For whatEVER reason, my Captain Marvel cosplay is the one you guys seem to enjoy the most. So naturally, the next step for me would be to get the Captain Marvel flight suit costume.
As I’ve said time and time again, I’m not a stickler when it comes to screen-accurate cosplays. Hell, my Captain Marvel suit(from Ali Express) looks nothing like any version of Carol Danvers. But when Stitch’s Loft reached out to me about his product, I was instantly intrigued.
When Ryan (Stitch’s Loft) sent me this pilot suit, he also gave me some history on the suit and how he was able to make it as real as possible. This guy went above and beyond to make finite details for this costume. It’s truly remarkable.
That’s what I’m going to get into in this blog in case you wanted some more backstory about the making of this suit. I did a full review of the Captain Marvel flight suit on YouTube so that you can see this cosplay in action. Check it out andsubscribe if you’re into that kind of thing!
Is This Captain Marvel Pilot Suit Costume Movie Accurate?
Yes. The suit itself is a bonafide fire-resistant military-grade suit. Ones that are actual Air Force Pilots wear. You’ll know it’s real when you see the tag that says:
“Coveralls, Flyer’s Women’s Summer, Flame Resistant. Type 11 CLASS 1”
The newer suits come in Freedom Green, which is only slightly different from the 90’s vintage Sage Greens pilot suits. The Freedom suit (the one I have) is a brighter green, which is actually perfect because this is cosplay and it will show up better in photos. Another way you can make this costume even more move-accurate is by getting yourself a pair of aviators. I lovesunglasses from DIFF eyewear.They used to have custom Captain Marvel sunglasses, but it seems they no longer offer these (unfortunately!).
Captain Marvel Flight Suit Patches
You can watch the full breakdown for the Captain Marvel flight suit patches on Stitch’s Loft’s YouTube channel. He really goes into detail about how much research and study it took to get these patches just right. And the chest patch on my Air Force suit, he says, is a real vintage USAF patch.
My suit comes with a total of 4 patches, with 3 of them being movie-accurate recreations by Stitch’s Loft (V2.0 Test Pilot patch is probably my fav because it’s so colorful).
Here’s what the suit comes with:
(1) CWU-27/p (Real Nomex US Military) Flight Suit with hook and loop
(1) Custom Carol Danvers nametag (Stitch’s Loft Design)
(1) Set of USAF Captain Bar Rank Insignias (Real USAF Rank Insignias)
(1) AF Systems Command Patch REAL Vintage 90’s
(1) Inexplorata Patch (Stitch’s Loft Design)
(1) Test Pilot School Patch *NEW V2.0 (Stitch’s Loft Design)
(1) SPARROW (Stitch’s Loft Design) or RETENTION METER Morale Patch Replica
The Sparrow Patch actually has a sad story behind it concerning a real U.S. Air force Pilot. The U.S. Thunderbirds pilot died at the age of 34 in a flight accident. Brie Larson spoke about it on her Instagram, noting that,
“There is no Carol without you. You helped create her and I am forever grateful.”
So if you are planning on getting this flight suit, I highly recommend getting the Sparrow patch to celebrate and honor Maj. Stephen Del Bagno.
If you are a part of the cosplay community (which I assume you are, because why else would you be here?) then you have seen this Mary Jane Spider-Man shirt a time or two for a casual cosplay. Whether you are a fan of her off-the-cuff appearances in the comics or her newer renditions as Spinneret in the Earth-18119 series, she is a character that most cosplayers keep in their closets. So, in case you are in a rush and need a quick cosplay for your final convention day, or you are simply wondering how so many girls have this T-shirt, I’m going to show you my super quick, super easy DIY Spider-Man T-shirt tutorial. But, WAIT! There’s more. If you don’t have time (or patience) to do this yourself, you can officially get this shirt in my cosplay shop! And help a small business girl out. Choose from:
Mary Jane Watson Crop Top: White
Mary Jane Watson Crop Top: Black
Mary Jane Watson Spider-Man Heart Shirt: White & UNISEX
Mary Jane Watson Spider-Man Heart Shirt: Black & UNISEX
What You’ll Need:
Plain White T-Shirt (style is up to you)
A printer with color ink
Spider-Man Heart Design (free printable version below)
The reason so many girls utilize this version of MJ is because it is without a doubt one of the easiest and most popular female cosplays you can conjure up. This cute Mary Jane Spider-Man shirt just needs to be paired with some jean shorts, knee-high socks, and a red or auburn wig to complete the look. If you need some help on Mary Jane’s makeup, check out my Five Ways to Freckle makeup tutorial to go along with this DIY Spider-Man T-Shirt.
