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Previous thread: >>10676057

Halloween thread: >>10668781
J-fashion questions: >>10691181
Crossdressing/crossplay thread: >>10650530
Aliexpress thread: >>10691823

Ask your cosplay related questions here!
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Unanswered questions from the previous thread:
>>10679222
>>10682166
>>10684319
>>10685456
>>10686006
>>10687087
>>10687176
>>10687897
>>10690017
>>10690076
>>10691493
>>10691786

I think a FAQ would be nice for help threads so feel free to drop suggestions on what to add to the FAQ too.
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Hello /cgl/, I would like to know if you could help me understand how this sweater is made (pic related).
I'm trying to recreate it, and I want to stay true to its original design, but this sweater seems a bit confusing to me. it seems like it comes in two parts: pink sweater and white hoodie vest. Is it possible to try to copy this sweater-vest concept? Has anyone come across this sort of thing before?

Other reference photos:
https://files.catbox.moe/vdlm9z.png
https://files.catbox.moe/skulz2.png
https://files.catbox.moe/xwuo4a.jpg
Specifically, this unofficial art seems to imply that the vest is completely detached from the sweater.
https://files.catbox.moe/d68uzd.jpg
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>>10692546
this type of sleeve is called a raglan sleeve and there are a ton of patterns out there for it, and luckily it's easier to sew than regular sleeves!
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I'm working on a Hollow Knight cosplay, but a sort of cuddly plushie version. Foam character head with minky soft fabrics, etc. A more cartoony look, rather than gritty or weathered. What I'm trying to figure out is the cloak. The cloak has this almost ropey-like or striated/grooved appearance. I don't know what to call this technique (Cabling? Ribbing?) so I can better research what I'm doing. I want to have batting layered between the minky fabric to make it extra thick and plushie, but still be able to swing and flow with movement. Pic related is an actual plushie of the character showing a cloak with the texture that I'm talking about, as well as a blanket with sort of the right texture. What technique should I be researching here- or how else should I go about this?
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>>10692572
Unfortunately you can't have the best of both worlds because the more plush the cape is, the heavier it'll be. You either have to give up flow for plush or plush for flow. Your idea of sewing batting between minky works well for recreating that plush look though. I don't think there's a name for this technique but you would sandwich batting between 2 layers of minky and then sew the curved lines on top with a simple straight stitch.
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>>10692572
This tutorial might be helpful https://suzyquilts.com/6-tips-for-straight-line-machine-quilting-a-k-a-matchstick-quilting/
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Here's the draft for a FAQ for this thread. Lmk if there are any resources or topics I should add.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-URQl5wxxBzP4-VWfMKfLG8ZqOkGt9Yoyo6Qbm333vs/edit?usp=sharing
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>>10692820
Thank you!
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>>10692766
Thanks anon- I wonder if I should even use polyfill instead of batting? To really get those puffy exaggerated cables.
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>>10692913
You would probably have to stuff all of the ribs individually if you use polyfill though. I'm not sure how well polyfill takes to being stitched over. Maybe make a sample to test it out?
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>>10692455
I used a white eye pencil on my waterline, but its too bright compared to the whites of my eyes. Is there any way to use the eye pencil to make my eyes bigger or is it a sunk cost?
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>>10693100
Try looking for something that's closer to a silver/shimmery light pink (similar to the color of your actual waterline) instead of using white. It'll still give your eye an enlargening effect without looking like there's an obvious white gap.
>picrel
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>>10692455
Anyone know how high or low this skirt goes?
Im going to make it and cant quite tell.
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>>10693365
Doesn't matter. The shorter, the better. Show off your beautiful legs
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>>10693365
Make it to your measurements, retard.
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I need really long wefts, like 60"+. The longer the better. In a silvery or light gray color. Not for a wig, they're being sewn into fur and ideally long enough to even drag on the ground. Arda has some, but any other retailer suggestions are appreciated.
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>>10692820
Bless you anon. I give you kiss. Here's some more to throw at ya
>how do I start my cosplay?
>What sewing machine should I buy?
>Where do I find tutorials on 'x' thing?
>What body paint brand should I use?
>How do I seal my body paint?
>How do I cut and style a wig?
>How do I make those gravity defying anime bangs?
>how do I put my wig into a high ponytail (hint: you buy the right wig or get prepared to do a shit ton of extra work)
>Where can I find a pattern for this?
>What basic, intermediate, and advanced sewing supplies should I get?
>The wonders of youtube tutorials
>How do I make horns?
>What material can I use to see out of this mask? (black eye mesh types)
>EVA Foam primer
>What glue should I use with EVA foam?
>how do I seal the gaps in my eva foam project?
>costuming and prop making safety
>where can I find 'x'?
(Perhaps a link to a technical guide to garment types for search keywords?)
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>>10693365
Based on picrel, it appears to be just above knee length.
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>>10693519
If you want them cheap, MapofBeauty on Taobao/Ali/Amazon. If you want better quality: Arda, EpicCosplay, L-Email, Beauty Stores, etc.
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>>10693556
All of these are great topics. I’ll work on adding these. Thanks anon!
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>>10693602
Thank you for putting this effort in too, anon! It's much needed.
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>>10693519
You might have to buy an Arda Delilah Silky wig in sterling (Or white and dye it) or a Delilah classic (which comes in silver) and harvest it to get what you need but looks like thats as long as they go.

