer’s block” where I’m not sure what to do next. Fan Days is coming up here soon and so far, I have ZERO ideas on what I want to cosplay. But I do get questions about how I came up with this idea, and most importantly, how I did BB-8. So I’ll separate this post into two parts: how I did the Ariel Rey (A-REY-iel) cosplay and some tips on how to get started on cosplaying.
ARIEL REY COSPLAY TUTORIAL (A-REY-IEL)
white criss cross bandage crop top (from Amazon)
RIT purple synthetic dye
green mermaid leggings (from Amazon)
tan fabric (from Joann)
fishnet party decor
tan canvas fanny pack
dolly eye barbie bubble blue contacts
double sided tape
1. I had zero success finding a top that I liked that was purple, so I purchased this criss cross bandage crop top in white, and used the purple RIT dye for synthetic fabrics (VERY IMPORTANT: if it’s not cotton, the regular dye won’t stick).
2. I purchased these green mermaid leggings in a Large I believe (and I’m a size 8 in pants). I cropped and hemmed them to resemble Rey’s Jakku pants. I tried to do a bubble hem but I’m just not good at sewing and I didn’t have enough fabric to do that.
3. I bought some tan fabric from Joann that closely resembled Rey’s fabric. When zoomed in it’s kinda crinkly, which I was wanting. I just cut up the fabric and sewed the crossover part and the shoulders (so they stay and I won’t have to fix and fuss about them). I also sewed some fishnet party decor over, which I purchased from Amazon. The arm wraps and shoulder parts are taped down with double-sided tape.
4. I found a tan canvas fanny pack similar to Rey’s for around $10, which I figured would be cheaper than making my own. Rey’s fanny pack has a double belt, but I didn’t have time to find a match for the color to make another one. If anything, you can always buy two of these bags and just use the strap from the second one. It was not that serious to me and I was on a budget.
5. I went for these contacts from Uniqso since it’s cartoonish blue and vibrant like Ariel’s eyes. Here’s a better look at the makeup:
6. I already had red hair that I got done with Toni and Guy in Dallas, and I believe they used Joico on me. I also just put on booties I already had at home since I didn’t want to buy new ones.
planting rod from Daiso
paint (black, metallic copper, silver, teal, and yellow)
1. I bought a planting rod from Daiso for $1.50. It’s green and lightweight, and was the perfect height. I cut up foam pieces and glued it down. Here’s a YouTube video I found that used a similar technique. Used some leftover fabric, and used a strap from an old purse. Even after all the foam, it’s STILL very lightweight. Make sure you test the height when you wear the strap so the staff doesn’t drag on the ground when you wear it. Nothing worse than being stuck in the escalator because your staff got caught hahaha.
2. Flounder-8. The most asked question. I’m flattered people thought he was handmade. Super flattered. But if you know me, I’m a shortcut type of gal. I purchased a plush BB-8 from Amazon and painted over it. I then glued some teal foam parts on him, like fins and the bottom part to make him stand. I just carried him around during the con.
TIPS ON HOW TO GET STARTED
1. RESEARCH. I came up with this idea simply by combining my favorite character growing up and my favorite character now. I basically wanted to turn Ariel into a stronger woman, which I see so much in Rey. I cannot tell you how much I googled their outfits to get the details as accurate as I can. I also researched for the cheapest materials and where to get them, plus how much of it I’ll need (so I don’t buy 3 yards of fabric if I only needed 1).
2. PLAN. Sketch and plan. I drew my concept back in October and wrote down every single material that I would ever need. I then planned which part to work on at what time, to make sure everything would be ready for the con.
3. GET INSPIRED. If you want to step outside the box, draw inspiration from what you love. I see a bunch of people post their photos and go “what should I cosplay, who do I look like?” which is fun until people start suggesting characters that are unfamiliar to you. Go with what you love. For me, that’s Disney and Star Wars. If anyone suggested a Dr. Who character for me I will shrug since I don’t watch it, and I just wasted someone’s time. Go with what you’re passionate about.
4. JOIN A GROUP. I joined a local cosplaying group and it is such an amazingly supportive and friendly bunch of people. They are all so talented that you’ll be in awe and maybe even end up wanting to be like them when you grow up. They will also be there to help you out with any makeshift concerns since a lot of them have experience!