A friend told me she was doing Leeloo and that it would be funny if I joined them and did Ruby Rhod. Before I knew it we were thinking of ways to do his voluptuous wig and his unique outfit.
This cosplay first started with the leopard suit. Pretty simple except I had to make the head opening (forget what its called) a bit wider. After doing that, I started working on his puffy collar. To make it puffy I added batting to the inside of it. His staff was actually made by the same friend who suggested doing him in the first place, it was a pole covered with leopard print fabric and has a spray painted speaker on top so I can terrorize people with my robot voice and horrible music. As for his hair I cut up a old wig an inch away from root then added layers of batting to cover a wig, then took a bottle and rolled up many layers of batting to make his pompadaur.
Well right of the bat, I didn’t expect to have such a positive reaction from the attendees. The Fifth Element is an old movie and I didn’t think anyone has seen it, but I was very very VERY wrong. I got stopped for a picture before even entering the convention (which was awful because it was so cold) by a man I was sharing an Uber with. When I started seeing the parents who were chaperone or even people who didn’t even come to the Gaylord for Magfest recognize me and tell me how much they love the movie it makes me feel really great. This is going to sounds sappy but seeing people smile and scream Ruby’s lines from the movie made me really happy and it never got old
I got quite a few, but I’ll keep it too the 4 best ones haha. First one, I was walking through the lobby trying to get to the escalator and I heard a guy say something like ‘oh look a Ruby Rhod’ which was normal I heard that a lot, but right then and there this one guy ran up to me, pointed at my face, and just screamed. I, to this day, don’t know if he was screaming words or what was happening, but he didn’t ask for a picture or say anything after that he just left as soon as he came. The people around me who witnessed this were just as confused as I was. It was hilarious, really. For the second one, Somewhere there’s a video of me singing Yeah by Usher on a stage as Ruby because I was an idiot and raised my hand when Professor ShyGuy asked if there was anyone in the crowd who could say 'Yeah’ like Lil Jon. Apparently he’s a fan, who knew? Thirdly, One fan carried me up 2 flights of stairs as Ruby, which was awesome and I felt it important to share because I never get carried haha. At one point I broke the bluetooth speaker that was on top of my rod and to fix it I went to Tech Ops to see if I can solder the wires back to get it to work and Voi-la it did end up working and somewhere out it there someone has a picture of me as Ruby soldering my rod.
[Febreeze Commercial] My life was falling apart, the gross mildew smell from my trash, and the rotted aroma from my cats litterbox would keep me awake at night, crying from the pure unflitred stench. Then that’s when the Febreeze Stank Annihilatrixator came in, it makes my life smell as if god himself farted in my face. I live in a constant state of tranquility now, having my noses’s eyes opened before me, by Febreeze’s new 1st Circle of Hell scent. I can sleep easy, knowing Febreeze has slowly worked its way into my pores from all the fabric I’ve sprayed it on.
Hi Fabrickind! I was wondering, I'm planning on doing a 07 cosplay from Mystic Messenger but I don't really know how to do the yellow fabric patches on his jacket. I'm also not really sure about how to get the large stitches on the fabric circles themselves. I'm more than a little stuck with this and would really love any advice. Thank you so much!
For these patches, applique is the way to go. I’d get a sweatshirt knit (as the garment appears to be a sweatshirt), which you might even be able to get away with not hemming. If you want the edges turned under, press them under a small amount with a bit of double-sided fusible between the layers, and iron in place.
I’m reading this as simply being topstitched in place on a machine. You’ll need to either not close up the sleeve and underarm seam or open it up if it is a finished jacket (such as a storebought one), and using a bit of your fusible, iron the patches in place so that they stay while you sew. They make water-soluble fusible meant for applique work where you can wash it away and prevent it from changing the texture of your finished garment (or quilt – these are often used in quilting, and may be in the quilting section of your local fabric store). A spray-on temporary adhesive would also work, or a lot of pins if you are very careful.
