things i design for me to cosplay

How to make custom lace appliques – the “Frankenlace” method

A lot of people asked for more info on how I made the appliques that decorate the bottom of Zelda’s gown. Here’s my tutorial for the whole process! This method can be used to make all kinds of applique shapes and designs if you get creative with it.

  1. These lace appliques are made out of other lace – hence the nickname. To get started, you’ll need to collect a few lace trims to use as raw material. Look for styles that are similar or complement each other, because you’ll be combining them. This is some, but not all, of the trims I used. I bought these in the LA fabric district, but most are available at
  2. Cut your lace down into smaller pieces that are more modular. Don’t cut up ALL your lace – this is just an experimentation stage, to practice rearranging the design.
  3. Using a template of your desired shape (I made mine digitally, but you can hand draw one too) practice arranging your pieces until you find a design that suits your needs. This is not my final design in the picture – I went through several versions before I was totally happy with how it looked. You might discover that you need more lace, which is why planning and experimentation are so important. When you’re satisfied with how it looks, it’s time to start putting it all together.
  4. You’ll need an embroidery hoop large enough to cover your whole template, plus some netting that is as close to transparent as you can find. Most generic tulle is NOT fine enough to do well with this technique – the holes are too large and the tulle stretches too much when handled. Look for netting that does not stretch or fray, if possible. Put some netting in your embroidery hoop, tightening the surface like a drum. I taped my template to a small sheet of masonite to give myself a portable work surface. I also ended up using clamps to hold the embroidery hoop to the masonite, but forgot to get a picture. This is optional, but really helps the design from shifting too much as you work.
  5. Tools for the next step: fabric glue (other brands work too), a small paintbrush, and a water cup. I watered my glue down a little to make it easier to spread with the paintbrush. Be careful not to add TOO much water, or your glue will be too thin, not grip well, and take a long time to dry.
  6. Working in small sections, begin gluing your lace pieces onto the netting. Start at the center and work outward, if possible. Continue until all your lace pieces are glued onto the netting.
  7. Here’s what mine looked like with all the lace attached! At this point, I flipped the embroidery hoop over and applied a second coat of glue over the entire back of the work. The netting is so thin that you can continue to apply more glue from the backside to get a more secure grip.
  8. Optional: add rhinestones to taste. I used E6000 for this step. Not every applique requires rhinestones, but in this case I wanted Zelda to sparkle as much as possible.
  9. Repeat to create as many appliques as you need! Zelda has 8 along the bottom of her dress. Here’s part of my assembly line.
  10. When you’re ready to attach the applique to your fashion fabric, trim away some of the netting along the outside, but leave any “interior” portions that help stabilize the design. I simply glued my appliques onto the silk, but I later went back and hand-stitched them down for a more secure hold. After they are properly attached to your fabric, you can VERY CAREFULLY trim away the “interior” pockets of plain netting using small scissors.
  11. The final look of my gown, after all the appliques and trim were attached.

This method is very time consuming and requires a lot of patience and concentration – but I just love the results! I wanted to achieve the look of professionally-made applique, but without access to industrial equipment, this was the next best thing I could come up with. 

The white-on-white effect is subtle, but matches the look I was going for. Photo by Vontography.

I hope this is helpful to some of you in your own costume projects. Let me know if you have any questions, and good luck!


Just you friendly neighborhood Spider Man 🕷🕸🕷🕸🕷

I just finished with this top and had to throw it on! Spidey is a classic and with all this Homecoming hype I had to make something inspired by him! I absolutely LOVED the movie and I hope to make more Spider Man themed stuff real soon because, if I’m being totally honest here, I am obsessed with Spider Man at the moment 😄

Thank you to those who have commissioned me, bought from my Etsy, or donated to my Ko-fi, without you I wouldn’t be able to crochet all the things I do 😢❤❤❤

somehow when i said i was gonna design 3-5 stickers my hands decided to go for 7 instead and now i am Suffering

these are the (mostly finished) summer-themed sticker designs i’ll print for AX this year and that i’ll just be handing them out for free to literally whoever wants one… it would be a great favor to me that if you’re attending this year and that if you’d be interested in getting any that you could reply/etc so i could gauge whether i should try to make it so ppl can find me in a later post, and also if i should print more than a really small amount ;; for now i’m planning to print just 2 of each design and be done with it lol i overprinted a lot last year

that said i looked at the cosplay meet schedule and i can make it to the hetalia shoot on day 3 so i’ll probably be there even though i still can’t tell if that thing is confirmed since it’s switched back and forth so much

This costume has so many little details that were really fun to work on! My litmus test for every material I chose was, “can I make it shinier?” Almost every fabric, pigment or thread in this thing reflects the light in some way. I might have an addiction.✨

Photo by Ngo Photography
Costume made and worn by me

anonymous asked:

Is it okay to cosplay original characters?

