Make It With Momo: Create Pokemon Gym Leader Nessa's Logos, Part 1

June 19, 2019

At E3 in July of 2019, some new sneak peaks of Pokemon Sword and Shield were unveiled, and the internet fell in love with Nessa, the water-type gym leader whose style is as cool as her Goldeen's Mist attack. Many folks remarked an immediate desire to cosplay Nessa, and I admit, I felt the passion too! So, I excitedly rushed along to make my Nessa cosplay during all the hype, and I compiled a few tutorials along the way for future Nessa cosplayers to take inspiration from!




In this tutorial, I'll be providing you with free images that I digitally recreated for the following logos: The water drop/"Zene" logo, the backwards "R" logo, the numbers "049", the letters "JYJK", and the plateau logo. I apologize, since I have not played the game yet (obviously- it doesn't come out until later this year!), I honestly have no idea what these logos actually mean or stand for, so I just assigned the logos' names based on their literal text or shape for now!



Scroll to the bottom to download Nessa's logos for free!


This tutorial is somewhat advanced and requires special equipment, but there can be alternatives to some parts, such as using a blade to cut pieces by hand- if you can spare the patience! As always, there's more than one way to make a cosplay. This is simply how I did mine, so feel free to follow this tutorial word for word, or add some of your own ideas onto these techniques!


It is also in two parts, since the Water Drop logo had some extra steps involved. So this first half of my tutorial will be for the JYJK, 049, backwards R, and plateau logos. To see Part 2, click here!




















  • finished crop top and shorts  that may seem obvious, but in case it wasn't! ;P

  • white, red, green, blue, and black heat transfer vinyl for apparel

  • cardboard

  • clear packing tape

  • No Sew Heat n Bond

  • light blue spandex  the color of the top of Nessa's water drop logo

  • Blue Marlin Design Master Spray Paint  fabric paint of any kind can work, but this was my fave!

  • color printer

  • parchment paper

  • ruler or tape measure

  • iron or heat pressing machine

  • Scissors    or    Blade + Cutting Mat

  • Computer, tablet, or phone  that can run design software for a cutting machine

  • cutting machine such as Cricut, Silhouette, etc.  along with design software and cutting mats

  • Optional: cutting machine tools/accessories, sewing machine


After procuring these supplies, you’re ready to get started! Some of it will not be used until Part 2.




Step 1: Prepare Your Garments


Before creating and cutting this logo: make sure your garments (crop top and shorts) are fully sewn. You’ll want to know what they look like and how the fit on you when they’re fully finished and after all alterations are made, because everybody's size and shapes are different, so each person will ultimately have to decide the sizes of the logos for themselves. Printing off some scale tests onto paper can help you visualize before you move on to cutting! It is okay to have some inaccuracies of the scale and placement if you can't seem to get things exactly identical- just make them whatever size and placement you feel works best for you! 




Step 2: Design Your Logo


In your design program, work on one individual logo at a time. Import the images and scale all items such that they are the same size and line up properly when laid over each other. If you need to change the color of the images, feel free to do so. It can help you visualize the images together!


Next, group the items together so they can move as one, but don't flatten them- that way they can still maintain their individuality, because we’ll be cutting two to three different materials, so we still want two to three different items in the design work space.


For the logos