Alchemy Stars Cosplay Project!
In late December 2021, I was approached by the game creators of Alchemy Stars, a popular fantasy mobile game! They had a tight deadline and wanted me to cosplay as the Queen of the North Bethlehem, a character in the game.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, I dug through all my cosplay material stashes and found most everything I needed to make Bethlehem’s costume!
What followed were 5 sleep-deprived days full of sewing, crafting and detail-arranging, and 1 fun day of dressing up as Bethlehem for a photo and a video shoot.
I worked quickly so I didn't document the entire crafting process, but here are some progress pics on how I made this costume!
I used two beautiful patterned fabrics for the cape and trimmed around all the edges with strips of faux fur. Then I made the blue and white bows.
I was able to reuse the bodice and feathers from my retired Emma Frost costume for Bethlehem, which really saved me a lot of time and allowed me to focus on building the skirt tiers. The top layer of the skirt was the most important as it had a very specific design.
I patterned the skirt shape in paper first, then transferred the template onto a heavy bridal fabric for the top layer, and a very light lining fabric for the under layer. I sewed the two layers together, turned them inside out, and clipped along all the curves. Next, I ironed the skirt with steam and made sure all the shapes showed up nicely.
Then I used heat-n-bond and a purple fabric to make the little tear drop designs and ironed them onto the skirt. I spent about a day on just the little details on the costume such as the white bows, purple crosses, gold metal cording, jeweled hangings etc.
As the costume came together, I had to rig an attachment system for the cape since it is an... off the shoulder fur cape! I also made 4-tip stars with EVA foam for the ear muffs!
The last piece I made was the crown, which consisted of a bunch of resin cast gems that I glued to a headband. Thankfully, I use gems enough that I had built a whole collection of various shapes and didn't have to hunt for anything. Tip: Buy weird buttons to make molds and cast copies of for cosplay adornment.
Thanks for following along! Check out my Belle costume progress if you like this type of content!