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Hero's Welcome. by cupcake-rufflebutt Hero's Welcome. by cupcake-rufflebutt
I have often dreamed of a far off place,
where a hero's welcome would be waiting for me.
Where the crowds will cheer when they see my face,
and a voice keeps saying, "This is where I'm meant to be."

~ "Go the Distance" [Alan Menken]

Myself as Suki from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Photo taken by Amanda [Elemental-Sight] at Otakon 2009. Cosplaying Suki has been a dream of mine for nearly two years, and I was finally about to do so this summer! I chose her Fire Nation disguise because I really love the fit and flare of the garments, as well as the colour scheme [which ended up being a HUGE bane, ironically]. Eventually I would like to cosplay all of Suki's outfits. I chose the above quote from Hercules because I think it really speaks for Suki's journey. There is something so poignant to me about those last few coronation scenes. Who would have ever thought a simple girl from a remote island in the Earth nation -- a non-bender at that -- would make such an enormous impact on the war against Ozai and then be lauded the world over as a hero? I know, I'm a dweeb.

The first and most aggravating step in constructing this costume was coming up with a colour key. Let me tell you, I have worked on MANY costumes over the years with inconsistent designs, but these Fire Nation outfits take the cake. The reds are entirely different from scene to scene, and Suki's entire body is never shown in a single frame, except from a distance. Therefore I had to pick and choose from various scenes, some of which had dramatically different lighting. [Some of the best shots of this design come from the "Ember Island Players" episode, the majority of which is set at night and in a dim theatre house.] Once I had my colour key, it was off to Joann Fabrics, where OF COURSE I couldn't find the thousand different shades of red I was looking for. I ended up not only having to resort to broadcloth [which I don't despise nearly as much as other costumers, but would never have been my first choice for this costume], but also needing to tweak my colour scheme slightly in order to work with the reds available to me. A veritable nightmare! Construction-wise, the costume came together fairly easily. I altered pre-existing patterns for the pants, skirt, and shirt, and patterned the armbands, mitts, belt, and collar. This is one of few costumes I've worked on that has consisted almost solely of sewing [ie, there was very little painting, beading, and other detail work involved] and it gave me the opportunity to really focus on fit and drape. I should also mentioned that all garments are fully lined with the exception of the pants. Progress pictures of the wig can be found elsewhere in my gallery, along with a detailed description of its construction. The shoes are an ethnic Moroccan style that I was lucky enough to find on eBay. They were not cheap, but I really could not settle for anything less than violently-pointy-and-ugly. XD They do not flare up at the toes as much as hers do, but that made battle poses a bit easier, so I try to overlook the inaccuracy. Overall, I am very pleased with the end result, and it feels so nice to finally cosplay a character that has grown so dear to me over the years. Amanda did a very lovely job with this shoot, I cannot wait to share more from it!

Please no critiques/criticism. I'd like to keep this gallery happy! <3
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DomiGrowls Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
where did you get the shoes? I'm gunna cosplay her and that's the only thing I cant find
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It took me a while, but I found my pair on eBay. I've seen other cosplayers make their own or go with the traditional Chinese school shoes she wears in a few episodes.
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DomiGrowls Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
would you happen to remember where you found them on eBay or what you searched?
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sorry, that was 3-4 years ago. I'm lucky if I remember what happened yesterday, LOL.
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DomiGrowls Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo lol well thanx anyway
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Siacatmesecat Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I made my brother a Zuko costume, and I know what you mean about choosing a color palette... This costume is great; the way it fits and hangs looks perfect and I love that I can't really tell if your hair is a wig or not--you really look like the character come to life! Thanks for sharing the process--I feel like I've learned a lot about costumes just by skulking through your gallery. :)
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the kind comment! <3
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TheEmilt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you do the lighter red outline on the skirt? o.o
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
They were a separate applique. Thanks for the comment!
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koolerkron Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Amazing! Suki was one of my favorites!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! She is one of my favourites, as well.
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koolerkron Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
woot! you're welcome!
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NaughtySquee Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
This is Ridiculously good. Wow...I love the fire nation outfits and you did a helluva job on this! :)
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! <3
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NaughtySquee Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
You're welcome. Whenever I look at this I feel like your shadow might be getting ready to do something mischievous. XD
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahah, I've never really noticed the shadow. Thank you for calling my attention to it!
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LindyArt Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You did a great cosplay of Suki in her fire nation disguise. I would love to cosplay that outfit someday soon ^__^
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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ladyz0e Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Artist
That outfit looks really comfy for some reason 'u'~
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It is one of my more comfortable costumes, actually! The big poofy pants and flat shoes definitely help. XD
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Sheikah-ness Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
I love this costume! You did a magnificent job!

I freaking love Suki and I'm actually working on her Fire Nation clothes right now. I don't mean to impose, but I was wondering how you did the corner pattern on the skirt?

Normally when a costume I do has those, I just glaze over them or fear of messing up too much, but this time I want to do it completely right.

Thanks for your time, and again, great costume~!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The details on the skirt, for the most part, are appliqued. If you do a google search you should find some tips on that method. Good luck with your costume! <3
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Sheikah-ness Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
Thanks so much~! It means a lot. <3
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AwkwardWallflower Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Student General Artist
WHOA - Now THAT'S live-action Suki!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! That's the best compliment I could possibly receive! :3
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AwkwardWallflower Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Student General Artist
You're very welcome!
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pockyfairy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
I -love- this...like whoa. Amazing construction and everything...it's just PERFECT! <3
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thanks! I had no idea you liked Avatar. <3 Long time no talk, btw! I'll have to remedy that by watching your account here. XD
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pockyfairy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Heck yes! I -love- that show. Hooray remedy-ing...yeah. xD
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ragingbluedragon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, amazing Suki cosplay, loving it
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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ragingbluedragon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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LadyTerentia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
You know how much I love this. <3
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Enixspirit Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Im with you on that.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad, dear! <3
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syonanto Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
It looks super awesome =)
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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jokergurl6 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
I love looking at Cosplay costumes! This is one of the best I've seen... =)
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad you enjoyed it! <3
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jokergurl6 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Thanks!
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Deathdog3000 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooo. This inspires me to persue my Azula cosplay idea. :icongwahplz:

So pretty. I envy your sewing skills. I usually break the machine.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you enjoyed it! I also hope to cosplay Azula one day, so good luck to both of us! <3
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DoctorEvil06 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You look great as Fire Nation Suki!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, sir!
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DoctorEvil06 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome
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Raseleanne Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful job! You really captured the costume down to every detail~

How'd you make the pants and get them to be poofy at the bottoms?
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! The pants are gathered at the bottom.
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Ambrosia-Rose Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
SUKI! =3=

Now you just have to go running up a wall like Spiderman. ^_^
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahah. We should so have tried to take trick pictures like that!
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midnight-ruby-thief Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
GO SUKI! RUN TO SOKKA~
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