Arda does have a Jumbo Braid that goes to 70 inches unfolded but it only comes in Wheat and the work involved might not be worth it even if it came in your colors and it would be easier to harvest the two above
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I tried to make a test with white face painting for an undertale cosplay I'm going to bring next month, but I failed badly. Any tips for applying? I used kryolan white aquacolor and brush, but even after a couple of layers I could see the strokes
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>>10694032
Did you let them fully dry between layers? and maybe a sponge? I've helped apply one with some brand that started with a B but needed to use a little water to help get he color.
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>>10692820
How autistic do you want me to get with contributing? Because I'm an armor main and I usually buy a lot of my foam and supplies offline in general.
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I previously posted on here before asking questions about Dragon Crown Sorceress. I made the corset from self patterning and it doesn't have the eyelets yet on a dressform making it look like a brick but it's fully boned ( whole thing is really shittly but Its a first time)

My question is at the bottom it bubble slightly because I had very little room to put in a bottom seam because of the boning length. I'm going to try and iron it out but something is telling me to try and get some lace or something to cover the bottom or leave as it is?
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>>10692455
This was my first ever real cosplay (for Youmacon this weekend). It was meant to be obviously Bloodborne inspired. How did I do as far as appearance goes? Is there a good way to prevent lenses on a mask from fogging up?
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>>10694118
Hey, it’s the anon from the Youmacon thread. The one who told you to post up. Yeah, so when I was doing Rainbow Six siege stuff, the goggles for my mask would do the same issue. There are Anti-fogging sprays that are a god send for goggles intensive cosplays.

Anti Fog Spray, Anti Static Glass & Lens Cleaner, Eyewear (Pack of 1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017L3KTO0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_WDPWDWANJQQ0FA8D4JFA?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

10 bucks too.
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>>10694118
That looks amazing!! and I second the anti fogging sprays (or wipes for glasses)
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>>10694054
Maybe I used too much water? Not sure, I can try with a sponge next time
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>>10694109
If you'd like to contribute your knowledge, send an email to instagramcgl@gmail.com! (weird email bc I made a faq for the Instagram thread ages ago) I'd be happy to credit you for any contributions if you want your name on the faq as well.
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I want to cosplay Nadja from What We Do in the Shadows. Where can I find gothic Victorian costumes? I don't want to spend more than $200. Thanks in advance.
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>>10694194
If I remember to tonight, I'll send an email tonight. Been a busy busy Sunday
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>>10694113
Won’t it be covered by her sash? It should be fine to leave it as is if it doesn’t bother you.
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>>10694214


I'm actually just going to write this here because I don't need my name on anything.


>Foam

>Puzzle mats (Harbor Freight)
>10.99
>Comes in 2ft x 2ft pack
>Pros
>Cheap, easy to use with a heat gun
>Cons
>Textured end makes it an utter bitch to work with when it comes to glueing
>kills utility knife blades like it's no one's business
>textured end means you NEED to sand it down.
>kind of floppy.

>Craft Foam
>Varying prices (Joann's has 5mm 12 inch x 8 inch sheets for 1.50 per sheet for example)
>pros
>Cheap
>Can arguably clutch a project out for under 20 bucks
>accessible
>usually goes down in one or two strokes
>cons
>size situational sheets
>Joann's, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby means you're paying the craft tax.


>Hobby Lobby Cosplay Foam
>24 ~30 bucks usually (but constantly on sale for 40% off)
>Comes in 2ft x 6 ft rolls
>Pros
>absurdly strong
>easy to cut
>easy to glue with contact cement
>white color means you're guaranteed 100% of color shown from priming
>cons
>it's pretty expensive
>rolls mean you have to figure out a way to flatten it out


I am not mentioning YYH stuff from Joann's because that's an absolute rip off aside from scenario specific shit, which I'm now finding out you could get from Hobby Lobby just fine too.
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Sorry if this is the wrong thread, but I'm getting more into cosplay, and I feel like a lot of more popular female cosplayers seem to do similar costumes. While I'm proud of my whacky taste I feel like if I want to get popular (which I do) there are almost like...boxes I need to tick off? Types of cosplays I should do just for recognition/familiarity?

So my question is, what do you think are sort of "iconic" cosplays I should do? Obviously I know this is a really subjective question and I am still definitely going to do what I love most of all, but I want to be easily recognisable as a "cosplay girl on the internet" by some of my cosplay choices, if that makes sense?

So far I feel like there needs to be a Disney Princess, a Mario girl...but what else?
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Hi anons, this is my first time creating a cosplay so sorry if these are stupid/too many questions, but..
How exactly should I make this amalgamation of capes/wings? Should I just layer like four or five sheets of fabrics, each for the cape and the different colored bug wings? What kind of fabric should I use? How do I make it so that the wings retain their shape instead of just falling flat like the cape, putting some wire inside in the shape of the wings? Can this even really be replicated well without looking like a dumb mess?
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>>10694438
Added to the FAQ. Thanks for your contribution!
Other recent additions:
Historical costuming
>How do historical costuming and cosplay differ?
>Where can I find information on historical costuming?
>Tips for historical costuming (WIP)
>Where/how to buy historical clothing

How do I start my cosplay? (WIP section)
>buying vs. making
>gathering references
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>>10694475
I think you shouldn’t cosplay. Honestly
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>>10694533

I just got home from work.

Misc stuff.

>Acrylic Sheets / See through sheets.

>Acrylic
>Can be found in the window section of Home Depot
>Cost : Anywhere ranging from 11.98~30 dollars
>pros
>Sturdy
>affordable
>core for see through builds.

