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>>10047491
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My friend along with a bunch of other people got scammed by this wig commissioner who basically was like “I’m not doing wig commissions anymore and not finishing any that people have already paid for and also I’m not giving any refunds” this person is trying to stay part of the cosplay community despite being a massive shitstain. Is there anything i/they can do to effectively call this person out? Their shop is rabbit+hare on fb
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>>10083424
Gather appropriate and related caps (caps of the announcement, caps of any correspondence esp. if it's you asking for a refund and them saying no, that kind of thing), write up a basic summary of what happened, and share it on Facebook and Twitter as those are the sites where its easiest for things to go viral + where most of the cosplay community hangs out now. Share it to cosplay/convention groups on FB.
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>>10083005

Need to make a helmet fitted to my head, but I don't have a separate head cast to work off of. Any ideas for how i'd go about making my pattern pieces? Someone reccommended plastic wrap and duct taping over it, but seems like it could be difficult to get smooth and to apply/remove.

Any tips appreciated <3
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>>10083424
>>10083427
Also include the names and aliases of the shop owners in case they just change names and start again. And if you're comfortable with that share a link to your post, I'll help spread it!

>>10083485
Do you have someone who can help you apply the tape and cut you out? If not you can try taking precise measurements and covering a styrofoam wig head in painter's tape until it's the same dimensions as your head
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>>10083485
Make a kid's cardboard hat with cardboard strips and work from that if you cant do the tape method (with someone else)
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I'm trying to find a tutorial on how to draft a gathered collar like this out of a normal high neck bodice pattern, but all I can find is tutorials about making puff sleeves and wide skirts. I'm ESL so there's probably a word I'm missing. Can someone help?
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>>10083670
It looks ruched to me, I'd try that as the first key word, and from the pic, you can see that elastic thread is used for the ruching on the upper seam of the collar. If your search results are coming up empty, I'd include elastic thread as a keyword. From what I can see, though, you might be able to get away with just cutting the collar fabric longer (in the same way you'd alter a sleeve pattern to make it puffy) and ruch it until it reaches its original pattern length
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I need some help making a petticoat for a bowsette cosplay. how should i go for it?
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I need some advice on long wigs. Ive cosplayed for years but I always avoid long haired characters due to wig tangling. I know certain wigs tangle less, but they all still look like shit on the con floor, regardless of material. That said, every so often I'll see someone with a smooth, highly volumized long wig and it looks great and more importantly, not tangled due to the way its been "sculpted" on the bottom. How does one do this? Is it just a shit ton of teasing? And does it help with the tangling issue? Pic related, I desperately want to cosplay kite but his hair is a nightmare waiting to happen. Any advice is appreciated!
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>>10083679
like this
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>>10083679
Instead of a petticoat it looks like you’re gonna want to try to make a skirt that’s being supported by boning/hoops?
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I was dumb and posted in the old thread by mistake. I have never been to a con before but I've finally decided to take the plunge. How long in advance should you book your hotel room for a con? I tried finding a room for Ohayocon (I live in Ohio) in December but they were all understandably taken up by then, so then I looked for rooms for Colossalcon but they were all booked up too. Then I tried to go for Matsuricon but it looks like even those have all been taken as well even though it's a full eight months away.

I have been told the con hotel experience is special, is that true, or would it be worth it to just get an Airbnb or something?
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hey everyone, just thought i'd pop in and ask for some assistance. i'm planning on doing a cosplay of ranma kakogawa from future card buddyfight, and id like some pointers on how to go about purchasing/styling the wig.

his hair is pretty fluffy/spiky, and while i want it to look similar to the character, i want it to be a bit more natural and with a good amount of volume. would anyone have suggestions on what wig length i should buy as well as any guides/tips on how to style it? i know the basics on cutting/fluffing/spiking, but this seems to a bit more advanced.

any help would be seriously appreciated, reference image below:
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i just really need help finding a site i can order a good wig from im aiming to do an envy cosplay by next month. where have you gulls found luck ordering online?
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>>10083918
I like Arda Wigs and Wigisfashion personally, I've also heard good things about epic cosplay wigs
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Is there a good way to compensate for height? I spent a couple of months working on a superman cosplay, and while it felt good aesthetically, the moment I saw a 6' guy, I just felt like trash even though our outfits were comparable in quality (I'm a 5'2" manlet, not going to lie.) How do I get over this feeling, especially when my body type is nowhere close to the guy I'm cosplaying?
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>>10083940
thank you i'll check all those out
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I posted this q in the "biggest cons" thread but I think it's probably better suited for here. What are the best cosplay-heavy cons that you think are worth travelling to? I'm in Canada but I want to try for some US cons now that I'm quite involved with cosplay, but I always hear such conflicting opinions for which are any good. Too late to plan for Katsu, unfortunately.
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>>10083993
Katsu is the most cosplay heavy con in the US imo. Other cons worth traveling for are Colossalcon, ALA, and Anime Expo.
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>>10083940
ordering from epic how quick are they to ship?
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Can anyone help point me in the direction as to what fabric the pink part of the costume is in pic related? Is it just a pink pique jersey or are there better keywords to search for it?
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>>10084060
i live in CA where epic is based and almost always get my wigs within a week
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>>10084096
I live in BC Canada would I get mine in a month ??
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anyone know of some alternative shoes/sneakers (that are similar in color/style) i could use for the school uniform here?
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>>10083770
If you go to a popular convention, most people book their hotel the minute the hotels are released so the rooms are usually sold out within minutes. You'll have better luck finding a hotel that is near the convention but not the hotel the convention is being held at.

In my experience, getting an airbnb isn't the same as getting a hotel during a con but at least the amenities are better.
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>>10083770
The major thing is the convenience of having a crash space nearby. It's nice to have a room at the venue so you can drop off swag, change outfits or just take a map in the middle of the day. If you're not cosplaying and can make it through the day without needing a break, booking offsite is fine.

It all depends on how you enjoy a con. Since you say you've never been, it might be best to hit up some smaller local cons with one day tickets to see if it's your scene. They can be rather awkward going solo but if you know any experienced con goers that can guide you, you'll have a much better time.
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>>10083485
Plastic wrap and duct tape is just the first stage of getting a pattern. You can close up the duct tape cast and stuff it to use for an actual pattern on whatever medium suits you.
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>>10083680
They probably just teased, straightened, and gelled the bottom. Looks like you could do that with a couple of choice pieces. I'd recommend using silicone lubricant spray on the wig to make the fibers glide more smoothly against each other and tangle less.
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>>10083881
> i want it to be a bit more natural and with a good amount of volume
This kid's hair is in four triangles, how in god's name are you intending to make it look natural
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>>10083881
It's not really any different than a normal spike, just larger. You need to build up a really solid foundation so that it has a leg to stand on. Got2B glued freeze spray is always the go to. If you want it "natural" I guess, just make sure to really neatly brush out the top layer of the spike and make sure that all of the fibers are going in the same direction. The back part is going to need the most attention on this. There's a bunch of good tutorials on youtube, but here's my go-to to start off: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fAoh2Mwba0

As for the wig, you should get one that's at least over the shoulders. You need to accommodate for the length of those spikes and the amount of hair that's going to be bunched up in the teasing. Always better to have more than less.
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>>10084000
>ALA worth travelling for
It's a pretty local con to be flying out for. I don't know about that one, chief.
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>>10084188
Maybe if you posted a bigger picture
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>>10084188
Unless you're competing just get basic white sneakers
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Besides Ebay or Etsy, where's a good place to get pirate garb and/or generic 1700's or so men's clothing?

Here's my costume so far. I have better boots that arrived after the pic was taken.

I think mainly I'm looking for accessories like old glass bottles like for rum and sashes and other bells and whistles for my outfit.

I also love the outfits a lot of the characters in "Black Sails" wear but am a little strapped for money to commission a garment.

Also general how to improve my costume comments are appreciated.
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>>10084391
Swap out the buttons to something either wood or wood looking. Its cheap and it adds allot. If your looking for older looking bottles go on a hike near a lake/river/water of your choice. And just cannibalize some belts/scarfs from your local thrift shop.
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>>10084272
apologies, thought the image was bigger. hope this one is more helpful

>>10084280
sounds like a good idea. im not competing, i just want it to look fairly accurate to the character
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>>10084188
If you really want a spot on look, go with basic white sneakers and leather paint.
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Weird question:
I'm a guy with dark leg hair (not thick, just dark)
Say I cosplay an anime boy that's showing his legs
Anime characters rarely ever have body hair so of course the official art doesn't have any

Should I shave? Or just leave it since it'd be more realistic for a guy to have leg hair?
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>>10084884
Depends on how much of a pretty boy the character is and how wild your leg hair is.
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>>10084884
If he's too pretty that hairy legs is unacceptable, shave and wear very opaque nude tights.
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I dont know if im just being too picky but im looking for the P5 Shujin School Pants or something that looks passably close.

Ive looked all over Amazon, Ebay and AliExpress but I havent found anything good and as for the actual cosplay pants I really dont like how they're all made out of felt and look like pajamas imo it looks tacky and not what a school uniform is at all.

Short of making it myself are there any places selling the plaid pants or a website I can design them if I just make the pattern?
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What headphones are people using for Futaba? Any consensus? Need a pair that will sit on the back of her head the way hers do
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>>10084440
Will note the wooden buttons. I have some that might work but I suck at sewing and I don't wanna damage my vest.

I have an assortment of various bottles (I'm a bit of a hoarder) but I'll snoop around for one near the lake outside town.
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My gf is 170 cm size 10 waist (UK), A cup breast around 52kg.

I was looking for some sexy costume for her for little money on Aliexpress for doing some sexy roleplay.

I'd dig anything as long as it's sexy but believable, do you have any experience or recommendations?

