Statue of Liberty from Costume Quest
Character Name: Statue of Liberty
Series: Costume Quest
Specifics: Wren dressed as the Statue of Liberty
Time: ~25 hours
Completed: May 2013
Debuted: Anime North 2013
Photo credit: Elemental Photography
I was introduced to the game Costume Quest when my friends Becky and Rin started playing it early in 2011. The game revolves around children in Halloween costumes battling monsters to rescue the main character's twin. During fight scenes, the children transform into whatever they happen to be dressed as. For example, if you happen to be wearing a robot costume, you turn into a Gundam-like robot during the fight scenes.
One of the costume options is the Statue of Liberty. I took an immediately liking to the Statue of Liberty costume because I found it to be simultaneously ridiculous, adorable and hilarious. (Also, I happen to like what the Statue of Liberty represents in real life, which has nothing to do with this game... or this costume, really.) When the three of us began toying with the idea of making a Costume Quest cosplay group, I claimed the Statue of Liberty and that's how this costume came to be.
I originally expected this costume to be something I made in an afternoon, but it ended up being a project I working on on-and-off over the period of two years and into which I put a lot more time and energy than I originally planned.
In the game, the costume is made of three things: cardboard, a feather duster, and a sheet. I tried to make it seem like the costume was actually made of these items.
After I patterned my crown, I made it out of bristle board, which I carefully painted with spray and acrylic paints.
The torch was made out of a cardboard paper towel roll, more bristle board and a plastic cup which I then paper-mached and painted. Instead of a using a feather duster for the flame, I bought red, orange and yellow feathers, cut them to appropriate lengths and glued them to the end of my torch. I love the effect of the feathers and I am quite proud of how much I managed to make the flame look like the in-game art.
The green "sheet" is actually a rectangle of green fabric I gathered, hemmed and stitched together so that it fell on me the way I wanted it to.
The white shirt was store-bought, but I had to take it in as it was originally quite large on me. The jeans were a pair I owned, the shoes were a pair of black Converse sneakers I happened to buy for Rin's wedding, and the wig was from a previous costume. The pumpkin pail was originally borrowed from Becky until I bought my own.
Candy Corn & Unicorn
Because we wanted a Costume Quest cosplay group to happen and because some of my friends expressed interest in said group, I started making my friends costumes from the game.
I made Becky the Candy Corn in late December 2016/early January 2017. I made her the Candy Corn because she loves the aesthetic of candy corn and found the character in the game amusing.
Instead of making it out of cardboard like in the game, I made it out of polar fleece. I also put the crinoline I made for my Gengar cosplay underneath it to give it shape. It's very comfy.
I made the hat as well. It's a cardboard base with fabric overtop and cording for the chin-strap. I also made the bat hair pin. It's mostly cardboard and, like the rest of the costume, I think it turned out really nicely.
As for the unicorn, I made it for my friend Rin, who as I mentioned above, got me into the game originally. She always thought the unicorn was funny and mentioned she wanted to cosplay it. I bought a white hoodie to use as a base in 2017 but it wasn't until fall 2018 that worked on it. The mane was made out of a kind of pink yarn I turned into tassels and then sewed to the hoodie. The horn is a cone made of sparkly felt. The ears are also felt.
As for the "butt", it's a cardboard box I painted white and added felt legs and a yarn tail too. It straps into a belt that Rin provided. The costume turned out just as silly as the source material and super cute.
Here is all three of our costumes together:
(These photos were taken by Elemental Photography
Costume Quest Group
In October 2018, our dream of having a Costume Quest group finally came true! The three of us were joined by Slothcore's Jen, who made her Space Warrior costume
in 2015, and was the first person to join my group. (The group would not have gotten off the ground without her!) We were also joined by our friend Mackenzie who cosplayed the Pumpkin. We roped her into the group like three days before we did a photoshoot, and I was literally at her house the night before helping her paper mache her pumpkin head, lol.
Anyway, the group finally happened and we shot with Elemental Photography
. Becky brought the decorations, we got permission to go onto random people's lawns, and we froze in the cold weather. We had an absolute blast!
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