Hana Song, or D.Va, wrecks shop with a MEKA for the South Korean government now that she’s not busy being a world championship gamer. (We might be in love!) Since May 2016, Overwatch has been nothing short of a phenomenon, and every convention since has had a handful of D.Vas running around. Read on to add her badassery to your cosplay collection!

D.Va’s Character Design

Gaming’s favorite tank rocks a blue bodysuit and a light gun at her hip. And we’re not talking about Samus Aran today. D.Va’s outfit generally doesn’t change much. There are 12 different skins available in the game, but they all boil down to 3 distinct bodysuit styles.

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D.Va Cosplay (Easy version)

If you’re not the craftiest cosplayer, not to worry. You can buy everything you need to pull off this cosplay with minimal skills. Like so…

Supply list includes:

  1. D.Va Classic Skin bodysuit-Visit a seamstress to get your measurements taken for the custom order, or follow this guide to take your own measurements.
  2. Long straight wig – past shoulder length, shoot for a medium dark brown, with bangs
  3. Prop weapon– Buy a ready-made one or commission one from a prop maker
  4. Custom Headset – you can order both this and the weapon as a set here
  5. White Boots – You can easily paint some boots from a thrift store – or buy some here
  6. Face paint- for the classic suit, you would use pink paint. Try to match the pink in the suit for best effect.

Details to remember:

  • For the best fit, wear a wig cap underneath your wig.
  • Use a stencil for the face paint or a triangular makeup sponge to get uniform markings on your cheeks.
  • Practice a pose, because you look awesome!

D.Va Cosplay (DIY version)

Now if you’ve got a few craft skills under your belt and you’d like to flex them on this cosplay, let’s get to it! Perhaps you’d like to make your own props? Or maybe you’d like to customize your bodysuit to showcase something other than the default D.Va skin. If you’re a real sewing wiz, you might even want to *gasp!* make your own bodysuit! We’ll start small with the props.

Make your own D.Va Headset

Supply list includes:

  1. EVA foam
  2. Craft foam
  3. Plain plastic headband
  4. Spray paint
  5. Acrylic paint
  6. Contact cement

Tools you will need:

  1. Construction paper or cardstock- to create patterns and stencils as needed
  2. Dremel
  3. Xacto or carving knife
  4. paint brushes in assorted sizes
  5. tape for marking off areas to paint

Details to remember:

  • Always work in a well-ventilated area when you’re using spray paints and grinding tools that can generate dust.
  • Seal the finished product for durability. Conventions can be hard on your cosplay!

Make your own D.Va Light Gun

For this, you can build the entire thing from EVA foam (or Legos, if you’re adventurous) or you can modify a toy gun to create an awesome light gun for refilling your Ultimate bar. The tutorial we are sharing here builds the light gun from EVA foam.

Supply list includes:

  1. EVA foam
  2. small piece of PVC
  3. wood glue
  4. hot glue sticks
  5. acrylic paints

Tools you will need:

  • Paper for stencils
  • Carving knife
  • Xacto knife
  • markers for tracing
  • hot glue gun

Details to remember:

  • This tutorial has a part 2 that covers the painting in detail.

Make your own D.Va Body Suit

This is certainly not a project we would recommend if your are a novice with the sewing machine. Working with stretch fabrics and form-fitting patterns are both tasks that require a bit more familiarity with your craft. But if you’ve got a project or two under your belt already, perhaps you’d like to try making your own suit. This offers the added benefit of letting you choose from one of D.Va’s many alternate skins.

Supply list includes:

  1. Fabric- stretch fabrics for a proper fit; colors depend on which D.Va skin you choose
  2. Gloves
  3. Body suit pattern- McCall’s makes a good one
  4. Craft foam for small details
  5. Iron-on transfer paper
  6. One long zipper

Tools you will need:

  • Sewing machine- equipped with a ballpoint needle
  • Wooly nylon thread- this thread stretches which makes it ideal for working with stretch fabrics, ONLY USE IT IN YOUR LOWER BOBBIN, NOT UP TOP
  • Scissors or a rotary cutter
  • a Printer for decals

Details to remember:

  • If your machine comes with a stretch stitch setting, use it. If not, use a zig zag stitch.

Make your own D.Va Body Suit (for the painters)

If you’re more of a painter than a seamstress, you can still flex your DIY skills on a D.Va cosplay. Just buy a solid white bodysuit and use fabric paints to add in the details of the suit. This can work whether you like to airbrush or paint by hand.

Details to remember:

  • Use tape to cover parts you don’t want painted.
  • Use a proper paint formula for the technique you are using. Some paints need to be thinned a bit for use with a airbrush tool.
  • For even color, keep the paint moving. Do not sit and focus in one spot for too long.
  • Keeping a piece of wax paper inside the suit will help keep the paint from bleeding through to the opposite side if you use too much.

Make sure that you tag us or use the #CosplayKiss when you share your awesome D.Va cosplay on social media!

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