>cons
>You either have to score it repeatedly and snap, guided rail for bevel or need a circle saw attachment for a drill if you're doing anything fancy
>Heat forming requires bending corners instead of entire unit.
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>>10694118
My first cosplay was bloodborne inspire too. Went to NYCC hello crow hunter
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Aight, gulls. I’m gonna stop working on the FAQ for the night. Some other changes added to the doc today:
>gathering cosplay references
>wig dyeing (marker/alcohol ink method and synthetic fiber dye)
>some wig cutting/styling tutorials including how to cut bangs and point cutting vs. blunt cutting (WIP)
>styling slicked back/pulled back hair (WIP)
>general formatting stuff like the order tutorials are in and I changed the margins of the document to be easier to read

>>10694540
Will add this to the doc tomorrow. Thanks again for your contributions
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>>10694554
Np, I've got a basic reference on electronics that I want to contribute in later too. But I'm fucking exhausted rn (plus I'm working on something) so it'll come eventually.
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>>10694484
You can use the stuff they use for fairt wings. When i get home Ill type up something more specific
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>>10694718
You mean like using wires and cellophane? I think I remember seeing some stuff about it while googling around. I was thinking of maybe trying that on the top most bug wings. Unless you meant something else.

I'm still trying to figure out how to do the rest though. Pic related is how the back of the cape thing is supposed to look like and it looks like a damn mess with how it all seems to overlap and with all the different shapes and colors.
What I was thinking of doing was just sewing together and coloring each individual set of wings, and either wearing each set of wings on top of each other in layers, or maybe just sewing them together into one cape. I'm not sure though, because I'm second guessing whether or not it could be that simple to make it look good, or if it'll even still hold the look of multiple wings together or just look like a bunch of cloth messily laid on top of each other.
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>>10692455
What's the best way to print a foam armor template?

I told my mom I wanted to go to Kinko's and she said "More like Stinko's." I told her I found a $22 full costume pattern on Etsy. She said "More like Regretsy."
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I'm new to cosplay, is there some kind of small, programable personal speaker already on the market that I could buy? Specifically, I'm looking for something with a relatively small form factor that either comes with a small switching mechanism or connects to a phone in order to allow me to deliberately pick between different sound effects (that I've loaded up) on the fly, and ideally comes with some sort of small button I could tape onto my hand to activate it on command. I've done some looking around but am having trouble finding anything that lets you pick deliberately what it plays, the devices I've seen either loop one sound or goes down a list of loaded sounds in order. I don't think it would be terrible to try and program something myself to accomplish this but if somebody else already did it, it would save me a lot of work
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>>10694790
Cardstock.

>>10694807
Uh, you'd have to either get an arduino attachment or just cope with a chinese bluetooth speaker.
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>>10694856
But how do I get it from the pdf to the paper? I only have a regular home printer.
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>>10694866
....They make card stock you can print onto. It's just thicker paper.
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>>10694554
I saw this thread on twitter today with tons of resources, so I wanted to throw this at you in case it helps! https://twitter.com/LutaviaCosplay/status/1455305550690926599?s=20
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>>10694868
No, I mean, I have no means to print it larger than 8.5x11". Is there a good place to order it printed full size?
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>>10694904
You want an entire printer instead of just modifying pattern pieces individually? Kinkoz
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What kind of fabric do you guys use when sewing your cosplays together?
I tried googling it but I kinda got overwhelmed by all the different kinds of fabric and I don't even understand most of what I'm reading.

I want to sew together a cape, gloves, and a shirt. What should I use?
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>>10695077
I suggest you go to a fabric store and have the sales associates help you pick out the right fabrics.
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Hm, I'm thinking of putting together something like pic related with a set of clothes that can be used for ordinary wear:

- Domino mask
- Black Fur Parka (?) + some design slapped on (still deciding between doing a large custom sticker of some kind or just printing on some nice material)
- Red satin/silk shirt
- Black pants
- Black Knee Length boots

I'm having trouble finding a black parka which goes down near the knees though if what pic related is wearing is even actually called a parka. I'm also a bit concerned that it'll be pretty hot. Any recommendations? Thanks!
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>>10694807
You're about to be one of those annoying ass weebs who walk around the con blaring music aren't you
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does anyone have suggestions on how to make a dress have a more conic shape instead of falling flat along the side of the body?
i don't want to add wires because then it would bee too stiff
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>>10695166
“Hooded coat” or “coat with hood” are better search terms
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I'm trying to make a Haori for Benimaru from Fire Force. I'm lost on the type of fabric to use. according to google I should use something like silk but as I don't want something shiny. Advice?
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>>10695429
Does your dress have the hem/fabric to get to the desired shape? If so, you can try horsehair braid along the bottom hem or wearing a petticoat.

>>10695446
Try a medium to bottomweight linen or suiting.
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>>10695077
Check out a basic sewing or fabrics book from the library and spend some time in a fabric shop familiarizing yourself with different types of fabric and how they look and drape in real life.
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>>10695429
can you add a petty coat?
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>>10695486
>petty coat
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FAQ anon again. Here are the latest updates
>started working on a list of supplies beginners should have
>started working on a section on how to pick what sewing machine to buy (e.g. computerized vs. mechanical, what brands are reputable)
If anyone has experience with a sewing machine brand not listed (e.g. Janome), please feel free to contribute as I only listed brands I have personal experience working with.
A big thank you to the other anons who have contributed their knowledge or suggested topics so far. If anyone else has any suggestions, feel free to reply to any of my posts or email me.

