Should you be interested in kitting out like a Temple Bird, for convention-day, holiday, or every-day, here is a how-to! Probably you are not interested! But if I have to look at these workity-work numbers any longer, my brain will turn inside out. And that would be messy. Humor me.
So! Let’s sort out how to do some Temple Dress. Because it’s the most obviously Songbirdy thing. People will think you are a color- and gender-swapped Slave Leia. Which will give you a perfect opportunity to tell them they need to Read The Book.
(Willim singing Evensong, by Emma.)
First of all, if you are a lady or have lady-esque parts on your upper half, you’re gonna need one of these or something similar. Otherwise, you may find yourself arrested. Were you in Hasafel, you would be fine, as there were female Temple Singers in Hasafel and they went around in the breeze like the boys. But you are not in Hasafel, and you don’t want to be. It suffers from something of a permanent 100% humidity problem, parts of it are full of sharks, and it has a critical lack of breathable oxygen. I mean it is underwater.
Now, what Songbird are you? Once you know this, you can proceed! Are you a specific character, or just a random Lark? To refresh your memory and cure you of that pesky insomnia, here’s a long blather about what colors people wear.
The good thing about Temple Dress, if you actually have the balls to—- well, I guess you would have to LACK them to wear it— is that it is pretty simple and greatly embellishable. To me, that means less of the no-fun parts of cosplay (cutting out fabric and sewing bits of it to other bits of it and hoping it comes out like a garment), and more of the fun parts (gluing, spray-painting, fancy makeup, and shopping for jewelry.)
How are you going to make that fancy armor? Why, you’re going to use craft foam. And plastic sheets or poster board. And you’re going to use Amethyst Angel’s Armormaking for the Fiberglass-phobic tutorial, because it is simply the best tutorial on the deal I have ever found. And you are going to have a party doodling birdy patterns all over your armor with dimensional paint, and then when you get it all painted and aged up and suddenly it looks like metal, it’ll be awesome. You will not believe what you have done. You will be stopping people in the street, thrusting a gorget into their faces and saying SON I MADE THIS OUT OF POSTERBOARD AND CRAFT FOAM. They will be mightily impressed. So impressed they might even call the police, which is a recurring theme of this post. ANYWAY. Any kind of cosplay with armor just gets a +10 to badass, trust me.
Now you’re almost done! You need some jewelry, and you know where to get that by now.
If you’re a generic-bird, you can throw on any kind of face paint design you like, and you are done! But if you’re specifically birding it up with a book character, you’ll need some hairs. I like Arda Wigs a whole bunch of a lot. Here’s some good starts for Willim (in Silver), Dmitri (in ash blond), and Ellis (in warm light brown).
Last of all, you will need something for your feets. Songbirds wear sandals, and if you’re feeling really DIY you can make your own in the proper colorway, or just trick out a pair of flip-flops with some extra lacing.
Now you can cosplay a Songbird, and I can go back to my muggle-work with a brain that’s less gluey. You’ve been very kind. For more info about Valnon, here’s the index of related posts.
Reblogging myself, because we are in the peak of Cosplay Season (at least for anime cons & Dragon Con), and because Thryse was Making Noises.
I really should wear something Songbirdy one day of Anime USA, but Cosplaying my own characters feels wacky and I don’t know who I’d be, anyway. I don’t look like anyone. And if I went really obscure like Lady Civalle (who I do kinda resemble) people would just think I was lazy and wore my ren faire clothes. Maybe I could get away with Hawk? Very slimming robes. Wonder if I could talk J into the Kestrel’s Blues.