How To Make the Mary Jane Spider-Man Shirt
Step 1. Download Spider-Man heart shape design.
I actually created this Mary Jane Spider-Man shirt design myself! Submit your email below for the free downloadable version:
Step 2. Print it out.
Use regular computer paper first to determine if your design needs to be bigger or smaller.Then, use white fabric transferable paper. I usually use the brand Avery, which you can get at Walmart or on Amazon. Print on the blank side of the paper.Normally, you would have to do a mirrored image before you transfer it, but since this is an asymmetrical design, it works without needing to reverse it. However, I did (just to be safe) use this method for the downloadable version.
Step 3. Trim around the design.
Make sure there are absolutely no white edges or else it will transfer onto your shirt. https://cosplayandcoffee.com/product/mary-jane-watson-spider-man-heart-shirt-unisex/
Step 4. Iron it on.
Make sure you place it exactly where you want it to go before you iron on your Spider-Man design. I also recommend using a cutting board or something to stretch out your shirt while you iron it on. Place it face down and use firm pressure to iron on the design. Use your body weight to press the iron down onto the design for one to two minutes. Move the iron left to right, then up and down to ensure the entire design is being transferred onto your shirt.
Step 5. Let it cool.
It’s recommended that you wait at least 24 hours to wear and wash your MJ Spider-Man heart shirt.
Step 6. Become Mary Jane Watson
And that’s it! You now officially have your own casual MJ cosplay. Or just a cute Spider-Man T-shirt. The instructions suggest washing your shirt inside out in cold water, and using tumble dry low to ensure your design stays on forever!
My Doug Funny cosplay was my first Instagram photo to go semi-viral. Where I was typically hitting 200-400 likes, the mirror selfie of my Quailman costume surpassed over 1K.
I couldn’t believe how many people enjoyed seeing a gender-bent Doug Funny costume(let alone a mirror selfie). It just goes to show that you don’t need to be an expert craftsman in order to make a costume that people will love and appreciate.
I’ve made a ton of 90s-related costumes since then. It’s probably my favorite cosplay genre (and a rarely popular one, to my surprise) and I love the reaction it gets from people. So because I’d love for others to experience my 90s-nostalgic joy, I decided to give you this quick and easy DIY Quailman cosplay tutorial. Seriously, you can make this costume in a day.
So grab your coffee, grab your cosplay supplies, and let’s get started.
The base pieces of my DIY Quailman cosplay came from my local thrift shop. The small tidbits (the headband, cape, ribbon, shoes, and the undies) all came from Wal-Mart, I believe. But as always, I’ll have links to Amazon because it’s the best.
To make the headband, take a string/ribbon/measuring tape and measure around your head.
Take that measurement and draw a line across your kids’ craft foam (color doesn’t matter). Then just cut out a rectangle to that length. My headband is about 1-inch thick. I had to cut 2 strips and hot glue them together in order to fit it around my head. Also, remember to cut out another strip for the center twirl piece. You can get it to bend forward with a heat gun or a hairdryer.
Next, you’ll want to paint your foam with brown acrylic paint. You can also choose to glue brown pleather onto your foam strips for a more realistic look. I also used a Xacto knife to gently carve lines to give the foam the appearance of belt stitches.
And finally, all you need to do is loop your belt buckle through the foam like you would a normal belt. Don’t worry about securing it with anything but hot glue. The band should sit on your ears to hold it in place.
You have a few options as to how you can do your Doug Funny costume. If you want to go the traditional route, grab the green sweater vest and a white t-shirt. If you want to go the more femme route, you’ll just need a green V-neck shirt.
For classic Quailman, you can paint the Q right on the front with red acrylic paint. I recommend doing a layer of white paint first so the red is more prominent against the dark fabric. You can also use Dark Transfer Paper and iron on your ‘Q’. I did this for my Jenny Bravo cosplay. Watch the tutorial here.
Femme Quailman (Quailwoman?) just needs one of the stick-on patches. These are always on display at Michaels, but there’s a link above just in case. I just hot-glued mine to the top left of my shirt and voila! That’s it.