Sorry for being a filthy casual and hope this is the appropriate thread for asking this.
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>>10086009
Jfc you sound painfully normie.
Visit a local sex shop with your gf and see what kinds of costumes she likes. Then go to Aliexpress.
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Will adhesive vinyl (pic) stick to craft foam primed with mod poge? I'm making armor and I need to stick this vinyl to a small section, but I have no idea if it will work and I don't want to ruin my piece
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im curious, does anyone here do commissions? or where would i go to get one done?
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>>10083951
Try Google next time, here's a good article
https://geeks.media/adding-height-in-cosplay
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>>10086103
A lot of cosplayers offer commissions, what are you looking to have made and what's your budget? It would help us point you in the right direction! Off the top of my head I think AmazonMandy (US) is open for commissions, maybe Maker and Muse (UK), Ptytb Atelier (UK I think), Molly Nguyen (Vietnam), that's about all I remember right now
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>>10086120
i wanted to get ja pretty basic jax done without the mask and lamp
im not even sure how much commissions for cosplays usually cost, and i know nothing about different materials
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>>10086125
Depending on quality, anywhere between 250-800ish.
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>>10083681
Oh wow, I never expected to see my skirt to pop up here lol
Pic related is a rough idea of how I made my skirt!

I made an open hoop skirt using this tutorial as a base ref: http://istoria-n.tumblr.com/post/123609095563/open-front-hoop-skirt-tutorial
I added a lot of extra hoop steel to the opening than the tutorial (purchased separately), and flexible pvc tubing with 3 thick, twisted wires threaded through it so that the skirt was somewhat posable. A butt pillow/ bustle underneath the skirt (in the same color of the underskirt) was necessary to counterbalance the weight and to prevent it from closing in the front. Adding the petticoat netting made the skirt more cupcake-shaped. If you need any additional help let me know!
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Any idea on how to make Nunu's hat?

I'm thinking of knitting it like a peruvian chullo hat but I have no idea of what to do. I've also thought of making it with fluffy fabric but I can't find any useful pattern. And I'm also struggling with finding a way to add the ears and fluff

Sorry for the bad quality pic
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>>10086147
forgot to tag OP
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Hey guys, a couple of days ago someone told me that I could pull off a good Detective Conan cosplay and now I'm actually starting to entertain the idea.
My question is, do I really have the likeness to pull it off, and if so, how do I go about making my hair go all poofy at the front?
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Kinda related to >>10083770, how are you supposed to meet people to room with for conventions? I've been to a 2 local ones and was planning on going to Anime Expo and Colossal Con this year, but I don't know anyone else going. I don't mind that since I mostly just get drunk and hang out with random people, but would prefer to save $ on a room if possible
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Where can I find a wig that looks like this
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>>10086195
Why can no one use google, jfc. Arda, epiccosplaywigs, wigisfashion
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>>10086207
None of those show up on the first two pages of google for me
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Props that make sound. Cool, or tacky?
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>>10086212
2nd page result for ‘long grey wig’ bitchass
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>>10086217
none of those are even remotely close, sorry
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>>10086215
They seem kinda pointless honestly, cons are super loud so nobody will hear them, masquerades everyone is too far to hear them and in photos you obviously have no sound. That doesn't leave a whole lot of situations where they make sense.
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>>10086223
I mean you sound like a jackass why would we want to help you.
Coscraft Jeri in Grey now go away.
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>>10086228
Thats better, see you can do it if you try
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>>10086147
nayrt but it looks great, do you have an instagram page?
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>>10086240
Ah thanks! It's @bird__king
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>>10086259
Oh, then I already follow you, didn't recognize you from your legs alone!
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What kind of bra am I supposed to wear under a spandex bodysuit? Didn't even consider it before sewing it, I'm fairly small if that changes anything
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>>10086304
I just wear my normal bra with a smooth, basic knit bralette on top to hide the cup (preferably seamless and with light swimsuit-tier padding for extra smooth)
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>>10086304
what neckline is the suit and what shape boob do you want
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>>10086349
it's exactly like pic related, i just want it to be smooth, flatter the better i suppose
>>10086345
ooh that's a good idea anon, i didn't think of layering
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>>10086399
dropped pic
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>>10086082
Can you test it on a scrap piece? One with mod podge, one without?
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I'm starting my older Veronica cosplay. For her dress and vest dress over it, should it be pleats or should I use a circle skirt + horse hair braid to get the bottom to ruffle like in pic
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>>10086460
Pleats would be too sharp for the soft curves she has. Alternatively, you could gather the skirts a bit, but if you want to avoid those mini ruffles at the top, go with the circle skirt and horsehair
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>>10086082
i don't see why it wouldn't, I've used it on foam sealed with wood glue and I imagine it would be similar. if it doesn't stick you could very carefully use contact cement
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>>10086460
Pleats with horsehair braid.
As long as you don't press the pleat all the way too the hem, you can still have the volume and shape without the rigid structure.
Alternatively you could do the pleats not pressed to the hem and wear a petticoat for volume.
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>>10083918
If you're in the UK, Coscraft are good too.
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Going to Detroit Comic Con in May and I'm going as Spider-Gwen. Need to find some shoes. Got any suggestions for shoes that'd be comfy for a full day walking, but look a little like these?

I feel like there was a shoe that had straps to it, Nike? Rebook? I can't recall where I saw them.
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>>10087947
Wear a pair of flats that are either the right color or modify them to be and
add some ribbons.
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Hey all! I need help trying to figure out who to cosplay for a convention in september, if anyone has any suggestions matching my body description that would be great.

I mainly play western video games/ read western comics and something I've noticed is that the main male characters are usually big beefy guys that look cool as fuck, however I know I could never accurately cosplay them since I'm below average height with a thin frame and an androgynous baby face to the point i get mistaken as a girl when my hair gets too long.

I've been thinking about cosplaying Link from botw since he matches that description pretty well but I was wondering if anyone knew of characters that arent heavily anime styled that I could cosplay as.

My bf is going as Geralt since he has simialr body and face structure so i was wondering if anyone has any suggestions that are similar to the witcher or just any badass game that has a recognisable character that's on the smaller/cuter side. Thanks!!
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>>10087980
try on >>9988392
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>>10087987
Thanks! Didnt know this thread even existed
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HOW IN THE FUCK DO I MAKE THE WORLDS HELMET I ONLY HAVE TWO WEEKS

Also what are some inexpensive ways to pad my arms so they look bigger
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>>10088140
Helmet: eva foam, padding: upholstery foam
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>>10088142

What would you imagine the leggings/belt/straps are made of?
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Any good tips on the process of tracing patterns on fabric? It works well when it's a thick fabric that doesn't slide around, but if it's something slippery like satin it doesn't translate well. Right now I cut on the ground, and just use my knee to hold it down, but it's not really that efficient. I've been getting into better fabric (satin, suit-tier wool) that is a lot finer and slippier, and it seems I need to upgrade.
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>>10087947
Those look like ballet slippers. Might have trouble finding that exact color of blue with the ribbons
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>>10088250
Like sewing patterns? Are you using pins or pattern weights and still having trouble tracing? Using your knee doesn’t sound very effective lol

I use freezer paper for all my patterns. It works well on slippery fabrics since you can iron it directly to the fabric to temporarily attach it, plus it’s durable. There’s also pattern basting spray that makes a similar effect on any paper, and is reactivatable with heat. If you’re not using pins already you should do that first though, especially for retail patterns.

There’s also water/air soluble markers, tailors chalk, and/or heat disappearing pens you should look at for tracing if you haven’t aleady.
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>>10088250
i always pin my fabric regardless of type; i even have a set of silk pins that only get used for delicate fabrics. i also have a set weights which are really useful, some even have spikes if you're working on a surface you can pin into. Angela Clayton I THINK uses foam board/foam core on top of her cutting table so she can pin her stuff directly onto the table.
https://youtu.be/-mpxqPllArY

if you're able i also recommend getting a table or surface for cutting fabric. i tried it in a professional wardrobe and its life changing, especially as someone who often (still lol) cuts all my fabric on the floor. much kinder on your back as well
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>>10088282
lmao i copied the video link wrong lol jump to 4:00 to see how Angela is pinning directly into her table
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>>10088275
The thing is, I don't have pattern weights, I know OF them but I don't know if they're worth it. Sounds like they definitely are, though.

I currently use water soluble pencils and pens to trace said patterns, the problem arises when the fabric is incredibly slippery and moves when I hold it down with my knee (something that would likely be solved with weights). I'll cop some on Amazon then

>>10088282
Wow, funny you mention the back thing, I'm a /fit/ transplant but cutting patterns on the floor really does strain your lower back much more than I ever thought. I just don't have the space for a full sewing area, I just move my machine/notions whenever I get set to sew, so definitely no space for a table. I used to use a magnetic board underneath my cutting mat and use magnets to secure the pattern in place (which worked extremely well), but I don't have that now. Got to get some pattern weights (and needles)

thanks lads and ladies, copping pattern weights now.
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I bought a black trench coat but the lining is maroon - since I want to cosplay Spider-Man Noir (from Spider-verse, he's always in black-and-white) I don't want any color visible.
The tag says that the lining is "Acetate" - I assume it won't take dye, plus it recommends dry cleaning only on the tag. Would giving it a pass with fabric spray paint work?
Or would it be better off to just cut out the lining altogether? I don't plan to wear it in a non-cosplay setting.
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>>10088247
The suit is most likely spandex, the cosplayer in the photo seems to also have used spandex and batting/stuffing for the belts and straps
>>10088341
Pattern weights are not specialized tools, a lot of people use little bags filled with sand or 1-2-3 blocks but if you're cheap or lazy like me you can use heavy items you have lying around
>>10088407
You can dye acetate with the right product but you need a dye specifically formulated for it, dyes meant for natural fibers won't work. I'm not familiar with fabric spray paint, I'll just recommend you do a patch test before doing the whole garment. Taking out the lining is an option but the seams underneath may be kind of ugly.
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>>10088407
>>10088477
Agreed. Remember that if you're going to dye the linning, you might get it on the coat as well. Same with the fabric paint .you need to pin back the coat from the linning. If you intend to remove the lining, you should replace it with some black lining because, as the other anon said, those seams will be worse than a little maroon peaking out.