Hello there!

OF COURSE it is! 

There’s a bit of unfortunate stigma against original characters, and before you begin you should keep in mind that you’ll be less likely to get recognition at a con, especially if the OC isn’t part of an established franchise and/or doesn’t have a super eye-catching design, simply because people won’t know what it is. That’s something you’ll have to decide if it is personally worth it to you to dedicate resources to this costume.

That said, the stigma against OCs is completely unfounded. The fact that people even have to ask the question of whether it is okay to cosplay them makes me sad, since people should feel free to cosplay what they like without worrying about if it’s ~cringe~ or not. Who cares if someone kinds it “cringey” or not. We’re all nerds in costume. If you’re the type who enjoys coming up with your own characters and designs and flexing your creativity in that way, do it. It can be really empowering to be able to say “I came up with this thing from start to finish and now look, I actually made it in real life,” if that’s the type of creative work you enjoy doing. Don’t let anyone stop you or tell you that it’s not ~real cosplay~ (whatever that even means) or that it’s lazy or that your ideas and your creativity are somehow wrong. 

Want to cosplay the most Mary Sue self-insert overdesigned costume OC you can come up with (or did when you were 12)? Go for it. Want to cosplay an OC with fairly normal-looking clothing that no one will recognize, but it makes you happy? Do it. Want to cosplay an OC that’s entirely an excuse to make particular costume elements? Don’t let anyone stop you. Want to cosplay a character you like from a media work you are hoping to publish? Go get yourself that publicity! Want to cosplay fanmade characters from existing series, even if it’s somewhat passe (like a Homestuck fantroll)? If it’s something you like, why wouldn’t you? Cosplay all of the OCs you want and don’t listen to any haters. 

And really…Ren faires? LARP? Certain forms of historical reenactment? These are largely OCs, just under a different name. It shouldn’t matter if you’re doing your original concept for a 14th century English noblewoman at a faire or if you’re doing your original concept for a sparkly magical girl at an anime con, and it’s unfortunate that one of these things is often seen as an “acceptable” form of costuming and one isn’t. It’s a false distinction.

Cosplay is a hobby, and it’s about enjoying yourself. If it’s something you enjoy doing and you aren’t harming anyone, there’s no right or wrong way to do it.  

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

Just sat down and did some budgeting for cosplay 

Solid plans so far: 

  • Beach Lance
  • Formal Lance 
  • Prisoner Matt
  • BOM Keith
  • Black Lion 
  • Prince Lotor (if the vld design is good) 

in total will cost me about: $500 

non solid plans:

  • 80′s Lance
  • Mall pirate Keith
  • casual outfit Keith
  • Shiro 
  • Cheer boys main character
  • Blue spirit Zuko
  • Kyoshi warrior 
  • Fire Fighter Makoto (free!) 
  • Hiccup (from the 2nd httyd)
  • probably a fuck ton of other things I can’t think of and can’t afford right now

surprisingly I have almost enough in my cosplay fund for my solid plans but redbubble sales and charms will definitely help more!  I need some less expensive hobbies, hot damn

If you’re lookin to customize a mask to spiffen up your Already Fabulous Hotline Miami cosplay, look no further, cause I’ve got your back. Message me with any details or ideas you might have, and i’ll see if I can bring em to life! I can even try to do Fanmade and OC masks. just Hit me up with references and info, and i’ll look into things and give ya a price quote.

Puttin this out here cause working on masks is super fun for me, and i’m in need of money for a trip in August. Two birds with one stone.

Graphic Design is my Passion.

Sexism in One Piece

I was asked to collab in a youtube video about sexism in One Piece and accidentally got upset about it. I did not realise that I would get this worked up about it and I think that’s because when you’re watching the series, there are little moments of sexism that you can ignore. But when you actually research it and think about all the moments that have made you feel uncomfortable, it becomes overwhelmingly clear that One Piece is sexist.

It’s gotten to the point where I’m embarrassed to tell my friends that I watch One Piece, because I know that they’re going to google it to check it out and they’re just going to see boobs. I would never buy a figurine of a female character in One Piece because I wouldn’t even be able to look at it.  I’m not saying that large boobs don’t exist in real life but it’s a problem in One Piece because it’s gotten to the point where every young and attractive female character has giant boobs. There is barely any diversity between female characters. And to be honest this isn’t the type of anime I signed up for. The first time I remember feeling uncomfortable when watching the anime was in the Alabasta arc and seeing Miss Doublefinger outfit. I was like wtf, who would dress like that but I could just write it off to her being a crazy villain. But after that moment the boobs grew bigger every One Piece arc, until after the timeskip when in the manga you couldn’t even tell which female character was speaking because they all looked the same.