Quailman’s cape is literally just half a yard of red fabric from Wal-Mart. It doesn’t matter if the edges or frayed– Doug Funny is an adolescent boy, after all. Then all I did was take a strip of 3/4-inch white ribbon and hot glue it to the bottom. You can tie the cape around your neck like the real Quailman or tie it to your bra straps like I did.
Doug Funny Facts
Doug’s middle name is Yancy.
Doug retold his adventures to his 6th-grade journal, which is why viewers hear Doug narrate the story at the end of the episode.
Jim Jenkins created Doug Funny. Doug’s crush, Patti Mayonaise, comes from the names of two different girls Jenkins had crushes on in grade school.
Pork Chop is a Bull Terrier
Directly from IMDb, “The Funnie’s neighbors are the Dinks. Their name stems from the acronym D.I.N.K. which stands for “double income, no kids”. This is a slang term that refers to a childless couple where both people work and are, therefore, more affluent than families with dependents”
By FAR one of my most popular cosplays is my genderbent Dexters Laboratory costume. I am a cliche 90’s nostalgia kind of girl and I take immense pride in it. The 1990s were the best decade and you can’t change my mind.
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If you don’t already know what Dexter’s Laboratory is, I’ll include some fun facts down below. But essentially it was a pretty popular cartoon about a boy scientist and his annoying sister and it ran on Cartoon Network. The main character, Dexter, is obviously a boy, but after seeing the above gender-bend artwork, I knew I had to recreate it (artist credit, anyone?).
And because I would absolutely love to see more of you in your own version of this cosplay, I’m going to show you where I got my materials. Yes, this is a fully purchased Dexter’s Laboratory costume. I didn’t make a single thing from it. I probably am going to do a DIY though because I found the perfect pattern (linked below) for it. The material of this costume shop dress is… no so good.
You’ll find links on where to get the materials below. I’ve also included some suggested materials if you’d rather do an actual DIY Dexter cosplay. Men, there are links for you in here as well!
Dexter’s Laboratory Costume Details
There are plenty of ways you can go about the genderbent Dexter cosplay. I personally saw a costume that I liked and instantly knew it would work for this Cartoon Network character. Someone once suggested to me that I could buy a chef’s coat and take it in to make it a dress. And other cosplayers may prefer to just make the dress from scratch. You do you.
I bought mine because it was a fly-by-the-moment idea and I’m an amateur seamstress. The dress was only like $35 and it looked like it was made to be a Dexter’s Laboratory costume. I already had the boots and the wig, so it was kind of a no-brainer for me. Cosplay is expensive, guys.
A pattern (this one would be SO cute; just readjust the neckline and the buttons!)
WATCH: Party City Dexters Laboratory Costume Review
Dexters Laboratory Fun Facts:
Dexter doesn’t have a last name.
The superhero, Krunk, in an episode of Dexter’s Laboratory is a parody of Marvel’s Hulk (Krunk has purple skin and wears green pants).
Dexter’s accent is a mix of Russian, French, and German. According to IMDb, “Dexter’s accent originated from Genndy Tartakovsky‘s CalArts roommate, Rob Renzetti, who left voicemails for Tartakovsky in a comedic French accent.”
Growing up, watching Nickelodeon was like a ritual. I never missed a single episode of my favorite shows— especially when it came to Rugrats. I decided to make a Chuckie Finister costume for the same reason that most other people flock to this character: it’s wild. Chuckie’s look is a lot more detailed and colorful compared to Tommy (who has always been my favorite Rugrats baby), which meant a DIY Chuckie would be a lot more fun— and challenging.
A Chuckie Finster costume is also a great way to level up your cosplay skills. It’s still technically a closet cosplay, but it requires a little bit more craftsmanship. Don’t worry—it’s still an easy build. All you will need are some basic clothing items, some paint, and an extravagant curly red wig.
Also, keep in mind that this Chuckie Finster tutorial can be used for both boys and girls. And, of course, you don’t have to use a crop top for the shirt. That’s just my preferred style.
Chuckie’s most noticeable features are his bright orange hair, purple glasses, and freckles. He always wears a light blue shirt with a Saturn emblem tilted in the center, with green shorts that have playful lime green zig zags plastered on them.
You can find the Saturn emblem that you will need for this costume in my FREE Chuckie Finster Costume Tutorial eBook. Get it here:
What You’ll Need
Most of these supplies are easily accessible on Amazon. I provided a link banner under each list for a visual of the products I used and how much they cost. Anything not shown in the banner will have its own link or can be found at your local craft/general store.