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Title: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BSaphire on February 19, 2010, 03:30:23 PM
So you want to cosplay and you aren't sure who or which character? Maybe your stuck on how to sew a part of your cosplay? Your no good at props/wigs/costume so where can you buy it? How about what kind of pattern could help you create that piece? Of course there are always the "Where/What kind of makeup?" "Looking for this or that wig, where can I get it?" "Contact lenses and what do you think?"

These questions and thousands of others are always being asked. Well here is the perfect one stop shop thread for you to post those questions and where other cospeeps can offer their help to solve those many cosplaying dilemmas that go into each project we choose. Sometimes it is just choosing that stops us from cosplaying and those questions are ok too! :)

Post your questions here and include links to photos of the subject if possible.

Much love to all cospeeps!
BSaphire
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BSaphire on February 19, 2010, 03:40:46 PM
Please post pointers and questions you want answered here.

General Sites
So You Want to Cosplay... (http://www.trsrockin.com/cosplay_howto.html)
Cosplay Crimes - (and how to avoid committing them) (http://sarcasm-hime.net/cosplaycrimes.html)
Cosplay.com (http://www.cosplay.com)
Studio Creation's Tips & Guides (http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/index.html)
Limit Break's Beginner Guide (http://www.limitbreakcosplay.com/cosplay101.htm)
The Costume Page (http://www.costumepage.org/)

Prop Weapons
Anime Weapons (http://crimsonsguns.tripod.com/animeguns.html)
Avatrix's Guide To Making The Kubikiri Houcho (http://www.thetworivers.com/avatrix/sword/sword.htm)

Armor
The Armor Archive (http://www.armourarchive.org/)
Armor for the Fiberglass-Phobic (http://amethyst-angel.com/armormaking.html)
Fiberglass 101 & 102 (http://www.paper-wings.org/tutorials/)
Organic Armor (http://www.bioweapons.com/)
Here are some links that angeljibrille had up on the previous thread "Cosplay Sewing and Construction Support Thread" There were so many pages to it that many peeps did not go looking through all the great info. Here is the link to it should you want to check it out:

http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,6856.0.html

Feel free to post your questions here, or take the time to help out a fellow cospeep or two by offering some "friendly" advice on how to solve their dilemma.

Squidges
B
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Knightfire on February 20, 2010, 12:18:34 AM
First time cosplayer here, wanting to go as Frank West from Deadrising. I already plan on making a mega buster out of the Bumblebee Canon toy, but I'm at a loss at making the Servebot Helmet. There are plenty of pics of the finished product on the interest, but google yielded no results as far as tutorials goes. Any help would be nice.

Also what fabrics should the jacket and pants be? Or does it boil down to personal choice?

pic related
(http://girlsofwar.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/frank-west-dead-rising.jpg)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on February 20, 2010, 09:41:07 AM
It's hard to tell from that picture, but the jacket looks like leather to me.

The pants would be made of normal trouser material. Not denim, like jeans, but that thinner, softer fabric for dress slacks.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Knightfire on February 20, 2010, 10:05:16 AM
The hardest part is nailing the jacket down. I'm trying to find the right thickness of leather, and a problem that keeps coming up is the right color for the jacket, oficial art leads it to be black, but in game it's more of a brown.

Here's more pictures, posting links this time though because they are large.

http://mognetcentral.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/frank_west.jpg
http://xbox360media.gamespy.com/xbox360/image/article/723/723705/dead-rising-20060805103858080.jpg
http://xbox360media.gamespy.com/xbox360/image/article/719/719704/dead-rising-20060719004700525.jpg

I also want to make a Mega Buster and Servbot helmet for the costume. I already have the Mega buster planned out, but I don't even know where to begin on the helmet. Here's one that's pretty accurate.

http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs36/f/2008/282/2/d/Cosplay_Check__Servbot_by_Rhythm_Wily.jpg
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on February 20, 2010, 10:22:36 PM
I would lean toward black. The official artwork is black, and the second in-game image looks black. The other in-game image is probably just from the lighting.

Besides, black would look better, I think. :D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: yumicchi88 on March 05, 2010, 10:42:43 PM
Question about altering patterns.

I recently got this pattern and I want to alter the length of the shirt.
There is a line saying "cut to lengthen/shorten" on the pattern, but I just want to lengthen the end.
If I change that part of the pattern, the waist position will be lower than where actually is.
Would i still lengthen from that line in any case?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BSaphire on March 06, 2010, 01:52:02 PM
Question about altering patterns.

I recently got this pattern and I want to alter the length of the shirt.
There is a line saying "cut to lengthen/shorten" on the pattern, but I just want to lengthen the end.
If I change that part of the pattern, the waist position will be lower than where actually is.
Would i still lengthen from that line in any case?


I am assuming that your waist falls directly on that line and the corresponding sides fall correctly  on your sides down towards your hips so you just want it longer at the bottom. If all you want to do is add inches the bottom then do not use the line at the waist. If this was pants or a skirt then it would be a different story.

**NOTE** Best rule of thumb is to add more than you need by 1/2" or 1". It is always better to add to much and take a little away than to not add enough and have to start all over :)

Take a ruler and extend the pattern lines on the sides at the bottom to your desired length.
Remember to do both sides on both the back and the front pieces so that you are adding your length all the way around.

If the bottom of the pattern flares outward on both sides, be sure to follow the gradual extension (meaning the line running up and down on the sides should continue it's flow outwards from waist.

So now you have your two side lines extended on both the back and the front pieces.
To add the bottom line (which is normally curved) you will need to add the same inches to each portion of the original cutting line.

For example if you added two inches to the side line then you will go to the middle of the bottom cut line line and place your ruler on it, then add two inches to the original line. Follow the line and continue to add two inches evenly across the bottom.

Again, be sure to do your back and your front pattern pieces. Also check over everything twice before cutting so you are sure it is extended the way you want it to be. Measure twice--Cut once.

This should help you extend the length of your shirt with out loosing your waist. Now if you have a button-up type front closure, it may also require some changes, however I don't want to confuse you so if you need to know just ask.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Dany on March 06, 2010, 03:28:57 PM
Question about altering patterns.

I recently got this pattern and I want to alter the length of the shirt.
There is a line saying "cut to lengthen/shorten" on the pattern, but I just want to lengthen the end.
If I change that part of the pattern, the waist position will be lower than where actually is.
Would i still lengthen from that line in any case?

Generally, if everything else matches up to where you need it to be, and you're not adding a lot, then yes, you should be able to tweek the ends in the way you're suggesting (BSaphire did a good job of explaining :) ). If you are adding more than two inches, however, I would recommend using the cut point to do it instead.

The reason that the cut line is there is that it is the point of the pattern that alterations will make minimal impact to the garment structure and how it drapes. It also provides a straight line on which to help make the addition of length even with minimal measurement effort

Also, in some cases it is easier to add the amount you want at the cut point than at the ends. An example would be on a dress with a big hem...the time it would take to add to the end of your pattern pieces, versus at the cut point, would be significantly longer and can impact the drape of the hem of the dress. 
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Jrock_miso on March 08, 2010, 07:45:17 PM
i am looking for the Sentai Go-Onger: Henshin Shift Changer to complete my Hanto outfit at a decent price i only see them online for 80 + 40 dollars S&H  please help
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BSaphire on March 09, 2010, 06:44:25 AM
Question about altering patterns.

I recently got this pattern and I want to alter the length of the shirt.
There is a line saying "cut to lengthen/shorten" on the pattern, but I just want to lengthen the end.
If I change that part of the pattern, the waist position will be lower than where actually is.
Would i still lengthen from that line in any case?

Generally, if everything else matches up to where you need it to be, and you're not adding a lot, then yes, you should be able to tweek the ends in the way you're suggesting (BSaphire did a good job of explaining :) ). If you are adding more than two inches, however, I would recommend using the cut point to do it instead.

The reason that the cut line is there is that it is the point of the pattern that alterations will make minimal impact to the garment structure and how it drapes. It also provides a straight line on which to help make the addition of length even with minimal measurement effort

Also, in some cases it is easier to add the amount you want at the cut point than at the ends. An example would be on a dress with a big hem...the time it would take to add to the end of your pattern pieces, versus at the cut point, would be significantly longer and can impact the drape of the hem of the dress. 
Thank you Dany ^^) This info will help others understand "why" that line is there before they jump in with both feet and run the risk of making a big mistake. I agree that if you are adding more than a few inches you should use that line like Dany says.
Title: Question.. About Cosplaying.. And Hentai >_>
Post by: Melly on March 10, 2010, 05:28:18 PM
oki so i wanna cosplay Suzuna Kuraki from Kao No Nai Tsuki/Moonlight Lady and you should all know that's a Hentai >>; and well i'm probalby gonna go in her like.. school outfit but like.. i also wanna go in her shirt XD is it bad to just run around in a shirt >_>; like an oversized mans shirt

http://media.photobucket.com/image/suzuna%20kuraki/XxSanitariumXxAsylumXx/Suzuna%20Kuraki/MoonLightLady.jpg

I WOULD NOT BE JUST NUDE UNDER IT XD but it's pretty much just a super huge shirt ;; and reminds me of Mytho from princess tutu.. http://animeshoujocereza.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/princess-tutu-vol1-4.jpg xD and i know people have cosplayed as him in that.. so it should be ok right 8D?!
Title: Re: Question.. About Cosplaying.. And Hentai >_>
Post by: Foxberry on March 10, 2010, 05:35:34 PM
I would suggest wearing little shorts, like white bike shorts, or a color to match your men's shirt. I don't see the issue otherwise.
Title: Re: Question.. About Cosplaying.. And Hentai >_> AND HELP. XD
Post by: Melly on March 10, 2010, 07:35:56 PM
yeah thats what i was planning on doing x3 no way would i just run around with just a loose shirt ._. ill probalby wear a tube top too or something xDD

i need help finding her skirt ;_;

or a fabric

D;

:refs:

http://static4.animepaper.net/upload/thumbs/scans/Carnelian/%5Blarge%5D%5BAnimePaper%5Dscans_Carnelian_pink-sakura_1885.jpg

http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/18234

http://danbooru.donmai.us/data/3ead50243082de20a9ebca29f04f847a.jpg

http://media.photobucket.com/image/suzuna%20kuraki/Destroyer_106/suzuna-1.jpg?o=1

http://media.photobucket.com/image/suzuna%20kuraki/Destroyer_106/Moonlight%20Lady/OoAGuy.jpg?o=36
Title: Re: Question.. About Cosplaying.. And Hentai >_>
Post by: Dany on March 10, 2010, 09:44:17 PM
I would suggest wearing little shorts, like white bike shorts, or a color to match your men's shirt. I don't see the issue otherwise.

Look into skintone as well, it might cause a doubletake or two, but it's covering your important places.
Title: Re: Question.. About Cosplaying.. And Hentai >_>
Post by: Melly on March 11, 2010, 11:59:56 AM
ooh so i should wear nude colored stuff 8DD so i can just appear nakie! how fun XDD
Title: Re: Question.. About Cosplaying.. And Hentai >_>
Post by: Dany on March 11, 2010, 12:09:56 PM
ooh so i should wear nude colored stuff 8DD so i can just appear nakie! how fun XDD

That's the idea. The important part is that all of the appropriate bits are covered. If they happened to be covered with a material that matches your skin, then a little creative posing in photos (and maybe some work in Photoshop) will get you the illusion of naked without actually BEING naked.

I know of someone several years ago that did something like this when she was doing a historical costume of one of those bare-breasted goddess statues (I forgot the name of them and where they are from). She used skintone fabric and airbrushed her breast details. From a distance, it was disturbingly convincing!

Now..I'm not sure if you want to go as far as adding details.  That may be an issue for a con where things should probably stay around PG or so. But it is another option so that you can portray the character as they actually look without compromising some modesty (and there may be other events where you COULD add the details down the road).
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on March 13, 2010, 11:45:16 AM
Also posted on Cosplay.com, but since I'm not getting any replies there, I thought I'd try here, too.

I'm planning on cosplaying Regina Berry (http://"http://i48.tinypic.com/mt361g.png") from the Pheonix Wright series, and as you can see, her hair has quite a bit of volume on top. I was planning on doing a style closer to what (http://"http://i50.tinypic.com/7292jr.jpg") himegyaru (http://"http://i50.tinypic.com/v5lf1w.jpg") wear (http://"http://i46.tinypic.com/fwkrjp.jpg") instead of the sausage curls (since those would look silly on me), but I was wondering how to go about this style. I don't want a bouffant where the hair looks slicked back over it (like there is some sort of support underneath), but rather lots of volumized curls on top, like the examples.

My current plan is to buy Amphigory's Alisa wig (http://"http://amphigory.com/wigs_alisa.html"), add in a weft or two up top, and curling those to get as much volume as possible out of them, but I'm not sure how well my plan will work, since I don't know if it will get me the volume on top. Should I go with wefts that match the rest of my wig and curl those and hope that the sheer volume of curled hair will keep that style, or will that be too heavy to support itself? Or should I go with smaller wefts sewn in underneath and curled to add bulk to just the top? I don't want anything big enough to need a foamcore base or anything, just volume, but I also don't want to look like a cheesy '80s music video or anything. :<


Any advice? Should I just scrap my plans altogether and go for a totally different wig, and if so, which one should I go for?

Thank you very much. :D <3



Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: keiko. on March 14, 2010, 10:13:54 PM
^ Sorry, I suck with wig-related advice, so all I can say is about achieving volume... the way hime gyaru get volume on the crown is by teasing their hair by back-combing it. However, the only way I know how to achieve that look is by pulling over the straight hair on top... ;;;
I hope someone answers you though! I came here from Cosplay.com too u__u;;

Anyways... I want to make Hazama's jacket from Blazblue, but I'm having a hard time figuring out a pattern/where to buy it! My friend made me a pattern out of newspaper, but I managed to lose some of the pieces....

Can someone point me in the direction of a good pattern, as well as what material I should be using? Thanks!

Here's a quick reference picture:
http://www.blazblue.com/wp-content/gallery/characters-full/hazama.jpg
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on March 14, 2010, 10:18:21 PM
I know how to do himegal hair on real hair, but this is wig fiber, not real hair. I don't think that the level of backcombing needed for true hime hair can be safely used on wig fiber. :/

Thanks for the advice anyway, though.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kyra_Maverick on March 15, 2010, 12:04:40 AM
^ Sorry, I suck with wig-related advice, so all I can say is about achieving volume... the way hime gyaru get volume on the crown is by teasing their hair by back-combing it. However, the only way I know how to achieve that look is by pulling over the straight hair on top... ;;;
I hope someone answers you though! I came here from Cosplay.com too u__u;;

Anyways... I want to make Hazama's jacket from Blazblue, but I'm having a hard time figuring out a pattern/where to buy it! My friend made me a pattern out of newspaper, but I managed to lose some of the pieces....

Can someone point me in the direction of a good pattern, as well as what material I should be using? Thanks!

Here's a quick reference picture:
http://www.blazblue.com/wp-content/gallery/characters-full/hazama.jpg
His jacket really just looks like a trench coat or duster jacket with buckles hanging off the lapels. The most common trench coat patterns you'll find will be double breasted for women. However, try looking for a Matrix costume pattern, or maybe a cowboy duster jacket pattern. I think one of those should work just fine.

Your fabric store should have books of patterns to look through next to the filing cabinets the patterns are kept in. As for fabric, maybe a heavy broadcloth? The picture doesn't look like it's supposed to be any sort of special material.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Jidai Geki on March 16, 2010, 10:20:31 PM
i am looking for the Sentai Go-Onger: Henshin Shift Changer to complete my Hanto outfit at a decent price i only see them online for 80 + 40 dollars S&H  please help


Are you looking for an actual Japanese release henshin/shifter?  These are expensive since the show has been off the air in Japan for over 2 years.  This show was brought to the U.S. by the Walt Disney Co., and broadcast under the name Power Rangers RPM, so this cosplay toy is available here in the U.S.  Here's a link for you to check out:

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3382198&CAWELAID=297198015

Again, if it's just for looks/cosplay... this one will be a more economical choice...

Hope this helps.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Aeon Akashi on March 18, 2010, 04:40:25 PM
This will be my first time ever cosplaying~ !! Sadly I can't make the costumes myself, I need to buy them online. D: Living where I am its sort of understandable though...well I need some help > <;; I want to cosplay as Duke, from Tales Of Vesperia...but the thing is.

I can't find his costume anywhere..!!! D: And I just can't make it...so I'd be really glad if anyone could give me a link to someplace of "Trust", of where I could buy it. Or if it comes to it someone offers themselves to make it...though I highly doubt that would happen..his costume seems pretty tough to make.

I don't have any money on myself yet, starting of the 3rd april I'll have my very own money~ <3 But if anyone could help me I'd be pretty damn grateful. Thanks in advance to anyone who lends me a hand~ !! Long live cosplays !!
Title: Ummmm I really want to go as Axel from Kingdom Hearts, but I cant find a wig.
Post by: Elizabeth238 on March 21, 2010, 05:12:53 PM
Ok I totally want to be axel but i cant find a wig does any one have any good ideas .ps. i have already looked on ebay and found none that would fit me
Title: Re: Ummmm I really want to go as Axel from Kingdom Hearts, but I cant find a wig.
Post by: RikuCosplayer on March 22, 2010, 06:20:47 AM
Here, try this site! They have cosplay wigs there.^_^

http://www.cosworx.com/home.php?cat=2471&sort=orderby&sort_direction=0&page=1
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: TokenBlackGuy on March 22, 2010, 11:16:33 PM
Naruto sandals tutorial http://sites.google.com/site/lizspain2/narutosandaltutorial8
Title: Re: Ummmm I really want to go as Axel from Kingdom Hearts, but I cant find a wig.
Post by: BSaphire on March 23, 2010, 03:17:13 AM
Ok I totally want to be axel but i cant find a wig does any one have any good ideas .ps. i have already looked on ebay and found none that would fit me

If CosWorx doesn't have it I recommend trying WoWWigs.com A few years ago Blue ~ Youk did a wig ordering test and those are the two best companies for cost, shipped on time, order online, easy to find, several payment options, and diversity of stock. Both received 5 out of 5 stars.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on March 23, 2010, 08:16:26 AM
Amphigory (http://amphigory.com/) is another good non-eBay source for wigs, in my opinion.  They're slower, but they've got a bigger selection than CosWorx does.
Title: Dress code for Cosplays?
Post by: PrincessPolka on March 23, 2010, 08:56:30 PM
what exactly is the dress code for cosplaying at fanime? Is there a dress code? I am not about to streak around naked, and I know not to have my privates hanging out! But I am considering a cosplay that would essentially be a 2 piece bathing suit. Would that be too much? What would you guys recommend?

Also, sorry if this topic is already up, but I searched and only found dress codes for the black and white ball!
Title: Re: Dress code for Cosplays?
Post by: maikiritori on March 23, 2010, 10:42:04 PM
As far as I know, there's no strict dress code. Obviously no naughty bits being shown. However, since there are minors running around; I would advise an as close to skin color body suit (spanx type) to wear underneath your cosplay if you are really worried about being reported. Blue~Youk made FF8 Siren (which is esentially a bathing suit with feathers) and a nude body suit under that is not noticeable unless you are really looking for it.
I hope this helps. Good luck with your cosplay.
Title: Re: Dress code for Cosplays?
Post by: michiko nakano on March 23, 2010, 11:27:27 PM
the higher-ups will just say something like "it's a family convention, dress likewise" but then again there are men running around in nothing but boxers.  things like this:
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2318/2119706789_72423f947e.jpg) are not frowned upon.  but things like this: (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/plasmamaster8891/110_1036.jpg) get you kicked out of con.
Title: Re: Dress code for Cosplays?
Post by: lunarknight on March 24, 2010, 03:09:35 AM

~In relation to the post above~

 Well to my understanding the first picture is OK, but it is pushing the boundaries in which it does stand on a gray line whether it can be considered sanctioned or not. For as mentioned above this is an event for all ages so what people display should relatively be eye friendly.

 As for the second picture it shares the same problem as the first being one that stands on a gray line. However it can prove to be slightly disturbing to younger age groups.

 But if you really want answers then a moderator should be a better choice for this question.
Title: Re: Dress code for Cosplays?
Post by: BSaphire on March 24, 2010, 07:51:36 AM
Fanime is a Family Convention as michiko nakano said :) and there are many small children present. That said...

Going by the pictures posted the first one is allowed, but if you are brave enough to endure the attention it will draw just make sure you have safety precautions in play just in case there are any costume failures. A skin colored body suit is a great investment.

As for Man Fae in the second picture... well I am now scared for life! EWWWW! and someone that decided to dress the like or for those who think they can get away with a character like "Chocolate" Forget it! Rovers will be on you quick and ask you to put some appropriate clothing on. I can tell you that if I saw it I would ask you to put some appropriate clothing on.

Going back to picture one I would like to mention that if you are wearing a two piece swimsuit style cosplay make sure your strings are tied in a knot that can't be easily undone and that if a photographer asks you for a picture and you don't feel comfortable with doing a pose for them just say "No thank you." If they persist then come to the gatherings table or the nearest rover and let them know you are being harassed by a photographer (Press badged or not) and let the Fanime staff handle the situation.

Many times males loose sight of the fact that female cosplayers may dress as characters that expose a lot of skin, but that is what the artist drew and not necessarily the morals of the girl. With that said just be careful of your surroundings.

I am moving this topic into the cosplay help me thread.

Hope the info helps you.
BSaphire
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Setsuryou on March 25, 2010, 05:06:42 PM
So I'm trying to figure out how to create a mask. For the most part, I've seen several videos of how to do it using clay/psuedo-clay, but I was wondering if there was another way to go about it.

I'm not trying to make any specific mask, I'm just looking to get the general outline for one. I bought a Hollow Ichigo mask that seems to be made of clay or a material close to it. I figured I'd use that as the template for an overlay process, but if there's an easier way to go about it, I'm all ears.

I'm hoping to be able to get this done before the con, despite that I'm not going to be cosplaying this year. The mask is going to be part of a set that I may debut at Expo should I decide to go to it this year.

Thanks for your time.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: LaughLikeMad on March 25, 2010, 09:27:12 PM
hi there! First time cosplayer here! I'm going as Toph from The Last Airbender and already bought my costume, but I really wanna get the eyes right to complete the look, but I can't find any contacts that are less that $100, does anyone know of a good contact lenses sight that isn't to bad on the bank account?

Also, since I've come to understand that shoes are required, does anyone have ideas on how to create the illusion of bare feet while still wearing something?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Fructose on March 26, 2010, 12:44:06 AM
As for the white contacts for Toph, you are aware that any contact that covers your pupil completely will also render you blind, right? You'll need a buddy to lead you around the con. If you're fine with that, they can be found for like 70 after some searching for phrases like "white-out contact." I thought there used to be lenses that were like the white-outs but had a pinprick pupil, so they weren't totally accurate but neither were you totally blind, but I can't seem to find any.

As for bare feet, you could try something like Dance Paws but it would end up being up to the discretion of the person calling you on it as to whether that would count as barefoot or not. I would say just get some flesh colored or appropriate-looking (like what she would wear if she DID wear shoes) flip-flops and just step out of them for pictures. Just make sure to step a few feet away so they're not just sitting right there at your feet in the picture, you know? That same goes for bags, just set them down (within your eyeline, of course) for pics but out of frame.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: LaughLikeMad on March 26, 2010, 02:05:27 PM
Yeah, I have been looking online for contact that don't cover the pupil, and price wise, it's just not worth it. I'm not to big on getting the eye color perfect, I just know that there are mean con goers out there that will call you on the smallest thing. Hopefully I don't come across to many of those.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: michiko nakano on March 26, 2010, 04:18:06 PM
for all the people needing bare feet!

these are dance paws, might not be safe enough: http://gabiesboutique.com/UserFiles/product/dance-paws-419x448.jpg (http://gabiesboutique.com/UserFiles/product/dance-paws-419x448.jpg)

flesh colored ballet shoes: http://www.centerstagellc.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/271lblog.jpg (http://www.centerstagellc.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/271lblog.jpg)

half of a ballet shoe, might not be allowed due to lack of heel: http://www.rddancewear.com/images/ballet_pirouette_lg.jpg (http://www.rddancewear.com/images/ballet_pirouette_lg.jpg)

jazz shoes: http://www.storesonline.com/members/547048/uploaded/JazzBoot.jpg (http://www.storesonline.com/members/547048/uploaded/JazzBoot.jpg)

also, jelly shoes! http://c0424311.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/melissa-jelly-shoes.jpg (http://c0424311.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/melissa-jelly-shoes.jpg)

just a few suggestions :3
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Setsuryou on April 04, 2010, 12:26:32 PM
So I'm trying to figure out how to create a mask. For the most part, I've seen several videos of how to do it using clay/psuedo-clay, but I was wondering if there was another way to go about it.

I'm not trying to make any specific mask, I'm just looking to get the general outline for one. I bought a Hollow Ichigo mask that seems to be made of clay or a material close to it. I figured I'd use that as the template for an overlay process, but if there's an easier way to go about it, I'm all ears.

I'm hoping to be able to get this done before the con, despite that I'm not going to be cosplaying this year. The mask is going to be part of a set that I may debut at Expo should I decide to go to it this year.

Thanks for your time.

Well I decided to go about the "clay" overlay process. It took me about 2.5 hours to do, and even then, the mask overlay isn't really that smooth. (I've never really been very good at making things with clays.) I'm glad I bought extra, so now I at least know how the process works. Though I think I'm going to try a different method later this week. Hopefully things will go alright.
Title: One Piece help!
Post by: Mikuko on April 05, 2010, 04:56:25 PM
My b/f is trying to do an Ace cosplay, but needs to find a log pose.  Any ideas?  I can't find any. :( 
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: udonoodle on April 06, 2010, 05:52:34 PM
MY TURN
alright my problem is finding natural looking red contacts
i purchased a pair of red contacts...but they came out very scary looking
anyone purchased red contacts that are "pretty" red rather then scary red?
what i mean is natural...the ones i have make it look like you are possesed rather then having real red eyes
thank you
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: maikiritori on April 07, 2010, 12:28:24 PM
@udonoodle
I understand your problem. However since red eyes don't occur natrually in humans, there aren't a lot of "natural" looking red contacts. You're looking for some that have some sort of two-tone or multi-tone effect.  I've listed a few sites that either give you good information on how to look and choose contacts, or sites that sell contacts that might be closer to what you're looking for.
The third link (discount lenses) has a "fox eye" red that when viewed on a person from a distance of 10 feet, would look fairly natural. Also keep in mind that your skin tone may effect how "natural" the contacts look. I hope this helped.

http://www.online-contact-lens-shop.com/

http://www.amasquerade.com/store_contacts.asp

http://www.discount-lenses.com/blog/products-page

http://color-my-eyes.com/c-11-halloween-contacts.aspx?pagenum=3
Title: Cosplay Help!
Post by: TheLorax on April 07, 2010, 11:36:10 PM
Hello! This would be my first time attending Fanime and I was wondering if cosplaying is strictly to be based on some sort of anime?
I was thinking along the lines of Elphaba from Wicked. Is that fine?

Also, the Masquerade thing. Is it a masquerade ball or is it a place where people perform?

Thank you for your time!
Title: Re: Cosplay Help!
Post by: redroses3164 on April 07, 2010, 11:38:34 PM
You can cosplay anything you want (as long as it follows the rules of course). It is never exclusively just anime cosplays out there. Elphaba is fine, I would encourage it actually because Wicked is a great place.

The Masquerade is a place where groups perform skits.
Title: Re: Cosplay Help!
Post by: TheLorax on April 07, 2010, 11:40:49 PM
Awesome! :D
.....Where can I find these rules?

Good to know, 'cause I was thinking on showing up in a mask and everything.

Thanks so much! ^___^
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kyra_Maverick on April 08, 2010, 08:08:47 PM
http://www.fanime.com/events/displaying/ Scroll down for info on cosplaying

Basic rules would be decent coverage for clothing and no bare feet allowed. Also, a weapon policy will be posted eventually.
Title: I NEED SOMEONE TO DO MY HAIR!
Post by: EJAY420 on April 08, 2010, 09:05:51 PM
i AM LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO DO MY HAIR FOR FANIME. IM THINKING SOME BRAIDS. FOR 2 YEARS IVE BEEN HAVING TOP LONG HAIR.  I AM TRYING TO COSPLAY SASORI'S PUPPET HIROKU ( NARUTO SHIPPUUDEN). SOMEONE WITH EXPERIENCE PLEASE REPLY WITH HOW MUCH.
Title: Re: I NEED SOMEONE TO DO MY HAIR!
Post by: maikiritori on April 08, 2010, 09:22:19 PM
Sorry, I can't help you with this. However, if this were posted in the Cosplay Help Me thread, more people would be able to help you out.
Title: Help me design my Cheshire Cat costume??
Post by: NoForests on April 10, 2010, 09:42:12 PM
This was my original costume idea but I would up having little money for it. My original idea was to get fluffy purple and pink striped leg warmers, but they're just too expensive and I couldn't find the fur to make them.

I would up buying this obnoxious, pink-and-more-pink hat/tail combo:
ttp://base1.googlehosted.com/base_media?q=http://www.catacombscds.com/images/alice_in_wonderland/cheshire-cat-hat.jpg&size=17&dhm=8aaee4a5&hl=en

And so it is a start, but what could possibly finish this up? Thank you so much for help!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Pengin-san on April 14, 2010, 08:22:59 PM
So I'm cosplaying a character with brown eyes, while I have teal-ish, blue-ish, not-so-brown eyes.  I'm leaning towards not buying contacts since they are rather expensive, but how bad would it be if I didn't?  I've been lucky with my past two cosplays, as they both had blue eyes.  I am a perfectionist, and I want this cosplay to be perfect.  Actually, I should ask, what do you see first in a cosplay that tells you the cosplayer did a good job?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BrightHeart76 on April 14, 2010, 09:02:52 PM
So I'm cosplaying a character with brown eyes, while I have teal-ish, blue-ish, not-so-brown eyes.  I'm leaning towards not buying contacts since they are rather expensive, but how bad would it be if I didn't?  I've been lucky with my past two cosplays, as they both had blue eyes.  I am a perfectionist, and I want this cosplay to be perfect.  Actually, I should ask, what do you see first in a cosplay that tells you the cosplayer did a good job?

I have blue eyes and I've cosplayed a brown eyed character for years.  No one has ever called me on it.  You should be fine.  :)

When it comes to what I look for in a good cosplay that's not so simple.  I suppose the first test of a good cosplay is that I know who you are cosplaying as as soon as I look at you.  Appropriate colors and cloth type is important too.  The fit should be good.  I guess that's what I look for...don't know about anyone else.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: redroses3164 on April 15, 2010, 01:03:41 AM
I'm looking for a good hoodie pattern. I could examine my own but I don't really understand the hood part.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kyra_Maverick on April 15, 2010, 11:26:44 AM
I'm looking for a good hoodie pattern. I could examine my own but I don't really understand the hood part.
Before trying to make one, I'd check out some local thrift stores to see if it would be possible to modify one instead.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: redroses3164 on April 15, 2010, 10:33:45 PM
I'm looking for a good hoodie pattern. I could examine my own but I don't really understand the hood part.
Before trying to make one, I'd check out some local thrift stores to see if it would be possible to modify one instead.

It's a bit of an odd colored one so I doubt I could find one but it's worth a shot.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kyra_Maverick on April 16, 2010, 11:37:46 AM
I'm looking for a good hoodie pattern. I could examine my own but I don't really understand the hood part.
Before trying to make one, I'd check out some local thrift stores to see if it would be possible to modify one instead.

It's a bit of an odd colored one so I doubt I could find one but it's worth a shot.
Worst case scenario you've got a cheap hoodie to dissect and build a pattern off of.   
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Phantom Roxas on April 19, 2010, 10:04:17 PM
Cosplay suggestions? I'm unsure about which character I should go with, but I've considered Sora.


(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs411.snc3/24817_1425132833559_1389902382_1136086_5025885_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Aeon Akashi on April 19, 2010, 11:13:56 PM
Hmn...can't anyone help me >: ?? I know the cosplay im trying to have ain't easy x A x;; Well if anyone thinks could help me make sure to send me a PM or something D:;;;
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BSaphire on April 20, 2010, 12:14:05 AM
Hmn...can't anyone help me >: ?? I know the cosplay im trying to have ain't easy x A x;; Well if anyone thinks could help me make sure to send me a PM or something D:;;;
Most costumers  I know of are long since booked. So I can't direct you to any in particular. I will suggest looking on Cosplay [dot] com to see if there might be anyone with free time or possibly even the costume.

FYI... It is my practice (and a few other costumers I know) that they ask for 1/2 $ down up front (if they don't already have something pre-done for sell then it would be all of the $.) So if you look to consign this for next year you may want to find someone in the next few months.

As for this year... maybe look into a different cosplay that is easier to get together or maybe purchase on ebay.... etc.
Title: Cosplay Help! Making a Mascot head!
Post by: fanime_lo-ve on April 20, 2010, 08:08:41 AM
I was planning to make a new cosplay but.... this is will be my first time trying to make a mascot head. I'm not sure how to go about it. If you have any ideas let me know.

I plan to make a cosplay from Fairy Tail. The character I'm making is Happy! What materials do you think will be good to make this type of cosplay?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: prototypem on April 20, 2010, 11:26:22 AM
I got questions about wigs since it's my first time buying and using one.

I found a wig that looks very similar to the character I'm going to cosplay as, but the length is about 2 to 3 inches too long. Should I buy it and cut it to shorten it?
The other problem about the wig is that the hair moves in the opposite direction of the character I'm going to cosplay as. The hair is pointing left instead of right. I heard it's possible to reshape or restyle the hair, so how would I go about doing this?

*edit*
Nevermind. I just watched a lot of youtube videos and got my answer.
Title: Shinsengumi . Anyone?
Post by: pandaluvgame on April 24, 2010, 07:01:36 PM
I plan on cosplaying as a member of Shinsengumi. (from Hakuouki / Peacemaker / Kaze Hikaru)
I already have a kendo gi, now all i need is a haori ( i want to make it by myself since buying the costume costs a lot)

This is my 3rd time coming to Fanimecon, but I have no experience watsoever in cosplaying nor making costumes -___-
Is there anyone cosplaying as a Shinsengumi member and want to make it themselves??! Anyone has experience in making costume?! (sewing, fabric painting...)
Maybe we can get together and have the job done faster =D

****My aunt is willing to lend me her sewing machine & teach me how to sew.

Hope to get some response soon  :D



Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AthenaAngie on April 27, 2010, 09:14:28 PM
Hmn...can't anyone help me >: ?? I know the cosplay im trying to have ain't easy x A x;; Well if anyone thinks could help me make sure to send me a PM or something D:;;;

I found this~ but ish kinda spendy D: Hope it helps though~ Clickie ---> http://www.uscos00.com/index.php?gOo=goods_search_list.dwt&gcat=610&gtype=
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Asa_Gohan on May 01, 2010, 04:45:24 AM
Im going to be cosplaying Hazama from Blazblue, and all I have to say that I havent even gotten started yet D= But thats besides the point...

Any tips on how to get started this ball rolling?  i dont even know the exact stuff that he would be wearing or like...Or where to start period since Im new to all of this Dx
(http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b307/ra1yan/hazamacolorchart-1.jpg)
This is the character that Im going to be doing...Okay...I kind of have a vague idea on where to get started. All I know is to get the fedora, white dress pants, black undershirt, I have NO clue how to do the double belt other than wear two of them, and get the white undershirt.  My biggest problem is how to do the coat...I have no clue on where to get started with that.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on May 01, 2010, 01:23:54 PM
For anyone thats doing armor or somthing and doesnt want to spend tons of money on wonderflex or wants somthing sturdier than paper mache and is feeling out of time this tutorial for making armor our of craft foam is extremely helpful its cheap and relatively fast and easy

http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html

and heres one for a super cheap fast and easy hoop skirt if youre looking for puff and not necisarily historical accuracy but its just right for the anime look X3

http://www.funkyhorror.com/hoopskirt.htm

Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on May 01, 2010, 01:33:45 PM
Im going to be cosplaying Hazama from Blazblue, and all I have to say that I havent even gotten started yet D= But thats besides the point...

Any tips on how to get started this ball rolling?  i dont even know the exact stuff that he would be wearing or like...Or where to start period since Im new to all of this Dx
(http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b307/ra1yan/hazamacolorchart-1.jpg)
This is the character that Im going to be doing...Okay...I kind of have a vague idea on where to get started. All I know is to get the fedora, white dress pants, black undershirt, I have NO clue how to do the double belt other than wear two of them, and get the white undershirt.  My biggest problem is how to do the coat...I have no clue on where to get started with that.
if youre good with working a sewing machine i suggest finding a coat pattern at a fabric store or walmart in the fabric aisle (yes im cheap > > ;) then modifying the peices to the correct size for the costume.
or if you dont want to make the whole thing yourself find a white dress coat and modify it to make it long enough and add on the belt thingers and detailing

Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: michiko nakano on May 01, 2010, 01:55:40 PM
Im going to be cosplaying Hazama from Blazblue, and all I have to say that I havent even gotten started yet D= But thats besides the point...

Any tips on how to get started this ball rolling?  i dont even know the exact stuff that he would be wearing or like...Or where to start period since Im new to all of this Dx
(http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b307/ra1yan/hazamacolorchart-1.jpg)
This is the character that Im going to be doing...Okay...I kind of have a vague idea on where to get started. All I know is to get the fedora, white dress pants, black undershirt, I have NO clue how to do the double belt other than wear two of them, and get the white undershirt.  My biggest problem is how to do the coat...I have no clue on where to get started with that.
well, it's a trench coat, so... look for a white trench coat.  If you type it into ebay you'll find some, even though they might be womens' they'll be there.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Asa_Gohan on May 01, 2010, 02:16:17 PM
Thing is, I've yet to see a coat that has those kind of shoulders that you would find on a tux and the right collar too...
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on May 01, 2010, 06:06:02 PM
Thing is, I've yet to see a coat that has those kind of shoulders that you would find on a tux and the right collar too...

Here's the thing with 99% of the clothes in cosplay: you aren't going to find something commercial that's just right. You're not even likely to find a pattern that's just right.  So realistically, you've got several options:

1) Find something you think is "good enough" that's commercially available and go with that.
2) Make it yourself.
3) Commission someone to make it for you.

Or some combination of the three.  In any one of those, though, your first step is going to be assemble yourself a collection of reference images and take notes and possibly sketch out things -- make yourself a list of garments with details on what each one is. I'll usually describe fabric, make myself notes on what patterns I think might work, hardware (buckles, fasteners, etc.) that I'll need, and summarise the garment in a handful of words.  This helps codify what you're looking at, how many pieces you're looking for, and so on, as well as letting you note those little things you might miss at first glance.  From just a single pixellated picture, it's hard to tell what some of those details are, but for example that double belt looks like it *is* two belts in that picture, if only based on the fact that belt loops seem to be in different places on both. 
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kyashiidreams on May 01, 2010, 08:35:23 PM
I'm going as Klavier Gavin, and I have EVERYTHING but the G necklace.. Anyone know how I could either make one or buy one?

Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Chosen_Entity on May 02, 2010, 12:13:22 AM
Anyone know where I can purchase a nicer quality Akatsuki cloak? Cosplaying as a male, but I'm still 6 ft tall, so the bigger, the better!

Also, can anyone recommend a good white face/body paint? ("Good" as in won't run when I'm sweating like a dying walrus.)

Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Asa_Gohan on May 02, 2010, 01:41:28 AM
I actually do have some pretty detailed pictures of his coat.  I wanna do it myself if possible.  I was thinking of doing something that would combine the first two.  At the very least I want a long white coat with the blazer like shoulders and atleast similar collar.  Even though i know that asking for even three things in a commercial product is a lot...Though in all honesty...Where the hell do I start?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AngelWings on May 02, 2010, 11:56:31 AM
I am having wig problems. So my character is tiara from shamanic princess and she has pigtails.(http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m147/Vampgal_101/th_Dresslong.jpg) (http://s103.photobucket.com/albums/m147/Vampgal_101/?action=view&current=Dresslong.jpg)  so I'm considering the stub method + Katie Blairs parting technique. But if I could find a pre parted wig in orange that would half the work. Help?

Then I have to try officer Jenny. just again considering stub + foamcore I just don't really want to break the bank with that and this one so I was wondering if there were other options for this wig. I really like the color of cosworx's teal, and was wondering if another wig came in a comparable color too. (http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m147/Vampgal_101/th_Backofofficerjennyuni.jpg) (http://s103.photobucket.com/albums/m147/Vampgal_101/?action=view&current=Backofofficerjennyuni.jpg) I was thinking maybe uber teasing and then getting the spikes off of that using the wig hair itself and maybe sewing in a few wefts to make up some of the volume and length for the spikes.

And last a good quality wig with enough volume plus curl to get this(http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m147/Vampgal_101/th_clover3_011.jpg) (http://s103.photobucket.com/albums/m147/Vampgal_101/?action=view&current=clover3_011.jpg)
I've found some options, but I was considering for this one to just get a straight wig and curl it myself. using the rollers technique.
but I also found this  http://amphigory.com/wigs_diana3.html and it looks pretty good.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on May 02, 2010, 05:12:28 PM
I actually do have some pretty detailed pictures of his coat.  I wanna do it myself if possible.  I was thinking of doing something that would combine the first two.  At the very least I want a long white coat with the blazer like shoulders and atleast similar collar.  Even though i know that asking for even three things in a commercial product is a lot...Though in all honesty...Where the hell do I start?

A trench coat is, at its most basic, a bunch of rectangles - but it doesn't sound like you're ready to start pattern-making from scratch just yet.  To get started, I recommend getting a basic coat pattern (in a fabric store or Wal-Mart's craft section).  Here's some examples close to what you want:

http://www.simplicity.com/p-3069-mens-costumes.aspx
(Good length; you'd have to leave off the duster-flap over the shoulders)

http://www.simplicity.com/p-2198-costumes.aspx
(I can't see the collar on the coat in this, but it looks like there isn't one, which would be easier for modification)

(If you're lucky, JoAnne Fabrics and Hancock Fabrics both have sales sometimes with patterns for $1 or $3 instead of full price.)
Also at the fabric store, you can buy shoulder pads to sew into the shoulders of your coat.  You'll need these to keep the shoulders from just sagging instead of being pointy like in the picture.

The hard part is learning to see how the pattern pieces are going to go together to complete the garment - how the edges fit together and what changes to the pattern will do to the finished product.  There's not really a way to learn this other than practice and experimentation.
You're going to want to get a medium to heavy weight fabric for the coat and vest - the coat will need it so as to look like a coat.  ^_^;  I use a lot of cotton twill myself, but there's slightly lighter synthetic things (polyester) that might work for this outfit too.  Go to a fabric store and see what you like the feel and weight and drape of.

For learning to adjust the pattern, you'll need something light (and very cheap) like unbleached muslin to start sewing with.  Once you study the pattern pieces and have an idea of how they fit together, trace them onto other paper (like butcher paper, which you can get by the roll) and try drawing the adjustments you think you'll need.

For the coat:
The shoulders of the front and back pieces will probably need to be made wider at the outside/armhole side, but the sleeve pattern piece mightn't need to be changed at all.  You'll probably have to make up the collar from scratch - use the collar pattern piece that comes with the bought pattern as a base, and make it as long and wide as you think you need.  Straps are easy - just rectangles - and can be sewn on with buttons (can just sew the button on top if you don't have time/ability to do button holes) or gold snaps (easier).

For the vest:
Even without a pattern to start from, this will be much easier once you've done the coat.  Just take in the shoulders and sides from the pattern pieces until you have a front and back piece that fit your body well, as opposed to being loose.  The front two pieces will need to overlap for closure.

Once you have cheap-material "blanks" made that fit the way you want them to, take them apart and use them as the pattern pieces to cut the real fabric from, and sew from there.

...But anyway... I wouldn't call this a beginning sewing/patterning project myself.  I learned sewing starting with pillowcases and tote bags.  XD  I'm afraid remote text help isn't awfully good, but I can try.  ...If you wanted/get desperate, I'd make the vest and coat for $60 and can hand-deliver at the con, but I'd need to know by May 15.  (I'll be in CA without my sewing machine as of the 24th, otherwise I could give more time there.  ^_^; )

Oh, and, for the two belts - you'll want to attach them to each other so that they stay centered relative to each other.  Making "loops" for them out of ribbon or spare material will help, and you can even sew the "loops" to the pants to help keep everything looking right during wear.

Home this helps at least a bit...
-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on May 02, 2010, 05:36:19 PM
Anyone know where I can purchase a nicer quality Akatsuki cloak? Cosplaying as a male, but I'm still 6 ft tall, so the bigger, the better!

Also, can anyone recommend a good white face/body paint? ("Good" as in won't run when I'm sweating like a dying walrus.)

Thanks in advance!

PM me - I can make an Akatsuki cloak.  :-)

As for face/body paint: I used to work in a costume shop, and learned a bit about theatrical makeup there.  The trick is, it's not the makeup so much as the procedure.

You'll want to start with clean dry skin and first apply makeup powder - this is important, because it helps to absorb the oils and sweat during wear.  Then you apply your makeup, and then use setting powder (usually different from the base powder - clear, basically) and spray barrier spray over that to set the makeup and keep it from smudging easily.

You'll may still need to reapply/touch-up for all-day wear, but I've gone most of a day (from lunchtime through like 2am) with this method without having to at Dracon*Con (in Atlanta in August), Bay Con (in San Jose in May) and San Diego ComicCon (also quite warm), without showing skin tone through my light blue makeup (http://www.wingboys.com/graphics/photos/records/LoB/LoB02.jpg).  It just depends on your skin type and the amount of air conditioning available.

I highly recommend Ben Nye products for all this - it's an excellent theatrical makeup company - but when I did it, I used Ben Nye powders and cheap Halloween makeup (because it had the color I needed).  And it worked great.

For your base powder, use (Ben Nye) Super White Face Powder:
http://www.mrfuns.com/super-white-face-powder-p-3759.html
(this color will help your makeup stay looking white so you don't show through)

For your makeup: Ben Nye's cream makeups will likely produce the best result, but I got away with using cheaper, Halloween-packaged Mehron brand in a tube.  Either way, dabbing on cream makeup with a foam sponge will be the way to go.  Graftobian, Cinema Secrets, and Kryolan are good brands too, and so far as I know, all of them produce similar products to these.  I included the links so you can see what I'm talking about.

For your setting powder:
http://www.mrfuns.com/neutral-set-powder-p-3758.html

and for your barrier spray:
http://www.mrfuns.com/final-seal-p-3815.html

If you're in the Bay area, I can highly recommend Debbie Lyn's Costumes for makeup purchasing.  That's where I used to work.  :-)
http://www.dlcostumes.com/makeup.htm

-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on May 02, 2010, 06:03:33 PM
For anyone thats doing armor or somthing and doesnt want to spend tons of money on wonderflex or wants somthing sturdier than paper mache and is feeling out of time this tutorial for making armor our of craft foam is extremely helpful its cheap and relatively fast and easy

http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html


I can vouch for the awesomeness of this method.  I've made Sephiroth's shoulder armor, Vincent's claw (http://www.wingboys.com/graphics/photos/records/FF7/Vincent/VinceClawProgComplete.jpg), and Loz's Dual Hound weapon (http://www.wingboys.com/graphics/photos/Y8/092708LozYazoo.jpg) this way (all FF7 Advent Children).  Before Dual Hound and Vincent's claw (made simultaneiously), I'd never used the method before in my life.  It really is that easy!

...Though a heat gun from the scrapbooking section (it's used for embossing) of your local craft store will work a lot *better* than trying to shape craft foam over a hot stove, in my experience.  Be prepared to maybe burn your fingers.  ^_^;  Oh the things we do for our art...

-Starherd
Title: Re: Shinsengumi . Anyone?
Post by: Starherd on May 02, 2010, 06:20:08 PM
I plan on cosplaying as a member of Shinsengumi. (from Hakuouki / Peacemaker / Kaze Hikaru)
I already have a kendo gi, now all i need is a haori ( i want to make it by myself since buying the costume costs a lot)

This is my 3rd time coming to Fanimecon, but I have no experience watsoever in cosplaying nor making costumes -___-
Is there anyone cosplaying as a Shinsengumi member and want to make it themselves??! Anyone has experience in making costume?! (sewing, fabric painting...)
Maybe we can get together and have the job done faster =D

****My aunt is willing to lend me her sewing machine & teach me how to sew.

I'd offer to visit and help, but I'm in Colorado... where are you?  ^_^;

Luckily, a haori is pretty simple in design, and fabric painting is pretty easy too (just make sure to follow the instructions).  The only difficulty I've ever had in making a kimono or haori has been with getting the collar to attach properly, and that just takes practice.  If you need a pattern, at costuming.org there's a pattern/picture that might help:
http://www.costuming.org/kimonopattern.jpg
(it's for a kimono, but with the below information can be of great help)
and there's some really good information here:
http://www.immortalgeisha.com/ig_bb/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=13082

Googling "haori pattern" under google images comes up with a lot of helpful graphics.  :-)
-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on May 02, 2010, 06:24:17 PM
I'm going as Klavier Gavin, and I have EVERYTHING but the G necklace.. Anyone know how I could either make one or buy one?

Thanks in advance!

There's a link to how to make armor using craft foam in the comments of this page - that same method might help you - you might have to pin it to your clothing, however, since it would be very light if made from craft foam.  Polymer clay might work too, and would have a better weight (to appear more realistic as a necklace).  Another option (in-between for weight) would be resin.  Did you have any idea of what kind of materials/weight you'd be interested in?

(...If you'd rather just commission one, PM me  ^_^; )
-Starherd
Title: Need a little help here. -COSTUME ADVICE PLZ-
Post by: lycan510 on May 02, 2010, 10:32:46 PM
This is my sister.

(http://i328.photobucket.com/albums/l332/AmanoKarasu/alexablue.jpg)

She needs a costume for Fanime. Anyone got any ideas for characters she could cosplay? Pictures would be greatly appreciated.


PLEASE HELP.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Asa_Gohan on May 03, 2010, 12:55:08 PM
STARHERD!!! I <3 YOU
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on May 04, 2010, 01:02:12 AM
STARHERD!!! I <3 YOU

*lol* Let me know how it goes!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Asa_Gohan on May 04, 2010, 02:30:06 AM
Also Im happy...I finally found out exactly what he's wearing.  A FREAKIN SUIT! I wouldn't have been able to guess that if I had kept staring at the picture.  Though now that I finally know what it is, I have a base very very solid base for the outfit! x3 Oh joyyy :3 Also...I cant decide...
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b307/ra1yan/greenhair.jpg - green hair...
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b307/ra1yan/redhair.jpg - or red hair o3o
Also that isnt half bad for my first photo shop job x3 And I even did my eyes so they would be yellow x3
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Aeon Akashi on May 04, 2010, 10:01:39 PM
Hmn...can't anyone help me >: ?? I know the cosplay im trying to have ain't easy x A x;; Well if anyone thinks could help me make sure to send me a PM or something D:;;;
Most costumers  I know of are long since booked. So I can't direct you to any in particular. I will suggest looking on Cosplay [dot] com to see if there might be anyone with free time or possibly even the costume.

FYI... It is my practice (and a few other costumers I know) that they ask for 1/2 $ down up front (if they don't already have something pre-done for sell then it would be all of the $.) So if you look to consign this for next year you may want to find someone in the next few months.

As for this year... maybe look into a different cosplay that is easier to get together or maybe purchase on ebay.... etc.

Alrighty thank you for the help~ !! ; w ;
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on May 05, 2010, 12:56:21 PM
For anyone thats doing armor or somthing and doesnt want to spend tons of money on wonderflex or wants somthing sturdier than paper mache and is feeling out of time this tutorial for making armor our of craft foam is extremely helpful its cheap and relatively fast and easy

http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html


I can vouch for the awesomeness of this method.  I've made Sephiroth's shoulder armor, Vincent's claw (http://www.wingboys.com/graphics/photos/records/FF7/Vincent/VinceClawProgComplete.jpg), and Loz's Dual Hound weapon (http://www.wingboys.com/graphics/photos/Y8/092708LozYazoo.jpg) this way (all FF7 Advent Children).  Before Dual Hound and Vincent's claw (made simultaneiously), I'd never used the method before in my life.  It really is that easy!

...Though a heat gun from the scrapbooking section (it's used for embossing) of your local craft store will work a lot *better* than trying to shape craft foam over a hot stove, in my experience.  Be prepared to maybe burn your fingers.  ^_^;  Oh the things we do for our art...

-Starherd

i know what you mean about the burnt fingers i had to use the stove method for making my taokaka mask this year. i made my leg armor for my Odin Sphere's  gwendolyn costume  last year out of wonderflex and it was so uncomfortable to wear and slowed me down considerably i mean it worked well even when i used the hot water method to shape it and i had burnt sore hands but blah its honestly not worth the money if you think youre gonna make better armor out of wonderflex  x _ x im thinking of making it out of craft foam if i redo the costume.
next year im gonna be fran from ff 12 and i heard the craft foam method is really good for her armor
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Asa_Gohan on May 05, 2010, 02:18:33 PM
One last thing...So Im looking to buy a Zoot suit for my Hazama cosplay since thats what he wears.  Thing is...I have NO clue what size to get cause I dont know what they mean and googling it gave me weird results...So yeah...

EDIT: They have sizes like 44L, and 50R and I have No idea what those mean...So um...Yeah, what exactly do those mean?

EDIT2: Nvm....
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: alylx3 on May 05, 2010, 02:27:18 PM
ohh ok i didn't know this part of the forum existed XP...
Can someone help me chose who to cosplay as for fanime this year?
Here are the choices: Yuna x-2 (gunner), Yuna (summoner), Yuffie (AC Ver.)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: michiko nakano on May 07, 2010, 11:16:03 AM
well, there were a lot of yuna gunners and yuna summoners walkin around last year, so you might do the third choice if you want to stand out more maybe. 

but the yuffie shuriken seems like it would be hard to obtain and get peacebonded and might be annoying to carry around, so if you don't want to deal with all that then you could just do the costume without the shuriken.

personally, i think that the yuna summoner costume is the neatest.
Title: HALP, GAARA COSTUME
Post by: danielvutran on May 07, 2010, 12:43:16 PM
So I want to order a gaara costume online, and I've googled it, but pictures can be so deceiving. Anyone have any suggestions as to which is a good place online to order one? I'll need it shipped to California within 3 weeks of course (>._.)>.

THANKS. lols.
Title: Re: HALP, GAARA COSTUME
Post by: Kafreenie on May 07, 2010, 03:32:52 PM
Try: http://www.lightinthebox.com/Naruto-Shippuden-Gaara-Men-s-Cosplay-Costume-and-Accessories-Set_p40015.html

I ordered a cosplay costume from them and it came in time! Make sure you figure out exactly what size you need (or pay $5.99 more for a custom order). I was too lazy to measure myself to get a perfit fit so my costume ended up being a bit big/loose but it still fit fine.
Title: Re: HALP, GAARA COSTUME
Post by: danielvutran on May 07, 2010, 05:16:43 PM
LOL GET OUT OF HERE KATHELINE
Title: A good white body paint?
Post by: Chosen_Entity on May 09, 2010, 07:41:22 PM
Hey there peeps. I'm needing to find a good white body paint. I'm cosplaying Orochimaru, so the majority of my body needs to be white.

I bought Ben Nye paint, but I wasn't too impressed. It worked great on the face, but on the rest of me it just fell through. It smudged, stayed very tacky, and rubbed off on absolutely everything. (The wig, the clothes, the random passerby...)

So, I suppose I'm looking for something that will dry and stay put where it belongs. I don't mind if it's difficult to get off (actually I prefer it), since I plan on just being the one character. Besides, it takes forever to put all that stuff on.

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: A good white body paint?
Post by: Rette on May 09, 2010, 11:01:41 PM
Have you tried Kryolan?

http://www.kryolan.com/en/index.php?mnu=1

If you are located near San Francisco, they actually have a store downtown near the Metreon and the staff are really really helpful. My cosplay group gets all of our F/X makeup there. ^_^
Title: Re: A good white body paint?
Post by: LOVE.SAE on May 09, 2010, 11:19:59 PM
You can try airbrush temporary paint (http://www.airbrushtemporarytattoos.com/contents/en-us/d2_airbrush-body-art-paint_02.html), it last 1 to 10 days though depending on the skin type. Airbrush paints last longer on dry skin types compared to oily skin.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Chosen_Entity on May 10, 2010, 03:42:05 PM
Have you tried Kryolan?

http://www.kryolan.com/en/index.php?mnu=1

If you are located near San Francisco, they actually have a store downtown near the Metreon and the staff are really really helpful. My cosplay group gets all of our F/X makeup there. ^_^
You can try airbrush temporary paint (http://www.airbrushtemporarytattoos.com/contents/en-us/d2_airbrush-body-art-paint_02.html), it last 1 to 10 days though depending on the skin type. Airbrush paints last longer on dry skin types compared to oily skin.

