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The moment I saw the gear guide for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, I cringed at her outfit. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love it, but I was worried about how I was going to make some of the clothing and props! It’s so much more detailed than her previous outfits, and it’s definitely been a wonderful challenge.
So, when it came to tackling the pants, I wasn’t really sure how I was going to do it. A lot of other awesome cosplayers were cutting out pieces of black leggings and pulling them over their pants- which is genius. However, the pants I chose were a bit baggy, and I really didn’t want to pay for another pair since these were already just sitting in my closet. By the way, they were originally brown, and I dyed them tan since I thiiiiink that’s the color in the game. I swear, the colors of her outfits change. It can’t just be the lighting!
That left me with the idea of using fabric paint. I grabbed a 4 oz. bottle of the Tulip brand from Michael’s and got to work! It’s a very easy process, but it does take a little while to finish, so patience is key! I took my time with painting small sections at a time, using a heat gun to dry it faster. Then I let it completely dry for 72 hours.
Yes, 72 hours. Then I washed them inside out in warm water with a little bit of detergent, then let them line dry before adding the other details.
I’m super happy with how they turned out, and you can easily make your own cheaply as well! Check out my tutorial below to see how it was done. 🙂 And as always, thanks for stopping by.