>>10695166
Tbh it'll be difficult putting this cosplay together from regular clothes because of how unique the garments are. For the coat, it might be easier for you to find a knee-length black coat that you like and attach the fur to it, even if you just use snaps or glue it on. Instead of using a sticker, use heat transfer vinyl, which is more permanent. This is just personal preference but I think a cotton shirt would work better for the costume since a silk shirt would be too lightweight to work with the rest of the outfit.
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Want to do a Diamond dogs cosplay but can’t find black shoulder brassards? Am I gonna just have to make them?
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>>10695572
yes or commission them
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>>10695572
They should be pretty easy to make. Just cut the shapes out of foam, layer them, and attach them to your cosplay using magnets or velcro (so you can take them off to wash the rest of your cosplay).
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How do I get into cosplaying?
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>>10696031
https://lmgtfy.app/?q=how+to+start+cosplaying&iie=1
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>>10695466
>>10695486
oh wow a horsehair braid looks like it might be good, and i have no idea what a petty coat is or how it works
>Does your dress have the hem/fabric to get to the desired shape?
I will make it, so yes
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>>10696031
Find a character you like, see if they have something on dokidokicos or etsy or something, and order it!
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>>10696177
Thanks, I appreciate it
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Anybody paint a nerf gun before? Got any good recs for primer to use? My paint is acrylic.
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>>10696256
Lightly sand the surface of the gun first so that the primer sticks. I prefer spray on stuff like the one from Rustoleum because I find that I get a more even coat that way.
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I'm looking to make the shoes for picrel. I know that I could go out and find some all-black shoes, but last night I happened to get oil on a really nice pair I own and figured I could see if I could salvage them. Any thoughts, advice, or resources on how to make boot covers for sneakers? I also thought about dying them, but the sole on the ruined pair is white and would only get tinted. I suppose I could paint it with Angelus leather paint thought? What are your thoughts, anons?
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This might be a dumb question but how do you guys browse normie stores in search of a basic item? I'm looking for something that's really simple but when I search for it, the results are always dubious Amazon products, Pinterest posts for products that don't exist anymore, or some high fashion item.
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>>10696433
Boot covers on a pair of sneakers would end up looking like lace-up boots at best, plus it'll be hard to tie the shoes on the inside if they're not slip-ons. If you want them to still look like sneakers, your better bet is to paint them with Angelus leather paint.
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>>10696517
Noted, thanks!
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>>10696446
I'm guessing you're using the google shopping tab if you're seeing pinterest and amazon links. I'd suggest looking directly through specific normie stores' websites to get your results.
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>>10692455

How do I make a helmet that I can wear glasses inside of and keep it as tight a fit to my head as possible?
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>>10696562
dropping pics of exactly what you're trying to make would help here...
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>>10694438
Blick sells cosplay-branded foam too, it's light colored too unlike JoAnns/Yaya
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>>10694475
Honestly there's a power to doing more obscure cosplay. If you're the sixth Bowsette I've seen that day then I'll probably just go "oh hey, another one" and keep walking but if you do something niche like, say, Bad Girl from No More Heroes I will absolutely run across a convention hall to get a photo of you. It's better in the long (and maybe even short) run to build your "brand" as 'the person who does X sort of unique cosplays'.

They may be a little brusque but I tend to agree with >>10694535, cosplay is a pretty dang demanding (time and money) hobby. Even if you just do flavors of the month it gets expensive fast, and cosplay is big enough now that "I bought the costume from AliExpress and took selfies in it" isn't going to get you more than a dozen likes. It's not a cracked code where you get instantly insta-famous by cosplaying the right thing. And even if people may not be able to smell "fake fan" they definitely can notice if you go the extra mile with posing, acting, etc for a character you really care about rather than just bandwagoning.
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>>10694807
It's easiest to get a soundboard app for your phone and a bluetooth speaker rather than come up with a complex and expensive bespoke solution.
Also keep in mind that longer music or louder noises is generally not as funny as you think it is at a con, it can be a fun gag but keep it short and/or keep yourself moving so you don't annoy people.
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>>10696717
Is it actually good quality or is it random foam branded as “cosplay” just so they can jack up the price?
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>>10696738
Haven't used it myself but it is a distinct EVA formulation for cosplay and not just a rebrand of existing "craft foam".
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>>10696717
That's interesting to know. Very interesting to know.

>>10696738
Hobby Lobby brand isn't just craft foam. It actually does cut and glue easier, as for the YYH shit from Joann's. That's definitely just rebranded craft foam / puzzle floor mats.

>>10696724
The reason why I say that >>10694475 shouldn't cosplay is because they will eventually end up choking themselves out literally tier whoring for attention. Cosplaying popular characters constantly eventually leads to the OnlyFans pipeline, and from there, you may as well have just written yourself into a Requiem for a Dream plotline. You'd be better off just doing the characters you actually love, and putting the soul behind it. If they happen to be character, fucking amazing. If not, there is always a chance someone will recognize them. As an example, ages ago I did Hikigaya and my friend did Yukinon. We literally just did the two as a way to just hang out since we don't get to see each other often, and we both loved Oregairu in general. We got recognized a few times here and there, so it's not like the anon is dead in the water.

But if they're -really- just after the dopamine rush, I am literally suggesting they not cosplay or develop enough of their own taste to figure out what they want. Otherwise, we already have -plenty- of rent a waifus in the scene to deal with, and it's honestly really tiring to watch.
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>>10696841
> Hobby Lobby brand isn't just craft foam
Lmao why the fuck are you telling me this when I was asking about Blick’s? I know that HL foam is puzzle mats with the HL name slapped on it.
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do you attach horns directly on the wig or on a headband? because unfortunately the headband still shows up on the top of the head. I could try to attach some wig residues on it, but it may look even weirder lol

image related (horn wip)
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>>10696875
https://www.instagram.com/tv/BxNcxxQgkL8/
This tutorial could work for you.
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What's the best way to non-permanently add a custom symbol to a piece of clothing if I want to reuse said clothes?

