[Article] Seaming, Finishing, Lining – An Overview

After you’ve made your first couple of cosplays, and you’ve gotten the hang of the starting process, designing, and sewing basic garments, it’s time to think about finishing. Some cosplayers choose not to fully finish costumes because “You won’t see it” or “It doesn’t matter how the seams are on the inside”. Sometimes you need to save your time for getting the costume done in time. I used to leave raw edges, do costumes out of single layers, and only use the iron for wrinkles, but the more I cosplay, the more I value good construction. Nothing sucks more than your best cosplay falling apart after wearing it once, but if you practice good construction techniques from start to finish, you won’t have to worry about that!

Using some examples from the cosplay I’m currently working on, I’m going to do my best to explain how to sew clean, well constructed, and sturdy costume seams and edges!

Not a perfect picture, but the result of being as meticulous as possible about pressing, seaming and finishing!

Not a perfect picture, but the result of being as meticulous as possible about pressing, seaming and finishing!

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• Cosplay update – Elsa from Frozen Update #1

So I’d announced this new cosplay in December, and I wanted to let everyone know that I’m actually making progress! I’ve posted a few shots to Twitter and Facebook, but I wanted to finally reveal my patterning and testing phases here. Elsa - Frozen Continue reading

[Article] Costume Design and Prep

Every cosplayer has their own process when it comes to the initial phases of a costume; some choose to obsessively collect source pictures, some hunt down patterns and look up textiles as step one, and some start by calling up all their friends and seeing who can help them. The method you use when you’re confronted by a large project is totally flexible; whatever works for you is the right way. I’m going to talk about my personal steps from first wanting to cosplay, to finally starting to work.


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• Cosplay update – Let’s get down to Business!

Hey guys! I know I haven’t posted in a while, and that’s because I’ve been taking a hiatus from cosplay while I got my life sorted out. Finally I know what I’m doing with my education, I’m getting awesome work experience, and I was just asked to be an assistant costume designer for a theater production. Life is good, and that means my hiatus is over, and it’s time to bust out some more cosplay!
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• Future Cosplay Plans

Alright, so I’ve been planning a lot of articles to go up in the Articles Tab, and I’ve been using a lot of my future cosplay plans to help decide what I want to write about. I don’t want to publish articles until I get some good detailed pictures of the processes I’ll be writing about, so I want to wait until these Future Cosplays become Current Cosplays before the posts go live. Instead of posting some half-finished articles, I wanted to help organize my future cosplay plans both for myself, and for people to give me feedback on what I should do, and write about, soonest. Here is a list of the next 7 (SEVEN, Count ’em!) cosplays I hope to do! Img from Google

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[Article] Cosplay Makeup Do’s and Don’ts

Cosplay makeup; Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Doing makeup for cosplay is an entirely different realm of art than your every day makeup, it needs to look good both from far away and close up, flatter your own features, be accurate to your character and look good both to the eye and to the camera. Cosplay makeup is easy to under and over do, and it’s easy to just fall into a single look for every character.

SML Eyes #1

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• Deus Ex Gender-Bend Jensen and Malik – Planning Stages

I got Deus Ex: Human Revolution for my birthday this last May, and after playing through it, I got really into the fashion of the game. I love the idea of making Jensen’s coat, but tailored to my body, which lead to the idea of doing a  Jensen cosplay. At first I wanted to make an Adam Jensen costume for my boyfriend to wear, but after a lot of discussion, my boyfriend (who doesn’t cosplay), let on that he’d be more into doing a Male Malik costume, and that I could make a Jensen outfit for myself. The costume is still in it’s planning stages, and I’m collecting the materials to start work, but I’m going to post some of the cool source pictures I found, and lay out my general plans for how these two costumes will go down! Continue reading