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just got the photos back from one of my shoots at anime boston!!!! i’m so proud of this costume and makeup and the whole thing and i had so so much fun!!!! can’t wait to wear this around more!

photos and edits by @amiephoto, costume by @eldritcharts, claws by dark matter props, and original costume design by @branch56


I got really excited about old man Corvo today


“Dear Die-Ary, today some friends came over…” (Dear Die-Ary #1)


“The noise makes me uncomfortable. So uncomfortable that sometimes I wonder… why I just don’t get myself a pair of earplugs.” (Things that make noise)


“No! No! No! Stop it! Just shut up!! I have no choice! Save your noise for later!!” (Goblins)

We tried to re-create a few pannels of the original comic during our shooting. Of course, we didn’t have the right props and/or places to do them but I’m still pretty satisfied with the outcome. :)

Character Design/Copyright - jhonenv
Johnny - Me
Photographer - fourthinstance
Photo Editing - Me

anonymous asked:

Hey, I saw your Bendy cosplay a while back and I thought it looked great. Seeing costumes like that inspire me to make my own, but whenever I draw a sketch, I always cringe because the proportions are typically way off of the actual character because i'm human. Has this ever happened to you, and what can I do to fix it?

Well, you’re starting on the right foot by sketching out what you want first!  If it helps any, here’s what my original concept for the Bendy cosplay looked like:

…and here’s the (nearly final; I’ve adjusted it a tad since taking this photo) result:

I suppose the most important thing to do with planning out your cosplay is to accept the fact that you are not likely to get the proportions exactly right.  Bendy’s proportions are physically impossible for any human being to achieve, so I decided to adapt my cosplay’s shape as much as possible.

The other thing I would say is to BE SURE that your sketch of your own body’s shape is accurate!  If you base your cosplay on a shape that isn’t almost exactly the same as you, you’re not gonna like the results.  For this sketch, I had my roommate take a photo of me standing in this position so that I had an accurate figure to use as a reference for my drawing.

The rest is just drawing the original character design on top of your own figure, adapting things here and there to make them work.  The most important thing here is to ensure that the key elements of the character’s design are nearly perfect.  For Bendy, the key elements of his design are his head, his hands, his feet, and his bowtie – all of which are somewhat too large, proportionally, on his original design.  By nailing those down, the rest of the body, though it’s still not quite proportional to the character, appears to anybody looking at it like it’s the correct proportions.

For another reference, take a look at the official Sonic the Hedgehog mascot suit:

Obviously, it’s not exactly Sonic’s proportions, because Sonic’s proportions are, again, physically impossible for any human.  But by nailing down the head’s shape and abnormally-large size, the hands’ size in relation to the head, and the same for the feet, the fact that the body and arms aren’t EXACTLY RIGHT still falls into place as within the “acceptable” range of deviation from his official design.

I hope this helps some!  Mascot suits can be tricky!


also something funny
I had a few professors in my studio today and one of my professors pointed to Lucida (who I had art up for design purposes .i.e this is what a character sketch looks like. That and motivational lucida is motivational)

Professor: I don’t fully understand how this “internet subculture” thing works, but I like this one character. she looks pure
Me: she’s evil
Professor: *audible gasp* b-But she has a halo! That means she has to be good!
Me: * insert lengthy 20 minute description on why Lucida is evil*
Professor: b-But NO! I like her she can’t be evil!
Me: *sets hand on professor’s shoulder* are you sure you don’t understand what being in a fandom is like?
Professor: *silence for about 20 secs* I want someone to dress up as Lucida so I can hug her. Also can you finish Cypher’s design so I can …it’s like dressing up but…what’s it called?
Me: Cosplay?
Professor: I want to cosplay Cypher at your gallery. 
Me: … dear god I have ruined you

Interview: Mady

Today we’re joined by Mady. Mady is a phenomenally versatile young artist who hasn’t yet met a medium she didn’t like. She specializes in music, playing both the flute and the piccolo, though she does play other instruments as well. When she’s not making music, Mady enjoys drawing, photography, and baking. She clearly has an enormous amount of passion and enthusiasm, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.


Please, tell us about your art.

So I do participate in a few different artist outlets. Music is what I am most skilled in as I’ve been practicing and performing for about 10 years now. Flute and Piccolo are my main instruments, though I do occasionally mess around with others! My favorite pieces to perform are usually from a movie score or a stage musical. I love how easily the emotional flows from them since they are designed to illicit a specific emotional response from an audience while a composed piece on its own is more open to interpretation.