>>10088341
You can pick up a couple of heavy nuts, washers, or etc. from the hardware store if you MUST buy something. They're less than a dollar each and work well.
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How do I attach something heavy to a light material? Crude pic related, I have a piece (the red thing) that needs to be seamlessly attached to a thin spandex shirt, I was thinking velcro but i think it would sag, at this point I was considering taping a magnet to my chest to hold it on
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>>10088341
I figured you had your reasons so I didn't want too many assumptions lol I've had to sew in limited spaces before too so I totally understand. And thanks for sharing that awesome magnet idea! Never thought of that. :)

Also for the weights, like another anon said, they don't need to be fancy either. I've seen people glue several washers together haha
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>>10088670
Your magnet idea doesn't sound bad, how heavy would that piece be? You could fashion a harness that goes underneath the shirt and supports the piece
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>>10088670
>>10088708
Not a bad idea actually. You'd probably have better luck with magnets sewn into a harness that you wear under the shirt tho. Just a band around your torso that has over-the-shoulder straps would be fine if you had it so it could be tightened up snug.
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Where can I find one of those medical eye patches lots of anime characters wear? All the ones I've found look really cheap. Saw someone with a plastic one once and it looked pretty nice.
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>>10083005
I need some help knowing where to get a good mostly accurate bodysuit to turn into the white part of an Eleanor Lamb cosplay. Something like long johns but full body and tight
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>>10083005
How much do your guys' cosplays usually end up costing? The last one I did (a Jawa from StarWars) came out to something around $300, and this next one is shaping up to around $400. Does this sound higher than average? For what it's worth, I'm making a prop for this next one and with all the electronics it'll cost around $140 on it's own, although if I don't want it to produce smoke I could cut that down to closer to $70.
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>>10088702
I will clarify, I thought more about the magnet idea, and it really doesn't work well for cutting (as the blade is metal so it gets attracted to magnets). For tracing, though, it's really, really nice.

I went out and bought some washers and glued em together so they're heavier, I'll give it a whirl tomorrow and see how it goes.
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>>10088984
I personally do the dumb meme of buying a small amount several times over throughout a single cosplay (ie. buy fabric one day, costs $X, buy more fabric second day, costs $Y, buy new needles/thread, costs $Z, etc etc) and I never add up the total cost so I never keep track. If I did, I'd imagine it costs a HUGE amount per cosplay because I think of new things to keep adding on. However, I will say that I lack a lot of basics, so it's more me buying more basics (large packs of grommets, snaps, etc) than actual fabric.
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>>10089029
How long do your cosplays usually take? This one has to be done by the end of March and I'm just finishing up the design phase. On the bright side, it's relatively simple as far as costuming goes, but this cost is crippling me.
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>>10089032
I self-draft (due to several reasons, I'm a guy so patterns are more restrictive, I don't know how ot read/modify patterns, and I'm self taught so I'm not that efficient), so it takes me quite a while (around ~4 months since I pace myself for the next con, and I go to AnimeBoston and AnimeNYC (which are in April/November, so I have enough time even if I'm slow as fuck). If I devoted all my spare time to it, I'd say ~2 weeks total? I work on and off a lot.

Again, totally depends on how extreme the design in question is. I do somewhat conventional cloth pieces that might be a little weird (ie. currently working on Gilgamesh from UBW self drafted). I also try to add some new technique every time I make a new cosplay. Like now, I'm learning how to do linings, which obviously adds more time since it's my first attempt.

End of march is Pax East IIRC, if you're in Boston are and looking for fabric I recommend Sewfisticated in Somerville. Stupidly cheap fabric there.
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>>10089039
All the clothing for my cosplay is just conventional clothing which has to be slightly modified for the actual costume. Tbh, the hardest part about my cosplay is the prop, but I think it would be super cool to have it actually up and running and producing smoke how I want.
For reference, I'm going as Danny Phantom and I want to make a working Thermos from the show. I already have it all designed, but it's gonna cost like $140 for all the parts. I could cut it down to just $70 and it would only light up without any smoke, that'd put my total for the cosplay around $340 instead. Do you think it's worth the extra $70 for the smoke? Providing my designs work how they're planned to...

PAX East, yep! I'm actually in Pennsylvania, gonna be driving up for the event and staying with a friend.
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>>10089048
Sweet, nice to hear of other New Englanders!

It depends on your dedication to it. If your cosplay is good without it, you probably don't need it as much. A prop should be slightly less amazing than your cosplay (IMO). There was a really good Genos at ANYC that produced smoke from his joints, which drew a lot of crowds. If you're into it for the attention, then by all means. The light-up aspect is cool enough already IMO, and the $ spike is HUGE. So, I personally would just do light-up and call it a day, since smoke costs twice as much.

I wanted to hit Pax, but the panels were kind of lacking lately, and it costs a ton. Catch me at ABoston though. Tell us how it goes!
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>>10089057
I'll see if I can't work out a deal with some local salons for the hair, since that's honestly the biggest single cost ($150+!) and I could do some marketing photography for them for some type of discount. If not, I might have to cut the smoke. Maybe I could do it again next year with everything extra added on.
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>>10089061
Just get a $30 wig, it’ll look a lot better and you’ll be able to rewear the cosplay without paying to recolor your hair each time. You can use the 100 extra dollars to pay a comissioner to style it well if you’re terrible at styling wigs.
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>>10089073
Wigs physically look cheap though. I don't mind dying my hair aside from the price, I actually think it'd be kinda fun. Maybe I shouldn't include that in my total for the cosplay if I'm doing it partly for myself?
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>>10089048
how the actual fuck are you spending $340 on a piecemeal cosplay?
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>>10089079
$140 for a working prop, or $70 for a partly working prop. actual cosplay is only around $100 but hair dying (which I think looks better) is another upwards of $120.
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>>10089080
i guarantee hair dyeing does not look better in the slightest. it will look greasy and unkempt after about 2.5 hours of wandering around a convention center packed to the brim with heat and sweat. get an arda if you’re worried about plastic looking (which i promise is infinitely preferable to stringy and nasty)
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>>10089084
I know how to take care of my hair normally, I don't see how it would be any different being dyed. I don't know about you, but I'm never usually "greasy and unkempt" during or after cons. Regardless, what is an arda? I'll look into it if you genuinely believe it'd be a better option, but from everything I've seen dyed hair looks better than wigs in a number of ways.
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>>10089086
Arda is a wig brand. I have one of their wigs and can vouch for their quality. You will probably have to style it yourself though, unless your character has more or less "unstyled" hair.
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>>10089086
>>10089086
wig supplier known for their coarser wig fibers and color mixes, leading to a more natural looking wig

also i still can’t figure out how you’d spend $100 on a danny phantom cosplay minus wig. a zentai suit is $25 or so and two yards of white cotton for details and boot covers is maybe $15 at most
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>>10089084
I will agree with anon talking about the hair dyeing. A good wig will look good, and will style well. On top of that, Danny Phantom's hairstyle isn't really advanced enough for an expensive wig, at the very most it'll be a lacefront.

This is up to you though, I personally think wigs are better 99% of the time, but dyeing hair is cool as fuck as having it be a two for one expense is FANTASTIC.
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>>10089086
It's going to fall out of Danny's hairstyle within 2 hours, because that's how natural hair works. Also, are you going to spend 140 dollars every time you want to wear this cosplay? This is a very simple cosplay; I've only spent 350 tops on my most intricate dream cosplays, with some smart couponing and budgeting.
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>>10089090
I'm still not sure about that. They look good quality, but it's still obvious it's fake hair. How do you figure it would look better?
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>>10089105
Get a nice lace front if you're so insistent on it looking natural. It'll cost, at most, 70 dollars plus some change for got2b hairspray. If you look up "Danny Phantom cosplay" 99% of them are wearing wigs, and those that don't look bad or inaccurate.
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>>10083005
whats the best place to snag somewhat cheap suits
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>>10089094
The idea is not to slap together a cheap looking "baby's first cosplay" out of a morph suit and cotton string
>>10089102
I really don't like the look of cosplay wigs. Even the good quality ones are usually distracting and take away from the whole piece. I think they're great for convenience, since most people don't want to walk around with colored hair for several months after an event, but I don't see how they'd look better than natural hair.
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>>10089110
Lace fronts look better, but I'm still not totally convinced. At that point, it wouldn't be much more to actually get it dyed. Honestly, almost all of the danny phantom cosplays I've seen look totally cheap, and the hair isn't really adding to it either. The best one I've seen is KoujiAlone's, but they're all professionally done photos which don't necessarily reflect what it looks like at an actual con.
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>>10089111
A suit can be cheap, good, or fit well. And you'll rarely find two out of three. Second hand stores you can usually get something for under 30ish bucks, but good quality and it fitting well it will not most likely be.
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>>10089113
Licensed hairdresser and long time cosplayer here.

If youre planning ghost danny getting your hair SOLID WHITE is almost impossible, especially not in one sitting even if your hair is virgin/undyed. It will be very damaged because you essentially have to break open the cuticle of the hair and rip out every color molecule. With luck you'll get a very pale blonde or possibly a toned grey but the white Danny has is unlikely unless you're willing to go more than once to the salon over several weeks. As for styling. Conventions are hot, there are a lot of people and you'll be walking around for hours minimum. You natural hair may not hold the shape if you get sweaty so be ready for that is all that other anon was saying about 'unkempt'. If you dont like the way some wigs have shine then soak it in fabric softener, it helps remove that a bit but when you get a decent quality wig they dont normally have that shine to them that bad, arda is a really good brand and ive have 0 issues with shine.


Either way though whether you use your real hair or not you asked for help and it was offered, the back and forth bogs down the thread and its not anyones job in here to CONVINCE you to use a wig. You have information now to go off of so make a choice that works best for what you want.
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>>10089142
I was thinking more of a silver-platinum blonde shade. Something maybe like pic related. I'm not super concerned about styling, since I know how to shape my hair and keep it looking at least pretty good and I haven't found conventions to be much worse than a summer's day as far as heat goes.

I definitely appreciate the info, though. I'll talk to some people I know about it and see what the general consensus seems to be. Of course it's not anyone's job to do anything on a Laotian pig farming forum, but the other anon seemed very adamant in convincing me. Thanks for the help. I'll figure out the rest of what I think will work and look good.
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>>10089149
You wanted it to look correct for the character, yet you're not even going for the correct shade.

