Things no one tells you about getting into cosplay.
There will always be someone that you feel is better than you. Always. Learn to accept that.
What takes you two days now will, with practice, take you two hours later. Keep at it.
There will be people who tell you that you’re too fat, or thin, or black, or white to cosplay a character. For every one of them, there are 10 who love your cosplay. Don’t listen to the hate.
Keep the first cosplay you ever make. Or at least photos. It will remind you of how far you’ve come later.
Always map out how much fabric you need and buy a yard more.
When you see a $0.99 pattern sale, buy as many as you can. You never know when they’ll come in handy. (It’s also fun to see the crazy high price under “you saved” when you buy 30 $20 patterns for 99 cents each).
When you go to a convention in the first costume you ever make yourself, there will be a 100% chance of a more experienced cosplayer in the same cosplay. And you will want to throw yours away. Don’t do it.
Muslin is your friend. It’s $1 a yard and it’ll help you figure out if the pattern your using will fit before you cut into your $10 a yard fabric.
There is nothing wrong with starting simple and starting small. Know your skill level when you start. Stay relatively inside it and you will be less frustrated and more proud of your work.
A little later, pick cosplays that have aspects you know how to do and aspects you don’t know how to do. Look up tutorials and try new things.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, but make sure you try to help yourself first. Keep bookmarks of online tutorial and guide resources.
Don’t be afraid to start over from scratch. If you don’t like what the end product looks like don’t let the hours you spent on it force you to keep it. Rip seams. Re-do hems. Go out and buy more fabric. All the work will be worth it for a cosplay you’re proud of.
Have cosplayers you look up to, but do not try to become them. Become you.
Invest in good materials. Starting with cheap products like $5 scissors means you will have to replace them much more frequently as your experience tells you that they aren’t good enough and you need better. Get better from the start.
Don’t be afraid to cosplay alone.
Get a sewing machine with at least 5 different types of stitches on it. You may not know how to use them now but as you learn you will want them available to you.
There will always be someone who gets more attention than you for the same cosplay. Don’t let that make you bitter. Likewise, don’t let it make you power hungry.
Don’t let notes on tumblr of favorites on deviantart dictate the quality of your cosplay.
Set goals and work to achieve them, like “5 new cosplays this year” or “win something in a costume contest.”
Finally, there will come a day when you become great at cosplay. You will make all your own cosplays and even win some contests. You work hard on all your costumes and you put great effort and skill into making them detailed and perfect. And you will look at someone in a poorly made costume and a ratty wig and something deep, deep inside you, in a place you didn’t know existed, will twinge with elitism. You will not know where it comes from and you will not know how or when it got there. But fight it back. Remember where you started. Because one day that cosplayer may become great too. And they’ll have looked up to you like you looked up to others. Be a role model. Be the cosplayer you would have liked to know when you were starting out. Give back.
Another tip for gluing foam with hot glue! This is the last one for now, and I have some Genos progress photos coming soon.
You probably have seen cosplayers achieve almost invisible seams when
using contact cement to glue together EVA foam edges into dome shaped
armor. This is impossible with hot glue since the edges don’t bond
instantly. However, here is a method that creates hot glue seams that
look almost as good as contact cement seams!
(Pictures are ordered left to right, top to bottom)
1. Cut out the pieces of foam that need to be glued together.
2. Using a heat gun, heat form the foam pieces to whatever shape they need to be.
3. Using Scotch tape or another type of tape that won’t mar the foam
surface, tape the two edges that need gluing together. Start with one
piece of tape, press the edges as flush as possible, and quickly tape it
together. Work your way to the other end of the piece, pressing the
edges flush and taping them as you go. Overlap each strip of tape over
the previous strip.
4. This is what it should like when the edges are taped together.
5. Flip the armor piece over to the backside. Starting at one end of
the seam, press the tip of your hot glue gun in between the two edges of
6. Slowly start squeezing hot glue into the seam,
carefully sliding the hot glue gun tip between the seam edges. As you
glue, press the tip of the glue gun as deep into the seam as possible.