Thanks you guys! I'm thinking of ordering the Kryolan paint and see how that goes. The airbrush paint would be perfect, but I have to go to work the day after the convention. That'd sure get me some funny stares! :3
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: LOVE.SAE on May 10, 2010, 03:48:49 PM
Thanks you guys! I'm thinking of ordering the Kryolan paint and see how that goes. The airbrush paint would be perfect, but I have to go to work the day after the convention. That'd sure get me some funny stares! :3

You don't have to worry, airbrushed paints are easily removable with 70% isopropyl alcohol or baby oil.
But if you're at the con and you want to bathe, but not remove your paint, you can still bathe regularly, you just have to avoid applying oils, sunblock or lotions on top of the airbrush tattoo and to dry, pat the airbrushed tattoo dry and don't rub it.
Title: Re: A good white body paint?
Post by: Dany on May 10, 2010, 04:06:48 PM
Have you tried Kryolan?

http://www.kryolan.com/en/index.php?mnu=1

If you are located near San Francisco, they actually have a store downtown near the Metreon and the staff are really really helpful. My cosplay group gets all of our F/X makeup there. ^_^

I will say a vote of support to Kryolan as well. I am very fond of their AquaColor stuff in particular...I've used it for years for a variety of costumes. The only trick is that I sometimes have to be careful..for example, when I put it on my fingers, they can look super-aged because the makeup over-exaggerates my knuckles and such. In some cases this can be a good thing, but it may not -always- be ;)

Something I'll also suggest is using a spray-on fixative...it can help a lot with keeping things put, especially if you are prone to sweat a lot, no matter what brand of makeup you use!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on May 10, 2010, 04:26:00 PM
Something I'll also suggest is using a spray-on fixative...it can help a lot with keeping things put, especially if you are prone to sweat a lot, no matter what brand of makeup you use!

Spray-fixative, and powdering the hell out of it after applying (before sealing) -- both of those will help tremendously in the wearing.  There isn't much that can be done, ultimately, against things like abrasion short of going for something like alcohol-activated makeup, but spray-sealers and powdering mitigate general wear.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AngelWings on May 10, 2010, 11:38:12 PM
Hey I was wondering if anyone knew how well this wig and the ponytail extensions took dye? I'm a little concerned, because of the styling on the extensions. Unfortunately it doesn't come in orange sooo? Suggestions please.
http://cgi.ebay.com/2-CURLY-CREME-BRULEE-PALE-BLONDE-PONYTAILS-cosplay-wig-/400119073270?cmd=ViewItem&pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item5d28f489f6
if the above doesn't show try cosplaywigs.com 2 CURLY CREME BRULEE PALE BLONDE PONYTAILS
 
 
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on May 11, 2010, 12:26:05 AM
Hey I was wondering if anyone knew how well this wig and the ponytail extensions took dye? I'm a little concerned, because of the styling on the extensions. Unfortunately it doesn't come in orange sooo? Suggestions please.
http://cgi.ebay.com/2-CURLY-CREME-BRULEE-PALE-BLONDE-PONYTAILS-cosplay-wig-/400119073270?cmd=ViewItem&pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item5d28f489f6
if the above doesn't show try cosplaywigs.com 2 CURLY CREME BRULEE PALE BLONDE PONYTAILS

Most wigs don't take RIT dye well (I've had luck, but it depends entirely on what the wig's made of and the brightness of the color you want, so it really was just luck), and human hair dye isn't so good either - both are made for organic things (i.e. real hair or cotton fabric), not synthetic.  So, brilliant people came up with this:

Dying wigs using sharpie marker ink.
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=82947

I haven't had this go wrong yet.  Works on more than wigs, too... so wear latex gloves and cover your work area to keep it safe.  ^_^

-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Armored-Heart on May 11, 2010, 11:11:44 AM
Hey~! I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find a decent white wig for my Soul (from Soul Eater) cosplay?
(Reference: http://scrumptious.animeblogger.net/images/Scans/Newtype_0208_Soul_Eater_01_100.jpg He's the awesome white haired guy lmao)

I had ordered one but it looks like a total mess and just will not do. D: I have no experience with styling wigs myself and also have little to no time on my hands, so it'd be easier to buy one. Though I also need to be able to afford it. xD;

I've searched around a little but I can't find many wigs that look anything like his hair while not looking like one of my cat's nasty coughed-up hairballs. D:
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on May 11, 2010, 02:21:15 PM
... I had ordered one but it looks like a total mess and just will not do. D: I have no experience with styling wigs myself and also have little to no time on my hands, so it'd be easier to buy one. Though I also need to be able to afford it. xD;

I don't know where you could get one that would look like that, but if you ordered one and it has the right length even if the style's a wreck, it can probably be salvaged.  Doesn't take that long either, just a little patience.  Do you have a picture of what you have?

(Where are you?  I'll be in the Bay Area from the 24th on and might be able to help, if you really need.)

-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Armored-Heart on May 11, 2010, 05:16:20 PM
... I had ordered one but it looks like a total mess and just will not do. D: I have no experience with styling wigs myself and also have little to no time on my hands, so it'd be easier to buy one. Though I also need to be able to afford it. xD;

I don't know where you could get one that would look like that, but if you ordered one and it has the right length even if the style's a wreck, it can probably be salvaged.  Doesn't take that long either, just a little patience.  Do you have a picture of what you have?

(Where are you?  I'll be in the Bay Area from the 24th on and might be able to help, if you really need.)

-Starherd

Yup, here's a photo: http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l33/KK-the-Fox/Snapshot_20100511.jpg It's also a bit sticky and has an... odd smell to it. o_o;

I live in Pleasanton, which is in the Bay Area about a half hour drive from San Jose. :B
Title: Re: Shinsengumi . Anyone?
Post by: pandaluvgame on May 11, 2010, 05:42:57 PM
I plan on cosplaying as a member of Shinsengumi. (from Hakuouki / Peacemaker / Kaze Hikaru)
I already have a kendo gi, now all i need is a haori ( i want to make it by myself since buying the costume costs a lot)

This is my 3rd time coming to Fanimecon, but I have no experience watsoever in cosplaying nor making costumes -___-
Is there anyone cosplaying as a Shinsengumi member and want to make it themselves??! Anyone has experience in making costume?! (sewing, fabric painting...)
Maybe we can get together and have the job done faster =D

****My aunt is willing to lend me her sewing machine & teach me how to sew.

I'd offer to visit and help, but I'm in Colorado... where are you?  ^_^;

Luckily, a haori is pretty simple in design, and fabric painting is pretty easy too (just make sure to follow the instructions).  The only difficulty I've ever had in making a kimono or haori has been with getting the collar to attach properly, and that just takes practice.  If you need a pattern, at costuming.org there's a pattern/picture that might help:
http://www.costuming.org/kimonopattern.jpg
(it's for a kimono, but with the below information can be of great help)
and there's some really good information here:
http://www.immortalgeisha.com/ig_bb/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=13082

Googling "haori pattern" under google images comes up with a lot of helpful graphics.  :-)
-Starherd

Wow...Thank you for all the information! I also did some research and realized that it'd take lots of effort to make costumes on my own. I still want to give it a try though. ^__^
So u live in Colorado?? Will you go to the con?? I live right here in San Jose. LUCKY me =)))
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AngelWings on May 11, 2010, 05:46:44 PM
Hey I was wondering if anyone knew how well this wig and the ponytail extensions took dye? I'm a little concerned, because of the styling on the extensions. Unfortunately it doesn't come in orange sooo? Suggestions please.
http://cgi.ebay.com/2-CURLY-CREME-BRULEE-PALE-BLONDE-PONYTAILS-cosplay-wig-/400119073270?cmd=ViewItem&pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item5d28f489f6
if the above doesn't show try cosplaywigs.com 2 CURLY CREME BRULEE PALE BLONDE PONYTAILS

Most wigs don't take RIT dye well (I've had luck, but it depends entirely on what the wig's made of and the brightness of the color you want, so it really was just luck), and human hair dye isn't so good either - both are made for organic things (i.e. real hair or cotton fabric), not synthetic.  So, brilliant people came up with this:

Dying wigs using sharpie marker ink.
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=82947

I haven't had this go wrong yet.  Works on more than wigs, too... so wear latex gloves and cover your work area to keep it safe.  ^_^

-Starherd

Thanks for the info. Mainly I was concerned because I'd heard that pre-styled wigs might not take any sort of coloring well
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Bsan89 on May 11, 2010, 06:59:50 PM
Hey guys I'm about 80% done with my updated costume
for Killzone. Here's the guy I'm cosplaying. I need help on the goggle.

Hellghast Grenadier  (http://"http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_rc_nnuMe3M8/S1B0QXWSyYI/AAAAAAAAFNE/YK8kNcJxves/s400/helghast+grenadier.jpg")

I got the idea from this:
http://the-mirror-melts.deviantart.com/art/Splinter-Cell-night-goggles-127109858

Here's what I have:
1.) Home Depo "SAFETY GOGGLE"
2.) (I forgot the exact measurement) 1/2 PVC tube.
3.) x4 red 5mm light
4.) double AA battery.

What I need:
-I need a [COLOR="Red"]"RED" [/COLOR] plastic soda bottle.
I have no idea where I can find one. Red soda bottle are usually clear bottle
fill with red soda.

What I done:
-First I hot glue all x4 pvc tube to the safety goggle.
-spray paint the entire model black
-cut holes behind glue pvc tube.
-put in 5mm light
-tape double a battery to side of safety goggle.

It look great so far, I just need to cover the front of the tube like in the pix.
She said she use plastic bottle and cut circle out of it.
The problem is I CANT FIND ANY RED PLASTIC Bottle to cut.
I found green and it look great if I were cosplaying Splinter Cell.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on May 11, 2010, 08:13:55 PM
What I need:
-I need a [COLOR="Red"]"RED" [/COLOR] plastic soda bottle.
...
It look great so far, I just need to cover the front of the tube like in the pix.
She said she use plastic bottle and cut circle out of it.
The problem is I CANT FIND ANY RED PLASTIC Bottle to cut.
I found green and it look great if I were cosplaying Splinter Cell.

If you can't find anything else, at craft stores like Michael's you can get red cellophane (comes in a roll like gift wrap).  It's thin and you'd have to layer it with some soda bottle or blister package plastic for stability, but it's transparent red.
(If you can't find any, I may have a roll about and could send you some - let me know.  I'll see if I can find the roll.  It might have been thrown away last move... *frets*)

(Geeze, I keep answering questions... can't tell what I love doing with my life, can ya  XD )

-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on May 11, 2010, 08:23:38 PM
Most wigs don't take RIT dye well (I've had luck, but it depends entirely on what the wig's made of and the brightness of the color you want, so it really was just luck), and human hair dye isn't so good either - both are made for organic things (i.e. real hair or cotton fabric), not synthetic.  So, brilliant people came up with this:

Dying wigs using sharpie marker ink.
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=82947

I haven't had this go wrong yet.  Works on more than wigs, too... so wear latex gloves and cover your work area to keep it safe.  ^_^

-Starherd

Thanks for the info. Mainly I was concerned because I'd heard that pre-styled wigs might not take any sort of coloring well

I'd think that would depend on what was used to style it - sprays and things might interfere with the dye taking.  The pictures you showed didn't look like something a lot of glue/hairspray was used on, though, at least not to me.  Good luck!

-Starherd
Title: Re: Shinsengumi . Anyone?
Post by: Starherd on May 11, 2010, 08:28:34 PM
Wow...Thank you for all the information! I also did some research and realized that it'd take lots of effort to make costumes on my own. I still want to give it a try though. ^__^
So u live in Colorado?? Will you go to the con?? I live right here in San Jose. LUCKY me =)))

I wish you luck!  It's a lot of work but it's a good skill to learn, too.  ^_^

I used to live in Santa Clara until a few years ago.  I'm lucky enough to get to go back this year for Fanime - will be in the Artist Alley selling, for a lot of the time, but hopefully that just means that the trip will pay for itself.  XD

-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Chosen_Entity on May 11, 2010, 08:32:45 PM
Hey guys! Thanks for all your help so far, but I have (yet another) question. :3

I'm looking into buying a compression shirt, but I'm not sure which size to buy! The sizes go by bust size (cm), but do I measure with the girls as they are, or squash them and measure as how flat I'd like to be?

I was going to try binding, but my chest is to big to make it possible without forfeiting my ability to breathe.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: LOVE.SAE on May 11, 2010, 08:49:07 PM
Hey guys! Thanks for all your help so far, but I have (yet another) question. :3

I'm looking into buying a compression shirt, but I'm not sure which size to buy! The sizes go by bust size (cm), but do I measure with the girls as they are, or squash them and measure as how flat I'd like to be?

I was going to try binding, but my chest is to big to make it possible without forfeiting my ability to breathe.

It sometimes depend on where you purchase them or what company that makes them.
But most likely DEFINITELY DO NOT SQUISH YOUR BOOBS.
You want to take your band measurement and add 1 for each letter of your cup size.
Ex. If you were 34B, B would equal 2 and go with the number 34 when ordering the shirt.
Sometimes ordering and chart sizes are different on some sites, but this would be the basic.
Just make sure to use your normal measurements.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on May 11, 2010, 08:51:47 PM
Yup, here's a photo: http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l33/KK-the-Fox/Snapshot_20100511.jpg It's also a bit sticky and has an... odd smell to it. o_o;

I live in Pleasanton, which is in the Bay Area about a half hour drive from San Jose. :B

Hmm... That looks like a really good base, but like it's not been styled much at all.  If it's sticky and smells odd, might be due to hairspray.  I'd recommend giving it a wash (shampoo, lukewarm water in a sink, and then hang it up to dry.  I've had success hanging wigs in the shower to drip-dry, from shower heads and such.

Then to style it, I recommend plain old Elmer's glue for spiking it as in the picture.  Usually what I do is pin the wig to a styrofoam wig head, suspend the wig head upside down (usually in the shower again, by stringing wire around the curtain rod, the shower head, and the neck of the wig head), and use the Elmer's glue to style it.  (I wear latex gloves, but you don't have to.  Elmer's glue washes off easy, and should you want to restyle the wig, soapy water will take the glue out later.)  Hanging it upside-down helps the gravity-defying styles stay in place while they dry.  Getting a bit of glue down near the roots of the wig helps spikes hold up.

...I'll be in San Mateo myself, but I don't know what my transportation situation from there is going to be like.  But maybe we can make it work if you decide that in-person help is in order.  ^_^

-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: LOVE.SAE on May 11, 2010, 08:54:19 PM
What I need:
-I need a RED plastic soda bottle.
I have no idea where I can find one. Red soda bottle are usually clear bottle
fill with red soda.

Moutain Dew Code Red~ Not sure if they still sell it, it was limited.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on May 11, 2010, 09:12:16 PM
I need to figure out how to make a prop gun. Well, not just any prop gun -- Ulala's gun from Space Channel 5.

http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/6105/ulalaoi7.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/8Billie8Joe8Luver121/ulala.jpg

(It's really hard to find good pictures of her gun!)

Basically, I need to find something to make the main part, which is an odd, rounded oblong shape. (The rest is going to be made out of foam and/or wooden beads, whatever I can find at the craft store.) What should I use?

Also, I need to make a holster. Her gun, thanks to the wonders of Dreamcast graphics, seems to just float on the strap going around her leg. For the strap, I was thinking about making almost like a garter (elastic covered in fabric), but I'm not sure how to attach the gun to it. Any suggestions?



Also, I have an aesthetic question about my wig. I'm not doing the highly shaped pigtails that she has because they would look silly on me.
I was thinking about doing slightly longer and curly pigtails to get the volume that is accurate while still having a cute wig.
I would love a shorter version of these pigtails:
http://i44.tinypic.com/309sxz5.jpg
Bt these pigtails are also really cute:
http://i39.tinypic.com/mcx3iv.jpg
Would that be too unaccurate to the original character? I'm just thinking that I want a wig that I can use for things other than cosplay down the road, and instead of wefting the hair I cut off and making another set of pigtails now, I'd rather have a happy meduim kind of style. Good idea or bad idea?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Armored-Heart on May 11, 2010, 09:40:25 PM
Yup, here's a photo: http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l33/KK-the-Fox/Snapshot_20100511.jpg It's also a bit sticky and has an... odd smell to it. o_o;

I live in Pleasanton, which is in the Bay Area about a half hour drive from San Jose. :B

Hmm... That looks like a really good base, but like it's not been styled much at all.  If it's sticky and smells odd, might be due to hairspray.  I'd recommend giving it a wash (shampoo, lukewarm water in a sink, and then hang it up to dry.  I've had success hanging wigs in the shower to drip-dry, from shower heads and such.

Then to style it, I recommend plain old Elmer's glue for spiking it as in the picture.  Usually what I do is pin the wig to a styrofoam wig head, suspend the wig head upside down (usually in the shower again, by stringing wire around the curtain rod, the shower head, and the neck of the wig head), and use the Elmer's glue to style it.  (I wear latex gloves, but you don't have to.  Elmer's glue washes off easy, and should you want to restyle the wig, soapy water will take the glue out later.)  Hanging it upside-down helps the gravity-defying styles stay in place while they dry.  Getting a bit of glue down near the roots of the wig helps spikes hold up.

...I'll be in San Mateo myself, but I don't know what my transportation situation from there is going to be like.  But maybe we can make it work if you decide that in-person help is in order.  ^_^

-Starherd

Sounds pretty good, thanks! <3 I'll wash it first and then see what I can do.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Bsan89 on May 11, 2010, 09:41:27 PM
What I need:
-I need a RED plastic soda bottle.
I have no idea where I can find one. Red soda bottle are usually clear bottle
fill with red soda.

Moutain Dew Code Red~ Not sure if they still sell it, it was limited.

I remember those being a clear plastic bottle with the drink dye red.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: LOVE.SAE on May 11, 2010, 10:12:56 PM
I remember those being a clear plastic bottle with the drink dye red.

Ahhh sorry D:
I can only think of red glass bottles.
I think the red cellophane is a good idea though = w =

I need to figure out how to make a prop gun. Well, not just any prop gun -- Ulala's gun from Space Channel 5.

http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/6105/ulalaoi7.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/8Billie8Joe8Luver121/ulala.jpg

(It's really hard to find good pictures of her gun!)

Basically, I need to find something to make the main part, which is an odd, rounded oblong shape. (The rest is going to be made out of foam and/or wooden beads, whatever I can find at the craft store.) What should I use?

Also, I need to make a holster. Her gun, thanks to the wonders of Dreamcast graphics, seems to just float on the strap going around her leg. For the strap, I was thinking about making almost like a garter (elastic covered in fabric), but I'm not sure how to attach the gun to it. Any suggestions?



Also, I have an aesthetic question about my wig. I'm not doing the highly shaped pigtails that she has because they would look silly on me.
I was thinking about doing slightly longer and curly pigtails to get the volume that is accurate while still having a cute wig.
I would love a shorter version of these pigtails:
http://i44.tinypic.com/309sxz5.jpg
Bt these pigtails are also really cute:
http://i39.tinypic.com/mcx3iv.jpg
Would that be too unaccurate to the original character? I'm just thinking that I want a wig that I can use for things other than cosplay down the road, and instead of wefting the hair I cut off and making another set of pigtails now, I'd rather have a happy meduim kind of style. Good idea or bad idea?

I'd probably use Styrofoam as well since it would be easy to sand it like that shape, but if it were me, I would put plaster (the type that comes in powder and you mix with some water) over the foam, then smooth the plaster with sandpaper then paint to your desired color, or spray. The plaster is fun to work with over props , but powdered types would need to be worked with fast because they dry fast in cups. :X

I don't think I can help you with the holster, sorry ; 3 ;

The wigs would be cute, but I think the curls would make it a bit too inaccurate. Maybe a more subtle curl if you would really want curls. I think as long as you have pink pigtails it won't be too inaccurate, they don't have to be so high up either. Have you tried wigs with clipped on pigtails/ponytails? My friend has a white Neru wig with two long detachable pigtails and they're really handy. Without the pigtails, it's just a nice short white wig. :3
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on May 11, 2010, 10:39:50 PM
I was thinking styrofoam, but I wasn't sure if they made the shapes that I would need, and there's no way that I'd be able to carve that. XD Thanks~ I think I'll just see what they have at the craft store.


I have clip-on ponytails, but I can't easily get new ones in the same colour as my wig so I can change out the style. :/ That's my problem I was going to weft the hair I cut off and then make new ones, but that seems like a lot of work, so I thought that I'd try to get something that could be somewhere in between. Thanks for your opionion, though. I'm still on the fence about it.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: LOVE.SAE on May 11, 2010, 11:11:34 PM
Good luck dear~
Also, I guess it will depend what kind of styrofoam you use. I was thinking of the typical holey ones that are crispy, the ones that usually come in sphere shapes. My friend and I had to make nose shapes out of them for our crafts class, it was really frustrated at first, but then we tried sanding the edges and it worked really well. I really do recommend plaster to go over the styrofoam though! Like a thin layer, and it will really fill in sports and make it smooth. I can tell you the plaster brand I like to use and stuff too ;D It's so nice to use to smooth things and it sands very smoothly! It's just an eggish shape you're trying to make, right? :3

Awww Is the hair you cut off just plain straight hair?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on May 11, 2010, 11:43:20 PM
What I need:
-I need a [COLOR="Red"]"RED" [/COLOR] plastic soda bottle.
...

If you can't find anything else, at craft stores like Michael's you can get red cellophane...
(If you can't find any, I may have a roll about and could send you some - let me know.  I'll see if I can find the roll...)
...

Update: Found the red cellophane!  PM me with your address if you'd like me to send some for you - I can definitely spare a stamp, and it'll save you a couple bucks.  I'm sure not doing anything immediate with it.  ^_^

-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kyra_Maverick on May 12, 2010, 05:07:32 PM
Hey guys I'm about 80% done with my updated costume
for Killzone. Here's the guy I'm cosplaying. I need help on the goggle.

Hellghast Grenadier  (http://"http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_rc_nnuMe3M8/S1B0QXWSyYI/AAAAAAAAFNE/YK8kNcJxves/s400/helghast+grenadier.jpg")

I got the idea from this:
http://the-mirror-melts.deviantart.com/art/Splinter-Cell-night-goggles-127109858

Here's what I have:
1.) Home Depo "SAFETY GOGGLE"
2.) (I forgot the exact measurement) 1/2 PVC tube.
3.) x4 red 5mm light
4.) double AA battery.

What I need:
-I need a "RED" plastic soda bottle.
I have no idea where I can find one. Red soda bottle are usually clear bottle
fill with red soda.

What I done:
-First I hot glue all x4 pvc tube to the safety goggle.
-spray paint the entire model black
-cut holes behind glue pvc tube.
-put in 5mm light
-tape double a battery to side of safety goggle.

It look great so far, I just need to cover the front of the tube like in the pix.
She said she use plastic bottle and cut circle out of it.
The problem is I CANT FIND ANY RED PLASTIC Bottle to cut.
I found green and it look great if I were cosplaying Splinter Cell.
Head over to the kids project section of a craft store. You'll want to buy some plastic 'googley' eyes in the size you need. Then, look for a stained glass painting kit. The paint in those kits dries semi-transparent so you can still kinda see out of them.

Cut the backing off the 'googley' eyes and pull out the eye part. Paint the the plastic dome until it is evenly and sufficiently red.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Bsan89 on May 12, 2010, 05:55:47 PM
Hey guys I'm about 80% done with my updated costume
for Killzone. Here's the guy I'm cosplaying. I need help on the goggle.

Hellghast Grenadier  (http://"http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_rc_nnuMe3M8/S1B0QXWSyYI/AAAAAAAAFNE/YK8kNcJxves/s400/helghast+grenadier.jpg")

I got the idea from this:
http://the-mirror-melts.deviantart.com/art/Splinter-Cell-night-goggles-127109858

Here's what I have:
1.) Home Depo "SAFETY GOGGLE"
2.) (I forgot the exact measurement) 1/2 PVC tube.
3.) x4 red 5mm light
4.) double AA battery.

What I need:
-I need a "RED" plastic soda bottle.
I have no idea where I can find one. Red soda bottle are usually clear bottle
fill with red soda.

What I done:
-First I hot glue all x4 pvc tube to the safety goggle.
-spray paint the entire model black
-cut holes behind glue pvc tube.
-put in 5mm light
-tape double a battery to side of safety goggle.

It look great so far, I just need to cover the front of the tube like in the pix.
She said she use plastic bottle and cut circle out of it.
The problem is I CANT FIND ANY RED PLASTIC Bottle to cut.
I found green and it look great if I were cosplaying Splinter Cell.
Head over to the kids project section of a craft store. You'll want to buy some plastic 'googley' eyes in the size you need. Then, look for a stained glass painting kit. The paint in those kits dries semi-transparent so you can still kinda see out of them.

Cut the backing off the 'googley' eyes and pull out the eye part. Paint the the plastic dome until it is evenly and sufficiently red.


Haha you know what? I think I'll try that too!
MUCH THANKS!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on May 13, 2010, 01:10:25 PM
Hey guys I'm about 80% done with my updated costume
for Killzone. Here's the guy I'm cosplaying. I need help on the goggle.

Hellghast Grenadier  (http://"http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_rc_nnuMe3M8/S1B0QXWSyYI/AAAAAAAAFNE/YK8kNcJxves/s400/helghast+grenadier.jpg")

I got the idea from this:
http://the-mirror-melts.deviantart.com/art/Splinter-Cell-night-goggles-127109858

Here's what I have:
1.) Home Depo "SAFETY GOGGLE"
2.) (I forgot the exact measurement) 1/2 PVC tube.
3.) x4 red 5mm light
4.) double AA battery.

What I need:
-I need a "RED" plastic soda bottle.
I have no idea where I can find one. Red soda bottle are usually clear bottle
fill with red soda.

What I done:
-First I hot glue all x4 pvc tube to the safety goggle.
-spray paint the entire model black
-cut holes behind glue pvc tube.
-put in 5mm light
-tape double a battery to side of safety goggle.

It look great so far, I just need to cover the front of the tube like in the pix.
She said she use plastic bottle and cut circle out of it.
The problem is I CANT FIND ANY RED PLASTIC Bottle to cut.
I found green and it look great if I were cosplaying Splinter Cell.
Head over to the kids project section of a craft store. You'll want to buy some plastic 'googley' eyes in the size you need. Then, look for a stained glass painting kit. The paint in those kits dries semi-transparent so you can still kinda see out of them.

Cut the backing off the 'googley' eyes and pull out the eye part. Paint the the plastic dome until it is evenly and sufficiently red.
guaah that sounds perfect for my taokaka mask i was just going to use red plastic stuff but thatll make it look a lot better ty ty > w <
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kyra_Maverick on May 13, 2010, 03:57:34 PM
You're all welcome! This is the same thing I did for my Mokona mascot costume a few years ago and it worked out great.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: thistledown on May 13, 2010, 04:16:20 PM
So, I am trying to cosplay as the Airship Pilot in the print of that name by Hakubaikou.  I've been practicing with test coats and hats for a while now, and am ready to make the final version, but I still can not decide to make it of velvet or leather.  I've heard recomendations for both, so I thought I'd get some more.

Here is the deviant art page with the print on it.
http://hakubaikou.deviantart.com/art/airship-pilot-7118476 (http://hakubaikou.deviantart.com/art/airship-pilot-7118476)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on May 13, 2010, 10:17:03 PM
Good luck dear~
Also, I guess it will depend what kind of styrofoam you use. I was thinking of the typical holey ones that are crispy, the ones that usually come in sphere shapes. My friend and I had to make nose shapes out of them for our crafts class, it was really frustrated at first, but then we tried sanding the edges and it worked really well. I really do recommend plaster to go over the styrofoam though! Like a thin layer, and it will really fill in sports and make it smooth. I can tell you the plaster brand I like to use and stuff too ;D It's so nice to use to smooth things and it sands very smoothly! It's just an eggish shape you're trying to make, right? :3

Awww Is the hair you cut off just plain straight hair?
That's the kind I'm thinking of, too, but I think that they also make some that is more solid? I'm not sure, I'll have to take a look at the craft store next time I'm there.

I haven't cut off the hair yet, but when/if I do, it will be plain straight hair, yes.

I actually came up with another idea for it, but I don't know how well it will work:
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=207986
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: auroramarija on May 16, 2010, 09:57:37 AM
Hey I was just curious as to whether anyone has ever made or even just has an idea of how to make Orihime from Bleach's shoes from when she is in Las Noches.
I can't even find a legit picture of her entire outfit so I would know what parts of the shoes are black and which parts are white!!!  So I'm completely lost and I am going insane.
I'm having issues making the top that has the cape hanging from it too(not the dress piece or the hakama those are done) but I'm dealing with the top. My main issue now is the shoes for sure.
Any help would be soooooo appreciated!!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: ayame_nguyen on May 16, 2010, 09:07:09 PM
Hey I was just curious as to whether anyone has ever made or even just has an idea of how to make Orihime from Bleach's shoes from when she is in Las Noches.
I can't even find a legit picture of her entire outfit so I would know what parts of the shoes are black and which parts are white!!!  So I'm completely lost and I am going insane.
I'm having issues making the top that has the cape hanging from it too(not the dress piece or the hakama those are done) but I'm dealing with the top. My main issue now is the shoes for sure.
Any help would be soooooo appreciated!!
i hope this helps :)
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r86/narusaku4eva7777/Inoue_Orihime_by_messa.jpg
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MyMidnightAffair on May 16, 2010, 09:26:17 PM
Hello!
I'm currently & DESPERATELY looking for a costume store near Gilroy, San Jose, or Morgan Hill.
Why?
I need a pink wig for my Izuna cosplay... (preferably a short cut pink bob)
(http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp146/Animebex/image5_1.png)
Please & thank you for your patience & help!
>__________<
Title: How can I better my wig for my cosplay?
Post by: forever adel on May 20, 2010, 08:03:58 PM
I believe this is in the proper forum but if not just tell me.

Now, I am going to be cosplaying Lightning this year but her wig is throwing me off..what should I do to fix it and make it look more like her?

I have already trimmed the bangs some..and styled it from this picture but I still think the bangs need something..help?

http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp235/danceraddi/1.jpg

Title: Re: How can I better my wig for my cosplay?
Post by: forever adel on May 20, 2010, 08:53:09 PM
And I am not sure if it's heat resistant it did say it was high quality japanese heat fiber..?
Title: Re: How can I better my wig for my cosplay?
Post by: AuroraDreamer on May 20, 2010, 09:40:39 PM
I personally think the bangs look alright. Maybe it seem odd, because you have your hair over your shoulder that is one the same side of your bangs. I noticed in pictures of Lightning, she has it on the other side. Maybe try that and see it looks better?
Title: Re: How can I better my wig for my cosplay?
Post by: SilentJ on May 20, 2010, 09:41:29 PM
For one, her bangs sway towards the right side. Another thing that might help would be to straighten the bangs.
Also, Lightning's curls aren't that extreme, so perhaps try to lessen them? Just a little though.

This image helps explain what I mean.
http://www.ff-xiii.net/images/screens/119lightning.jpg (http://www.ff-xiii.net/images/screens/119lightning.jpg)

'Hope that was helpful.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Devi 1313 on May 21, 2010, 09:28:16 PM
Hello!
I'm currently & DESPERATELY looking for a costume store near Gilroy, San Jose, or Morgan Hill.
Why?
I need a pink wig for my Izuna cosplay... (preferably a short cut pink bob)
(http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp146/Animebex/image5_1.png)
Please & thank you for your patience & help!
>__________<

Check out Victoria's Dance & Costume on San Carlos and Natasha's Attic on Bascom, both in San Jose. There's the costume trunk in Gilroy, but their hours are kind of iffy.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Devi 1313 on May 21, 2010, 09:40:34 PM
Oh, while I'm here, can someone help me find a suitable substitute for styrofoam to use for head bolts? The styrofoam was easy to shape, but to try and smooth and prep for spray painting was impossible. I'm looking for like a lightweight wood cylinder or a small paper box I could modify into a bolt shape. I'd really prefer them to be as smooth as possible.

Here's the character I'm doing:
(http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/2738469/images/1223190941970.jpg)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: forever adel on May 22, 2010, 07:35:42 PM
Thank you! One question though, can I straighten wig hair and not burn it?

@Nana: I used a really useful primer that was liquid and I painted on (it's safe for styrofoam and doesn't break it down.) it's called Delta Ceramcoat "All Purpose Sealer" it's the Prep one and it's clear and in a white bottle.

I got it at my local Joanne's Fabric store, you could probably also get it at Michaels or some place similiar!! I would also recommend using acrylic based paint (folk art works really well) and it spreads easy and it won't melt your styrofoam! Hope this helps!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: forever adel on May 22, 2010, 07:40:14 PM
Oh, while I'm here, can someone help me find a suitable substitute for styrofoam to use for head bolts? The styrofoam was easy to shape, but to try and smooth and prep for spray painting was impossible. I'm looking for like a lightweight wood cylinder or a small paper box I could modify into a bolt shape. I'd really prefer them to be as smooth as possible.

Here's the character I'm doing:
(http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/2738469/images/1223190941970.jpg)
also! If you use model magic over the edges and the bolts, it'll give it the smooth look you are searching for! :D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on May 23, 2010, 11:21:33 PM
Oh, while I'm here, can someone help me find a suitable substitute for styrofoam to use for head bolts? The styrofoam was easy to shape, but to try and smooth and prep for spray painting was impossible. I'm looking for like a lightweight wood cylinder or a small paper box I could modify into a bolt shape. I'd really prefer them to be as smooth as possible.

Here's the character I'm doing:
(http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/2738469/images/1223190941970.jpg)
or you could layer mod podge (i used the one with the yellow lable to give my big zipper pull a shiny plastic look and they sell it in any craft store or even wal mart next to the crafts and paints and glues)
its like glue stuff but it dries clear and is sturdy and easily paintable and theres instructions for sanding it down on the back of the bottle to make it smooth and make the paint stick
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on May 24, 2010, 12:02:47 AM
I do not recommend Modge Podge for sealing styrofoam.

I used some yesterday to seal a prop gun, and either I didn't seal it well enough or the Modge Podge didn't work, but the paint I used on top of it ended up dissolving the styrofoam, even in places that should have been well-covered in Modge Podge.

I'd find a different sealant or a different material if I were you.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on May 24, 2010, 12:58:49 PM
x . x ive only used it ontop of wonderflex plastic layered extremely thick so im sorry for bad info T . T but it might work if you end up using wood or somthing  .  u  .
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Devi 1313 on May 24, 2010, 05:08:52 PM
I'm just tired of using styrofoam. Trying to get it smooth is like trying to fill in the nooks and crannies of an english muffin. Does anyone know of any sort of paper or wood alternative? I've considered chopping up round boxes.
Title: got blood on your costume accidentally?
Post by: michiko nakano on May 24, 2010, 07:20:29 PM
your own spit will dissolve your own blood on material.  works best if the blood is wet.

i've poked myself with needles and scissors while sewing light colored costumes, and getting blood on costumes and clothes sucks. 
Title: Need Help with Costume for Fanime < < ')
Post by: bulgarian_boy88 on May 26, 2010, 09:45:12 PM
So, i feel a little dumb for posting this...so no one make fun of me please! >_< This is going to be my second anime convention, last time i cosplayed as L (kept it simple xD) this time i want to cosplay as Grimmjow. However, i wasn't sure if i'd be able to get the weekend off from work so i didnt order a costume and it seems it would take too long if i tried now. So, i remember there were lots of shops selling anime things, does anyone know if they'd have a Grimmjow outfit? xD or maybe where i could buy one this close to Fanime? I'm pretty sure i can take care of the rest, except maybe lenses, does anyone know of any reputable places to buy colored lenses? If there is a website which might be a better place for this post then id love to hear your suggestion.

Thank you!
Title: Re: Need Help with Costume for Fanime < < ')
Post by: Kyra_Maverick on May 26, 2010, 09:52:03 PM
I think this thread will be moved over here http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,13581.0.html

As for your question... No, I really don't think there will be a dealer selling full cosplay like this. It's possible someone at the swapmeet will be selling their old costumes, but the likelihood of it being the same character/ size you need...

There is supposed to be a contact lens dealer, but they will only sell if you have a prescription. There was a topic about them in the dealers hall forum. 
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: bulgarian_boy88 on May 26, 2010, 09:59:11 PM
Lol, thanks Kyra, i think you basically answered everything for me xD
Title: Rabbit Ears! Where to buy 'em?
Post by: Hyorin! on May 27, 2010, 12:52:04 PM
My boyfriend lost his white rabbit ears and needs a pair by Sunday! So big question:

Where can I find a good pair of rabbit ears? Does anyone know if anyone at Artist Alley or the Dealers Room will have them? Preferably rabbit ears on a headband.


Thank you so much!  :)
Title: Anyone have any cosplay ideas for these types of hair?
Post by: veryveryvictoria on May 29, 2010, 01:17:55 AM
Short on time. No time for dyes/wigs. Any cosplay ideas for girls with short, ball-like brown hair and long puffy black hair?
Title: Help me with cosplays for 2011!! Thanks!! :D
Post by: pandasquirl on June 01, 2010, 08:18:18 PM
Hii. I'm starting cosplay making early (very lol) because i usually end up procrastinating and coming up with easy cosplays >3< I found out that my best friend was going as Kallen next year and that made me feel like I WANT TO BE AWESOME TOO. Annnddd, I want to challenge my Grandma xDD JK she'll be helping. So i was wondering which cosplay would cost the least and which cosplay would be best? Should I be a moogle, Souseiseki(Rozen Maiden), or Chihiro (Spirited Away, Sen) ALSO. PLEASE BE AWARE IF THE WEATHER AND ITS COMFORT LEVEL x] Thankss youu  ;D
Title: Re: Help me with cosplays for 2011!! Thanks!! :D
Post by: pandasquirl on June 01, 2010, 08:28:15 PM
btw, I mean Moogle as in mascot like.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: imelza0 on June 01, 2010, 08:50:13 PM
@forever adel:

I'm also going as Lightning (though to the SDCC, not to this convention, so you won't have competition from me :)), and I can tell you that you can iron the wig fibers, but you have to be VERY careful. Keep the iron on the lowest setting, and go very slowly, and keep the iron off the wig fibers at regular intervals to prevent it overheating and melting. Also, to make the wig look more like her hair, I would suggest finding a picture of the back of lightning's head so you can see how her hair is cut. If you find a decent picture, you can see that her hair is actually cut short on one side of her head, and all of the long hair is on the left side of her head. So, instead of being all the hair on the back of her head swept to one side, only one side of her head has long hair in the back, so it's easier to hang over her shoulder.  So you might try finding a picture and trimming it a little, but again, be careful, as wig hair obviously does not grow back.

Now I need some help:
For the jacket, there are some very specific-looking clasps, and I have only found then in a semi-accurate form in one place, and they are quite expensive, anyone know of any place I could get them?
http://animehistory.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/ffxiii-lightning_cg.png
(The silver buckles)

Any help is greatly appreciated!
Title: Pantyhose with a fully sheer panty?
Post by: Nina Star 9 on June 01, 2010, 11:29:55 PM
I cosplayed Regina Berry (Phoenix Wright: Justice for All) this year, who wears basically high-cut briefs on the bottom with sheer black pantyhose. I bought the only pantyhose I could find at Target that was sheer black, in my size, and claimed to have a sheer panty, looked at the pic of it worn on the back, decided that it would work, and statshed it away until Fanime. Well, come Fanime, I put it on and it has little bits of darker material right at the start of the leg in the crotch area, which was not covered by my bottoms so from a distance it looked like I was... hairy, let's put it.

So, for my question. Where could I find sheer black pantyhose with a fully sheer waist area and no darker leg square things? It was pretty annoying to find out that I couldn't cover those up so I had to walk around with them hanging out of my bottoms. I've seen other cosplayers in outfits that are basically breifs on the bottom who wear sheer black pantyhose without dark leg squares hanging out, so I know that there is such a thing, I just have no idea where to get it at.

Thank you~

EDIT: Thanks to whomever merged this with the other thread. I didn't think of posting it here for some reason. :D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Mango Bunny on June 02, 2010, 03:55:36 AM
Okok, I want to make a BIG, FAT PRINNY COSTUME. I've done some searching and whatnot, but I wanted to know if anyone has any recommendations on how to make this. Some sort of wire frame I guess?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Xepherian on June 02, 2010, 11:58:07 AM
I once believed cosplaying Hazama would actually be quite easy.

Then I looked at his attire again and realized how difficult it would be to actually replicate it.

(http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100415214407/blazblue/images/thumb/5/50/HazaCSArt.png/200px-HazaCSArt.png)

The most difficult part seems to be his actual jacket. Which seems to be a gentleman's jacket with a split tail. The hardest part actually seems to be the belts/buckles that are hanging off the collar(?) of his jacket. Do you think it would be easier to just buy a jacket that appears like his, and sew my own buckles onto a collar as such? And as for the two belts, I think I'll just put on two belts. It doesn't even look like belt loops really hold onto it apart from the metallic checkpoints.

So, here's my list of questions:
(1) What is that jacket called? The a trenchcoat with a split end perhaps?
(2) Would it be easier to just sew the belt buckles on myself?
(3) About the belts on his pants; should I try to imitate belt loops, either by extending already existing belt loops, or just make the appearance that belt loops are holding up the pants?
(4) Why does hazama only weigh like 110 pounds? this makes cosplaying him potentially health-hazardous. :(
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: sael on June 02, 2010, 06:58:06 PM
So, here's my list of questions:
(1) What is that jacket called? The a trenchcoat with a split end perhaps?
(2) Would it be easier to just sew the belt buckles on myself?
(3) About the belts on his pants; should I try to imitate belt loops, either by extending already existing belt loops, or just make the appearance that belt loops are holding up the pants?
(4) Why does hazama only weigh like 110 pounds? this makes cosplaying him potentially health-hazardous. :(
(1) As most trench coats tend to be double-breasted, I'm tempted to to say that he's wearing a well-fitted duster coat with a split-end. I just finished sewing a frock coat (which is fairly similar) and I would recommend that you buy the coat if you dislike sewing, don't have the experience, or don't have the time.
(2) Sewing or buying, the belt buckles are fairly easy additions. I can't be sure from the picture, but I  feel like he has some short straps attaching the buckles to the lapels (the gold dots above the buckles might be snaps).
(3) Imitating the belt loops is really up to your own discretion. If you are going to, I would recommend just adding a secondary belt loop below the already existing loops. This will ensure that the loops will always line up (rather than building the loops on the belt) and you know that the belt(s) will stay together.
(4) Most anime characters are unrealistically skinny/buff/busty/etc.


@ imelza0 - for buckles, check Tandy Leather (http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/home/department/Buckles/Buckles.aspx). I think I saw some there, but they might be a little expensive ($8 for 3).
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: DerangedGenius on June 02, 2010, 07:18:46 PM
Next year I want to try my hand at M. Bison. Hardest bits look like they'll be the jacket and the silver shoulder pads/bracers/shin guards. Can anyone help with either of those?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: ilaxcia on June 03, 2010, 11:15:23 AM
(http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b327/anime4Alicia/litchi-faye-ling.jpg)
1. What material to use.
2. How to make her shoes.
3. Should I buy a wig? And where?
4. What to make her staff out of.
5. How to make her outfit.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on June 03, 2010, 12:28:23 PM
Okok, I want to make a BIG, FAT PRINNY COSTUME. I've done some searching and whatnot, but I wanted to know if anyone has any recommendations on how to make this. Some sort of wire frame I guess?

Chicken wire.  :-)  When I was in high school we made mascot costumes that way.  Since then, craft foam has appeared on the market, too, and that can be used for shaping details, but chicken wire is still a great, light-weight base for bodies and heads, and doesn't trap heat as badly as craft foam does (hence using chicken wire for the head base).  ...You can find Chicken Wire in hardware stores, usually sold by the yard from big rolls, in my experience.
Title: Re: Pantyhose with a fully sheer panty?
Post by: Starherd on June 03, 2010, 12:34:16 PM
...
So, for my question. Where could I find sheer black pantyhose with a fully sheer waist area and no darker leg square things? ...

I'm not sure if one might find such in regular pantyhose areas of stores, but it might be something findable in costume shops or dance stores, since this is a problem a lot of costumes might encounter.  Or formalwear stores, even.

*Hopes to be helpful*
-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on June 03, 2010, 12:39:15 PM
...
Now I need some help:
For the jacket, there are some very specific-looking clasps, and I have only found then in a semi-accurate form in one place, and they are quite expensive, anyone know of any place I could get them?
http://animehistory.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/ffxiii-lightning_cg.png
(The silver buckles)

I do not know where to find the exact buckles, but what I'd do myself would be to get the less exact buckles and modify them using sculpey/fimo type clay, or possibly by modifying one and then making a mold and casting/painting resin for the modifications so that they'd be identical.  I wouldn't trust the modifications to be load-bearing, so they'd have to be basically covers for the existing buckles, but it would be the best way I can think of to get the right look.

Hope this helps  :-)
-Starherd
Title: Re: Rabbit Ears! Where to buy 'em?
Post by: Starherd on June 03, 2010, 12:42:04 PM
My boyfriend lost his white rabbit ears and needs a pair by Sunday! So big question:

Where can I find a good pair of rabbit ears? Does anyone know if anyone at Artist Alley or the Dealers Room will have them? Preferably rabbit ears on a headband.

It's a bit late now, but should such ever happen again/to anyone else, I know for a fact that Debbie Lyn's Costumes in Sunnyvale carries bunny ears year-round.  I believe that House of Humor (nearby) does too, and probably most year-round costume shops do.  There's several in the Bay area.  ^_^;
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on June 03, 2010, 12:47:12 PM
So, I am trying to cosplay as the Airship Pilot in the print of that name by Hakubaikou.  I've been practicing with test coats and hats for a while now, and am ready to make the final version, but I still can not decide to make it of velvet or leather.  I've heard recomendations for both, so I thought I'd get some more.

Here is the deviant art page with the print on it.
http://hakubaikou.deviantart.com/art/airship-pilot-7118476 (http://hakubaikou.deviantart.com/art/airship-pilot-7118476)

I'd say that logically it should be leather, but it really, really looks like velvet, with the way it absorbs light.
...If it's not too late for this information to be useful.  ^_^;
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Aelia on June 03, 2010, 01:02:42 PM
{An Image Was Here}
1. What material to use.
2. How to make her shoes.
3. Should I buy a wig? And where?
4. What to make her staff out of.
5. How to make her outfit.
As a Rover who has to deal with potential indecent exposure, my best suggestion is going to relate to staying properly covered. XD Sorry, I can't help it. I poked my head in and saw it. For that costume, you're going to want a properly fitted, black, strapless bra and some body tape, to be sure that even if you lean over, there is not going to be more than a bit of you showing.

For the clothing, I'm partial to cotton because it's lightweight, durable, and breathable. For the top, I'd suggest a heavier-weight fabric, not only because it offers more structure, but also because that sort of top makes me think of it.

My only other comments include; red boots could be a good starting point for the shoes, unless you like the look of the leg-warmer-esque fabric-drapes that some people use over standard, comfortable footwear, though that's very much a preference thing; some people like it, others think it looks or feels funny.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on June 03, 2010, 01:04:15 PM
I once believed cosplaying Hazama would actually be quite easy.
...
The most difficult part seems to be his actual jacket. Which seems to be a gentleman's jacket with a split tail. The hardest part actually seems to be the belts/buckles that are hanging off the collar(?) of his jacket. Do you think it would be easier to just buy a jacket that appears like his, and sew my own buckles onto a collar as such? And as for the two belts, I think I'll just put on two belts. It doesn't even look like belt loops really hold onto it apart from the metallic checkpoints.

So, here's my list of questions:
(1) What is that jacket called? The a trenchcoat with a split end perhaps?
(2) Would it be easier to just sew the belt buckles on myself?
(3) About the belts on his pants; should I try to imitate belt loops, either by extending already existing belt loops, or just make the appearance that belt loops are holding up the pants?
(4) Why does hazama only weigh like 110 pounds? this makes cosplaying him potentially health-hazardous. :(

I just made a white Hazama jacket for another person in this thread for Fanime  ^_^;  Just PM'd him to see if he had any pictures of himself wearing it...

(1) The outfit seems to be based on a zoot suit style, but most existing patterns for such aren't going to be so fitted, and as of a few years back when I worked in a costume shop, nobody was making them in plain solid colors like Hazama's on that exact pattern.  And none of them had those buckles.  (Should you decide you'd need the coat, PM me - I do commissions.)

(2) I ended up using buckles from a belt found at Goodwill for the one I made - the right buckles were proving really hard to find.  Tempted to construct my own mold and cast them in resin if people keep needing Hazama coats/buckles.  ^_^;  Would also need to make the straps they're connected to the collar with.

(3) Belt loops on the belts themselves will help them stay oriented together and not twist apart or separate vertically, and attaching those "false" loops to the pants will help the belts stay oriented with the pants as well.  So... the belts aren't really holding up the pants, but the connected beltloops keep the outfit together.

(4) INORITE.  *sob*

-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on June 03, 2010, 01:42:16 PM
{An Image Was Here}
1. What material to use.
2. How to make her shoes.
3. Should I buy a wig? And where?
4. What to make her staff out of.
5. How to make her outfit.
As a Rover who has to deal with potential indecent exposure, my best suggestion is going to relate to staying properly covered. XD Sorry, I can't help it. I poked my head in and saw it. For that costume, you're going to want a properly fitted, black, strapless bra and some body tape, to be sure that even if you lean over, there is not going to be more than a bit of you showing.

For the clothing, I'm partial to cotton because it's lightweight, durable, and breathable. For the top, I'd suggest a heavier-weight fabric, not only because it offers more structure, but also because that sort of top makes me think of it.

My only other comments include; red boots could be a good starting point for the shoes, unless you like the look of the leg-warmer-esque fabric-drapes that some people use over standard, comfortable footwear, though that's very much a preference thing; some people like it, others think it looks or feels funny.

*points up* What they said!  Beware wardrobe malfunctions.  ^_^;
Though I think you could get away with a bra with straps, if the straps were placed properly (I know that Victoria's Secret does some bras with straps that can be worn different ways, including as halter tops, for example).  Not sure - would have to see the back of the costume.  You're probably also going to want some flesh-colored leggins/tights and/or some secretive sewing on the skirt to keep it from slipping and revealing things it shouldn't.  I'd recommend building in some opaque underwear just to be on the safe side.

(1) For material, I'd second the idea of using a heavier cotton for the top, since it has to provide some support for the bust and stay smooth and shaped.  Twill might be a little heavy, but there are some good medium weights between twill (heavy) and broadcloth/quilting cottons (light).  For the skirt and possibly even the sleeves, though, with the way they drape, I'd say a thick broadcloth would do, especially if layered.  Broadcloth comes in lots of colors, so it could be matched pretty well to the heavier cotton of the bodice.

(2) I can't tell from the picture - is she wearing high heels?  It looks like it but the heels aren't shown.  ^_^;  These could be done by making covers for existing comfortable (black, I think, since there's black along the bottom) shoes.  (Also, I can't recommend gel inserts enough, especially for high-heeled shoes!  Save your feet!  XD )  The red, white, and black-cuff parts would be sewn together and worn like socks, but slipped on over the shoes, possibly with some black spandex to go over the instep of the shoe to keep the sock-cover in place.  That's how I'd do it, anyway.  :-)

(3) For the hair, I'd say do a short wig cut as the picture shows, and do the ponytail as a long separate piece.  The short wig will need some combs sewn into it to stay in place on your head with the weight of that long a ponytail.  You'll have to either cut the wig yourself or have someone do it for you.  For bases to start from, though, I inspected the wigs in the epiccosplay.com booth in the dealers' hall, and their quality was excellent.  And they ship from the US.  :-)

(4)  For her staff, I recommend painting sections of PVC pipe (and using smaller segments stuck inside to keep the staff together when complete).  Then it can be taken apart for easier transport.  ;-)

(5)  This isn't at all a beginner cosplay, so far as sewing/construction goes.  ^_^;  If someone commissioned me for it, it would be at least $275 because of how fitted it is and because of all the trim (that would include the clothes, shoes, staff, wig, and hair ornaments - $100 of that estimate is the wig and its accessories).  I don't know what your experience level is with sewing, but if you want to try it yourself, I recommend finding a simple vest pattern to start with, making that out of cheap fabric like muslin, and making alterations to that to get a fitted pattern for your torso to start with.  Then you'll trace those fitted pieces back onto paper to sketch out the pattern more like the garment in the picture, and make that in muslin, and repeat the process until you have a well-fitted pattern to start from.  And *then* you start it in your real fabric.  It's a long process to do from scratch when you're just starting out, but you'll learn an awful lot if you try it.  Don't be daunted - you'll get the result you want eventually, with enough practice.  :-)  (The shirt is really the most difficult part; the skirt and shoes wouldn't take as many iterations to make patterns for.)

Hope this information helps!
-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Aelia on June 03, 2010, 02:02:16 PM
(4)  For her staff, I recommend painting sections of PVC pipe (and using smaller segments stuck inside to keep the staff together when complete).  Then it can be taken apart for easier transport.  ;-)
I like the sectional staff idea. What you would want is some threaded pvc in two sizes so you can nestle one inside the other and make it so the bigger pices screw onto the smaller ones. Three sections on something that length (if you're 5'6" or so) would be approx. 35" apiece, which could easily fit into most suitcases/duffels at an angle.

*points up* What they said!  Beware wardrobe malfunctions.  ^_^;
Though I think you could get away with a bra with straps, if the straps were placed properly (I know that Victoria's Secret does some bras with straps that can be worn different ways, including as halter tops, for example).  Not sure - would have to see the back of the costume.  You're probably also going to want some flesh-colored leggins/tights and/or some secretive sewing on the skirt to keep it from slipping and revealing things it shouldn't.  I'd recommend building in some opaque underwear just to be on the safe side.
Actually, just going to throw a general warning/request (from me personally, and sort-of from Rovers) into this thread where all of you lovely cosplay helpers can see it.

We do not love it when we have to approach you and ask you to put more clothing on because some small child has seen parts of you which they should not have had to see. This doesn't happen very often, but it happens enough that we need to mention it.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Xepherian on June 04, 2010, 10:59:54 AM
I once believed cosplaying Hazama would actually be quite easy.
...
The most difficult part seems to be his actual jacket. Which seems to be a gentleman's jacket with a split tail. The hardest part actually seems to be the belts/buckles that are hanging off the collar(?) of his jacket. Do you think it would be easier to just buy a jacket that appears like his, and sew my own buckles onto a collar as such? And as for the two belts, I think I'll just put on two belts. It doesn't even look like belt loops really hold onto it apart from the metallic checkpoints.

So, here's my list of questions:
(1) What is that jacket called? The a trenchcoat with a split end perhaps?
(2) Would it be easier to just sew the belt buckles on myself?
(3) About the belts on his pants; should I try to imitate belt loops, either by extending already existing belt loops, or just make the appearance that belt loops are holding up the pants?
(4) Why does hazama only weigh like 110 pounds? this makes cosplaying him potentially health-hazardous. :(

I just made a white Hazama jacket for another person in this thread for Fanime  ^_^;  Just PM'd him to see if he had any pictures of himself wearing it...

(1) The outfit seems to be based on a zoot suit style, but most existing patterns for such aren't going to be so fitted, and as of a few years back when I worked in a costume shop, nobody was making them in plain solid colors like Hazama's on that exact pattern.  And none of them had those buckles.  (Should you decide you'd need the coat, PM me - I do commissions.)

(2) I ended up using buckles from a belt found at Goodwill for the one I made - the right buckles were proving really hard to find.  Tempted to construct my own mold and cast them in resin if people keep needing Hazama coats/buckles.  ^_^;  Would also need to make the straps they're connected to the collar with.

(3) Belt loops on the belts themselves will help them stay oriented together and not twist apart or separate vertically, and attaching those "false" loops to the pants will help the belts stay oriented with the pants as well.  So... the belts aren't really holding up the pants, but the connected beltloops keep the outfit together.

(4) INORITE.  *sob*

-Starherd

Oh! I know who you're talking about. I actually played with him, a game of ninja, in the gaming hall.
He was a white palleted hazama, right? Red tie, white jacket, white hat, etc. Almost like a Michael Jackson replica?

