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anonymous asked:

OK this may sound odd but what fabric shops would you recommend in the LA area. I know you no longer live here but any advice helps, since joanns does have its limits in fabric options and in your experience is it any cheaper than Joanns or am I paying just as much?

The garmet district is what you want to do. 

Shopping in LA Fabric District

What you want to do is – HIT UP MICHAEL LEVINES FIRST BUT DONT BUY ANYTHING. Maybe pick up your pattern. Check out how much fabric you need according to the pattern, etc etc. Search the store for the fabric you need, even if you see a perfect match, leave it, don’t buy it. Trust meeeee. You’re basically making this your garaunteed last resort. I know it already seems a great deal compared to Joanns’ money grubbing prices, but trust me.

Head out to the streets and start walking up and down 9th. From Maple to San Pedro. CHECK EVERYWHERE. North shops usually have the best SPANDEX and stretch fabrics, lace and sequins. SOUTH shops usually have upholestry, leather and vinyl (there’s exceptions but this is what I noticed.) 

I garauntee you any stock of fabric at Levines is avaliable in all the surrounding stores and they will sell it way short for a bargain! 

PROTIP: Never say yes first. If you ask one of the workers in the off stores “How much is this a yard?” and they say “12,” even if thats an amazing price, still just nod and say “Thanks” and start walking away like you dont want it. They WILL ALWAYS go lower. They’ll start telling you “11! 10– 8 for you!” Especially if they know you want 2-3 yrds or more.  But don’t get intimidated either, they’ll try to corner you into saying yes. Just wave them off, tell them “Ill take a picture and come back? I just wanna compare.”  Seriously, even if you see the perfect one at one of these places for the best price, just wait until you hit all the stores. You have no idea how many times i bought something and regretted it 5 minutes later when I saw an even better version. 

Second Protip: When they ask you how many yard you want, always say 2-3. Even if you need seven. Because they’ll give it to you for cheaper if you only want that much. Then when you say, okay, ill buy it for 4 bucks a yard, as he’s measuring it out, then say “ACTUALLY can I get 5?” 

Here’s some of my favorites:

L.A. Alex has the CHEAPEST notions. Zippers, elastic, velcros, thread, muslin, etc. They are AWESOME for all extra stuff you need. Way cheap. 

JOURNAL has some of the most interesting fabric on the block, unique textiles like dancewear or lace, usually exclusive to them. This is where I found that rare ass pre-pleated suede fabric for Kylo Ren’s sleeves and the awesome shimmer-non-sparkle spandex for Miraculous Ladybug. 

.99 Fabric a yard. Literally as it says. 99cents a yard biittcchhh. I ALWAYS hit this place up because you always need cheap ass broadcloth, poplin, CHIFFON or Taffeta. He’s got it all man. Its awesome for basic shit. 

City Fabric has the best FUR and FLEECE selection you’ve ever seen. 

Mora Tex is a favorite of mine. The guy here loves cosplayers and the fabric I get here is always rich and stunning looking. I bought my Astrologian Velvet, Dishonored purple and grey suede. Kylo’s outer tunic, Rey’s tunic and shoe wool, Lavellan’s trespasser tunic, and so much NICE suiting. Basically any heavier, richer type fabrics you can probably find here. 

Trim 2000 Plus is the place I found my Inquistor buttons. This place is like a gold mine for buttons. They have the most interesting shit for super cheap. I spent like 5 bucks on both Emily and Corvos diamond cufflinks and royal button getup here.

Jerry’s all Trims. My favorite trim store!!!  He has everything! Belts too! Great for any trims, tassles, or piping you made need. AND HE LETS YOU BUY THE WHOLE ROLL OR BY YARD. I bought all the leather cord here for our Solas necklaces. And every gold piece of my Astrologian cosplay.

SOME TECHNICAL ISSUES:

-Parking in LA FABRIC district is hell on earth. The spots up by Jerry’s All trims is my secret spot, those are usually free (2 hr maximum). You can check side spots too, like between maple and san pedro, but don’t feel bad about pulling into a parking structure and paying the 7 bucks. Its not so bad. 

-Stores close around 6:00 on weekdays and saturdays. 

-WHILE PARKING IS FREE ON SUNDAY. A lot of these shops aren’t open. LA Alex and the the button store are closed for example. Button store is also closed mondays for some reason? AND EVERYTHING CLOSES BY 4 ON SUNDAY. 

-AWAYS bring cash. Lots of stores don’t take card. Or they will charge you extra for using it. There are ATMs inside some stores. But the service fee is like 3-5 bucks. YUCK. 