You will feel a lot of resistance, but don’t be afraid to press hard.
7. Once you finish gluing the seam, squeeze some excess hot glue over
the seam to make it more durable. Let it cool completely.
8. Flip the armor piece to the right side and carefully peel off the tape.
9. This is what the finished seam looks like! It isn’t perfect, but
it is far cleaner than trying to hot glue the seams together without
taping them first.
Using hot glue for gluing seams will yield a
less durable and less seamless result than contact cement. If you want
maximum durability, use contact cement.
Finishing the Decorative Details of the Hylian Hood
I finished the main decorative bits of the cape and I added the border. I decided not to do the band around the neck area because I don’t have enough space to work with and people won’t be able to see it from far away anyway. I also redid the bottom bands.
The decorations on the hood was done the same way as the cape. I also cut out the liner and I’m ready to assemble the cape. :D
We have made on the order the yellow original tail-coat, based on mad triangular demon Bill Cipher (a character from Gravity Falls). It was fascinating work! If you have a question, write to us by PM or e-mail email@example.com.
First batch of pictures done from the shoot yesterday. It’s taking so long because I’ve had to delete every single midge from each picture individually, which takes about two hours in itself (thanks Lake Erie). But yeah. My Anastasia cosplay! Photo credit goes to my best friend, Stellina, who did a great job for her first time using my DSLR. Dress made by my wonderful and talented mother. Hair and makeup by me. Taken on the steamship the William G. Mather docked in Cleveland, Ohio.
I taught my bae how to sew antlers and she sure helped me make antlers! All my cosplay antlers are made with interfaced fabric, inner curves fray checked for strength, are stuffed firmly, and securely attached to a ribbon wrapped metal headband, soft elastic, or double snap clips. ( this batch is mostly headbands though.) Perfect for fawns, fairy kei (I make pastel ones!), monsters, Ren Faire, mori girls, and fairy fashion. They are lightweight and won’t break if dropped.
I hope to get these posted by next week. However if you see any antlers you like feel free to message for better photos, and you can just buy them directly. We also accept custom requests! They are $13 for 2 point or the small 3 point pairs, $15 for 4 point, and $16 for the biggest 5 point or monster horns (fat 3 point with fur). Shipping is around $4 (depending on your usa location). Etsy pricing will be 75 cents more.
C h a r a c t e r ★ Clare V e r s i o n ★Ghost/North Version S e r i e ★ Claymore W h a t I m a d e ★ Dress, Armor, Top, Sword W h a t I b o u g h t ★ Wig, Stocking, Boots, Belts D a t e o f c o m p l e t i o n ★ August 2013 C o n v e n t i o n s ★ Otakuthon 2012 and 2013, Anime Boston 2013 S t a t u t ★ Active
Why did I choose this character ? Clare is one of my favorite character from Claymore because of her personnality and her strenght. She has that force to get through everything even after loosing so many of her friend/comrade. She has a beautiful aura and her loyalty toward everything is just magnificent. Even tho I love some character more than her she’ll always have that special place in my heart. By cosplaying her I wanted to get that mix feeling of being strong and emotional at the same time.
What did I enjoyed/liked/am proud of making the most on this costume ? I’m really proud of my sword. I actually only helped my step-mother to do the whole outfit since I was out of time - and obviously lack in sewing skills - so I just made the armor part as well as the sword. It was my first prop ever and even tho now I see a lot of mistakes and some things I would do differently, I’m still in love with that sword. I worked a lot to get all the proportions right and to get it as accurate as I could. It’s just still my baby ~
What part I would do differently or do not like ? I would make the belts black haha >A> and also would make the sword differently even tho I love it that way, I would remake it out of plastic. I would also do some adjustment on my leather top and maybe re-style the wig differently. But that’s growing up with a costume I guess.