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Helpful tip for buying from!

I get a lot of my fabric from, and they used to have free shipping if you spent over $35, well now they’ve changed that to $50. 

Which sucks ‘cause sometimes I only want a couple yards, and it’s not worth it to pay the $5 in shipping, especially when the fabric is only $5 a yard.

But I found this out last year that sells most of their stuff on Amazon, and typically you can purchase it with free shipping.

So if you shop with them, and only want to buy a few yards but not pay shipping, check out Amazon!  They’ll usually have it, and the retailer is still, so you’re getting it from the same place!

When you’re rushing to finish your costumes, it’s easy to forget about everything else that needs to happen before you hit the road to your next convention! Here’s a handy-dandy checklist of all the tasks I typically have to take care of in the days leading up to a convention. @____@

Feel free to reblog it to help out your friends! And if you have any tasks that aren’t on the list, be sure to add them in the notes to remind everyone else, too~! *O*

Poshmark for Cosplayers (a sort-of guide)

I’ve been using Poshmark to buy pieces for some of my cosplays for a while , and since it’s really come through for me, I thought I’d put it on your guys’ radar.

The basics: is one of the many online secondhand clothing sites out there, but they’ve been around for ages. People use it to clean our their closets, find out-of-stock pieces, and make swaps. It’s like eBay, but just for clothes and shoes, with simpler search perimeters that you can set and save to your custom size. Best of all (for me): you can make offers. There’s no guarantee the seller will take your offer, but I always try to knock off a buck or two if I can.

What it’s good for: Finding screen-accurate pieces that have long since sold out. I was trying to find a pair of boots featured in a single episode of a show like three years ago; no one had them. But some chick in TX trying to make a quick buck was selling a pair. Match made.

Most often, I use Poshmark to find pieces for cosplays I’m loathe to make from scratch. Currently, that means Prompto from FFXV. This nugget. More on that under the cut.

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Grimm Skull Walkthrough

Back when I was making my Grimm costume from RWBY, I had a terrible time deciding how to make the skull portion without getting my hands dirty with bondo or resin casting. So, here is a step by step of what I did-

First, I bought some plasticine from Walmart. It’s a type of clay that does not dry out and it’s pretty cheap and reusable.

Next, I used a foam head and began layering the plasticine to create a skull shaped that I liked. I went through a lot of nitpicking for a couple weeks, but the great thing about plasticine is that it is considerably forgiving. It’s incredible easy to add more to it or take some away. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of this progress point.

After completely my model, I added a thin layer of paper mache and let dry. Once completely dry I took a sheet of Worbla and formed it over the model.

It was my first time working with Worbla so I had some rips, but a layer of fast mache took out any imperfections.

Note : fast mache doesn’t exactly bond with Worbla. It sticks some, but I ended up sanding and then smoothing area’s with a mixture of water and wood filler. It worked rather well all together though.

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It seemed like forever before I was done sanding! After a layer of wood filler and sanding with a high grit sand paper (grit 180-220), I sprayed on a layer of primer/filler paint to help me see any holes.

I repeated the process of filling, sanding, and priming until I was satisfied. Then, I used some paper clay to make the fangs. Paper clay is easy to sand, easy to use, and quick drying.

From there I continued adding teeth with paper clay and sanding down the edges as I went along. A few teeth popped off while sanding so I used some gorilla glue to attach them back on.

Once those are secured, I dremeled out some grooves in the skull and coated the entire thing in white Plastidip. This sealed everything in a coat of rubber and made it less likely to be damaged.

Here, I had painted in the red lines, stretched black spandex on the inside of the eyes, and added ears. The spandex allowed me to see rather well without being seen underneath, it also allowed the installment of LEDs to light the eyes. The ears were cut from 5 mm craft foam and were easily formed with a heat gun.

Finally, I added a bottom jaw from worbla, teeth from more paper clay, and furred it! The back of the head, I used some green upholstery foam to help the form by the cheeks. Duct tape was used to make the pattern for the ears, jaw, and back. That’s about it!

I hope this is able to help!

once-a-polecat  asked:

I was wondering if you could point me on any good tutorials for getting started with foam fabrication. I'm cosplaying one of Widowmaker's skins (Comtesse) and I'm on top of the costume sewing, but totally lost when it comes to making accessories (gloves, gauntlet, headpiece etc...)

Hello there!

The Cosplay Tutorial website has a huge amount of tutorials compiled about foam and armor, so that’s a good place to start:

Punished Props also has a book on the subject, which would be a good introduction:

Evil Ted’s Youtube channel is also a great place to go for videos about foam fabrication: 

I would also recommend looking at WIP from other cosplayers who are doing the same character. While some of the shapes and colors are different in this skin from her default skin, the basics would be the same, and seeing how someone else put something together can really help you to see it as multiple parts and shapes coming together rather than a big, complicated whole. 

I hope that’s helpful! :] That should be a lot of resources, so take your time to browse them before starting. 

