And I feel as if you guys need to know about these. Because I don’t want some unsuspecting cosplayer to waste their money. Before I go on, I want to say that I am a costume maker and I have a degree in costume and fashion technology. As a part of that degree I had to learn a ton about fabrics and I handle fabrics that range from $2 - $200 a yard every day.
So I came in to this yesterday. A cart full. We didn’t get too many, you can see they all have the Yaya Han logo on them and they all say “Cosplay by Yaya Han” on the end. They all cost $19.99 (on the Joann website, they actually have some that are even more expensive) and are not going on sale any time soon.
Included in what was there are these:
7 metallic 4 way stretch fabrics. 1 of these is a print (the red scales??). They’re very similar to the “performance fabrics” that are actually across from these in the aisle. However, they’re extremely cheaply made and stick to each other. I can already foresee the horror of having to measure these, all that loud peeling noise of having to separate it all from itself. The only really useful color that was there was the metallic black, which looks a bit like wet look leggings. The unfortunate thing is that directly across the aisle is the exact same thing. For cheaper. You’re basically paying extra for her name to be on them.
Next is the stretch pleather and the twill. The pleather was grey, that was the only one there. It was VERY thin, I could see it pretty much only being used for a body suit or leggings, but the color was so odd I don’t know what costume would use it. The thing was. Again. It was cheaply made. It was brand new just out of the plastic and already peeling off of the backing. Truthfully, this was the one thing I was sort of excited about in this line and I’d happily use a 50% or 60% off coupon on a couple of yards if it was more substantial. It’s the only thing in this line so far that I feel the price is worth it, if it was thicker. (Please note that Joann HAS a stretch pleather for $12.99. It doesn’t stretch as much as this, but it works very well for nice tight sleeves)
The twill is described as “corset twill”, however, it’s NOT coutil. I could see it being a nice replacement for it, but it’s not as thick. The weave is nice (you can see it sort of), but again, something that Joann already sells for $9.99.
And finally, the brocades. They’re all polyester nylon blend. The color range isn’t bad and Joann purposely put their peacock brocade on clearance because they were getting these. The thing was, I was sort of hoping for a range. Something different that wasn’t already there, something good for things like Game of Thrones costumes. What we got was exactly what we already had, just 60″ instead of 45″. Except for the second blue one (which is peacock feathers) all of the designs are the same paisley. You’re basically paying $10 just for 15 extra inches wide.
I want to see the rest of the collection, there’s a rib knit I found online in it that’s $29.99 and I need to see what the big deal about this is, when there’s rib knit at Joann for $9.99 already. In my opinion, right now, it’s not worth it. Don’t waste your money, it’s cheap, it sticks to itself, and it’s exactly what’s already at Joann. The pleather is the only thing I would spend my money on and you can buy it online for cheaper. (It’s $15 at Mood and at Spandex World). These should be out at all Joanns and others may have what we don’t so please feel free to add onto this post as you see fit. But this is my personal review out of the package of the Yaya Han cosplay fabrics.
For our final #AssassinsCreed Chronicles: China cosplay interview, we caught up with the one and only Yaya Han to talk about her cosplay journey, and the creation of her impressive Shao Jun costume.
1: How did you discover cosplaying?
-I found homestuck in middle school, enough said
2: What was your first cosplay?
- a female gamzee cosplay “femzee”
3: What are your next 3 cosplay plans?
-d.va new year skin
4: Have you ever been in a cosplay contest?
-yes I have won 3! :D
5: Do you prefer sewing, armor making, or wig working?
6: Do you prefer to do photoshoots at cons or at specific locations?
-locations, nice backgrounds and lighting can make all the difference
7: Is there a type of character you cosplay frequently?
-powerful female character that wear tall ass heels
8: Do you have any favorite cosplayers?
-there are a few on musical.ly, that and Yaya Han
9: What’s the most detailed cosplay you’ve ever done?
-the d.va cosplay in working on now, the trim took me 4 weeks
10: What are your top 3 craftsmanship tips?
-test your makeup before the con
-practice facial expressions for photos
-draw out your cosplay before doing anything else
11: What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done?
-I love my MTT cosplay
12: What is your worst cosplay “horror” story?
-a drunk man came up to us in the parking lot as I was getting out of my cosplay and he begged us for money and started crying then turned around to go chase down a car
13: What’s your funniest cosplay story?
-during a masquerade walk on a whipped myself with my agate whip onstage
14: What’s the best in-character interaction you’ve ever had?
-I after receiving my award for agate the audience asked for a speech. I just went up to the mic and said “thank you, you useless chunks of earth”. Everyone cheered.
15: Have you ever cosplayed with a family member?
-my brother and I cosplay all the time
16: What is your favorite cosplay photo of yourself?
-my sayter cosplay in the woods from a year ago
17: What are your go-to stores for cosplay materials/full cosplays?
-Joanne fabrics, Michaels, Walmart, eBay, amazon, and a local fabric store
18: Do you prefer to buy pre-styled wigs or style your own?
- I like to style them myself so I can fit them to my face shape
19: Have you ever had someone mistake you for a different character?
-No but I’ve done it before and I felt so bad
20: List all the cosplays you’ve done.
-oh geez ok~
All beta godtiers
(There are probably more that I missed idk)
21: What’s the biggest con you’ve cosplayed at?
22: Do you prefer cosplaying characters with props, or characters that you don’t need to carry a prop around all day?
-I love to have a prop to pose with, plus they’re so much fun to make
23: Have you ever lost a cosplay piece at a con?
-my flowey prop’s tooth fell off once, I just made a new one when I got home
24: Have you ever bought a cosplay piece at a con?
-at a con, no.
25: Do you prefer to cosplay solo or in a group?
-solo, I’ve done group cosplays but I end up making them all and people end up disrespecting them
26: If you had a chance to meet your all-time favorite cosplayer, what would you say to them?
-you’re so pretty