&Yeah, if I wanted to commission you, I'd have to find a picture of the white-palleted hazama before I can make a decision. If anything, I'd probably really just need the coat. That seems like the ONLY hard part about it.

The belts and loops I can do myself, but the coat seems out of my league in terms of finding/buying/making.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on June 04, 2010, 11:22:34 AM
Oh! I know who you're talking about. I actually played with him, a game of ninja, in the gaming hall.
He was a white palleted hazama, right? Red tie, white jacket, white hat, etc. Almost like a Michael Jackson replica?

&Yeah, if I wanted to commission you, I'd have to find a picture of the white-palleted hazama before I can make a decision. If anything, I'd probably really just need the coat. That seems like the ONLY hard part about it.

The belts and loops I can do myself, but the coat seems out of my league in terms of finding/buying/making.

Yep, that would've been him.  :-)  I hope he gets back to me with a picture!

If it helps, I know that the hat and the type of vest he's wearing can be found at costume shops (I used to work at Debbie Lyn's Costumes in Sunnyvale and they had them).  The vest I made that fellow wasn't accurate because I didn't get the picture of the back until after the vest was completed, and I never got time to alter it, but it's backless about the shoulders:  (Picture Here) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n180/Kurushii-kun/BBCS_Arcade_Rip/Hazama/Sprites/hz600_05.png)

-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on June 06, 2010, 08:20:21 PM
Oh! I know who you're talking about. I actually played with him, a game of ninja, in the gaming hall.
He was a white palleted hazama, right? Red tie, white jacket, white hat, etc. Almost like a Michael Jackson replica?

&Yeah, if I wanted to commission you, I'd have to find a picture of the white-palleted hazama before I can make a decision. If anything, I'd probably really just need the coat. That seems like the ONLY hard part about it.

The belts and loops I can do myself, but the coat seems out of my league in terms of finding/buying/making.

http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,10097.msg386667.html#msg386667
There's some pictures of him posted by Jam_Kiske here  :-)
-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Asa_Gohan on June 07, 2010, 05:32:51 AM
Yeah, even I didnt know about it till that last moment @_@ So it was my bad on not fully looking at the outfit.  It still works though because you should never take that coat off anyways.  And the closet thing you can do to finding a coat like that is by getting a zoot suit.  Oh, and suggestion for 2011, itd be SOOOOOOOO awesome to see a Hazama of each color
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MyMidnightAffair on June 07, 2010, 09:47:58 AM
Hello!
I'm currently & DESPERATELY looking for a costume store near Gilroy, San Jose, or Morgan Hill.
Why?
I need a pink wig for my Izuna cosplay... (preferably a short cut pink bob)
(http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp146/Animebex/image5_1.png)
Please & thank you for your patience & help!
>__________<

Check out Victoria's Dance & Costume on San Carlos and Natasha's Attic on Bascom, both in San Jose. There's the costume trunk in Gilroy, but their hours are kind of iffy.

Thanks much! I'll check out that place during the summer, so I can create my full Izuna cosplay for next year~ :D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: ice queen on June 07, 2010, 11:04:12 AM
Hi everyone! I haven't cosplayed in a looong while...so I need some help with two costumes.

First one is Riku from Kingdom Hearts 2. I have no idea where to begin. I know where I can get a good wig and eye contacts to do his eyes for the cosplay but that's it. So any suggestions would be great!

http://images.wiki.wegame.com/i/EIA9XHoK.jpg - this is the only good picture I could find of Riku

Another is China from Axis Powers Hetalia. I'm having a little more trouble than I figured trying to find his attire as well! I want to do the military outfit but open to another suggestion just in case.

http://brianandrew.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/vlcsnap-5306.jpg

http://media.photobucket.com/image/axis%20powers%20hetalia%20china/champenguin/Hetalia/000d1z31.jpg

nice thing is I don't need a wig for him since I have a pretty close hair color to him.

any help will be great for both....thanks!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on June 07, 2010, 12:49:09 PM
Hi everyone! I haven't cosplayed in a looong while...so I need some help with two costumes.

First one is Riku from Kingdom Hearts 2. I have no idea where to begin. I know where I can get a good wig and eye contacts to do his eyes for the cosplay but that's it. So any suggestions would be great!

http://images.wiki.wegame.com/i/EIA9XHoK.jpg - this is the only good picture I could find of Riku

Another is China from Axis Powers Hetalia. I'm having a little more trouble than I figured trying to find his attire as well! I want to do the military outfit but open to another suggestion just in case.

http://brianandrew.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/vlcsnap-5306.jpg

http://media.photobucket.com/image/axis%20powers%20hetalia%20china/champenguin/Hetalia/000d1z31.jpg

nice thing is I don't need a wig for him since I have a pretty close hair color to him.

any help will be great for both....thanks!

*waves*  :-)
Riku -
Not sure how to do the shoes accurately; drawing with permanent markers (silver and black) on white sneakers of something like the right shape, and using yellow laces, might be the way to go.  For the pants, you could probably get away with any loose jeans, but they could easily be made custom, too.  The overvest (and cuff) would have to be custom made to be accurate, and the undershirt looks like it would have to be, too.  Looks like the overvest, though worn open, has a separating zipper for closure, and at the collar it looks like there's unsnapped snaps that would, if snapped, hold the little top flaps of the collar down to the rest of the collar.  The undershirt closes with a parka zipper (double-ended) in the front, so that it can be unzipped a bit at both ends.  The belt looks like one of those with little square metal studs/plates all along it - I'm sure I've seen those in at least Hot Topic recently, and they turn up in thrift stores too.

Are you familiar with sewing...?  ^_^;  First thing you'd want to do would be to find patterns of similar cut to use and modify...


China -
I'm not so familiar with Hetalia, but it looks like China's wearing a simplified version of an actual Chinese military uniform.  Maybe searching for the real thing could lead to helpful images?

Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: ice queen on June 07, 2010, 01:32:30 PM
thanks for the help. though I had a feeling with Riku I'd have to find someone who's great at sewing and the such ^.^;
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Post by: BSaphire on June 14, 2010, 03:17:55 PM
So I am hoping to revamp this thread over the summer and I am looking to all the cosplayers, costumers, theatrical peeps out here to help me out to build a list of links that would benefit cosplayers to find all types of cosplay goods. Wigs, Makeup, props, contacts, shoes, nails, shirts, skirts, and frilly things, to boot! I just need a brief website description along with the website url. If you have done business with them feel free to rate a website on a scale of 0 - 5 stars (0 = poor and a 5 = AWESOME!).

Come the start of school I hope to have the info up and listed so that people can find it on the first page and see what others think of the website on overall performance (shipping, stock, time it takes to arrive, and price to name a few.)

Post that info here and I will have a great source for building the thread pre launch right around 1st September and the wonderful Halloween shopping days that follow for Halloween!

Squidges
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Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Phantom Roxas on June 17, 2010, 08:59:23 PM
Where can I buy an Oathkeeper of a Kingdom Key of good quality for a reasonable price?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on June 17, 2010, 11:17:36 PM
Where can I buy an Oathkeeper of a Kingdom Key of good quality for a reasonable price?

What do you define as "reasonable price" and what features define "good quality" to you?  (Accuracy of design, sturdiness, con-acceptable construction...?)
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Post by: AthenaAngie on June 17, 2010, 11:26:49 PM
Hello~ Iz Newbie~ And I was wondering if anyone can help me..

I'm planning on cosplaying a Professor/Scholar from Ragnarok Online and I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions on what fabrics to use on her dress and arm pieces. And also materials to use for her wrist accessories? Any suggestions/ideas/tips would help alot~ :D

Here's an image of the dress (cosplaying the female prof):

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v158/Lunnie/Ragnarok%20Online/Professor.jpg)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Phantom Roxas on June 18, 2010, 09:42:42 AM
Where can I buy an Oathkeeper of a Kingdom Key of good quality for a reasonable price?

What do you define as "reasonable price" and what features define "good quality" to you?  (Accuracy of design, sturdiness, con-acceptable construction...?)

Less than $300. I'm not sure what kind of material most people use (There are a lot of metal looking and paper mache ones), but any will do I guess. It should be as accurate as possible and not cardboard.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: lunarknight on June 18, 2010, 11:06:38 AM
Where can I buy an Oathkeeper of a Kingdom Key of good quality for a reasonable price?

What do you define as "reasonable price" and what features define "good quality" to you?  (Accuracy of design, sturdiness, con-acceptable construction...?)

Less than $300. I'm not sure what kind of material most people use (There are a lot of metal looking and paper mache ones), but any will do I guess. It should be as accurate as possible and not cardboard.

If you want I can sell you both Oathkeeper and Oblivion for $150. Here is a picture of them:
 (http://i852.photobucket.com/albums/ab88/SolarWind2383/Fanime%202010/P1000008.jpg)

 
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: maikiritori on June 23, 2010, 05:28:10 PM
Hi everyone! I haven't cosplayed in a looong while...so I need some help with two costumes.

First one is Riku from Kingdom Hearts 2. I have no idea where to begin. I know where I can get a good wig and eye contacts to do his eyes for the cosplay but that's it. So any suggestions would be great!

http://images.wiki.wegame.com/i/EIA9XHoK.jpg - this is the only good picture I could find of Riku

Another is China from Axis Powers Hetalia. I'm having a little more trouble than I figured trying to find his attire as well! I want to do the military outfit but open to another suggestion just in case.

http://brianandrew.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/vlcsnap-5306.jpg

http://media.photobucket.com/image/axis%20powers%20hetalia%20china/champenguin/Hetalia/000d1z31.jpg

nice thing is I don't need a wig for him since I have a pretty close hair color to him.

any help will be great for both....thanks!

Riku's undershirt is actually the Org    XIII black cloak (same for Twilight Town Roxas), so for that part I would suggest an altered trenchcoat type pattern. You'll want it long enough to tuck into the jeans, and the hood of the cloack should be hidden under the outer vest. (Though you don't have to have the hood.) If you want it to be super accurate, I'd do the cloack out of leather (or pleather), or a heavy canvas type... possibly a heavy twill. I know it will be hot, so a good substitute would be a medium cotton.

As for China, you could try and army surplus store. If you found something similar, it wouldn't take much to alter it to the right specifications.

Hope this helps. ~_^
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on June 23, 2010, 06:42:57 PM
Hi everyone! I haven't cosplayed in a looong while...so I need some help with two costumes.

First one is Riku from Kingdom Hearts 2. I have no idea where to begin. I know where I can get a good wig and eye contacts to do his eyes for the cosplay but that's it. So any suggestions would be great!

http://images.wiki.wegame.com/i/EIA9XHoK.jpg - this is the only good picture I could find of Riku

Another is China from Axis Powers Hetalia. I'm having a little more trouble than I figured trying to find his attire as well! I want to do the military outfit but open to another suggestion just in case.

http://brianandrew.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/vlcsnap-5306.jpg

http://media.photobucket.com/image/axis%20powers%20hetalia%20china/champenguin/Hetalia/000d1z31.jpg

nice thing is I don't need a wig for him since I have a pretty close hair color to him.

any help will be great for both....thanks!

Riku's undershirt is actually the Org    XIII black cloak (same for Twilight Town Roxas), so for that part I would suggest an altered trenchcoat type pattern. You'll want it long enough to tuck into the jeans, and the hood of the cloack should be hidden under the outer vest. (Though you don't have to have the hood.) If you want it to be super accurate, I'd do the cloack out of leather (or pleather), or a heavy canvas type... possibly a heavy twill. I know it will be hot, so a good substitute would be a medium cotton.

As for China, you could try and army surplus store. If you found something similar, it wouldn't take much to alter it to the right specifications.

Hope this helps. ~_^

Really?  Crud.  O_O  Riku's undershirt has none of the seam lines or fittedness or pockets or bulk of the Org. XIII coats, and there's no hood evident from the collar (and the collar isn't constructed the same).  And it has no sleeves, and the zipper pulls and gages aren't the same.  (I've been staring at the designs a lot - have cloaks in progress and looking at Riku.)   ^_^;  
Is this shown in the manga or something?  I'm missing the last two KH2 volumes and anything that's been published since then...

These are the references I've been using:
Riku (http://www.plutonianshore.net/graphics/cos/KH/KH2Riku/KH2Riku.jpg)  and Org. XIII Coat (http://www.plutonianshore.net/graphics/cos/KH/OrgRobe/KH2OrgXIIICloak.jpg)

Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: maikiritori on June 24, 2010, 10:37:14 AM
@ Starherd
Yep it is a modified Org XIII cloak. Riku's outer vest covers most of the details, but the chest seamlines for the Org cloak are there. It looks like he took the hood off along with the sleeves, which is why in my last post I said you could leave the hood off if you wanted too. As for the rest of the bulk, the cloak is actually a riding trenchcoat. The back seam has a small gauge zipper that runs from hip to hem and has clasps
on the inside of the two edges. The clasps close like chaps around the legs (the inner leg) so the cloak/trenchcoat becomes a kind of jump suit. In the wild west cowboys who could affoard them wore them a lot. They're very outdated and hard to find, but that's how I would do it. Same for Roxas (Twilight Town) he's taken the sleeves off, but if you look closely while playing, you can see the white pants covering the cloak.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on June 24, 2010, 11:07:51 AM
@ Starherd
Yep it is a modified Org XIII cloak. Riku's outer vest covers most of the details, but the chest seamlines for the Org cloak are there. It looks like he took the hood off along with the sleeves, which is why in my last post I said you could leave the hood off if you wanted too. As for the rest of the bulk, the cloak is actually a riding trenchcoat. The back seam has a small gauge zipper that runs from hip to hem and has clasps
on the inside of the two edges. The clasps close like chaps around the legs (the inner leg) so the cloak/trenchcoat becomes a kind of jump suit. In the wild west cowboys who could affoard them wore them a lot. They're very outdated and hard to find, but that's how I would do it. Same for Roxas (Twilight Town) he's taken the sleeves off, but if you look closely while playing, you can see the white pants covering the cloak.

That wouldn't surprise me for character design; I've worked on Kadaj from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, which is constructed pretty much exactly like that (same character designer).  (All three of the FF7 AC Remnants are wearing the same outfit, just cut up/modified different ways.  Loz's is cut short to make a jacket, Yazoo's is left long and would be closest to the original design, and Kadaj's has been modified so that the lower part of the coat straps to his legs over his pants.) However, as we discovered in doing Kadaj in medium-to-heavy-weight garment leather, the design is impractical.  It makes it difficult to sit (because of how the back alters length when it bends forward - google about making spandex bodysuits to learn more about that) and shifts around the legs badly with just walking, restricting movement.  We got it down pretty well, but my apprentice was still never able to fully sit in that outfit.

Can you show me pictures/screencaps or tell me where this information is from, though?  I researched a lot with the original KH2 game character designs in in high res, playing the game, and with the manga,  and I'm not seeing anything about this.  I don't see a back lower zipper at all on any of the coats, and it *really* doesn't look like Riku's got extra material in his pants, strapped down or not.  (...Oh goodness don't take that one out of context.)  And the vest cuts off above the waist of the pants, showing off the midriff of the shirt, where it's got none of the Org. coat seams or pockets.  See here - no Org. coat seam lines evident. (http://www.orchidia.org/riku/images/kh2art/official1.jpg)  In this screencap, it can clearly be seen that the undershirt is not tucked in, and is at most hip-length. (http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/0/9169/773537-riku42_2_super.jpg)

In addition, do you mean this outfit for Roxas (http://www.kh2.co.uk/assets/kh2/artwork/roxas.png)?  (Here's an official CGI rendering of that character artwork (http://paramorerawr.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/kh2_artwork_roxas1.jpg).)  Roxas is clearly wearing pants with a fly and a short undershirt with a white-based bottom hem that lays over the pants, in these pictures - definitely not stuffed inside the pants.  It also has a separating jacket zipper rather than a parka zipper (with two heads) like the Org. coats, in a different gague and style than the Org. coats.  If you look closely you can see the collar and yoke seams similar to the Org. coat, but the vertical seams are not present, and the top of the collar is entirely different.
This screencap clearly shows that the undershirt isn't tucked in (http://101graphics.com/test/roxas2blades.jpg), and instead has a lower hem at (again) about hip height at the lowest.

That duster design seems to be more of a modern/Spagetti Western thing than authentic 1800s/Turn-of-the-Century Western.  (Dusters themselves originated in Australia.)  Here's an example. (http://www.amazon.com/Schaefer-Outfitter-The-Original-Duster/dp/B0006B4N0G)  They also seem content to snap around the bottom of the leg rather than the thigh, which wouldn't help with it getting twisted around while walking but, if there was enough room for it to slide up and down, could make it possible to sit comfortably.

...Sorry.  I work with accuracy in mind and were I to make it that way, I'd need to be able to provide the documentation for customers, so I need screencaps or other artwork (or to be pointed at where to look).

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Post by: maikiritori on June 24, 2010, 12:54:09 PM
I see I've been corrected. As I was saying if I were to make it, I'd use the modified Org cloack if we were going strictly off the first reference pic. The second one does show a vest that is not tucked in. In the second pic I honestly couldn't tell if there were not Org seam lines on the chest. To me it looks like it, so I would put them in. (My phone doesn't zoom in with enough clarity to see.) However thinking of the character, I really wouldn't be surprised if he had kept his cloak and modified it. (Seeing as he was running around as Ansem for most of II. Albiet for a good reason, but it seems, to me at least, to be in character).  And as for Roxas, I'm going strictly off of game play. I've never had an interest in making his costume, so what it looked like to me was a modified Org cloak.

As for the zippers, they can eaisly be hidden by fabric when zipped. Some (as I learned in my research for the KGA version of Eclair) even look like decrative piping. ( A friend was messing with a picture and zoomed in more than I can and we found that the gold and hearts were in fact zippers and their corresponding pulls.) I have had the chance to actually examine a riding trench. The one that I was able to look at had been like I described. The person who owned it had inherited it and from how they talked about it, it wasn't meant to be walked in with it strapped around the thighs. It was meant for riding horses during rainy months. A modern version would have snaps, but the one I had my hands on had straps.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on June 24, 2010, 03:09:54 PM
I see I've been corrected. As I was saying if I were to make it, I'd use the modified Org cloack if we were going strictly off the first reference pic. The second one does show a vest that is not tucked in. In the second pic I honestly couldn't tell if there were not Org seam lines on the chest. To me it looks like it, so I would put them in. (My phone doesn't zoom in with enough clarity to see.) However thinking of the character, I really wouldn't be surprised if he had kept his cloak and modified it. (Seeing as he was running around as Ansem for most of II. Albiet for a good reason, but it seems, to me at least, to be in character).  And as for Roxas, I'm going strictly off of game play. I've never had an interest in making his costume, so what it looked like to me was a modified Org cloak.

As for the zippers, they can eaisly be hidden by fabric when zipped. Some (as I learned in my research for the KGA version of Eclair) even look like decrative piping. ( A friend was messing with a picture and zoomed in more than I can and we found that the gold and hearts were in fact zippers and their corresponding pulls.) I have had the chance to actually examine a riding trench. The one that I was able to look at had been like I described. The person who owned it had inherited it and from how they talked about it, it wasn't meant to be walked in with it strapped around the thighs. It was meant for riding horses during rainy months. A modern version would have snaps, but the one I had my hands on had straps.

Don't misunderstand me - I find it likely for the characters too, that's why I flailed.  ^_^;  Like I said, I go for accuracy; I'd hate to have missed something.

*looks up Eclair* Oh wow.  I can see them being functional zippers and even being how to get into the outfit, but man that's complicated.  XD

I'm going to guess that riding coats like that would be pretty rare, then.  I've only ever seen the re-enactors around here go for coats that would sit over the back of a saddle and down the sides like a cloak, rather than fastening around the legs, and the ones I've talked to before to didn't favor long coats as accurate at all (they were complaining about Spagetti Westerns).  Might be just the local group.  Learn something every day.  ^_^

Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: maikiritori on June 24, 2010, 05:01:43 PM
Sorry for panicking you. ^_^ didn't mean to. Those coats are pretty hard to find. It might not have been authentic. At the time I didn't know half as much as I do now. But since we are on the help me thread, any suggestions for the giant heart pull tabs for Eclair's zippers?

http://www.google.com/m/search?site=images&gl=us&source=mog&aq=f&oq=&aqi=-k0d0t0&fkt=7103&fsdt=10852&sa=2&q=kiddy+girl+and+eclair#i=10
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on June 24, 2010, 07:50:48 PM
Sorry for panicking you. ^_^ didn't mean to. Those coats are pretty hard to find. It might not have been authentic. At the time I didn't know half as much as I do now. But since we are on the help me thread, any suggestions for the giant heart pull tabs for Eclair's zippers?

http://www.google.com/m/search?site=images&gl=us&source=mog&aq=f&oq=&aqi=-k0d0t0&fkt=7103&fsdt=10852&sa=2&q=kiddy+girl+and+eclair#i=10

I'd guess polymer clay (Fimo/Sculpey) (shaped around wadded foil to keep it lighter).  I'd bake it with a heavy jump ring in it, and then use wire cutters to cut off the zipper's original pull and use another jump ring to connect it to the zipper.

Sometimes you can find hard/smooth styrofoam heart shapes at craft stores, but I don't know if those would be the right size/shape, exactly.  Might be worth a look at Michael's or such, though.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on July 01, 2010, 02:41:31 AM
ok so im starting 2 new costumes for next year and i had a few questions before i get started on them
first off for my ouka costume
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj164/Rebeccakh/ouka_misc_01-1.jpg)
i was wondering how you'd go about making the werefeet boot things
i was planing on making shoe coverings but im worried about having a hard time walking in them x _ x im imagining id have to do the scuba fin waddle
second on her boa, does anyone know how to achieve that nice soft look of it? ive seen some people make it and it looks like a really fluffy towel so i was considering stuffing it a bit and what would i make the ends on it out of?

second my fran costume
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj164/Rebeccakh/ff12-fran.jpg)
i know i dont have perfect skin all over my body so i wanted to get like a skin colored tan leotard or somthing to cover most of my body where it needs it if anyone knows somewhere where they sell stuff like that I live over in Manteca Ca, so if there's somewhere around there that sells things like that itd be much appreciated if you could give me the location of it
i also wanted to know where i could get a butt length silver white wig like her hair so some links would be nice to online shops but not too exspensive i dont need it to be that high quality since im going to attach it to her helmet and ears and put a strap on the bottom to hold it all on and its supposed to look a bit messy
third my friend thats coming over to visit me and go to the con with me loves her shoes because they have a two pronged heel (weird right?) i saw a lady on cosplay.com use a weird thing with 2 screws on it and she sawed off the heel and attached the two screws to where the heel was and made the right shape with clay, now i know i dont have the tools to do that so any easier ides for making her famous two pronged heel?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: himitsu_ on July 07, 2010, 01:45:04 AM
Hey there, I'm gonna be cosplaying as Mello from Death Note for Fanime 2011.
http://www.nautiljon.com/images/perso/grandes/Death_Note/mello.jpg
I want the cosplay to be quite accurate, and I've begun to compare anime screenshots and consider prior cosplays.

I don't know if the manga is more popular (and so cosplayers base their costumes on that Mello), but I've NEVER seen a cosplay with a Mello wearing a brown vest.


If you look at the link above, the vest color looks brown...
So my dilemna is...should I make my outfit more accurate to anime (brown vest)?
Even if it's at the risk of being less recognizable? (Since most cosplayers associate a black, quilted vest to Mello)

Anyway feedback would be great. I'm getting intense about this, haha.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BrightHeart76 on July 07, 2010, 02:06:15 AM
Even without looking at your reference picture I always think of Mellow's vest as brown (like the chocolate he loves).  I actually always thought it was brown leather.  I would think you would be more recognizable with the brown vest than with the black...but that's just me.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: himitsu_ on July 08, 2010, 02:10:20 PM
Even without looking at your reference picture I always think of Mellow's vest as brown (like the chocolate he loves).  I actually always thought it was brown leather.  I would think you would be more recognizable with the brown vest than with the black...but that's just me.

Thanks for the input! :)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AnimeFans4Yaoi on July 12, 2010, 12:20:03 AM
 :) Hoping someone could offer any advice. One of our members (Nicallette) wants to cosplay her OC Slytherin character at FanimeCON 2011, but she's having some trouble. Some of her problems are:

1. What would be the best/cheapest way to make the robes? The kind that have the arms and hood with the green inside. (Like the robes Draco wears in Prisoner of Azakaban) She has a black cloak from Halloween as a backup but would prefer the robe. What fabric would be the best for the robe, and the green inside? Any other tips for the robe would be helpful!

2. What would be the best way to copy the Slytherin logo(patch)? How would it be attached to the robe?

Any other advice you can think of is welcomed. She has very little money but wants the cosplay to look as close to the robes the Slytherin students wear.

Here are a couple reference pics: (Not for Draco just the robes)
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh233/LaurenJessica_01/malfoy.jpg
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc204/AGreenSandStorm/Draco%20Malfoy/Draco.jpg

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Post by: Green_Tea on July 13, 2010, 12:39:18 PM
:) Hoping someone could offer any advice. One of our members (Nicallette) wants to cosplay her OC Slytherin character at FanimeCON 2011, but she's having some trouble. Some of her problems are:

1. What would be the best/cheapest way to make the robes? The kind that have the arms and hood with the green inside. (Like the robes Draco wears in Prisoner of Azakaban) She has a black cloak from Halloween as a backup but would prefer the robe. What fabric would be the best for the robe, and the green inside? Any other tips for the robe would be helpful!

2. What would be the best way to copy the Slytherin logo(patch)? How would it be attached to the robe?

Any other advice you can think of is welcomed. She has very little money but wants the cosplay to look as close to the robes the Slytherin students wear.

Here are a couple reference pics: (Not for Draco just the robes)
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh233/LaurenJessica_01/malfoy.jpg
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc204/AGreenSandStorm/Draco%20Malfoy/Draco.jpg



1. The robe: There are two patterns from Simplicity that might work for the robe linked below. As far as fabric, stay away from things that are very stretch or very thick as they can get really difficult to sew if you're inexperienced. The best thing you could do is talk to someone at a local fabric store for help. They can even help you read the patterns and make sure you buy enough fabric most of the time. Also, as it gets really hot at Fanime you might want to go for some nice breathable cottons.

2. You can get Slytherin patches on ebay, and a lot of them are really simple to attach because they're iron on. I found one with free shipping for $3.50.

http://www.simplicity.com/p-2272-costumes.aspx (http://www.simplicity.com/p-2272-costumes.aspx) (I think this one looks closer to the one you're trying to duplicate.)
http://www.simplicity.com/p-2620-costumes.aspx (http://www.simplicity.com/p-2620-costumes.aspx)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Sacred_miko on July 14, 2010, 06:59:43 PM
Um, I'm a cosplay noob. That is to say I usually always just buy my costumes and go to conventions. But I wanted to go as a level one akuma from D. Gray-man, and seeing as no one has that costume I was going to try and make it myself. I was reading a whole bunch of tutorials on fun foam and stuff, but I'm just not sure as to what materials would be best to use to make the outer shell/body of the akuma. If anybody could help, absolutely any tips or advice would be greatly and very much appreciated. ^^ Thanks in advance.

If if haven't watched D. Gray Man before, a level one akuma looks like this;

http://media.photobucket.com/image/level%20one%20akuma/shonenjump2993/31ch1-1.jpg
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nyanko on July 23, 2010, 10:28:39 PM
ok so im doing Juri Han from Super Street Fighter 4 and have a few questions. So for people that play the game, in the game her colors tend to change, particuraly (i know i spelled it wrong, chill) on her arm sleeves. Now sometimes its purple, other times its blue-ish and then its black-ish. I'm just looking for some feedback on what generally the colors there are percieved to be. Also, her hair...how to get it that puffy without the wig being quite heavy and still having it be accurate as well. Thanks for your help in advance!

http://ps3life.nl/data/upload/01LwV-20090930-1254318163.jpg
http://www.bitmob.com/images/stories/MISC_IMAGES/korean%20gaming/Korea_04_BMP_jpgcopy%20%281%29.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_zd7XhbH-HRE/S8FXU3tKhjI/AAAAAAAADFM/w8uzmfQNfAs/s1600/juri.jpg
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_mmBw3uzPnJI/S2BoIKKNctI/AAAAAAAA_9s/zl6H5m0CpMo/s400/female_street_fighter_costumes_26.jpg
http://iplaywinner.com/storage/super-sf4-dev-blog-11dec09-3.jpg

Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on August 08, 2010, 11:46:38 PM
I think I'm going to go as Lady Blackpearl (http://i33.tinypic.com/242h4qd.jpg) from Legend of Mana, but I have one really big problem. A really big, fish-shaped problem.


See, she has this giant hammer that looks like a fish with the head cut off. I'm not great with props, and all the hammer tutorials I can find are for simple shapes (cubes and cylinders) and wouldn't adapt well to a more complex shape like a fish. I'm thinking maybe a support made of thin cardboard or craft foam for the body, then building up off of that with ???, attaching it to a broomhandle or a length of PVC pipe, and painting the whole thing. If I used clay of some sort to build up the texture and spikes, I would probably need some sort of support system underneath them so that they are stable. What would I use for that? Also, the fin on the back end is quite perplexing, as I would need something of the same material as the rest of the spikes that sticks stright out in long, thin spikes that I can attach ???? to for the webbing in the fins. Would fabric look stupid for the webbing, by the way?

I'm a little scared to do this one (I'm not badass enough for the character, for one, and two, it's pretty complex in the way that probably doesn't translate well to real life, and three, I'm a bit scared that I'll put in all this work and then not have any pictures taken because she's super obscure), but I'm still excited. It will be quite a challenge, and I'm a huge fan of the game. :D
Title: A little help?
Post by: explosive_artist on August 12, 2010, 04:11:02 AM
I know it's a tad bit early, but I need some help. My younger brother(about 7) wants to cosplay as Mothra next year. The problem is, I'm not sure where to start for making an outfit that's supposed to be for a girl, for a boy. And pointers in the right direction?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BSaphire on August 13, 2010, 08:33:48 AM
I think I'm going to go as Lady Blackpearl (http://i33.tinypic.com/242h4qd.jpg) from Legend of Mana, but I have one really big problem. A really big, fish-shaped problem.


See, she has this giant hammer that looks like a fish with the head cut off. I'm not great with props, and all the hammer tutorials I can find are for simple shapes (cubes and cylinders) and wouldn't adapt well to a more complex shape like a fish. I'm thinking maybe a support made of thin cardboard or craft foam for the body, then building up off of that with ???, attaching it to a broomhandle or a length of PVC pipe, and painting the whole thing. If I used clay of some sort to build up the texture and spikes, I would probably need some sort of support system underneath them so that they are stable. What would I use for that? Also, the fin on the back end is quite perplexing, as I would need something of the same material as the rest of the spikes that sticks stright out in long, thin spikes that I can attach ???? to for the webbing in the fins. Would fabric look stupid for the webbing, by the way?

I'm a little scared to do this one (I'm not badass enough for the character, for one, and two, it's pretty complex in the way that probably doesn't translate well to real life, and three, I'm a bit scared that I'll put in all this work and then not have any pictures taken because she's super obscure), but I'm still excited. It will be quite a challenge, and I'm a huge fan of the game. :D
Going by the pic you provided...
1.  I see a safety cone (with the bottom trimmed.) For the large round end of the safety cone I would suggest cutting a piece of medium to heavy interfacing & covering it with some black fabric. Once attached put the entire cone into a nylon (which would add to forming a base texture for application of the shell looking portion) and adhere it the cone pressing it in where needed. I would suggest getting some Styrofoam (cone shaped) to insert into the middle of the safety cone so that it adds stability to the main pole once attached and would assist in supporting the spikes at the end.
2.  As for the spikes and the webbing I would suggest nylons cut and stretched over dowels (or sandwiched in between the wood.) How ever you decide to stretch and secure it I would then add the shell looking material and finish off with primer and paint.
3.  For the main body that attaches to the pole I would probably use fiberglass over a shell/snail shaped frame. This could be done out of fabric, but I would use fiberglass and mold it. The body reminds me of a conch shell and you could find some shell to glue and color, but I think that would be more work. For the part that wraps down the pole I would use more of what ever I did for the main part. 

I think people would take pictures of you even if they didn't know the character. That prop just screams "Take My Picture!" :)

Hope this helps give you some ideas on how to make it.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: akillakai on August 14, 2010, 09:30:35 AM
Hi! I'm doing my first cosplay, which is Dead Master, and I'm not sure how to wear her wings?
(http://tomopop.com/ul/13574-/FIGMOE2019_04-550x.jpg)
The back of my dress won't be open like that, and I'm planning on just making her wings out of cardboard then covering it up with craft foam.
I was also planning on just making it one piece, instead of the two different wings.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kagome437 on August 14, 2010, 08:36:10 PM
well you can always make a skin colored leotard, with flexible cardboard/plastic (padded on skin side) on the inside of the leotard. and attach the wings so that it still looks like skin, but isnt. but it still has something to keep it supported on your back.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on August 14, 2010, 08:43:22 PM
Hi! I'm doing my first cosplay, which is Dead Master, and I'm not sure how to wear her wings?
(http://tomopop.com/ul/13574-/FIGMOE2019_04-550x.jpg)
The back of my dress won't be open like that, and I'm planning on just making her wings out of cardboard then covering it up with craft foam.
I was also planning on just making it one piece, instead of the two different wings.

If the back of your dress won't be open, you could attach the wings to the back of the dress using strong magnets.  (There's a silver 1/2"-or-so disc kind at Michael's that are <i>incredibly</i> strong).  Put one set on the wings on the outside (facing away from your skin - can cover them with craft foam or whatever material, or paint over them, if you want), and use the other set on the inside of the dress.  May want to test first through layers, to see that you get magnets strong enough.  Sewing the wings to the dress would be another option, though not as removable.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on August 14, 2010, 08:56:26 PM
ok so im starting 2 new costumes for next year and i had a few questions before i get started on them
first off for my ouka costume
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj164/Rebeccakh/ouka_misc_01-1.jpg)
i was wondering how you'd go about making the werefeet boot things
i was planing on making shoe coverings but im worried about having a hard time walking in them x _ x im imagining id have to do the scuba fin waddle
second on her boa, does anyone know how to achieve that nice soft look of it? ive seen some people make it and it looks like a really fluffy towel so i was considering stuffing it a bit and what would i make the ends on it out of?

Hey - if nobody's suggested it yet, and you don't want to use fake fur for the long hair/tassels on the ends there, maybe you could use white wigs?  Might be able to find a couple cheap after Halloween, even.  :-)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: akillakai on August 14, 2010, 10:30:02 PM
Hi! I'm doing my first cosplay, which is Dead Master, and I'm not sure how to wear her wings?
(http://tomopop.com/ul/13574-/FIGMOE2019_04-550x.jpg)
The back of my dress won't be open like that, and I'm planning on just making her wings out of cardboard then covering it up with craft foam.
I was also planning on just making it one piece, instead of the two different wings.

If the back of your dress won't be open, you could attach the wings to the back of the dress using strong magnets.  (There's a silver 1/2"-or-so disc kind at Michael's that are <i>incredibly</i> strong).  Put one set on the wings on the outside (facing away from your skin - can cover them with craft foam or whatever material, or paint over them, if you want), and use the other set on the inside of the dress.  May want to test first through layers, to see that you get magnets strong enough.  Sewing the wings to the dress would be another option, though not as removable.
That sounds like a good idea.
How would the magnet attach to my dress though?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on August 14, 2010, 10:39:15 PM
Hi! I'm doing my first cosplay, which is Dead Master, and I'm not sure how to wear her wings?
(http://tomopop.com/ul/13574-/FIGMOE2019_04-550x.jpg)
The back of my dress won't be open like that, and I'm planning on just making her wings out of cardboard then covering it up with craft foam.
I was also planning on just making it one piece, instead of the two different wings.

If the back of your dress won't be open, you could attach the wings to the back of the dress using strong magnets.  (There's a silver 1/2"-or-so disc kind at Michael's that are <i>incredibly</i> strong).  Put one set on the wings on the outside (facing away from your skin - can cover them with craft foam or whatever material, or paint over them, if you want), and use the other set on the inside of the dress.  May want to test first through layers, to see that you get magnets strong enough.  Sewing the wings to the dress would be another option, though not as removable.
That sounds like a good idea.
How would the magnet attach to my dress though?

Could sew it in with a small patch, to keep them in one place.  That'd be handy, come to think of it.  Not sure what kind of glue might work on them, if any...
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: akillakai on August 15, 2010, 08:34:36 AM
Hi! I'm doing my first cosplay, which is Dead Master, and I'm not sure how to wear her wings?
(http://tomopop.com/ul/13574-/FIGMOE2019_04-550x.jpg)
The back of my dress won't be open like that, and I'm planning on just making her wings out of cardboard then covering it up with craft foam.
I was also planning on just making it one piece, instead of the two different wings.

If the back of your dress won't be open, you could attach the wings to the back of the dress using strong magnets.  (There's a silver 1/2"-or-so disc kind at Michael's that are <i>incredibly</i> strong).  Put one set on the wings on the outside (facing away from your skin - can cover them with craft foam or whatever material, or paint over them, if you want), and use the other set on the inside of the dress.  May want to test first through layers, to see that you get magnets strong enough.  Sewing the wings to the dress would be another option, though not as removable.
That sounds like a good idea.
How would the magnet attach to my dress though?

Could sew it in with a small patch, to keep them in one place.  That'd be handy, come to think of it.  Not sure what kind of glue might work on them, if any...
Um, what if I don't know how to sew?
>.<
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BSaphire on August 15, 2010, 01:08:32 PM
ok so im starting 2 new costumes for next year and i had a few questions before i get started on them
first off for my ouka costume
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj164/Rebeccakh/ouka_misc_01-1.jpg)
i was wondering how you'd go about making the werefeet boot things
i was planing on making shoe coverings but im worried about having a hard time walking in them x _ x im imagining id have to do the scuba fin waddle
second on her boa, does anyone know how to achieve that nice soft look of it? ive seen some people make it and it looks like a really fluffy towel so i was considering stuffing it a bit and what would i make the ends on it out of?

Hey - if nobody's suggested it yet, and you don't want to use fake fur for the long hair/tassels on the ends there, maybe you could use white wigs?  Might be able to find a couple cheap after Halloween, even.  :-)
I did Ouka Manga version with my daughter Youko_Kurama (pictured) Here is a private photo shoot I did (pg 5 & 6.) If you have any questions send me an email or a pm. Most of the work on this costume was hand done due to my sewing machine died.
http://www.cosplay.com/gallery/15557/p5
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on August 15, 2010, 03:45:15 PM
Hi! I'm doing my first cosplay, which is Dead Master, and I'm not sure how to wear her wings?
(http://tomopop.com/ul/13574-/FIGMOE2019_04-550x.jpg)
The back of my dress won't be open like that, and I'm planning on just making her wings out of cardboard then covering it up with craft foam.
I was also planning on just making it one piece, instead of the two different wings.
If the back of your dress won't be open, you could attach the wings to the back of the dress using strong magnets.  (There's a silver 1/2"-or-so disc kind at Michael's that are <i>incredibly</i> strong).  Put one set on the wings on the outside (facing away from your skin - can cover them with craft foam or whatever material, or paint over them, if you want), and use the other set on the inside of the dress.  May want to test first through layers, to see that you get magnets strong enough.  Sewing the wings to the dress would be another option, though not as removable.
That sounds like a good idea.
How would the magnet attach to my dress though?
Could sew it in with a small patch, to keep them in one place.  That'd be handy, come to think of it.  Not sure what kind of glue might work on them, if any...
Um, what if I don't know how to sew?
>.<

...Bother.  If I was there, I could show you; it'd be a very small amount of hand-sewing.  -_-;  ...Know anyone who does at all?  Wouldn't take any more skill than it does to replace a button, and they at least used to teach that in the military even... XD
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: akillakai on August 15, 2010, 05:00:55 PM
Hi! I'm doing my first cosplay, which is Dead Master, and I'm not sure how to wear her wings?
(http://tomopop.com/ul/13574-/FIGMOE2019_04-550x.jpg)
The back of my dress won't be open like that, and I'm planning on just making her wings out of cardboard then covering it up with craft foam.
I was also planning on just making it one piece, instead of the two different wings.
If the back of your dress won't be open, you could attach the wings to the back of the dress using strong magnets.  (There's a silver 1/2"-or-so disc kind at Michael's that are <i>incredibly</i> strong).  Put one set on the wings on the outside (facing away from your skin - can cover them with craft foam or whatever material, or paint over them, if you want), and use the other set on the inside of the dress.  May want to test first through layers, to see that you get magnets strong enough.  Sewing the wings to the dress would be another option, though not as removable.
That sounds like a good idea.
How would the magnet attach to my dress though?
Could sew it in with a small patch, to keep them in one place.  That'd be handy, come to think of it.  Not sure what kind of glue might work on them, if any...
Um, what if I don't know how to sew?
>.<

...Bother.  If I was there, I could show you; it'd be a very small amount of hand-sewing.  -_-;  ...Know anyone who does at all?  Wouldn't take any more skill than it does to replace a button, and they at least used to teach that in the military even... XD
Ah, there's no one I know who knows how to sew.
I'm hoping to be able to take some sewing classes soon, though.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on August 15, 2010, 05:53:27 PM
Hi! I'm doing my first cosplay, which is Dead Master, and I'm not sure how to wear her wings?
(http://tomopop.com/ul/13574-/FIGMOE2019_04-550x.jpg)
The back of my dress won't be open like that, and I'm planning on just making her wings out of cardboard then covering it up with craft foam.
I was also planning on just making it one piece, instead of the two different wings.
If the back of your dress won't be open, you could attach the wings to the back of the dress using strong magnets.  (There's a silver 1/2"-or-so disc kind at Michael's that are <i>incredibly</i> strong).  Put one set on the wings on the outside (facing away from your skin - can cover them with craft foam or whatever material, or paint over them, if you want), and use the other set on the inside of the dress.  May want to test first through layers, to see that you get magnets strong enough.  Sewing the wings to the dress would be another option, though not as removable.
That sounds like a good idea.
How would the magnet attach to my dress though?
Could sew it in with a small patch, to keep them in one place.  That'd be handy, come to think of it.  Not sure what kind of glue might work on them, if any...
Um, what if I don't know how to sew?  >.<
...Bother.  If I was there, I could show you; it'd be a very small amount of hand-sewing.  -_-;  ...Know anyone who does at all?  Wouldn't take any more skill than it does to replace a button, and they at least used to teach that in the military even... XD
Ah, there's no one I know who knows how to sew.
I'm hoping to be able to take some sewing classes soon, though.

It would only take some hand-sewing, rather than dealing with a machine, which is usually what classes are for.  Maybe this will help?
http://www.ehow.com/how_4855908_hand-sew-patch-clothing.html
or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDf07ZoVpoQ
(You'll want to sew the patches with the magnets inside on the inside of the dress, though, rather than the outside)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: akillakai on August 15, 2010, 08:09:32 PM
Hi! I'm doing my first cosplay, which is Dead Master, and I'm not sure how to wear her wings?
(http://tomopop.com/ul/13574-/FIGMOE2019_04-550x.jpg)
The back of my dress won't be open like that, and I'm planning on just making her wings out of cardboard then covering it up with craft foam.
I was also planning on just making it one piece, instead of the two different wings.
If the back of your dress won't be open, you could attach the wings to the back of the dress using strong magnets.  (There's a silver 1/2"-or-so disc kind at Michael's that are <i>incredibly</i> strong).  Put one set on the wings on the outside (facing away from your skin - can cover them with craft foam or whatever material, or paint over them, if you want), and use the other set on the inside of the dress.  May want to test first through layers, to see that you get magnets strong enough.  Sewing the wings to the dress would be another option, though not as removable.
That sounds like a good idea.
How would the magnet attach to my dress though?
Could sew it in with a small patch, to keep them in one place.  That'd be handy, come to think of it.  Not sure what kind of glue might work on them, if any...
Um, what if I don't know how to sew?  >.<
...Bother.  If I was there, I could show you; it'd be a very small amount of hand-sewing.  -_-;  ...Know anyone who does at all?  Wouldn't take any more skill than it does to replace a button, and they at least used to teach that in the military even... XD
Ah, there's no one I know who knows how to sew.
I'm hoping to be able to take some sewing classes soon, though.

It would only take some hand-sewing, rather than dealing with a machine, which is usually what classes are for.  Maybe this will help?
http://www.ehow.com/how_4855908_hand-sew-patch-clothing.html
or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDf07ZoVpoQ
(You'll want to sew the patches with the magnets inside on the inside of the dress, though, rather than the outside)
Thank you very much for all your help!
This seems pretty do-able.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on August 15, 2010, 09:51:21 PM
Thank you so much, BSaphire! That was really helpful. <3

I doubt I'll be able to mold fiberglass, so I think I'll use fabric for those parts (and that way they can match the fabric around my legs, too). Now, where would I find a saftey cone, and would that be really heavy to carry (keep in mind that I have a pretty small frame, so carrying something really heavy around would be quite difficult!).

Haha, I'm glad that you think that people will take my picture. <3 I'm always worried about that because I've gone years where no one has taken my picture (or even said anything to me about my costume), and it's pretty discouraging. (Though I think I got enough pictures as Ulala this year to make up for all 8 of my previous Fanimes, no matter how many pics I got those years!)

I also need some convincing to do another cosplay... See, I really want to cosplay as Ayla from Chrono Trigger, but she wears hardly more than a fur bikini (fur bikini, small waist wrap that hardly covers anything, long scarf, wristbands, short boots), and that scares me. I'm thinking that if I lengthen the wrap into a full wrap-around skirt (still a short one, but something to cover my fur bikini bottoms) and lengthen the top slightly, I could do it, but I'm still a bit scared. I have the body to pull it off, so that's not a problem, and I've done both belly-baring and nothing-but-briefs-on-the-bottom cosplays, but I've never done one that combines the two AND adds the chest AND has the 'advantage' of being a sexy cavewoman. Should I go for it anyway? (If I don't, then I'll just go as Marle, who wears more clothing)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BSaphire on August 16, 2010, 01:38:56 AM
Thank you so much, BSaphire! That was really helpful. <3

I doubt I'll be able to mold fiberglass, so I think I'll use fabric for those parts (and that way they can match the fabric around my legs, too). Now, where would I find a saftey cone, and would that be really heavy to carry (keep in mind that I have a pretty small frame, so carrying something really heavy around would be quite difficult!).

Haha, I'm glad that you think that people will take my picture. <3 I'm always worried about that because I've gone years where no one has taken my picture (or even said anything to me about my costume), and it's pretty discouraging. (Though I think I got enough pictures as Ulala this year to make up for all 8 of my previous Fanimes, no matter how many pics I got those years!)

I also need some convincing to do another cosplay... See, I really want to cosplay as Ayla from Chrono Trigger, but she wears hardly more than a fur bikini (fur bikini, small waist wrap that hardly covers anything, long scarf, wristbands, short boots), and that scares me. I'm thinking that if I lengthen the wrap into a full wrap-around skirt (still a short one, but something to cover my fur bikini bottoms) and lengthen the top slightly, I could do it, but I'm still a bit scared. I have the body to pull it off, so that's not a problem, and I've done both belly-baring and nothing-but-briefs-on-the-bottom cosplays, but I've never done one that combines the two AND adds the chest AND has the 'advantage' of being a sexy cavewoman. Should I go for it anyway? (If I don't, then I'll just go as Marle, who wears more clothing)
I picked up four small ones a few years ago at Target. Start there and if not then try construction stores like Home Depot. When I was coaching cheer we would get assorted sizes mega phones that parents could buy (just a simple plastic cone that had mascot and logo on it) so there are some ideas for the cone. Work with the materials you are comfortable with until you develop the skills to work with other materials.

As for your other cosplay I can only say that if you feel comfortable with the idea of it then go for it. Modify the skirt if need be, I see nothing wrong with that, you need to feel comfortable and self assured in some cosplays in order to really pull them off. Glad I could help. Once I started costuming shopping in ANY store changed into "hummm... this could work for this cosplay." I can't even begin to tell you the number of things I have taken apart and recycled pieces of it in order to accomplish a cosplay. :)

I quit wearing a lot of cosplay that required the stop and pose for pics aspect, but I too will be bringing that back next year because I miss the joy I had cosplaying. So less work and more COSPLAY! YEAH!!!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: FireDracon on August 16, 2010, 11:07:41 PM
Double post sorry
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: FireDracon on August 16, 2010, 11:08:24 PM
Hi this will be my second year going to Fanime, i went to 2010 as Ward Zabac from ff8, For 2011 i want to tri something more difficult. This year im going to go as Cait Sith from ff7. And the problem im having is MOG. Yes the giant mog that Cait Sith rides on. Im going to be inside it. But heres my question how should i make it. We have an idea on how to make it fat. Use a hula hoop with straps that strap over my shoulders. But the problem has to make a frame or how to even put the costume together in the first place. Please help.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MyMidnightAffair on August 17, 2010, 05:48:35 PM
Hey there!
I just have some questions about HIMM's cosplay I plan on doing. :0
Does anyone know where I can find the fabric for the apron & ruffles shown here?
(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x198/hanako2007/2621f87839.jpg)
And what type of glue would you suggest I use when I create the ruffled headpiece & glue it to an actual white headband?
Super glue?
Gun glue?
Thanks!~
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kagome437 on August 17, 2010, 06:43:10 PM
hello, this is my second year going to fanime. first time going for the enitre weekend. yayz!!!
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t255/kagome437/king_of_hell_v01_p132.jpg
i'm going to cosplay as majeh envoy version alternate color..its the guy in the picture. well i'm wondering if anyone knows how to style his hair go up like axel and dbz hair and then back down. its like a lobsided upside down v.
please help if you can, cuz i'm still staring at different wigs.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on August 18, 2010, 08:07:34 AM
Does anyone know where I can find the fabric for the apron & ruffles shown here?

Looks like a fairly simple flat-woven material to me; I'd go look at your local fabric shop (e.g. JoAnn's) and look in the quilter's cottons for a heavier-weight material -- mostly because you'd want heavier to not show the black through.  Don't go too heavy (like a bottomweight or twill), because you'll lose a lot of the definition in the ruffles then.

As for affixing the ruffle to the headband: you could sew it on, but hot glue should be quite viable.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MyMidnightAffair on August 18, 2010, 03:41:52 PM
Does anyone know where I can find the fabric for the apron & ruffles shown here?

Looks like a fairly simple flat-woven material to me; I'd go look at your local fabric shop (e.g. JoAnn's) and look in the quilter's cottons for a heavier-weight material -- mostly because you'd want heavier to not show the black through.  Don't go too heavy (like a bottomweight or twill), because you'll lose a lot of the definition in the ruffles then.

As for affixing the ruffle to the headband: you could sew it on, but hot glue should be quite viable.

Thank you for your help! :D
I'll be sure to check JoAnn's this weekend or so.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on August 21, 2010, 11:18:05 PM
Thanks for the advice~

I honestly felt kind of naked as Ulala, since I'm not used to having my midriff exposed, but after wearing it for a little while, I felt much better about it. I think that Ayla will be sort of the same way, and that is definately a costume that I will need some confidence to pull off! I've pretty much convinced myself to do it, if for nothing else but having something super easy to make to balance out the much more complicated Lady Blackpearl.

I'll have to track you down and show you my giant hammer at the con, and I want to see your costumes! Vanessa and I tried to find you on Sunday (after the picnic) this past con, but no one knew where you were. ;o; I thought you would have liked my dress.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Melly on August 22, 2010, 09:50:47 PM
ooh i has a question.

well more like a

"should i do this"

type thing.

oki well for my Misaki cosplay she wears like a baseball jersey type shirt xD

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100109151805/welcometothenhk/images/e/e9/Chara02.gif

and i was thinking of just getting a shirt like that but white/black and dying it Yellow

but then i got to thinking... do you think the black would like.. bleed into the yellow?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on August 23, 2010, 08:04:17 AM
and i was thinking of just getting a shirt like that but white/black and dying it Yellow

but then i got to thinking... do you think the black would like.. bleed into the yellow?

Unlikely.  Commercial dyes are usually set pretty solidly, and in my experience you're unlikely to get that to run in the process of overdyeing the garment.  If you're worried, wash the garment first to get rid of any leftovers and then dye it, and you'll most likely be okay.  (Red is the one exception to this, in my experience; red dyes are particularly cranky about setting, which is why you'll get pink underwear if you wash them with that new red shirt. XD )
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Melly on August 23, 2010, 02:42:39 PM
oh i wasnt scared of over dying it ^^ but more of.. black getting into my yellow and turning into like.. caca color :(  XDD
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on August 23, 2010, 02:49:06 PM
oh i wasnt scared of over dying it ^^ but more of.. black getting into my yellow and turning into like.. caca color :(  XDD

If you're getting a shirt that's white and black and dyeing it yellow, that shouldn't be a problem.  That's what I was trying to say in my response; I meant overdyeing as in going over an existing dye job (e.g. something already partially dyed black), not as in getting it too dark.  Sorry if that wasn't clear.  Short version: you should be fine. :D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on August 24, 2010, 01:20:22 PM
ahh youre right! x w x i never thought of that ty *hug* im gonna be buying a lot of white wigs from halloween  > >;
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: FireDracon on August 28, 2010, 09:34:35 AM
I dont know if people just skipped it cause its to hard or just did notice it but. Im want to make the Cait Sith's Mog.

(http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-01/art/ff7-caitsith.jpg).

Im thinking of using some hula hoops, but any other advice would be great.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kagome437 on August 28, 2010, 09:57:40 PM
hello, this is my second year going to fanime. first time going for the enitre weekend. yayz!!!
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t255/kagome437/king_of_hell_v01_p132.jpg
i'm going to cosplay as majeh envoy version alternate color..its the guy in the picture. well i'm wondering if anyone knows how to style his hair go up like axel and dbz hair and then back down. its like a lobsided upside down v.
please help if you can, cuz i'm still staring at different wigs.
well i got an ivy wig from cosworx for it, but i still need some advice on the construction half of it, how should i make it go up,and then come back down, and be able to stay that way?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on August 30, 2010, 10:02:48 AM
I dont know if people just skipped it cause its to hard or just did notice it but. Im want to make the Cait Sith's Mog.

(http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-01/art/ff7-caitsith.jpg).

Im thinking of using some hula hoops, but any other advice would be great.

You could string together hoops - not necessarily hula hoops; you could make them from firm plastic tube with a piece of dowel stuck inside to put the cut ends together, so that you can have gradiated sizes - so that when they're inside the fur shell, they hang like a chinese lantern to give it the round shape, maybe.  Then that part could collapse pretty flat, too, which is an advantage for storage and travel.

The disadvantage with hoops is that they won't necessarily give a smooth shape.  What I've seen manufactured mascot costumes do sometimes is create the interior shape out of upholstery foam (making it like a hollow ball) with the fur shell put over that.  It can smush to about half its width for storage/travel, or could be made so that the foam pieces would remove entirely and individually store flat.

Another option would be to get one of those inflatable sumo wrestler costumes at Halloween and cover it, but I'm not sure if they'd be sturdy enough for that; I've never met one in person inflated.  Yet.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on August 30, 2010, 10:06:22 AM
hello, this is my second year going to fanime. first time going for the enitre weekend. yayz!!!
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t255/kagome437/king_of_hell_v01_p132.jpg
i'm going to cosplay as majeh envoy version alternate color..its the guy in the picture. well i'm wondering if anyone knows how to style his hair go up like axel and dbz hair and then back down. its like a lobsided upside down v.
please help if you can, cuz i'm still staring at different wigs.
well i got an ivy wig from cosworx for it, but i still need some advice on the construction half of it, how should i make it go up,and then come back down, and be able to stay that way?

My best try would be to shape the locks using elmer's glue, and if they refused to stay in the correct place, work in some v. similar-colored wire to hold them in the right position.  (They'll take a good bit of glue though.  You'd want to use latex gloves and scoop it on your fingers, and then work it into the hair the way you would putting hair gel in your own hair.  And you'd have to hold it in place as it dried.)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MyMidnightAffair on August 30, 2010, 08:49:41 PM
ahh youre right! x w x i never thought of that ty *hug* im gonna be buying a lot of white wigs from halloween  > >;
I'm gonna do that too. O:
I heard Joann's sells Halloween wigs for cheep prices.. > >
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on October 21, 2010, 01:13:28 PM
ahh youre right! x w x i never thought of that ty *hug* im gonna be buying a lot of white wigs from halloween  > >;
I'm gonna do that too. O:
I heard Joann's sells Halloween wigs for cheep prices.. > >
really? D: i hope so cause i was gonna go buy some white fur from there and if i could snag some wigs there while im at it thatd be awesome
oh oh cosplay.com got their own wig shop im getting the two that im wearing on my head from there
http://shop.cosplay.com/wigs/cosplay-com.html
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kookiekween99 on October 28, 2010, 06:25:08 PM
This may seem like a silly question, but where would I find a good cat collar? I thought I could find one at one of the Halloween/party stores, but they're all either too simple, too cheaply made, or just not my style. It's too late to get it in time for Halloween, but it'd still be nice to have at Fanime.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MyMidnightAffair on October 30, 2010, 09:01:04 AM
Does anyone know where I can find white short aprons like here? :: http://cgi.ebay.com/cos0010-He-My-Master-Maid-Dress-Cosplay-Costume-/280496928989?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item414eeb78dd#ht_3236wt_905

Thank you!