Once the applique is where you want it, sew about 1/4″ away from the edge (using the edge of your presser foot as a guide may also work) with a straight stitch, or with a stretch stitch if your machine has one, or a narrow zigzag with a wide stitch length, so that it appears as close to a straight stitch as possible while still retaining some stretch. You can get the visible stitching look by using a grey thread that matches the jacket itself, not the patches.
You can also do a satin stitch applique in the gold color, and the edge of the satin stitch will create the visible line, but that’s not how I’m reading this artwork.
If you wanted visible cartoony stitches, I’d recommend sewing it normally and using embroidery thread by hand for the decorative stitches, but that’s also not how I’m reading this artwork (unless there’s another reference with that kind of look).
And yeah, it sounds kind of silly, but bear with me.
For the past two weeks, I’ve been consciously reminding myself to make my bed every day. Not always when I wake up (there’s a bunch of studies that say leaving your bed unmade helps air it out and reduce the # of critters that could be there) but sometime before I go to sleep, I make my bed completely.
1. When you’re exhausted, few things are better than a bed that looks nice. Instead of piling unfolded laundry on a chair or searching around for another blanket or finding an old sock buried beneath a sheet, all I have to do is relax.
2. Making my bed provides a daily opportunity for magic. Like all discreet witchy things- it’s simple, inexpensive, and completely innocuous. Plus there’s so much creativity involved.
cleanse your bed of negative energies
charge it with relaxation and peaceful energies
place a calming/sleepy sigil under your pillow
use an herb sachet (or a tea bag) for your desired intent
charge stuffed animals with comfort and happiness
Use fabric sprays with desired scents
You get the picture. Point is, within just a few minutes, your space is neater and you have a magically charged bed perfect for relaxation, rejuvenation, and sleep. Think of it like a daily reset button.
What are your favorite witchy ways to relax/sleep? Blessed be!
Hahaha this IS NOT A SKAM UPDATE, but I just have to translate this anyway.
Yesterday Jonas told Isak: “I wonder where IKEA get all their names for the furniture from. Like do they open a Swedish name register and just grab some?”
And IKEA Norway’s Instagram just answered:
No shame in asking, Jonas, and many people are wondering about that. It has changed somewhat during the years, but in the beginning it was Ingvar Kamprad’s cousin who named all our products. Chairs and bookshelves got boy’s names like for example TOBIAS and BILLY. Fabrics and drapes/curtains got girl’s names, while beds and wardrobes got names from places in Norway, like BEKKESTUA and TRYSIL. Whoever came up with the name FITTJA* for a fabric cleaning spray, however, we do not know. Have fun at the pre-drinks party on Friday! With regards, IKEA
I’m seriously laughing. *FITTJA is one letter (J) away from literally spelling CUNT, or..THE CUNT (fitta). IKEA Norway being savage af.
I've been having some trouble lately finding sources on weathering costumes. I've got an engineer costume right now that I want to work some wear and stains into and I'm kinda terrified to mess up something I've already put so much work into. I'm not sure the best way to make it look natural. Since I saw some of the work you've been doing lately on your Facebook page I was wondering if you could put together a tutorial or point towards some resources on the subject.
I’d be happy to! Here
ya go. :)
& Distressing Guide
Distressing a costume is a means of artificially enhancing the natural wear process. Clothing worn in daily life tends to get dirty faster around the cuffs, hems and collar, wears out faster at knees and elbows, and gets stains on the chest and top of the thighs from carrying things, spilling food, leaning against tables, etc. You don’t have to go crazy making your costume dirty – you just have to make it look realistically broken in.
