Nardio Cosplay Tutorial
Uravity Cosplay Tutorial
Photography Courtesy Stephanie Murrow
Hiya! My name is Ally (alias Ekalys Cosplay). I’ve been cosplaying for about 7 years now, and competing in masquerades since 2014. Most recently, I won best in show with my group (Lady Mourning Cosplay) at AnimeNEXT 2017.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, deep in the sea, you’re probably familiar with My Hero Academia. Today we are going to go through my tutorial for my favorite character and best girl: Uraraka. She has a special place in my heart, both for her strength and kindness. In a show that’s so often about competition, Uraraka is always a good friend to the other characters.
(Warning: If you wear this costume you will be mistaken for Astro Boy. A lot. Usually by well-meaning parents.)
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I made this costume for AnimeNEXT 2017 with a group of MHA cosplayers. We chose this show for its large cast of unique characters. If you’ve never performed in a skit with nine people, let me describe to you what it’s like: imagine you’re in a sinking boat, and you have to bail out the water or everyone drowns. Also, you’re on fire. And you haven’t slept in three days. That’s what it feels like. It requires dedication, teamwork, and just a little insanity to win a masquerade. But it’s worth every second. My Hero Academia is ultimately a story about a bunch of misfit friends struggling to work together. Our goal was to put on a show that would make the audience laugh; winning best in show was the icing on the cake.
Now, this costume has some tricky parts to it (read: every part.) And I, being the bumbling cosplayer that I am, made all the mistakes so you don’t have to!
So let’s talk about the most important part of this costume: the foundation upon which the whole thing is built. That Pepto-Bismol body suit. Actually, it’s not as pink you might think. Which I learned when I purchased my fabric, drove an hour home, held it up next to a reference photo, and immediately began panicking.
Here’s a surprising fact I learned about spandex: it doesn’t come in as many shades of pink as you’d expect. That seems like an oversight. Anyway, I had the foresight to buy some backup white spandex. Here’s another fun fact about spandex fabric: it’s mostly not spandex. The type of fabric you’ll want to use for Uraraka (and most superhero costumes) is called milliskin, which has about 20% spandex and 80% nylon. For me, this was key. You cannot dye spandex fibers, but you can dye nylon.
This is the point where I should stop and say this: I put a lot more effort and work into this costume than was really necessary. This was because I was competing in a masquerade and needed to make the entire thing myself.
If you want to make this costume, I would wholeheartedly recommend buying the bodysuit or altering one. If you don’t take my word for it now, keep reading. You’ll see.
Dyeing the Fabric
Where there’s a will, a bucket of water, and white spandex, there’s a way.
Rit Dye recently came out with a wonderful line of synthetic dyes. They are amazing…but…the pink shade is completely the wrong color for Uravity. Womp womp. However, their liquid dye in the shade petal pink is perfect. Without getting too deep into my trial and error process, what I learned was this: Synthetics need to be heated to a high temp to dye. Something like salt or acid can be used in the dye bath to “open” the nylon fibers up enough to let the dye in. Long story short, this did not work for my purposes. So I compromised with low heat and high acid. (Translation: I poured a couple gallons of hot water into a plastic tub and poured in vinegar until it smelled and felt a little slippery. Yum.) Then, because I am extra, I got an itsy bitsy eye dropper and added the liquid dye one drop at a time to the dye bath until I got the very pale shade of pink I wanted.
Sewing the body suit was simple. I modified the legendary YaYa Han bodysuit pattern (McCall’s M7217). It’s a wonderful pattern because it was clearly drafted to take into account the shape of a body, rather than relying on the spandex do all the work. And there are multiple bust adjustments. I made a few mock-ups with scrap spandex to block out the black and pink portions of the costume. For the black circles and stripe on the front, I used jacquard paint, which is just flexible enough to work on spandex.
Once you’ve got the bodysuit, the hardest part is behind you. Worst comes to worst, you will be clothed.
Uravity’s Arm Braces
I moved onto the arm braces after this. These little things are the cutest part of Uraraka’s costume. In the manga and anime, Uraraka’s arm bracers are designed to hit pressure points so that she doesn’t get nauseous while using her powers. When she uses powers too much she has to throw up… So adorable costume to the rescue!
These wrist braces are the epitome of my creative process:
- Research proper way to do something
- Feel overwhelmed
- Grab a saw and some styrofoam and say f*** it.
The trickiest thing here is the shape. I looked up how to make a sphere out of craft foam, but if you take another look at the arm braces, you’ll notice they have more of a donut shape. And after three days of googling, I just couldn’t wrap my mind around how to achieve the shape I wanted. (Geometry and spatial reasoning were not my friends in school.)
When I bought the Styrofoam ball, it was meant to be used as a mold to shape the foam around. And then I got out a knife, and decided to go to town. I carved out the donut shape I wanted. This is the messiest process (Styrofoam stuck to me like snow), and it was time consuming. But it was easy to wrap my mind around.