^^
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on October 30, 2010, 09:28:26 AM
This may seem like a silly question, but where would I find a good cat collar? I thought I could find one at one of the Halloween/party stores, but they're all either too simple, too cheaply made, or just not my style. It's too late to get it in time for Halloween, but it'd still be nice to have at Fanime.
This will sound even sillier, but have you tried a pet store? I mean, hopefully your neck isn't as small as a cat's, but if you got a simple dog collar and attached a bell to it, it would be pretty much the same thing (and would fit around your neck).
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on October 30, 2010, 10:17:44 AM
Does anyone know where I can find white short aprons like here? :: http://cgi.ebay.com/cos0010-He-My-Master-Maid-Dress-Cosplay-Costume-/280496928989?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item414eeb78dd#ht_3236wt_905

I don't know where to buy, but the apron alone looks pretty simple to make - there's patterns at fabric stores for such (I've used them before so I know they make 'em).  Do you sew at all?  :)
-Starherd
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MyMidnightAffair on October 30, 2010, 10:49:04 AM
Does anyone know where I can find white short aprons like here? :: http://cgi.ebay.com/cos0010-He-My-Master-Maid-Dress-Cosplay-Costume-/280496928989?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item414eeb78dd#ht_3236wt_905

I don't know where to buy, but the apron alone looks pretty simple to make - there's patterns at fabric stores for such (I've used them before so I know they make 'em).  Do you sew at all?  :)
-Starherd

Thanks for your help.
And no, I do not. ^^
But I'm thinking of creating an apron out of white unwanted bedsheets.
Title: Idk Where To Ask This D8 - I Need Help With A Curly Wig~
Post by: Melly on October 30, 2010, 12:35:12 PM
so i totally already got my Euphemia wig, i wore it like.. twice and the part that i guess lays on my back? XD is realllllllllly frizzy/tangled...

so my question is how do i get the frizzyness out with out.. brushing threw the curls...

or do you think it'd be ok to brush threw the curls? would they bounce back into place or would they like.. go straight D:?... turn wavy ;;?...  :'( :'(

i tried googling this problem with no .. help XD;

so please and thank you ;O;

if i need to post a wig so you can see the kind of curls it has i will ;o
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Starherd on October 30, 2010, 02:44:32 PM
Does anyone know where I can find white short aprons like here? :: http://cgi.ebay.com/cos0010-He-My-Master-Maid-Dress-Cosplay-Costume-/280496928989?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item414eeb78dd#ht_3236wt_905

I don't know where to buy, but the apron alone looks pretty simple to make - there's patterns at fabric stores for such (I've used them before so I know they make 'em).  Do you sew at all?  :)
-Starherd

That sounds like it would work just fine, actually.  :)  Good luck!
-Starherd

Thanks for your help.
And no, I do not. ^^
But I'm thinking of creating an apron out of white unwanted bedsheets.

Title: Re: Idk Where To Ask This D8 - I Need Help With A Curly Wig~
Post by: artisticpsyco on October 30, 2010, 03:28:01 PM
Go ahead and brush through the curls, just be gentle and use a good comb (no paddle brushes or anything OTL they cause horror stories with wigs). If your curls are less prominent just twist them around your finger and they should come back c: Thats what I do with my Luka wig and my natural hair.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Melly on November 03, 2010, 02:07:54 PM
well the curls seem like they're kinda... hairsprayed? o-o

should i take a piccy ;-;? cause im so scared to ruin it XD... /takes picture right now
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Melly on November 04, 2010, 12:24:03 PM
this makes my wig look really cheap and ugly ;;...

but it's really a very nice high quality wig<3.

stupid flash..

and frizz.. :u

http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/897/028ts.jpg

that's kinda the inside part that's frizzy XD...

http://img576.imageshack.us/img576/5073/029mq.jpg
Title: Re: Idk Where To Ask This D8 - I Need Help With A Curly Wig~
Post by: BSaphire on November 04, 2010, 08:21:52 PM
so i totally already got my Euphemia wig, i wore it like.. twice and the part that i guess lays on my back? XD is realllllllllly frizzy/tangled...

so my question is how do i get the frizzyness out with out.. brushing threw the curls...

or do you think it'd be ok to brush threw the curls? would they bounce back into place or would they like.. go straight D:?... turn wavy ;;?...  :'( :'(

i tried googling this problem with no .. help XD;

so please and thank you ;O;

if i need to post a wig so you can see the kind of curls it has i will ;o
I have not seen your wig so I am offering blind pointers to you.

First off, Do Not Brush it. Most every brush out there can cause more trouble then it is worth when it comes to wigs. A REALLY wide tooth comb will work just fine. ALSO NOTE that when you work with a wig you do not start at the top and work down RATHER you work from the bottom up. Try not to tug/pull/stretch the knots out. Work at each one slowly with the end tooth of the comb/your fingers/or something like a pencil. This way you won't damage the wig hair fiber as much and that means less FRIZZIES!

Here is my suggestions on the process:

If you have a foam wig head attach the wig to the head and pin it in place.

If you have a wig head stand then you would attach the head to the dowel so that the wig hair will fall naturally or as it is styled. If you do not have a stand then secure the head so that it will not move as much as you can while leaving the wig mostly open to be detangled.

STARTING at the bottom of the wig hair, comb out the bottom two inches all the way across while slowly working out the tangles with your fingers and the WIDE tooth comb.

CONTINUE this process up the wig every two inches till you get close to the nap of the neck area of the wig.

NOTE: It may help to part the sections (sides and back) in to several areas and secure them with banana clips to keep each area separate as you go. Parting the hair is not done from the top of the wig down. It is done by separating out the sections, each row of two inches, as you go.

THE length of the wig will help you determine the best layout for the above process, but once you have the majority of it combed through you need to then think about how you will store it. I personally keep most of my wigs in their original bags with the hair net around them (the black net thing that was over the wig when it came) and then transport them that way.

WHEN you get to the head portion of the wig you will slowly work you way around the wig moving up as you go.

Once it is all untangled you may need to spruce up your curls. You can take them by curls/sections and wrap it around a FOAM roller that can be secured by a banana type hair clip or you can carefully fold it together and then apply the hair net back over the hair.

*NOTE* washing and setting a wig is another process. There are great tutorials out there on wig care and styling. You can find lots on Cosplay.com. Try to be a little specific to help narrow your search when looking in their forums.

Hope this info helps. :D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Melly on November 04, 2010, 11:02:05 PM
i have piccies of the wig in my post above yours ;o!

so it should be ok to comb threw the curls ;o?

most of the tangels are like.. RIGHT above the curls, not so much the curls themself (from what it looks like to me XD)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BSaphire on November 05, 2010, 07:37:47 AM
i have piccies of the wig in my post above yours ;o!

so it should be ok to comb threw the curls ;o?

most of the tangels are like.. RIGHT above the curls, not so much the curls themselves (from what it looks like to me XD)
It should be ok to comb through, but make sure your comb's teeth are wide apart. If you have a hair pic like African Americans use that would be ok too. A standard comb's teeth are closer together than what I'm suggesting. If there is a beauty supply store near you I would try there to find yourself a comb. You don't really need "fat" teeth, just a good gap in between the teeth like between your fingers if you flex them straight.

After looking at the pics I offer this suggestion:
Comb through the entire wig from the bottom up and when you get it untangled then go through and pull apart the individual sections and wrap the bottom "curled" part around individual foam rollers. Secure each one and then put your hair net over the body of the wig. You can then either store it in the original bag or on a foam wig head.

You may be tempted to use a curling iron on your wig, but I caution against it. I have found that wigs have a tendency to retain the original curl's memory and will bounce back to that form.

To prevent this type of tangle's in the future I would suggest a hair scrunchie or banana clip around the lower half to isolate the movement. Not while your having pics shot mind you XD but when your eating lunch, sitting in a video room, or outside hanging out especially. The longer the wig the more tangles from just wearing it and then a little breeze will compound that. X)

Hope these suggestions help.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Melly on November 09, 2010, 06:55:20 PM
oki i tried that, i skipped the foam rollers though ;a;.. everytime i put one on but seperating it just seemed to just re-frizz it a bit xDD...

but the curls stayed for the most part ;o~ which is relieving *O*... the wig seems a bit fuller now though but im now worried XD!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Sherbert on November 09, 2010, 11:07:53 PM
I've been looking around a bit for costumes and ideas, I'm going to be going as Snow Villiers from FFXIII and I found one of these pre-made cosplay outfits:

http://www.cosplaymagic.com/fifaxi13snvi.html

And I'm looking at it and the arm strap thing I would remake, and maybe wear different pants, but where would I ever find that coat or the inner blue garment or even those gloves? I would have to make them, and me being a guy who's never sewed before would this be worthwhile into looking into? I want to make my own outfit, but with something like this, it's a little different. Like I may help a friend do a Mass Effect 2 N7 armor, something like that of course has to be made, but requires little to no sewing or even messing with actual fabric. It's just a lot of foam and perhaps fiberglass and bondo, stuff I know how to work with. Anyways, there's a Sazh costume on there as well that my friend is going to be cosplaying as. What do many of you recommend seeing as a lot of you have done this before?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BSaphire on November 10, 2010, 09:44:15 AM
oki i tried that, i skipped the foam rollers though ;a;.. everytime i put one on but seperating it just seemed to just re-frizz it a bit xDD...

but the curls stayed for the most part ;o~ which is relieving *O*... the wig seems a bit fuller now though but im now worried XD!
So I take it that everything worked out for you then and I'm glad that I could help. :)

I personally dread combing out long wigs. It is extremely time consuming, but if I do it when I get home from con then I don't forget and I'm not scrambling to do it at the last minute. The long curly wigs are the worst XD because taking those sections and combing them through then rolling them.. *UGH! As for the fullness to the wig... that is only temporary.
Squidge
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Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: lilakid on November 11, 2010, 03:05:09 AM
Hey. First time maybe cosplaying for 2011 fanime. I'm bald and I was thinking about cosplaying as Aang the last air bender. I was wondering if people knew where I could buy monk clothing or have premades =P.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MyMidnightAffair on November 18, 2010, 05:43:12 PM
Hello!
I need a little help on Keito Nichi's Brigade outfit::

Reference Picture :
http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/1802/nichikate.jpg
I know how to create the mask, but I don't know what type of fabric/material I'd need to create her outfit. The outfit seems like it would hug the skin a little, & it shapes the natural curves of the body. And about the magenta-like "collar" (I'm not quite sure what the name of that is, so please let me know!) Should I use cardboard and cover it with fabric?

I appreciate the help!
~( ^O^ )~
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on November 27, 2010, 09:17:05 AM
I'd use some sort of very fine knit probably with spandex/lycra/stretchy stuff as one of the fibers. If you need to, just go to the fabric store, start feeling every fabric, and choose one (that comes in both black and white -- you'll probably have to do colourblocking unless you were planing on dyeing the stripes, which might be difficult or impossible with synthetics) that feels and looks right. Stretch it over your hands, your body, etc. to see how it conforms.

For the collar, I'd use a very stiff interfacing. You can get interfacing that is practically a board that you stick in your fabric, and that should keep the collar stiff while still being washable. I'd also sew some thin wire into the edge of the collar so it will keep its shape. You may need to stick some wire down the center back or somewhere to keep the entire thing from flopping down, though. Or maybe continue the interfacing down into the rest of that piece instead of ending it at the edge of the collar?

...Well, I have trouble keeping very stiff and large collars from flopping over, so my advice might not be the best. =_____=;

On that note...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/studio51/4655913876/in/set-72157624172602502/
See how the collar is flopped over? How should I fix that? I've already added more wire to try to keep it stading up, an dit helped a little, but not much. It's a pretty heavy piece, so maybe I jut need thicker wire?
Title: Anyone with any experience with EVA Foam?
Post by: Rodney_Pheonix on December 15, 2010, 05:53:57 PM
I'm going to be starting a project using it to make the armor piece that the NCR combat rangers wear in Fallout New Vegas and was wondering if anyone had experience in using it?
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Title: Re: Help me with cosplays for 2011!! Thanks!! :D
Post by: azreale on December 29, 2010, 03:33:47 PM
Hii. I'm starting cosplay making early (very lol) because i usually end up procrastinating and coming up with easy cosplays >3< I found out that my best friend was going as Kallen next year and that made me feel like I WANT TO BE AWESOME TOO. Annnddd, I want to challenge my Grandma xDD JK she'll be helping. So i was wondering which cosplay would cost the least and which cosplay would be best? Should I be a moogle, Souseiseki(Rozen Maiden), or Chihiro (Spirited Away, Sen) ALSO. PLEASE BE AWARE IF THE WEATHER AND ITS COMFORT LEVEL x] Thankss youu  ;D
be souseiseki! my Bf and i will be there as suigintou and Laplace so another RM character would be GREAT!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rin_chan on January 01, 2011, 03:12:16 PM
Hello fellow con-goers! I'm planning to be Azu-nyan from K-ON! this year, but am having trouble finding an affordable wig. The cheapest I've seen yet is 40. Anyone else know a good sight?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Zexion on January 05, 2011, 12:44:34 PM
I would like to go as Ezio from ACD
Or the Harlequin.
:D

Though, I would like to know where to buy that outfits and I would like good material like leather or "plether" as they say
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kagome437 on January 10, 2011, 04:51:35 PM
This current upcoming Fanime, majority of costumes have been made.
i'm having issues making a corset, can't seem to find a pattern or an existing one similar to it. can anyone help me?

also i'm pre-starting the cosplay for the next fanime as well (orginally ment to be for this con..but cosplays pushed by a con TT.TT) i need help with the wig, i purchased a long ivy wig in firestorm red i need help getting it to stay in the shape i want it too, and getting it there in that shape...also traveling to the convention with it..


referances

corset:  http://kyubikitsy.deviantart.com/art/Christmas-Chobits-2003-56131078

WIG: http://www.mangafox.com/manga/king_of_hell/v01/c005/3.html  

http://www.mangafox.com/manga/king_of_hell/v01/c004/15.html


please help ^^
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on January 10, 2011, 06:14:07 PM
A pattern for that shouldn't be too difficult to find or alter. It doesn't look like you'd need a fully functioning corset, just a structured bodice, right? I would try looking first at the Halloween section for barmaid-type bodices, since that shape reminds me a lot of dirndl. It doesn't even look all that stiff. It mostly just looks like a bodice (not a separate top, but attached to the skirt) with princess seams, a V-shaped waist, and lacing up the front. I can't see what the neckline looks like. Do you have any better refrence images? It would be easier to find something specific if I had a better idea of what it looked like.

Try historical patterns, Halloween patterns, and patterns recomended for lolita dresses (look at some lolita websites for lists of suitable patterns -- I think lolitafashion.org has one, and I'm sure the EGL comm on LJ has one, just ask if you need links). The basic shape isn't too difficult to make, but you may have a bit of trouble getting the lacing looking right if you add it to a pre-existing pattern.

Good luck! If you need any more clarification, just ask.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: JewishCosplayer on January 16, 2011, 08:47:02 PM
 ;D I'm super excited for FanimeCON '11

Only, I'm a lil' worried about a few things. I'm planning on going as Belarus ( my friends are also cosplaying from Hetalia), however, we are having trouble with making our countries flags. I'm not sure what materials we are allowed to use for the construction ??? Can anyone help?

Also what fabric should we use for the flags? Since both Canada and Belarus' have symbols to put on, the leaf and the design on the side of Belarus' flag.

We need...

Ukraine Flag: http://unimaps.com/flags-europe/ukraine-flag.gif
Canada Flag: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/school/Canada/flagbig.GIF
Belgium Flag: http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/europe/european-union/belgium/images/belgium-flag.jpg
Belarus Flag: http://unimaps.com/flags-europe/belarus-flag.gif

What should the poles be made of? I don't want to have them taken away  :'(

Question two...

I have a wig I'm planning on using for Belarus, here's a picture: http://jewishlolita.deviantart.com/gallery/24747096?offset=48#/d3223ba
It's the perfect texture and color, but it's a lil to big, and it falls off my head. I don't have a wig cap, which I plan on getting but because it's so big, it groups together in the back and the hair separates, so you see the stuff under. Which is why I wore a hood over the back, but I don't wanna do that at the convention. I don't have the money for another wig, any suggestions?


Thank you!!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kuudere on January 16, 2011, 10:56:49 PM
Hello fellow con-goers! I'm planning to be Azu-nyan from K-ON! this year, but am having trouble finding an affordable wig. The cheapest I've seen yet is 40. Anyone else know a good sight?

Ebay is your friend for cheap, good wigs. Costume store wigs are usually, in my experience, of horrible quality, but the ones I've purchased from ebay have been great. Speaking from experience as someone who did a character with pigtails like yours, you will have much more luck going the short-wig-with-clip-on-tails. It won't look perfect from the back, but you can trim it to make it look better. You will not have ANY luck turning a regular long wig into pigtails unless it has a lot of hair and a skincap (difficult to find). If you go this route like I tried to do, you will have big gaps showing your real hair underneath, since it's typically only a net inside. Remember that you can always cut the hair of a wig, so even though it looks too long as it is, you can always fix it. You might end up saving money going that way rather than looking at wigs specifically styled for your character. Here are a few under $40 that I found on ebay for you:
$20.99 (free shipping) (http://cgi.ebay.com/Black-Long-Straight-Cosplay-wig-2-Clip-Ponytail-CW77-/170579393234?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27b752fad2#ht_4987wt_1139)
$35.00 (free shipping) (http://cgi.ebay.com/Cosplay-Wig-two-Clip-Black-Straight-Ponytails-70cm-/300453896090?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45f4729f9a#ht_2348wt_1139)
$31.99 (free shipping) (http://cgi.ebay.com/D-GRAY-MAN-LENA-LEE-BLACK-CLIP-PONYTAIL-COSPLAY-WIG-/190391397335?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&var=&hash=item7216777e3b#ht_2807wt_905)

Hope that helps!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kuudere on January 16, 2011, 11:12:32 PM

Question two...

I have a wig I'm planning on using for Belarus, here's a picture: http://jewishlolita.deviantart.com/gallery/24747096?offset=48#/d3223ba
It's the perfect texture and color, but it's a lil to big, and it falls off my head. I don't have a wig cap, which I plan on getting but because it's so big, it groups together in the back and the hair separates, so you see the stuff under. Which is why I wore a hood over the back, but I don't wanna do that at the convention. I don't have the money for another wig, any suggestions?


Thank you!!

You tried it on with a wig cap and it still didn't work out? That seems odd. The wig cap usually is what makes everything fit snugly. Tie your hair into a ponytail and put on the wig cap, then distribute your hair underneath so it isn't lumpy in one place (never had a problem with it being lumpy, but I don't know how much hair you have). If your hair won't stay in place, bobby pin it, then put the wig cap on. After that, put your wig on. If for whatever reason your wig still keeps slipping off, bobby pin the wig to the wig cap, then it won't be going anywhere. If your wig cap shows through your wig (it shouldn't, but if), I would recommend getting one to match the color of your wig so that it is less noticeable. Or am I completely reading this problem wrong? I might need a picture of the problem in that case.

EDIT: If I AM reading it wrong and you never used a wig cap with your wig, I would highly suggest you buy one (they are ridiculously cheap). It will most likely look pretty bad without one holding your hair in place. Maybe I'm picky, but I kinda cringe when I see people going without them and you can see their hair coming out from under the wig. It kills the cosplay for me.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: JewishCosplayer on January 17, 2011, 12:43:56 AM

Question two...

I have a wig I'm planning on using for Belarus, here's a picture: http://jewishlolita.deviantart.com/gallery/24747096?offset=48#/d3223ba
It's the perfect texture and color, but it's a lil to big, and it falls off my head. I don't have a wig cap, which I plan on getting but because it's so big, it groups together in the back and the hair separates, so you see the stuff under. Which is why I wore a hood over the back, but I don't wanna do that at the convention. I don't have the money for another wig, any suggestions?


Thank you!!

You tried it on with a wig cap and it still didn't work out? That seems odd. The wig cap usually is what makes everything fit snugly. Tie your hair into a ponytail and put on the wig cap, then distribute your hair underneath so it isn't lumpy in one place (never had a problem with it being lumpy, but I don't know how much hair you have). If your hair won't stay in place, bobby pin it, then put the wig cap on. After that, put your wig on. If for whatever reason your wig still keeps slipping off, bobby pin the wig to the wig cap, then it won't be going anywhere. If your wig cap shows through your wig (it shouldn't, but if), I would recommend getting one to match the color of your wig so that it is less noticeable. Or am I completely reading this problem wrong? I might need a picture of the problem in that case.

EDIT: If I AM reading it wrong and you never used a wig cap with your wig, I would highly suggest you buy one (they are ridiculously cheap). It will most likely look pretty bad without one holding your hair in place. Maybe I'm picky, but I kinda cringe when I see people going without them and you can see their hair coming out from under the wig. It kills the cosplay for me.


Thank you. I had a wig cap before, and I used it, but the wig was still too heavy and kept falling back. If it doesn't fall off, then the hair in the back starts to separate and the wig lining shows. I'll post a picture when I can of the issue. Also, thank you for taking the time to help :)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rank on January 17, 2011, 07:28:49 PM
Hi! I'm thinking about making a Killer's Kabuto to go with my Solly cosplay. I'm not sure where to start, except maybe getting a cheap plastic military helmet from a costume shop for the base. I've got access to all kinds of saws, drills, and a dad who can use them, so it doesn't have to be made from straight craft store supplies.

A picture of the kabuto:
(http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/6884/redkiller27skabuto.png)

Thanks in advance for any direction I'm able to get!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: ispyangie on January 17, 2011, 08:09:09 PM
Does anyone know where to buy a magician/tuxedo-type of jacket or get one made? Preferably under $100.

(http://i53.tinypic.com/243m1c4.png)

I'm cosplaying as Zatanna from the DC universe and I can't find a similiar jacket, more so, a jacket that would be fitting on me as I am quite petite. ):
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: JewishCosplayer on January 18, 2011, 12:03:47 AM
Does anyone know where to buy a magician/tuxedo-type of jacket or get one made? Preferably under $100.

(http://i53.tinypic.com/243m1c4.png)

I'm cosplaying as Zatanna from the DC universe and I can't find a similiar jacket, more so, a jacket that would be fitting on me as I am quite petite. ):

Have you tried a Bridal Store? Where I live, I've seen a few of those types of jackets for sale. They are made for both male and female body types. If you don't have a Bridal Store where you live, then I'd try Ebay. I hope this helps :) Good Luck!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: roth14 on January 18, 2011, 01:25:44 PM
Does anyone know a good online shop to buy a Temari wig? I can style and cut it, but I am hesitant to buy from Ebay. And Cosworx doesn't have what I am looking for.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: JewishCosplayer on January 18, 2011, 04:56:30 PM
Does anyone know a good online shop to buy a Temari wig? I can style and cut it, but I am hesitant to buy from Ebay. And Cosworx doesn't have what I am looking for.

I had the same trouble when I cosplayed Temari. Try CosplayMagic, or CosplayStation. Maybe even CosplayFU. If they don't have a pre-styled one, they do have all types of blond wigs you can style yourself. :)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rank on January 18, 2011, 10:55:00 PM
Does anyone know where to buy a magician/tuxedo-type of jacket or get one made? Preferably under $100.

I'm cosplaying as Zatanna from the DC universe and I can't find a similiar jacket, more so, a jacket that would be fitting on me as I am quite petite. ):

The cost will probably be around $90-120, but Fan Plus Friend takes commissions.
You can see examples of their jackets here (http://"http://www.fanplusfriend.com/servlet/the-Gothic-Lolita-cln-Coats-%26-Jackets/Categories"). I have friends who have purchased cosplay and lolita from them before, so I can vouch for their quality. Everything is lined and sewn very professionally. I would recommend giving them multiple example pictures and being VERY descriptive, because they make -exactly- what you ask them. Measurements are very helpful, too, but they also understand "knee length" or "mid-thigh" and so on, if you don't have an exact inch length but an idea of where you generally want something. You're definitely going to have to give them your actual body measurements, though.
As an aside, you can tell them to combine certain parts of their stock jackets, if there's anything workable there.

Alternatively, you can just buy a stock costume for $50 like this: http://www.halloweencostumes4u.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?ref=google&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=rub889322&Category_Code=super-hero-costumes&Store_Code=hal. I don't know the size chart or the quality of it, but the set is $50, and you get what you pay for when it comes to halloween store costumes...

As a DC fanatic I couldn't ignore your asking for help, haha.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: ispyangie on January 19, 2011, 06:15:35 AM
@Rank @JewishCosplayerThank you! that really helped. (:
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: xichisex on January 19, 2011, 11:36:41 PM
So, I want to do this cosplay, but I don't know how to go about custom making the fabric. It is straight black with a specific gold detailing and I don't know if you cut out the patter and sew it on, or if there is a different type of technique that people use for applying your own custom designs. Anyone know of how it is done? I see people do it all the time and WITHOUT thread lines. Kind of like how the characters from Vampire Knight have those perfect white lines on their uniforms except my pattern is larger.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on January 20, 2011, 08:15:52 AM
It sould be very helpful to know what you are cosplaying or to see a picture of it. It's hard to recommend a technique without knowing what the finished result should be, since applique, stenciling, screenprinting, handpainting, etc. would all be best suited for different looks.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: roth14 on January 20, 2011, 01:41:36 PM
Does anyone know a good online shop to buy a Temari wig? I can style and cut it, but I am hesitant to buy from Ebay. And Cosworx doesn't have what I am looking for.

I had the same trouble when I cosplayed Temari. Try CosplayMagic, or CosplayStation. Maybe even CosplayFU. If they don't have a pre-styled one, they do have all types of blond wigs you can style yourself. :)

Thank You!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: JewishCosplayer on January 20, 2011, 02:43:23 PM
Does anyone know a good online shop to buy a Temari wig? I can style and cut it, but I am hesitant to buy from Ebay. And Cosworx doesn't have what I am looking for.

I had the same trouble when I cosplayed Temari. Try CosplayMagic, or CosplayStation. Maybe even CosplayFU. If they don't have a pre-styled one, they do have all types of blond wigs you can style yourself. :)

Thank You!

Your welcome :D
Title: Can't decide who to cosplay as Dx!
Post by: Hikoki17 on January 20, 2011, 02:44:27 PM
Hello fellow Fanime members! I can't decide between four different characters I've made up so I was wondering if you could please help me decide. I am going to leave votes open for a day. You can help by simply replying with the letter a, b, c, or d. Thank you for your time and please encourage other people to take a moment to vote too. Feel free to ask questions/comment! Thanks for your time!
Title: Re: Can't decide who to cosplay as Dx!
Post by: Admiral Donuts on January 20, 2011, 03:40:33 PM
I vote for Billy McBeard, effeminate-pirate-who-you-would-never-guess-is-engaged-to-Debbie.
Title: Re: Can't decide who to cosplay as Dx!
Post by: Kuudere on January 20, 2011, 03:59:13 PM
I vote for Billy McBeard, effeminate-pirate-who-you-would-never-guess-is-engaged-to-Debbie.

I second this. He's one of my all-time favorite characters.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: TrueIXVI on January 20, 2011, 06:43:23 PM
Ok, so...this Fanime is going to be my first cosplay ever and I am very determined to go as Deathspank but the thing is...I want this costume perfect. Where could I find a site that'll do the armor and stuff? Any recommendations or advice I can get?


Reference pics:

- http://www.deathspank.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/DeathSpank-.png

- http://i53.tinypic.com/2yzg9qd.jpg

Thanks in adanvance! ;>
Title: Steampunk hair falls! Help!
Post by: CosplayDevotee on January 20, 2011, 09:50:08 PM
So, I am unfortunately ready to rip my hair out when it comes to this problem. I want to get a wig that is multi colored browns and blacks dreads that I could use for my steampunk cosplay, but I can't find one ANYWHERE! I figure, I will have to make one. Any ideas or tips?

This is the look I'm going for with my wig: Sorry about the size of the image, I couldn't find anything smaller.  :-[
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_2rs-rH0BqRg/TJr8n6qej9I/AAAAAAAADEA/grPh282QVME/s1600/steampunk-cosplay-0.jpg)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: xichisex on January 21, 2011, 02:59:32 PM
It sould be very helpful to know what you are cosplaying or to see a picture of it. It's hard to recommend a technique without knowing what the finished result should be, since applique, stenciling, screenprinting, handpainting, etc. would all be best suited for different looks.
Basically like this costume:

http://www.barbscosplaycorner.com/?page_id=330
Title: Seeking Information About Contacts
Post by: xichisex on January 22, 2011, 05:49:16 PM
So, I want to cosplay as young Hinata and as Seras Victoria  for FanimeCon 2011 and those require full white contacts [or gray] and red contacts with a small black pupil. I was wondering if I could get some good sites from other cosplayers from where they ordered their contacts or if you have cosplayed as these characters before where you got the contacts for them and if they were good.

I have a prescription for glasses and will have one soon for contacts, so I'm not worried about the new law involving prescriptions.

Thank you!
Title: Re: Seeking Information About Contacts
Post by: Kuudere on January 22, 2011, 11:28:14 PM
If you want the really good ones that they use in movies/TV/theatre, a great source is 9mm SFX (http://www.9mmsfx.com/lenses.html). They have the Byakugan contacts and regular white eye ones. "Red Devil" sounds like it fits the other one's description. You WILL be paying for quality, though. They're FDA approved and used in the professional industry, and they have a price tag to match. I've heard they do commission work as well.

There are other sites out there that will give you similar contacts for less, but just be aware that not all of them are very reputable. I'm not saying all of them are bad, just keep your eyes open for the shady looking ones (like ones that do not ask for prescriptions.) You don't want to trust your sight to something that may harm it.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: moonlit on January 23, 2011, 06:51:27 AM
First time cosplayer here, I wanna cosplay a black mage from FF because I think it would be easy. I have no clue where to get anything though. I assume I can buy a balaclava from a sports store and get some shiny yellow paper to make the head. Any suggestions for where to get anything else; I don't mind sewing I just need to know what kind of fabric I should use. Maybe a suggestion on what to use for eyes or where to get a staff.

Pics:
Character sketch
http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/index.php?title=Black_Mage_(Final_Fantasy)&image=Blackmage-ff1-art-png

A costume for even more reference: I didn't even know I needed gloves
http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs32/i/2008/216/7/3/Cosplay___Classic_Black_Mage_by_crystalclover.jpg
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Simna on January 23, 2011, 03:58:59 PM
So I am trying to perfect a cosplay I already have....and the one thing it is missing....two of these:

(http://toysoldiersports.com/shop/images/CAW%20M79-1.jpg)
Sawed-off M79 Grenade Launchers

Anyone know where I can get a couple full-size replica/toy versions of these for not too expensive?
Title: Re: Steampunk hair falls! Help!
Post by: Jerry on January 24, 2011, 04:24:30 PM
So, I am unfortunately ready to rip my hair out when it comes to this problem. I want to get a wig that is multi colored browns and blacks dreads that I could use for my steampunk cosplay, but I can't find one ANYWHERE! I figure, I will have to make one. Any ideas or tips?

This is the look I'm going for with my wig: Sorry about the size of the image, I couldn't find anything smaller.  :-[
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_2rs-rH0BqRg/TJr8n6qej9I/AAAAAAAADEA/grPh282QVME/s1600/steampunk-cosplay-0.jpg)

I just went to the Ewardian ball where a booth was selling these type of wig styles.

http://www.tessfelixhairdresser.com/pages/syntheticdreadlocks

hope you find what your looking for! Good Luck.
Title: Cosplay Contruction materials/resources
Post by: Kzuna on January 26, 2011, 09:15:36 PM
hey there,

This year will be my first time going to FanimeCon -pretty much my first anime related event, ever - and i need some major help.

So I've decided to cosplay something.
and i know i can buy costumes but...

i have this feeling that the whole experience would be so much more enjoyable and satisfying if i actually made my costume, so thats what im going to do.

but frankly i have no idea where to even start looking for how to make a costume.
I mean, can't blame a guy if things like sewing never crossed his mind right :).

so what i want to know is, where do you guys (all you pros out there~~) usually get your materials from? I'm thinking of things like fabric, lace, thread....etc, along those lines. And where would be good places to find actual sewing patterns to work from? I prefer to not have to buy BOOKS but i wouldn't mind.
any help would be Greatly appreciated!!!

*sorry if i posted in the wrong area
Title: .hack cosplay help 2011
Post by: Griff223 on January 26, 2011, 09:38:34 PM
nvm posted in the wrong place lol!
Title: Re: Seeking Information About Contacts
Post by: xichisex on January 27, 2011, 09:26:50 PM
If you want the really good ones that they use in movies/TV/theatre, a great source is 9mm SFX (http://www.9mmsfx.com/lenses.html). They have the Byakugan contacts and regular white eye ones. "Red Devil" sounds like it fits the other one's description. You WILL be paying for quality, though. They're FDA approved and used in the professional industry, and they have a price tag to match. I've heard they do commission work as well.

There are other sites out there that will give you similar contacts for less, but just be aware that not all of them are very reputable. I'm not saying all of them are bad, just keep your eyes open for the shady looking ones (like ones that do not ask for prescriptions.) You don't want to trust your sight to something that may harm it.
Thank you for the tips about that website for contacts. I have another question about contacts though. And about Hinata. xD Sorry about that. So..Normally she doesn't exactly have the Byakugan eyes. So would you recommend just a light lavender or plain white eye for her everyday?
Title: Which Grell (Black Butler) outfit should I use?
Post by: Hikoki17 on January 27, 2011, 11:05:34 PM
So I started the second season of Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) and I'm a bit lost. I noticed that Grell has a different outfit - mainly different vest and different shoes. I can't decide which outfit to use when I cosplay as him >.<; And I also don't get why season two doesn't continue from season one. It seems almost like it's starting over again. Someone please help!
Title: Re: Cosplay Contruction materials/resources
Post by: Kimba616 on January 27, 2011, 11:33:01 PM
so what i want to know is, where do you guys (all you pros out there~~) usually get your materials from? I'm thinking of things like fabric, lace, thread....etc, along those lines. And where would be good places to find actual sewing patterns to work from? I prefer to not have to buy BOOKS but i wouldn't mind.
any help would be Greatly appreciated!!!

The places I frequent most for cosplay are JoAnns , Hancock fabrics, Michaels, and thrift stores/goodwill. If you''re just starting out on cosplay, thrift stores are a good place to start since you can buy cheap, already constructed clothing, that you can either incorporate into your costume or cut up and use for patterns. Also, I first learned how to sew my watching others do it. If you don't know anyone who sews, youtube videos work just as well. :]
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on January 28, 2011, 08:10:08 AM
so what i want to know is, where do you guys (all you pros out there~~) usually get your materials from? I'm thinking of things like fabric, lace, thread....etc, along those lines. And where would be good places to find actual sewing patterns to work from? I prefer to not have to buy BOOKS but i wouldn't mind. any help would be Greatly appreciated!!!

Seconding JoAnn's and Michael's -- the latter, along with OSH/Home Despot for prop and accessory supplies, the former for fabrics and notions (thread, fasteners, interfacing, zippers, etc.).  Because my nearest JoAnn's is an hour away, I do a lot of my fabric shopping online: Fabric.com (http://fabric.com/) and Dharma Trading (http://dharmatrading.com/) are the two sites I use most often.  Dharma's more for undyed fabrics (or natural colours -- white, off-white, some black), but I've taken to dyeing a lot of my own stuff and they're fabulous for that.  They also carry some things that can be used for accessories, as well as knitted cotton lace and silk ribbon and some other similar stuff.
If you're crazy like me, there's also the Fabric District in Los Angeles, but that's another sort of matter. :)

Kimba makes some good suggestions with thrift stores for pattern 'frameworks'; I've also done some pattern drafting by using my own clothes and tracing them onto newsprint.  There are, both in video and text/picture form, tutorials for a plethora of sewing techniques online, and your public library will almost certainly have books on the subject.  I knew basic hand and machine sewing when I started cosplay, but nothing about working with patterns, and I've learned a lot since then just by experimenting and doing -- I still tend to use patterns only as the most basic of basics.  You'll find, with a lot of cosplays, that you have to modify patterns anyway.  If you have a JoAnn's nearby, they'll usually hold sales with a particular pattern brand going for $1 or $2, and it's not a bad idea to pick up something similar to what you have in mind -- particularly if you're not familiar with sewing -- as a construction reference.

Hope that ramble's of some help to you. Good luck with your projects! :)
Title: Fallout AMR project. [Help request]
Post by: Rodney_Pheonix on January 28, 2011, 10:04:45 AM
I am currently working on an Anti-Material rifle prop from the Fallout 'verse', and I've run into a standstill. the issue I'm running into is "How the heck am I going to connect the barrel assembly to the stock I've made."

I've thought of glue and metal binding straps.. but nothing I can think of really works for me in my mind at least, thus I turn to you.

Here's photos of my latest mock up, the duct tape on the barrel shows about where I want to put some kind of fasteners.  Disregard the gorilla tape holding on the bipod. I generally know how I'm going to do that.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p237/Arraxus/100_2262.jpg)
(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p237/Arraxus/100_2263.jpg)


Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kzuna on January 28, 2011, 11:48:43 AM
Awesome! exactly the kind of info i was looking for, thanks you guys!!!
Title: Disregard this message
Post by: Rodney_Pheonix on January 28, 2011, 07:00:39 PM
It was me being an idiot for the most part.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Hikoki17 on January 28, 2011, 08:09:01 PM
Thank you for your help :) I have just one more question. Would it be better to just go and buy the whole cosplay outfit or to make it myself? Like I mentioned, this will be my first time cosplaying, but I do have the money to order one of my three outfits.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on January 28, 2011, 08:43:16 PM
Thank you for your help :) I have just one more question. Would it be better to just go and buy the whole cosplay outfit or to make it myself? Like I mentioned, this will be my first time cosplaying, but I do have the money to order one of my three outfits.

That's a matter of personal preference, I'd say, as well as time and your skill level relative to the costume (and what you expect in terms of a costume versus cost).  Personally I prefer to make my own stuff, but that's partly that I sincerely enjoy the crafty side, partly pride in my own work, partly stupid perfectionist tendencies and partly just being weirdly proportioned.  Ultimately, since cosplay is about having fun (at least IMO), I'd say do whichever would maximise that.
(Probably no help, but I'm afraid that's the only kind of answer I can give.)

Rodney: Is it something you're going to be taking apart and reassembling, or is it going to travel intact?  Because the first thing that comes to mind is screws, anchoring straps, and some particularly good strong glue ...  (My monitor's half burned out so I apologise if I've missed something obvious about assembly in the pictures. <_< ) Looks neat, though!
Title: Wanting to cosplay, but afraid I couldn't pull it off. Seeking help/advice
Post by: Ockman on January 29, 2011, 06:15:26 AM
I'm coming out to fanime from Wisconsin. I'm gonna be visiting a friend out there during the same weekend, and we plan on coming to the convention. I've never been to one of these conventions before, and I've never done cosplay before. I've been debating so much if I should cosplay, I want to because I would enjoy it if I could pull it off. The problem is I honestly can't think of a single character from a game or anime that I could pull off in terms of looks.

As it is, I don't know how well any costume I make, or buy parts for will turn out. Persona 4 is one of my favorite games ever, and for a while I just kept thinking maybe I could as the MC from P4.  Even if I make the perfect costume, I don't have the face for it. I don't have the good looks to pass off any anime style characters, nor am I Japanese.

I've been trying to think of other characters I like that aren't so Japanese, but the costumes become a little too elaborate for me to possibly construct. I'm trying to resist the idea of just buying a costume, because part of cosplaying is making the costume I always thought.

I know it's hard for anyone to possibly help me without knowing what I look like, and what my build is like. If anyone could give me some advice, and would like to try to help, please feel free to let me know! Perhaps I can show you what I look like, because I really could use some ideas on what someone thinks I could pull off.
Title: Re: Wanting to cosplay, but afraid I couldn't pull it off. Seeking help/advice
Post by: Kertus on January 29, 2011, 08:37:51 AM
Well I think cosplay comes down to what are you trying to do?
Look realistic/accurate or just have a fun time? And that should guide how much effort and what you do for your cosplay.
Title: Re: It seems that a thread asking for help/advice in the contruction of a prop is...
Post by: BSaphire on January 29, 2011, 10:19:27 AM
off topic.....considering the name of the forum is 'Cosplay! Construction, Tips, Gatherings, Advice' is it so unreasonable that this forum would be a place to post questions and or ask for adice in regards to construction of cosplays/props?
I move threads like this into a central thread so that they can get answered. Plus, when you add in that there are currently 69 official threads and 8 events for Fanime 2011 it becomes several pages deep of active threads. So if you end up being buried several pages down then who will see your thread? So I'm moving you to the "Help me" thread in hopes of you getting an answer to your questions.
BSaphire
Title: Re: Wanting to cosplay, but afraid I couldn't pull it off. Seeking help/advice
Post by: Rebeccakh on February 03, 2011, 11:38:42 PM
I'm coming out to fanime from Wisconsin. I'm gonna be visiting a friend out there during the same weekend, and we plan on coming to the convention. I've never been to one of these conventions before, and I've never done cosplay before. I've been debating so much if I should cosplay, I want to because I would enjoy it if I could pull it off. The problem is I honestly can't think of a single character from a game or anime that I could pull off in terms of looks.

As it is, I don't know how well any costume I make, or buy parts for will turn out. Persona 4 is one of my favorite games ever, and for a while I just kept thinking maybe I could as the MC from P4.  Even if I make the perfect costume, I don't have the face for it. I don't have the good looks to pass off any anime style characters, nor am I Japanese.

I've been trying to think of other characters I like that aren't so Japanese, but the costumes become a little too elaborate for me to possibly construct. I'm trying to resist the idea of just buying a costume, because part of cosplaying is making the costume I always thought.

I know it's hard for anyone to possibly help me without knowing what I look like, and what my build is like. If anyone could give me some advice, and would like to try to help, please feel free to let me know! Perhaps I can show you what I look like, because I really could use some ideas on what someone thinks I could pull off.
*fangasm i love shin megami/persona series* ok ok now that thats done i say go for it whether you've got the face or not isnt a big thing i mean if you work really hard on the costume and you look decent as yourself (because we all know we usually dont look 100% like the charachters we do whether were asian or not or our skin color or whatever (ive had a few experiences at cons where people have looked at me like im a nothing cause i dont look just right or my body shape doesn't fit) but you just throw caution to the wind and do it seriously its so fun doing cosplay >:3 (and to all the people that think if you're not asian you shouldn't be cosplaying poop on you) but that costume seems pretty easy just get the right clothes a good wig and some glasses and youre ready to go (some modding on clothes that are similar to his would work best
Title: Re: Seeking Information About Contacts
Post by: Rank on February 05, 2011, 05:24:54 AM
So, I want to cosplay as young Hinata and as Seras Victoria  for FanimeCon 2011 and those require full white contacts [or gray] and red contacts with a small black pupil. I was wondering if I could get some good sites from other cosplayers from where they ordered their contacts or if you have cosplayed as these characters before where you got the contacts for them and if they were good.

I have a prescription for glasses and will have one soon for contacts, so I'm not worried about the new law involving prescriptions.

Thank you!

I can personally recommend this site, eXtreme SFX (http://"http://extremesfx.com/p-116-dark-angel.aspx"). Prices are great, and the lenses are comfortable (unless you're not used to wearing lenses at all). On that, I would highly recommend wearing whatever contact lenses you end up choosing at least a couple of weeks in advance of the Con. Trust me.

Coincidentally, I bought red contacts from them called "Dark Angel". I have had them for over a year, I wear them sparingly but upkeep them. They work good as new. Here is a picture (http://"http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z105/psyrate/DSC01996.jpg") with me wearing them. I have blue eyes but the iris is opaque, so it will look the same on all eye colors. These are non-prescription, so I cannot vouch for the accuracy of that.

There are a few reds, but these are the ones that would most suit Seras:
http://extremesfx.com/p-116-dark-angel.aspx
http://extremesfx.com/p-61-red-vampire.aspx
http://extremesfx.com/p-177-red-twilight.aspx  <-- really really popular, but I have heard they don't appear as bright on darker eye-colors.

You can Google and YouTube the color/name of most lenses and find people wearing them on all different colors of eyes.

As for gray/white... it's impossible to have completely white contacts that you will be able to see out of, and 'milky' contacts are extremely expensive, like, $300 expensive. 9mmfx has a few pairs of semi-opaque white, but I've seen most Hinatas go with:
http://extremesfx.com/p-71-manson.aspx (example: http://dawnb359.deviantart.com/art/hinata-cosplay-P-177762011?q=sort%3Atime+gallery%3Adawnb359&qo=3).

Hope that helped some, good luck on your hunt.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: JewishCosplayer on February 14, 2011, 09:34:07 PM
So I have a 4ft x 6ft  Belarus flag, but I'm not sure how tall I should make the flag pole. I'm 5'8, and since I'll be wearing heels, I'll be about 5'9 or so. How tall would you recommend I make the pole? Thanks :)
Title: Re: Steampunk hair falls! Help!
Post by: ThunderMuffn on February 14, 2011, 11:19:39 PM

I just went to the Ewardian ball where a booth was selling these type of wig styles.

http://www.tessfelixhairdresser.com/pages/syntheticdreadlocks

hope you find what your looking for! Good Luck.

Was just talking about this on
http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,12828.msg406460.html#msg406460

That site has some nice pieces, but they can be made or got for less.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtemisArtemis
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: FireDracon on February 24, 2011, 04:30:23 PM
Im thinking of being pyramid head, but i feel im a little short at 5'5" so i was thinking of maybe some stilts to make myself taller. Anyone know of any good stilts or ways i can make myself taller?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on February 25, 2011, 05:50:21 PM
three words
giant. platform. boots.
X3
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: .::midnight.maiden::. on March 07, 2011, 08:11:51 PM
Hello~

I guess you could call me a first-timer in cosplay. Never really made my own costume before. >_>;

So, I'm planning on cosplaying Dell Honne (voyakiloid). Fairly easy.

Now, I don't have a sewing machine. D: Been having trouble convincing my parents on buying one. I have the money, but I'm quite the money hoarder T~T

I will most likely buy the shirt and pants. Pants, easy. Shirt, have to find the perfect shade.

I might have to make the purple tie if I don't find one. I might use one of my old Fanime badges for the badge ^^ Just paint the lanyard black.

The trouble is, the WIG, CONTACTS, CIGARETTE, SHOES, BELT/SUSPENDER, and HEADSET. I am also on a budget here (student, no paying job).

- Where can I get a cheap wig for Dell Honne? I guess it would be described as medium long boy cut white/silver hair. Any stylists around, or how I can learn to style on my own? I also need to gather the necessary supplies like a metal comb and a wig stand.
- Cheap red contacts lol. Willing to pay up to $25/pair.
- Can buy fake cigarette. Fake cigs allowed at convention/hotels?
- Either buying the real cosplay shoes (expensive!) or preparing shoe covers.
- Belt/Suspender I would say is difficult since I don't know what materials I should use and I don't have a sewing machine.
- Headset! I will either buy a real headset and decorate it or make molds around the parts I need to change, or make a paper version like my friends have done before (skeptical about paper, though).

Please let me know if you have suggestions on where I can buy stuff and also on how I should make some of the parts. Thanks!
Here is my reference:
(http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk163/deidaras_girl_4ever/Vocaloid/851625_m.jpg)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: JewishCosplayer on March 11, 2011, 12:59:12 AM
So I just bought this wig: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260709963236&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

I'm happy with how it looks, but I'm a little concerned about the bangs. I need them to look like this: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=belarus+hetalia+cosplay#/d38nrt0 or this: http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=belarus%20hetalia%20cosplay&order=9&offset=144#/d3113a1

I'm really afraid to cut the wig at all, since I've never styled a wig before in my life. I was wondering if anyone could offer me any advice on what to do with the wig.

I was thinking of maybe separating the long bangs in the middle and pushing the ends back behind my ears, pinning/clipping them to the rest of the hair and hiding it somehow. Does that sound like it would work for the first picture?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on March 17, 2011, 01:17:41 PM
considering getting my 2 wigs from this place
http://www.hellocosplay.com/
now im not too sure about the quality of the wigs because im not too concerned about them being top quality just that it looks right for my costume
so has anyone bought wigs from this shop and if so did they dissapoint or were they good?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Anicofe on March 20, 2011, 02:40:07 PM
So I'm cosplaying as Pirate!Spain from Hetalia, and I'm trying to make the ax myself... Tools and materials are not an issue thanks to my dad, but we're both at a loss for how to actually BUILD the thing. Any suggestions you guys can give me? ;w;

http://sara-cosplay.deviantart.com/art/On-Captain-s-Watch-184751125?q=boost%3Apopular%20Pirate%20Spain%20cosplay&qo=89

I'm trying to make my ax similar to this.

EDIT: Nevermind, we've got everything figured out!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Griff223 on March 22, 2011, 10:50:19 PM
Can anyone give me a suggestion for making a Rufus (street fighter 4) costume? I can't do leather or faux leather like it's supposed to be, so I was thinking I would start with some coveralls, and make them have a tighter fit. Then add the details and all that. Would you more experienced costume makers suggest a different method?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: username_error on March 31, 2011, 07:27:02 AM
So I just bought this wig: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260709963236&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

I'm happy with how it looks, but I'm a little concerned about the bangs. I need them to look like this: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=belarus+hetalia+cosplay#/d38nrt0 or this: http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=belarus%20hetalia%20cosplay&order=9&offset=144#/d3113a1

I'm really afraid to cut the wig at all, since I've never styled a wig before in my life. I was wondering if anyone could offer me any advice on what to do with the wig.

I was thinking of maybe separating the long bangs in the middle and pushing the ends back behind my ears, pinning/clipping them to the rest of the hair and hiding it somehow. Does that sound like it would work for the first picture?


you have the right idea.
Now the only problem will be if the wig has a skin top, because it makes it very hard to change the part in the bangs but it can be done, just will take a lot more effort.
But yeah, pinning the bangs back behind your ears, you can even sew them in place where the other parts of the wig will cover your stitches, hand sew of course. Just to make sure the bangs don't slip past your ears.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: JewishCosplayer on March 31, 2011, 09:00:08 AM
So I just bought this wig: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260709963236&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

I'm happy with how it looks, but I'm a little concerned about the bangs. I need them to look like this: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=belarus+hetalia+cosplay#/d38nrt0 or this: http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=belarus%20hetalia%20cosplay&order=9&offset=144#/d3113a1

I'm really afraid to cut the wig at all, since I've never styled a wig before in my life. I was wondering if anyone could offer me any advice on what to do with the wig.

I was thinking of maybe separating the long bangs in the middle and pushing the ends back behind my ears, pinning/clipping them to the rest of the hair and hiding it somehow. Does that sound like it would work for the first picture?


you have the right idea.
Now the only problem will be if the wig has a skin top, because it makes it very hard to change the part in the bangs but it can be done, just will take a lot more effort.
But yeah, pinning the bangs back behind your ears, you can even sew them in place where the other parts of the wig will cover your stitches, hand sew of course. Just to make sure the bangs don't slip past your ears.

Thank you, so much for the advice. I don't know if the wig has a skin top or not...I haven't asked, but I shall now. -__-"
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kuudere on March 31, 2011, 03:11:57 PM
Thank you, so much for the advice. I don't know if the wig has a skin top or not...I haven't asked, but I shall now. -__-"

The listing says it's an "Adjustable Monofilament Net," which I'm pretty sure means it isn't a skin top, but the netting type. Those are usually more common among the ebay listings, too.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rank on April 03, 2011, 04:20:05 AM
- Cheap red contacts lol. Willing to pay up to $25/pair.

For red contacts, I can personally recommend these ($34.95). $10 more than your max, but you won't find better looking or SAFER quality for cheaper. :S
http://extremesfx.com/p-116-dark-angel.aspx

Here is a pic of me wearing them. I have blue eyes but the iris is 100% opaque, so they would look just like that on dark eyes. Sorry for the weird yellowy light, they're very much crimson.
http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z105/psyrate/DSC01996.jpg

The site also has 3 or so other pairs of red lenses for about $4 less each. The Twilight red is extremely popular. You could go for the vampire reds but in my personal opinion, without a little detailing, they make your entire eye look infected, opposed to having red irises.

Hope this helped.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: katsumi on April 03, 2011, 06:30:26 PM
Hi,

I'm trying to cosplay as Serah Farron from Final Fantasy XIII...but I can't seem to find a fabric with the right pattern for her skirt.
None of the local stores really have anything that fits the pattern on her skirt. (Not even the cosplay costume you can buy has the right pattern on it!)
Grr, stores just don't have what you're looking for now a days. Joann Fabrics doesn't have that much fabric as it used to. All I could find were checkered fabrics, or it had the right pattern but it was the wrong color. And there's not a Hancock Fabrics anymore near me.
I don't mind ordering online..as long as it doesn't take forever because I'm going to make the skirt myself and it might take awhile.
Here's Serah's outfit (http://www.cosplayful.com/media/catalog/product/s/e/serah_farron.png)

I'm sort of stuck on what to do or where to find the fabric. I'd rather go and buy the fabric from a store but I can't seem to find any local stores with the right pattern or something close to it.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kuudere on April 03, 2011, 10:59:51 PM
Hi,

I'm trying to cosplay as Serah Farron from Final Fantasy XIII...but I can't seem to find a fabric with the right pattern for her skirt.
None of the local stores really have anything that fits the pattern on her skirt. (Not even the cosplay costume you can buy has the right pattern on it!)
Grr, stores just don't have what you're looking for now a days. Joann Fabrics doesn't have that much fabric as it used to. All I could find were checkered fabrics, or it had the right pattern but it was the wrong color. And there's not a Hancock Fabrics anymore near me.
I don't mind ordering online..as long as it doesn't take forever because I'm going to make the skirt myself and it might take awhile.
Here's Serah's outfit (http://www.cosplayful.com/media/catalog/product/s/e/serah_farron.png)

I'm sort of stuck on what to do or where to find the fabric. I'd rather go and buy the fabric from a store but I can't seem to find any local stores with the right pattern or something close to it.


As soon as you said you couldn't find the pattern, I had a feeling it had to be plaid. Plaid has made things difficult in the past for a couple of my cosplays (one I just settled for the closest thing I could find, and the other, I actually spent several hours drawing the lines on with pen). If you find something that is the right pattern but wrong color, as long as it's relatively light, you may have luck dying it red with fabric dye. Other methods I've seen involve sewing the lines on fabric with ribbon or something like it, but obviously that's a very time consuming task.
Title: New Hetalia cosplay! (Puerto Rico)
Post by: Brakinja on April 04, 2011, 11:34:13 AM
Hey guys. Because my custom cosplay as Turkey is taking too long, and my Egypt cosplay is too simple, I wanted to make a custom cosplay. I'm black, white, and Puerto Rican together (give or take some Brazilian) and I'm not dark enough to cosplay Cuba or Haiti and I'm not light enough to cosplay, well, anything else. My hair's not afro-ey, so I decided that I wanted to do a Puerto Rico cosplay instead, and I think it'd be fun.

But, I have no idea what to do with the apparel. I wanted to carry around a Chameleon plush on my shoulder, but I'm lost at that point. I know I don't want to wear sandals throughout the convention (I may change that later though), but aside from that, I really can't decide on how to do this. So, if you could post any shirts or pants that may be good for making a Puerto Rico outfit, that'd be awesome. I just need to brainstorm, and it'd be awesome if anyone had suggestions.

If this goes through, I'll have two cosplays this year (Team Rocket Grunt being the other one), and maybe three if the Egypt or Turkey one works out. If you have any suggestions, post them here! Thanks : D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: ice queen on April 04, 2011, 02:34:13 PM
kingdom hearts keyblade question:

I am having a heck of a time making Riku's a way to Dawn keyblade. I have tried both Styrofoam board and foam board. I was wondering by chance would it be ok if I can make his blade out of Wood and Clay? Those meduims I know how to use much better than the former.