-Theres a random costume shop on 9th street that sells gloves. SKIP THIS. I know your tempted to buy everything at once, but this guy is way overpriced. Order your gloves on ebay for $1, trust me. 

-Best time to go is in the morning on a weekday, if you can manage it. Saturdays are hecka busy but that sometimes it a great thing cause the shops are ready to bargain.

-North of San pedro is NOT A GOOD AREA. Don’t park there. And if you’re leaving to go to Little Tokyo afterwards, turn around, take another street. 

wormspoor  asked:

what should I do when I feel discouraged over other people's amazing work and/or popularity?

Everyone says don’t compare yourself to others, their costumes or popularity, but no matter how much you try, this is hard to avoid. 

So, if and when you compare, COMPARE EVERYTHING. 

They may have made a perfect cosplay, with the best filigree and armor you have ever seen. But what helped that? Maybe they have an inudstrial sewing machine with 8 yrs of classes under their belt. Maybe they have direct access to their own 3D printer, bandsaw, and fiberglass. 

Maybe they’ve worked in a costume shop, maybe the came out of cosmetology school. 

Maybe they have more money then you do to spend their budget on more expensive, durable materials. 

Or maybe they just have more TIME then you do. Maybe they can devote more effort into cosplaying or social media marketing, whereas you work or have school or have other hobbies.

Talent is just an alogorithm of tons of things. Experience, resources, time, money– it’s all a factor. 

If you had all the same things, chances are you’d develop the same thing. The reason why you arent making or producing the same things they do, is that you don’t have the sam situation they do. 

So keep working on it. Use them as examples of goals, not as proof to stop.

Look them, compare, and then fill in the gaps to reach their level. “Oh she has this tool,” *buy that tool*

anonymous asked:

What are some of your favorite cheap/drugstore makeup for cosplay(foundation, contouring, eyeliner, etc.)?

Oh boy lets see! These are my favs, and I use them on the daily too!

Foundation:
Rimmel Stay Matte. It’s really opaque, which I love for cosplay, because it gies my complexion a good blank canvas to work on and contour. This goes for their powder too!

Brows:
Pixi Palatte. I bought this palette cause it has a variation of shades. For dark and blonder hairs. Great for cosplaying mutiples colors.

But if I need to change my brows for a odd hair color, blue, orange, green, I use prismacolors.

Contouring:
NYX Palatte. I use a contouring palette actually. It’s got more variations of shades for more complex looks. Rather than having one shade darker of bronzer.

As a highlighter I use either cheapy wite eyeshadow, or my highlight stick.

Eyeshadow:
BH colors. I bought this cheap ass feild of colors, cause you never know what you need for cosplay. But I always buy BLACK and WHITE in larger, singular pots. The .99$ wet n wild ones.

Eyeliner:
Fabuliner. I favor FELT Tip eyeliners. But they dry out fast, no matter how fancy. So I always buy a bulk of 4-5 cheap ass ones. They’re all the same honestly, just nice to have a ton on hand. They dont last long so its a waste to buy some 24 dollar one.

Lipstick:
Covergirl is my favorite cause they have every fucking shade under the sun. I really love the Katy Perry matte ones! The color is nice and vibrant without being too sticky or cheap. And If its too much, I lay it one and dab some off.

Mascara:
L’Oreal Manga. I BOUGHT THIS AS A FUCKING JOKE 4 YEARS AGO CAUSE ITS LITTERALLY ANIME MASCARA. BUT ITS AMAZING 20/10 THIS SHIT GETS YOUR LASHES SO THICK AND HIGH AND I LOVE IT

anonymous asked:

Hello! I am wondering - how does someone who has bought cosplays for two years now start to make their own? I started when I was 16 but I didn't have the materials or knowledge to make my own, but now I'd really like to start learning how

YES!

START WITH REGULAR CLOTHES!!

Head over to the thrift store anon, any Goodwill will do. Start making your cosplays by buying pre-existing clothes and altering then with scissors and hot glue. YES HOT GLUE YOU HEARD ME.

One of the best ways to learn and understand how clothes work is TAKING THEM APART. No literally. It teaches you the general shape sleeves need to be when you replace a jackets sleeves with another. Or how different shapes of collars create different styles. You’ll learn what happens when you cut that collar into something else.

And you’ll learn about hemming and tailoring naturally. Just by turning something inside out and safety pinning it in certain places so its smaller but doesnt wrinkle, or how some fabric wrinkles bad and others dont. NO SEWING REQUIRED.

I STILL do this. Not only because sometimes its easier than sewing from scratch but also because its cheaper. SO MUCH CHEAPER.