So let’s talk about those boots. For me, the boots are the most important part of Uraraka’s costume: they are so iconically her. And they are so impossible to move in. (No worries, it’s not like I needed to dance on a stage… *sweats nervously*). I recommend checking out Jenny Desu’s video.
In theory, these boots aren’t too hard to make. Get a basic pair of ankle boots. I recommend something with laces, so you can replace the laces with elastic; that way you can easily slip your foot into the boots once you’ve built the foam around them.
I built the bottom base of the shoe using craft foam and then played around with newspaper and scrap foam to get the shape for the leg portion. I reinforced the bottom with some worbla and stuffed the toes with green foam* to keep them from caving in.
(*Note: green foam means high density foam. It’s usually green, which is why I call it that. You can find it at every Joann’s.)
It’s worth noting that one boot, I put together with hot glue, and the other I used contact cement. Take a guess which one survived our masquerade skit. Contact cement is your best friend when working with craft foam. If you look closely, you can see in some of my photos where one of the boots burst. I’ve since repaired it very lovingly and carefully, but it wasn’t easy.
If I were to remake these boots, I would probably cover them in spandex or worbla. But I didn’t have the money for more worbla and, as we’ve established, I didn’t have enough pink spandex. Each time I wear these boots, the paint does crease. The foam is lined with duct tape on the inside, so it’s structurally sound. But I do have to regularly sand away the creases and re-paint. Annoying, but not the end of the world.
Don’t forget about that necklace / collar bit. This was the easiest piece to make, and it’s also the hardest to describe.
- Measure the circumference of your neck and draw a circle with that circumference (remember: C = 2πr)
- Trace the shape of the collar around that circle. Cut this shape out of craft foam twice.
- Cut a strip of crap foam about 1″ wide and make it as long as the circumference. Cut another strip that’s the length of the outer edge.
- Glue it all together, leaving one section open to slip around your neck. Seal and paint.
Clear as mud, right? It’s held together with some velcro at the back (which is a generous way of saying that it hangs on my neck and the velcro acts as decoration. Hey, it works.) Check out the photo in the slideshow above to see the collar up close.
I don’t have a lot to say about the belt besides this: I hated it. It was simple to make. High density foam (green foam) cut to shape and covered in craft foam.
Instagram only gives me a minute 😱 Anyway, I wanted to share how I made my Uraraka belt. It was the trickiest part of the costume for me and honestly it’s not as polished as I’d like. But I made a vid describing how I did it. *Notes* – I used 1″ green foam from Joann’s – The belt slides on and off – Paint: Rustoleum gloss in candy pink and berry pink That’s it I think! 😁I have another video of me wearing the belt and rambling about it. Maybe I’ll upload that. 😋 Anyway, I hope this is helpful! 😊💕 . . #uraraka #urarakaochako #urarakacosplay #uravity #bnha #bokunoheroacademia #bokunoheroacademiacosplay #bnhacosplay #mha #mhacosplay #myheroacademia #myheroacademiacosplay #coser #cosplay #cosplaytutorial #cosplayadvice #anext #anext17 #animenext #animenext2017 #ochakocosplay
Some more thoughts on my belt for Uraraka ✨ 😌 It’s been hard to describe how I made this belt. I experimented a lot before I got the final product (and I did it all during con crunch so my brain was mush). But I hope my advice is helpful! 💕 . . #uraraka #urarakaochako #urarakacosplay #uravity #bnha #bokunoheroacademia #bokunoheroacademiacosplay #bnhacosplay #mha #mhacosplay #myheroacademia #myheroacademiacosplay #coser #cosplay #cosplaytutorial #cosplayadvice #anext #anext17 #animenext #animenext2017 #ochakocosplay
I hate this thing because it looks like a grub worm about to burst. Also, I wasn’t thinking and used normal spray paint, which cracks like an old-woman’s bones when I put it on. Looks perfect in photos though.
Uravity Is Best Girl
So you’ve finished your sewing, put down the glue, styled your wig, and slapped it all on. I wore this costume at animeNEXT 2017 and, honestly, it was blast. I performed in a skit called Midoriya’s Survival Guide (which 100% is a Ned’s Declassified themed skit in which we danced to a song from the Shrek 2 soundtrack. With almost the entirety of the BNHA cast. Tell me you didn’t know you needed that in your life.)
The boots are tricky to walk in, but other than that it’s a comfy costume. I feel like a real cutie and best girl in it. And if you love Uraraka, you should give it a try to. There are lots of pieces of this costume that can be adjusted for ease of wear or your skill level. If you want to be able to walk, there’s nothing wrong with swapping these boots out for a pair of basic pink knee highs. As mentioned, I recommend buying a bodysuit if you’re not ready to sew one. But I’m also of the opinion that when you want to make a costume, you should just give it go!
Go forth and be Best Girl Uraraka!
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