Title: Re: New Hetalia cosplay! (Puerto Rico)
Post by: Hodge Bodge on April 04, 2011, 06:48:25 PM
When I think Puerto Rico (may be somewhat sterotypical) I see something similar to Cuba's red shirt and shorts outfit... Island theme, sort of..

but since you want to avoid sandals I'm thinking something like brown loafers... or a brown leather shoe w/o laces.

as far as shirts and pants go maybe a button-down cotton shirt of a bright solid color (white, lighter blue, yellow possibly pink if you can rock that color more power to you) and possibly light tan cargo pants... Just spitballin, maybe you can work from there! Good luck! Hopefully see ya at the 'con.
Title: Re: New Hetalia cosplay! (Puerto Rico)
Post by: demetria656 on April 04, 2011, 08:33:00 PM
I would love to see your Puertro Rico and Egypt!
I myself being an Egypt cosplayer like to see others Egypt's too :D
Title: Re: New Hetalia cosplay! (Puerto Rico)
Post by: Brakinja on April 04, 2011, 10:20:45 PM
Yeah, I hope to do both if I can :D It'd be awesome to see other Egypts though, because i only saw one last year.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BunofGovt on April 05, 2011, 07:28:26 PM
Hi,

I'm trying to cosplay as Serah Farron from Final Fantasy XIII...but I can't seem to find a fabric with the right pattern for her skirt.
None of the local stores really have anything that fits the pattern on her skirt. (Not even the cosplay costume you can buy has the right pattern on it!)
Grr, stores just don't have what you're looking for now a days. Joann Fabrics doesn't have that much fabric as it used to. All I could find were checkered fabrics, or it had the right pattern but it was the wrong color. And there's not a Hancock Fabrics anymore near me.
I don't mind ordering online..as long as it doesn't take forever because I'm going to make the skirt myself and it might take awhile.
Here's Serah's outfit (http://www.cosplayful.com/media/catalog/product/s/e/serah_farron.png)

I'm sort of stuck on what to do or where to find the fabric. I'd rather go and buy the fabric from a store but I can't seem to find any local stores with the right pattern or something close to it.


As soon as you said you couldn't find the pattern, I had a feeling it had to be plaid. Plaid has made things difficult in the past for a couple of my cosplays (one I just settled for the closest thing I could find, and the other, I actually spent several hours drawing the lines on with pen). If you find something that is the right pattern but wrong color, as long as it's relatively light, you may have luck dying it red with fabric dye. Other methods I've seen involve sewing the lines on fabric with ribbon or something like it, but obviously that's a very time consuming task.

MeowDesu has good suggestions.  The fabric seems like you might find it in the upholstery/furniture fabric area of the fabric store.  You might see if there's a place near you that does upholstery and see if they carry a similar enough fabric.  Mind you, it will be heavier and stiffer to work with, though.  I made a skirt a few years ago out of furniture fabric and washed it a few times to make it a little softer to work with.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: username_error on April 06, 2011, 10:48:02 PM
kingdom hearts keyblade question:

I am having a heck of a time making Riku's a way to Dawn keyblade. I have tried both Styrofoam board and foam board. I was wondering by chance would it be ok if I can make his blade out of Wood and Clay? Those meduims I know how to use much better than the former.



Clay would be super super super super super heavy. If you're talking about fired clay, it will be breakable and heavy. If polymer it will be incredibly expensive. Wood could work  but I still think you should do styrofoam. There's dense styrofoam which is wonderful for carving and shaping. It's a little pricey but it's amazing and holds shape so well.
http://univfoam.com/products/styrofoam/blocks-and-sheets
A block would be good. It's nice for power sanding.

Also if you go through that route you must MUST MUST coat the foam in some kind of sealer. I recommend Crystal gel, so the spray paint you use doesn't melt the foam.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: ice queen on April 07, 2011, 10:18:35 AM
kingdom hearts keyblade question:

I am having a heck of a time making Riku's a way to Dawn keyblade. I have tried both Styrofoam board and foam board. I was wondering by chance would it be ok if I can make his blade out of Wood and Clay? Those meduims I know how to use much better than the former.



Clay would be super super super super super heavy. If you're talking about fired clay, it will be breakable and heavy. If polymer it will be incredibly expensive. Wood could work  but I still think you should do styrofoam. There's dense styrofoam which is wonderful for carving and shaping. It's a little pricey but it's amazing and holds shape so well.
http://univfoam.com/products/styrofoam/blocks-and-sheets
A block would be good. It's nice for power sanding.

Also if you go through that route you must MUST MUST coat the foam in some kind of sealer. I recommend Crystal gel, so the spray paint you use doesn't melt the foam.

I could give stryofoam a shot again. I have two more boards of it. But I'm afraid it'll break on me again. Making this blade has been uber fustrating.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Hodge Bodge on April 07, 2011, 01:58:24 PM
see if you can get liquid fiberglass to coat the foam. Or you try solid fiberglass blocks, carve them down and shape for you blade.

wear gloves, goggles and face protection working with fiberglass though.  Check out an industrial hardware store.

This is what a friend of mine did for a cosplay one year.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Cartoon Lunatic on April 11, 2011, 09:40:11 PM
I hope i'm putting this post in the right place!

But I need some help with a jacket for a cosplay i'm working on. I plan to do Red Hood from the animated film, Batman: Under The Red Hood. All I really need now, Is the jacket. But how the heck do i obtain such a jacket? Is is made of leather? Leather would cost to much to commision. Basically what i really need to know, is there a place that specialzies in making jackets, and such other garments?

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/gallerypictures/9376L.JPG (http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/gallerypictures/9376L.JPG)

Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: username_error on April 11, 2011, 10:33:29 PM
At Cartoon Lunatic.
doesn't look like leather to me but check out biker jackets or bomber jackets.
Title: I need a wig for a panel...
Post by: Rcsi1 on April 13, 2011, 12:47:34 AM
I'm going to be to be on the "Hetalia Budget Cooking" panel as Canada. I usually use my own hair but was told that in this setting, I need a wig. I've looked online and found that the wigs that look more like his hair than my own but they're currently outside of my budget (as I'm already spending a lot of money on the con hotel, and transportation fares). As I'm not used to looking for cosplay wigs because I use my own hair so much, does anyone know where I can get a reasonably priced Canada wig that's of decent quality?

If not, would any Canada cosplayers be willing to lend me their wigs for the panel? I can even pay so it would be renting rather than borrowing.

I was told I couldn't withdraw from the panel at this point so any advice would be very helpful. Thank you.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: cesspooloflight on April 14, 2011, 03:26:57 PM
Would anyone happen to know how I could make a Yasogami High School emblem patch from Persona 4? Also, how would I a dotted pattern for the jacket?

Reference:http://www.cospa.com/detail/id/00000026328 (http://www.cospa.com/detail/id/00000026328)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Yoko on April 24, 2011, 12:44:10 AM
Cosplay at FanimeCon (5/27-30 San Jose)?

Enjoy shopping of Cosplay outfits at
http://on.fb.me/hKS9Gh
and
http://bit.ly/hPrg8d

Please LIKE! us at j-Grab Fan Page ♡Arigato, Yoko♡

(http://thumbnail.image.rakuten.co.jp/@0_mall/sexyrocks/cabinet/01098454/sec888165.jpg)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Chen-Yakumo on April 24, 2011, 05:50:31 PM
I bought this really cute Chinese kung-fu outfit from either Fanime last year or one of the SacAnimes and wanted to wear it again, but I don't know if any anime character actually wears the outfit.

http://ichigo-uchiha.deviantart.com/gallery/28566721#/d2rf9pw The outfit is #2

Or, if no one in an anime wears that type of costume, I might go as Madotsuki from Yume Nikki. Will I be known if I cosplay Madotsuki? (That's always my problem, I will cosplay characters that no one knows)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Melly on April 24, 2011, 09:38:02 PM
hmm i'm not entirely sure if this is the correct thread to post this but;

any ideas on were to buy a basic/plain corset :v? or know a brand of nice shapewear? .A.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on April 24, 2011, 10:01:35 PM
http://i56.tinypic.com/35li339.jpg

So. I'm in the middle of making that hammer (I'm using a craft foam + cheesecloth method, then covering it in some sort of lightweight clay for the texture and then painting it), but I have no clue what to do about the pole.

I'm thinking maybe PVC pipe (lightweight, sturdy), but I'm afraid it might bend, even though it won't be too long (under 6') and the hammer portion isn't all -that- heavy (though still unfinished). I'm afraid that a wooden pole might be too heavy for me to carry around half the day. Any advice?


Once I get a pole, I want to attach it in a way that it can be removed easily for transport. I was thinking that I could just make a chamber the same size as the end of the pole on the underside of my hammer, but I'm scared of it slipping off too easily. Any advice for that? Could I maybe pad out my pole on the top in order to give it a tighter fit but still make it removeable?


As for the clay, I want something that is air drying but very lightweight. I already have the three main ridges on the shell (built up out of my craft foam), so I just need to define them slightly and build up the spikes. I don't have a lot of clay experience, so I'd like some advice on that, as well.


...and speaking of clay (haha, I have too many questions!), I just thought of another problem. I was going to make the spiraly bit coming off of the bottom of the shell base and wrapping around the pole out of clay, as well. How would I attach that, and would it be sturdier to attach that to the pole itself or to the bottom of the shell? If I attatched it to the shell, it would help hold on the pole, I would think, but would be more delicate once I removed the hammer from the pole. If i attached it to the pole, I'm afraid of it falling off.

Oh God, and I have to figure out how to make those spikes on my armwarmers without poking myself in the eye with them. ;o;


thanks~~
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: username_error on April 25, 2011, 09:40:03 PM
Solution to problem one. Get PVC and put a thick dowel inside of it if you are worried about it bending. you can cover the hole at the bottom with cheesecloth and hot glue
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Tangosucka on April 26, 2011, 12:06:18 AM
I'm in a process of cosplaying as Hunk from Resident Evil and I've reached to a dead end. I've managed to get the black BDU's (battle dress uniform), boots, gloves, helmet, knee & elbow pads, tactical pouches, belt, pistol holster (right thigh), and magazine/pouch holster (left thigh). However, I can't find an accurate gas mask, vest, tan shoulder pads, red reflective lenses, and props (pistol and tmp machine gun) to make it complete. I've went to my local military surplus stores and airsoft stores (I rarely trust ebay and other online stores-sorry, I get skeptical when I give out my credit card number and personal information) and I am STUCK and I am sad how I've gotten this far only to fall to a dead end.

If there are other Hunk cosplayers from the past or anyone that has any suggestions or answers to my situation, please let me know! :D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: DivineVTDragon on April 26, 2011, 04:55:24 PM

I'm thinking maybe PVC pipe (lightweight, sturdy), but I'm afraid it might bend, even though it won't be too long (under 6') and the hammer portion isn't all -that- heavy (though still unfinished). I'm afraid that a wooden pole might be too heavy for me to carry around half the day. Any advice?

Use a thick dowel. They sell these at just about every craft store (I go to Michaels).

Quote
Once I get a pole, I want to attach it in a way that it can be removed easily for transport. I was thinking that I could just make a chamber the same size as the end of the pole on the underside of my hammer, but I'm scared of it slipping off too easily. Any advice for that? Could I maybe pad out my pole on the top in order to give it a tighter fit but still make it removeable?

Use wood glue or any bonder really. Just make sure to sand it afterwords.

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As for the clay, I want something that is air drying but very lightweight. I already have the three main ridges on the shell (built up out of my craft foam), so I just need to define them slightly and build up the spikes. I don't have a lot of clay experience, so I'd like some advice on that, as well.

There are various "clays" you could use.

1) DAS airdray clay: works VERY well and light weight enough to carry around on top of a pole. It's a little bit on the expensive side ($8 for a bag). It dries relatively fast, so using gloves helps out the process a lot. Some problems I've encountered with it is that it tends to leave some bumps if you don't work at it well enough. Problem is fixed with light sanding though. Also, once it's dried you can't really add more on top of the dried clay (it'll slide right off).

2) Sculpy and other assorted brands: Light-wieght, easy to use, but requires you to bake it. It's $4 for a small square, so it's fairly expensive. I only use this for the small details like spikes/swirls/etc.

3) Craft Model Magic: The lightest substance you can get. When I say light, I mean paper light. It's not really clay, but it works just as well for sculpting/kneading. It's also not that expensive ($4 for a bag). Unlike DAS, you can continue to stack more of the product on already dried parts. The only problem is that it is difficult to use because it leaves bumps and will generally annoy you. It's also a tad bit difficult to sand because it's not really a hard product, but more like... dried foam. It takes about 2-3 days to dry, and even then it's still soft. The ways to counter these problems is to sand carefully and seal it after it becomes "hard."

There's one more which name eludes me, but it's basically DAS but better. As such it's more expensive ($11 a bag).


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...and speaking of clay (haha, I have too many questions!), I just thought of another problem. I was going to make the spiraly bit coming off of the bottom of the shell base and wrapping around the pole out of clay, as well. How would I attach that, and would it be sturdier to attach that to the pole itself or to the bottom of the shell? If I attatched it to the shell, it would help hold on the pole, I would think, but would be more delicate once I removed the hammer from the pole. If i attached it to the pole, I'm afraid of it falling off.

Of the clays I mentioned, both sculpy and model magic works fine with the wrapping. I would just make the whole shell connected to the pole via clay (after attaching it properly of course) to make it one big hammer (or were you looking to make it into 2 parts?)

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Oh God, and I have to figure out how to make those spikes on my armwarmers without poking myself in the eye with them. ;o;

Model Magic, it won't hurt much if you poke yourself with it.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on April 27, 2011, 07:13:26 PM
Thanks for all the tips!


For the pole, do they make wooden dowels long enough? I've only seen the short (2-3") kind, not ones 6" tall like I need.

And yes, I'd like the shell part of the hammer removeable from the pole for easier trandport and storage. Any ideas on how to make it so I can take it off when I need but so it will stay on when it is on?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: DivineVTDragon on April 27, 2011, 07:27:35 PM
Thanks for all the tips!


For the pole, do they make wooden dowels long enough? I've only seen the short (2-3") kind, not ones 6" tall like I need.

And yes, I'd like the shell part of the hammer removeable from the pole for easier trandport and storage. Any ideas on how to make it so I can take it off when I need but so it will stay on when it is on?

I would just buy two and bond them together via wood glue.

That is a tricky one (I don't have much expertise in removable staffs), but how I would do it would be to use a dremmel and sand down the pole end/hammer base to make a niche for the pole and hammer and connect them. Though this process takes more time and effort. Shouldn't be TOO hard if you use the clay and make an indentation on where to attach the two.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: username_error on April 27, 2011, 08:33:07 PM
I wouldn't use wood glue. Wood glue and duct tape or something around the outside helping support it.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: DivineVTDragon on April 27, 2011, 11:03:02 PM
I wouldn't use wood glue. Wood glue and duct tape or something around the outside helping support it.

Not sure if that's right, but you just stated not to use wood glue, then advocated using it.

Anyway, duct tape makes things look "last minute" shoddy, and it is VERY hard to paint over it. I would refrain from using it unless you have to. Wood glue when sanded down bonds items tightly together and is easily painted over.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Melly on April 28, 2011, 12:55:55 AM
ok i need help in modifying a dress ;a;

ok so... i'm deciding on which Hachi cosplay to do, i could always fix my last years shirt, or i can do a new one. which i pretty have two choices i wanna do. and one im leaning more towards @.@

basically i need to make this dress;

(http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/8149/nanahachichibibyarchiri.jpg)

and you see i actually made a yellow dress KIND OF like that in high school

http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/3162/dress005.jpg

http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/8286/dress004.jpg

i realize the dress i made isnt as uh.. rounded, but that doesnt really bother me much.

what i need help with is how to uh.. fake the wrap-around-ness of the dress.

i was thinking i could just roundishly cut where i'd have the bow then sew ribbons on top of it and then have like some rounded cut off ness at the bottom (where the "wrap" would meet)

but i'm not 100% sure. i really don't wanna mess with the upper part of the dress cause i dont remember how to sew well LOL.

sorry the ref was huge ;A;;
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: username_error on April 28, 2011, 07:21:50 AM
I wouldn't use wood glue. Wood glue and duct tape or something around the outside helping support it.

Not sure if that's right, but you just stated not to use wood glue, then advocated using it.

Anyway, duct tape makes things look "last minute" shoddy, and it is VERY hard to paint over it. I would refrain from using it unless you have to. Wood glue when sanded down bonds items tightly together and is easily painted over.

I forgot to say "just' wood glue. And this is going inside for a support so who cares if it looks shotty?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on April 28, 2011, 08:52:30 AM
For the pole, do they make wooden dowels long enough? I've only seen the short (2-3") kind, not ones 6" tall like I need.

Home Despot and similar places sell longer wooden poles -- I got a 1" diametre one for this halberd (http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w77/myalchod/Cosplay%20WIP/banner.jpg) and it hardly weighs much of anything -- I think it's actually lighter than an equivalent piece of PVC would be.  (That's about 6 1/2 feet tall, for reference, and cut down from what they sell.)
For me, I attached that halberd head with some heavy-duty magnets (one set on the inside of the halberd head, one set inset into the pole itself), which might work for you.  Depending on the angles, you could also possibly try to peg it together.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on April 30, 2011, 10:07:48 AM
Would anyone happen to know how I could make a Yasogami High School emblem patch from Persona 4? Also, how would I a dotted pattern for the jacket?

Reference:http://www.cospa.com/detail/id/00000026328 (http://www.cospa.com/detail/id/00000026328)
for the dots i would try using fabric paint and paint them on (very carefully) if youre hard pressed and cant find a fabric or somthing that has the pattern same for the patch just paint it really nice and you should be good to go
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kuudere on April 30, 2011, 10:17:18 AM
Would anyone happen to know how I could make a Yasogami High School emblem patch from Persona 4? Also, how would I a dotted pattern for the jacket?

Reference:http://www.cospa.com/detail/id/00000026328 (http://www.cospa.com/detail/id/00000026328)

For the "dotted pattern" are you referring to the dotted stitching or the pattern for the collar? If you're sewing it yourself, it shouldn't be hard to replicate the stitching with white thread. If you're referring to the collar of the jacket, that pattern is called "houndstooth." Do a search for that, and you should come across it.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: JewishCosplayer on April 30, 2011, 07:11:00 PM
Ok, so...I need to buy a wig for my Belarus cosplay. I've decided that Ebay just isn't trust worthy. The couple wigs I've seen that would work from there are stolen pictures, so I don't trust them. I think I'm going to order from Cosplay House, but I'd love if anyone has any feedback on their quality of the wigs. Also do they ship quickly?

I'm debating on getting either of these two wigs. Which do you think is better?

http://www.cosplayhouse.com/General-Wigs-Synthetic-Wigs-Light-Yellow-Medium-Wigs.html

http://www.cosplayhouse.com/General-Wigs-Synthetic-Wigs-Light-Yellow-Medium-Wigs.html

~Thanks ;D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kzuna on April 30, 2011, 08:14:11 PM
hey guys i just recieved a pattern for making the costume from kuroshitsuji and the instructions are all in japanese, is there can anyone here that is fluent in japanese and can help me out with translating it?
Title: Cosplaying- What are the do's and the dont's?
Post by: fawnwings on May 08, 2011, 09:34:17 PM
I'd like to know what's acceptable for Fanime cosplaying and... what's not. Like, if you can dress up as no one specific at all.

Because recently my bud had me looking into Lolita. I know Lolita is more of a fashion thing and less cosplay, but after I bought this really expensive outfit- we did nothing with it! >.< And one of the things I reasoned to myself into buying it is that if nothing else I could wear it at Fanime or whatever. But is this okay? It looks like everyone is wearing designs they made and to be done to look like a character!

>.<
Rue
Title: Shoe Policy?!
Post by: S3r3nity on May 08, 2011, 09:35:45 PM
This is my first time going to this and I am really excited.   I am wondering how strict they are on the shoe policy, as in, can I wear sandals? or do i have to wear shoes?  My character is normally barefoot, so I am trying to adapt to the rules! LOL  HELP!!!!  ???
Title: Re: Cosplaying- What are the do's and the dont's?
Post by: Nina Star 9 on May 08, 2011, 09:50:42 PM
You can wear whatever you want within the bounds of safety and decency.

There are a ton of people in alternative fashions at Fanime every year, of all types (gyaru, goth, steampunk, random non-cosplay but anime-inspired outfits, etc.). There are tons of lolitas (including myself). We even have a picnic and a panel! You should go. :D

And yeah, lolita isn't cosplay at all. It's not "more of a fashion," it -is- a fashion and not a costume. Though, most lolitas seem to go all out and come up with more elaborate outfits for special events like conventions than for regular, daily wear, so you'll be perfectly acceptable, I'm sure.
Title: Re: Shoe Policy?!
Post by: Segakid3 on May 08, 2011, 10:14:41 PM
You can wear sandals, all that maters is you wear something on your feet and not be barefoot.
Title: Re: Shoe Policy?!
Post by: ninjagal6 on May 08, 2011, 10:18:24 PM
Since I dont k ow the character, I can't give specific advice. But when I did a costume that required barefoot ness, I wore flesh color tights over ballet shoes. Gives the illusion of being barefoot but you still have shoes. 
Title: Re: Shoe Policy?!
Post by: Moonblossom on May 09, 2011, 06:12:24 AM
Another thing that apparently works well is flip-flops, either clear ones or ones you have painted to match your skin tone.

The bare minimum is that the soles of your feet do not touch the floor.
Title: Re: Shoe Policy?!
Post by: S3r3nity on May 09, 2011, 08:33:13 AM
Oh thank you all very much!!! this is great news!!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Cosplaying- What are the do's and the dont's?
Post by: mdarkpoet on May 09, 2011, 11:23:27 AM
The only "don't" I can think of is "don't go naked"  ;D
Title: Re: Cosplaying- What are the do's and the dont's?
Post by: microgamer2vs2 on May 09, 2011, 12:18:49 PM
http://www.fanime.com/costume-and-weapon-policy/

Those are the rules, but yeah, the other people above me are right in saying that lolita fashion is perfectly acceptable (quite common actually). Also, it's not like cosplaying is a requirement at anime conventions; you see people in street clothes/not in costume all the time.
Title: Ack, Hoopskirt or Petticoat? i dont know what to pick. :C HELP D:
Post by: Melly on May 09, 2011, 12:21:12 PM
ok so, i got my Euphemia dress for Fanime, but it didn't come with the hoopskirt/petticoat thing. and it really irks me. so i messaged the makers and they told me they're going to give me -some- of my money back so i can buy another one from else were.

the only thing is.. IM CLUELESS ON WHAT TO BUY D':

for one;

i don't know the difference (well i know like.. the basics..)

i know hoop skirts have like rings in them and thats how they stay puffy. as for petticoats i usually see those shorter.. do they make those that long :c? do they even puff out as much :c?

any help would be loved .A. i'm probably going to get it on ebay, and im not sure how much money they are refunding -yet-
Title: Re: Ack, Hoopskirt or Petticoat? i dont know what to pick. :C HELP D:
Post by: redroses3164 on May 09, 2011, 12:24:32 PM
There are long petticoats but they don't "fluff out" as much as hoop skirts (look at wedding petticoats to see some).

Which Euphemia are you doing? A picture of the skirt part would be helpful.
Title: Re: Ack, Hoopskirt or Petticoat? i dont know what to pick. :C HELP D:
Post by: lady_tomoko on May 09, 2011, 12:46:39 PM
For Euphemia, a hoopskirt would work best. Depending on the size of the skirt, I could let you borrow one of mine for the day ur cosplaying as her :)
Title: Re: Ack, Hoopskirt or Petticoat? i dont know what to pick. :C HELP D:
Post by: Melly on May 09, 2011, 12:54:48 PM
There are long petticoats but they don't "fluff out" as much as hoop skirts (look at wedding petticoats to see some).

Which Euphemia are you doing? A picture of the skirt part would be helpful.

i'm doing~...

(http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/7906/48f8e56424227e9df114043.jpg)

c: not the best picture but i always have a hard time finding full body pictures of her @.@;;

For Euphemia, a hoopskirt would work best. Depending on the size of the skirt, I could let you borrow one of mine for the day ur cosplaying as her :)

*O* that would be most helpful and probalby my best opinion to be honest ;~; i'll give you my number and stuff ;v what hotel are you staying at?

and knowing me i'll probalby change in and out of my cosplays daily xD (or thats what i did last year) but for the most part i think ill be wearing it on saturday (gathering, most people, etc) i know im not wearing it friday >3
Title: Re: Ack, Hoopskirt or Petticoat? i dont know what to pick. :C HELP D:
Post by: Dany on May 09, 2011, 01:06:25 PM
Personal recommendation: Ruffled hoopskirt!!

Reason: A hoopskirt will provide the support you need to get the dress to puff out properly. The issue, however is that you will get unsightly hoop-showtrough if it's not padded a bit.

A petticoat can puff things out, but the weight of a dress can squish it down just as fast.

A hoopskirt under a petticoat might work, but you stil may have some hoop show-through in your dress if there are no ruffles to mask it.

A ruffled hoopskirt will take care of both issues in one garment, and it comes in varying sizes so you have a choice in the matter.  Check between Google searches and eBay and you may be able to get a good deal.  Hope that helps a bit!
Title: Re: Ack, Hoopskirt or Petticoat? i dont know what to pick. :C HELP D:
Post by: lady_tomoko on May 09, 2011, 02:10:55 PM
Ok ^^ glad to be of some help. PM me and I can give you my number and what hotel I'm staying at. As to what Dany said, I actually do have a hoop skirt that is slighty ruffly. I also have one that is not, but it has a bit more volume to it. I can bring both so you can take your pick.
Title: Re: Shoe Policy?!
Post by: Persona on May 09, 2011, 02:26:00 PM
I've also seen the super ghetto clear tape with cardboard -- technically not barefoot but probably the closest you can get.
Title: Re: Shoe Policy?!
Post by: Moonblossom on May 09, 2011, 03:19:32 PM
Are those even acceptable? I suspect if someone caught you with them, you'd get in trouble...
Title: Re: Shoe Policy?!
Post by: Persona on May 09, 2011, 05:36:00 PM
I think the person who did that actually did get in trouble before she put them on, so it's possible they are kind of acceptable? They're really not any worse or better than flip flops, though, IMO.
Title: Should I buy this lolita/gyaru wig?
Post by: mimikku on May 09, 2011, 08:46:14 PM
I want to buy this wig below
but im not sure if i really want it, i'll be wearing it for either a lolita or gyaru look
that is what i look like below
do you think i would look good or not?


(http://cosplaywigsusa.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/Long_Curly_Split_4db8aa1d1a5c8.jpg)

(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/225659_10150175410187610_705622609_7545768_2589858_n.jpg)

Title: Re: Should I buy this lolita/gyaru wig?
Post by: koolcalcat1 on May 09, 2011, 09:19:31 PM
Oh it would be perfect with your eyes! There so doll like!
Title: Re: Shoe Policy?!
Post by: S3r3nity on May 09, 2011, 10:06:22 PM
WOW, cardboard and clear tape... that is pretty ghetto!  I think i will just stick to sandals or ballet slippers!!
Title: Re: Should I buy this lolita/gyaru wig?
Post by: Melly on May 09, 2011, 11:25:27 PM
i think if you were going for a gyaru look i'd stick with a soild color wig c:
Title: Re: Should I buy this lolita/gyaru wig?
Post by: mimikku on May 09, 2011, 11:40:17 PM
but there are some famous gyaru that has 2-tone hair
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Yoko on May 12, 2011, 03:40:06 AM
Found Facebook album featuring lots of cosplay  ;) http://on.fb.me/hKS9Gh
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MyMidnightAffair on May 12, 2011, 08:22:38 PM
I have a question about wigs/clip ons:

Does anyone have any idea as to where I can find black pig tail clip ons, or black pig-tail wigs?
I'm still searching for a wig to complete my Kyubei Yagyu cosplay.

I have been considering ordering a $34 wig online [free shipping.], but I do not have a PayPal account.
I also have thought of asking on of my friends to do it, but I'm still unsure.

This is what the $34 wig looks like : http://www.ecrater.com/p/10996009/gintama-yagyu-kyubei-in-girls-dress

My friend recently told me of a hair store in Eastridge Mall [San Jose] that sell wigs, but she couldn't remember whether they sold clip ons.

What do you guys think; Should I go for the online-shopping & ask a friend, or check Eastridge Mall first before shopping online?

Thanks!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Melly on May 13, 2011, 01:54:51 AM
I have a question about wigs/clip ons:

Does anyone have any idea as to where I can find black pig tail clip ons, or black pig-tail wigs?
I'm still searching for a wig to complete my Kyubei Yagyu cosplay.

I have been considering ordering a $34 wig online [free shipping.], but I do not have a PayPal account.
I also have thought of asking on of my friends to do it, but I'm still unsure.

This is what the $34 wig looks like : http://www.ecrater.com/p/10996009/gintama-yagyu-kyubei-in-girls-dress

My friend recently told me of a hair store in Eastridge Mall [San Jose] that sell wigs, but she couldn't remember whether they sold clip ons.

What do you guys think; Should I go for the online-shopping & ask a friend, or check Eastridge Mall first before shopping online?

Thanks!

ive seen tons of wigs like that on ebay C: ive also seen just clip ons (like no base if your hair is long enough and black)

but i would kind of suggest not ordering online (Since it is like.. two weeks away and who knows when it will get there :() unless of course you did the like express shipping @_@;

as for wig stores ive never been in one so i cant really help there D:
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kuudere on May 14, 2011, 09:15:37 AM
I have a question about wigs/clip ons:

Does anyone have any idea as to where I can find black pig tail clip ons, or black pig-tail wigs?
I'm still searching for a wig to complete my Kyubei Yagyu cosplay.

I have been considering ordering a $34 wig online [free shipping.], but I do not have a PayPal account.
I also have thought of asking on of my friends to do it, but I'm still unsure.

This is what the $34 wig looks like : http://www.ecrater.com/p/10996009/gintama-yagyu-kyubei-in-girls-dress

My friend recently told me of a hair store in Eastridge Mall [San Jose] that sell wigs, but she couldn't remember whether they sold clip ons.

What do you guys think; Should I go for the online-shopping & ask a friend, or check Eastridge Mall first before shopping online?

Thanks!

Well, there is a way to still order online and get it in time...you just have to shop in local ebay sellers. The problem with that is that they charge more (but you'd probably end up paying as much or more by expediting the shipping if it were from China, so it kind of evens out). Here are some black clip ons (no base wig) that are located in California and can ship within 1-3 days:
http://cgi.ebay.com/2-50-Black-Ponytail-clipon-Wig-28B1-3-day-US-shipping-/390251515688?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item5adccd8f28#ht_3534wt_1139
http://cgi.ebay.com/50-Black-Rock-Shooter-clipon-Wig-28B-3-day-US-shipping-/390251839085?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item5adcd27e6d#ht_3534wt_1139
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MyMidnightAffair on May 14, 2011, 01:45:57 PM


Well, there is a way to still order online and get it in time...you just have to shop in local ebay sellers. The problem with that is that they charge more (but you'd probably end up paying as much or more by expediting the shipping if it were from China, so it kind of evens out). Here are some black clip ons (no base wig) that are located in California and can ship within 1-3 days:
http://cgi.ebay.com/2-50-Black-Ponytail-clipon-Wig-28B1-3-day-US-shipping-/390251515688?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item5adccd8f28#ht_3534wt_1139
http://cgi.ebay.com/50-Black-Rock-Shooter-clipon-Wig-28B-3-day-US-shipping-/390251839085?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item5adcd27e6d#ht_3534wt_1139

  Thanks for your help Meow Desu & Melly!
I looked through eBay once more for pony tail clip ons/wigs, & I found a similar style here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/BLACK-PONYTAIL-PARTY-COSPLAY-VOCALOID-HATSUNE-MIKU-WIG-/300496501496?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item45f6fcbaf8#ht_2058wt_1139

It seems legit, plus, the shipping is estimated b/w May. 17 &  May. 19.
Does this alright?

Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Kuudere on May 15, 2011, 12:47:32 AM


Well, there is a way to still order online and get it in time...you just have to shop in local ebay sellers. The problem with that is that they charge more (but you'd probably end up paying as much or more by expediting the shipping if it were from China, so it kind of evens out). Here are some black clip ons (no base wig) that are located in California and can ship within 1-3 days:
http://cgi.ebay.com/2-50-Black-Ponytail-clipon-Wig-28B1-3-day-US-shipping-/390251515688?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item5adccd8f28#ht_3534wt_1139
http://cgi.ebay.com/50-Black-Rock-Shooter-clipon-Wig-28B-3-day-US-shipping-/390251839085?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item5adcd27e6d#ht_3534wt_1139

  Thanks for your help Meow Desu & Melly!
I looked through eBay once more for pony tail clip ons/wigs, & I found a similar style here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/BLACK-PONYTAIL-PARTY-COSPLAY-VOCALOID-HATSUNE-MIKU-WIG-/300496501496?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item45f6fcbaf8#ht_2058wt_1139

It seems legit, plus, the shipping is estimated b/w May. 17 &  May. 19.
Does this alright?



Yeah, actually, that's not too bad, especially since it's in the states and you don't have to deal with the whole customs step. I'd message them and let them know you're on a deadline, just in case.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: TwistedFayt on May 15, 2011, 08:27:31 AM
I'm looking to buy overalls for a potential Mario cosplay but even Goodwill doesn't seem to have them. :/ Does anyone know of a store that carries them?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MyMidnightAffair on May 15, 2011, 11:21:55 AM


Well, there is a way to still order online and get it in time...you just have to shop in local ebay sellers. The problem with that is that they charge more (but you'd probably end up paying as much or more by expediting the shipping if it were from China, so it kind of evens out). Here are some black clip ons (no base wig) that are located in California and can ship within 1-3 days:
http://cgi.ebay.com/2-50-Black-Ponytail-clipon-Wig-28B1-3-day-US-shipping-/390251515688?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item5adccd8f28#ht_3534wt_1139
http://cgi.ebay.com/50-Black-Rock-Shooter-clipon-Wig-28B-3-day-US-shipping-/390251839085?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item5adcd27e6d#ht_3534wt_1139

  Thanks for your help Meow Desu & Melly!
I looked through eBay once more for pony tail clip ons/wigs, & I found a similar style here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/BLACK-PONYTAIL-PARTY-COSPLAY-VOCALOID-HATSUNE-MIKU-WIG-/300496501496?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item45f6fcbaf8#ht_2058wt_1139

Okay, sounds good. Hopefully, I'll be able to proceed with this order in time. :)
It seems legit, plus, the shipping is estimated b/w May. 17 &  May. 19.
Does this alright?



Yeah, actually, that's not too bad, especially since it's in the states and you don't have to deal with the whole customs step. I'd message them and let them know you're on a deadline, just in case.
Title: Help Needed :c - for anyone who has used a wig with some sort of add-on
Post by: Melly on May 20, 2011, 01:08:06 AM
Alright so, i have my Euphemia wig

which has like add-on buns

and i mean they're cute and all but..

they dont stay on for life of them :l

and like.. the buns have like built in clips or whatever

but they're both on the same side -____-;;;;;;.

so i'm wondering if i could get some tips/hints on how to securely attach them.

i have bobby pins, but the buns are like... on a hard ish looking thing so they don't really work that great either :(
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: TurtleSayuri on May 24, 2011, 09:23:58 PM
So for the upcoming Fanime I was thinking of going as a Punk Loli but I have some questions. I am using this tutorial. http://www.thimble.ca/?p=168 I was wondering if for punk would it be best to use blue plaid or red plaid? I prefer blue but I usually see red skirts. I forgot the other questions *headdesk*
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: FireDracon on May 26, 2011, 08:47:03 AM
Anyone going to be there with a sowing machine, i have last min sowing that needs to be done. but need to leave in like a hour or two and i dont have anyone to finish the sowing.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: yumicchi88 on June 01, 2011, 11:32:46 PM
Who are some characters that are:
- girl
- silly
- weird
- smiles/ laughs a lot
- not too tall
- cute rather than cool
- likes to sing ( this is optional)
- short to medium long hair

Why? because this is my personality, and i want to cosplay something close to myself next year! comments please!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: amaya_JDB on June 02, 2011, 12:24:31 AM
Question:
I'm looking for black pistols for my outfit for next year, but the only ones I can find are airsoft guns (which is a big no-no according to weapons policy). Is there a place I can buy fake ones or do something with the airsoft ones so I can't use it?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: FireDracon on June 02, 2011, 07:08:04 PM
buy some toy guns and paint them?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AnimefanJJ on June 03, 2011, 12:47:03 AM
Stitcher here(hand sewer) if you have any questions on hand sewing im me or just quote me here.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Umbrallina on June 28, 2011, 01:59:05 AM
U-uh.. hi ... this is my first time cosplaying something with alittle tiny bit more effort...

im cosplaying Stocking from Panty Stocking and Garterbelt... the Fly away version...

and uhm her stocking..

as shown here --> (http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y165/MoonFaerie_Willow/stocking.jpg)

oh... sorry if the image is too large... im not good at internet shortcuts....

uhm... anyways... her stocking sock...

i bought thigh high white socks already and was planning to cut the actual foot part and wear that...

but the question is.... uhm.. how do i go about getting the wide blue stripes on it....

ive researched and looked for thigh high wide striped blue socks.. but none of them fit the criteria...

and ive also looked into dyeing... but it would be impossible to get to be a perfect line...

and ive been thinking maybe getting acrylic paint + fabric medium and painting it on? ... but ive never done it before and dont want to fail...

any tips or help please? c:
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on June 30, 2011, 11:07:21 AM
and ive been thinking maybe getting acrylic paint + fabric medium and painting it on? ... but ive never done it before and dont want to fail...

any tips or help please? c:

Use painter's tape to mark your lines -- that'll give you a crisper edge than (usually) just freehanding will.  Also, make absolutely sure you get a fabric paint that will stretch if the sock will be stretched around your leg (which it looks like it is).  In your shoes, I'd mark (very lightly, with a chalk pen or fade-away marker) where each line should go while I was wearing the sock and then slide it over cardboard or suchlike to keep it taut and from sticking to itself while I painted.

If you're cutting the foot off the sock, make sure to hem it so that it doesn't unravel further -- and you can always use the cut-off bit to test your paints out -- see if you have to worry about things like wicking, how stretchy it'll be after, etc.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: FireDracon on August 03, 2011, 06:30:06 PM
Im thinking of going to be cosplaying something rather difficult. Well least i think its difficult. Im planning on being one of the knights from White knight Chronicles. Either the White Knight or the Dragon knight. Images below. Was wondering how i should do the armor. Was thinking Cardboard. but was wondering if there was something better. that wont get ruined during transportation.
(http://uk.playstation.com/media/0dbioSXB/WhiteKinghtChronicles_Hero.JPG)
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c394/4635/DragonKnight.png)


Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on August 07, 2011, 02:13:11 PM
Im thinking of going to be cosplaying something rather difficult. Well least i think its difficult. Im planning on being one of the knights from White knight Chronicles. Either the White Knight or the Dragon knight. Images below. Was wondering how i should do the armor. Was thinking Cardboard. but was wondering if there was something better. that wont get ruined during transportation.
I'd say wonderflex plastic (look it up you can buy it online)
orrr you can use craft foam :D you can buy it at walmart for 5$ a pack and there's tutorials online on how to do it
craft foam is lighter, wonderflex is sturdier but a little more pricey but they will both give you a better armor look than cardboard



Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: ThunderMuffn on August 09, 2011, 10:34:09 PM
Also, make absolutely sure you get a fabric paint that will stretch if the sock will be stretched around your leg (which it looks like it is).  In your shoes, I'd mark (very lightly, with a chalk pen or fade-away marker) where each line should go while I was wearing the sock and then slide it over cardboard or suchlike to keep it taut and from sticking to itself while I painted.
I think the paint you use will make a big difference here: liquid paints that you apply via brush tend not to stretch as well as the aerosol spray-on paints. For these, I'm speaking of fabric paint only: you might be able to use generic old spray paint, but I have no good experiences with the stuff!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: FireDracon on August 10, 2011, 07:18:07 PM
im looking for someone in the 707 area that might be able to help me make my costume. i decided to go with the dragon knight. casue well it looks bad ass.
Title: Does It Count?
Post by: RowanRavensong on September 03, 2011, 08:03:32 AM
Hello all. I am going to cosplay Hello Kitty for Samhain... Halloween (I more or less use to calling it Samhain sorry if I refer to it as that.). Anyway so I am getting the costume from Spirit. There was one I wanted to do last year, but this year I lost a bet and now I am obligated to wear it (even in front of my parents.). I even have to go out and about on Samhain dressed like this. I mean I dont have a problem with it because I will be in a more open minded area of town.

I was wonderig if a costume from Spirit REALLY counts as a "Cosplay."
I ask so that if it is approved so I can wear it to Fanime.

I will paste the picture below but let me embelish my few changes. Ok so I am going to wear the initial costume, but I am going to wear shear white (OR Ideally Soft or Baby Pink) Ruffle Butt shorts, and white GoGo boots (If I can find it I will attach a red bow to each boot.) Of course I will paint whiskers on myself to more capture the effect.

So what do you guys think?
And here is the picture;

(http://images.spirithalloween.com/images/spirit/products/processed/01118264.zoom.a.jpg)
Title: Re: Does It Count?
Post by: maikiritori on September 03, 2011, 08:17:56 AM
First and foremost, I don't think the costume pictured will be an issue. I would be careful with the sheer white as it may end up showing some naughty bits.
Next, the word cosplay is just short for "costume play", so any costume can be cosplay. Having said that, there are some cosplayers out there that are a little bit snooty; if you didn't make it, it's not really cosplay. Don't listen to the snooty ones, because ANY costume can be cosplay.
If you have any other questions, or are just looking for ideas, the Cosplay Help Me! thread (can be found here: http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,13581.0.html ) is really useful. And, of course there is always the very important...

The Weapons and Peace Bonding and Costume Policy, which can be found here: http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,16577.0.html

I hope this helps. If you have any problems, questions or just want to hang out during con; please stop by the Cosplayer Gatherings Department table or the Cosplayer Hangout. ;) We'll be glad to have you.
Title: Re: Does It Count?
Post by: RowanRavensong on September 03, 2011, 08:30:59 AM
haha well thats a bit of help but here....;
Quote
I would be careful with the sheer white as it may end up showing some naughty bits.
Uhm almost any leggings on me will be sheer, haha I have bigger legs, not thunder thighs... but I have strong legs, I use to do Ballet, and then moved for 2 years of Tai Chi (I did it so I force my body against itself I tense up when I do Tai Chi to get some strength in it as Master taught me to do). So I have some muscle haha.

But of course I will cover up the "naughties" of the costume. I mean I am secure with myself, but not so secure as to have another "Man-Fay" Incident (I dont know if you were there for that- or have even heard of it, but it DID happen at Fanime lol)

And of course I dont listen to the snoots. I kinda just blow them off more often than not. Although I am guilty of being a snoot when someone just tosses something together and does not put any heart into it. I just told them "You call that Cosplay? Put some heart and pride into your work, it does not even have to be expensive."
But thats the farthest I will go as being a snootie snoot.

Anyway yeah, thanks, that was a good bit of info. IF YOU CAN THINK OF ANYTHING I CAN DO TO MAKE THIS A BIT LESS "NAUGHTY" LET ME KNOW! =D
(P.S I will not take answers like "dont wear it", "dress your own gender", or "just wear pants"
Title: Re: Does It Count?
Post by: BunofGovt on September 03, 2011, 02:54:15 PM
If you're worried about under the skirt, you could always wear some puffy bloomer shorts underneath.  That might give the skirt a little more flounciness, too.
Title: Re: Does It Count?
Post by: maikiritori on September 03, 2011, 08:13:32 PM
some puffy bloomer shorts
<3 Bloomers<3
Title: Re: Does It Count?
Post by: bahamutknightzero on September 04, 2011, 12:58:35 AM
Regarding the leggings problem, have you considered tights (kind of like the ones they sell at American Apparel which are solid and don't show skin)?
Title: Re: Does It Count?
Post by: Glitch on September 04, 2011, 05:49:46 PM
As long as you behave yourself, it's all good.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kagome437 on September 06, 2011, 04:06:39 PM
Hey i posted this under the "looking for.." 2012 thread but was directed to post this piece here, I'm hoping someone can help me. so here i go.

 My second Cosplay is the one I'm worried about the most this year. It will be the first time I've taken on something this difficult. (note: I'm still a newbie). I will be cosplaying as Majeh from King of Hell. his envoy version that shows up in the first 2 books (alternate coloring)(pictures at bottom) . This has been over a year project. I'm fearful of traveling with such an overly styled wig. so any tips for traveling with it would be helpful. (we are driving if that helps). Also any tips for styling would be great because I'm working with an cosworx Ivy wig, that i have just dyed to the perfect color and am still trying to figure out how to make his hair arc. the difficulty I'm having with his hair, i would like it to look like his hair, but still retain its movement that it shows inside the book.
so any and all advice is much appreciated.

(cute little collage i made of his hair angles) >_<
(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t255/kagome437/majeh.jpg)



Title: Re: Does It Count?
Post by: MikuMayhem on September 15, 2011, 12:23:31 PM
Anyway yeah, thanks, that was a good bit of info. IF YOU CAN THINK OF ANYTHING I CAN DO TO MAKE THIS A BIT LESS "NAUGHTY" LET ME KNOW! =D
(P.S I will not take answers like "dont wear it", "dress your own gender", or "just wear pants"

As BunofGovt said, I'm sure bloomers would work, and if you combined those with white stockings or tights under the bloomers, I'm sure it would be fine (even the sheer ones). You could probably even find ruffly bloomers. (which, you know, I will be totally jealous of~ xD )

Good luck~
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BunofGovt on September 16, 2011, 10:13:40 PM
Hey i posted this under the "looking for.." 2012 thread but was directed to post this piece here, I'm hoping someone can help me. so here i go.

 My second Cosplay is the one I'm worried about the most this year. It will be the first time I've taken on something this difficult. (note: I'm still a newbie). I will be cosplaying as Majeh from King of Hell. his envoy version that shows up in the first 2 books (alternate coloring)(pictures at bottom) . This has been over a year project. I'm fearful of traveling with such an overly styled wig. so any tips for traveling with it would be helpful. (we are driving if that helps). Also any tips for styling would be great because I'm working with an cosworx Ivy wig, that i have just dyed to the perfect color and am still trying to figure out how to make his hair arc. the difficulty I'm having with his hair, i would like it to look like his hair, but still retain its movement that it shows inside the book.
so any and all advice is much appreciated.

(cute little collage i made of his hair angles) >_<
(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t255/kagome437/majeh.jpg)

I'm new to styling wigs so I hope someone else will chime in with advice.  Try this first with someone else's hair or another wig.  Ladies used to get their hair in a bouffant style by 'ratting' it.  Take a section of hair, hold it straight up with one hand, then use a comb in the other hand to lightly comb down one side of the section of hair.  This creates a sort of rat's nest affect.  The rat's nest becomes the base or support, and then smooth the top layer of hair over it. Spray to hold in place.

OR

Can you try putting something like a styrofoam block or paper cone as a base under the hair, and then glue or use doublesided tape to hold the hair in place?  I'm not sure I described that too clearly, sorry.  I've seen it in a magazine.  Get something that is the shape of the arc you want and cover it glue or tape, then carefully lay the hair on top of that.  I don't know if you'd be able to get the 'shape' under the hair enough so you could glue it.  In the magazine, they actually had hair from a second wig I think to cover with, and then attached the whole piece on the first wig.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: maikiritori on September 17, 2011, 03:49:02 AM
Hey i posted this under the "looking for.." 2012 thread but was directed to post this piece here, I'm hoping someone can help me. so here i go.

 My second Cosplay is the one I'm worried about the most this year. It will be the first time I've taken on something this difficult. (note: I'm still a newbie). I will be cosplaying as Majeh from King of Hell. his envoy version that shows up in the first 2 books (alternate coloring)(pictures at bottom) . This has been over a year project. I'm fearful of traveling with such an overly styled wig. so any tips for traveling with it would be helpful. (we are driving if that helps). Also any tips for styling would be great because I'm working with an cosworx Ivy wig, that i have just dyed to the perfect color and am still trying to figure out how to make his hair arc. the difficulty I'm having with his hair, i would like it to look like his hair, but still retain its movement that it shows inside the book.
so any and all advice is much appreciated.

(cute little collage i made of his hair angles) >_<
(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t255/kagome437/majeh.jpg)

I'm new to styling wigs so I hope someone else will chime in with advice.  Try this first with someone else's hair or another wig.  Ladies used to get their hair in a bouffant style by 'ratting' it.  Take a section of hair, hold it straight up with one hand, then use a comb in the other hand to lightly comb down one side of the section of hair.  This creates a sort of rat's nest affect.  The rat's nest becomes the base or support, and then smooth the top layer of hair over it. Spray to hold in place.

OR

Can you try putting something like a styrofoam block or paper cone as a base under the hair, and then glue or use doublesided tape to hold the hair in place?  I'm not sure I described that too clearly, sorry.  I've seen it in a magazine.  Get something that is the shape of the arc you want and cover it glue or tape, then carefully lay the hair on top of that.  I don't know if you'd be able to get the 'shape' under the hair enough so you could glue it.  In the magazine, they actually had hair from a second wig I think to cover with, and then attached the whole piece on the first wig.

You could also paint the base (if you're using Styrofoam or paper) to the same color as the wig. It'll save you monies in the long run, as extra wigs or pony falls could cost some major moolah.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Ruiichu on October 04, 2011, 07:12:34 PM
excuse me! Does anyone here know how to attach a BIG hollow tail to a costume? x.x

it's kinda like this... --->(http://i362.photobucket.com/albums/oo66/KiddyKite/zekhow.png)

the outfit im wearing in like a one piece boyshort styled swimsuit thing >: ! thank you!!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BunofGovt on October 04, 2011, 08:42:14 PM
re the Zekrom's tail:  this is the Pokemon character?  In the picture I googled, it looks like there is another section from his rear end into the opening.  Unless it's his tail that goes into the opening (like it's a cover of some kind for the tail).  The connecting section makes it resemble a mushroom (stem part, then the cap/tail) of sorts (not really but just so I get the general idea of the shape).  You may have to build the connecting section and then add belt straps of some kind to hold it in place.  I can't imagine that you'd be able to just sew it on.  Would you be able to manage attaching it to a pair of shorts, then putting on the shorts?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Ruiichu on October 05, 2011, 12:02:52 PM
re the Zekrom's tail:  this is the Pokemon character?  In the picture I googled, it looks like there is another section from his rear end into the opening.  Unless it's his tail that goes into the opening (like it's a cover of some kind for the tail).  The connecting section makes it resemble a mushroom (stem part, then the cap/tail) of sorts (not really but just so I get the general idea of the shape).  You may have to build the connecting section and then add belt straps of some kind to hold it in place.  I can't imagine that you'd be able to just sew it on.  Would you be able to manage attaching it to a pair of shorts, then putting on the shorts?

Ah its a ginjinka that i made xD. Hm a belt huh? Yeah i assumed that having the connecting plug thing would make it too difficult but i guess from the sounds of it its nessicary? oof x.x i dont think i could do shorts... it wouldnt make my cosplay look as clean in my design but that would have been a good idea... looks like ill have to redraw my bottom to make sure it attachs well xD ( Thanks for the belt idea : D i just have to find a way to hide it somehow!)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: maikiritori on October 06, 2011, 04:22:38 AM
Ah its a ginjinka that i made xD. Hm a belt huh? Yeah i assumed that having the connecting plug thing would make it too difficult but i guess from the sounds of it its nessicary? oof x.x i dont think i could do shorts... it wouldnt make my cosplay look as clean in my design but that would have been a good idea... looks like ill have to redraw my bottom to make sure it attachs well xD ( Thanks for the belt idea : D i just have to find a way to hide it somehow!)
Maybe you could make a kind of belt-type harness (I'm thinking of something similar to what climbers use) to wear under outfit. If you use the right kind of materials, and have the clasps in places that are more easily hidden (back by the tail area, inner thigh (back part of inner thigh) area) and you have a kind of flow-y skirt to cover the lumps... You'd end up with a sturdy support for the tail and connector piece, a fairly clean looking bottom for the outfit, and it would somewhat fit with the pokemon basis for your ginjinka.
Title: Help Needed
Post by: tehesillytoast on October 20, 2011, 02:36:54 PM
So I am looking to create an amazing costume for the character Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars the Clone Wars. However I am a beginner at cosplaying and don't quite know where to begin exactly :( Can anyone point me in a positive direction?

If you follow the link it has a picture of the back. (im looking to create her season 3-4 outfit)
http://www.starwars.com/explore/encyclopedia/characters/ahsokatano/#!/about
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Phantom Roxas on October 21, 2011, 01:59:34 PM
I typically don't make costumes, as I rather buy them. Does anyone know where I might be able to buy a cosplay of Vanitas from Kingdom Hearts?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Ruiichu on October 26, 2011, 09:52:33 PM
ah hello again this thread >:
looks like im havin another problem lol... [thank you bunofgovt for the help on the last one]

so i made a sword out of hard board and then covered it in paper mache... only to find out later when i painted it that its quite uneven and i can see the lines where the papers overlap and stuff... i was wondering... is there something i can put over the sword? i dunno i heard paper clay is smooth and nice?  But im not sure if i should or not x.x [if you need more details or even pictures im happy to provide x:]
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: amaya_JDB on October 29, 2011, 03:09:18 AM
I'm trying to do a Shigure cosplay (from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple) and I have no clue what to do with the zig-zag eyebrows most of the characters have. And also she has a very short outfit, so if I wore something thin underneath so my you-know-what isn't showing would that look weird?

http://kenichi.wikia.com/wiki/Shigure_Kosaka (her eyebrows aren't shown very well here >.> but it's the best pic I can get without it being fan-base hentai)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kane64 on October 31, 2011, 02:03:07 AM
Okay, so I have a friend of mine who really wants to do a Gundam Suit. But he wants to make it look legit, so no cardboard or cheap plastics.
Anybody have some suggestions to help out, like where to go to get supplies, how to make molds or who is willing to help out with the build??
Here is a basic model for reference for those who don't know what I am talking about.
(as if someone on here wouldn't know what a Gundam is)
(http://images.wikia.com/gundam/images/f/f5/Gundam_characteristics.jpg)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BunofGovt on October 31, 2011, 09:07:35 PM
I'm trying to do a Shigure cosplay (from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple) and I have no clue what to do with the zig-zag eyebrows most of the characters have. And also she has a very short outfit, so if I wore something thin underneath so my you-know-what isn't showing would that look weird?

http://kenichi.wikia.com/wiki/Shigure_Kosaka (her eyebrows aren't shown very well here >.> but it's the best pic I can get without it being fan-base hentai)

I think you could either shave your eyebrows or cover them with some kind of foundation make up to make them almost unnoticeable. Then use an eyebrow pencil or liner to draw the zig zag pattern on, if not the pencil type, then the fine brush type (like a tiny paintbrush) .  Try going to a makeup counter at a department store like Macy's or Nordstrom's and see if one of the staff can assist you with the proper foundation or cover-up type make up.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: heeroyuy135 on November 04, 2011, 10:14:53 PM
I'm planning on cosplaying from Anime!Producer-san from THE iDOLM@STER. I got everything down except for the tie. The problem I'm having is keeping the stripes on the knot if I use a traditional tie. Would a clip-on tie or a zip-up tie be more effective here?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MikuMayhem on November 18, 2011, 02:52:54 AM
I'm planning on cosplaying from Anime!Producer-san from THE iDOLM@STER. I got everything down except for the tie. The problem I'm having is keeping the stripes on the knot if I use a traditional tie. Would a clip-on tie or a zip-up tie be more effective here?

I don't have a whole lot of experience with either kind of ties (I usually just use normal ties), and none at all with the clip-on ones, but I'd think that the zip up one would stay on better. Also, seeing as you don't have to tie or untie either, however the stripes are on the knot won't change. I guess it all comes down to whether you can find a zip up (or clip-on, really) one in the right colors and stripe width and whatnot... 
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on November 27, 2011, 04:55:49 PM
I'm trying to do a Shigure cosplay (from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple) and I have no clue what to do with the zig-zag eyebrows most of the characters have. And also she has a very short outfit, so if I wore something thin underneath so my you-know-what isn't showing would that look weird?

http://kenichi.wikia.com/wiki/Shigure_Kosaka (her eyebrows aren't shown very well here >.> but it's the best pic I can get without it being fan-base hentai)
What you do is get stick glue (yes the stuff you used in kindergarden) and cover your eyebrows in it, let it dry then cover with foundation. It'll hide them really well
Title: Re: Help Needed
Post by: Rebeccakh on November 27, 2011, 05:07:26 PM
So I am looking to create an amazing costume for the character Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars the Clone Wars. However I am a beginner at cosplaying and don't quite know where to begin exactly :( Can anyone point me in a positive direction?