Buy a fucking wig.
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>>10088984
I've done two costumes so far. First one was $80 for a long wig, materials for the hairpiece, outfit, shoes, wig styling products, and false lashes. Took me a couple of months to make the hairpiece (foam, felt, and wrapped hair), and a few days to style the wig. Costume two is mostly handmade, currently costs $70 for tutu, fabric, boning, wig, sculpey, feathers, paint, wire, stockings, lashes, and shoes. The labor has taken me two months so far and will more than likely continue for the next five months. It's self drafted, I've done several mock ups, and will probably do several more. For all of the effects you're putting into your costume, it doesn't sound unreasonable but maybe consider finding ways on how to cut your spending - like buying in bulk perhaps. It's your hobby and if it makes you happy to spend a little more money (and you're financially able) then do so, man.
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I want to cosplay for ACEN. I have zero sewing skills and even if I were to learn, I wouldn't have the costume done in time. I would like to commission someone but I have no idea who to turn to.
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>>10088984
So far mine range between $100 and $350, a good chunk of that being the wig because I have a big ass head and Chinese stuff doesn't fit over it.
>>10089264
It's going to depend on the type of costume you want, commissioners tend to have specialties. One thing you can do is to just search "cosplay commission" on Etsy and contact a seller whose work is similar to what you're looking for.
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How do you guys choose to price homemade costumes you're selling?

I sold my first prop yesterday but I had no clue what to put it at. I made it for myself originally, but it didn't turn out 100% the way I wanted, and there were some visible messy parts. It was just foam & wood, and took me about a week or so to make, working a couple hours each day, and I sold it for 60 CAD. I mean, it already sold so there's no going back, but I have no clue if I was too low, too high, or that was the perfect price.

I have another costume I plan on selling after I wear it once since i lost interest in it, but again, I'm lost as to what to price it as. It's fairly complex, a pretty popular character, and cost me over $100 in materials and fabrics, and took 2 weeks of almost constant work to make it last summer. Lots of handpainting, it's got lights, it's really large in size, stuff like that. I'd give the craftsmanship a B+. But is it worth $100? $500? No clue.

Could really use some advice for how to price these sorts of things! Especially as I plan on selling a lot more of my stuff in the future.
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>>10089455
Material costs + time spent * hourly wage, you should set hourly wage based on your skills and cost of life, starting around $15 per hour is a good baseline
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>>10088717
>>10088708
Jumping off this, does anyone know where to get magnets for something like this? (I'm in US)
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>>10089494
Aliexpress
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How Do I go about making a jojo stand like this on my back?
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>>10089579
You'll want to make a harness and make your coat so the harness can be under it and attach to the stand outside, then make the stand out of something lightweight like foam or paper maché over chicken wire
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Working on an Ash cosplay and I want to have the signature boomstick in a harness on my back. Obviously at the show itself I'll do peacebonding and everything but I'm a little concerned about how realistic it might look, on my back in the holster, as I walk to and from the con.
Should I just make sure that the orange tips are visible from the bottom of the holster? Or is there anything else (short of making it in obviously fake colors) I can do to indicate 'safety'?
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>>10089494
Amazon
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Still working on my the world cosplay. The helmet is giving me grief.

I have problems with spatial awareness and intuitively cutting out pieces so they’ll fit together will be a nightmare.

Any tips?
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>>10089248
That's good advice, I don't think anyone would be making costumes if they didn't enjoy it desu. I've had alot of fun designing all the electronics, although I don't think I'm gonna be able to afford to add the smoke for this year. Maybe I should put this on hold until next year and just do something simple for the time constraints?
>>10089584
I want to say with the orange tip showing and being right outside a convention and everything it'd be kind of obvious what you were doing, but you can never underestimate some people. Maybe if you're worried about people's reaction during transportation you could take it off and put it in a bag or a cover of some sort?
>>10089746
Prototype it out of cardboard or paper first so you can go through a lot of drafts without much effort or cost. Once you have something that looks right with that, take it apart and use the paper as a template to cut out the foam. Take note of the width of the foam, since it could change how things fit together in the end.
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>>10089807
The first time you debut a costume doesn't have to be the final version. People improve their costumes over time with each wear (which also brings the value you're getting down). Do wait to give your best product if you feel that it will lessen the overall quality to rush the project, but if you're just talking about improvements to bring it over the top, consider adding those on at a later date.
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>>10089746
Wrap your head (sans your breathing holes and eyeballs) in saran wrap then duct tape. Use a marker to make lines to orient the piece, cut your head out, retape the cut lines, then stuff your duct tape masterpiece with newspaper or any cheap filler to replicate your head. Once you've done that, draw your design. Cut in sections making sure to label each part (I like to do so using my pov as a measurement. For example, "left ear" would be the left ear from my pov, not the ear someone would identify by looking at me. I like to use numbers as well. section 1 for the left side would start with the left ear as well so L1, L2, L3, R3, R2, R1). Next, transfer your designs to paper. I don't work with foam, but if you need to add a seam allowance then do so. Then, cut out your foam and test the fit. Repeat until satisfied.

Also, I'm a visual learner who battles this problem in my projects as well. Watch some youtube videos of people working with foam helmets. Doesn't have to be this specific one, but their techniques will aid you.
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>>10089919
I think I'll wait to debut it next year. I don't really want to put all the money down right now and have to rush the costume. I think I'd have a better and less stressful result if I did it over the next while for next year. Thanks for the input, anon
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Where do you buy sewing patterns?
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>>10090330
Online: Etsy, Simplicity, McCall's, Butterick, Amazon, Ebay
In Store: Joann's and your local fabric store
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>>10083005
Can you essentially dye any wig black? I want to get an Arda because the wig needs a LOT of heavy styling and they always worked well for that imo, but black is full price and the colour "orange sherbert" is half price. Will that dye all the way to black?
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>>10090342
absolutely fucking not. first of all, you can’t dye any wig that isn’t white or very pale blonde/silver. second of all, it’s very hard to dye things black because most ‘black’ dyes are very very dark blue or purple. just wait till it goes on sale man
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>>10090398
Ah, you saved me here, thanks so much. My friend told me it would be totally fine but he has 0 experience with dyeing, so I'm glad I asked.
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>>10090342
>>10090398
The “white/ silver” wig part is false, you can dye any wig that’s lighter than the color you need. However, you should still stay in the color range of the target color — for example, I got an aqua and a salmon wig from arda to dye navy blue and mahogany brown, respectively. The colors add together kind of like paint— if you get a green wig and add blue dye, then it will turn teal or turquoise. It’s a good way to get colors that would otherwise require buying multiple colors of dye.

It is, however, very difficult to dye to a true black as the other anon said. At best you’ll probably get a rather dark brown.
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Help on this wig please. I got a Black Arda Dany for Christmas and I'm styling it into this. I know I'm going to need more hair to make the braid.
But I'm not sure what to do for the back. Putting all the hair into a bun with the ends loose and curled was my first idea. But it is really back heavy and the bun is HUGE .

The bun and curls look almost the side of my head and it looks strange irl
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>>10090516
To solve the back-heavy problem, sew wig combs into the top of the inside of the wig, and be sure to wear a net-style wig cap for the prongs to go through. It’ll stay on your head a lot more securely.
As for the styling, maybe a French twist or something? Some of those hair roses? Look into different styles of buns and try them out until something strikes your fancy, anon. Pinterest probably has a lot of ideas.
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Whats the best way to dye fabric like this?

https://bigzfabric.com/index.php/durolasttm-vinyl-faux-fake-leather-pleather-embossed-shiny-alligator-fabric-silver-sold-by-the-yard.html

Its' 72% PVC/28% Polyester, I'm a complete novice to coloring fabric and am not sure if you need to do something special to dye the PVC?
I ordered a few patches of the fabric so I'm open to try some different approaches.
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>>10090639
You will need to paint it rather than being able to dye it.
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>>10090639
>>10090647
Yup, specifically I'd say Angelus leather paint is a good option
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Why is it hard to find a simple second skin suit but only the top half?
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>>10090718
like a turtleneck?
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>>10090722
No, like a naked suit of a woman's body
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I'm looking for super large zippers for my Bruno cosplay. Problem is, either they don't exist or the ones I find aren't brass/golden color on white fabric.

How do I change the fabric zippers come on, or is there an easier way to replicate the look of a zipper? It doesn't need to be functional, but I also don't wanna glue together ten billion teeny tiny little zipper teeth if I can help it.
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>>10090753
If you're not going to be opening & closing them, just paint them, and make a new giant zipper head to glue on.
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>>10090726
Buy a full one and cut the bottom off? What are you using it for?
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>>10084391
Piggybacking on the other anon and bottles, you could weather your current bottles by heavily diluting down some acrylic paint in brown/green, swirling it around the inside of the bottle, and letting most of it dribble out. The remainder should form a tint/crust that would old-ify the bottle.

You've got a pretty solid outfit going on already. Adding some more depth to it is as easy as coming up with a "story" for the character who wears it -
>What's his job on the ship? What kind of accouterments does he need because of it? (bits of rope, hardware and tools, cook's accessories?)
>How long has he been a pirate? How much does he care about his appearance? Has he been in skirmishes? (ie how beat-up and worn-out are his clothes?)
>Who or what is important in his life? What trinkets does he carry around to remind himself of them?

>>10086184
Do you use social media? Twitter, Facebook (especially the con-specific FB pages), or Instagram are places to pull potential roommates from a pool of people you (sometimes) already know. Make a post, use the appropriate hashtags, and bump/re-post it every week or so until you get a bite. You could also try looking in the designated con threads on here.

>>10086399
Sports bra with light compression (ie no cups), if you're looking for a flatter look.

>>10088984
My last three have been: $250, $80, and $160. I do also have a lot of built-in starter material that doesn't get factored into the cost. My priciest one is at $380, though that's also over the course of 2-3 years of wearing it and improving/fixing parts. Like the other anon, wigs tend to eat up $40-80 of the total. More of my budget is sunk into fabric, since that's my specialty over complex & materials-dependent props.
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Hello /cgl/, I'm new to cosplay and I need advice.

Realistically, how much would it take me to do pic related ? I've got less than 3 weeks (18 days).

Second, I searched on the cosplaytutorial page and almost all the tutorials about glasses are 404'd. Where can I find cheap second-hand glasses and how could I color the lens in green if I do ? This probably sounds stupid but like I said I'm extremely new to this.

And for the school uniform, all the tutorials are about female ones. Am I just supposed to buy green fabric, cut it like a jacket and sew a bunch of black fabric on top of it ?