Think about the kind of wear and tear that your character’s clothes are likely to experience based on the environment, lifestyle, and/or job they are involved in. Does this character crawl through tunnels? There are probably dirt stains on the knees, elbows, butt and shoulders. Get shot at frequently? Maybe there’s a bullet hole in the coat, or a tear in a sleeve where a round came too close. Work with machinery? There will be oil stains, grease smears, and possibly spots of rust. Run through the woods? There are probably snags or small tears in the fabric from catching on trees. Post-apocalyptic wasteland? Lots of dirt and dust ground into the material. Desert? Sun bleaching along the tops of the shoulders and sleeves; maybe sand or dust stuck to the fabric.
Once you have an idea what kind of weathering your costume should have, you can choose your technique(s). There are many ways to distress a costume, so you have a lot of
options! What methods you use will depend in part on what materials you’re
weathering (fabric vs. armor, for example) and how permanent you want the
distressing to be (dusting with powdered “dirt” for a photoshoot vs. using
spray paint to permanently “dirty” the fabric).
(And this is going to be long and image-heavy, so
here’s a cut to save your dash.)
EDIT: If you can’t see the cut because you’re viewing on mobile, try this post.
This weekend I was happy to attend MCFC and set up to deliver three of my standard fursuit panels. I love running intro panels and interacting with new suiters, and this particular weekend I realized something.
We have panels for safety. A million and one guides that will explain the importance of heat gear or how to properly accessorize to bring out your character, but there’s a few things that never seems to get brought up to newbies. Tiny inconsequential items that slip through the cracks, not important enough for a big guide or a whole con panel, and so newbies are left to figure out the benefits for themselves.
Well here it is, complete with the most clickbaity title i’ve ever written, a list of those little items that lends a new level of comfort and enjoyment to fursuiting, but no one seems to ever mention.
Okay, this is the first time that I’ve ever done something along these lines. I’m not a crafty witch so much as a kitchen witch…but I had the inspiration and intuition to do it. So I did the thing…and now I am passing the thing on to you!
Alright, first things first you are going to need the following:
A sewing machine
Thread (Best if it contrasts with your fabric)
fabric (About half a yard…probably less, I used green to spark healing and life. Also the fabric is leftover from a vest I failed at making.)
herbs (I chose sage, salt, and chamomile)
A colored pencil or piece of chalk that contrasts against the fabric.
Blessing Spray (optional)
Familiar (optional…unless you are me…seriously…look)
Isn’t he precious?
Anywho. Seriously make sure your threads show up nicely against the fabric. Otherwise you aren’t going to be able to see how nice everything can look.
If you really want to check it out…test it on some spare fabric.
Now place your fabric pieces together, with the right sides (The pretty sides) facing together. My right sides have a sheen to them.
Now cut a square about half an inch larger that what you want the finished project to be.
You should now have two pieces.
Now take one piece of your fabric and place the right side up. Take your colored pencil and draw whatever symbols you feel are pertinent to the spell itself. I chose Algiz, the symbol of the Elk and personal protection. It felt right.
Oh, so pretty!
Now, set your machine to do a satin stitch or a zig zag stitch, depending on which you prefer for this. I went with a short zigzag, once again…just out of intuition.
My partner sneezed as I was sewing the little spot down at the very bottom of the symbol. I jumped…the fabric moved…it was an odd moment. I was going to fix it…but the memory made me smirk so I kept it there. Don’t judge me.
Now you need to take the other piece of fabric and place them back together, once again with right sides against one another.
Now take your pins and pins those pieces together.
Oh, so pretty! Now…sew three sides of this together. using the guide on your machine to keep things symmetrical.
Lookin good, lookin fine. Now trim it up a little bit if you want to.
And flip it inside out…or inside right…however you would say that.
Now take your herbs and stuff the satchet about half way.
Fold and pin it.
Now sew the top shut and voila, a finished satchet:
Yay! Now, place it on your altar and say a little saying to get the energy flowing. Personal I ask the God and Goddess for healing energy and set the Satchet in
the middle of my altar.
Yes, that’s my altar. It’s fairly clean at the moment. I like it.
And that’s it! Hope this helped someone. Does anyone else have something they want me to make a picture tutorial for?