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A new episode of Cosplay 101 is out! In this video, we’re covering the topic of dyeing fabric! Specifically: figuring out which dyes are appropriate for certain types of fabric. I also run through the general process of dyeing fabric, as well as the supplies you need!

And, as always, if you’d like early access to new Cosplay 101 episodes or to help choose topics for future videos, visit me on Patreon!


Steven Universe Star Apparel | Cosplay Work Vlog
Video by @shainadilla


It’s AMAZING. An incredible resource. Hell, it even tells me what fabric they used in most of the captions, which makes me GIDDY WITH GLEE.

I’ll make a post later about the really really cool things in here, but something happened when I first opened the book. This was the first thing I saw:



Nemesis Romulans had stirrup pants…? (top right)

Hold the phone

Even the Klingon ambassador’s dignity isn’t spared?!

and apparently you put them in pants that will never ride up.

Do you know what this means?



“The world’s gonna know your name… What’s your name, man?”

Coming up with a good cosplay handle can be a lot harder than you might think! If you’ve been struggling to think of a name by which to call yourself, I’ve got a new video out with a bunch of helpful tips to help you brainstorm!

anonymous asked:

Do you have any clue about the boots or bootcovers they're wearing with their coveralls? And what about the stripes on the coverall (I'm thinking of making mine myself), and the name patch?

The boots along with the jumpsuits were made as customs for the movie by the costume designer Jeffrey Kurland.  

I bought my safety ribbon (the stripes) in bulk on eBay.

I found the name patch on Etsy from a shop called 8BitSpock.  (They have some other amazing fandom related patches, too.)

As for the boots, I believe it is the boot itself that’s decked out with the safety striping - not a cover.  

This photo looks to be a great reference for trying to make (or alter) your own boots for the costume:

You could very well do a boot cover instead of altering a pair of boots to achieve the look.

I hope that’s helpful!  If you need anything else, don’t hesitate to message again. Good luck!


Hey guys. I was just sitting around thinking about this commission I’m doing and I realized that I could share this amazing paint I use..

I’ve been using one tube of Golden Acrylics Iridescent Bright Gold for the past… 4 years or so for all of my gold needs. It’s hands down the best gold acrylic I’ve ever used.

I have a small tube of silver somewhere as well, and it’s just as good.

Their whole line of Iridescent paints is amazing. A 2oz tube will cost something like $12, but it will last a very long time. The paint is very light so it does not go on streaky, but you do have to layer it a few times to get a nice solid colour (see the crowns/tiaras above). This stuff is really fast drying and I prefer to use it over spray paint, especially for smaller items.

It is a good idea to get a cheaper metallic acrylic to ‘prime’ the piece in before using the Golden paints; you can see the difference a bit where Condesce was not primed, and PB was primed with a darker gold. PB’s crown therefore looks a bit more realistic and has a deeper colour.

I buy my paint locally, but you can also get them on Amazon and other websites.

If anyone’s curious, here’s a look at how I do online fabric swatching!

1. Open a color-accurate reference for the character in a photo editing program. Try to avoid screenshots where the setting is strangely lit, i.e. a night scene. If a character modeling sheet is available, that’s your best option!

2. Using the Eyedropper tool (or an equivalent), pull out the colors for each part of the costume and use the Brush tool to record them. In this example, I’m trying to figure out fabrics for the pink elements of Ginko’s outfit, so I’ve pulled out the colors for her tie, her bra/bow, and her skirt and top paneling. Make sure you’re pulling the “true” color of the clothing and not an area that is in shadow or highlighted.

3. Copy and paste fabric images/swatches next to your color references until you find one that comes as close as possible. If you’re torn between two swatches, use the eye dropper to determine which swatch is closest to the color family/hue in your reference. For instance, I was having trouble deciding between two different hot pinks for the third color; I checked them with the eye dropper, and the one you see in this final swatch card had a cooler tone, while the other was warmer and therefore didn’t match my reference as closely as I first thought!

PLEASE NOTE: Obviously, colors on your monitor will differ from real life, so be sure to still order actual swatches before dropping money on all the yardage you need. This method is meant to help you narrow down possible options, as just glancing back and forth between references and fabric stock images can be tricky! (Especially after staring at a computer screen for hours!) Something that may look accurate to your eyes may not match at all due to influence from surrounding colors, so comparing colors individually like this can help you find that perfect fabric! Hooray for technology!

First, I’d like to say I’m not doing a full write-up on this costume. First reason is that there is way too much info, and second is that there wasn’t anything super, outrageously innovative done, just a lot of planning. If you want to read more, click on the break v

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This is a work-in-progress, but it’s a start. I’m organizing my cosplay bookmarks into a great big spreadsheet, with links to resources for all sorts of cosplay supplies.

Currently, the list is mostly focused on US-based websites, but I will include International ones as I find them and mark them accordingly.