I think I got an idea for the hairpins, and a friend told me I didn't have to buy a wig or color my hair at a hairdresser since apparently there's cheap paint specifically for hair that can be used to color them for like 1-2 days. I don't know if there's a specific name for that though, since I've searched so far and didn't find anything about it.
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>>10090875
This in 3 weeks and it's your first cosplay? That's going to be really short. You can get commercial patterns for a simple pair of pants and a straight collar jacket, make them in green fabric and add black bias tape for the trims. Go to a fabric store, they'll have patterns and they'll help you pick the right fabrics. For the glasses, the easiest way is probably to stick window tint sheet over the lenses. The hairpins shouldn't be too hard, I'd do foam and some of those clear christmas baubles that open up and paint the interior pink. For the hair, I'd really recommend a wig, colored sprays look like absolute garbage and dyeing your own hair is going to be pretty expensive and damaging, especially if you have dark hair to begin with.
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I was going to post this question in the crossplay thread but decided that here might get a better response. Apologies if it’s not appropriate.

I’m doing female character for a group but the point is that I’m not convincing. I’m too tall and broad and muscular for the character so ‘passing’ isn’t even an issue here.

The issue is makeup. I have quite bushy brows and 5 o’clock shadow that would just look shit even if I’m not trying to pass. I have 0 makeup experience and don’t even know where to start when it comes to covering up facial hair and having smooth, even skin. Any advice on what I should be using? The goal is to just have a smoother looking face rather than look feminine.
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>>10090881
Thanks a lot for the advice, especially the window tint sheet, I'd have never thought of that.
Are colored sprays that bad ? My biggest concern about it is I'm actually worried that what I buy online might not arrive in time, that's why I've tried considering options that I could find in my town. But if it's that bad then I'll just buy the wig as soon as possible, and hope to find a site that ships to my country.
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>>10090875
>>10090881
Oh yeah and one last thing: How could I add a zipper for the jacket ? Is it something that I can buy somewhere as well or do I need to make the zipper ?
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>>10090896
>>10090897
Sprays usually look dirty and crusty, and it's hard to get an even color. For a wig, look on amazon, there are probably options that will ship fast. Where do you live? As for the zipper, fabric stores will have what you need
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I’m upgrading my Splatoon cosplay and I’m wanting the tentacles to have a shiny look to them. Fabric recommendations + websites? So far I’ve seen wet look vinyl, pleather, and spandex but I just can’t decide what’s best.

Pic related as I really like that look.
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Want to get my eyes fitted for circle lenses. What is the process like? Will the eye doctor judge me or deny me service for not wanting to buy any of the FDA-approved contact lenses there in favor of ones from Pinky Paradise?
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>>10090969
Just don’t be stupid. They aren’t going to force you to buy contacts on the spot, dont be too autistic and tell them your cosplay plans.

Just ask to get fitted, see if you can try a sample of some for practice but don’t buy what they have. Take the info and go
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I have scars on my legs and my ankle, can I just wear good skincolored tights to hide it? Any recommendations? Is it better to try makeup?
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>>10090970
Thanks for your reply. I am an autismo and that's why I'm worried. If I just go in to get my eyes fitted and not buy anything, that seems a little suspicious and I'm not sure what I would tell them other than the truth. I am very bad at lying.
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>>10090969

I assume from saying "FDA" that you live in the US? Usually, when people talk about getting their eyes measured, I think they're from outside the US.
I went to have this done a few years ago,
and unfortunately my eye doctor couldn't do it.
I don't remember exactly what he said as this was a few years ago, but he had mentioned something about not being able to actually give me my eye diameter legally, or they didn't measure them that way or something. I don't remember for sure, but I think he also had said something about being legally obligated to take me through the whole contact-buying process and I would have to get a prescription, otherwise he could get into some legal trouble. Again this was a few years ago so I don't remember for certain.
It's apparently really strict because contacts, for some reason, are regulated as a drug in the US. This isn't the case in most other countries.
He wasn't judgy or anything, he was really nice and sympathetic to the fact that he was unable to do it. He seemed to find the fact that contacts were regulated as drugs really frustrating, actually.
You may have better luck getting this from your eye doctor, though. My doctor seemed particularly cautious of it and everyone might not be the same.
Someone else may have had a different experience, and have more advice as to how to actually get your eyes measured for contacts in the US, but this was my experience and your eye doctor may or may not be the same.
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>>10090980
get some pantyhose from target that matches your skintone, it doesn’t need to be super high quality
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>>10090984
Oh my goodness, thank you so much for telling me this. I do live in the US. I guess I have a lot more research to do than I thought.

I was under the impression that I had to get a prescription, but I wasn't sure if I had to buy some lenses when I did that that I probably wasn't going to use very much anyway because I don't have any vision problems.

This whole thing is so confusing to me, I really appreciate the advice!
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>>10090966
I'd go for latex look spandex
>>10090980
Any skin colored tights should work fine
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>>10090980
Hey me too! I use capezio dance tights. They're a little pricey but they're tough and last a lot of wears. Like airbrushing for legs.
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>>10090891
Youtube is going to be your primary resource. "Men's makeup routine" should be a good search term, but don't be afraid to delve into the world of drag either. You obviously don't have to do the extenuated looks, but you'll get an idea of how drag queens achieve a feminine look. Don't worry about using the high end products, drug store will do just fine.

To give you the short and skinny though:
>get in a nice steamy shower to open your pores
>exfoliate with a sugar scrub (either pre-bought or homemade will work)
>rinse and apply shaving cream
>shave
>close your pores with a quick flash of cold water
>make sure to apply lotion/face cream immediately after exiting the shower
>apply a primer to give yourself and even, smooth base that will help the make up last longer
>(optional) use color corrector concealer in the shades pink or red (darker based on your skin color) where you see any beard color.
>dab concealer on any blemishes or etc.
>then an even layer of foundation over your whole face
>use a skin colored powder to set the wet foundation (ensuring that you won't leave any face imprints on anyone)
>(optional) for added coverage, use a setting spray to ensure that it's locked in tight.

If I knew your skin color and type, I could recommend some products as well.
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>>10090983
"I just thought color contacts would look neat". Get an annual eye exam while you're there if you're worried about leaving empty handed.
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I just got a nosepiercing, but this weekend I have the opportunity to have someone make a facecast of me. (I already payed months ago).
Is this possible? Can I put a little bandaid on top and then just file it away on the cast? Did I fuck up my change?
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>>10091499
If it's just a stud a bandaid should be no problem, a ring might complicate things but if you're paying someone the person should be able to work around it
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Anyone recommend colored contact sources? I'm looking for straight red with a black pupil (for Gilgamesh from Fate). They need to be prescription, though.
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>>10091662
contacts won't have pupils anyway, that's where you see through. except mesh contacts but those do reduce your vision quite a bit. pinkyparadise offer some models in prescription, you can filter for them.
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>>10091671
pinkyparadise looks pretty good, I think I'll buy those

The ones I was looking at (disquo) had different sized pupils in the pics so I wasn't sure if they covered it or not.
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>>10091136
Thanks a lot! I’ve got loads of time to prepare for this so I should be able to get in plenty of practice. Pic related is my skin tone and the character that I’m doing.
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Anyone know a good person to commission for square helmets?

My younger brother wants to cosplay his Minecraft character but I don’t know where to find a place that does square helmets... I’ve never made anything like that so I’d rather leave it to someone experienced...
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Does Arda (well, mostly Arda *Canada*) tend to have a Valentine's Day sale? I've been sitting on the check out page for three days, but seeing the total cost of what all I'm buying is hurting my soul and wallet. I'm worried that if I wait then the stuff I want to order might get sold out during a sale, but on the other hand, savings...??? Should I just suck it up and pay full price?
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>>10092201
It's really a super easy shape, if you really don't want to try it yourself anyone who offers foam armor should be able to make it no problem
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I’m wanting to do a ladybug cosplay, where can I get a good suit without all the tacky highlights and stuff?
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>>10092514
Plain spandex or a different texture? In spandex Miccostumes' looks like decent quality and has no shading. If you want some shading without extreme highlights, jinouga cosplay on Etsy sells a printable file with minimal shading. I assume the Arachnid Studios suit is the one you think has too much highlight?
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>>10092558
>>10092514
Sorry for double post but the Spiderbite designs one also has subtler shading than the Arachnid studios one
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>>10092370
Thank you those are great key words to help me find someone!
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I'm making Sailor Neptune from Sailor Moon stage musical and was wondering where I could find this trim on her tiara.
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>>10092741
I’d directly ask someone who has made myu cosplays before (there’s quite a few on instagram), many of them have sourced the exact or near-exact trims. Otherwise, check the websites of trim stores located in fashion districts, like M&J trimming.
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>>10092741
I’d directly ask someone who’s made myu cosplays before (there’s quite a few on instagram), many of them have sourced exact or near-exact trims.
Otherwise, maybe check the websites of trim stores located in fashion districts? M&J trimmings is one.
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>>10092784
oops, sorry for the double post! I thought the previous one disappeared before I could post.
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I'm gonna try to finish King K Rool by Saikoucon, but I can't find any good (fake) crocodile skin fabric/leather that isn't black or brown. Any suggestions?
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Is there a term for suit jackets with "shiny" lapels?
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>>10092741
LunarLyn on Instagram had a full myu group with exact trims. You could try asking her where she got her trims.
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>>10092804
Any special properties you're looking for?
Big Z has a non-stretch chenille, which is velvety so it won't look like a leather/real skin.
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>>10092741
Search "rhinestone flower trim" on Aliexpress, I see a few that could work well
>>10092804
Aliexpress, or get black and paint it with leather paint
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>>10092981
Tuxedo jackets. One of the biggest differences in a tux jacket vs. a suit jacket is whether the lapels are shiny
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What should I do to make these dumb fucking heels? I already have heels as a base, but should I just buy foam and color it black/glow in the dark yellow?
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>>10090969
I went to my eye doc and told him upfront that I wanted to order color contacts from Korea and that they wanted a prescription with measurements. He didn't have any way to provide it like that since they couldn't give just the measurements so he fitted me and wrote me a basic contacts prescription for some common brand, and instead of filling that I uploaded it in the website and that worked
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>>10093221
Unless you want to do LEDs in them that sounds like a good plan
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>>10083005
Anyone have recommendations for where to get ribbon in bulk? I need like, 150 m, but don't want to spend the insane amount of money it would cost to buy it from Michaels or another store.
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>>10093348
Should specify, specifically looking for somewhere that ships to Canada.
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>>10093348
>>10093364
Any specific type? Amazon has 100 yd rolls of all kinds of ribbon. Alternatively try looking for trims wholesale sites.
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>>10093348
I sound like a broken record at this point but Aliexpress. If you want decent quality make sure it's real sewing ribbon and not like decorative ribbon or whatever they call it, I fell for that one before
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>>10093397
Wow, the prices on Aliexpress are amazing. How long is shipping usually? That's my only worry, I need it for an event mid-march.
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Hey Lads, doing my first elaborate cosplay soon and I wanted to get some color contacts, my option is Dueba Sweet Hidrocor
https://softlensqueen.com/products/swetty-hidrocor-grey
But it asks some wierd specifications, anyone knows what that means?
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>>10093564
It varies from store to store and time of the year but I received like 98% of my orders within the 30 day limit. Just check that they're not on vacation for the chinese new year.
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>>10093567
I don't see any weird specifications, just the power. Could you screenshot what you're seeing?
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>>10093221
You could make a boot cover and then apply the foam to it so you don't have to worry about dedicating one whole pair of shoes to the costume.
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im trying to cosplay pic related and the part im having the hardest time with is the helmet
I dont need it tinted but where would i find an acrylic dome like pic related?
Ive seen the outdoor lamp spheres and those arent quite what im looking for
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>>10083005
Getting a nero cosplay together. pretty much have everything for his outfit ready except his sweater he has underneath his jacket.