It seems like the most common options (heat transfer, transfer gel, etc.) are all permanent.
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>>10696919
Maybe sew on a patch with as thin thread as possible to minimize holes? It really depends on size and shape of the symbol
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>>10696862
I was talking to multiple people, calm down dude.
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>>10696956
You replied to him with the hobby lobby comment though, moron.
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Any recommendations for a good rave constume for men?
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i have a long wig and it's frayed as shit. is there any way to repair it or should i just get a new one at this point?
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>>10697117
If it’s super fucked up, just get a new one. If it’s just kind of tangled, soak it in fabric softener to make the fibers softer and the carefully brush it out. Detangler spray works wonders as well.
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>>10697007
Go to your room right now Anon. You’re acting like a nigger.
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>>10697120
thank you. i didn't know detangler spray was a thing so i'll try that first, then the fabric softener
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How do I store a helmet to move it? Not like a long-term display solution for in my home, but rather like how to carry and load it into my car while driving to a show.
I have a helmet that is roughly 15"x10"x10" (probably a bit smaller as it's hard to measure), a solid cast rather than more flexible foam. I do still have the large cardboard box it shipped in but would like something a little more portable or permanent. Like a hat box or something?
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How do I make foam hold its shape better? Do I heat it all up? Add more foam?
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>>10697222
https://youtu.be/gMp0jECnP1w?t=96
(in case the link doesn't work, the time stamp is at 1:36) This tutorial could be helpful but instead of putting it in a bag, you could put it in a box. Just be sure to pad the sides of the box well so your helmet doesn't bump against the sides.

>>10697226
Heat it up and hold it in its shape as it cools. Be careful and don't do this with your bare hands. Wear a work glove or use some kind of tool to help you.
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Updates to FAQ:
>wrapped up the section on picking sewing machines. not all brands of sewing machines are on here, just the ones I've personally used so I would appreciate further contribution here.

>>10696717
Have you tried it before anon? Curious to see what the quality is like.
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>>10697247
I haven't used it myself, no. I have seen/handled props from it at a convention but I realize that's not really enough to form an opinion from.
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>>10697247
You've got a comfy spot waiting for you in heaven, anon. Thanks for your work!
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>>10697278
>>10697247
I’ll fuck around with the foam after Colossalcon Texas.
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What's the name for this type of shirt collar? It looks kind of like a "Mandarin" or "Grandad" but not really.
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>>10697511
A bishop collar maybe? A lot of clothes in animation/games don't have actual names because they're made up.
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>>10692455
how do i get anime hair in real life?
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How close should I get to someone when taking a picture? Both when they ask me for one and when I ask them for one. I usually stand like shoulder length away to avoid making someone uncomfortable.
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>>10697689
That sounds a little far away. I usually stand 5-6" away from them unless they specifically ask that I stand right next to them.
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Yo, I got back from Michaels today after hopping like 4 different stores for transparent spray paint. (Supply Line is an absolute bitch.) So here's some useful shit I discovered.
>Michaels sells EVA foam dowel rods and half dowel rods. Useful for decorating pieces and making random wires and junk.

>Michaels sells Barge. Big buckets, didn't catch the actual size but 3x bigger than the Dap stuff you get from Walmart

>Cosplay Foam also sold but for like 34 dollars a piece.

Didn't know that EvilTed's line was there but it might be decent knowledge to add in. I would still recommend going to Home Depot for a wireless dremel and a deluxe heatgun instead if you're an intermediate foam crafter, but everyone has their own different styles.
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>>10697885
remember, NO NOSE
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I have a cosplay contest tomorrow, but no idea what to do for the exhibition on stage since I'm alone and the character (Asgore from Deltarune) really hasn't a lot of presence in the game. Should I just wave in character and go?
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>>10697885
michaels is overpriced shit, white boy.
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I need help figuring this out..
How should I attach wings to my costume if I'm wearing a button up shirt and a cape?
Do I just make slits in the cape for the wings to go through?
How do I attach the wings if I'm wearing a button up shirt? All I've seen people do is make some metal supports that go over their body then cover with something, but that feels a lot harder to do when wearing a tight fitting button up shirt. What do?
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>>10697927
Is your costume an original design or based on an existing character? There's a couple of different ways you can approach this either design or utility wise but it depends on your needs.
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>>10697912
Even if not in-character you should pose in a way that shows off or highlights parts of your costume you want to show off. Since (I assume) it's not a skit competition you can think of it more like modeling than character work.
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What's better, bring an incomplete cosplay to a con or bring no cosplay to a con? Don't want to end on the "bad cosplay" side
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>>10698037
Imo no cosplay and go in jfash or normie clothes. It’s not as fun as cosplaying but it’s better than people thinking your cosplay is bad.
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>>10698037
As someone who has slapped together projects the night before the con, you will have a much better time bringing no cosplay. If you bring an incomplete or shitty one, you'll be self-conscious about it the next day and you likely won't have slept very well which will affect your con experience. Save it for another con.
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>>10698070
Atm I am at the "no sleep phase", so I may follow your advice in the end
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>>10698037

I actually have some advice for this sort of move considering I persisted up until this week.


>Go work on automated project.
>Project shelved over sewing drama.
>switch to another project
>blade fabricated, lights are good.
>wig won’t be here in time.
>make the most adult decision I’ve made since I’ve been cosplaying for 10 years and just decide to enjoy the con as a regular con goer instead of as a cosplayer.

