cosplay resource

Helpful tip for buying from Fabric.com!

I get a lot of my fabric from Fabric.com, 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 Fabric.com 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 Fabric.com, 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*

SO THIS CAME IN THE MAIL TODAY

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:

EHEHEHE WESLEY

ARE THOSE STIRRUP PANTS

wait
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?

GUL DUKAT WEARS STIRRUP PANTS

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If you wanted to work with resin for your next cosplay, but weren’t sure how to get started, this video is for you! Even if you’ve worked with resin before, I’ve included some tips and tricks for veterans that are worth checking out. 

Headdresses: Styles

The practice of wearing headdresses is a custom that the rylan have been observing since the pre-Hutt years. It is, in fact, considered horribly immodest to go without.

After the beginning of the Twi’lek slave trade, the headdresses often became a way the slavers prevented their victims from communicating in a way that the slavers could not understand. They made them from cultural symbols into muzzles for the lekku.

The difference is in the materials the headdress is fashioned from.

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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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Christmas ornament energy ball for cosplay

-1 plastic ornament ball (I used 3.5″ diameter, the bigger tha better!)
-1 string of LED lights, avoid rainbow if you can and make sure you get the ones with the tiny bulbs
-3 AA batteries for your lights
-1 roll of iridescent packing wrap. You can also use a combination of stiff plastic sheets and organza fabric.

Step 1: remove the metal hanger from the ornament. You will not need it.

Step 2: cut the iridescent wrapping into a large square. Don’t worry about smooth edges, you want it to look a bit gnarled.

Step 3: using the eraser-end of a pencil, shove the wrapping inside the ball. Try to spread it out so every side is covered.

Step 4: with batteries loaded, unwrap the string of lights and stuff them inside the ball too. Adjust the lights so they aren’t too close together.

Step 5: cut another smaller sheet of wrapping out and stuff it into the hole on top of the wires.  You can use a water bottle cap to cover the hole and keep the wire from falling out, just slice it to the radius, and cut out a tiny hole from he middle, like this:

then put it over the hole of the ornament and feed the wire through gently:

It’s not a perfect fit, but it’s pretty damn secure and shouldn’t fall off.  The whole project should cost under 20$, even cheaper if you already have the batteries!

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!

My Favorite Cosplay Resources

Starting from head to toe!

  • Wigs - Personally I prefer Ebay. Wigs are cheap, buuuut you have to accept there’s a certain risk of not getting what you paid minimal money for. Still usually if you are wary you can go about with minimal mishaps. I like Ebay because of the price but also the variety. I’m terrible with wigs, so the closer at the start the wig is to the style/color I need the easier it is for me. So Arda for me isn’t really a good fit. (Though sometimes if the wig is really particular there’s nothing else than going with Arda.)

  • Contacts - Pinky Paradise. Hands down. Reliable, safe, and decently priced. Offers most of their contacts in a wide variety of prescriptions with no extra cost (which for me is super nice). They sort the contacts out in easy to find ways (by color, enlargement, etc) and most the contacts have real life customer pictures of themselves wearing the contacts so you really know what you are getting, not just some shopped photo of a lens over a stock eye shot.

  • Makeup - Honestly, I get most my makeup from Walmart. Cheap, wide variety. It helps that I don’t have sensitive skin. I can wear whatever and maybe have some small breakouts the next day. I also stop by CVS or Walgreens a lot, ton of variety and again cheap. Plus they are everywhere so if you realize you are out of concealer at the con you can usually pick up some at the local pharmacy in five minutes. For advances make up, like prosthetics, try any costume stores near you, like Party City or Halloween related seasonal shops. And of course the internet when you can’t find that one thing just the way you want it.

  • Fabric - Generally I go to Jo Anns and sometimes Hancock. These are what are local to me, and tend to have decent prices, okay selection, and for Jo Anns tons of sales and coupons. When I lived in Hawaii there were some local chains with amazing selection I liked more than these chains. (If you are in Oahu check out Kaimuki’s Dry Goods, small local store I used to really like.) So yeah poke around to see what’s around you! For especially hard to find fabric you unfortunately have to go online. It sucks and can be expensive. I like Amazon or Fabric.com but I’ve only done a little online fabric shopping so not my forte.