at least i think its a sweater? Does anyone know where I could find one?
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>>10093181
Thanks!
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is it worth it to make a vacuum former if you only forsee doing a few things with it or is it better to find someone who has one already?
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Between now and end of April, is it possible to get fitted for contacts and get used to them enough to wear them for 12+ hours or is that something entirely not recommended? How do these cosplayers wear their contacts all con?
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>>10094035
if you dont have a vision problem, then pretty easily. ask an optometrist for an eye exam. they'll give you the measurements and you order your lenses with those numbers. wearing them however long is dependent on brand, but don't sleep with them in. wearing contacts long term can damage your eyes, but for a lot of us, we're used to wearing them, so it doesnt bother us. dont push yourself too hard if youre new to contacts.
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Going to be cosplaying as Marisa this year for a con. I cosplayed as her last year, but didn't like some aspects of my cosplay.

The outfit has two bows on it (one on the hat, and one on the back). The outfit came with safety pins so I can pin the bows, but I don't like this. Does anyone recommend some sort of velcro system to keep them on? Would it last through a weekend?

Also, I don't really like my hat I have right now and I want a more bigger one. Any suggestions where to buy? Sorry if my post is a bit retarded, I never post on /cgl/.
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>>10094035
I personally wear prescription contacts so I had the chance to get used to contacts in general. Wouldn’t recommend wearing cosplay contacts (which are more rigid and less permeable) for 12 hours on your first run though. And honestly, most of the time, I only spend like 8 hours in cosplay before changing out into more comfy fanwear.

Though if you really want to, I suppose it’s doable. Practice as much as you can, but if you feel that your eyes are getting irritated then stop/take them out/take a break.
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When doing Homestuck troll-level skin paint, do I have to shave clean or can I get away with a bit of stubble?
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why the flying fuck does it cost 50 europs to have a fucken sword prop shipped?

fml, this continent is a lost cause
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>>10094073
Velcro would work unless the bows get pulled a lot, snaps are my go-to. As for the hat I don't think you're going to find a ready-made one that big, you're probably going to have to commission one.
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this is such a basic question but what are the best comprehensive guides to sewing? I want to learn but I don't want to accidentally jump around or miss something that's important/basic
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>>10094115
if you dont mind a book i really recommend 'readers digest complete guide to sewing'. i had to take sewing courses as a part of my degree and its one of the recommended textbooks, at least in my city you can find it for $5 at thrift shops pretty frequently
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>>10090998
Search an archive like https://archive.rebeccablacktech.com/cgl/search/text/contact%20lens/
You'll have to do some digging but this question comes up a lot here and you can see all the advice.
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What’s a good way to get a “rough”, organic look on EVA foam? I’m making scales for a cosplay and want them to look less smooth than they do after detailing, as a soldering iron gets little lines in it but I want the flat surface to be rougher.
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>>10094115
There's a dropbox link in the handmade thread....
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>>10094428
Crumple tin foil and iron it into your foam with a press cloth, it will create a rough leathery texture
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I'm looking for a specific kind of hat (pic related) that is often displayed by crewmen of the JMSDF Mirai in the early 2000s manga/anime Zipang. I cannot seem to figure out what the actual name of this uniform hat is so I can't find and purchase it. Closest I have is one of those customizable US Navy veteran hats but I don't want that. Anybody recognize this and want to help an anon?
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>>10093968
That's a burgundy cable knit sweater. You could find it anywhere, especially online. Old Navy, Asos, Amazon, Target, you name it. Tbh if it's going to be destroyed for the look anyway, I'd rec just picking one up from goodwill.
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>>10094011
If you can justify the cost of building it with the cost of buying one, then go for it. Or you can compare it to the cost of what you're planning on building with it.
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I have a cosplay i've put a lot of work into but I don't know if I want to wear it to an upcoming con. The con is an anime con (we have 2 cons within an hour or so) and my cosplay is 80s obscure western show. Should I not wear it and wait until our 'comic' con?
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>>10094087
You might have to apply more facepaint in the opposite direction of the natural growth of your beard follicles. It'd be much easier to just shave.
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>>10094581
People cosplay Disney princesses, comic book characters, video game characters, and children's cartoons regardless of what convention it is, wear your costume.
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>>10094584
I tell myself that, but like those are normal costumes. I don't want to be super weird. Though it's well known out of the US, and I think might be recognizable enough to be embarrassing? If that makes sense?

Thank you though, nobody is going to care or notice me. Live life and if they do, c'est la vie, I'm having fun.
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>>10083005
New to cosplay, what's the best way to see what conventions are coming up locally? Is is possible to see if any big cosplayers live in your state?
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>>10094578
thanks!
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>>10094602
google the name of your state and "anime convention"
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>>10094580
is it one of those things that once you have one, you make a lot of use out of it?
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Finally gonna man up and take my first shot at a cosplay
my only real questions are how do i make the undersuit multi colored like that, and how would i do the chest piece
i know something like this is out of my league but im ready for the frustration
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>>10094589
You could wear it at Halloween if you're that nervous about wearing it at a con. That's like the number one time to dig up obscure costumes.

>Thank you though, nobody is going to care or notice me. Live life and if they do, c'est la vie, I'm having fun.
That's a great attitude to have, I'm happy to hear that. Good luck, friendo
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>>10094720
I'd suggest doing more research on what can be made with them just to assure yourself that you'll get enough use out of it, but as with any new tool, you'll find new ways to get the mileage out of it.
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>>10094722
>how do i make the undersuit multi colored like that
I'm only seeing black. Is some of the white in there part of the suit? Anywho, you can...:
1) buy two different colors of the same stretch material used to make the body suit and sew them together in that pattern
2) Use an iron on applique (like one you print the design out on and then iron on or white cotton interfacing cut to the shape you need then ironed on) This will make the areas with the applique stiffer however. It could bunch or crease.
3) Pay a website to custom print this bodysuit
4)Use white foam the same way you would with the armor pieces, but thinner.
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>>10083993
Dragoncon.
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I'm trying to make a bodysuit similar to pic related. I've driven down to a handful of fabric stores but none of them seem to carry the material (which I assumed is either a pleather, PVC vinyl, or rubber latex base and is what I asked for) in a stretch matte white. Do you guys have any recommendations to similar materials. The people at the stores recommended jumbo spandex or neoprene but I'm looking for a plastic-y futuristic look instead of threaded fabric. Alternatively is there is reliable store online where I can find something similar? I've been visiting places all over town because I want to be able to see the material in person but I'm starting to think online is the only way.
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>>10094929
A lot of online stores let you order samples, so you don't have to commit before seeing the fabric. Spandexworld is a good place to start looking.
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>>10094646
I'm asking cause that gives me like one convention. There's no website that tracks this stuff?
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what are some good cosplay with thigh high boots?
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>>10095202
https://www.animecharactersdatabase.com/tags.php?id=1932
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>>10095116
Maybe try filtering for results here?
https://animecons.ca/events/schedule.php?loc=all
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Don't know if this is strictly "cosplay", but how would I find or make prop spacecraft components to mount in a car? Without buying hundred dollar functional computer parts.
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>>10095460
Foam boards and assorted bits and bobbles that you'll use to paint the buttons. Try watching a Stormtrooper or Darth Vader costume tutorial to get an idea of what you're working with.
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Does anyone have wig recommendations for Mion? I have two problems: style and colour.
I've never cosplayed a character with a ponytail so I don't know if it'd be better to get a long wig to tie up or a short one to use with a long clip.
In terms of colour, I was looking for something that balanced the colour used in the VN and the one in the anime, but overall my goal is for it to look "in place" IRL. My first bet was Emerald Green from Arda but after some consideration it looks a bit too vibrant.
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>>10095845
My bad, forgot to mention that I also like this colour.
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>>10095845
>>10095849
I'd go with Light Green in Arda colors
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>>10090998
>>10090984
Pinky Paradise asks for a prescription IIRC when you order from the US because of that law. Thing is, your optometrist can totally write you one that you can use there.

Just say you want to buy lenses in bulk from Costco or Walmart online or something. There's various US based lens sellers, and they sell the same brands your opto might, so it's really not a strange thing to want to do that.

Getting fitted for lenses requires getting your eye prescription, as in a glasses prescription, which is composed of 3 things: power, axis, and cylinder. The first one tells how near or farsighted you might be, the second two are for measuring astigmatism. If you don't already wear glasses for it you don't need to worry about it. Then you get your base curve, which is the curvature of your cornea, so that you can buy a lens that can fit on top of your eye properly.