Sometimes shit doesn’t go your way. You are better off just working on a project until it’s as you’ve envisioned it instead of half assing it. Otherwise you’re losing sleep over essentially futility, and it’s going to put you on tilt for the rest of that con. No one really wants to be around someone who’s on tilt. You could always do something light if you’re crafty enough, but always remember that cosplay if done properly is always high risk / high reward if you’re a hardcore DIY person. But that risk becomes less of a risk if you save the project for a diff con. That’s about the best I can put it, I know it’s probably what you don’t want to hear but considering I’m in the same boat at you, I decided to throw in the towel over here.
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>>10697955
Existing character, except I can't even get a good look at how his back looks like with it all together since there's no official art showing anything but his front and side view, so I can't get any hints with that.
What would you suggest? Anything would be appreciated because I'm at a complete loss
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>>10698142
Thank you anon. In the end, despite all the effort to transport the stuff to the con and the stress accumulated, I decided not to wear it. Yes, I regret it in the beginning, as also I wanted to use the chance to meet new people, but since in the end I got sucked into a side gaming event for most of the time it was for the best.
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>>10698165
>>10698165
If it were an original character, I'd tell you just to tweak the design, but since it's an existing character it'll depend on how the costume was designed. Can you post a picture of the character? I don't want to give suggestions 'till I see it so I don't misguide you
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>>10698208
Just think of it as social power leveling. If you want to meet people you think are interesting, put your foot out the door. Talking became second nature to me due to that
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>>10698220
It should be a rule of these threads that if you need help with a cosplay for a specific character, you need to post a pic of them. Just a description of what you're trying to achieve is too vague to give solid help. No one will steal your cosplay idea or out you for being a gull (how would they know you're a gull without being one themselves anyways).
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>>10698310
I think that and "What should I cosplay as" should not be allowed in these threads unless you want to get bullied.
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>>10698331
"What should I cosplay as" really should go into its own thread (the one with the template) but that thread is always dead because no one wants their face plastered on /cgl/ these days, even though quite a few popular cosplayers (eg aru.rinh, Angela Clayton) are/were gulls.
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>>10698310
Although I agree, you and I both know that there'd still be plenty of replies who wouldn't read the rule before posting.

>>10698339
There was some talk of creating a face-free template, but then covid struck.
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>>10698339
>No one wants their face plastered on /cgl/ nowadays.

I mean, can you blame them
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How the fuck should I go about attaching grenades to my hip like pic related?
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>>10698552
Depends. Do you want it to look like something based in reality or exactly like the pic? If the latter, then a decent magnet on the belt and grenades that will hold them in place through the waistcoat. Otherwise just build the grenades with loops at a height where some of the waistcoat can fall between the tops of them and the belt they’ll be threaded on.
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>>10698354
could self-inforce the rule by not replying to anons without references lul
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Is it possible to make a visor out of hotglue or resin? Vacuforming is out of my league.
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>>10698751
You could just get a cheap take apart one from Walmart or Harbor freight anon.
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>>10698786

I meant a curved visor like Guy Manuel's. My bad. I can't buy one either.
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>>10698751
It won't be possible to make a visor out of hot glue. The surface will be lumpy/uneven and clear hot glue is a translucent white when cool, not purely clear like when it's hot. Resin could work but you would need a mold for it. The best way to make a visor without vacuum forming is to use thermoplastics.

>>10698354
>>10698339
Made a template for the cosplay recommendations thread that doesn't require face photos. It's still heavily based on the old template. Thoughts? Anywhere where it can be improved?
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>>10698339
/pol/ did a pretty incredible job of ruining this entire site's image. can't really blame people
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>>10698860
Yep. We were the very picture of love and tolerance until Stormfront muscled in....
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>>10698860
arguably /b/ ruined 4chan's image first

>>10698831
width of the describe yourself and notes boxes should be swapped
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You know when you're gluing foam pieces together and an edge ends up a bit above or below the other? How do I fix this? Do I cut the seam apart and glue it again or do I sand it? And another question. What do I coat the finished piece with?
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>>10698922
If you’re ok with how the pieces are joined together, you can sand the overhang down so the pieces are level with each other.
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>>10698922
Use thermoplastics or plastidip to coat the piece when you’re finished. Seconding >>10698970. You should just sand the top part instead of remaking the whole thing.
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I’m making pic rel and I want the tail to curve upwards and have some shape instead of flopping down like that, but I also want it to have some movement when I walk. Any suggestions on how achieve that? I thought about putting wire in the middle but when I tested it, it was too stiff and didn’t wave around as much as I wanted it to.
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>>10698831
Looks great anon!
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Hi I’m a dude who knows absolutely nothing about clothes or fashion much less cgl. But I was thinking of buying my gf some neko maid type lingerie / outfit like pic related? I’m not sure exactly what size she is but she’s probably like 110-120 at 5'8 with a small bust size but pretty big hips. I was thinking of buying from here but idk if it’s quality? Idk how much to expect to pay for this stuff. Any advice welcome
https://kawaiibabe.com/collections/neko-collection/products/cat-cosplay-lingerie-set
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>>10699302
go away horny person
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Is eva foam supposed to smell even weeks after heat forming it?
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Anyone have tips for improving my cosplay? I was thinking of going to a con as a GIJoe character but I decided to go for a real American hero instead.
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>>10699302
stop shilling. i hate tb resellers.
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>>10699704

You're gonna have to shave.
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>>10699436
Sometimes the cheap stuff does. Just air it out outside.
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I don't have much experience with dyeing clothes beyond tiedyeing and some basic splatter effects on white clothes. Not sure where else I could post this question, so I thought to try here.