  • Supplies - This is a varied topic. Cause like Worbla, only available online. Paint? All over. Unfortunately I don’t have just a list I can tell you. Home Depo, Hobby Lobby, Ben Franklin, Michaels, Lowes, just try a balance of hardware and craft stores. And for the specialty stuff, like thermoplastics of course it’s the internet you go.

  • Shoes - Thrift shops. I love thrift shops. Goodwill, Salvation Army, whatever you have locally. There’s no guarentees unfortunately about the style and size but you’ll never get shoes cheaper. And since often I tear apart these shoes, paint them up, and otherwise mutilate them I feel a bit better about using these shoes which are already a step before the trashcan. To make things comfier you can put in inserts. If you can’t find something then internet is your best bet for the variety and low price.

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  • Clothes - going to be cosplaying Shizuo and don’t really want to make a pair of black slacks? Who can blame you! So for simple clothing items you can head to my favorite, the thrift shop! Not only are you getting clothes for cheap but often also helping out different humane efforts (Like CHKD is a chain near me which is connected to a children’s hospital.) If you can’t find it in the thrift store gamble the more sure fire source is going to be Ebay! Again, used, cheap clothes. And some cheap new mass produced clothes. A little pricier with shipping and such but you can usually find low prices on basic things. Also even if it’s not a perfect match, wherever you got the clothes, keep an open mind to ability to edit the clothes into what you need.

So this is just a look into my shopping stops, I generally focus on lowering that price while trying to maintain quality. So if you are looking to do things without spending big bucks check these places out! Also for some tips on finding things on the internet, try a variety of search words, go through your big sites like Ebay and Amazon, but also Google Shopping. Annnd if you really are having trouble try Google Images then back track to the image source to what is possibly an online store. Not always but more often than not I’ve been able to find things like that!

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A much-requested crossplay makeup tutorial is finally here! This tutorial is intended for female-to-male crossplay, specifically geared towards more “bishounen”/pretty boy characters. (Meaning, not Solid Snake.)

If you’d like to vote on the next patron-chosen episode of Cosplay 101, head on over to Patreon to support the channel! (ノ≧∀≦)ノ

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Hey everyone! This week’s video is a work log for my Tiny Bee guns. It also doubles as a step-by-step look at the process of painting and finishing 3D printed props!

A full list of materials is available in the video description on YouTube! There’s also a link to where you can get this 3D print file if you want to make your own set of Tiny Bees. Please enjoy~! :3

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A step-by-step look at how I made my cape for my Yuu Hyakuya cosplay! I explained what I was doing in each step, but if you’re unfamiliar with any of the sewing techniques, Google can explain them for you. :D Things like top-stitching and slip-stitching are good basic techniques to have under your belt, so if you’ve never tried them out, give it a shot to step up your sewin’ game~!

Look I made a Crockertier symbol for casual Jane! (which i will be using because my plans for full Crockertier were thwarted. -shakes fist- )

Anyone can use it, but I would prefer to be the first??? That means after April 5th, you guys can use it for any cosplay. u v u

If you wanna use it, just ask!

I would LOOOOOVE to see what it’s been used for, so tag “mageofguro” in any posts with it. cx

(p.s. it’s transparent!!)

vegan makeup by fierce magenta

homestuck cosplayers, i found the best thing ever.

disclaimer: not exclusively for homestuck

if ur another fandom cosplayer, have at it

if ur a party animal, get u some

well, okay, it’s just incredible quality vegan makeup so if u got allergies check it

rose?

bang

boom

kanaya?

don’t touch me

can’t touch me

oh my god

aradia?

we got u

we got u

but i m roboradia

kk bruh it’s all good

x2

x3

uh aradiasprite?

yeh

yuh

vriska?

8eautiful

werk it serk8

wanna be a funky nepeta?

strut

disclaimer: i’m not affiliated with them, i just absolutely LOVE their shit like what the hell

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Here is the powerpoint from a couple weeks ago at cosplay club converted into tumblr readable/no presenter required form :D Obviously it won’t make you into an expert on non plate armor but it gives you a great starting point :o

Be sure to check out the second part! :D

And remember: the point isn’t for you to make -real- armor but so that by understanding what the real ones looked like you can do a better job of making items that resemble it :D