Your doctor cannot deny you a copy of your prescription. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0116-prescription-glasses-and-contact-lenses I double checked that here (I'm Canada based, and we don't have the same laws regarding lenses, nevertheless I made sure I was fitted for lenses before I ordered circle lenses. My doctor even checked my eyes while I was wearing the lenses - I told her that if she told me to toss them in the trash right away because they were dangerous I would. She said that they fit well and it wasn't going to be an issue. Ymmv. She is pretty chill that way). You need a prescription even for cosmetic lenses but I don't see why getting a fitting for them would be a problem. If your doctor presses you, say you want colour dailies or something, you don't have to tell them you're ordering sketch circle lenses lol. But it's none of their business as long as you know the risks.

Anyway, anons, if either if your optometrists refuses to get you a contact lens fitting and prescription, ditch them and go to a different one. Just please don't order lenses without the fitting first.
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>>10095845
With Arda, beware of how badly long wigs from them can tangle.

Don't use a long with to tie up - the wefts of the wig are sewn in one direction and if you brush it up, the wig net is going to show.

You can either get a special ponytail wig with a clip, or use a short bob type with with a clip. Now, technically, the short wig and clip is not as "proper" and doesn't look as realistic but IMO depending on how accurate you want to be with your cosplay, it's really not that big a deal and much, much easier to style.

I bought a ponytail wig from Arda when I cosplayed Monika. I had a hell of a time fitting the wig to my head (I had to untie it, tie it tighter, and get it to go into a high ponytail smoothly which took me forever). In the end, considering the difficulty involved in the rest of the cosplay (that is to say, not very much), and that I wasn't entering any sort of contest, I should have just saved myself the headache.

Also, the ponytail clip tangled like crazy. It's been 9 months and I still haven't untangled it. One day I will, and I'll be using my own tears as the detangler.
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>>10095887
In some pics it.. looks almost fluorescent, so I'm not sure about that. But considering it, thanks!

>>10095902
I've heard of the tangling, but I had no idea it was that bad...... I've been there with...an ebay wig. I wonder if buying a Silky would help at all since it's supposed to tangle less.
Honestly, with a short wig and a ponytail you probably can barely see the back of the person's head, so that sounds like a good idea! Do you think sewing wefts into the back of a long wig could prevent the cap from showing though? And thank you for the help!!
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>>10095892
I really appreciate that you took the time to tell me all of that. Thank you so much!!

I've done a little bit more research and basically getting contacts in the US is just not easy. They make you renew your prescription every year and it costs around $100 each time. Bummer. Just one more reason to go live somewhere else.
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>>10095933
I see Ted Cruz has a new clone
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>>10095929
You would have to sew the wefts on the bottom of the wig going in the opposite direction, so when brushed up towards the center of your head the netting would get covered. I've never styled a ponytail from a long regular wig so I don't know effective that would be, or whether you could get to look good.

Silky wigs do tangle less, from what I hear so that might be an option.
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I really don’t want to go back to the eye doctor JUST to get a prescription for lenses for cosplay. My eyes haven’t changed, I just went a year ago and my glasses/contacts are definitely still perfect.

Does anyone know of either a site that will sell someone in the US prescription circle lenses without an rx OR one that might not see my rx is expired? If I have to go back to the eye doctor I’ll do it but if I can avoid having to pay for anoher contact rx since it costs extra that would be preferred.
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>>10096171
>My eyes haven’t changed
Where'd you get your degree in optometry?
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1st time w/ foam. i made the scaly blue arm bracer with a thin sheet of kids craft foam from walmart (if it makes any difference).

going to paint it with angelus leather paint. any brands recs or tips for priming and sealing foam? the bracer has to stay pretty flexible, and i’d like a glossy finish w/ minimal brush strokes. i’m thinking i use elmer’s glue as primer and varnish for sealer??

ty for any help. i’m watching a bunch of videos on this but there’s so many brands and info that i’m not exactly sure what to do.
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>>10096331
I recommend you start with "sealing" the foam with a heat gun or a hair dryer, just gotta be patient while the foam "shrinks" so the pores are closed, making a smoother surface to prime and then paint. Make sure to do this in a well ventilated area, and don't hover a spot too long or else you can melt and disfigure the foam.

Then put together your foam pieces with contact cement, or in a pinch hot-glue is oookay. I used a tube of silicon filler (same stuff for bathrooms) to fill in cracks if there are gaps between joint edges.

As for priming, I've used Plasti-dip spray --- more reliable and durable than elmer's glue. Take your time with the coats in between the drying times, it's worth the wait to do thin light coats. Otherwise good luck with the elmer's glue, take your time and do more coats than you think.

Then use any paints you want on top. Finally after the paint is dried, get some gloss varnish spray and do several light thin coats (again, wait for coats to dry completely in between).

Of course all that I've mentioned above can be costly, I've used dollarstore acrylic paints and went to hardware stores for my plasti-dip spray. And this is really a combination of old experience with the craft thin foams to more recent EVA foam (thicker). If there's a lot of movement with the foam piece, it will crack if you go with the inexpensive route. Good luck!
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>>10096328
Is this the help thread or the snark thread? If you don’t have something useful to say perhaps you should keep it to yourself.

I’ve been wearing glasses/contacts for 15 years, I have a good idea of when my vision is off and I should go. I’ll go if there’s no other way, but rushing in there for just cosplay lenses is not ideal when I would rather wait until the end of the year.
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I painted a pair of PU leather high heels with leather/faux leather paint
What should I seal them with?
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>>10096171
uniqso, honeycolor (might have changed since i last used), thedollyeye (slow but free ship, cheaper prices on lenses though theres smaller selection)
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im having trouble figuring out how i should go about actually making the orange part for orange hanayo, should i make a frame? what materials would be good? how do i even construct this thing? anything helps!
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>>10096479
Look at mascot costume tutorials, Commander Holly on youtube has one ("How to: mascot costume"), and theres a lot of specific tuts for covering the foam with 4-way stretch fabric, patterning, etc.
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>>10096360
ty very much anon for the great info! i will do the heat sealing method and try out the plastidip :-)
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>>10096360
>>10096493

Final piece of secret tech: there will inevitably be some gaps or other imperfections by the end of cutting and joining together your foam. You can fill in and smooth over a lot of flaws using a caulk like quick seal. Just fill it in and use a little bit of water on your fingers to spread it around and smooth it over, then let it dry. As long as you don't over-apply it and leave gross blobs everywhere it will blend in after you paint it over.
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>>10096466
Honeycolor makes you give a scrip, though it’s dubious whether they care if it’s current or not. I ordered from them last year but was able to get through with a 2 year old scrip
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>>10083005
Kind of weird question but I need a pair of tights that will sort of... go into my buttcrack, or "contour" my whole ass so when I put on a leotard the string doesn't just sit on the ass crack like pic related. I want the leotard string to go into my crack. It seems so far the only solution is fishnets but it would be really great if I could do this with dance tights somehow.
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>>10096696
If you get a pair of tights that's a bit "loose" on you (not loose loose, but maybe get a size up or so) and pull them up (and up your crack) it works. I've done it before. They just need to be bigger a bit so they aren't so tight.
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>>10096592
>>10096466
Thank you both very much!!
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>>10096466
Not who you're replying to, but I am very happy about this information.
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>>10096171
I have also ordered from SoftlensQueen and the Circlelensstore without issue. Contacts came quick and are just what I ordered.
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>>10096696
Also don't make this pose if you don't want to be BRAAAPPP posted.
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I probably already know the answer to this but just to make sure I don't flash someone
How do I make an open jacket stay in place on my chest so my tits don't fly out? Tape? And is there anything I can cover them with to give the illusion that there's nothing covering them?
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>>10097272
Get some nipple pasties (or bandaids) that match your skin, and use fashion tape (basically gentle double-sided tape) to secure the sides of the jacket so they just cover your nipple coverings. Double safeties and it should be invisible.
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>>10097281
ah that's what I thought, anyways thanks
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what false lashes would you recommend for cosplay and/or lolita? is there a certain pair or brand thats popular?
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>>10097327
There isn't a "cosplay" brand of lashes. Just focus on the reviews, price, quality, and availability of the lashes. If you want to go full weeb and get asian lashes, head to Daiso, Taobao, or AliExpress. If you don't give a shit, check out brands like Eylure or Ardell which are available at Target, Ulta, and other beauty stores.
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Does anyone have any recommendations for red prescription color contacts? A lot of the ones I've seen at cons look incredibly shitty and cartoony. Ideally, they'd also be from stores which don't require a prescription since I don't want to go for another eye exam just for these (I have an older prescription for contacts which is probably "expired" even though the contacts I use still work fine).
If you have any recs for blue ones as well that'd be useful, though since it's a natural color I don't imagine it'll be too hard to find realistic-looking ones.
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>>10098200
Super pinky for both
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>>10098200
Seconding super pinky for red, I like puffy 3 tones for blue if you want natural but still enlarging. If you don't want enlarging, just narrow down your search on any website to 14.2 or 14.0 mm and you'll get plenty of natural blue options.
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>>10098230
>>10098253
I'm having a bit of trouble finding the red Super Pinky in my strength (-2.00). I haven't exhausted all my options, but just in case is there another brand you've heard good things about?
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>>10098921
Super Crystals are my other go-to! Not quite as bright as the pinky but the design is nice.
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>>10098978
Awesome, thanks for the help, friend!
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What fabric is this kitty made out of? The pattern mentions fleece, but I’m not sure what specific fleece to use.
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>>10101217
That pic just looks like normal non-minky fleece. Plush fleece is gonna have a little more of the nappy texture if you want that.
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>>10101217
It's anti-pill fleece. Anti-pill has the bumpy side compared to blizzard/polar fleece, which is smooth on both sides.
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>>10083005
making a Diego Brando cosplay, and I need help on how to do the cross hatching on his jumper. im fairly new to cosplaying so any help would be appreciated