I have am ugly mint green sweater that I want to do a dye job on. Tag says its 80% cotton and 20% polyester. Not sure yet what color I want to do yet, since that'll depend on what I could achieve.
I was wondering if I could get some guidance on what are my options here? I've been reading advice to just try your dyes on a swatch, but I don't exactly have that luxury since it's just a one off sweater. Obviously I'd want the dye job to last as this would be going in the wash semi regularly.
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>>10699813
You can dye it darker but not to another color family. You should be able to dye it dark green or navy for example, but trying to get it to turn red would result in a brown mess. You can mix synthetic dye and organic dye in the same pot. And if possible, do a test dye.
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>>10699818
>You can dye it darker but not to another color family. You should be able to dye it dark green or navy for example, but trying to get it to turn red would result in a brown mess
That was my hunch on this, thank you for confirming. I thought to just dye it black if all else fails.
Was wondering if I could, perhaps somehow, dye it black, but then have a splatter effect of the original mint green by splattering bleach on it after the dye? I'd imagine that wouldn't really work like I'd want it to.
Playing with ideas at this point to try spice this thing up. It's very nicely worn out so I wanted to complement that with my dye job.
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>>10699847
>I thought to just dye it black if all else fails
I wouldn't suggest this. Black dye never comes out perfectly and the dyes sold for home use are actually just dark grey and aren't super opaque. At best, you'll get a sweater that's slightly darker. At worst, you'll get a splotchy mess.
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>>10699847
>black
It won't end well. It's likely to come out splotchy and off-black, like a weird purplish gray or bluish gray color.
>getting cool splotches
That's even harder, but if you feel like experimenting and potentially losing the garment then go for it.
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>>10699931
>>10699932
Thank you guys for the advice.
I will have to think this through a bit more to figure out what I should go for. A dark green may be the way to go or as per earlier suggestion a navy blue.
I guess really what I should be asking is what colors I could potentially achieve beyond a darker green or navy blue, but that would depend on experimentation.
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>>10700057
It’s pretty obvious you have no idea how dye even works as evidenced by
>splatter effect of the original mint green by splattering bleach on it after the dye
Learn how dye works before you even experiment
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Is there a way to cosplay Cyrus without actually shaving my eyebrows? Like can I emulate the no eyebrows thing with tape and skincare?
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>>10700240
Yes, you can use the glue and foundation method. Look up "how to cover eyebrows" + "drag" or "cosplay" on youtube.
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I found a perfect jacket for picrel, the only catch being that it is pretty large on me. I'm not the greatest at sewing, and I've only worked on small additions and repairs, but if possible, I would really like to resize my jacket to be at least somewhat form-fitting, and possibly replicate the bell-shaped sleeves as seen in the pic.

Does anyone know of some good tutorials/resources that might help me do a decent job of resizing this coat?
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>>10700570
Take it to a tailor and have them fix it. Modifications of that level aren't very beginner-friendly so a tailor would do a much better job.
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>>10700572
Hell, that's probably a good idea. I'm likely to just butcher the coat if it's really not a beginner friendly project. Out of curiosity, do you know an estimate of what it might cost me to get it professionally altered? Thank you btw.
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>>10700578
This really depends on your local tailors. Call around and ask for quotes.
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I'd like to build stilts for a Doc Ock cosplay, where my feet would be in the air and the stilts are covered by his back-arms to give the illusion of walking on his arms. What would be a good material for this? Any input on this design? I'm not a physics major. I tried to design it similar to "floating man" street performances, see second pic
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>>10700793
Kind of like this, except smaller and my foot is in the seat
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>>10700793
You're gonna need a metal base since plastic won't be able to hold weight at that angle for a long time (likely to snap) and wood really only works for straight stilts. I can't give you any guidance beyond there because it requires too much technical knowledge that I don't have.
>I'm not a physics major
What does being a physics major have to do with this lol
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>>10700796
>it requires too much technical knowledge that I don't have.
That's what I meant by not being a physics major lmao. I figured metal would be the way to go - maybe some of those square-shaped beams at Home Depot if they're not too heavy? I'll survey some materials this week.
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>>10700798
>physics major
you're confusing physics with engineering... most physics majors don't touch anything having to do with construction
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>>10700801
I'm sorry
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>>10700057
Other colors you can potentially achieve include a drabby brown and dark mustard green. You can try bright kelly green or cyan dye to get it to a medium green or seafoam-ish color.
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I'm a dude with a decently masculine face who is interested in cosplaying as some more androgynous/bishie male characters. I have a few friends (men & women) who do crossplay. Would either of them (either women cosplaying as bishies or men cosplaying as women/traps) be decent resources for makeup advice?
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>>10700900
men more than women, because you'll want tips to hide the masculinity not bring it out more.
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hello /cgl/. I want to make this design on a blank yellow tank I have to wear to the gym. How would you go about this? Specifically, what material would you use to make the stitched "smile" that would be machine washable? And are there good alternatives to traditional shirt printing for the rest? Thanks.
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>>10701198
Heat transfer vinyl. Almost all htv on the market now is better than that flimsy iron-on stuff from the 2000s/early 2010s and can withstand heat and repeated washing.
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>>10701199
thanks. How about the stitch smile? I'd prefer to actually stitch it rather than just drawing it on if possible but I don't know what kind of material to use. Can you get like shoelace material on a spool?
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>>10701201
Different anon, but if you're doing it by hand, you'd need embroidery floss and possibly an embroidery hoop. You will be able to feel the stitching on the inside of the shirt.
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Does anyone know about how to do simple natural-looking male cosplay makeup? Not crossplay. All I can find is either female cosplay makeup or female-to-male crossplay makeup.