If you follow the link it has a picture of the back. (im looking to create her season 3-4 outfit)
http://www.starwars.com/explore/encyclopedia/characters/ahsokatano/#!/about
First you'll have to either be really tan or get costume makeup for her orange skin (or you could get that rub on fake tan stuff lol)
I'm not sure what you'd do about her head tentacles but research techniques for doing stuff like that it'll give you good ideas.

Find clothes that look similar to hers and modify, like her pants? Get some grey leggings and cut the shapes out on the side because its easier to mod pre existing clothing than buying a bunch of fabric and trying to make it yourself your first time.

And above all don't give up, don't procrastinate, and don't worry! Even if you do an ok job, people will still like your costume if you try your hardest. (The people at fanime are the nicest i've met at cons <3 )  and if anyone tries to tell you your costume is ugly or make you feel bad, they're either snooty cosplayers or mean hecklers.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: LadyGlitterbow on November 27, 2011, 09:14:18 PM
I typically don't make costumes, as I rather buy them. Does anyone know where I might be able to buy a cosplay of Vanitas from Kingdom Hearts?

I would check out the marketplace on cosplay.com cause people are always selling gently used cosplays, especially from Kingdom Hearts. If you are lucky you might find something on a deal! If not, there are also ads on that site to get a commissioned cosplay. Good luck!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rin_chan on November 27, 2011, 11:48:53 PM
Making my cosplay for the first time this year, pretty much sewing it all myself which I've never done, but think I can handle it. But I do have a few questions about body armor, I have no idea how to start it or what I should use and how to make it look nice.

Does anyone know any good websites or other cosplay forums I could get good info on?

(http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/4532/39768/Eucliwood-Hellscythe-1.png)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: azreale on November 28, 2011, 12:04:59 AM
http://jiajem.com/tutorials/armor/ I really like this method of making nice looking, lightweight armor
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rin_chan on November 28, 2011, 08:28:10 PM
http://jiajem.com/tutorials/armor/ I really like this method of making nice looking, lightweight armor

That's really awesome, I never thought of using that stuff before. Thanks :3
Title: Custom Cosplay and A Little Help???
Post by: sickeningsweet on December 03, 2011, 09:22:17 PM
I apologize if my posts are tiring or ridiculous sounding... BUT, I am also going as my own OC during Fanime. She is a semi-gothic/victorian geisha. My only issue is finding a name for her. The costume is altogether, but the name is not. Any suggestions??? ???
Title: Re: Custom Cosplay and A Little Help???
Post by: sickeningsweet on December 14, 2011, 11:46:51 PM
Annnnd..... problem solved :)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: tea on December 18, 2011, 11:00:48 PM
Would anyone happen to know a simple way to sew on dragon "spines" down the middle of a sweatshirt hood? Do I just take a scissor to the hood and..cut?

Aaaa sorry if the answer is obvious! I have no..skill in sewing..at all..
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: amaya_JDB on December 19, 2011, 09:23:30 PM
Having a dilemma here. Ok....so my fiance is currently trying to lose weight to cosplay Sebastian (Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji) but it's gonna be a while (maybe a couple years). Until then I'm figuring out who to cosplay to work with him. I'm too tall for Ciel (5' vs 5' 7" >.>;;; ), so I'm stuck between Grell and Mey-Rin. But...if height shouldn't play a factor then I'm stick with THREE choices.

Here's me:
http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af108/amaya_JDB/198208_10150116712639081_562139080_6468214_8319719_n-1.jpg
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on January 01, 2012, 12:29:11 AM
Would anyone happen to know a simple way to sew on dragon "spines" down the middle of a sweatshirt hood? Do I just take a scissor to the hood and..cut?

Aaaa sorry if the answer is obvious! I have no..skill in sewing..at all..
nyuuuuuuuuu!!! >O<!!!

nonononono! *explodes*

you wont have to do any cutting on the sweatshirt D: just get material and make triangles and sew them together, stuff them so they stand up, then sew them onto the hood. It's pretty simple I suggest looking up "how to make a dragon hoodie" and you'll probably find some helpfull more in depth guides with pictures. Good luck!
Title: Where can I buy wig caps?
Post by: xichisex on January 05, 2012, 08:35:57 PM
I'm going to be cosplaying Gumi this year, but I can't find a green wig cap anywhere! D: Anyone know of a site?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: xichisex on January 05, 2012, 08:37:19 PM
I need a green wig cap, but I don't know where to buy one! D:
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: pinkraintoday on January 08, 2012, 06:26:15 PM
This may sound absolutely ridiculous, but for a Roronoa Zoro cosplay, with wooden katana, how would I go about carrying them on my hip? He does not keep them propped in his haramaki, so ... Any ideas on some kind of cloth tie or tricky loops I could do? Perhaps sew holster-ish things onto my pants?
Title: Wig advice, anyone?
Post by: Chesid on January 10, 2012, 11:48:25 PM
I'm currently working on a cosplay of Princess Luna (http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111031002058/mlp/images/c/cd/Princess_Luna_om_noming_S02E04.png) (a gijinka version, that is) from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Specifically, the Season 2 version, with the flowy mane. Linked for ease of recognition/reference.

I have the long, wavy blue wig, but I'm wondering how I should tackle the purple look. I've had suggestions of attaching a thin, sparkly purple veil, but I'm also thinking that perhaps lightly spraying (like through a screen) the wig with purple glitter hairspray would work even better. My line of thinking is that it might be a complete pain to have to possibly readjust a veil every now and again, plus I'm afraid that it might dislodge entirely, say, during the Black & White Ball.

However, I'm worried that spraying the wig might make it too stiff to style (which, to be honest, my wig doesn't need much done to it -just a little brushing and maybe a trim in the bangs region; it's practically perfect as-is).

TL;DR: Does anybody else have experience with spraying a wig with glitter spray, or using a veil? Which is more practical for cosplay, and dancing?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BunofGovt on January 14, 2012, 05:40:15 PM
This may sound absolutely ridiculous, but for a Roronoa Zoro cosplay, with wooden katana, how would I go about carrying them on my hip? He does not keep them propped in his haramaki, so ... Any ideas on some kind of cloth tie or tricky loops I could do? Perhaps sew holster-ish things onto my pants?

Either sew loops on to your pants, or maybe attach loops to a belt to wear just under the haramaki?  The cosplayers I've seen have just carried the katana so I don't know how else it could be done (the haramaki would have to be corset stiff to try attaching loops directly to it  :D)

I need a green wig cap, but I don't know where to buy one! D:

I thought cosworx.com had some before, but I can't find any there, or epic cosplay, or on Googling.  If you don't think a tan (light brown) wig cap will work, you might try getting some green panty hose and trying to fashion a wig cap from them.  St Patrick's day is coming up, so hopefully you'll be able to find some in the light green color.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on January 15, 2012, 11:18:08 PM
Wig caps are made of nylon, and as such can be dyed (I've used Jacquard acid dyes in the past) if you can't find one in the right shade.
Title: Patterns?
Post by: Kpmonkeygirl on January 20, 2012, 02:23:45 PM
Sorry, I am new to anime conventions in general. I have never been to one. And pardon me if there is already a thread like this.

So right to the point, I hear that people make their own costumes. Could you please tell me where do you get the patterns? On Joanne fabrics I could not find any 'cosplay' patterns. I want to make at least 2 costumes so far; one for Soi Fong(The cape especially) from Bleach, Hinamori from Bleach, and MAYBE a maid. I am a pretty fast sewer, but not that good. My mother has a sewing machine and she said I could use it.

How do you guys get your patterns?

Thank you for taking your time to answer my question!
Title: Re: Patterns?
Post by: lovelessneko on January 20, 2012, 02:31:24 PM
I draw out the outfit and then break it down into shapes and how it would fit my body and look right. I pretty much make the pattern myself and figure out where the stitching would be less noticeable. I hope this makes sense. Have a friend who is more experience help if needed.
Title: Re: Patterns?
Post by: Kpmonkeygirl on January 20, 2012, 02:35:17 PM
I was thinking about doing something like that, however I am not as good as a sewer as my sister.........>.>
Title: Re: Patterns?
Post by: Dany on January 20, 2012, 03:34:32 PM
So right to the point, I hear that people make their own costumes. Could you please tell me where do you get the patterns? On Joanne fabrics I could not find any 'cosplay' patterns. I want to make at least 2 costumes so far; one for Soi Fong(The cape especially) from Bleach, Hinamori from Bleach, and MAYBE a maid. I am a pretty fast sewer, but not that good. My mother has a sewing machine and she said I could use it.

How do you guys get your patterns?


A LOT of places. I would say about 75 percent of what I have is stuff I've grabbed up from the costume sections of the Big 3 pattern companies, and 20% from Truly Victorian, a site for..you guessed it, Victorian era historical patterns, and 5% from more obscure vendors like JP Ryan, Mantua Maker, etc. (again, most of these are historical). You usually will have to use parts of several patterns to piecemeal something together, and even then you might need to modify it for both sizing and fit.

JoAnn's is good for getting something fast and getting out from the Big 3 without having to wait for shipping, assume their stock is there. They also usually have books with pictures of clothes made from patterns and information. I tend to browse the costume and bridal/formalwear sections very heavily when I'm looking for patterns to use for projects. Generally, it's like a puzzle...you know what shapes you need, you just need a pattern that is close enough to get those shapes.

Throw in the occasional self-drafted thing, and it's like building Frankenstein :)

You're not likely to find "cosplay" patterns specifically named and specifically generated for an anime character, mostly for licensing reasons. The exception I have seen is in the Layers magazines from Japan, but usually it's a "character of the month" that I am assuming they got authorization to do and you would have to rely on them actually having a character you want. Cosmode also will issue out patterns for things from time to time, but again, they are usually generic patterns for commonplace anime character clothing...pants, jackets, pleated skirts, you know the drill. Bear in mind that Cosmode patterns, for whatever reason, do not provide seam allowances like the US companies do. I'm not sure whether this is due to preferences (some people like a certain size seam allowance to work with) or because of printing costs (though they already do THAT by drawing patterns on top of each other), but there's nothing like learning that the hard way XD
Title: Re: Patterns?
Post by: Kpmonkeygirl on January 20, 2012, 05:07:38 PM
Okay! That helps! Thanks!
Title: Re: Patterns?
Post by: jingko on January 20, 2012, 07:19:53 PM
you can also get patterns that are similar to what your going to make and, using a blank pieces of paper, draw out what you need extra or to take out what you need. (taking out is easier to me) i would say doing it out of cheap muslin/cotton first so you have "pattern" to use for the final outfit that
1. fits better, and
2. works better.
but that's how i do it, and yes it does take time so start them with lots of time in advanced!
if your crunched on time then you can still do the above mentioned with the patterns but with the fabric that your going to be using.
(fyi by i little bit more then you need for mistakes and just for extra, you never know when you'll need it!)
Title: Re: Patterns?
Post by: laudanine on January 20, 2012, 07:40:05 PM
I'm a big fan of cannibalistic sewing, so to speak. I thrift-store trawl for things that are like what I need, then tear them apart and reassemble them until they look about right. Generally, no, that's not the final piece because it'll be part orange and part lace and part hideous floral pattern, but it makes a good mock up that one can then tear apart and use as a pattern. It does, however, cost you however much the thrift-store clothing was, so it can cost a little bit more then just finding the perfect $5 pattern.

I have a quick question about patterns, however, so I'll trow it up here: I'm trying to make an above-bust-line shrug with a mandarin collar. I was planning on finding a pattern for a blouse with a nice mandarin collar and sort of truncating the chest. Any other advice/input, or does that sound logical? (admittedly, I'm a bit intimidated by the mandarin collar. O_O )
Title: Re: Patterns?
Post by: jingko on January 24, 2012, 01:11:07 PM
there are shrug patterns out there with that collar but if you get the right shrug then making a mandarin collar is not that hard to adapt. that what i would do.
Title: Re: Patterns?
Post by: laudanine on January 24, 2012, 01:16:23 PM
Most of the shrug patterns I'm finding have a plunging neckline, not really conducive to a mandarin collar. I'll keep your advice in mind and keep searching in both directions, but I never thought that it would be THIS part of the outfit that would frustrate me, lol!
Title: ANY TIPS? Wing making!
Post by: CommandantCat on January 26, 2012, 09:28:35 PM
Hellooo, Just a curious cosplayer just hoping that some help can be found!

I have for some time intended to make a lovely set of angel wings, for cosplay of a character perhaps, or my own design just so I can show off a fabulous set of moving wings!

I have the design layed out, and I believe I understand the pulley system. I also have the dimensions and a general idea as to how they will be worn, but is anyone experienced in making a pair of feathered wings?

Worn on the back through/under a jacket of some sort, a pulley system that could be either through the sleeves of by my side, either way.

Simply trying to find tips, perhaps specific materials, or any overall suggestions for this decently large project I will try to complete with 4 other original costumes for others before the convention rolls around

Thank you to anyone who can provide any defining information!

-CAT
Title: Re: ANY TIPS? Wing making!
Post by: Maskenlav on January 26, 2012, 09:40:33 PM
I didn't make mine but I have a good idea on how your pulley should be. Have it go over your shoulders like an over-all strap hillbilly style and then toss on a shirt :D btw I had mine commissioned on www.cosplay.com OR a trusted cosplay website like www.cosplayhouse.com or www.mooncostume.com (it's halloween themed BUT they do cosplay very nicely and I strongly recommend moon costume. They reply faster and are understandable)

If your trying to make it I suggest you use 12-inch long white turkey flight feathers from www.Fancyfeather.com as your basic white ones. I had black feathers that are real and aren't plastic. I bought about 1,250 because I didn't know how many I would use and the box contained a mixture of left and right feathers and I wasn't sure how many of each there would be. Also I only had time to wait for one order lol
Title: Re: ANY TIPS? Wing making!
Post by: CommandantCat on January 26, 2012, 09:53:33 PM
I didn't make mine BUT I have a good idea on how your pulley should be. Have it go over your shoulders like an over-all strap hillbilly style and then toss on a shirt :D btw I had mine commissioned on www.cosplay.com OR a trusted cosplay website like www.cosplayhouse.com, www.cosplaymagic.com or www.mooncostume.com (it's halloween themed BUT they do cosplay very nicely)

If your trying to make it I suggest you use 12-inch long white turkey flight feathers from www.Fancyfeather.com as your basic white ones. I had black feathers that are real and aren't plastic. I bought about 1,250 because I didn't know how many I would use and the box contained a mixture of left and right feathers and I wasn't sure how many of each there would be. Also I only had time to wait for one order lol

Thanks for the idea on feather type! I was thinking of using the wings for an Ash Landers cosplay from Kuroshitsuji at some point in time, so I may just stick with white.. hm.. black would be quite bad-ass though..

Either way! I wish I had the will power.. and money... to fall prey to buying someone else's creation, sadly though this must be fabulously handmade!

I was going to make a basic backpack concept wings cannot be the lightest thing to wear (lol... almost a joke) while supported against a more firm back plate, which would then have the pulley / base fram of the wing attached.

Title: Re: ANY TIPS? Wing making!
Post by: Maskenlav on January 26, 2012, 10:00:35 PM
Haha np, got the idea from my post in the section huh? ;) I am doing a dark romance cosplay too so I can easily swap my red bowtie with the black tie and take off/on the vest lol if you need some more websites I'll be happy to do some research and request quotes then show you what they price and time of delivery, ect.
Title: Re: ANY TIPS? Wing making!
Post by: CommandantCat on January 26, 2012, 10:13:33 PM
Well it seems like I can't find feathers thick enough for a good full winged look I have designed, but, my search goes on! I have found a forum or two that will help with the base design, but thank you though! Any help is well appreciated.
Title: Re: ANY TIPS? Wing making!
Post by: Maskenlav on January 26, 2012, 11:29:17 PM
You can always go hunting and pluck them out ;D LOL good luck! Hope to see a fellow winged cosplayer :)
Title: A singing Gamzee you say? Make-up help?
Post by: CommandantCat on January 27, 2012, 04:49:01 PM
I only hope this is the correct place to drop this post, but I am looking for a little cosplay help, hopefully from a fellow Homestucker.

I am going to be cosplaying an original Gamzee from Homestuck at 2012, and I am still looking for the best brand of make-up / pricing of the makeup. I have had cheap halloween store quality in the past, and it tends to chip away as the day goes on.  I was told Ben Nye was a good product, any confirmations of previous troll cosplayers?

Also. If you had Gamzee on a stage, for a couple minutes, what song would you like to hear him sing? Because I am bringing a banjo or mandolin...


And the horns man, how do I keep them on, they just.. keep... tilting...
yeah... yeah..
Title: Re: A singing Gamzee you say? Make-up help?
Post by: keitoghostie on January 28, 2012, 02:13:30 PM
Ben Nye is excellent, I've used it to cosplay Nepeta and had no problems with it. I'm pretty sure I didn't get grey on anyone and it looked very nice (although the cadaver grey color did show up as being a bit pinkish in some photos)
It was about $9 for 0.5oz of it which doesn't sound like a lot but it goes a LONG way. I used it for three days of cosplay and I probably only used 1/5 of what was in there (although I only used it on my face, neck, chest, and forearms)!!

Hanyaan's tutorial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJsOpVFXQlw) is a great one to follow for applying Gamzee's makeup!! In the info bar in the video she has her tutorial for creating general troll makeup!
It might be a good idea to buy the makeup now as opposed to closer to fanime because I'd heard a lot of people say when they tried to order or buy it, the color(s) they needed were all sold out.

As far as the horns, you might want to add a bit of weight in the opposite direction of where they're tilting (such as adding a bit of clay to the base to balance things out) OR you could remake the horns with a more lightweight material (styrofoam works excellently)

I can't think of any songs right now??? dang sorry!

I hope this all was helpful though!
Title: Re: A singing Gamzee you say? Make-up help?
Post by: CommandantCat on January 29, 2012, 09:06:03 PM
Ben Nye is excellent, I've used it to cosplay Nepeta and had no problems with it. I'm pretty sure I didn't get grey on anyone and it looked very nice (although the cadaver grey color did show up as being a bit pinkish in some photos)
It was about $9 for 0.5oz of it which doesn't sound like a lot but it goes a LONG way. I used it for three days of cosplay and I probably only used 1/5 of what was in there (although I only used it on my face, neck, chest, and forearms)!!

Alright awesome! I had no idea on the pricing so that is actually a lot better than I expected!

Hanyaan's tutorial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJsOpVFXQlw) is a great one to follow for applying Gamzee's makeup!! In the info bar in the video she has her tutorial for creating general troll makeup!
It might be a good idea to buy the makeup now as opposed to closer to fanime because I'd heard a lot of people say when they tried to order or buy it, the color(s) they needed were all sold out.

Okay wow, the tutorial was really helpful, and yeah for sure, I am ordering it with my Tavros as soon as possible, we just had to see the pricing and how much but now I have a much clearer idea :D

As far as the horns, you might want to add a bit of weight in the opposite direction of where they're tilting (such as adding a bit of clay to the base to balance things out) OR you could remake the horns with a more lightweight material (styrofoam works excellently)

Oh well, I have my horns already, they are a little banged up from a party but they are actually being painted with a finishing seal now, a foam base with simple mache and paint. Decent. My only issue is attaching them either to the wig or on the headband I set up.. it will be both I am assuming now.


I can't think of any songs right now??? dang sorry!

And OH no worries >u> I am actually writing a bard's song like one from Skyrim. Oh so classy.


THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE HELP, LINKS AND PRICING!
Title: What!!?? a perfect sounding chibitalia!!! :O
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on January 29, 2012, 09:53:48 PM
please do comment, i would like a good decent honest opinion :D
and please no harsh words...  :'(
Title: Re: What!!?? a perfect sounding chibitalia!!! :O
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on January 29, 2012, 11:34:28 PM
Me as hungary would say: SO CUTE! I want to hug! My Chibitalia! (not a creeper I swear)

Me would say: I think you should go for it, if you sound like the character than that makes you perfect for the role. Thats awsome, I can only slightly do a british accent.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on January 30, 2012, 07:33:43 PM
thank you! im very tempted to do so! as for you i will definitely do it whn we meet up. lol ^u^
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on January 31, 2012, 11:22:49 PM
Yay! I am excited to meet you!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on January 31, 2012, 11:31:08 PM
So I got a huge question. I am trying to make a belt and a collar piece look like metal or shiny. Also I am trying to make the shoulder armor look 3D, I plan on using foam and paper mache and other things. Is that the right idea or is there any other things I could use or do to make it 3D. Iam so new at amor making so nothing to crazy, I don't know weilding or carving. I just need some serious help... I will include pics. PLEASE HELP!!!! Thank you...

(http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110604030043/saintseiya/images/thumb/f/f5/Wc33f9fc7fd754.jpeg/337px-Wc33f9fc7fd754.jpeg) (http://saintseiya.wikia.com/index.php?title=Andromeda_Shun&image=Wc33f9fc7fd754-jpeg)

(http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100201132234/saintseiya/images/thumb/e/e5/Shun03.jpg/465px-Shun03.jpg) (http://saintseiya.wikia.com/index.php?title=Andromeda_Shun&image=Shun03-jpg)
Title: Inquiry: Good online shop for anime clothing
Post by: robertpatrician on February 01, 2012, 12:40:32 AM
I'm looking to purchase either a complete anime costume or a few pieces to augment other outfits (Such as renfaire gear).  Could someone please recommend an online shop that has a good selection and good service?  Much appreciated.
Title: Good place to buy cosplay outfits?
Post by: robertpatrician on February 01, 2012, 01:05:42 AM
I'd appreciate the community's input on what online stores are the best for purchase of cosplay equipment.  I'm looking to augment my various outfit (renfaire gear with mask) with a large anime wig, possibly pick up a complete outfit.  What stores would you recommend for selection and service?
Title: Re: Good place to buy cosplay outfits?
Post by: robozombisaurus on February 01, 2012, 05:53:56 PM
When I bought cosplays I would always go to qqcosplay. Just because I could trust them and know I was getting quality work. Also if they do not have the cosplay you want you can always commission it, they are very friendly.
Title: Guilty Crown?
Post by: Takumaru on February 03, 2012, 11:27:30 PM
Will there be any guilty crown cosplayers this year.  Im going to be cosplaying Ouma Shu.  Would love to meet and hang with other GC lovers =)
Title: Katawa Shoujo cosplayer meetup?
Post by: Bliss Authority on February 06, 2012, 02:38:20 PM
I'm probably going to go as Nomiya (complete with "Ask me about ruining my student's lives!" sign taped to his back) for at least one day.  Is anyone else going as a character from Katawa Shoujo?  A meet-up would be kind of cool.
Title: Re: Katawa Shoujo cosplayer meetup?
Post by: KyuuBob on February 06, 2012, 05:00:16 PM
I might go as Shizune o:
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: amaya_JDB on February 07, 2012, 01:45:36 PM
Trying to cosplay Mey-Rin from Kuroshitsuji but I'm not sure about the eye color. I did research and I guess her eyes are supposed to be red, but the anime shows it being brown. So...should I get red contacts, brown ones, or is it not that important and just stick with my dark brown/black eyes?
Title: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 07, 2012, 05:56:25 PM
Hello everyone! I calling out all cosplayers for Fanime 2012. I want to know what costume and series your coming as? Special things about your costume? Or how your costume is coming along? I am very curious about this and would love to know. Thanks.

For me I plan on cosplaying three series: Hetalia, Bleach, and Saint Seiya.

For hetalia I plan on being Romano, Hungary for sure.

For Bleach I plan on being the cute, adorable Wonderweiss.

And For Saint Seiya I plan on being Shun/Hades.
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Dany on February 07, 2012, 06:27:14 PM
It's all still coming together, but I'll throw it into some form of format:


D'Eon de Beaumont - Le Chevalier D'Eon. He was finished last year but only worn twice, so I want to get some more use out of him.

Either Emeraldas from Queen Emeraldas or Miime from Captain Harlock. One of these will be worn for the Friday Old School Gathering/Leiji Matsumoto gathering.

Oscar from Rose of Versailles. I started her last year, and I'm working now to have her finished in time for AOD and therefore Fanime. I don't know when I'll have time to wear her though. I'll figure that out as things get closer.

Yuria from Fist of the North Star - Ken's Rage - I'll start her after I finish Oscar. So very exited to work on this!!

MAYBE Grell from Black Butler, if I can get his coat finished and a slightly better wig, but Yuria needs to be taken care of first, because of Reasons (i.e. I've only been wanting to make the dang dress since FOREVER).
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: sugarpunch18 on February 07, 2012, 07:08:55 PM
Awesome! I'm cosplaying for three days with my friend and lil sis! Our cosplays are as follows~

FMA:
Me ~ Trisha Elric
Sis ~ Fem!Ling Yao
Friend ~ Winry Rockbell (Travel Gear)

Durarara!!:
Me ~ Fem!Shizuo Heiwajima
Sis ~ Fem!Izaya Orihara
Friend ~ Fem!Masaomi Kida

Skip Beat! (LoveMe Uniforms):
Me ~ Kyoko Mogami
Sis ~ Kanae Kotonami (Moko-san)
Friend ~ Chiori Amamiya

Hope to see you there! :D
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Locke Octavian on February 07, 2012, 07:42:20 PM
I'm not sure the exact cosplays I'm bringing to Fanime.  So far the plan is:

Katakura Kojuro from Sengoku Basara.  I'm bringing him for sure.  I'm in the process of finishing him, but I'll be wearing him at another con in April so he'll be ready (and probably improved) come Fanime.  I'll also be wearing his alternate Gakuen Outfit as well.

Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy 8.  Squall is completely done save wanting better boots and waiting for my gunblade commission to get finished.  Hopefully I'll have the room to bring the gunblade with me when I drive down.

Those two are confirmed.

I'll probably bring Parn from Record of Lodoss War.  I'm in the process of finishing his armor for the aforementioned April con.  I can't commit to bringing him because we have three people in my car coming from Oregon and I'm not sure I'll have room for him.

Kratos from Tales of Symphonia.  I'm gonna start on him right after Sakuracon, so he should be done and ready before Fanime.

Sanzo from Saiyuki.  Another cosplay I'l starting on post Sakuracon.  Only about a 50% chance he'll be ready.

Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 07, 2012, 08:11:44 PM
Wow What awsome cosplay's all of you are doing! I hope I can see you all there...

@Dany: I am going to the old school gathering as well.

@sugarpunch18: I would love to get pis of female shizo! Group cosplays!

@Locke Octavian: I would love to have your pic as kratos! he is so my favorite other than zelos!

Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: robozombisaurus on February 07, 2012, 11:28:17 PM
I always plan so many cosplays and then not end up doing them haha.

Well some one my cosplays will be a split

Half demon and angel stocking

half princess peach and daisy

Most of them are done. If they aren't done I have the fabric I am going to finish the rest after AoD
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 08, 2012, 12:20:53 AM
I always plan so many cosplays and then not end up doing them haha.

Well some one my cosplays will be a split

Half demon and angel stocking

half princess peach and daisy

Most of them are done. If they aren't done I have the fabric I am going to finish the rest after AoD

I have the same problem. I cut alot of my cosplays this year because one I can't finish them all and two way to much money. Also thats so cool that your doing half and half of a character. I would love to take pictures of half demon, half angel stocking. Are you gonna be at the gathering for panty and stocking?
Title: Re: Katawa Shoujo cosplayer meetup?
Post by: merwin86 on February 08, 2012, 03:40:48 AM
I wouldn't mind showing up as Hisao, but my cosplay schedule is already pretty much booked. It'll be a maybe.
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Dany on February 08, 2012, 08:18:30 AM
@Dany: I am going to the old school gathering as well.

Sweet! I am so glad they are putting that together. My husband and I have several older series costumes that would qualify for it, but I think we're going to be spreading it out a bit.

OH! I am not absolutely sure yet, but we MIGHT have Tatsuya and Minami from Touch for the Sports gathering, but it really depends on a lot of things XD
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 08, 2012, 08:21:21 AM
@Dany: I am going to the old school gathering as well.

Sweet! I am so glad they are putting that together. My husband and I have several older series costumes that would qualify for it, but I think we're going to be spreading it out a bit.

OH! I am not absolutely sure yet, but we MIGHT have Tatsuya and Minami from Touch for the Sports gathering, but it really depends on a lot of things XD

Yeah I gald there is an old school gathering! I love old anime, I think its the best.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on February 08, 2012, 09:11:11 AM
Trying to cosplay Mey-Rin from Kuroshitsuji but I'm not sure about the eye color. I did research and I guess her eyes are supposed to be red, but the anime shows it being brown. So...should I get red contacts, brown ones, or is it not that important and just stick with my dark brown/black eyes?
If you're debating over it, chances are people that see you will too so I suggest save your money and stick with your brown eyes.
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Charis on February 08, 2012, 09:56:44 AM
Too much to do and pretty up in the air in terms of what I'm bringing this year, actually ... I had a much better idea at one point and then a number of factors ripped the rug out from under my feet and I'm still going, "Uh ...."

Finished Enough:
- Kaya Syokka/Gypsy Queen from Trinity Blood: She's a long-term WIP I've worn to Fanime before; I'm hoping to get some more of the detailing done for this year.
- Risai (novel cover version) from Twelve Kingdoms: New to cons, though I wore this one out to a photoshoot.  Needs peacebonding damage fixed on the sword but otherwise ready for the JK gathering on Monday.  Looking forward to bringing this one out, especially since Inoli's willing to do the crazy injury makeup on my arm again. <3 I should possibly destroy the armour some more ...
- Shusui (ninja) from Saiunkoku Monogatari: like Risai, new to cons but worn to a photoshoot before.  Also pretty much ready aside from nitpicky fixes.

In Progress:
- Therese von Ludowing from Sound Horizon's Marchen: barely started. I have most of the supplies (except for the primary fabric, which I'm still waffling on), but the sewing's been slow going so far.  This one will get done, though, even if it's the only completely new thing I have for Fanime ... but there's a lot to do. T_T

Got a handful of maybes (whether already completed or in progress/plotting), including Chibitalia-era!Hungary and Naoto from DOGS, but those depend on time and motivation and other people's plans.  We'll see~  OT just got amped up for work so that might nerf a lot of things. >_<
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 08, 2012, 10:22:02 AM
@Charis

I knwo what you mean I really had to cut down this year I would be out of money before fanime. I love all your costumes! I hope you can finish them all.
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: sushisoap on February 08, 2012, 01:00:16 PM
Rome - Hetalia. I'll be coming with a group of ancestors; Germania, Mama Egypt, and Mama Greece.  :D The only thing special about him is that I'm making the armor from scratch out of sheet metal.. I can't WAIT for the Hetalia gathering to huggle all my cute grandchildren >3<

Rin - Ao No Exorcist. Probably the most complete thus far... which isn't that complete. xD

Wii-kun - Nintendo. I'm going to try and go all out for him, though if I don't know if he may just be used for the rave... Deciding between parachute/raver pants or shorts. Got my blue EL wire yesterday, it looks SO COOL. I'll be hanging mostly with an Atari, but Xbox 360 and PS2 might be around too.

Steampunk!England - Hetalia. My girlfriend is going as aviator!America, and we're going to kinda take the theme "the gentleman and the pilot."

I have two other possibilities that may or may not happen. If I do one, I won't do the other... Hanna from HinaBN, and Electronic Diva Kaito. If I can get down to a 27" waist by April, I'll do Kaito. But that's.. 2 inches. Idk. If I can find a good wig for Hanna under $20, I'll do him. n.n Everyone's cosplays sound awesome!
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: azreale on February 08, 2012, 01:25:08 PM
Cheza (wolf's rain)- I'm running the gathering for it this year >.< so its a required cosplay. no if ands or buts!

Kirara (inuyasha)- a different version of the cat demon w/ two tails from the show, in a made up Tajiya (demon exterminator) form

Vulpix (pokemon)- a very complex cosplay that I'm going all out on to look exactly like a real vulpix.

Kyo sohma (Fruits Basket)- a fun character with a tormented past & a bad attitude

Shinku (rozen maiden)- a living ball jointed doll with an elegant yet demanding demeanor, with the most obnoxious pigtails ever! (killing me to style the wig)

Leia the mermaid (harvest moon)- a bubbly little rainbow mermaid that lives in a basement

Summoner yuna (FFX) -her first form, but with a different of or no staff.

Sneasel (pokemon)- for walking around and random pictures

and I think thats it for me. I'm also making Sango from inuyasha for my friend, and mirk's staff for her Bf.  and maybe ordering the Love Me jumpsuit from Skip Beat! and going as kyoko for a while...
MAN THATS ALOT!
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 08, 2012, 03:07:28 PM
@sushisoap

OMG I am going to be romano! Can I get pics with you? Also I can't wait to see the steampunk costumes, I will be taking pictures.

@Azreale

Cheza is my favorite other than tobe!

God so many awsome cosplays for fanime 2012! Its making me more excited now.
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Suiseiseki on February 08, 2012, 03:40:48 PM
For once I have a lot this year ;D I'm so excited! I'll be there as:
Rima [Shugo Chara] - Not much to be said about this one XD I like cosplaying as her, but I probably only will if a Shugo Chara gathering shows up sometime soon.
Horo [Spice and Wolf] - Still need a different shirt for this :/ The shirt I got for it seriously sucks but I'm proud of the ears and tail for sure.
Rapunzel [Tangled] - I'm seriously trying to make this cosplay something I can be proud of. I've been told ever since the movie came out that I look like Rapunzel and she is my favorite princess so I thought 'why not'? :) My friend is helping me make it from scratch and the wigs are coming anyway now.
Sniper [Ragnarok Online] - Always thought this would be a fun cosplay since I wouldn't need a wig for once, lol.
Alice [Pandora Hearts] - One of my favorite anime characters! I'm actually pretty proud of this cosplay, I wore it two years ago at fanime.
 
I don't know how I'll manage all of them. My boyfriend is also coming and it'll be his first time at Fanime. He'll be cosplaying Break[Pandora Hearts] and he's right now in the middle of making a Wolf/Warg suit[Ragnarok Online] that should be awesome. I'm counting down the days! :D
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 08, 2012, 03:46:06 PM
@Suiseiseki

I am also doing alot of cosplays. I just love to cosplay! By the way Rima is awsome! And Spice and Wolf is just plain awsome!

I hope you can do all of your cosplays espically the cosplay from tangled.
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Suiseiseki on February 08, 2012, 04:45:51 PM
@Suiseiseki

I am also doing alot of cosplays. I just love to cosplay! By the way Rima is awsome! And Spice and Wolf is just plain awsome!

I hope you can do all of your cosplays espically the cosplay from tangled.
Thanks so much :) I hope all of yours go well too! So exciting!
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 08, 2012, 05:23:23 PM
@Suiseiseki

I am also doing alot of cosplays. I just love to cosplay! By the way Rima is awsome! And Spice and Wolf is just plain awsome!

I hope you can do all of your cosplays espically the cosplay from tangled.
Thanks so much :) I hope all of yours go well too! So exciting!

I am getting more excited everytime I hear about people's cosplays! I can't wait I wish it was hear already!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on February 08, 2012, 08:59:30 PM
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Rome - Hetalia. I'll be coming with a group of ancestors; Germania, Mama Egypt, and Mama Greece.   The only thing special about him is that I'm making the armor from scratch out of sheet metal.. I can't WAIT for the Hetalia gathering to huggle all my cute grandchildren >3<


ooooohhh!!!! please!! i wanna take a picture wit u most definitely!! >w< im going as chibitalia and it'd be awesum to see grandpa rome!<3 plus my friends are going as both italy's and spain. it'd be a big family reunion!  :D
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Dany on February 09, 2012, 07:56:09 AM
I am getting more excited everytime I hear about people's cosplays! I can't wait I wish it was hear already!

I was thinking the same thing, but then I was all like "No, wait, I need the time to make stuff OMG!!!" XD
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 09, 2012, 11:37:09 AM
I am getting more excited everytime I hear about people's cosplays! I can't wait I wish it was hear already!

I was thinking the same thing, but then I was all like "No, wait, I need the time to make stuff OMG!!!" XD

Yeah i Know, I just got my badge. Now I am working to finish everything.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kohana ichibana on February 09, 2012, 12:58:39 PM
(http://www.donhot.com/Pic/201107_b/Bleach-Yoruichi-Shihouin-Cosplay-Costume-2_20222034.jpg)

I am looking for this specific Bleach coat. It's Captain Yoruichi's uniform. I'm having trouble finding just this piece without the outfit. If anyone knows any good websites that would have this let me know :3

Otherwise I may need advice on making it myself.
Title: Chii cosplay question
Post by: ikowashite on February 10, 2012, 07:39:44 PM
(I'm not sure if this is the right section, so move this thread if necessary.)

This year will be my first time going to Fanime, and it'll also be my first time cosplaying. I already have a majority of my cosplay complete, and the only thing I have left is to sew the dress. (I bought a pre-made pattern, but I plan on altering it.) My big question here is: In your opinion, is it better to stay true to the outfit(s) Chii actually wears in the anime, or is it perfectly fine for me to design my own dress that has a lot of elements inspired by Chii? (I plan on Frankensteining different elements from Chii's various dresses.)
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: sushisoap on February 11, 2012, 11:56:42 PM
Yes please, to both chibitalia and romano!! >w< I would love to get pictures with two of my most favorite grandchildren! We should definitely get a family group together. I'm just.. sensing the family portraiture that'll be going on. No one is going to be serious. Ever. 

Updating on steampunk Iggy, I got my base vest AND pants today, a huge success! My gf found this really nifty lock and key set... She wants me to inset the lock over my heart, and she as America wants to keep the key on a necklace. I squeed.

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@kohana ichibana
Otherwise I may need advice on making it myself.
Never fear, it seems pretty simple. If you look closely at it and the seams, you can see from the back that there are only a few pieces. Two back panels, Two sleeves, probably only two front panels, and a collar. That's just 7 pieces of fabric to be stuck together. ^w^ (Easier said than done though..)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on February 12, 2012, 08:44:25 AM
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Yes please, to both chibitalia and romano!! >w< I would love to get pictures with two of my most favorite grandchildren! We should definitely get a family group together. I'm just.. sensing the family portraiture that'll be going on. No one is going to be serious. Ever. 

SWEEEEEEETTT!!! ths is gonna be the best family reunion ever!!! >w<
Title: Re: Cosplay for Fanime 2012
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 12, 2012, 09:14:19 AM
Yes please, to both chibitalia and romano!! >w< I would love to get pictures with two of my most favorite grandchildren! We should definitely get a family group together. I'm just.. sensing the family portraiture that'll be going on. No one is going to be serious. Ever. 

I can't wait to meet you. Its going to be the best because we are awsome. Rome and the italies, best family ever.
Title: GAME OF THRONES/SONG OF ICE AND FIRE COSPLAY
Post by: Suzymofo on February 12, 2012, 07:43:56 PM
Who's doing it?
I must know.
I'm really leaning towards doing Daenerys, and it would be rad if others did characters as well.
Thoughts?
Title: Re: GAME OF THRONES/SONG OF ICE AND FIRE COSPLAY
Post by: Laggy on February 14, 2012, 04:18:01 PM
Who's doing it?
I must know.
I'm really leaning towards doing Daenerys, and it would be rad if others did characters as well.
Thoughts?

I won't be cosplaying this year, as I'll be busy running a booth in the Artist Alley. But some good Game of Thrones cosplays would be awesome to see.

If you're going as Daenerys, you should totally go as her in the middle of eating the horse heart. It would be rather gruesome, but extremely cool to see haha.
Title: Need help with.. japanese candy/food bags? LMAO;;;
Post by: Melly on February 16, 2012, 10:46:16 PM
i plan on doing Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's outfit from Tsukema Tsukeru.

http://youtu.be/NLy4cvRx7Vc

the second outfit, with all the little candy/food/idk bags on it /in the video at about 2:20 - the end

so im just curious on what kind of bags she has on her skirt.

i more than likely wont be able to get THE EXACT kinds of bags on that skirt. but i'd like to do the same kind of items XD

and i had no idea where to ask this. LMAO;;; and it probably seems quite random (Y); sorry LMAO; any help is nice though C:
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: princeofrose on February 18, 2012, 07:40:19 PM
Hello everyone!
I have a few questions!
My friend and I are crossplaying and we both need compression shirts (we need to squish are boobage) And we tried ordering male compression shirts (we got medium) but they are both too big and don't squish our breasts at all. My friend told us to try female compression shirts but those just  make us more curvy. Does anyone know a good way to bind the chest? Compression shirts or bandages etc.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 18, 2012, 10:00:04 PM
Hello everyone!
I have a few questions!
My friend and I are crossplaying and we both need compression shirts (we need to squish are boobage) And we tried ordering male compression shirts (we got medium) but they are both too big and don't squish our breasts at all. My friend told us to try female compression shirts but those just  make us more curvy. Does anyone know a good way to bind the chest? Compression shirts or bandages etc.


This is the site is were I got mine and I love it! It really works, for me at least.

http://t-kingdom.com/index.htm (http://t-kingdom.com/index.htm)

Has a good selection and has all sizes. Hope this helps.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: princeofrose on February 19, 2012, 07:06:26 PM
Those look like they work really well but they are too pricy for me D: Do you know of anything that is cheaper?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 19, 2012, 10:16:39 PM
Those look like they work really well but they are too pricy for me D: Do you know of anything that is cheaper?

Sorry, I don't. I didn't like the price at first but I really needed it for a tight costume I was going to wear. I guess the only thing I can suggest is if you type chest binding into google you might find something; thats how I came across that site. Sorry about that.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on February 19, 2012, 10:17:28 PM
try using gauze wrap. my friend does tht and it seems to work very well. plus its really cheap  ;D

P.S heres a website tht lists tons of ideas. http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=15709 (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=15709)
Title: Re: Need help with.. japanese candy/food bags? LMAO;;;
Post by: BunofGovt on February 19, 2012, 10:56:05 PM
those bags look like snack bags of some kind, not candy, but some kinds of chips or puffs?  You might check Daiso (if there's one near you), they carry bento lunch supplies and some plastic bags for baked goods.  You might be able to get a variety of colored plastic bags there.  Or a party supply store.  Either that or go through a snack aisle at an asian or Japanese market and buy up bags.  If the snack is heavy, you might want to empty the bags and fill with cotton balls for puffiness.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: ikowashite on February 20, 2012, 02:28:14 PM
So, I'm having trouble as to how I should attach an extremely large bow onto the back of my dress for my cosplay.

The back of the dress has a zipper that goes all the way down pass the waist by about six inches. My main issue: the bow has to be at the waist, but the zipper is in the way. How would you guys suggest I attach the bow? Is there a way to make it easily attachable/removable? (I'm not too crazy with the idea of making it into a belt.)


Derp. Nevermind. I forgot I could just attach the bow with brooch clips. x.x
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: sushisoap on February 21, 2012, 10:13:32 AM
try using gauze wrap. my friend does tht and it seems to work very well. plus its really cheap  ;D

P.S heres a website tht lists tons of ideas. http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=15709 (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=15709)
^ this. Ace bandage is the savior of many cosplayers, wrap it over a sports bra so it doesn't slide on skin.. They have widths up to 6 and more inches, which wrap nicely flat if you're doing something rather skintight. (no awkward creases and bumps)
Be careful what you wrap with. You need to be comfortable. If something isn't stretchy enough, you can damage your boobs (permanently, sometimes!), hurt your back, or even pass out. On experience, I wrapped tight enough to bind for a skintight wife beater, and my back was hurting so bad by the end of the day. Binding too tight puts pressure in spots that shouldn't..

Another really good idea my friend did was get one of those waist slimmers, and fastened it around her chest. Simple, clean, and apparently it worked really well...

Anyways, yeah. That's my motherly message, be careful! And good luck. C:
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: princeofrose on February 21, 2012, 05:31:22 PM
Thank you guys so much for the links and advice!
Oooo waist slimmer? I might use that. We still have 94 days so I will look around lol
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: amaya_JDB on February 23, 2012, 12:00:33 PM
What's a great place (greater Sac area) or site where I can find some peace-bonding friendly pistols or rifle?
Title: Re: Need help with.. japanese candy/food bags? LMAO;;;
Post by: Melly on February 23, 2012, 10:34:29 PM
hmm, i wish america had cute colored chips and such ;c LMAO

and ive never heard of Daiso ;o i pretty much live in nowheresville, california, but i will check out there website!

and i think the bags on the skirt are empty as far as i can tell ;o! or maybe they are.. /watching now to see if they are full or not v__v XD

thank you though <3!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MYNAMEISBUBBY on February 26, 2012, 05:47:39 PM
My friend and i need help.we're supposed to make keyblades.Oblivion and Oathkeeper.we're having problems figuring out how to make them...we haven't even started on them yet...so much for top priority.... :P
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on February 26, 2012, 08:18:03 PM
My friend and i need help.we're supposed to make keyblades.Oblivion and Oathkeeper.we're having problems figuring out how to make them...we haven't even started on them yet...so much for top priority.... :P
try making them out of foam or cardboard and work from there. that way its light an easy to carry. my friends making a 6 foot tall sword and said that would help. hope it does!  ;D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BunofGovt on February 26, 2012, 08:37:10 PM
Daiso is like a Japanese dollar store.  If there isn't one in your area, you might try a party supply place (Party Time?) and see if they have colored plastic bags.  You can either use stickers (or even colored labels, dots from an office supply place) to see if you can make the bags look like snack bags.  Not sure if you could use colored paper sacks and (yes this may be time consuming) cut squares out of the front and tape or glue in colored cellophane to make it look like a snack bag.

Visit a liquor store or even to an ethnic type grocery store to see what their chips bags look like.

Good luck!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MYNAMEISBUBBY on February 26, 2012, 09:03:37 PM
My friend and i need help.we're supposed to make keyblades.Oblivion and Oathkeeper.we're having problems figuring out how to make them...we haven't even started on them yet...so much for top priority.... :P
try making them out of foam or cardboard and work from there. that way its light an easy to carry. my friends making a 6 foot tall sword and said that would help. hope it does!  ;D
ok....that's what we thought.the hardest problem would be on oblivion.there's a chain in the middle and there are also a lot of details...for both keyblades. :P
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on February 26, 2012, 10:00:15 PM
My friend and i need help.we're supposed to make keyblades.Oblivion and Oathkeeper.we're having problems figuring out how to make them...we haven't even started on them yet...so much for top priority.... :P
try making them out of foam or cardboard and work from there. that way its light an easy to carry. my friends making a 6 foot tall sword and said that would help. hope it does!  ;D
ok....that's what we thought.the hardest problem would be on oblivion.there's a chain in the middle and there are also a lot of details...for both keyblades. :P
for the chain one you could make it out of sheet metal. though tht would be a bit more expensive, time consumeing, and a little heavier but just a suggestion. :)
Title: Contact help please!
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 28, 2012, 02:41:43 PM
I am looking for very bright purple or violet contacts. I have never worn contacts and I am a complete noob.  ???
I have brown eyes that are between light and dark.
First I was wondering if eye measurements were needed when it came to contacts without a prescription?
I was wondering if anyone has every bought from this site?

http://www.fashion-contactlenses.com/contact-lenses/Vivacious-Violet-Extreme-Color-Contact-Lenses.html (http://www.fashion-contactlenses.com/contact-lenses/Vivacious-Violet-Extreme-Color-Contact-Lenses.html)

Also how did you like them? Pros, cons please.  ;D

If this isn't the ones to use, any suggestions?

Thank you!  :)


Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: echoshadow on February 28, 2012, 06:47:01 PM
As a contact lens user I have to say be careful when ordering stuff from over seas.
First thing you need is the contact lens cleaner. Thats the stuff that clens the lenses. You can buy that anywhere. The dierctions are in the box. And a lens contaner.

Other than that just stick them in your eye. Lol. With clean hands.

Through out the day your eyes will get dry so pick up come eye drops for contact lenes. It usually takes about a week to get used to wearing them. So wear them before so you can get used to them. Other wise you eyes will turn blood shot red.

But I highy recommend you go to an optometrist and order color lenses through them. Like in Walmart.
Anymore questions feel free to ask.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on February 28, 2012, 07:09:25 PM
As a contact lens user I have to say be careful when ordering stuff from over seas.
First thing you need is the contact lens cleaner. Thats the stuff that clens the lenses. You can buy that anywhere. The dierctions are in the box. And a lens contaner.

Other than that just stick them in your eye. Lol. With clean hands.

Through out the day your eyes will get dry so pick up come eye drops for contact lenes. It usually takes about a week to get used to wearing them. So wear them before so you can get used to them. Other wise you eyes will turn blood shot red.

But I highy recommend you go to an optometrist and order color lenses through them. Like in Walmart.
Anymore questions feel free to ask.

^ GOOD INFO HERE!! im a contact lens user too and basically thts all you need to kno, just keep clean hands, and contact drops and you're good. plus they'll show u how to wear them and usually recommend a good cleaner. o! and bring you're makeup to fix it. eyedrops can b a bit messy. and bring your contacts case in case they dry up too much you have it there to put thm in so u dn't have to worry  :D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on February 28, 2012, 07:26:34 PM
My friend and i need help.we're supposed to make keyblades.Oblivion and Oathkeeper.we're having problems figuring out how to make them...we haven't even started on them yet...so much for top priority.... :P
I've always wanted to make a keyblade with this new technique I found out about but never got the chance. What you do is tape pieces of cardboard for bases for your spray foam to a pvc pipe. Spray expanding insulation foam onto the cardboard bases, spritz the foam with water to make it set up faster. Then once the foam is solid after a few hours, carve it down, then paper mache a few light layers over it to make it smooth. Let the paper mache dry solid then sand the paper mache (don't go past the paper mache) to smooth it. Then add a few layers of modge podge to make it even smoother. Finally use a spray paint or acrylic paint to do the colors and once it dries, seal it with acrylic finishing spray and voila!

Expanding insulation foam is extremely cheap ($3 something a can at the home improvement section at wal mart. They come in spray paint like cans. I get the black can type, it expands the biggest.) so you'd probably want 2-3 cans each per keyblade.(to be safe so you don't run out)
Here's a video demonstrating how to use it.
http://youtu.be/O23TM-z0OXk

*use gloves and maybe painters masks when you use the stuff, its not good when its wet but once its dry it's safe to handle*

I've used this technique on all my prop weapons this year (2 staffs, a pair of daggers, and a smaller sword) It's very sturdy and won't collapse during the day, yet its super light and won't wear you out carrying it around all day, plus you can get a really good 3-d look with it.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 28, 2012, 07:46:09 PM
As a contact lens user I have to say be careful when ordering stuff from over seas.
First thing you need is the contact lens cleaner. Thats the stuff that clens the lenses. You can buy that anywhere. The dierctions are in the box. And a lens contaner.

Other than that just stick them in your eye. Lol. With clean hands.

Through out the day your eyes will get dry so pick up come eye drops for contact lenes. It usually takes about a week to get used to wearing them. So wear them before so you can get used to them. Other wise you eyes will turn blood shot red.

But I highy recommend you go to an optometrist and order color lenses through them. Like in Walmart.
Anymore questions feel free to ask.

Thank you so much both of you. This will be very helpful in buying contacts.  ;D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on February 28, 2012, 10:07:33 PM
As a contact lens user I have to say be careful when ordering stuff from over seas.
First thing you need is the contact lens cleaner. Thats the stuff that clens the lenses. You can buy that anywhere. The dierctions are in the box. And a lens contaner.

Other than that just stick them in your eye. Lol. With clean hands.

Through out the day your eyes will get dry so pick up come eye drops for contact lenes. It usually takes about a week to get used to wearing them. So wear them before so you can get used to them. Other wise you eyes will turn blood shot red.

But I highy recommend you go to an optometrist and order color lenses through them. Like in Walmart.
Anymore questions feel free to ask.

Thank you so much both of you. This will be very helpful in buying contacts.  ;D
I just bought cat eye contacts for my nekomata costume from that store round bout $26 so hopefully it works out *first time buying contacts too* XD
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 28, 2012, 10:45:25 PM
As a contact lens user I have to say be careful when ordering stuff from over seas.
First thing you need is the contact lens cleaner. Thats the stuff that clens the lenses. You can buy that anywhere. The dierctions are in the box. And a lens contaner.

Other than that just stick them in your eye. Lol. With clean hands.

Through out the day your eyes will get dry so pick up come eye drops for contact lenes. It usually takes about a week to get used to wearing them. So wear them before so you can get used to them. Other wise you eyes will turn blood shot red.

But I highy recommend you go to an optometrist and order color lenses through them. Like in Walmart.
Anymore questions feel free to ask.

Thank you so much both of you. This will be very helpful in buying contacts.  ;D
I just bought cat eye contacts for my nekomata costume from that store round bout $26 so hopefully it works out *first time buying contacts too* XD

Good luck! I am a bit nervous ordering for the first time... but I really want my costume complete for the con.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Laggy on February 28, 2012, 11:51:44 PM
My friend and i need help.we're supposed to make keyblades.Oblivion and Oathkeeper.we're having problems figuring out how to make them...we haven't even started on them yet...so much for top priority.... :P
try making them out of foam or cardboard and work from there. that way its light an easy to carry. my friends making a 6 foot tall sword and said that would help. hope it does!  ;D
ok....that's what we thought.the hardest problem would be on oblivion.there's a chain in the middle and there are also a lot of details...for both keyblades. :P

The Spirit Store sells fake foam chains that look fairly realistic, and won't weigh you down online for like eight bucks. There's probably other places you can find them too, that's just the first thing that came to mind.

http://www.spirithalloween.com/product/gt-chain-w-lock/
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: L0Lpants on February 29, 2012, 12:34:08 AM
Yo, <--first time doing a cosplay at all, first time posting in this part in the forums, etc etc. Anywho, I need to get a customed Sket Dance wrist/ sweatband as seen worn by the trio in the show, but it's not available for purchase anywhere. Anybody know where i can get one & who to ask to make one?

As seen here on the left picture: http://suntzuanime.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/will-they-wont-they.png
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on February 29, 2012, 01:54:42 PM
Yo, <--first time doing a cosplay at all, first time posting in this part in the forums, etc etc. Anywho, I need to get a customed Sket Dance wrist/ sweatband as seen worn by the trio in the show, but it's not available for purchase anywhere. Anybody know where i can get one & who to ask to make one?

As seen here on the left picture: http://suntzuanime.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/will-they-wont-they.png

Could try painting it on with white fabric paint on a black wristband yourself :c
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kookiekween99 on February 29, 2012, 07:54:07 PM
This might sound odd, but where can I find a plain blue dress for a reasonable price? I can only find stuff that already has designs on it or the fabric is cut in such a way that it's not usable.

I want to cosplay as the TARDIS (https://www.google.com/search?q=tardis&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&oe=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=mfBOT_nnJ4qUtwfF3LCoDQ&biw=1280&bih=883&sei=nfBOT9X7JOXg0QGHueSCDg). My idea was to find a plain navy blue dress, and just use fabric paint for the details. Then I would have a headband with the light thingie.

Also, if anyone has any tips on how to do the headband, that would be awesome. It would be extra cool if I could actually get it to light up, but I know that might be difficult.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Laggy on March 01, 2012, 04:44:27 AM
This might sound odd, but where can I find a plain blue dress for a reasonable price? I can only find stuff that already has designs on it or the fabric is cut in such a way that it's not usable.

I want to cosplay as the TARDIS (https://www.google.com/search?q=tardis&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&oe=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=mfBOT_nnJ4qUtwfF3LCoDQ&biw=1280&bih=883&sei=nfBOT9X7JOXg0QGHueSCDg). My idea was to find a plain navy blue dress, and just use fabric paint for the details. Then I would have a headband with the light thingie.

Also, if anyone has any tips on how to do the headband, that would be awesome. It would be extra cool if I could actually get it to light up, but I know that might be difficult.

I can't seem to find it on their website, but Radio Shack sells these small little portable LED lights. They're shaped like a tiny muffin, and you twist the bottom to turn on the light. They're super bright, and lasts like 140 hours. No wired required. I used them when I made a Portal gun a few years back. They work great.

Also, great costume idea. I'll keep an eye out for you!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: amaya_JDB on March 02, 2012, 02:06:16 PM
Need help on 2 cosplays!

For my Mey-Rin cosplay I need a couple of pistols, but I don't know where to find some peace bonding friendly guns. Is there a site that might sell some?
And also it's said that her eyes are actually red, but in the anime it's brown. So...should I get red or brown contact lenses? My normal eyes are dark brown/black, and I have to pay an extra $50-70 for a pair 'cause my prescription is so high (-7.75 on both eyes x_X)

My fiance and his friend are cosplaying the FFF Inquisition from Baka and Test, and is there any ideas on how we can approach this? I have no sewing skills period! Is there a good site that does commitions or maybe even ideas on what we can do?