As for other things I do a lot whenever I have free time! I like to write, cosplay, bake, take photos, doodle, etc. Honestly most artistic outlets have become a hobby of mine even if I’m not that good at it!

What inspires you?

Gosh I feel like there are so many things. Honestly, I tend to find most inspiration in the people around me. I’ve met so many people over the years that are so dedicated and passionate about their craft that I can’t help but also want to be the best I can. That sounds so cheesy to say, but it is how I feel!

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

Well for music I would almost be tempted to say it was in my blood. Kind of like a destiny thing! Everyone in my family is musically inclined. I mean literally everyone. To be honest at first I very strongly strayed away from anything musical. My dad is musician and plays in a band on his off days from work so for some reason when I was a younger that caused me to shy from it.

In fifth grade I joined Orff Orchestra to get out of sitting in the gym in the morning and that was kind of the end of that line of thinking. The middle school band teachers came and did a presentation on beginning band and the rest if kind of history!

Everything else was something I picked up along the way. There was no specific moment like with music. They were hobbies that I just came to enjoy.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I can’t think of anything that really that stands out to me. I think everything I do just kind of has a look or sound to it that relates back to me in a way? Which I do think is true of most artists. There isn’t something tangible for my art; it’s more of a feeling if that makes sense?

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Try not to compare yourself to those around you and never give up! This is something I personally have a problem with and always need to remind myself. It’s okay not to be at the same level as someone else, no matter where they are in life. You’re allowed to go at your own pace and that isn’t a bad thing!


Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Panromantic Asexual! (Though I’ve found I tend to lean more towards ladies than fellas)

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Mhm personally I haven’t dealt with too much as I’m not very vocal about my sexuality. It’s kind of on a need to know basis so I’d be willing to bet most people I know, excluding my friends, have no idea I’m ace. I did have a friend once brush me off and patronize me, but after talking with them they came to understand a bit better. I, of course, have also had the general stupid comments about being a plant or partaking in mitosis.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Probably that it doesn’t exist in the real world and that it’s only a “Tumblr Thing” It’s frustrating to hear because for me personally without Tumblr and the internet as a whole making information about sexuality so accessible, I wouldn’t have realized I was ace. I spent a long time confused and unsure of what was wrong with me. I never really had physical crushes and was never able to relate when my friends would point out someone and gush about how ‘hot’ they were. Tumblr helped me start looking further into terms and information and has led me to where I am today. It’s not a perfect site and definitely has its faults, but I really do think it has the potential to be a wonderful place for spreading information.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

It’s okay to be unsure and afraid. You don’t have to have all the answers. Even just recently I had to make some adjustments to how I see and refer to myself. Life is constantly a learning experience and that’s okay! Have fun being yourself!! No one else can do it better!

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I post anything I create that I’m proud of on Tumblr at venasven. Any and all of my cosplays and photography can be found on Instagram at the same name! Venasven!

Thank you, Mady, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

anonymous asked:

Have you ever thought about making and selling the patterns for your voltron cosplay designs?

I’m not fully confident in my skills to be able to do that.  I actually usually do things the wrong way but happen to make it look good. 

I DO make tutorials and exclusive cosplay photos for my Patreon if you’re willing to donate (some new tutorials should be up soon once I’m feeling %100) 

if anything I’ve thought about prop making commissions, but that’s a bit technical for me right now 


“Ain’t no thing like me, ‘cept me!”

Makeup for Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy, took about an hour and a half to complete. The fur texture is really hard to perfect and I’m used to working with much more minimalistic designs. There’s definitely some design flaws I want to fix for next time, but I’m really happy with how it came out! (Ok to reblog!!)


Hey guys!

Sorry there hasn’t been a lot of artwork lately! But I went to Supanova last weekend in my Newt Scamander cosplay and debuted these boys I’d made for it!

I’m thinking of opening an online store and selling little nifflers and bowtruckles like these (as well as prints and other things) and that has kept me pretty busy!

Hope you like them! If you want to follow my design work you can find me on Insta @ lunadezigns 

skully-cat  asked:

Hi Nina! After losing interest in cosplay over the last few years, your Sheik cosplay inspired me to decide on cosplaying an art nouveau design by Hannah Alexander! The problem is, I'm a huge perfectionist - sometimes I get so obsessed with producing a perfect end result, that I'll legitimately feel bad when things don't turn out the way I want them to. Have you ever been fixated on perfecting details of a cosplay? And did this affect how you felt about wearing it?

Hey there! I’m so glad to hear you’re giving cosplay a shot again. This post may help you out when it comes to perfectionism; it’s something I deal with a lot and wrote about there!

Good luck, and welcome back to the world of cosplay~ <3