The list currently includes links to various resources for:

  • Accessories
  • Corsets
  • Dancewear & Leotards
  • Fabric
  • Jewelry-Making
  • Leatherworking
  • Makeup
  • Paints & Dyes
  • Prosthetics
  • Sculpting & Casting
  • Shoes
  • Thermoplastics & Fosshape
  • Tights & Socks
  • Trims
  • Wigs & Hair

Categories are on the sheet tabs at the bottom of the page.

Tips for Cosplaying on a Budget

We all do it. We all spend way too much on cosplay at a con or right before a con and lament our lack of funds. We vow to do better next time, but we don’t actually know how and we just keep spending money on these costumes. How do people with limited budgets actually do it without going broke? Well, I’m no expert, but here are some of the things that help me save.

Note: Some of this may look familiar. I’ve talked about it before, but not on here. ;)

  1. Sales, sales, sales. If you’re on a budget, the only time to shop is when there’s a sale. If your cosplay has smaller pieces, go for the remnants section at the fabric store. Those are usually at least 50% off, which is a wonderful discount. Sales can drop the price of something significantly. If the sale isn’t good enough, wait; there’s always a better sale.
  2. Coupons are your best friends. Y’know what I get excited about? Coupons to JoAnn’s fabrics. I get really excited. If I get a 50% off or 60% off coupon in the mail, I want to go buy fabric just to take advantage of the coupon. Not even joking.
  3. Connect with your local fabric store. In line with the previous two, this is how you keep updated on sales and access ALL THE COUPONS. I get the newsletter from JoAnn’s, I get coupons via text and mail, and they know me when I walk in so if there’s another coupon that can apply, they provide me with it.
  4. Check Goodwill. You won’t believe some of the stuff they have in there. I’ve seen bolts of fabric, even. And don’t be afraid to buy and cannibalize clothing! It costs $3, why shouldn’t you rip the seams and use it to make something new? Remember too that different Goodwills have different stock, so you should check out multiple ones. And they don’t just have clothing! All sorts of stuff gets donated. Seriously, great resource.
  5. Plan ahead. This is seriously the BIGGEST tip I have in this whole thing. If you plan your cosplay in advance, at least 3 months, you have the chance to shop sales and wait patiently. Ideally, plan at least 6 months in advance. Then you’re not rushing to finish, you’re not hurrying to try to find the fabric and spending more than you should, etc. I know it’s tempting to pick up last-minute cosplays - heaven knows I’ve done it, especially when it’s to hang out with friends in a group - but it’s not cost-efficient. If you’re willing to be patient, you can buy things only on sales and with coupons. This can halve your cosplay cost and cut the stress, too.
  6. Budget, budget, budget. Set money aside so it’s not an instant drain on your finances. Maybe set $10/paycheck to the side for your cosplay. If you have money left over when you buy stuff, great! Just don’t spend it out of the blue, or you may have sticker shock and receipt regret later. Budgeting is a very good friend of yours. It helps to have your cosplay funds in an envelope you set aside with cash, because then when the cash is all gone, whoops, no more money to spend right now. It keeps money separate and makes a clear designation. (Unless you’re like someone I know who spends all the cash they get.)
  7. Think outside the box. It’s easier a lot of times to just buy the expensive, really nice materials. It’s also tempting because, duh, nice materials. But nice materials are expensive, and sometimes you can’t afford that extra cost. Look for mundane alternatives. Test them out before hand. If you’ve planned ahead, you’ll have time to do your trial runs. Sometimes, the really nice stuff is necessary, or you want to splurge. And that’s fine too! But know your options, and don’t be afraid to experiment. If you’ve given yourself plenty of time, you have plenty of time to do test runs and make sure it’ll work.
  8. Always bring references when you’re shopping for fabric. Do you know how frustrating it is to buy the wrong shade of fabric because your brain remembered it differently than the real deal?! Probably, you do. The way to avoid this is to bring in reference images. This also saves you money because you’re buying the fabric once, not twice. If you do accidentally buy the wrong shade, don’t throw it out! Use it for something else. And on that note….
  9. Always check your stash to see if you have something that will work. Need a lining fabric? Don’t go out and buy one just yet if the color’s not specific. Check your stock. Even things that aren’t technically lining fabrics can serve the purpose, and it’ll save you the cost of the lining fabric itself.
  10. Last, but definitely not least, measure twice, cut once. It’s an age-old adage, but it saves time, materials, and ultimately money. If you make 1000% sure you’re measuring right, you won’t run into issues later or be forced to buy more fabric. Yeah, we’ll all still make mistakes, but it’s a good habit to get into. I can’t count the times I’ve seen people (coughJ-Jocough) forget that seam allowances are a thing and cut on the line of the fabric. And then have to fumble and make tiny seams and somehow make it work but we can’t all have things miraculously work out (coughlikeJ-Jocough) when we screw up.

Those are my tips. 10 of them, to be exact. I hope they help you guys. I try to abide by these in my cosplaying, but I screw up too and get distracted by shinies. Good luck, dears!