Thank you!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Xia on March 02, 2012, 04:51:45 PM
I was wondering if anyone knows where I could find prescription red contact lenses, preferably with power that is greater than -6.0. I've been looking around but haven't had much luck, and since I wear regular prescription contacts on a normal basis I want to make sure the ones I purchase are safe and reliable.

This is something I've been contemplating really recently and it isn't something that's super necessary (but I'm still interested), so if it ends up where I cannot find a set that works and that I can trust on, then I will be fine.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on March 02, 2012, 09:38:27 PM
I was wondering if anyone knows where I could find prescription red contact lenses, preferably with power that is greater than -6.0. I've been looking around but haven't had much luck, and since I wear regular prescription contacts on a normal basis I want to make sure the ones I purchase are safe and reliable.

This is something I've been contemplating really recently and it isn't something that's super necessary (but I'm still interested), so if it ends up where I cannot find a set that works and that I can trust on, then I will be fine.

If i was you and you wear contacts already, i would try asking your optomitrist (is tht wat they're called?) and ask if they sell or know of any good places to find some nice ones. when it comes to things like this you wanna make sure you're doing whats best for your eyes.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BunofGovt on March 02, 2012, 10:03:47 PM
This might sound odd, but where can I find a plain blue dress for a reasonable price? I can only find stuff that already has designs on it or the fabric is cut in such a way that it's not usable.

I want to cosplay as the TARDIS (https://www.google.com/search?q=tardis&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&oe=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=mfBOT_nnJ4qUtwfF3LCoDQ&biw=1280&bih=883&sei=nfBOT9X7JOXg0QGHueSCDg). My idea was to find a plain navy blue dress, and just use fabric paint for the details. Then I would have a headband with the light thingie.

Also, if anyone has any tips on how to do the headband, that would be awesome. It would be extra cool if I could actually get it to light up, but I know that might be difficult.

Try Ross or Marshalls or Kohls (not sure if Kohls see dresses actually) for the blue dress.  Don't forget to check dresses, and if there's a section for formal dresses because you might find a solid color, and longer ones.  You might find something in the sleepwear section also, like a gown, or robe?

I too will be looking for you for pics! I don't know how big you will make the light on the headband, but you might try using one of those small emergency tap lights (I've seen them at hardware stores and Walgreens) inside the light fixture.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on March 05, 2012, 03:24:54 PM
As a contact lens user I have to say be careful when ordering stuff from over seas.
First thing you need is the contact lens cleaner. Thats the stuff that clens the lenses. You can buy that anywhere. The dierctions are in the box. And a lens contaner.

Other than that just stick them in your eye. Lol. With clean hands.

Through out the day your eyes will get dry so pick up come eye drops for contact lenes. It usually takes about a week to get used to wearing them. So wear them before so you can get used to them. Other wise you eyes will turn blood shot red.

But I highy recommend you go to an optometrist and order color lenses through them. Like in Walmart.
Anymore questions feel free to ask.

Thank you so much both of you. This will be very helpful in buying contacts.  ;D
I just bought cat eye contacts for my nekomata costume from that store round bout $26 so hopefully it works out *first time buying contacts too* XD

Good luck! I am a bit nervous ordering for the first time... but I really want my costume complete for the con.
Woo! Just got the contacts in the mail today they look awesome! X3 i'm definitely buying from them again they have good prices and reply back promptly.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BSaphire on March 06, 2012, 11:20:31 AM
I am throwing this out there for the all the cosplayers:

It will be very bright and sunny during Fanime this year. With that said many will forget to bring sunblock... I would recommend it highly.

Some people burn easy so even with prevention the redness can show up. Here are some suggestions so that cosplayers can prepare or use to tone down the redness in photos...
1. Sunblock before or SPF in your make up

2. You wake up to realize your a little red what can you do: Many girls are aware of the green concealor stick or green liquid/paste foundation that can be applied to minimize redness. For cosplay's that require you to look really white it will be even harder to do this if you are sun burned so have the green foundation available. Apply this first and allow it to dry. I would also recommend a setting powder (White or a color that you can get that is lighter if you need to lighten your skin tone or slightly darker if you need to darken your skin tone) be applied after you apply the green foundation or concealor.

From here I would recommend thin layering of the skin color you wish to acheive. Don't rub or press hard because you don't want the green to lift and blend with the final color. Once dry apply the next thin coat till you acheive the look you want.

Once you have this done then apply your final setting powder. The 2nd setting powder color can be different from the first, but that is for you to decide, I normally have a second color to acheive the final look I wanted.

Remember that persperation will cause make up to loosen so try to stay cool, hydrated, and out of direct sunlight as much as possible while you are wearing it. If you feel a few beads of persperation during that photoshoot... ask the photog to wait a minute and get more into the shade... after all you didn't wait a year to have your photo's look messed up by a little sweat :P

Now you may think you have a slightly off color from what you pictured, but here is where it pays off to practice this technique before con and it really does help....
When you are having photos taken you will be less likely to appear like a crab or lobster in the photo. When the human eye looks at a red object it is turning off the green receptors and when looking at a green object it is turning off the red receptors... not all but that is how the eye perceives color. Most digital cameras are designed with the same principle when it is capturing color and with those that fill in pixles it adjusts to blend the color quality.

Doing this will help you to acheive a better skin tone in pictures of your character when you have redness from sun exposure. Again I would recommend practice of this technique so that you can work out the problem faster should it arise at con.

3. Water, water, oh and WATER! Dehydration will make your skin drier and make up look worse. It also adds to getting sunburned and those dark circles under the eyes.

BTW... to tone down the dark circles under the eyes there is a yellow concealor stick that can be applied before your foundation to help minimize the darkness.. besides other tricks you can do the night before and a tip or two that super models use.. but that's a different subject for another time.

Back to the water issue... I can not stress enough to drink water this year. The Cosplayer Hangout will have a water station, but you need to start and end your day with a bottle of water and drink it during the day along with the soda, coffee, and other stuff ;P to actually be hydrated.

There will be so much sun and with the fountains turned into a flowerbed I can already feel the heat that will be radiating off the cement out front. Add the heat reflecting off the cement walls and glass and it will be warm all over.

Hope these few suggestions help you to have a better FanimeCon 2012 and be sure to pass the word along so we can all have a great time. btw... please forgive my spelling errors (if any) and if anyone has other suggestions like these please post them.

Squidges
B
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rebeccakh on March 06, 2012, 10:50:02 PM
Soooo I was wondering if anyone had any idea of how to make long hand claws
vid for example. 0:37 for view of the claws http://youtu.be/DuZfCkav_eM

I am stumped as how to make them. I wanted to make them on a separate black glove so i could slip it on for pictures then take it off so I can get around better. Cardboard i'm iffy on because it tends to bend and get floppy if you're not super careful with it but I still want them to be light. Any ideas?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Makise09 on March 06, 2012, 11:44:23 PM
An interesting questions from a friend, where can I buy school uniforms? Not from a specific anime or manga, but just a general uniform. We've checked eBay but quality is always super sketchy there.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: dajoo on March 07, 2012, 02:53:54 AM
Soooo I was wondering if anyone had any idea of how to make long hand claws
vid for example. 0:37 for view of the claws http://youtu.be/DuZfCkav_eM


You might try balsa wood aeirlons. You can get them where ever model airplanes are sold they are great because they are light weight come in about two foot lengths and they are already wedge shaped
Title: how do you add streaks to wigs? v_v;
Post by: Melly on March 07, 2012, 08:40:04 PM
ok so, i'm pretty sure i'm doing Draculaura as a cosplay this year and well you see, i do have a long black wig but the problem is it doesnt have the signature pink streaks in it! so i was wondering if there was a way to either;

color a black wig

or

add extensions maybe?

ref;

(http://images.wikia.com/monsterhigh/images/c/ca/Draculaura-monster-high-19949892-256-528.png)
Title: Re: how do you add streaks to wigs? v_v;
Post by: squallette on March 07, 2012, 08:47:30 PM
I don't think there is any way in hells you're going to end up coloring a black wig. Adding extensions is probably your best bet. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41bVSqB4FnL._SL500_AA280_.jpg
Title: Re: how do you add streaks to wigs? v_v;
Post by: Melly on March 07, 2012, 08:56:48 PM
do you sew them or clip them in? wouldn't clip in ones look kinda obvious? D:? i actually found a pretty good wig but i dont want to buy another one if i dont have too v_v;
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: ruby19_4 on March 08, 2012, 12:46:57 AM
I am in need of anyone who can make me a costume. It is easy but I have hard time to find it. I really wanted to dress up fred abberline from black butler. I notice I am missing the coat. Btw what the kind of hat is he wearing. I dont know how it called, so I hopefully can find it easy.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Laggy on March 08, 2012, 01:22:01 AM
I am in need of anyone who can make me a costume. It is easy but I have hard time to find it. I really wanted to dress up fred abberline from black butler. I notice I am missing the coat. Btw what the kind of hat is he wearing. I dont know how it called, so I hopefully can find it easy.

I would suggest thrift stores.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Yuutousei on March 08, 2012, 04:13:53 PM
Two questions~

I want to use the same wig for two different cosplays. How do I get rid of the hair spray used to keep the wig in spikes? Can I just wash it?

Also...

Tutorials to sew a backpack?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on March 08, 2012, 10:16:56 PM
I am in need of anyone who can make me a costume. It is easy but I have hard time to find it. I really wanted to dress up fred abberline from black butler. I notice I am missing the coat. Btw what the kind of hat is he wearing. I dont know how it called, so I hopefully can find it easy.
since this is an easy costume, thrift stores would be your best bet. it seems he just wears a white button up shirt, a teal tie, and a tan coat. most likely you can find all these things easily at a thrift store. and his hat is sumthn like a bowler hat
Title: Re: how do you add streaks to wigs? v_v;
Post by: dajoo on March 10, 2012, 05:08:33 AM
do you sew them or clip them in? wouldn't clip in ones look kinda obvious? D:? i actually found a pretty good wig but i dont want to buy another one if i dont have too v_v;

For this kind of wig modification it may be cheaper to buy a pink wig to cannablilize rather than buying enough extensions. Then what you want to do is glue a bunch of hair together with a hot glue gun(you can also glue them flat to a piece of fabric. Then thread the unglued end through a wide eyed needle and sew it through form the underside to the outside of the wig. Put a dab of glue on the hair and attach it to the wig underside to lock it in place. Style the pink hair as needed.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: ruby19_4 on March 10, 2012, 07:45:41 AM
I will try. thank you.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: scuryghost on March 11, 2012, 12:11:54 PM
Where do people typically find photographers on here? It's my first year trying to set up a photoshoot and I'm a little bit lost about the whole process.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BunofGovt on March 15, 2012, 09:22:22 PM
I know I've seen some posts recently somewhere here on the forum from a photographer who is going to set up requests for photoshoots, but I haven't been able to find those posts.  I did find this old thread from someone with the same (similar) question and maybe it will help you.  One piece of advice was to check the Cosplay.com site as well.

http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,14823.0.html
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Laggy on March 16, 2012, 04:12:10 AM
I know I've seen some posts recently somewhere here on the forum from a photographer who is going to set up requests for photoshoots, but I haven't been able to find those posts.  I did find this old thread from someone with the same (similar) question and maybe it will help you.  One piece of advice was to check the Cosplay.com site as well.

http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,14823.0.html


That guy got a flood of responses, so he closed the thread, haha. Got all booked up.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: TronCat on March 20, 2012, 01:57:33 PM
I need a wig commissioned >.< it's for Xiba from soul calibur 5 please anyone very skilled in wig manipulation and such please email me @ armondo89@yahoo.com do we can work something out and I can send you reference pics of him if needed please and thank you! :3
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: echoshadow on March 25, 2012, 07:23:13 AM
I need a bit of help here. I'm looking for or commission a Blood-C male school uniform.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AnimefanJJ on March 25, 2012, 11:50:12 PM
I need a bit of help here. I'm looking for or commission a Blood-C male school uniform.
Reference? Also I am here to say I can help o giving advice on sewing. I want to open up for commission, but hard to do since my favorite supplier of fabrics isn't in business in my city any more. Plus the commission can go to about 100 dollars+ depending on the fabric. Also shipping and handling coast.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: echoshadow on March 26, 2012, 12:07:34 AM
I can get the pants, tie and chain but the shirt is a bit tricky. Also my sewing skills are zero.
Here is a reference pic.
I seen some on ebay, but it looks a bit shady and also the wait time is very long.
 
(http://www.deculture.es/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/blood-c-tokizane.jpg)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AnimefanJJ on March 26, 2012, 12:53:53 AM
I can get the pants, tie and chain but the shirt is a bit tricky. Also my sewing skills are zero.
Here is a reference pic.
I seen some on ebay, but it looks a bit shady and also the wait time is very long.
 
(http://www.deculture.es/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/blood-c-tokizane.jpg)

modifying a black button shirt is the best way to go for this shirt. Red ribbon and a small amount of black fabric could get the job done. about a 25 dollar job if you ask me. Though the waist area is where it gets tricky, I would have to do that in person to make sure it doesn't squeeze the life out of you.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AnimefanJJ on March 27, 2012, 12:45:41 AM
Anything else? Ask me anything about sewing and I can help.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: dajoo on March 29, 2012, 09:23:22 PM
I can get the pants, tie and chain but the shirt is a bit tricky. Also my sewing skills are zero.
Here is a reference pic.
I seen some on ebay, but it looks a bit shady and also the wait time is very long.
 
(http://www.deculture.es/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/blood-c-tokizane.jpg)

Got to agree with JJ modifying is your best bet for this kind of thing. At Joanne's or most fabric stores they have pre-made bias tapes. I would recommend getting the thickness for quilt/blanket edging in a scarlet color. You could apply it by hand even with a running stitch (not that complicated just google it) or joanne's also sells nesew iron fabric glue that should do the trick. Also unless you want to wear empire waisted pants shirts don't taper in like that. The quick costuming lesson is that in the old days pants were cut to the natural waist about 4-6" higher than modern pants and that's without sagging. The natural waist is the skinniest area between the chest and the hip measurment usually just under the ribcage.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AnimefanJJ on March 30, 2012, 03:33:26 AM
Got to agree with JJ modifying is your best bet for this kind of thing. At Joanne's or most fabric stores they have pre-made bias tapes. I would recommend getting the thickness for quilt/blanket edging in a scarlet color. You could apply it by hand even with a running stitch (not that complicated just google it) or joanne's also sells nesew iron fabric glue that should do the trick. Also unless you want to wear empire waisted pants shirts don't taper in like that. The quick costuming lesson is that in the old days pants were cut to the natural waist about 4-6" higher than modern pants and that's without sagging. The natural waist is the skinniest area between the chest and the hip measurment usually just under the ribcage.


Well after learning how to make costumes in collage, you learn the best way to do things is modifying at times making it yourself is the best way to go. The shirt will be taper like shown in the anime picture, it isn't that hard. Just a lot of gathering up the fabric to make it do what it is suppose to do.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: DarkMoonlitStar on March 30, 2012, 06:47:21 PM
Does anyone know how to make realistic white angel wings? I'm probably not going for full sized wings for convenience's sake.

I wanted to do Rinoa's limit break Angel Wing from FFVIII. Also...does anyone know of any places where I could get ribbed blue fabric that matches?

Character Reference: http://doupe.zive.cz/vaulty/finalfantasy/pictures/ff8rinoa.jpg (http://doupe.zive.cz/vaulty/finalfantasy/pictures/ff8rinoa.jpg)
In Game Limit Break: http://images.wikia.com/finalfantasy/images/a/a8/Rinoa_limit_break.jpg (http://images.wikia.com/finalfantasy/images/a/a8/Rinoa_limit_break.jpg)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on March 30, 2012, 11:23:59 PM
Does anyone know how to make realistic white angel wings? I'm probably not going for full sized wings for convenience's sake.

I wanted to do Rinoa's limit break Angel Wing from FFVIII. Also...does anyone know of any places where I could get ribbed blue fabric that matches?

Character Reference: http://doupe.zive.cz/vaulty/finalfantasy/pictures/ff8rinoa.jpg (http://doupe.zive.cz/vaulty/finalfantasy/pictures/ff8rinoa.jpg)
In Game Limit Break: http://images.wikia.com/finalfantasy/images/a/a8/Rinoa_limit_break.jpg (http://images.wikia.com/finalfantasy/images/a/a8/Rinoa_limit_break.jpg)
to find ribbed fabric, i'd check ur local fabric store and see what they carry if any. if not some stores carry a good selection online for a good price. and for the wings u mite wnt to check a costume supply store or possibly order some online for bout $3. hope ths helps :3
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: dajoo on March 31, 2012, 08:28:36 PM
Depending on how much money you have to spend I would recommend looking at Victoria's Dance & Costume. They should have anything from the cheapy halloween ones to a good pair of theatrical quality. As for the ribbed fabric I would recommend either Fabrics R Us in San Jose or Fabrics.com. I've only come up wanting a couple times at Fabrics R Us, so I'd start there.         
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on March 31, 2012, 08:45:41 PM
Depending on how much money you have to spend I would recommend looking at Victoria's Dance & Costume. They should have anything from the cheapy halloween ones to a good pair of theatrical quality. As for the ribbed fabric I would recommend either Fabrics R Us in San Jose or Fabrics.com. I've only come up wanting a couple times at Fabrics R Us, so I'd start there.         
^ I second tht. Victoria's Dance & Costume is a good place, from my past experiences.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: dajoo on March 31, 2012, 08:59:21 PM
If fabrics r us does fail you I found these two knits on fabrics.com.
http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=00b5f358-1617-4af4-a1b7-ebe36e3051de
http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=6fefbcbd-797f-45ef-9184-4d9119f5c0f6

You'd probably want the first one for the project you're doing. The only annoying thing is you'd have to darken every other stripe, which could be done with fabric markers. Also remember to get a stretch needle before trying to sew it or it will be an unholy mess.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: DarkMoonlitStar on April 01, 2012, 12:49:11 AM
If fabrics r us does fail you I found these two knits on fabrics.com.
http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=00b5f358-1617-4af4-a1b7-ebe36e3051de
http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=6fefbcbd-797f-45ef-9184-4d9119f5c0f6

You'd probably want the first one for the project you're doing. The only annoying thing is you'd have to darken every other stripe, which could be done with fabric markers. Also remember to get a stretch needle before trying to sew it or it will be an unholy mess.
Depending on how much money you have to spend I would recommend looking at Victoria's Dance & Costume. They should have anything from the cheapy halloween ones to a good pair of theatrical quality. As for the ribbed fabric I would recommend either Fabrics R Us in San Jose or Fabrics.com. I've only come up wanting a couple times at Fabrics R Us, so I'd start there.         
^ I second tht. Victoria's Dance & Costume is a good place, from my past experiences.

Thanks for all the suggestions! I live about a 45min drive away from SJ so venturing out there for fabric might not be an option considering I don't have a car for myself.... As for the wings is it possible to link the source of what you guys are talking about?

Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: dajoo on April 01, 2012, 01:15:15 AM
Victoria's official website is http://www.victoriasdancecostume.com/ Unfortunately they do not have pics of the things they have in the store. (It's a real treat to see all the stuff) On a side note a quick bing search turned up:
http://www.bing.com/shopping/angel-cupid-feather-wings-22-white-costume-accessory/p/D14665C8626DAFA75001?q=costume+wings+feather&lpf=0&lpq=costume%2bwings%2bfeather&FORM=EGCA&lppc=16
http://www.bing.com/shopping/halloween-costume-accessory-winged-victory-feather-angel-wings-adult/p/37ABCC4CBF33D4E55002?q=costume+wings+feather&lpf=0&lpq=costume%2bwings%2bfeather&FORM=EGCA&lppc=16
http://www.bing.com/shopping/angel-wings-feather/p/AF978277A6A2BD6C71DA?q=costume+wings+feather&lpf=0&lppc=16&lpq=costume%2bwings%2bfeather&FORM=CMSMEE
Depending on budget and what your feel of what it should be. As for the distance thing I completly understand. I'm originally from the SJ area, but am now out in Tracy.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: DarkMoonlitStar on April 01, 2012, 03:54:40 PM
Victoria's official website is http://www.victoriasdancecostume.com/ Unfortunately they do not have pics of the things they have in the store. (It's a real treat to see all the stuff) On a side note a quick bing search turned up:
http://www.bing.com/shopping/angel-cupid-feather-wings-22-white-costume-accessory/p/D14665C8626DAFA75001?q=costume+wings+feather&lpf=0&lpq=costume%2bwings%2bfeather&FORM=EGCA&lppc=16
http://www.bing.com/shopping/halloween-costume-accessory-winged-victory-feather-angel-wings-adult/p/37ABCC4CBF33D4E55002?q=costume+wings+feather&lpf=0&lpq=costume%2bwings%2bfeather&FORM=EGCA&lppc=16
http://www.bing.com/shopping/angel-wings-feather/p/AF978277A6A2BD6C71DA?q=costume+wings+feather&lpf=0&lppc=16&lpq=costume%2bwings%2bfeather&FORM=CMSMEE
Depending on budget and what your feel of what it should be. As for the distance thing I completly understand. I'm originally from the SJ area, but am now out in Tracy.


Thanks for all the help! I pretty much found everything I need now...I just need all the money to afford everything and make it.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: dajoo on April 01, 2012, 06:56:08 PM
Not a problem that's what the forums and this thread are for.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: mdarkpoet on April 02, 2012, 12:46:24 AM
I'm stuck on the LAST part of my cosplay O___O!

For the cosplay for Revy from Black Lagoon I cannot for the life of me find any belts online that are even remotely similar... I have everything else except for that. I even got all creative with the fake handguns (thank you Wal Mart haha) but yeah. I've searched everywhere, any idea where to get the belt????

http://media.animevice.com/uploads/0/9491/243983-revy_super.jpg
there's Revy with her belt T_T blargh
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: dajoo on April 02, 2012, 01:06:54 AM
What you want are tactical belts. You may have to modify the buckle area but I think I've seen that kind of closure on the belts before. Best bet in the San Jose area is Steven's Creek Surplus. In the Tracy area I would suggest "The Everything Store." If neither of those are in your area lookup surplus or airsoft tactical stores. I got basically that same belt in white for my Ghostbusters costume at Steven's Creek Surplus
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: mdarkpoet on April 02, 2012, 01:24:04 AM
Wow haha that's the best response I've gotten O_O I'll definitely try Steven's Creek Surplus thank you  :D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: dajoo on April 02, 2012, 05:36:22 AM
If I remember correctly the belts are in the left part of the store in the back on the endcap facing the bathroom. Happy hunting.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kookiekween99 on April 07, 2012, 03:23:42 PM
Is it possible/easy to stylize a wig and how?

I finally got the wig I ordered around a month ago. However, I'm not all that happy with the bangs.

This is my wig:

(http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd19/amberdslovick/Wig.jpg)

This is the character:

(http://www.miccostumes.com/images/character/Chisame_hasegawa.jpg)
(Chisame Hasegawa from Negima)
Bigger picture: http://mjv-art.org/pictures/get_image/17167-1280x960-mahou+sensei+negima-hasegawa+chisame-chiu-roulin+rouge.jpg

I think I have to cut the bangs shorter and some of the main hair shorter to go in the front. Is there some special way to cut wigs or can I just treat it like normal hair?

Also, she has that annoying little piece of hair standing up in the air like that. Is there anything I can do to replicate that?

Keep in mind I have absolutely no experience with wigs whatsoever. ^^;
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: usagi3113 on April 09, 2012, 08:36:06 AM
Fanime will be one of my first conventions, is there any sellers there that might have some cosplays to buy? I'd like to do a sailor moon character the problem is I don't think I can get the money in time AND have them ship it. Or does anyone have a ebay seller that they can recommend that's rather fast? I heard there will be at least one wig store there so :D I don't think I need to worry too much!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on April 09, 2012, 09:39:29 AM
If fabrics r us does fail you I found these two knits on fabrics.com.
http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=00b5f358-1617-4af4-a1b7-ebe36e3051de
http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=6fefbcbd-797f-45ef-9184-4d9119f5c0f6

You'd probably want the first one for the project you're doing. The only annoying thing is you'd have to darken every other stripe, which could be done with fabric markers. Also remember to get a stretch needle before trying to sew it or it will be an unholy mess.
Darkening every other stripe would be difficult, time-consuming, messy, and probably end up looking really cheesy.

Rinoa's rib knit is a wider rib than the one linked to here, so the "negative" part shows up more, making it look striped. It isn't; it's just how the "negative" part of a rib knit looks darker due to seeing the backside of the knit and it being in shadow, giving what you are seeing as a striped appearance. Any rib knit will give that effect naturally without having to be striped.





I need a bit of advice on a prop gun (http://i40.tinypic.com/fabqdc.jpg).
I was planning on carving it out of probably a block of styrofoam, then sealing the foam with something and painting it. Since the gun is fairly flat, I was going to just use a sheet of foam so i just have to worry about an outline istead of carving the sides, as well, like I would if I used something like expanding insulation foam. I also need a rather large single sheet, since I don't want to have to somehow join together two pieces to create the entire length of the gun.

Would this even work? I'm not sure what to seal the foam with, or even if the rather porous foam I was looking at would be a good option. I was thinking of using gesso to seal the foam, but I'm afraid it will just sink into all the little holes and I'd need a -lot- to get a smooth coat. If that wouldn't work, what would? I was hoping that I could seal it (sand it, seal it again, etc.), apply my decorations (which will be a combination of cut pieces of craft foam glued on and hot glue directly applied to create the raised designs), and paint it, without having to cover it in something between the sealant and the decorations/paint. Would that work, and how sturdy would it be?

Also, I was planning on using a length of PVC pipe for the barrel (which goes all the way back, so I would just need to glue it into a channel on the top of the gun), but I don't know what kind of glue to use to attatch it (I guess that partly depends on how I seal the gun?) or if that will be too heavy, especially considering how lightweight the body of the gun could potentially be. Any tips there?

I was planning on doing something like this (http://i41.tinypic.com/29diply.png), where piece 1 is the styrofoam body, piece 2 is the PVC pipe, piece 3 is an extra, decorative piece (though it might be good to make it structural somehow... any ideas?), and piece 4 is shaped craft foam that hides the junction (thank you, Atlus character designers, for giving her a decorative piece right there!).

Thank you!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: DarkMoonlitStar on April 10, 2012, 12:30:45 AM
If fabrics r us does fail you I found these two knits on fabrics.com.
http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=00b5f358-1617-4af4-a1b7-ebe36e3051de
http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=6fefbcbd-797f-45ef-9184-4d9119f5c0f6

You'd probably want the first one for the project you're doing. The only annoying thing is you'd have to darken every other stripe, which could be done with fabric markers. Also remember to get a stretch needle before trying to sew it or it will be an unholy mess.
Darkening every other stripe would be difficult, time-consuming, messy, and probably end up looking really cheesy.

Rinoa's rib knit is a wider rib than the one linked to here, so the "negative" part shows up more, making it look striped. It isn't; it's just how the "negative" part of a rib knit looks darker due to seeing the backside of the knit and it being in shadow, giving what you are seeing as a striped appearance. Any rib knit will give that effect naturally without having to be striped.





I need a bit of advice on a prop gun (http://i40.tinypic.com/fabqdc.jpg).
I was planning on carving it out of probably a block of styrofoam, then sealing the foam with something and painting it. Since the gun is fairly flat, I was going to just use a sheet of foam so i just have to worry about an outline istead of carving the sides, as well, like I would if I used something like expanding insulation foam. I also need a rather large single sheet, since I don't want to have to somehow join together two pieces to create the entire length of the gun.

Would this even work? I'm not sure what to seal the foam with, or even if the rather porous foam I was looking at would be a good option. I was thinking of using gesso to seal the foam, but I'm afraid it will just sink into all the little holes and I'd need a -lot- to get a smooth coat. If that wouldn't work, what would? I was hoping that I could seal it (sand it, seal it again, etc.), apply my decorations (which will be a combination of cut pieces of craft foam glued on and hot glue directly applied to create the raised designs), and paint it, without having to cover it in something between the sealant and the decorations/paint. Would that work, and how sturdy would it be?

Also, I was planning on using a length of PVC pipe for the barrel (which goes all the way back, so I would just need to glue it into a channel on the top of the gun), but I don't know what kind of glue to use to attatch it (I guess that partly depends on how I seal the gun?) or if that will be too heavy, especially considering how lightweight the body of the gun could potentially be. Any tips there?

I was planning on doing something like this (http://i41.tinypic.com/29diply.png), where piece 1 is the styrofoam body, piece 2 is the PVC pipe, piece 3 is an extra, decorative piece (though it might be good to make it structural somehow... any ideas?), and piece 4 is shaped craft foam that hides the junction (thank you, Atlus character designers, for giving her a decorative piece right there!).

Thank you!

Yeah I ended up buying the fabric suggested and the ribs are small but I'll just have to use it...not enough time and money to look for other ones for now...But either way I hope it turns out alright despite it being a bit too green and too small of ribbing xD

As for the prop gun you can probably use pvc pipes for piece 2 and 3. and in the area around piece 4 where all 3 main parts of the gun meets you could use some strong adhesive like gorilla glue (it expands and foams as well). Mind's sorta blanking at creativity atm but for the craft foam, it tends to dry up and crack after a while if you leave it just painted so you should seal it with something as well. I've used a gloss finish mod podge glue when that happened and it looked fine after touching up the paint a bit. I don't usually use foam and foam sheets so I couldn't give any suggestions about those...I mainly use paper mache and that usually works out just fine for me (having made a scythe and trident out of paper mache and other parts).
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: dajoo on April 10, 2012, 01:45:15 PM
If fabrics r us does fail you I found these two knits on fabrics.com.
http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=00b5f358-1617-4af4-a1b7-ebe36e3051de
http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=6fefbcbd-797f-45ef-9184-4d9119f5c0f6

You'd probably want the first one for the project you're doing. The only annoying thing is you'd have to darken every other stripe, which could be done with fabric markers. Also remember to get a stretch needle before trying to sew it or it will be an unholy mess.
Darkening every other stripe would be difficult, time-consuming, messy, and probably end up looking really cheesy.

Rinoa's rib knit is a wider rib than the one linked to here, so the "negative" part shows up more, making it look striped. It isn't; it's just how the "negative" part of a rib knit looks darker due to seeing the backside of the knit and it being in shadow, giving what you are seeing as a striped appearance. Any rib knit will give that effect naturally without having to be striped.





I need a bit of advice on a prop gun (http://i40.tinypic.com/fabqdc.jpg).
I was planning on carving it out of probably a block of styrofoam, then sealing the foam with something and painting it. Since the gun is fairly flat, I was going to just use a sheet of foam so i just have to worry about an outline istead of carving the sides, as well, like I would if I used something like expanding insulation foam. I also need a rather large single sheet, since I don't want to have to somehow join together two pieces to create the entire length of the gun.

Would this even work? I'm not sure what to seal the foam with, or even if the rather porous foam I was looking at would be a good option. I was thinking of using gesso to seal the foam, but I'm afraid it will just sink into all the little holes and I'd need a -lot- to get a smooth coat. If that wouldn't work, what would? I was hoping that I could seal it (sand it, seal it again, etc.), apply my decorations (which will be a combination of cut pieces of craft foam glued on and hot glue directly applied to create the raised designs), and paint it, without having to cover it in something between the sealant and the decorations/paint. Would that work, and how sturdy would it be?

Also, I was planning on using a length of PVC pipe for the barrel (which goes all the way back, so I would just need to glue it into a channel on the top of the gun), but I don't know what kind of glue to use to attatch it (I guess that partly depends on how I seal the gun?) or if that will be too heavy, especially considering how lightweight the body of the gun could potentially be. Any tips there?

I was planning on doing something like this (http://i41.tinypic.com/29diply.png), where piece 1 is the styrofoam body, piece 2 is the PVC pipe, piece 3 is an extra, decorative piece (though it might be good to make it structural somehow... any ideas?), and piece 4 is shaped craft foam that hides the junction (thank you, Atlus character designers, for giving her a decorative piece right there!).

Thank you!

Yeah I ended up buying the fabric suggested and the ribs are small but I'll just have to use it...not enough time and money to look for other ones for now...But either way I hope it turns out alright despite it being a bit too green and too small of ribbing xD

As for the prop gun you can probably use pvc pipes for piece 2 and 3. and in the area around piece 4 where all 3 main parts of the gun meets you could use some strong adhesive like gorilla glue (it expands and foams as well). Mind's sorta blanking at creativity atm but for the craft foam, it tends to dry up and crack after a while if you leave it just painted so you should seal it with something as well. I've used a gloss finish mod podge glue when that happened and it looked fine after touching up the paint a bit. I don't usually use foam and foam sheets so I couldn't give any suggestions about those...I mainly use paper mache and that usually works out just fine for me (having made a scythe and trident out of paper mache and other parts).


Sorry that the ribbing is off. It's hard to tell when you look at the stuff online. In the future fabric.com does sell swatches of the fabric so you can see it in the real world before you buy it. I figured the darker was the inverted ribbing, but didn't see any wide ribbed knits online in that color, so I suggested what could help make the look. For coloring to keep the mess down I would suggest fabric pens. I did a custom plaid with fabric pens on Maka's skirt and it came out great.

As for the gun I agree the pvc pipes for the barrels is a great idea. For the body and stock I would suggest a closed cell foam like polystyrene. This is the kind of foam that is used to make shock absorbers for electronics when being shipped. It's just a little heavier, but a hell of a lot more structurally sound. http://www.closedcellfoams.com/polystyrene.html
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on April 10, 2012, 03:57:46 PM
DarkMoonlitStar>
Thanks for the suggestions. I don't think I can use a pipe for part 3, though, unless I use a very, very thin pipe and cover it in a decorative material, since it isn't very pipe-like on her actual gun.
As for paper mache, how would that work? I know how to use it when covering something (or using a mold to cover or fill in for smaller pieces, then removing the mold for a hollow piece or removing it from the mold for a solid piece), but I've always thought that for a larger item like a rifle, I'd need a base material to cover? I've never heard of using it as the main and only material on something that large, without anything underneath it as a base.


Dajoo>
Polystyrene might be better, then. I don't mind a little bit more weight to give added strength, especially since I was already woried that it might be too lightweight to support that PVC pipe. Thanks for the suggestions. Where would I find something like that in person, I wonder? Also, I would still need to seal it, right? Would gesso work for that, like I was thinking of using for styrofoam?


Thank you!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: dajoo on April 10, 2012, 11:12:27 PM

Dajoo>
Polystyrene might be better, then. I don't mind a little bit more weight to give added strength, especially since I was already woried that it might be too lightweight to support that PVC pipe. Thanks for the suggestions. Where would I find something like that in person, I wonder? Also, I would still need to seal it, right? Would gesso work for that, like I was thinking of using for styrofoam?


Thank you!

In the past I had a friend that worked at Bestbuy and he was able to get me some from a tv they had sold without the box. You might try asking to see if anyone you know has some recent electornics purchase, see if you have an inside contact, or worst case scenario go dumpster diving. Sorry I don't  know of any places that sell it in person. I used paper clay as base and then gessoed it. I don't know if you can skip the clay or not .
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kookiekween99 on April 15, 2012, 09:52:51 AM
Quoting because it got buried under another dicussion and I'd still like some help if anyone's willing to offer.

Is it possible/easy to stylize a wig and how?

I finally got the wig I ordered around a month ago. However, I'm not all that happy with the bangs.

This is my wig:

(http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd19/amberdslovick/Wig.jpg)

This is the character:

(http://www.miccostumes.com/images/character/Chisame_hasegawa.jpg)
(Chisame Hasegawa from Negima)
Bigger picture: http://mjv-art.org/pictures/get_image/17167-1280x960-mahou+sensei+negima-hasegawa+chisame-chiu-roulin+rouge.jpg

I think I have to cut the bangs shorter and some of the main hair shorter to go in the front. Is there some special way to cut wigs or can I just treat it like normal hair?

Also, she has that annoying little piece of hair standing up in the air like that. Is there anything I can do to replicate that?

Keep in mind I have absolutely no experience with wigs whatsoever. ^^;
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on April 15, 2012, 10:34:13 AM
Quoting because it got buried under another dicussion and I'd still like some help if anyone's willing to offer.

Is it possible/easy to stylize a wig and how?

I finally got the wig I ordered around a month ago. However, I'm not all that happy with the bangs.

This is my wig:

(http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd19/amberdslovick/Wig.jpg)

This is the character:

(http://www.miccostumes.com/images/character/Chisame_hasegawa.jpg)
(Chisame Hasegawa from Negima)
Bigger picture: http://mjv-art.org/pictures/get_image/17167-1280x960-mahou+sensei+negima-hasegawa+chisame-chiu-roulin+rouge.jpg

I think I have to cut the bangs shorter and some of the main hair shorter to go in the front. Is there some special way to cut wigs or can I just treat it like normal hair?

Also, she has that annoying little piece of hair standing up in the air like that. Is there anything I can do to replicate that?

Keep in mind I have absolutely no experience with wigs whatsoever. ^^;
If i was u i'd cut it just like normal hair. and to help make it stick up use some gel or heavy hair product tht'll make it stand up. which can also be washed out easily.  :)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Mint on April 15, 2012, 10:42:57 AM
Quoting because it got buried under another dicussion and I'd still like some help if anyone's willing to offer.

Is it possible/easy to stylize a wig and how?

I finally got the wig I ordered around a month ago. However, I'm not all that happy with the bangs.

This is my wig:

(http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd19/amberdslovick/Wig.jpg)

This is the character:

(http://www.miccostumes.com/images/character/Chisame_hasegawa.jpg)
(Chisame Hasegawa from Negima)
Bigger picture: http://mjv-art.org/pictures/get_image/17167-1280x960-mahou+sensei+negima-hasegawa+chisame-chiu-roulin+rouge.jpg

I think I have to cut the bangs shorter and some of the main hair shorter to go in the front. Is there some special way to cut wigs or can I just treat it like normal hair?

Also, she has that annoying little piece of hair standing up in the air like that. Is there anything I can do to replicate that?

Keep in mind I have absolutely no experience with wigs whatsoever. ^^;


Basically, yes, you do cut it like regular hair, except with one idea in mind: It WONT grow back. So you do so carefully. :3  

The way I do it, is put the wig on, and mark with a sharpie at a point a little longer than what I want it to be (For bangs, at least). I then take it off and put it on a wig head, and make a really rough, blunt cut straight across that length. So, yes, now the bangs are shorter, but they're probably not as short as you want them, and they will be cut really roughly, and look quite bad.
Then what I do is I take my scissors (I use something like these: http://www.guystyleguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/small-scissors.jpg which are meant for cosmetic/hair things, and are easier to use when it comes to managing wigs) and I cut vertically, or at a slight angle. The idea of this is to thin the edges so you have less of a rough cut, and more so bangs that look how normal hair looks.

Basically going for a look that looks like: http://shessmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/short-red-wig-with-bangs.jpg

instead of: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zxeC5jkbvzw/TdGOCkvOqmI/AAAAAAAAAKs/B9uzSLpfnLo/s1600/IMG_0442.JPG

After you thin out the ends a bit (you could also use thinning shears), it should look a lot nicer than if simply cut straight across. But also, thinning it out this way will make them a bit shorter, and so after they look good on the wig head (again, careful to not make them too short), put the wig back on and see if they are an ok length. If too long, put it back on the wig head and trim vertically again.

Sorry if that's really confusing. u_u;;

For the ahoge, all it seems it would need is a good helping of hair gel (Got2Be Glue is what a lot of people really like to use). Cut it to the right length, and then lather it with the gel, and take a hairdryer to it as you shape it. That SHOULD be enough, however, if it's not, you would use wire to keep it up.

For future reference, here's a whole boatload of tutorials on just about everything: http://cosplaytutorial.com/list.php
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kane64 on April 22, 2012, 03:36:39 AM
I am curious if anyone knows of, or has a place that they prefer to go to, that can make some custom shirts? Cause the shirt I want to have made for my costume is a little more complicated then just a simple press on image.

Any and all help would be appreciated. :)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MYNAMEISBUBBY on April 23, 2012, 08:47:19 PM
i have to make a dress for paula.from kuroshitsuji.it's like a big puffy old fashioned dress,except plainer.i have no idea where to start.>.>
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on April 23, 2012, 08:59:50 PM
i have to make a dress for paula.from kuroshitsuji.it's like a big puffy old fashioned dress,except plainer.i have no idea where to start.>.>
try going to sewing stores and finding patterns of the dress and make it from there. OR! grab pieces of patterns from different dresses tht'll help create tht dress all together. thts wat im doing for one of my cosplays, rather thn buying it online. hope ths helps  :)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: opalwhisker on April 29, 2012, 02:55:41 PM
hey so I'm going to be doing a cosplay of Kaito Kuroba
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m223/Roxas-1987/Kaito%20Kid/kuroba_kaito.jpg)<< Him
in his Kaito Kid disguise
Seen here >> (http://static.zerochan.net/full/08/43/219658.jpg)
and I really want to have his hair be accurate. I'm a girl who has pretty much the same color hair as he does so I don't have a wig for him, but my hair is long (about 4 inches past the shoulder) is there anyway I can pin up and spry or gel my hair so it looks like his? I'd really rather not cut my hair is it can be avoided XD;
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: koolcalcat1 on April 29, 2012, 04:28:52 PM
Dose anyone know how to make an underbust corset? I need to make one that ties in the back...
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on April 29, 2012, 07:33:00 PM
Dose anyone know how to make an underbust corset? I need to make one that ties in the back...

The pattern (http://www.lafnmoon.com/product_p/p113.htm) I use for mine is by Laughing Moon, and I've liked it rather well.  It's made to have a front busk and back lacing, though the busk can be drafted out quite easily if you don't need it.  I don't know if you're looking for a functioning corset or a cosmetic piece; if it's the latter, then you may be able to find a costume pattern that you can adapt.

Opalwhisker: try Got2BGlued hair glue.  We made a friend's hair stand completely upright for a shoot with it.  Though fair warning -- it's a sticky pain to work with, so make sure you can wash your hands off after.  I found out that out the hard way. XD
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on April 29, 2012, 08:58:04 PM
hey so I'm going to be doing a cosplay of Kaito Kuroba
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m223/Roxas-1987/Kaito%20Kid/kuroba_kaito.jpg)<< Him
in his Kaito Kid disguise
Seen here >> (http://static.zerochan.net/full/08/43/219658.jpg)
and I really want to have his hair be accurate. I'm a girl who has pretty much the same color hair as he does so I don't have a wig for him, but my hair is long (about 4 inches past the shoulder) is there anyway I can pin up and spry or gel my hair so it looks like his? I'd really rather not cut my hair is it can be avoided XD;
u could try flipping it up so the bottom ends do those kind of spikes or w/e they are in the pic? thts my best advice for not using a wig.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on April 29, 2012, 09:00:05 PM
Dose anyone know how to make an underbust corset? I need to make one that ties in the back...
try going to local sewing stores and looking for patterns. if not hot topic or stores online might have some. hope this helps.  :)
Title: Packing for a plane ride.
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on April 30, 2012, 11:00:13 AM
So fanime is around the corner and HAVE THE BIGGEST PROBLEM EVER....other than messy wig hair..
I was wondering if anyone knew the best way to pack for an airplane? I have mutiple costumes including two pices of armor that are quite big, okay medieum sized. I would prefer not to have to pay extra for baggage at the airport...


any advice would help... I have flown before but never to a con with costumes and such. Thanks! ;D
Title: Re: Packing for a plane ride.
Post by: Charis on April 30, 2012, 11:26:44 AM
Are you flying an airline that lets you check luggage free?  There are still a few left nowadays.  If you are, then your life is much easier, since technically a box can be checked instead of luggage.

If you're not (welcome to my world XD ), then your best bet is to very carefully read your airline's carry-on luggage regulations.  What I usually do is put everything compressible into ziplock bags, which have the dual purpose of saving space and keeping everything isolated in case you have a spill.  Things like underwear, socks, small pieces of costumes -- those work well in corners and to fill in gaps.  Fold your larger pieces neatly.  Work shoes in around them.  Pick out bigger/heavier pieces and wear them on the plane if you can -- I usually fly with my knee boots, since they're the bulkiest pair of shoes I have for con, and take a jacket or outer layer with me.  Get a suitcase as big as your airline's carry-on guidelines will allow, preferably one with a gusset; pack it with the gusset open and then carefully zip it closed to get more compression.  It's possible to fit a LOT in a suitcase if you pack it carefully, even with cosplay involved.  Give yourself time and fuss things around until you've got the best configuration.

Most airlines do not count jackets, hats, or umbrellas towards carry-on luggage limits.  You can take advantage of this if you've got hats for cosplay, or a bulky outer jacket or something like that.  (I used to travel with a heavy wool cloak -- which wouldn't have been possible without this rule.)  Within reason, food and beverages to be consumed on the flight also does not apply, which frees up a little more space for carry-on, potentially.    If you've got a wig you're worried about damaging spikes or such on, consider wearing it as well (but be aware that might make sitting uncomfortable).  Take a tote bag or a backpack as your second carry-on to maximise space.

The armour's where you're likely to run into problems, depending on the size and how fragile it is.  If it's not too fragile, you may be able to get away with putting it into your suitcase and just padding the hell out of it with everything else you have.  If it is, try putting it into your second carry-on bag so you can control how it's handled.  If neither is an option due to size, then you'll either have to check it or mail it.  Mailing is actually not a bad option if you send it early enough that you don't have to worry about rush charges and if you can pack it to avoid oversize charges; I usually do FedEx or UPS.  If there's no one on the con side you can ship it to, ask the hotel what their options are.

Better to have to pay a little extra than have your hard work damaged, really.  But flying to a con -- even with lots of costumes -- is entirely doable; I've done it for quite a few, most of them without checking (except when I had to for sword props and the like).
Title: Re: Packing for a plane ride.
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on April 30, 2012, 11:51:06 AM
Are you flying an airline that lets you check luggage free?  There are still a few left nowadays.  If you are, then your life is much easier, since technically a box can be checked instead of luggage.

If you're not (welcome to my world XD ), then your best bet is to very carefully read your airline's carry-on luggage regulations.  What I usually do is put everything compressible into ziplock bags, which have the dual purpose of saving space and keeping everything isolated in case you have a spill.  Things like underwear, socks, small pieces of costumes -- those work well in corners and to fill in gaps.  Fold your larger pieces neatly.  Work shoes in around them.  Pick out bigger/heavier pieces and wear them on the plane if you can -- I usually fly with my knee boots, since they're the bulkiest pair of shoes I have for con, and take a jacket or outer layer with me.  Get a suitcase as big as your airline's carry-on guidelines will allow, preferably one with a gusset; pack it with the gusset open and then carefully zip it closed to get more compression.  It's possible to fit a LOT in a suitcase if you pack it carefully, even with cosplay involved.  Give yourself time and fuss things around until you've got the best configuration.

Most airlines do not count jackets, hats, or umbrellas towards carry-on luggage limits.  You can take advantage of this if you've got hats for cosplay, or a bulky outer jacket or something like that.  (I used to travel with a heavy wool cloak -- which wouldn't have been possible without this rule.)  Within reason, food and beverages to be consumed on the flight also does not apply, which frees up a little more space for carry-on, potentially.    If you've got a wig you're worried about damaging spikes or such on, consider wearing it as well (but be aware that might make sitting uncomfortable).  Take a tote bag or a backpack as your second carry-on to maximise space.

The armour's where you're likely to run into problems, depending on the size and how fragile it is.  If it's not too fragile, you may be able to get away with putting it into your suitcase and just padding the hell out of it with everything else you have.  If it is, try putting it into your second carry-on bag so you can control how it's handled.  If neither is an option due to size, then you'll either have to check it or mail it.  Mailing is actually not a bad option if you send it early enough that you don't have to worry about rush charges and if you can pack it to avoid oversize charges; I usually do FedEx or UPS.  If there's no one on the con side you can ship it to, ask the hotel what their options are.

Better to have to pay a little extra than have your hard work damaged, really.  But flying to a con -- even with lots of costumes -- is entirely doable; I've done it for quite a few, most of them without checking (except when I had to for sword props and the like).

Yeah I am flying southwest so I am pretty sure I can get away with two checked luggages for free. I am really worried about the armor but if I can fit it a box than it would be awesome. My big problem is waiting till the night before I leave to pack, I guess I might have to start earlier. :P Thanks for all the advice! I hope I can fit it all.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on April 30, 2012, 12:04:51 PM
Yeah I am flying southwest so I am pretty sure I can get away with two checked luggages for free. I am really worried about the armor but if I can fit it a box than it would be awesome. My big problem is waiting till the night before I leave to pack, I guess I might have to start earlier. :P Thanks for all the advice! I hope I can fit it all.

According to the Southwest website (http://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/baggage/checked-bags-pol.html), you can check things up to 62" linear measurement (combined L + W + H).  In your shoes, I'd probably try to check a good sturdy box with my armour and a suitcase for the rest of my stuff (and bring whatever else I needed as carry-on).  Pad the hell out of your armour, fill in the empty space in the box (those air-pack bags that so many places use nowadays are great for taking care of anything left once you've packed what you want into the box), and label the outside with your name, home address, flight number, and destination address.  The labelling might be overkill, but I've done that on boxes every time I've flown and never had problems with them arriving.  You might also want to mention what it is at check-in, since security may be weirded out.

Honestly, with two checked bags plus carry-on, you'd have to be taking some serious armour to be over your luggage allowances, IMO. XD  Just make sure your box is within the size limits and you'll be fine.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on April 30, 2012, 12:31:12 PM
Yeah I am flying southwest so I am pretty sure I can get away with two checked luggages for free. I am really worried about the armor but if I can fit it a box than it would be awesome. My big problem is waiting till the night before I leave to pack, I guess I might have to start earlier. :P Thanks for all the advice! I hope I can fit it all.

According to the Southwest website (http://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/baggage/checked-bags-pol.html), you can check things up to 62" linear measurement (combined L + W + H).  In your shoes, I'd probably try to check a good sturdy box with my armour and a suitcase for the rest of my stuff (and bring whatever else I needed as carry-on).  Pad the hell out of your armour, fill in the empty space in the box (those air-pack bags that so many places use nowadays are great for taking care of anything left once you've packed what you want into the box), and label the outside with your name, home address, flight number, and destination address.  The labelling might be overkill, but I've done that on boxes every time I've flown and never had problems with them arriving.  You might also want to mention what it is at check-in, since security may be weirded out.

Honestly, with two checked bags plus carry-on, you'd have to be taking some serious armour to be over your luggage allowances, IMO. XD  Just make sure your box is within the size limits and you'll be fine.

Thanks for clearing that up. I will defently becareful with what I pack and the labeling is a really good idea. I would ahte for all my hard work to get lost between where I am and and san jose sense I have one plane transfer before I get there.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Raiz3r on May 02, 2012, 05:22:13 PM
Decided to dress up for fanime and couldn't find any sites that sells the costumes besides ebay.


Does anyone have suggestion on sites to buy costumes from?

(I'm thinking about dressing up as Shiki from Togainu no Chi  or maybe Hibari from hitman reborn.)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kookiekween99 on May 02, 2012, 06:02:00 PM
Decided to dress up for fanime and couldn't find any sites that sells the costumes besides ebay.


Does anyone have suggestion on sites to buy costumes from?

(I'm thinking about dressing up as Shiki from Togainu no Chi  or maybe Hibari from hitman reborn.)

For one of my cosplays, I got the outfit from http://www.miccostumes.com/ and the wig from http://www.cosplayfu.com/ (both have pretty good cosplay stuff, and the quality is pretty awesome). The problem is, both ship from Hong Kong, which took about a month for me, so you might not get them in time for this year's Fanime. Also, even if it did arrive in time, you might not have time to modify it to fit your body if necessary.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AnimefanJJ on May 04, 2012, 02:07:49 AM
If anyone needs something simple done, like a dress or a shirt, please let me know I need 40 dollars for my ride to Fanime and I don't have it. So I am willing to make things to get that money.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Admiral Donuts on May 07, 2012, 10:14:18 PM
Does anyone know how I could pull off "Valve Guy?" (http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/File:Valve_head_home.png) Is there any particular way I could attach the valve to the back of my head?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BunofGovt on May 08, 2012, 08:48:30 PM
I'd say spirit gum IF you could find a lightweight valve and stem part (plastic maybe or papier mache?).
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: WuvMilo on May 13, 2012, 07:07:35 PM
Anyone know a good website where I can buy Black Rock Shooter's weapon? > ~ < Sword or Cannon.

If not, then anyone can give me some tips and what I need to buy to make one of them? > ~ < It would be my first time making a cosplay prop.
Title: remove please
Post by: Zirphex on May 14, 2012, 10:48:04 AM
mods please remove this post
Title: Paint, Props, and My life in general
Post by: Zirphex on May 14, 2012, 07:39:51 PM
Everything I do outside of work besides drink way too much coffee and beer and play video games.
I'm always looking for new inspiration somewhere, but the world of the undead rules most of my life...
I'll upload more when I have pictures of stuff, but these are some examples

http://s1139.photobucket.com/albums/n544/Zirphex/Props%20and%20stuff/

(http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n544/Zirphex/Props%20and%20stuff/0501143533.jpg)

(http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n544/Zirphex/Props%20and%20stuff/P5201514.jpg)

(http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n544/Zirphex/Props%20and%20stuff/0806142442.jpg)

(http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n544/Zirphex/Props%20and%20stuff/0510170454_01.jpg)
Title: Question about fake nails;
Post by: xichisex on May 18, 2012, 07:52:42 PM
I am going to be cosplaying Gumi from Vocaloid and I was curious about what people think.. Should I do french tipped nails with the tip being green or go for a full green nail? It's driving me crazy because I don't know what would look better. The outfits I am doing are a Neko Maid Gumi [Shown below in my siggy] and Coward Mont Blanc [Also in siggy], but I am also - for Sunday - going to the Black and White Ball in a ballgown and I want these nails to last throughout the weekend. Would french tip be more desirable considering I will be wearing something formal along the way or would the full green nail still look fine?
Title: Re: Question about fake nails;
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on May 18, 2012, 08:01:00 PM
Green tipped... would be very cute for maid gumi! French tip does last quite awhile but thats what I have to say. Gumi is such a cutie to! Hope I get to see you at the con... I might need a pic or 2...
Title: Re: Question about fake nails;
Post by: xichisex on May 18, 2012, 08:05:33 PM
I'd love to get a picture with you. :3
Title: Re: Question about fake nails;
Post by: LakuriSyaoran~ on May 18, 2012, 10:31:14 PM
I think that doing a french tip would be cuter then just doing full green nails, and it would look more formal for the b&w ball ^^
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Josepher on May 30, 2012, 09:21:28 AM
Hey guys, my friends and I cosplayed as Servbots at Fanime.  However, we were forced to walk around with our helmets off because of our limited visibility.   Our helmets currently use white T-Shirts for the eyes with black fabric marker drawing the iris.  The idea was to replicate the black on halloween masks.  We had hoped that this would be enough to see during the con, but alas it was not.  By chance, we befriended the Pokemon Men and we exchanged a few ideas and such about our helmets.
(http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2012/150/4/9/servbot_cosplay_debut_by_spambots-d51nnaz.jpg)
photo credit: BokehFTW http://www.flickr.com/people/bokehftw/
Anyways, now we are planning on using plexiglass or something similar to it.  We are going to heat up the plexiglass and mold it to the proper shape, use a black window tint for the iris, and maybe paint the rest white.
What I'm looking for is a better idea for the white part of the eye, or maybe another idea for our helmets in general.  I was thinking about using white window tint, but I don't know how well it would look.

Thanks!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Dawnshadow on May 30, 2012, 10:06:44 PM
I have recently required a fursuit that is in need of repairs. The poor thing. D: (It was a great deal though)

How should I remove any stains/dirtiness from the fur itself?
What should I re-paint/color the eyes with? (the eyes are made of that plastic stuff with a bunch of holes in it)

Thanks. :D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: spycker on May 31, 2012, 08:19:56 PM
Im going to be cosplaying next year either as a GIJoe soldier, a gears of war soldier or army of two. any feedback? i might use an ichigo black hollow mask.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: jingko on June 01, 2012, 07:50:49 PM
Im going to be cosplaying next year either as a GIJoe soldier, a gears of war soldier or army of two. any feedback? i might use an ichigo black hollow mask.

if you use any sort of gun or gun looking item-keep a look out for new rule fore peace bonding for them! and no live steel for the weapons unless they can be "locked" aka zip tied in place and not come out. (wood as rule too, but best bet is really really fake looking things) again watch the peace bonding threads- just an FYI
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: DarkMoonlitStar on June 02, 2012, 12:57:17 PM
I'm sorta thinking about cosplaying Ringo from Air Gear but I'm not completely sure yet.

