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Ikkicon 2012: Journey by Malindachan Ikkicon 2012: Journey by Malindachan
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Edit: Just switched out the photo for one at a slightly different angle; it shows off more of the scarf! :3

I finally got to premier my Journey cosplay at Ikkicon, though I barely got to wander around in it because I was busy with pre-judging for a huge part of the day. By the time the contest was over, I felt like I might not have any luck getting photos since it was getting kind of late and we still needed to get dinner at some point before all the food places closed. I was lucky to run into a photographer friend right after the contest, and she offered to take some quick photos. Made my night <3

Journey is an amazing game experience, and I never get tired of playing it even though it's very short. I've been wanting to make a traveler since it came out last year, and I feel very accomplished that I finally got around to making it.

There's another Journey cosplayer that put together a wonderful tutorial with templates, and it was a great help for figuring out the hood pattern and simplifying how I did the gold designs. I made some alterations here and there, but otherwise the process is still the same: [link]

I started with a poncho pattern for the cloak base, and I barely had enough fabric for it (I was using some leftover signature suede fabric we had on-hand). I used the pattern from the above link for the hood, though I made the face opening a bit smaller and took in some seams here and there. Instead of wonderflex I just used some craft foam for the mask and covered it in black suedecloth. There's bias tape for the circlet and white fabric stretched over the eye openings in the back (I can see a little out of them, but only under good lighting). The mask is sewn into the hood so it won't slide around (The mask itself is actually smaller than my face because the travelers in Journey have strange proportions). There's pieces of upholstery foam glued to the underside of the mask to keep it from pressing too hard against my nose. The darker red triangles are the wrong side of the suedecloth fabric.
The little "squiggles" and "People" symbols are duck cloth that matches the bias tape I got (used both single fold and double fold in merigold). The duck cloth was ironed on with heat-n-bond and I satin-stitched around all the edges. The whole cloak is lined with red broadcloth.

For my scarf, I wanted it to be ridiculous long like in later parts of the game, so I just pieced together the rest of my yellow duck cloth to see how long I could make it, and it ended up being 17.5 feet. There are 48 or 50 glyph designs on it total because it's double sided. The red borders were painted, and the gylphs were ironed on with heat n bond. I used leftover white bridal satin for the glyph designs, and I satin stitched around all the edges of those. I plan to have all the edges of the red pieces satin-stitched, but I didn't have enough time before the con (It will be officially done by Katsucon though). The scarf attaches with velcro onto the cloak so I can make a shorter con-friendly one later. :)

I made a red bodysuit, but I couldn't find the color I wanted in swim/dance spandex, so I ended up using a red ponte roma knit. I made a pattern by making a mock-up out of muslin first, and then I made the real thing with the red knit. It has a zipper in the back and is very comfy. :3

Journey is (c) ThatGameCompany
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InkIsMyPassion Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
Can I commission you to make that costume? Id definitely pay good money :)
BellaDuArte Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesomely done! #iluvthatgame 

VanvettsBarn Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm gonna make a Journey cosplay for ComicCon this year and I'm really concerned that I won't be able to make the mask because I'm not sure Sweden has those kinds of materials that I need and it's too expensive to order online Waaaah! Waaaah! 
FennecFoxAim Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! La la la la 
Akamar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My niece finds this costume rather to die for.
VivytheKiwi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist
this is awesome :D
Great work!
gameguy199 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student Writer
this is truly beautiful.
ShuyinTheEnigmatic Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Writer
Great work on this cosplay!
NeonRedWings Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Looks amazing! :D
EkaYaru Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my dear... wow... what an awesome cosplay you did there.. Is it you who made it or it comes from a site? *o*
1Stargod Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's sooo beautiful!
I'm making one right now and I don't care how unlikely it is that we will ever meet. But I hope if I do see any other journey cosplayers they would stay true to the heart of the game and travel with me!! X3
^^' sorry
angelic-swordien Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can't even fathom how much time all that satin-stitching took!!!! You are seriously a god hahaha. One of the best cosplays I've ever seen :D
PrincessOfMaggots Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I want dat !
Weaselhatter Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This fills my heart with warmth every time I see this. Thank you.
MichaelPelgonen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Couldn't express myself any better.
tinytop Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is so beautiful, you did an amazing job!
lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Socks-Rock Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you do commissions? I would love to commission a Journey cosplay from you.
MarchenDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Is there any chance you make these to sell?
Seras-Loves-Master Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my god! I want to do this costume! I am so glad to find a beautiful example of this costume!
Sayuri-Zumi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I need this costume<3 It's amazing! I wish I had the skills to make one myself.
Badrats-Studio Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This awesomeness is too hard to describe in human's tongue.

Awesomely good work !
PaeBac Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
How did you get around with such a long scarf? It looks gorgeous and so flowy, but how did you walk without risk of people stepping on it?
TheRainTransformed Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
keiko32 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Simply amazing! Just like the game. Congratulations!
Neitheram Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so amazing <3
yozegami Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! :3
kejsi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
great work, really amazing!
KuupuuChan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
At what store did you get the duck cloth and bias tape? .o.
The cosplay looks absolutely stunning *_*
mixxi90 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
cute <3
Twilight-Entropy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
chirp .w.
ZippyC Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Photographer
aaaah precious chirping baby you look so great ;_;
Malindachan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
boat12 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I can't believe i didn't see you! what day was this on?
Malindachan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was in it for the late part of Saturday, after the cosplay contest was over.
boat12 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
oh, I had to leave before then, that's why.

Well, again, I must say you did an awesome job!
Miss-RinRin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That awkward moment when you wish you saw this but you didn't because you went on the wrong day.
This is incredibly beautiful.
Mypointyhair Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so fantastic! And thanks for adding the tutorial :D I'm thinking about doing a cosplay of this, and this is very helpful/inspirational. Keep up the great work!
Aesceus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very amazing~ Probably the best one I've seen.

Does your scarf glow? Is it one layer with details, or two layers, each with a side of details, sewn together?
Malindachan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha I wish. XD The white designs are satin so it's got a nice sheen, but I don't know a whole lot about EL Tape or have the time/budget to do such a large amount of it.

The scarf is just one layer of fabric, but there are details on both sides (with the underside being mirrored to the top). After ironing on one side, I had to hold the fabric up to a light so I could line up the glyphs evenly on the underside, that way I could satin-stitch around the edges and it'd work out on both sides. :3
MsGDance Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I clicked on this thinking it was a game screenshot!! :O
camouflage-queen94 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is amazing!
DoubleAAgamer Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
It was great to get to meet you at IkkiCon!
River-in-Time Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job on the cosplay! I find it hilarious that you had a 17 foot scarf. That sounds awesome. :D
Malindachan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha I told myself from the start that I wanted a ridiculously long scarf no matter what! XD It was so fun that way in the game C:
River-in-Time Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed it was! It looks fairly light, so if you ran fast enough does it float out behind you? :nod: It'd be reeeeally expensive, but if a cosplay had a silk one it would probably float really well. Not that yours isn't awesome! 'Cause it is. :aww:
sashaerfitt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist
0nSilverWingsX Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I keep hearing so many good things about this game, but sadly I still lack a PS3 so I can't play it....yet.

Wonderful costume!
Kakurosu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
i want to make a costume like this, how to?
i dont recall the scarf to have white dots all the time...
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