And please dont feel daunted. Its possible. For the first 2-3 years of my cosplay life I had no idea how to sew. Here are some things I made WITH JUST HOT GLUE AND NO SEWING. ALL THRIFT STORE CLOTHES BABY.


After awhile you’ll start thinking to yourself, “Well, I know how to alter one shirt onto another, I think I can tackle makeing it from a pattern if I just had a machine.” 

The sewing machine aspect will come naturally. It will. Eventually you’ll realize its not a skill you need to learn, but another TOOL you would like to have in your arsenal. 

But take it slow. Take a class if you can. Joanns usually have some for 40 dollars for 2-3 hours and thats an okay deal. Or look locally. You really just need someone to point out the mechanics of the machine and show you how to run it, nothing more then that. 

anonymous asked:

What do you guys do to handle the situation when you two get in a really bad fight?

When we start to have an argument, we drop everything and have it. No matter what we are doing or where we are. Theres no time out, no walking away, hanging up, talk to you laters. We flesh the entire argument out until we come to an agreement, ALWAYS. 

We’ve found in our experience that dragging it out or putting it on pause just makes you dwell and stir in anger. Or worse, someone bottles up all that negativity until its more then just a disagreement. 

So we always try and get to the root and come to a happy agreement and compromise right then and there. 

anonymous asked:

I often want to cosplay my favorite characters, but am often discouraged due to the fact I don't really look like them. Any advice?

Lol please check up on Alison Tabitha 

Makeup is a thing! 

BUT! Even if you arent convinced, let me just say. You will be happier to step into your fav characters shoes even for just a day, to live the dream of being them DESPITE how you look, then allowing yourself to tell yourself you cant (when no one else cares) and then always wondering what it would be like. 

panikfaze  asked:

I recently hurt my back pretty badly and I have to use a mobile chair for cons this season. Can you offer any ideas for cosplay that I might incorporate the chair in to? My ideas have been pretty limited. Thank you so much for any ideas you might offer! <3

OHDDHDIDIIOOO!O!!??

Any GOT character sitting on the Iron throne 

Any mario kart charcater 

Barbra gordon

ANY queen or princess character 

Oh even characters that own vehicles that you can replicate JUST enough of, so that way in close up shots, it looks like your sitting in something bigger. 

Like Haruka’s scooter or DVAs mech!! 

That really opens the feild to ANY CHARACTER IN A COCKPIT EVER. 

Hope you dont mind I answered publicly, Im sure other people out there have a ton of ideas!! 

damnlettuce  asked:

The gif set with the little girl is so adorable. Do you get approached by kids often?

It depends on the cosplay!! As furiosa or Hawke or Enchantress – uhh no, not really. 

As Elsa, Korra, or Rey? ALL THE TIME. 

Though we have a long, long history with Star Wars kids, because we did Star Wars birthday parties for a year in Los Angeles for Character Masters. 

anonymous asked:

Hey Sheila, are you still able to hide your sidecut by flipping your hair over when it's shaved so much? I've been wanting one for a long time but I was job hunting and worrying about dress codes...

YES! It’s all about where you part your hair. 

anonymous asked:

omg yes! please write that ameridan fic!

I’m so happy to see other people on the Ameridan train. 

BECAUSE LET ME TELL YOU – can you BELIEVE there is no Lavellan x Ameridan fics out there!??! Its insane. I can’t believe people got to that part of the dlc and didn’t wonder “WHAT IF HE LIVED THOUGH?” LIKE

-What if Ameridan joined your team of Advisors??? Like he was a Knight and soldier to Emperor Drakon in Orlais. AND A DRAGONHUNTER? Like– he was practically a General, the FIRST SEEKER, A MAGE who can use TIME magic, the leader of all the Dalish elves, and the LAST inquistor??? 

-OKAY BUT Ameridan experiencing the world as it is now?? Coming across clans??? GOING TO THE WINTER PALACE. AN Orlesian travesty built on the bodies of his family. Of his people. His home, Halamshiral, is GONE. 

-Just come on. Ameridan taking Celene by the ear and saying “Listen missy, your great gerat great great gerat great Grandfather would be fucking PISSED you BRAT”

-Disputing the table quest about his Lineage himself!? Literally visiting his blood clan and the human claiming to be his relative and being like “UM NO BITCHES, IM AN ELF.”

-Discovering Ameridan owns a giant estate in Val Royouex thats still technically his cause it was a gift from Drakon. He donates it to city elves. 

-Him discussing time magic with Dorian, Seekers with Cassandra, and dragons with Bull. Meanwhile talking with Ellana about the elves now and how he can help them. 