(Spoiler-alert if people haven't read the manga yet; though it doesn't show much...but just in case)
I was thinking of doing this version from chapter 266 of the manga
http://www.mangareader.net/137-44936-2/air-gear/chapter-266.html (http://www.mangareader.net/137-44936-2/air-gear/chapter-266.html)
http://www.mangareader.net/137-44936-17/air-gear/chapter-266.html (http://www.mangareader.net/137-44936-17/air-gear/chapter-266.html)

or This version from chapter 341
http://www.mangareader.net/air-gear/341/3 (http://www.mangareader.net/air-gear/341/3)

What trips me out are the shoes. Not sure how to go about customizing or making them in the first place. But any help on the outfits too would be nice.
Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: amaya_JDB on June 02, 2012, 10:36:11 PM
I need a pistol for my cosplay, but I have no clue how to get one that peace-bond friendly. How do I make one like that??? Obviously taking a air soft gun and pour glue down the barrel isn't the best idea xD
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: spycker on June 02, 2012, 10:40:06 PM
I need a pistol for my cosplay, but I have no clue how to get one that peace-bond friendly. How do I make one like that??? Obviously taking a air soft gun and pour glue down the barrel isn't the best idea xD


im thinking of paintball / airsoft weapons, look on ebay, they are very cheap and should be no problem with fanime as long as the orange point is shown and has no ammo or loaded
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: amaya_JDB on June 02, 2012, 11:08:46 PM
I need a pistol for my cosplay, but I have no clue how to get one that peace-bond friendly. How do I make one like that??? Obviously taking a air soft gun and pour glue down the barrel isn't the best idea xD


im thinking of paintball / airsoft weapons, look on ebay, they are very cheap and should be no problem with fanime as long as the orange point is shown and has no ammo or loaded

I thought so too until I saw this: "projectile weapons (such as airsoft, or bb guns, bows, crossbows, and firearms)" not allowed
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: spycker on June 03, 2012, 01:47:14 PM
then where the hell do i get my prop guns from?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: spycker on June 06, 2012, 07:09:31 PM
ive seen pictures of people cosplaying with weapons that had orange tip!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on June 07, 2012, 08:25:36 AM
ive seen pictures of people cosplaying with weapons that had orange tip!

Yes, but per this past year's rules, none of them should have had the ability to fire anything at any point in their lives.  If they did, the odds are good that they either (a) didn't get them peace bonded, or (b) someone made a mistake

There are a number of ways people get prop guns by circumventing the "no airsoft, etc." rule -- making their own, repurposing water guns (which I believe were permitted as long as they remained empty), finding solid ones without the moving bits.  I've known people to take airsoft guns and create resin copies of them.  Point is, there are still other ways to get the props you need.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: spycker on June 07, 2012, 08:25:58 PM
I dont want to fire anything  ;D what about skull patches? its part of the cosplay..and is this mask acceptable? (http://www.evike.com/images/large/Mask-RLUX-Hollow-2.jpg)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: amaya_JDB on June 09, 2012, 10:18:24 PM
Can anyone help me out? I'm trying to make dual pistols out of water guns, but I don't know what the limitations are for the peace bond. Thank you!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: koolcalcat1 on June 10, 2012, 12:42:07 PM
So i have a question how would one make face-stiches with out latex? (I'm allergic)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Zirphex on June 12, 2012, 10:38:07 AM
So i have a question how would one make face-stiches with out latex? (I'm allergic)

Try using Elmers School Glue.
Just be careful and give it plenty of time to dry, possibly more than one layer.
Title: How much should a Persona 4 uniform jacket cost?
Post by: Rikun on June 12, 2012, 10:41:14 AM
Hi guys,

I'm considering a Persona 4 cosplay for the next convention so I've been shopping all over the place for the uniforms.  What I've found is that some places sell them almost dirt cheap while others would cost about as much as a fully custom suit would be (i.e. anywhere between $60 to $400).  I've even considered commissioning local cosplayers to build the jacket, but prices range for them too.  So, I wanted your guys' thoughts on two things:

1) How much would you pay online for a good quality Persona 4 cosplay?  What sites would be trustworthy for this purpose?

2) How much is reasonable for cosplayers to commission to make the cosplay?

Please let me know what you guys think.  Thanks!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: geemrpeabody on June 13, 2012, 11:32:19 AM
Hi Guys.  I have a technical question.  For my next costume I'm wanting to have an LED that is triggered by small remote control.  I don't have the tech background to build it myself, but I'd imagine the technology already exists in some form.  Any Suggestions?

Thanks, in advance.
Title: Re: How much should a Persona 4 uniform jacket cost?
Post by: aurifera on June 13, 2012, 12:18:12 PM
Hi guys,

I'm considering a Persona 4 cosplay for the next convention so I've been shopping all over the place for the uniforms.  What I've found is that some places sell them almost dirt cheap while others would cost about as much as a fully custom suit would be (i.e. anywhere between $60 to $400).  I've even considered commissioning local cosplayers to build the jacket, but prices range for them too.  So, I wanted your guys' thoughts on two things:

1) How much would you pay online for a good quality Persona 4 cosplay?  What sites would be trustworthy for this purpose?

2) How much is reasonable for cosplayers to commission to make the cosplay?

Please let me know what you guys think.  Thanks!
The official Atlus/Cospatio jacket for the Persona 4 uniform is like... $350 ($300 for the girls'). That's taking licensing fees and designer quality (custom school crest buttons + pin, embroidery, fully lined, functional pockets etc) into the equation.

So I would never pay anything more than that. For pricing it really depends how picky you are when it comes to quality and accuracy. If you're going through a commissioner you need to be as detailed as you can be so they can give you the most accurate quote. Ebay can be a crapshoot, but it tends to range from "oh my god what is that" to budget/factory-produced costumes that may not be 100% accurate but look fine and aren't horrendously expensive.

The only commissioners I've tried are
http://cosplay1.com/ -- good quality for the price (cost me $150 for a jacket-shirt-skirt uniform), can do embroidery
http://www.costume-shop.jp/ -- price can vary depending on the "course" (standard or premium) and what you ask for, but they can probably do custom buttons or a pin if you really want the extra level of accuracy. I got a premium course costume from them and it's amazing. Considering what I got (complex 14-piece costume for $600) I think it was a reasonable price.

the obvious advantage of working with a local commissioner is more convenient and collaborative communication, though. And no shipping fees. D:
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: jingko on June 13, 2012, 12:26:01 PM
Rikun: for the wig and costume i wouldn't pay 100$ for all of it, if you go to the thrift stores you can possible find stuff that will be cheaper and then alter it to look like your character.

geemrpeabody: check etsy and other How to through google and such engines. also (i'm not technically minded either) but post on cosplay.com and again etsy and see who's out there.  I received my hidden blades thou a guy named john storms in etsy and he might know of someone or can make them.

for PEACE BONDING---------
THEY ARE CHANGING THE RULES! YOU HAVE TO READ THEM WHEN FAMINE COMES AROUND AGAIN.
as it is- IF it's an air soft gun, or regular plastic gun or rifle-
*The tip has to be plugged!-as well as bright orange that you can see from at least 20 feet- so you might have to make the tape go down more of the barrel. (or just use a bright neon colored gun) ((i know it sucks but it's the rules so everyone is safe))
*The Trigger CAN NOT work! (if it has a slide on it-block it or glue it shut)
*NO AMMO-either in the clip, on the gun, or on your person!
*if you have a clip in your gun-EVEN IF IT"S EMPTY- you have to make sure that nothing can get in it(so if it has a bottom take it off!)
*basically it can not fire anything, look like it can, or even look like it might be able to fire.
WEAPONS:
*NOTHING REAL!!! that includes bows, with stings (if some one cause sting it and use it-it's a no go!)
*live steel-NOTHING LIVE STEEL!!! even if it's paper thin-it can possible hurt someone.
*wood-Has to be light weight!
for foam guns-still needs to have a bright orange tip! and it's up to the fanime peace bonder(as each gun is different) - as some of the stormtroopers were fine, but there are a few things that were not form other cosplayers- check with them and please don't yell at them.

for anything else read this
http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,16577.0.html

again they are changing the rules!! keep up on them!


Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Charis on June 13, 2012, 04:36:47 PM
for PEACE BONDING---------
THEY ARE CHANGING THE RULES! YOU HAVE TO READ THEM WHEN FAMINE COMES AROUND AGAIN.
*snip*

Um ... if you look at the timestamp on that first post, it was last edited in January.  There's been clarification in the thread, and there's a certain amount of fluidity to be expected in the rules from year to year, but Aelia has always been very good about answering questions and keeping the cosplaying populace up to date, even if it's just "we're not sure about _____" yet.

That said -- did you read the rules before posting this?  Airsoft is explicitly prohibited according to the 2012 peacebonding rules.  Better to just point people to that thread and leave it at that, especially since it's best to have the people doing peacebonding commenting on what's okay and what's not okay with weapons, since they'll actually be the ones approving it at con.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: spycker on June 13, 2012, 08:56:25 PM
is my mask ok to wear? no one has answered the question and what about my skull patches?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: jingko on June 13, 2012, 09:20:18 PM
is my mask ok to wear? no one has answered the question and what about my skull patches?

it's a patch? or a mask? cause most patches are fine but i would post it to the con-ops or peace bonders, as from what I've been told as long as they do not have "NYPD" "RCP" and do not look like they are part of the fire, police, or any other fratcion that is in law/safety that they are fine ( as well as anything racist)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Dagger-6 on June 15, 2012, 06:32:41 AM


I need a bit of advice on a prop gun (http://i40.tinypic.com/fabqdc.jpg).
I was planning on carving it out of probably a block of styrofoam, then sealing the foam with something and painting it. Since the gun is fairly flat, I was going to just use a sheet of foam so i just have to worry about an outline istead of carving the sides, as well, like I would if I used something like expanding insulation foam. I also need a rather large single sheet, since I don't want to have to somehow join together two pieces to create the entire length of the gun.

Would this even work? I'm not sure what to seal the foam with, or even if the rather porous foam I was looking at would be a good option. I was thinking of using gesso to seal the foam, but I'm afraid it will just sink into all the little holes and I'd need a -lot- to get a smooth coat. If that wouldn't work, what would? I was hoping that I could seal it (sand it, seal it again, etc.), apply my decorations (which will be a combination of cut pieces of craft foam glued on and hot glue directly applied to create the raised designs), and paint it, without having to cover it in something between the sealant and the decorations/paint. Would that work, and how sturdy would it be?

Also, I was planning on using a length of PVC pipe for the barrel (which goes all the way back, so I would just need to glue it into a channel on the top of the gun), but I don't know what kind of glue to use to attatch it (I guess that partly depends on how I seal the gun?) or if that will be too heavy, especially considering how lightweight the body of the gun could potentially be. Any tips there?

I was planning on doing something like this (http://i41.tinypic.com/29diply.png), where piece 1 is the styrofoam body, piece 2 is the PVC pipe, piece 3 is an extra, decorative piece (though it might be good to make it structural somehow... any ideas?), and piece 4 is shaped craft foam that hides the junction (thank you, Atlus character designers, for giving her a decorative piece right there!).

Thank you!

If you did want to do foam, you can seal it with diluted school glue/modge podge or spray on plastidip.

One of the prop designers for our Halo film works almost exclusively with foam, and they look great.

http://www.youtube.com/user/DaFrontlineTrooper

My advice is to check out his "How to make a halo magnum"  series.  He tracks the construction of a Halo Magnum fairly thoroughly from start to finish, which should be pretty helpful.

Foam props can be fairly fragile, so you have to take care when handling them.  But they are also ridiculously cheap.  

If you have any specific questions, if you're local I'm happy to help.  You can also follow him on FB

http://www.facebook.com/pages/DaFrontlineTrooper-Andrew-Cook/177039162321111


Examples of things made out of foam:
(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/313549_274319859259707_1624693248_n.jpg)
(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/403269_348162808542078_1698865180_n.jpg)(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/407078_350982891593403_565139501_n.jpg)
(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/578715_357069304328165_365893450_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: amaya_JDB on June 29, 2012, 10:56:19 PM
I know the weapons policy might be changing, but in the past has plugged up water guns been allowed?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kookiekween99 on July 02, 2012, 12:00:21 AM
(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080812180827/megaman/images/4/49/MegaCrossFusion.jpg)

My boyfriend is enlisting my help in trying to cosplay Cross Fusion Megaman (other reference pic here (http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100809215125/megaman/images/7/7a/Cross_fusion_-_megaman_(1st).jpg)).

We're trying to think of different ways to create the helmet. I thought of possibly carving it out of styrofoam to give it form, covering that with a layer of air-dry clay to shape the details, and painting that. He searched online and found a possible method of finding a cosplay police helmet or a football helmet and doing paper mache over that.

Does anyone know from experience if either of these are viable methods? We're also totally open to better suggestions, since we haven't purchased any of the helmet materials yet.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: sael on July 02, 2012, 10:55:08 AM
We're trying to think of different ways to create the helmet. I thought of possibly carving it out of styrofoam to give it form, covering that with a layer of air-dry clay to shape the details, and painting that. He searched online and found a possible method of finding a cosplay police helmet or a football helmet and doing paper mache over that.

From my experience with foam and having talked to my friends about theirs: Use masking tape on the foam (any type) before applying clay to it. If you don't, the foam will not hold the clay - the little balls that make up the foam like to stick to the clay more than each other so they just break away with the clay instead. Tape in bands/rings about the prop and the styrofoam will be held in place; then apply the air-dry clay.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: dajoo on July 17, 2012, 12:45:53 AM
For the fins you might also look at styrene it's a modeling plastic used in model train diorama construction and requires little knowledge to work with. Just make certain you use a cohesive glue(model glue) to bond it to itself and an adhesive glue(joanne's tacky glue.) to bond it to foam. If you are going to bond it to a football or some such helmet you may need to sand the area it is to be applied too to get past whatever paint is already on the plastic.
(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080812180827/megaman/images/4/49/MegaCrossFusion.jpg)

My boyfriend is enlisting my help in trying to cosplay Cross Fusion Megaman (other reference pic here (http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100809215125/megaman/images/7/7a/Cross_fusion_-_megaman_(1st).jpg)).

We're trying to think of different ways to create the helmet. I thought of possibly carving it out of styrofoam to give it form, covering that with a layer of air-dry clay to shape the details, and painting that. He searched online and found a possible method of finding a cosplay police helmet or a football helmet and doing paper mache over that.

Does anyone know from experience if either of these are viable methods? We're also totally open to better suggestions, since we haven't purchased any of the helmet materials yet.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: dajoo on July 17, 2012, 12:48:23 AM
Elmer's glue isn't a bad way to go about it, but you might also try real stitch thread(or something of that guage,) and use spirit gum to adhere it to your face. Gives the most realistic look because you really have stitches on your face.
So i have a question how would one make face-stiches with out latex? (I'm allergic)
Title: Re: making a volpal sword
Post by: Rhoswen on July 19, 2012, 02:43:50 PM
So cosplay id Alice "um" from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
? is what materials can i use and how to make the sword look like metal?
there is a picture of the movie prop in link below.
http://geekfemme.blogspot.com/2010/03/nerdy-photo-monday-alice-in-wonderland.html
Thank you for any help ^.^
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Yorika~ on July 21, 2012, 07:25:47 PM
So first, is there any good site to buy cosplay that doesn't use paypal. My parents don't have one and refuse to get one.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AnimefanJJ on July 24, 2012, 02:16:59 AM
So first, is there any good site to buy cosplay that doesn't use paypal. My parents don't have one and refuse to get one.
there isn't many that I know of. Most of them use paypal heavily because it is easy.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rikun on July 24, 2012, 08:48:40 AM
Hey everyone!  I'm considering dressing for the next Fanime, but I figured before I even begin to construct it, I was wondering if his flamethrower was ever an issue.

(http://tf2wiki.net/w/images/0/03/RedFlamethrowerTilt.png)
(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2008/01/pyrochanges.jpg)

I want to know in advance before I start buying parts and whatnot.  If I CAN bring this to con, I'd like some advice as to how I could construct this as cheaply as possible and what kind of components would be best to use.

I also wanted advice on how to build the Pyro's airtank on his back, especially how to best make the harness so I can wear it.
(http://alloyrabbit.co.cc/tf2refs/images/pyro-body.jpg)

Thanks!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: kane64 on July 31, 2012, 05:48:56 AM
Hey everyone!  I'm considering dressing for the next Fanime, but I figured before I even begin to construct it, I was wondering if his flamethrower was ever an issue.

(http://tf2wiki.net/w/images/0/03/RedFlamethrowerTilt.png)
(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2008/01/pyrochanges.jpg)

I want to know in advance before I start buying parts and whatnot.  If I CAN bring this to con, I'd like some advice as to how I could construct this as cheaply as possible and what kind of components would be best to use.

I also wanted advice on how to build the Pyro's airtank on his back, especially how to best make the harness so I can wear it.
(http://alloyrabbit.co.cc/tf2refs/images/pyro-body.jpg)

Thanks!
I believe that the flamethrower is fine... if you don't have an actual propane tank attached to it and none of the mechanics on it actually work.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Admiral Donuts on July 31, 2012, 09:38:48 PM
, I'd like some advice as to how I could construct this as cheaply as possible and what kind of components would be best to use.

I also wanted advice on how to build the Pyro's airtank on his back, especially how to best make the harness so I can wear it.

A 2 litre pop bottle might do for the air tank, a pair of suspenders from a military surplus store would be a cheap start to a harness. Military surplus is the place to look for a gas mask if you don't have one.

As for a propane tank, a really good substitute would be an empty mini-draught keg, I bought one in San Jose for $20 (and THAT was filled with beer) so you can probably find one at a recycling depot for a few bucks if you don't want the beer.

as for the other parts of the flamethrower, plumbing section of the hardware store and old vacuum cleaner attachments should work well.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on August 02, 2012, 08:21:14 PM
I got a question for anyone. Any ideas would be of great help. I was wondering if anyone knew anyting about traditional chinese clothing for men. Mabye some sights that I can buy the clothing from.

Anything would be of great help. Thanks  ;D
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: koolcalcat1 on August 02, 2012, 08:29:09 PM
I NEED HELP!!!

how do i attach a horn to a wig? (My liitle pony cosplay) What would be the least damagin to the wig but the most durable as well?

I should also say the horn is big and made out of duck tape/
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: azreale on August 12, 2012, 06:08:40 PM
So, I'm sculpting a Psycho mask From the Borderlands game...
Heres what they look like for those who don't know the game: (http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Borderlandscover.jpg)


Here's what I have so far: (http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/386818_129994367145665_277677309_n.jpg) crappy photo quality, but its what i got.
I'll be painting on most of the details once i make a cast of this, but want opinions and critiques first.  details like the eyes, facial markings and such will be added later.
My question is, does anyone thing anything structurally needs to be changed? Am I way off?  Its my first time making a full mask, let alone one so detailed... any critique helps!  Thanks1
Title: Re: making a volpal sword
Post by: Dagger-6 on August 29, 2012, 09:57:53 AM
So cosplay id Alice "um" from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
? is what materials can i use and how to make the sword look like metal?
there is a picture of the movie prop in link below.
http://geekfemme.blogspot.com/2010/03/nerdy-photo-monday-alice-in-wonderland.html
Thank you for any help ^.^

If you want to make something look like metal, the biggest keys are a nice base texture and s a good paint job.

For texture, whether you're working with foam, bondo, or plastic, make sure you get something workable.  The vast majority of props I see that stick out like a sore thumb tend to be paper mache products which retain their lumpy newspaper clumped form underneath.  There are few metal objects in the world with that texture.

For painting, Stan Winston Studios has a great video entitled "METALLIC PAINTING TECHNIQUES" that I highly recommend purchasing.  Here is a preview:
http://youtu.be/IrAyrV7M_ZA

Good luck!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Dagger-6 on August 29, 2012, 10:00:27 AM
So, I'm sculpting a Psycho mask From the Borderlands game...
Heres what they look like for those who don't know the game: (http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Borderlandscover.jpg)


Here's what I have so far: (http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/386818_129994367145665_277677309_n.jpg) crappy photo quality, but its what i got.
I'll be painting on most of the details once i make a cast of this, but want opinions and critiques first.  details like the eyes, facial markings and such will be added later.
My question is, does anyone thing anything structurally needs to be changed? Am I way off?  Its my first time making a full mask, let alone one so detailed... any critique helps!  Thanks1

Don't skimp on the smoothing!  Looks like a good start but definitely still very rough. What material are you working with?
Title: Sollux Castor Help?
Post by: therandomeer on October 30, 2012, 02:44:54 PM
Hello there! I plan on cosplaying as Sollux in Fanime 2013. I've mastered his lisp and voice to the best of my ability, but my problem is the costume. Do you lovely cosplayers had any advice for making horns, buying shirts, or anything at all? My friends also plan on going as Homestuck characters, such as Eridan and Jane Crocker. Any advice would be gratefully appreciated!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Makise09 on October 31, 2012, 01:14:58 PM
Looking for help on buying a cosplay. I'm aiming to be Inori from Guilty Crown but don't really know the best place to buy it. I'm looking for the white version but most places I've seen sell the main red/orange outfit. If anyone can point me in a good direction I'd very much appreciate it.
(http://www.holiccosplay.com/holiccosplaycom/images/upload/Image/Guilty%20Crown/Inori%20Yuzuriha%20white%20costume%206.jpg)
Title: Re: Sollux Castor Help?
Post by: Chesid on November 01, 2012, 01:12:02 AM
Google is your friend for this; you can buy the shirts premade (http://www.topatoco.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=MSPA-TROLLS), I've seen horns for sale on Etsy, as well as ebay. If you want to make them yourself to lower costs, you can find tutorials on deviantart (http://lambentworld.deviantart.com/gallery/30001139#/d3kmsrn).
Title: Re: Sollux Castor Help?
Post by: therandomeer on November 01, 2012, 03:41:24 PM
Thanks!
Title: Cheapest wood materials?
Post by: InsaneMist on November 13, 2012, 11:24:15 AM
what is the cheapest wood material to make props with?
Title: Re: Cheapest wood materials?
Post by: Dagger-6 on November 13, 2012, 10:24:45 PM
I would recommend MDF.  It's cheap, easy to sand and shape.  And it has very little wood grain/texture.  You can find boards of it in various thicknesses at Home Depot or any other similar store.
Title: Re: Cheapest wood materials?
Post by: dajoo on November 13, 2012, 11:10:38 PM
Balsa is also a good wood to use. It does have a grain to it, but the nice thing is that it is light weight and easy to cut with even an exacto knife. What are you trying to make as that can influence what type of wood/material to use.
Title: Re: Cheapest wood materials?
Post by: archer1989 on November 14, 2012, 10:03:11 AM
Myself, I tend to stick with pine, it's easy to mess with if you use a jigsaw and sandpaper, easy to paint and fairly inexpensive and the weapons I craft tend to be fairly durable as long as they are not used in actual combat.  They also tend to have a nice weight to them so they weapon, say a sword, is not to heavy or to light.
Title: Re: Cheapest wood materials?
Post by: aetherltd on November 14, 2012, 12:54:52 PM
How much wood do you need, and how big a piece?

For sheets, MDF is a good basic material. If you need boards, pine is the cheapest. It's all at Home Depot.
Trash wood isn't hard to find; many large stores and industrial plants will have trash wooden pallets around the back. Construction sites generate whole dumpsters full of wood cutoffs.
Title: making a wig?
Post by: finnieon on November 20, 2012, 04:30:41 PM
sooo i was going to buy a wig wig online but then i was like i wonder if its hard to make your own wig sooo here i am anybody know how to make a miku kind of twin tail wig?
Title: Re: making a wig?
Post by: dajoo on November 20, 2012, 11:05:41 PM
Is it hard? Not per say. The real thing is it is a long tedious process that will look horrible if you don't know what you're doing/how to layer the hair. I've seen pre-styled Miku Twin tails before and compared to the cost of buying all the materials needed to try and make one they are a steal. That said the best things you can do for a wig is always use a wig cap when wearing it, and getting a head block to put it on when not in use.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: DarkMoonlitStar on November 27, 2012, 07:43:51 PM
Does anyone have any experience in making sports jerseys and screen printing? It's for my Aomine cosplay from Kuroko no Basuke.

Reference:
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Kuroko-no-basuke-Gakuen-Aomine-Daiki-No-5-Jersey-Cosplay-Costume-/00/s/NjI4WDc2Ng==/$T2eC16NHJH8E9qSEU6VsBQ!UEK7dg!~~60_3.JPG (http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Kuroko-no-basuke-Gakuen-Aomine-Daiki-No-5-Jersey-Cosplay-Costume-/00/s/NjI4WDc2Ng==/$T2eC16NHJH8E9qSEU6VsBQ!UEK7dg!~~60_3.JPG)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: ministrychick77 on November 28, 2012, 03:43:48 PM
hi! i need help on a Deadpool cosplay.. well, advice as well. first time actually putting together a "real" cosplay. if anyone's done Deadpool and has advice..

mainly looking for help on the pattern for the black part of the back torso and the right fabric for the face to where i can see through the mask.

also, i have the basic red zentai suit and am planning to add black fabric. which fabric is best?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on November 28, 2012, 10:32:33 PM
Does anyone have any experience in making sports jerseys and screen printing? It's for my Aomine cosplay from Kuroko no Basuke.

Reference:
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Kuroko-no-basuke-Gakuen-Aomine-Daiki-No-5-Jersey-Cosplay-Costume-/00/s/NjI4WDc2Ng==/$T2eC16NHJH8E9qSEU6VsBQ!UEK7dg!~~60_3.JPG (http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Kuroko-no-basuke-Gakuen-Aomine-Daiki-No-5-Jersey-Cosplay-Costume-/00/s/NjI4WDc2Ng==/$T2eC16NHJH8E9qSEU6VsBQ!UEK7dg!~~60_3.JPG)
I don't have experience with screen printing (or sports jerseys, for that matter), but if you can't get the right equipment for it, making a vector of what you need, printing it out in the correct size, and using that to create a stencil would work quite well. I have always used manila folders for stencil material, but I have heard that freezer paper works well, and something like a ceral box cardboard would also work well, provided you can cut it cleanly (this advantage of this is the stiffness of it).

I'd practice with the stencil, since it takes a bit of finesse to get down, before you do your final, but if you can't screenprint...well, this will only cost you a bottle of fabric paint (as you likely have a folder, a paintbrush, etc.), and it isn't very tough to do. When painting, I try to weight down the stencil so it doesn't shift, and then carefully do the outer edges first, working my way in, doing touch-ups after the stencil is removed on any globby or less-than-crisp edges.
For the parts that are enclosed lines with a center (like the A, or two of the radicals on the kanji), I'd just hold the center piece in place, which takes a little practice to get right, but works. (You can pin it down, if nothing else) You can also leave a small "support" holding the center in place, and then going over where the support was by hand (or making another stencil just of that small area, but you'd have to not only make two stencils, but wait until the paint was fully dry)

Screenprinting will get you that distinctively smooth and crisp look, so it's a better option if you can do it, but if you can't stenciling is a close second.

Good luck!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: DarkMoonlitStar on November 28, 2012, 11:18:29 PM
@Nina Star 9 Thanks for the suggestions! I'm still trying to decide what to do (I haven't gotten any materials yet). I was thinking the same thing, if I can't screenprint then I'd paint it on myself.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: dajoo on November 29, 2012, 11:46:23 PM
Also try and do a test run on a similar fabric to see how the paint/dye will absorb/spread. I've used dark tshirt printer transfer paper before for things like that. It comes out pretty good and then you don't have to worry about stencils, just vectoring up a good design.  You can get the paper at Michael's where they have the shirt decorating stuff. If you have one available to you and are going the paint route try using an airbrush first as it will give you the look without having to gob on the paint as much.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: xSvenja on December 03, 2012, 10:03:24 PM
Can anyone give any suggestions on how to make Judal's bracelets and necklace? (The Labyrinth of Magic or Magi) I want to make them easy to slip on and off but also accurate to the character. any suggestions?
Title: HELP NEEDED! Cosplays for short haired Blonde GIRL!
Post by: frej2514 on January 21, 2013, 12:59:10 PM
Hi
I'm a short haired blond, pale girl, and i need some Ideas for cosplays.
They have to be rather simple or cheap to buy. (make-up is not a problem just the clothes)
I love to cosplay either the gory-type of characters or the happy/hyper/cute ones^^
:)
Title: Re: HELP NEEDED! Cosplays for short haired Blonde GIRL!
Post by: Naiagu on January 21, 2013, 01:08:24 PM
How short is your hair?
Title: Re: HELP NEEDED! Cosplays for short haired Blonde GIRL!
Post by: echoshadow on January 22, 2013, 01:55:28 AM
simple enough, and yet tried and true.. school girl/boy.
That's as simple as it gets really. And hair length/color really doesn't matter. One word: wigs.
You can get some good ones from $30-60.
Title: Re: HELP NEEDED! Cosplays for short haired Blonde GIRL!
Post by: Lucifargundam on January 22, 2013, 03:01:07 AM
Edward Elric? Winry? Lt. Hawkeye? (full-metal alchemist)
Faye Valentine(purple hair, Cowboy Bebop)
Meryl Stryfe(black hair) Zazie the beast (trigun)
Sylvia Van Hossen (Princess lover, long-hair pulled back)
Balalaika(scarred face, long hair) Eda(nun-costume and shades)    (Black Lagoon)
Lurichiyo Kasumiouji, Neliel Tu Odelschwank(green hair), Yachiru Kusajishi(pink hair)(Bleach)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Rhoswen on January 22, 2013, 07:16:18 PM
So, I'm sculpting a Psycho mask From the Borderlands game...
Heres what they look like for those who don't know the game: (http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Borderlandscover.jpg)


Here's what I have so far: (http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/386818_129994367145665_277677309_n.jpg) crappy photo quality, but its what i got.
I'll be painting on most of the details once i make a cast of this, but want opinions and critiques first.  details like the eyes, facial markings and such will be added later.
My question is, does anyone thing anything structurally needs to be changed? Am I way off?  Its my first time making a full mask, let alone one so detailed... any critique helps!  Thanks1

Don't skimp on the smoothing!  Looks like a good start but definitely still very rough. What material are you working with?

Thanks so much ^.^ I hope I can make it because It's been hard with school and sports >.<
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: SeverusSnapeLovesMe on January 24, 2013, 11:25:57 AM
I am making my first My Little Pony costume this year - Fluttershy. I have no idea how to make wings as I have never made wings before this cosplay. Any suggestions on material or "how-to" would be greatly appreciated. (http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120609175643/fantendo/images/8/8e/640px-FluttershyHiRes.png)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Magetastic on January 24, 2013, 03:35:31 PM
I am making my first My Little Pony costume this year - Fluttershy. I have no idea how to make wings as I have never made wings before this cosplay. Any suggestions on material or "how-to" would be greatly appreciated. (http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120609175643/fantendo/images/8/8e/640px-FluttershyHiRes.png)
Hey there. :D

I made some wings for my Fluttershy! I have a tutorial on my tumblr showing my process plus the original link to the YouTube video that I took some help from too.


http://magetastic.tumblr.com/post/32630402274/ok-so-early-this-month-a-friend-of-mine-ana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALtpxsgRCcQ

I also made the wings again with felt (or any fabric you like) and stuffed them. They kinda flopped down but they'll look really good and full if you sew them on to your costume.

http://tmblr.co/ZtKPguabo6BR

Anyway, hope I helped. :3
Title: Re: HELP NEEDED! Cosplays for short haired Blonde GIRL!
Post by: Magetastic on January 24, 2013, 03:49:13 PM
simple enough, and yet tried and true.. school girl/boy.
That's as simple as it gets really. And hair length/color really doesn't matter. One word: wigs.
You can get some good ones from $30-60.
simple enough, and yet tried and true.. school girl/boy.
That's as simple as it gets really. And hair length/color really doesn't matter. One word: wigs.
You can get some good ones from $30-60.
Speaking of school girl....do you like Fushigi Yuugi? You could try Yui Hongo.

http://download.minitokyo.net/Yui.Hongo.47654.jpg

Also there's this site, you can search by trait: http://www.animecharactersdatabase.com/

I already did a basic search for you: http://www.animecharactersdatabase.com/sresults.php?sex=2&eye_color=0&hair_color=2&hair_length=4&age=0&mimikko=0&mymax=20&otherchar=0
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: SeverusSnapeLovesMe on January 29, 2013, 11:59:11 PM
I am making my first My Little Pony costume this year - Fluttershy. I have no idea how to make wings as I have never made wings before this cosplay. Any suggestions on material or "how-to" would be greatly appreciated. (http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120609175643/fantendo/images/8/8e/640px-FluttershyHiRes.png)
Hey there. :D

I made some wings for my Fluttershy! I have a tutorial on my tumblr showing my process plus the original link to the YouTube video that I took some help from too.


http://magetastic.tumblr.com/post/32630402274/ok-so-early-this-month-a-friend-of-mine-ana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALtpxsgRCcQ

I also made the wings again with felt (or any fabric you like) and stuffed them. They kinda flopped down but they'll look really good and full if you sew them on to your costume.

http://tmblr.co/ZtKPguabo6BR

Anyway, hope I helped. :3

Thank you! That is amazing! Complete lifesaver! 
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: octorok on February 03, 2013, 07:54:04 PM
(http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/1307/46144/Togame.png)

Hi guys! I really wanna cosplay Togame this year, but I'm not sure what fabric to use. I am a semi-competent seamstress (I've made a handful of hoodies with zippers) but I've never worked with shiny fabric like silk or satin.

Togame is an imperial servant, so her duds have to look fly.

QUESTIONS:
1. Are there any nonshiny fabrics I can use that will still look good?
2. Are certain shiny fabrics easier to use than others?

Thanks so much, guys!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on February 03, 2013, 10:44:35 PM
If you want sheen, but not too much, and want ease of sewing, I'd look at a nice mid-weight cotton sateen. It is a cotton fiber with a satin weave, so it has sheen, but isn't SHINY like poly satin can be, nor is it slippery like silk or poly can be. It will also give you a nice drape on those sleeves, and will be more screen-accurate than a shinier fabric would be.

I love cotton sateen. I use it pretty often, actually. Here are (http://i50.tinypic.com/1181v77.jpg) some (http://i47.tinypic.com/5yrk03.jpg) examples (http://i46.tinypic.com/2dmdqft.jpg). (Ignore things like unpressed costumes and messy floors in progress shots...and my face, derp...also, the black dress uses a heavier weight stretch sateen, and the gold uses a lighter weight quilting sateen, with a bonus "wrong" side of satin for the underside of the skirt, with the white applique and tie with the black dress being the "wrong" side of poly dupioni, which as a slight nubby texture)

I think that the weight, drape, and level of sheen would be appropriate. I use it where I want something with lustre and a fancier look without being shiny.


You can also use a dull satin or the "wrong" side of satin. The basic rule of thumb is the lss shiny the fabric, the less slippery it is. And really, with good pinning, and a little practice, it isn't really that difficult to sew a fabric with sheen.

Certain satins tend to fray quite easily, though, so be careful to properly finish your seams. You shouldn't have an issue with a heavier sateen, though.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: octorok on February 03, 2013, 10:56:22 PM
If you want sheen, but not too much, and want ease of sewing, I'd look at a nice mid-weight cotton sateen. It is a cotton fiber with a satin weave, so it has sheen, but isn't SHINY like poly satin can be, nor is it slippery like silk or poly can be. It will also give you a nice drape on those sleeves, and will be more screen-accurate than a shinier fabric would be.

I love cotton sateen. I use it pretty often, actually. Here are (http://i50.tinypic.com/1181v77.jpg) some (http://i47.tinypic.com/5yrk03.jpg) examples (http://i46.tinypic.com/2dmdqft.jpg). (Ignore things like unpressed costumes and messy floors in progress shots...and my face, derp...also, the black dress uses a heavier weight stretch sateen, and the gold uses a lighter weight quilting sateen, with a bonus "wrong" side of satin for the underside of the skirt, with the white applique and tie with the black dress being the "wrong" side of poly dupioni, which as a slight nubby texture)

I think that the weight, drape, and level of sheen would be appropriate. I use it where I want something with lustre and a fancier look without being shiny.


You can also use a dull satin or the "wrong" side of satin. The basic rule of thumb is the lss shiny the fabric, the less slippery it is. And really, with good pinning, and a little practice, it isn't really that difficult to sew a fabric with sheen.

Certain satins tend to fray quite easily, though, so be careful to properly finish your seams. You shouldn't have an issue with a heavier sateen, though.

OMG you're amazing!! Thank you so much! Your cosplays are gorgeous, and I'll definitely look into that cotton sateen stuff!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on February 03, 2013, 11:06:06 PM
Thank you! Glad I can help.

Both sateens I used were from Joann Fabrics. I'm not entirely happy with the lighter weight sateen used in the gold dress, but it was the only 100% cotton (and thus dyable) sateen that they had. I wouldn't recommend a lightweight quilting sateen unless you needed soemthing quite lightweight and without much sheen at all (or needed to dye the fabric.) The midweight sateen (http://www.joann.com/sew-classic-bottomweight-stretch-sateen/xprd757778/) (for the black dress) was in the bottomweight section, and is a stretch sateen, with a bit of spandex mixed in. It comes in fewer shades, and I have not tried using dye on it, so you'd have to experiment if you needed to dye your fabric. This is one that I would use, regardless of the lack of color choice. (I have also made a couple of blazers out of that sateen, but I don't have any photos...I'm sure you get the idea!)

I can't say anything for the quality of sateens at other shops.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: octorok on February 04, 2013, 12:06:01 AM
Thank you! Glad I can help.

Both sateens I used were from Joann Fabrics. I'm not entirely happy with the lighter weight sateen used in the gold dress, but it was the only 100% cotton (and thus dyable) sateen that they had. I wouldn't recommend a lightweight quilting sateen unless you needed soemthing quite lightweight and without much sheen at all (or needed to dye the fabric.) The midweight sateen (http://www.joann.com/sew-classic-bottomweight-stretch-sateen/xprd757778/) (for the black dress) was in the bottomweight section, and is a stretch sateen, with a bit of spandex mixed in. It comes in fewer shades, and I have not tried using dye on it, so you'd have to experiment if you needed to dye your fabric. This is one that I would use, regardless of the lack of color choice. (I have also made a couple of blazers out of that sateen, but I don't have any photos...I'm sure you get the idea!)

I can't say anything for the quality of sateens at other shops.

How much did they cost you, if you don't mind me asking? :V

I was thinking of checking this other store in San Jose called Fabrics R Us because everyone always says it's really cheap. But the Yelp reviews also say that the employees are generally no help at all, and I'm not sure I'll be able to find this fabric on my own if it's not labeled.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on February 04, 2013, 08:42:26 AM
I get Joann coupons in the mail, which are generally in the 40% off a single cut of fabric range, so that sateen was ~$6/yard, which isn't so bad. Joann isn't a -great- fabric shop, but good for basics, and I have one nearby (out in the suburbs of Sacto, we don't really have many options unless its a large chain...). If you have another store nearby and are confident that you can pick out a good fabric, then go for it, but if you aren't confident, go for a store where things are clearly labeled and employees will help you.

You can try other stores, too, like Hancock or Beverly's, but I don't know their selection as well. Beverly's is really good for cottons generally, but I've never checked out their sateen.

If you are planning on doing a lot of cosplays and are worried about money, get on the mailing lists of a few fabric stores, and they will send you coupons. It really helps cut down on the cost.

Once you get more comfortable with sewing and fabrics, take advantage of that speciality fabric shop, though. I'd love to have something like that at my disposal. *____*
Title: need help with cosplay Dx
Post by: MonsterMonkey44 on February 16, 2013, 07:37:10 PM
i'm looking forward to this years fanime and i want to cosplay forsure this year butt huge problem...idk what to be   :-[ can anyone help me out?

i'm 5' 6" 17 and male any suggestions?

also if anyone wants to do a group cosplay thing i'm up for that

Thank You So Much!!
Title: Re: need help with cosplay Dx
Post by: DarkMoonlitStar on February 16, 2013, 08:04:38 PM
Well first I'd start out with choosing one (or more) of your favorite anime, manga, video game, etc. Then from that series figure out which character(s) from that series you'd like to cosplay as and the rest is up to you to decide whether to make it yourself or buy something premade for you.

Otherwise if you want suggestions from other people, I'd suggest giving out some description about your physical appearance (just general stuff of course) so that people can get a general idea of what you look like and make suggestions for you.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: CrystalRobot on February 17, 2013, 09:54:32 AM
although it will likely not be at the upcoming Fanime, I wanna learn to sew because I plan on cosplaying Princess Euphemia from Code Geass later this year, and likely at next year's Fanime.

I need to know what materials I'll need, like what fabric I should use and how to go about finding the right pattern to sew with. I'll likely go with her usual outfit, the long white dress with the light purple covering.

I'm planning on going to a cosplay workshop with the club I'm in at school. I don't know when, but it'll be some time in the future. so I'll need to know what I'll need for this cosplay. I've never sewn before.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: DangerHeart on February 17, 2013, 10:47:15 AM
Hoping someone can help me with a wig question? I always do characters that seem to require no styling at all but this year I'm doing Asuna from Sword Art Online, and was wondering if anyone knows a seller or site that sells wig already styled? Like maybe you'd pay extra for that service? Thank you for any answers!
Title: Re: need help with cosplay Dx
Post by: Dawnshadow on February 19, 2013, 08:14:51 PM
i'm looking forward to this years fanime and i want to cosplay forsure this year butt huge problem...idk what to be   :-[ can anyone help me out?

i'm 5' 6" 17 and male any suggestions?

also if anyone wants to do a group cosplay thing i'm up for that

Thank You So Much!!

If you can pull off one of the characters correctly and want -possibly- lots of attention from girls (both fans and cosplayers) you can try one of the guys from Hetalia. ;D *hint**hint*

*ahem* However, it'd be more helpful if you posted your favorite anime and such. :3

Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: TsukiYuu on February 20, 2013, 04:47:51 PM
I'm actually here on the account of my friend _ _ ) ~

He's going to cosplay this guy from Fire Emblem: http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080204074403/fireemblem/images/8/88/Ferd-sothe.jpg

Anyways, he's looking to commission someone to make the orange red belt and the gauntlets. Does anyone know where to find people who can do that or a store that will do it...? ;;

As for me, Does anyone know any cheap wig stores? 8D
I'm looking for: http://www.ewiderbuy.com/akb0048-yuko-oshima-cosplay-wig.html

Would it be cheaper if I just find a brown wig and cut it and stuff? :>
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Xia on February 25, 2013, 08:36:24 PM
I'm doing a cosplay that requires a dress shirt to be bloodstained mostly along the back. Does anyone know what is the best material I can use to make (dried) blood look as realistic as possible? Preferably so it doesn't end up pink. I am okay with having permanent stains on this shirt I'm using.
 
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Dawnshadow on February 25, 2013, 11:48:58 PM
Maybe enough red food coloring mixed with syrup? It dries pretty convincingly and is pretty cheap.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Xia on February 26, 2013, 05:07:55 PM
Maybe enough red food coloring mixed with syrup? It dries pretty convincingly and is pretty cheap.

I would have never thought of that. Poked around searches for syrup blood and I've seen people say it really does a convincing work. I'm surprised I didn't see those ideas when I initially searched. Thanks!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Dawnshadow on February 26, 2013, 08:30:04 PM
Maybe enough red food coloring mixed with syrup? It dries pretty convincingly and is pretty cheap.

I would have never thought of that. Poked around searches for syrup blood and I've seen people say it really does a convincing work. I'm surprised I didn't see those ideas when I initially searched. Thanks!

You're welcome. :3

I only learned about it when one of my friends was applying it for her costume. (it was one of the once with blood dripping from the mouth. That would have tasted dreadful if it was legit fake blood. YUCK!)
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AuroraDreamer on February 27, 2013, 01:18:58 AM
Anyone know where to buy Miku and Gumi contact for my Matryoshka cosplay?
(http://th04.deviantart.net/fs70/150/f/2010/289/9/0/matryoshka_gumi_by_qrullgx13-d30wu4s.jpg)(http://th05.deviantart.net/fs70/150/f/2010/290/4/b/matryoshka_miku_by_qrullgx13-d30xd85.jpg)
Title: Advice for Roxas Cosplay
Post by: King Shu on March 02, 2013, 01:54:43 PM
... I think I posted this in the right forum? >.<

So I'm sewing a Female Roxas cosplay this year based on Roxas' casual clothes from the beginning of KH2, and I think I've figured out how to do mostly everything. Except for those darn checkers on Roxas' jacket.

I can't seem to find any good checkered ribbon or fabric that I could just sew on. For now my best idea is to cut a bunch of little black squares and sew/glue them on, but that is going to take forever.

Any other suggestions?
Title: Re: Advice for Roxas Cosplay
Post by: Rhoswen on March 02, 2013, 09:57:40 PM
Hi there! this may be a bit small but I found this: they sell it in a yard to 20 yard rolls
http://www.awesomeevent.com/Checkered-Ribbon-P589.aspx
hope I helped you ^.^
Title: Re: Advice for Roxas Cosplay
Post by: King Shu on March 03, 2013, 12:22:26 PM
Thanks. =) I only need a row of two checkers though. I'm worried that if I cut two rows out of a larger piece of ribbon the edges will fray too much before I can get it on the jacket... But it looks cheap enough that I could test it out to see how well the ribbon holds together.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: AJ_627 on March 03, 2013, 09:38:44 PM
I was wondering if i can find a place where i can get my costume sewn together. I'm willing to cut up the fabric and everything, I'm just not willing to sew nor do i own a sewing machine.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MaigoLily on March 06, 2013, 11:20:52 PM
Can anyone give any suggestions on how to make Judal's bracelets and necklace? (The Labyrinth of Magic or Magi) I want to make them easy to slip on and off but also accurate to the character. any suggestions?

I would make a base arm cuff bracelet or whatever it's called out of craft foam then glue gold painted plastic tubes you can find at hardware supply stores (remember to make them small but not too small) onto the base then in the back have velcro flaps hidden under the craft foam base for easy removal. Add some fabric there for comfort if you need it (so the velcro does not scratch you). The same for the necklace then have even smaller tubing for around the gem and find the jem at a craft store or make your own out of resin which I am no expert in.
Because it is made out of tubing and foam, it is easier to move in, do expect stiff arms and neck though.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on March 07, 2013, 12:16:17 AM
Can anyone give any suggestions on how to make Judal's bracelets and necklace? (The Labyrinth of Magic or Magi) I want to make them easy to slip on and off but also accurate to the character. any suggestions?
Really late...

I'm not familiar with the character and how the bracets seem to move on his arms or what the most "canon" interpretation would be, but doing a quick search, I see three main ways that his bracelets are depicted in artwork, and whichever way you like the best or think you can do should be the one you choose.
1. A single piece of relatively flat, slightly textured metal
2. Something akin to plate armor, where it is multiple flat pieces all attatched together
3. Multiple round bracelets
I think that multiple bracelets would be the easiest way -- get a whole bunch of gold bracelets, or get a whole bunch of not-gold bracelets and spraypaint them all a uniform gold.
For option 2, look into plat armor tutorials. you may be able to accomplish this with some sort of foil or coloring method over craft, or you might be able to join together actual sheets of metal.
For option 1, you can either do metal and do some sort of repousse technique or otherwise add texture to it, or use a moldable non-metal material fitted to your arm and given texture (heated craft foam? the lines would be easy enough to inscribe)

For getting it on and off, unless it is quite flexible, I wouldn't use velcro, since otherwise it would need two pieces and unsightly seams and such (I used this method for armor for Lady Eruca, and it didn't work out as well as I'd hoped). You might be able to do a hinged side and some sort of clasp, but since a single piece would be rather large, I wouldn't attempt it, since that method seems to be used most on bangles and cuffs of no more than an inch or two wide. For something like plain craft foam (or with something just as flexible attached to it), velcro would probably work, since it would encircle your entire arm.
For something stiffer, I would use the method that a lot of actual bangles and cuffs use, which is to leave an opening on one side, so the arm can be turned sideways and slipped through. If you go with a lot of bracelets instead of a single piece, those can just be slipped on/off individually.

I would personally go with either the plate armor style or the multiple bangles style, just aesthetically...though, I've seen quite a few cosplays who do multiple bangles that are really thick, and it looks awkward, so you'll have to be sure that the proprotions are correct.

Hope that helps some. I know I didn't give you really any concrete answers, but it's a starting place. :)


... I think I posted this in the right forum? >.<

So I'm sewing a Female Roxas cosplay this year based on Roxas' casual clothes from the beginning of KH2, and I think I've figured out how to do mostly everything. Except for those darn checkers on Roxas' jacket.

I can't seem to find any good checkered ribbon or fabric that I could just sew on. For now my best idea is to cut a bunch of little black squares and sew/glue them on, but that is going to take forever.

Any other suggestions?
The most realistic-looking Roxas cosplay I can find on google tends to have the squares painted/screenprinted/glued(?) on, but if you are looking for something fast and easy to do yourself, that might not be an option. After a quick search, it seems as it ribbon with black and white stripes running the width instead of the length is quite impossible to find, as well.
Though, I found some black and white checkered elastic that comes in 1.5" (http://www.craftersvision.com/black-white-reversible-checkered-elastic-ribbon-1-1-2/) and 1" (http://www.craftersvision.com/black-white-checkered-elastic-ribbon-1/) sizes. It's elastic, not ribbon, so you'd have to be -really- careful when sewing to not stretch it, and it may look slightly strange once it is sewn, but it's an option if you can't find anything else.

Hope that helps!
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: TupacTheRobot on March 07, 2013, 12:50:14 PM
I need some help making a Solaire of Astora cosplay from Dark Souls

Any advice?
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: King Shu on March 07, 2013, 05:01:22 PM
... I think I posted this in the right forum? >.<

So I'm sewing a Female Roxas cosplay this year based on Roxas' casual clothes from the beginning of KH2, and I think I've figured out how to do mostly everything. Except for those darn checkers on Roxas' jacket.

I can't seem to find any good checkered ribbon or fabric that I could just sew on. For now my best idea is to cut a bunch of little black squares and sew/glue them on, but that is going to take forever.

Any other suggestions?
The most realistic-looking Roxas cosplay I can find on google tends to have the squares painted/screenprinted/glued(?) on, but if you are looking for something fast and easy to do yourself, that might not be an option. After a quick search, it seems as it ribbon with black and white stripes running the width instead of the length is quite impossible to find, as well.
Though, I found some black and white checkered elastic that comes in 1.5" (http://www.craftersvision.com/black-white-reversible-checkered-elastic-ribbon-1-1-2/) and 1" (http://www.craftersvision.com/black-white-checkered-elastic-ribbon-1/) sizes. It's elastic, not ribbon, so you'd have to be -really- careful when sewing to not stretch it, and it may look slightly strange once it is sewn, but it's an option if you can't find anything else.

Hope that helps!
Thanks for the reply!

I'm tempted to give that elastic a try, but I'm also worried about it looking strange once its sewn on. I think I've put too much time into my cosplay already to experiment with it. I'm just going to have to find more time lol.

But I think I have another way to do the checkers, if I can find a jean-like fabric that won't fray. I forget what it was called, but I found this sheet last year for my King Shu cosplay that you could apply to fabric to turn it into an iron-on. I'm thinking if I do that for a big sheet of black fabric then cut it into a bunch of identical squares, I'll save myself a little bit of time.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Nina Star 9 on March 07, 2013, 05:53:03 PM
Iron-on patches seem like a good way to go. That's probably what I was thinking with "glue" (technically, it's a heat-activated glue...but my brain doesn't work like that when it is midnight and I've just gotten home from work!).

I don't know what type of material you would use, though. A jeans material will always fray, unless you use a fray-prevention liquid on every single edge, and I'm not sure if the iron-on glue is strong enough to prevent it from fraying if you don't use that, especially after a few wears and washes. I'm also afraid that it would be too heavy. I can't really think of anything off the top of my head that would work, so you'll probably going to have to just go to a fabric store and look around at what you can find. You can also try experimenting with different fabrics on a scrap piece, so you don't mess with your actual jacket.

If you get really lucky, you can find those thin iron-on patches for pants in a square or rectangle that can just be cut down...might save you a bit of cutting and ironing, but might be a bit pricier for the convenience.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Silent One on March 12, 2013, 04:43:38 PM
I am making a gun prop for Gun Gale Online's Sinon. I understand how to make the barrel, muzzle brake, scope w/mount, magazine, and bipod. Unfortunately, I am stuck on making the trigger and stock of the rife. Anyone have tips on how to achieve it? Also, how would I attach the stock to the main part of the rifle? Link below on how the prop looks. (It is the exact model used by my character.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PGM_H%C3%A9cate_II
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: DangerHeart on March 14, 2013, 11:33:15 AM
I'm trying to make a Noodle cosplay from Gorillaz, the Melancholy Hill version with the Oni mask, and am wondering how to make the dress (Never made my own cosplay before...) Any ideas on where to buy a plan white shift dress to add onto or should I just look for a dress pattern and make it myself?
Title: Daily Disposable Contact Lenses and Eye Exams Question
Post by: MaigoLily on March 14, 2013, 09:39:50 PM
I have glasses, but my characters do not. I can walk around fine without my glasses, but my eyes start to hurt after 2-5 minutes and I want to look around! Also, I can't really locate a camera without my glasses as evident in a picture I took last year. I was looking in the wrong direction because the camera lens was too small for me to see. And I squint and get cross-eyed. I know I can take off my glasses for pictures, but I am lazy and I misplace stuff really quickly (left my glasses on a table and walked away after taking picture...the poor girl ran after me to return it). So I was looking into daily disposable lenses.

I was wondering if I still need to take a full contact lense eye exam if I'm only wearing contacts for 3 days? They are just normal disposable ones, so I don't think I need a custom fitting. I really don't want to pay maybe $100 for the exam when I'm only getting $20 disposable lenses with 10 in a box. And how do I explain, I need it just for cosplay? (Some people don't get it.)

Can I just ask the eye doctor if I can wear contact lenses and try a trial pair without an eye exam; then buy the disposable ones?

I have a few stores close to me that sell disposable contacts like Costco, Walgreens, and Walmart. Can anyone help? I want to get as much info as I can so I can explain to my mom.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Lucifargundam on March 14, 2013, 11:00:34 PM
Can I just ask the eye doctor if I can wear contact lenses and try a trial pair without an eye exam; then buy the disposable ones?
I'm pretty sure you need an exam in order to get contacts with the right magnification for your eyes... I could be wrong though- I don't wear glasses.

Also, just explain that you need to wear contacts for the day because the person you're going trying to dress up and pretend to be doesn't wear glasses.   I would hope that would explain it well-enough...
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: MaigoLily on March 14, 2013, 11:06:37 PM
I'm pretty sure you need an exam in order to get contacts with the right magnification for your eyes... I could be wrong though- I don't wear glasses.
I think that is the case. But since I already have glasses, I know my prescription so I think I can just ask the eye doctor at my next check up if she thinks I can wear contact lenses. Then I'll explain the whole Fanime weekend thing. This is going to take a while...
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: echoshadow on March 15, 2013, 06:15:37 AM
Contact lens exams are different from eye glasses exams. I know because I use both, and had my yearly exam a few months ago.

You really don't need to explain anything to eye doctors, just tell them you want contacts for the times you don't want to wear glasses. Also depending on how bad your eye sight is contacts will range in price.

If you plan to use contacts by Fanime now is the time to get the exam and start wearing them. It takes about a month to get used to contacts.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: Xia on March 15, 2013, 07:25:58 AM
Even if you were to get contacts from places like Costco and Walgreen, my hunch is they will ask for your prescription (for contact lenses, not eyeglasses) since you will need prescripted ones. Keep in mind that prescription for contacts is different than for glasses (for example, my contact lenses are -7 and -6, while my glasses are -7.5 and -6.5) so it's best to get a consultation with your optometrist.

And like some have said, you don't need to say that you want them for cosplaying/costuming reasons. I know some people who prefer glasses, but have contacts for special occasions.
Title: Re: The COSPLAY HELP ME! Who? Sewing? Buy/Where? Construction? Support thread
Post by: BSaphire on April 11, 2013, 12:37:12 PM
The NEW thread is located here:
http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,18210.0.html

Please post your "HELP ME...!  questions there.
Thank you
BSaphire