(btw I already have the blue collared jumper)
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All right. I'm planning on cosplaying this guy, whose amjor defining characteristic from any other "anime guy in suit" is that he has a huge 4x sword sheath across his back.
My plans for constructing that are basically to get a big sheet of foam board and cut it to look like that. Does that seem like a solid construction plan?
Also, a running gag in the show is that he constantly bangs it on doorways, something I'd ideally like to be able to replicate. Do you guys have any recommendations for stiffening the board enough to make that possible, or is that probably just a pipe dream? I thought maybe if I coated it in thin wood, or a different type of foam, or something.
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>>10101436
You could top stitch gold bias tape. It'd be tedious as hell, but the finish would look nice. The only problem is that you'd have cross over lines.
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What kinda cloak is this that Usopp is wearing? I was trying to find something similar in a medieval shop but I'm not sure what the official name would be. I know its supposed to be like a vampire hunter like thing, it's just that phrasing isn't pulling the results I'd like from google. I think its a 2 piece part with the cover over the shoulders and the other just a cape. Any help would be appreciated.
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How would you suggest I go about making bone plates but having them look like they're heavy?
Everything I've seen on google looks like it's made out of a lightweight rubber or foam.
I get that the materials are lightweight, but I don't want them to look lightweight.
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Has anyone managed to track down good vectors or scans of Nico's tattoos from Devil May Cry 5?
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>>10101227
>>10101418
Thank you!!
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>>10101816
no its just a regular shredded cape wrapped around his (?) shoulders
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I'm looking to buy Virtuous contract from Nier but all the foam/pvc ones have a shipping cost of $100+ to my country. I found one listing for a steel version (the seller says it's not sharp but still 4mm thin), that's a bit cheaper than the others and the shipping is free. Is it a stupid idea to build a foam blade on top of it to make it con acceptable? The steel one looks a lot better than other ones overall. Pic is of the actual sword from a customer review.
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>>10102064
It's really not though. I wish I had a better reference picture but there aren't too many shots of him with his back turned. Its similar to the shoulder things you find on Alucard's coat. Again I'm just not sure what those things are called. You are correct on the shredded cape underneath though
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>>10101816
>>10102231
Search 'two tier cloak'. I don't know the proper historical name if there is one, but that's basically what it is. (Alucard wears a Great Coat which has a short cape.) It looks like your particular cape has a short tier that covers the front and back of the body, but the longer tier only hangs down the back, not in front if that makes sense.
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I need a gakuran style top for a kimetsu no yaiba cosplay. Where can I get something like that? I’ve seen men’s ones on eBay but I need one for a female.
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>>10101436
>>10101680
This would be acceptable but will take a very long time. I did pinstripes with bias tape and it took a long ass time
OR use fabric with that pattern already on it. Create your own high res image to be repeat printed on fabric (there's several websites that will print on different types of fabrics). A google search will pull up websites or maybe local businesses that can help you with this.
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>>10102279
Oh, also the very cheapest and easiest solution would be fabric paint. Youd have to be very careful painting to make it look like a pretty screenprinted thing and be aware that once it's painted, it won't stretch. It's not the most ideal thing, but it could turn out passable if you are very clean with your lines
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>>10102120
That's not going to fly with security. I'd say pay for shipping or build your own from scratch.
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FUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCK

I have a con I’m going to as the world from jojo in a week and a half and I don’t have the helmet. I spent $60 on spandex and 12 gauge wire because a friend recommended it but I couldn’t figure it out

Jesus can someone on here help me the fuck out!? If I could at least get help figuring out dimensions, what the parts have to be, etc

Best case scenario one of you guys could contact me then I could pay you to make it
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>>10101638

Foam board would do the job visually, but I would have concerns about durability.

What I would do is to get four equal lengths of PVC pipe to form the base of each 'sword', that should be light and strong enough to take some damage. You could probably make the scabbards by sandwiching the pipe with some eva mat foam, and the handles by just wrapping the pipe in craft foam.

How are you planning on mounting the swords behind you for carrying? Some kind of harness?
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>>10101849

What do you mean by 'bone plates'? Example pic, maybe?
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>>10102541

Okay, calm down.

If you only have that little time, you'll have to do something easy.

Here is what you do: get a roll of craft foam or, failing that, a big piece of thin cardboard, like cardstock.

Wrap it around your head to form a tube. The exact size of the tube is going to depend on the size of your head. Use tape to hold the tube in place for a bit, and make marks at the overlap/join so you can line it up again perfectly later.

Plan on cutting off the top part of the tube so that you have the slope, with the bottom of the cut lower than the top at the back. Figure out where your eyes are when you are wearing the tube and cut out the eye holes.

Draw the shape of the bottom part with the pointy nose, such that you leave the bottom half of your face exposed.

Unroll the foam/cardboard and make all of the cuts you just marked. This is easier to do when flat.

Roll it back up (use the marks you make before for alignment) and glue it in place this time. Then take some more of what you are using and make a flat panel that covers up the hole in the top, forming the slope.

If you can fine some cheap rubber tubing, this is when you would glue it in place around the bottom of the helmet. Its a nice detail, but you are short on time so if you can't do this part its not the end of the world.

Assuming you are mostly happy with the shape of how things turned out, we can go on to finishing touches. If you are not happy with how it is coming along, make it again.

When you are ready to continue, use some caulk (like quick-seal) to fill in and smooth over any unsightly cracks or gaps.

If you are using foam, seal the foam with a heat gun or hairdryer. You want to make it look a little shiny, not melt it. Skip this step for cardboard.

Then cover the whole thing with a brushed on coat of mod podge/elmers glue. Let that dry, and do it again for a second layer. This will stiffen it (especially if its cardboard) and help give it a smooth finish.
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>>10102603

Then spray the whole thing with plastidip, a kind of rubber spray. Let that dry, do it again.

After that has dried, spray the whole thing yellow.

Everything I described can pretty reliably be found at your local walmart or equivalent, with the exception of a roll of craft foam. You might only be able to find it in smaller sheets. If thats the case, look for the big sheets of thin cardboard in the crafts section.

I would prefer to use foam, but you are on short time so you dont have a huge amount of time to wait for delivery.

Godspeed.
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>>10102594
The original plan was to either hook it to my belt or velcro it to the back of my suitcoat. A harness would probably work too, though I think velcro is likely the best bet for making sure it stays put properly during the day while having it be removable enough for when I don't actually want to bang it on doors.
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>>10102686

If you have it hang from the harness by a strap, you can probably rig it so that you can just pull the whole thing to the side so that it goes front-to-back rather than side-to-side when you want to go through a door.
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How early can you order contacts? Do they have an expiration date of sorts?
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Looking for a pair of boots that look similar to Richter's
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>>10103164
Just get any brown leather boot. Make a spats cover with a folded top. Add two leather straps.
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>>10083005
What's "the" place to buy these zentai things? Naturally I'd rather spend less, but I don't want to get something bad quality.

This isn't for serious cosplaying; I just want something to stick my gf in for fun so she can show off her stuff (obviously I still want it to look good). Also, any other good designs besides trusty old ZSS?
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>>10103214
How did you get a gf that's willing to cosplay?
Also D.Va.
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is there anyway to get my hair white/platinum like pic related without getting it bleached? I have black hair.
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Anyone got recs for colored toric lenses?
I know of a few sites, wanted to get /cgl/'s opinions.
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Should I use a regular suiting fabric for Bucellatti's suit or another fabric? I'm scared of the grain.
If I wanted to make the suit into a dress instead, what fabric could I use?
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>>10104042
Absolutely not. Get a wig
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What is this fabric called, or what search terms can I use to look for it?
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I'm last-minute preparing for Katsucon and my sewing machine just broke. However, I have what's probably a really stupid idea but which might work. Most of the sewing I have to do is on a strip of silver bias tape. If, instead of sewing, I used staples to hold the fabric together for the con, how obvious would it be? Would it show up in photos, is what I'm mainly worried about.
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>>10104372
What about using fabric glue?
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I assume its frowned upon buying full costumes, but what places do you guys reccomend. I want to buy an immortal sugimoto cosplay and i found one that has good sizing and a decent price on cosmanles. Is that site decent or should I try others?
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>>10104493
A few reasons. One, with staples I can take them out after the con and after my machine is fixed, and actually do a proper job with stitching. If I use glue then if I fuck up I fuck up for good.
Two, I'm worried the glue will bleed through the fabric and be visible on the outside.
Three, I don't have much experience working with fabric glue.
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>>10104660
Staples are going to be really obvious, I think. What part of your costume is it going to be on?
Maybe use a double sided tape?
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>>10104666
Cuffs and around the hip area. Maybe I'll grab some iron-on stuff because I feel it's harder to screw that up.
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>>10104703
Yeah those are visible areas. Iron-on or a strong double sided tape probably your best options.
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>>10104372
That's not an awful idea, but I can't imagine that'd be very comfortable. Just make sure to staple only in the seam allowance. I would heavily advise against any kind of "top stitching". How about hem tape? It's permanent, but you could sew right through it. It's pretty stable and cleaner than fabric glue.
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>>10104512
>I assume its frowned upon buying full costumes
It's not. Just don't claim that you made it or try entering a contest with it. I'm seeing good reviews on their facebook. There's a couple product reviews on youtube too. You should check out their craftsmanship through one of them. Looks good to me though!
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>>10104823
thanks lad
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>>10104927
That Aspira is thanks enough. Good luck!
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Hello again /cgl/. I posted around two weeks ago about needing help for my Saiki Kusuo cosplay. (>>10090875)

Now that we're 2 days before the con: I pretty much got everything and will get around to assemble everything today and tomorrow, except for one thing: the two white bases of the weird pink balls antennas.

What would be the best material to use to make them and then do the little green shading on it ? I've been thinking polystyrene (same thing I used for the pink balls) and then use either a green marker or glue fabric on it. However I'm not sure if polystyrene would stick well on the wig or if the hair clips I got would stick to it. (Talking about the hair clips, is there really no risk the antennas fall from the wig ? I already have a hard time sticking the clips to my normal hair so I'm a bit worried about the wig. Also hoping I can cut it well enough to make it look like his hair-style, since it's originally a girl's pink wig.)
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>>10105011
You could use a myriad of materials, but I think the deciding factor is going to be adhesion.
>modeling clay
>upholstery or other foam covered in stretchy white fabric
>thin white foam made into a box like shape (hollow)
>thin white foam made into a box like shape covering the polystyrene

The world's your oyster. I don't know what other materials you're working with so before picking, I'd suggesting fleshing out how you plan on attaching them to your wig.
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where the hell do i find a jacket like banjou's



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