-AND IF HE DOES COURT INQUIZZY LAVELLAN, hes like SUPER OLDSCHOOL. He like “Courts her” in a Dalish/Orlesian way. He writes a letter to her clan of his intentions, whittles her a charm, and sends lilies to lie on her doorstep that signify a marriage proposal. AND ELLANA IS LIKE “WTF I found this hankerchief in my armor??” and josephine is like “SOMEONE JUST DECLARED THEIR LIFE TO YOU VIA THE BOOKS I READ AS A GIRL.”

-He’s fluent in Orlesian and Elvish

-maybe he actually even believes the Herald the chosen of andraste. He is ANDRASTIAN too after all, and prays for the Makers blessing. He would be the BEST mediatter for a Dalish Inquizzy and the Chantry. THE PHILOSPHICAL QUESTIONS I HAVE FOR THIS MAN 

–MORE AMERIDAN. Hes so fucking interesting why did no one write about him!?!?! 

anonymous asked:

Sheila I am Mexican too and I have thought about skin bleaching a lot. I know I shouldn't but sometimes I think it might be easier to be whiter. What was your experience with it?

Hey friendo. 

Let me tell you right now that I’m not going to yell at you. Or make you feel guilty. If your like me, you already feel really guilty for even THINKING about bleaching. A lot of the small, discreet forums I ran too when I first started bleaching were these tiny corners of the internet where mexican, hispanic, and black girls talked on forum about where to buy bleaches, how they got lighter. And they were always interspliced with us trying to tell each other to be strong, to stop, to not feel bad about what they were doing but also encouraging others not to start. It’s a sucky, sucky place to be, but I understand that you’re there. You know? And sometimes the act of controlling the shade of your skin can feel like overcoming the insecurity (its not.) 

Instead Imma tell you the realities of skin bleaching. 

First off, most of the brightening and bleaching products ARENT frederally regulated. I mean, they are super fucking dangerous. Just fyi. These companies are super shady and the ingrediants to even the FDA approved over-the-counter prescriptions of lighteners, have been linked to causing cancer. Over extended periods of time, it has been known to give a higher risk of, and even cause, cancer. They are still banned in a lot of countries. Yes, these are products that are used to help patients with post-sugery spotting, scarring, that are prescribed whiteners. Or even Vitilago patients, but even they are told the serious dangers and they are just using it for exactly that. SPOTTING. Not slathering it on your whole body.

Aside from being really fucking expensive, the ultimate thing that stopped me and others was this. 

You can’t actually strip your skin of melanin/pigment. 

It’s just not scientifically possible. Bleaching doesn’t actually BLEACH your skin. It just -delays and stops the melanin from forming- thats it. And in some whiteners, like the soap bar whitener, its actually peeling off layers of your skin to the non tanned cells beneath, and delaying melanin. This leads to redness, allergies, skin infections, and itchyness like a mutherfucker. It can be really painful.

But that also means that no matter how much you whiten, because you are only stopping melanin from forming instead of stripping, you will always be as tan as you are to begin with. You can only peel back and stop your layers so much before you reach your base shade. 

So guess what that means?

Your shade will always come back. 

Unless you plan on bleaching forever (see above about cancer) you will never reach a point that you won’t be tan, or won’t be in ‘need’ of bleaching. It will always, always come back. Because as soon as you stop using it, your melanin starts producing again. Unless of course, you damage your skin so badly you start DARKENING.

Yup, skin bleaching can also cause you to darken. 

And I don’t mean, it makes you get tanner. It blackens you. It’s called exogenous ochronosis. It’s when your skin gets damaged by the use of whiteners/bleachers and starts BLACKENING. Mostly in the thinner areas of your skin. Around your eyes is the most common one. Its practically unrepairable. Unless you want to sit under lasers at the dermatogloist weeks on end.

And finally, the shades you whiten never feel like enough. We all experienced this. It’ s a paranoia from your insecurity. As white as you get, you’ll still be staring at the mirror thinking ‘im too dark, im too dark.’ Because in the end it’s in your head, not in your skin. You’ll be endlessly torturing your body to try and fix your mind. I still struggle with this, despite having used it for 4-5 years and now stopped for another 4. And I realized that even though I was actively getting lighter, I was still not happy. Still not satisfied. That’s when I realized that I wasn’t targeting the right problem. What I had been made to think. Not what I had been made AS. 

And now, because I had beat up my skin so badly, I notice how much more easily I scar, I darken, I sun spot. The exact opposite of what I wanted. But i made my skin so tender, its more prone to tanning than not. 

I hope this helps. I know that when I realized all these things it turned me off completely, and many of the other girls that helped me stopped other from using just by explaining what they might be getting into. 

I’m always, always here to talk about this! On anon or privately!