Warning: This is a very picture heavy post with large images. I went though all the effort of putting the outfit together so i decided to go all out. I borrowed a friend’s good camera and took pictures upon pictures before i had fun burning the wings up. Just kidding They’re still sitting on my table.
Fact: This is my first cosplay ever. And it was done during a month of midterms oTL
Disclaimer: anything that doesn’t look like it’s real-life is property of Vindictus, Dev-Cat, Nexon and god knows who else.
Fact: I did not cut/sew/craft everything. Outfit pieces will be listed at the end.
Fact: the wings are disproportionately large
Fact: size matters 😉 bigger is better
The original Contest Post in the Vindictus.nexon.net forums can be accessed by clicking here. It’s post # 24.
Succubus Wings Jacket
Succubus Long Boots
Heremon Twin Swords Infinity Twin Swords
Character Class Modeling Outfits: Vella
Pose: Neutral Half Akimbo
Pose: Chilling with the Logo
Pose: F10 aka Beckon
Pose: Neutral with Swords
Pose: F7 aka Salute
Pose: the Weird ‘n Awkward One
Pose: Sitting with Legs Crossed
You’ve reached the end of the Gallery!
Process and Pieces:
Most of the things were relatively inexpensive or things I already had. The only piece i made from scratch were the wings.
The boots are normal, long, black, heeled boots with red ribbon on double-side tape. I was too cheap to spring for buckles (those fckers are expensive).
Calvin Klein white dress shirt: collared, button up, no pockets – shirt can be found at Nordstrom Rack, in your mother’s closet or a similar one can be found clicking here.
Black Tie: very basic though this one has a sapphire lined back – can be found in your father’s closet, Nordstrom Rack, Marshall’s, or …. just find one anywhere.
Waist Corset: hip to under bust only – I got mine from Dresslink here.
Bat Wings: beading wire + crepe satin + epoxy putty + duct tape + wire clothes hanger + gel locite + black thread and needle + TIME: the wings were made from scratch. I will give a brief overview and material listing of what i used for the wings after I’ve finished listing what i used for this outfit.
Black Skirt: velvet, rolled up to be shorter (way shorter) – I’ve had this for literally forever, as far back as I can remember. There are pictures of me in preschool wearing this. That’s how old this skirt is so don’t ask me where i got it.
Over-the-Knee Black boots: soft pseudo suede + red ribbon trim – I got them from Dresslink here. They can be folded over to be knee and such.
Face/Makeup: here’s a partial list
Smashbox – Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Legendary over Be Legendary Lipstick in Infrared Matte
Smashbox – Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude (btw: it aint waterproof)
The Body Shop – Color Crush Eye Shadow in Chocolate Linger #220 (used as a matte contour powder)
Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess Bronzer Powder in Light
Stila – Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black
BH Cosmetics False Eyelashes in Flirt
Benefit – Blush in Bella Bamba (Discontinued)
Kiehl’s – Micro-Blur Skin Perfector (primer)
+ lots of brushes & q-tips
Dresslink has been very trustworthy so far. I have never had to deal with their customer service so I can’t say anything about that department. I have ordered from Dresslink a great deal of times. The quality of various items is hit or miss but over all ,,they have been pretty good for the prices. There are some things that are stellar and I would absolutely recommend them but I’m not going to bore you in this post. Warning though: shipping is slow. I ordered the corset as soon as i heard about the contest and had decided what outfit to enter. Shipping took 3 weeks on their cheapest option. The 1 week shipping option usually costs more than the clothing items themselves.
Whatever you wear in normal US sizes, go one or two sizes up. They do Asian sizing so if you order in exactly your size, it will be too small. Their shoe sizes only go up to Women’s size 8, sadly.
Boots: 1 hour
I got two 9-ft. spools of 3/4″ red ribbon from Joann’s for about $2 each. You can get ribbon at pretty much any craft store or even supermarkets during the holiday season.
I wrapped the ribbon around my leg in 5 spots with the boots on, cut the ribbon to length then stuck them on with double sided Scotch- tape. It’s a pretty simple process that’s easily reversible.
Wings: total time took about 48 hours spread over 3 weekends
26 gauge Beading Wire – black (Joann’s)
16 gauge Beading Wire – black (Joann’s)
14 gauge Beading Wire – black (Joann’s)
1 square yard of black Crepe Satin cloth (Joann’s)
Locite – Gel Control x 2 bottles (Ace’s Hardware Store)
White Epoxy Putty (Ace’s Hardware Store)
How to Make the Wings
1) Get materials together.
2) ??? for 48 hours
Naw. You wish it was that easy.
1) Unravel the 14 gauge wire, split the length in half and use one piece for the main frame & longest “finger” of one wing
2) Unravel, split the 16 gauge in half
3) Cut each half of the 16 gauge wire into 4 pieces of varying lengths (you’ll have to figure this out for yourself because I didn’t bother to measure). Two will be used for the spokes, one will be need to be longer so that it fan form the frame of the underpart of the wing and the 4th will be twisted around the main frame “arm” to reinforce the main frame’s integrity.
4) Use the epoxy putty on the joint where the horn-tip of the wing is. Cut off a quarter inch section, shape it into a triangle.
Attach it to the arm frame and stick the spokes into it too hold the frame and spokes together.
I also jacketed sections of the main frame/s arm in putty to reinforce it even more.
5) Use the 26 gauge to weave a net/backing. Where there are cross sections, stick a small piece of putty on them to make them stay. that’s what the little dots are.
6) Cut the black crepe satin cloth square in half diagonally.
7) Use one of the cloth halves to cover the frame you have made. I attached it with a combination of Locite and old fashioned sewing
8) Repeat the above steps to make the other wing in a mirror image of the first one. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
9) Attach both finished wings to the clothes hanger with duct tape. It should look something like this
10) Stick the hanger hook into the corset on your back and get a friend to help you bend the wings into the desired shape. I also used duct tape to make the wings more perky.
11) Enslave previously mentioned friend, steal a good camera, and make them take your pictures.
**Edit July 2016. Two years later I am so embarrassed by this but I’ll leave it up so I can laugh at myself alongside scores of other people.