The character doesn't wear any makeup so I just want something to look a little more professional, per se, to dissuade the idea that I just put on a wig and called it a day. Some kind of foundation, maybe? I really have no idea about any of this so excuse my incompetence.

P.D.: I picked a character that has practically the same facial structure as me, so contouring shouldn't be needed(?)
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>>10701434
Have you tried searching basic makeup for men or beginners makeup tutorial for men? You will most likely need more than foundation. Contour isn't just for changing shape but to add depth. It stops your face from looking flat in photos as foundation can be reflective and diminish natural shadows. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hertu02CAIw There is a lot of info out there.
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>>10701201
You can cut up bits of paracord or even actual shoelaces and sew them onto the outside of your shirt to get that effect.
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>>10701546
Will look into it, thanks
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Have any anons made a hoopskirt before? How do you figure out how far apart to place the hoops? I've seen some hoopskirts with really dense hoops (placed close together) and some with hoops that are far apart like pic rel.
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>>10701885
it depends on how heavy the material is. lighter fabric needs less hoops holding it up, so more hoops is better for heavy fabric.
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Does anyone know a good sleevless base pattern for aerith Red dress. I only have a bout a month to make it and a pattern with simplify the process a lot
Like to make it to where to the final fantasy seven symphony .
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Does my list look good enough for my costume? Im thinking of using very thin foam for both the shoulders and knee pads. Then using faux leather as for his brown leather pieces. I'm not very good at tailoring, so Im going to be winging a lot.
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>>10701994
Maybe Burda 6346 could work as a base? It would still need pretty heavy modifications to look anything near Aerith's dress.
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>>10701994
I would suggest starting with a corset-esque pattern like McCall's M7615. View E has the princess seams, pointed sweetheart neckline, and is strapless. You would need to adjust the back, but otherwise it's a good base for the bodice. Once you have a working muslin, you could just extend it to create the bottom skirt (or find a way to sneakily hide the waist seam in the embroidery).
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>>10702137
this isn't even close you hack
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>>10702137
It doesn't have princess seams lmao.
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>>10701994
i don't have a specific one but this is a essentially a salsa dress(losely based on hostess dresses from the time period) try looking at salsa or other latin dancewear patterns.
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>>10702162
Oh? I thought the question was about a base pattern. Can you explain? Perhaps I can learn too.

>>10702164
You're right, my bad. Late night posting.
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>>10702316
well you can't alter the pattern like you think. with it being backless, you can't just do that without adding structure, especially on a strapless dress. plus the hem is asymmetrical, it's complicated to alter from a straight hem and since it has a slit, the drape of the fabric will be odd if it's not done properly.
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>>10702324
Oh, I see. Thank you.
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>>10702327
anon's best bet is like >>10702166 said with latin dancewear. many dresses will have an asymmetrical hemline and similar low back, then all anon will need to do is alter the neckline and add side boning to keep the dress from falling. an invisible strap around the neck like a halter would also help.
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>>10702328
So between the burda 6376 or the simplicity 4744 what would you say is better ?
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>>10702391
Probably the top one. At least those styles are meant to be strapless. The bottom dresses don't have any structure at all and won't be able to easily be converted into a strapless dress unless you know where to add boning by yourself.
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>>10702047
This sounds like a solid plan to me.
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What kind of paint should I use to paint on a zentai suit?
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>>10702784
fabric paint
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Any clue where I might get the dress Shermie is wearing in the new KOF? Everything else seems reasonably easy to get
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>>10704370
Fashionnova or Shein are probably your best bets
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I'm going to try making my first corset but I'm pretty intimidated by the steps and how expensive the materials are. Does anyone have tips for construction? I understand the basics of a fashion, foundation, and lining layer and how to add boning/boning channels. Is there any particular part I need to pay attention to beyond those?
pic not related. I'm just making a plain corset since this is my first time making one.
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>>10704507
Make a bunch of mock ups. Everyone's body is different and due to how form fitting a corset should be it will be very noticeable if it's too long/short/big/small. Buy discount cotton and make like three mock ups, tweaking the pattern each time.

Be very mindful about your boning position, sewing over boning can fuck up your sewing machine so make sure you keep it out of your seam lines.
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>>10704710
This. Also make sure wear and break in the later mock ups(also make one in a similar weight to your final fabric). You’ll want to really test it out for comfort and functionality. Foundations Revealed has a lot of free articles that helped me make my first corsets and I know there’s one in there to draft your own if you can’t find a commercial one that suits your needs.
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>>10704710
>>10704853
Thanks for the advice anons. I have some muslin I plan on using for the mock up's fashion and lining layers and duck canvas for the structure layer. Would those work?
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>>10704912
That should be fine as long as the flexibly and weight is similar enough.
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Is there a baby's first vinyl cutting machine? I'd like to get my feet wet with learning how to use the software and cost of materials before dropping $100+. Also, I just wanna make sure I'll actually use it lol. I've done some perusing, but I can't tell what's a good deal and what's not. I do sew, so I know that some machines that are marketed to look beginner friendly might be actual garbage (like those kid's sewing machines). Any advice would be helpful.
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>>10704935
There's no cheap, budget vinyl cutter. Even the Cricut Joy, which is Cricut's "budget friendly" machine will still run you $130. It's better to see if a local maker space or crafting space has one that you can use, or see if any of your friends have one that they can teach you how to use.
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>>10705180
nta but don't use cricut period. it's for white fb moms.
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>>10705205
True. Cricut Makers are alright but Silhouettes are the superior machines overall. I only brought up Cricut because of the Joy; Silhouette doesn't have anything comparable.
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>>10705180
I see. Thank you for your input! I totally forgot about makerspaces.





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