HOW TO SEW SLEEVES WITHOUT WANTING TO MURDER EVERYTHING: A TUTORIAL
Someone asked that this be rebloggable so HURR YOU GO
Some patterns are really dumb in telling you to finish the body of an outfit, then finish the sleeve, then attach a circle to a circle. It’s possible to do, and once in a while it’s necessary, don’t get me wrong, but unless you have a lot of experience it’s sometimes very aggravating trying to evenly distribute the sleeve around the “hole” cut out for it and match up the seams under the armpit!
(Please note…some patterns, especially to achieve tailored looks, require you to do it the traditional way. Don’t use this method for fashion school assignments or super-complex garments as it will probably screw up the way it ends up fitting in the end. This is mostly for the use of cosplayers to make their job a little easier.)
EDIT:// thevvioletprince, a fashion student, says she’s been taught this method in school so HAVE FUN, NEVER MIND
EDIT DEUX:// If you are doing a traditional garment of some kind, for instance, something that has a multi-piece sleeve or that requires gathers, you may need to do it the “old-fashioned way”!
ANYWAY SO THIS IS WHAT I DO.
PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE SOURCE OR REPOST, THANK YOU
Helpful Cosplay links:
Wigs: (I highly recommend always wearing a wig while cosplaying)
epiccosplay wigs (my favorite wig sellers. Great customer service)
Cream makeup, body paint and sfx makeup
For the question “which character should I cosplay?”
(just enter in character details at the top of the page)
(numbers represent different parts or methods)
shields (you can alter it to be any shape you want and you can use something besides a dish)
Wig dyeing pigtails 1 fixing a wig spikes 1 bangs (It may be better to cut a strand of the bangs for reference while you have it on and then cut the rest when its pinned to a wig head) Wearing a wig with long hair
Basic Cosplay Tips: How to UP YOUR GAME (without going totally broke)
[Please take heed: the linked content is not under my control and some of it is slut shamey and body shamey and iirc there may be a few binarist/transphobic comments in the makeup tutorial? So tread lightly and remember to take these with a grain of salt. Amassing knowledge is the point, even if you don’t use it all.]
- Iron your costume! If you’re sewing, iron your fabric before you work with it (and don’t forget to pre-wash it, either).
- If you’re at a con, bring safety pins with you. Bring them with you everywhere. You never know when you might need one. Bring a compact mirror, too.
- Do you need a certain shade of lipstick that’s IMPOSSIBLE to find? Don’t waste a shit ton of money. Mix some eyeshadow or eyeliner or other face-safe pigment into a glob of vaseline until it’s an even consistency. You can store the lipstick in a contacts case! (video tutorial)
- Practice posing! Learn the basic mistakes people make in posing for pictures and figure out what looks best for you. This guide is super helpful, as is this video, and these links:    [this one has the video in it i think]
- Even if your character wears literally no makeup, you probably should! Even if it’s just a little bit of foundation and some eyeliner, it’ll keep you from looking strung out and greasy in pictures. I learned a ton from this tutorial set. This post is also really helpful.
- Wigs are your friends.
- No really, they are. By using your real hair you run a risk of doing actual damage to your body or, like a friend of mine, going back to your agricultural college after a con weekend with fuchsia hair. Wigs can be expensive, but so can hair-care, and you only have to buy and style a wig once (if cared for properly). I buy most of my wigs off of ebay and 95% of my wig experiences have been perfectly fine! On average my wigs have cost me about $15 per, even the extremely long ones! Unless you need a lacefront or something with incredible body (and there are ways around that, too!) there’s no reason to break the bank on a wig.
- (If you DO need a REALLY GOOD WIG for whatever reasons, Arda, MatchWigs, Amphigory, and Cosworx all have good recommendations.)
- But whatever wig you buy, don’t leave it unstyled. This guide is pretty helpful, but the things I suggest investing in are:
- a blowdryer
- a wig head
- got2b glued hair spray (ESSENTIAL!!!)
- scissors (really any old scissors will do. it’s how you use them that’s important!)
- a comb (or an assortment of combs) (these can be bought at the dollar store)
- plastic curlers
- An unstyled wig is obvious and often too long and looks bad. Even if your makeup and clothes are pristine, a bad wig or bad hair can make your cosplay blow hard.
- A wig from Party City is also a bad idea. It’ll cost you about as much as a wig from ebay and it will immediately and eternally look like butt. There are some tricks you can use to battle this but I’m not sure how effective they are.
- If you’re going to wear a wig (or a bald cap), get a wig cap and learn how to use it!
- (I will be filming a wig styling tutorial very soon to show you how to tackle wigcraft and wigzardry if you’re wary of screwing up.)
- Choose a costume you can feel confident wearing! If you’re constantly worried about how much of your butt is hanging out of your microshorts, or if you can’t see where you’re going, it’s going to be way less fun (and possibly dangerous).
I’ve accumulated my supplies over a long period of time! Makeup and wigs and fabric and basically everything about cosplay is expensive, and even the little things add up. Learn where your Goodwills and thrift shops are and shop wisely! If you’re going to buy a wig off of ebay, keep in mind that you’ll need to order it about a month in advance to make sure it gets to you on time.
Symbols and You: Fabric Fusing Options
There are three ways that we like to create symbols! Which one you choose depends on how clean you want to be, what sort of shape it is, and also what sort of materials you have available:
- Fusible webbing and/or topstitching
- Fabric paint
- Satin stitching
The Cosplayer's Wig Styling Essentials
What goes into styling a wig? In general, not much: creativity, a little bit of elbow grease, blood, sweat, tears… and the right tools. The arsenal of a cosplayer who has wigs as their calling may seem a bit daunting at first glance, but in actuality it is composed of a few basics that you will use over and over again. Look below the cut for the breakdown.
*EDIT* The previous version only listed up to wig caps, and once again Hanyaan saves the day by pointing this out. Formatting has been fixed and the whole list should be displayed now. Who knew three dashes could fuck formatting up so badly?