Note From the Editor: Happy Halloween! To celebrate the spooky occasion, Superhero Hype’s special guest cosplay correspondent, Ashlynne Dae, is revisiting her take on Madelyne Pryor, a.k.a. the Goblin Queen. Longtime readers of Uncanny X-Men remember that Madelyne is the evil clone of Jean Grey, and Ashlynne really loves to cosplay as Jean. Madelyne wasn’t always a villain. She was originally introduced as an ordinary woman who fell in love with Scott Summers/Cyclops. However, Scott abandoned Madelyne after Jean returned regardless of his wife and child. So Madelyne made a deal with a demon and set an in motion. Goblin Queen is also making another comeback in the Inferno New Mutants comic later this year. She’s vengeful and powerful, which is why it’s always a mistake to underestimate her.
Today, I’m going to walk through how I made my Goblin Queen cosplay. I talked a bit about Madelyne Pryor
in my first Jean Grey article, so I won’t go too far into detail of who she is and why I cosplayed her, instead I’ll just jump right in!
I hope you have enjoyed this little walkthrough. And if it inspires you to make your own Goblin Queen, then I would love to see it!
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Superhero Hype Cosplay: Goblin Queen
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I made this cosplay for WonderCon 2019. It is my favorite convention of the year and I always go. And I had been wanting to cosplay her for a while. So I thought it would be a great opportunity.
It is a pretty simple looking costume, because it is so small. But a lot of care was put into it to make sure it looked just right.
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I first started the construction with the cape, since that was the biggest feature. I made my cape out of a black matte pleather fabric so that the light would catch it nicely, but it wouldn’t be too shiny, and a nice red ITY knit for the lining.
I don’t know if you can tell, but it is my favorite thing to make black costumes.
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I drafted the pattern for the cape right on the fabric, as I made it a half circle cape to give it flow, but I found a full circle cape to engulf too much for my liking.
You can find tons of great circle skirt pattern tutorials online that will give you the perfect diagram and do all the math for you so you can draft your own. Just use your neck (or whatever closure area it will be sitting on) as your circumference measurement instead of a waist measurement.
Works just as well for capes as it does skirts. I let my fabric width be my determining factor on how long the cape would be, as circle capes are limited by your yardage.
Luckily I had tons of both of these fabrics in my stash, so I ended up using about 8 yards of each.
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Once I had both the lining and the shell cut, I knew I didn’t want it to be fully lined all the way to the hem because I wanted to be able to do all the iconic distressing on the bottom of her cape. So I stitched both cape pieces right sided together only along the neck edge and about 2/3rd the way down the front edges of the cape.
I flipped that bad boy out and popped on a coat hook and eye. The cape is really heavy, so using a coat hook and eye is better than normal or skirt hooks. It’s more heavy duty and easier to clasp. And then I created a red brooch to help support the cape even further, and hide the cape opening/where it seems to join with the top.
I simply filled a mold with clear resin with red dye in it, let it cure, popped it onto a silver metallic backing and glued a gold metal ring around it as a border using super glue.
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A little brooch pin secures it to the cape. Then I got to do some fun distressing to the bottom edge of the cape. It was by far the longest part, there is just so much yardage to hack away at, but you can really get creative.
I saved a bit of the black that I had cut off for my “loincloth” piece for the bottom, but more on that in a minute. After I got all my shredding out of the way, I moved onto the top.
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It is pretty simple, I took a rectangle of fabric, (measured from my collarbone to my under arms and back up to the collar bone, and 5 inches wide), hemmed the long ends, gathered the two short ends, and stuck those ends in a neck band using the same technique
I used with Psylocke. That was it for the top.
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The panty was a little more involved. I used my pattern for thong bottoms, cut two fronts and four backs, assembled each and then sewed the two fronts together and the two backs together, forming a self lining.
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As I sewed them together, I inserted 1/4 clear elastic into the hem for structure (is there even structure with a thong really?) and turned them right side out.
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I then stitched the sides into a metal ring like Madelyne has on her costume and hand stitched my loincloth piece in the front. Added a bit more distressing and it was perfect.
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The last step was the gloves, which I used my old tried and true fingerless glove pattern I drew off my arm years ago, which I just cut two of, stitched them up and hemmed the bottom.
I didn’t even hem the top because I’m cheeky and I hate the feeling when I’ve made them too tight and then they squeeze my arms, and they stay up well enough without the hem.
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After all that you are pretty much done, just grab yourself some black thigh high boots, a red wig (or in my case a wig that is a brighter version of my real hair) and you are ready to command some Goblins.