• Cosplay Props and Accessories – with a life update!

Since about 6 months ago I’ve been starting to deal with the fact that I need to ‘figure out my life’ as it were, which has really put some of my cosplay plans on the back burner. I’ve graduated from college, gained a few more hobbies, I’ve been looking into jobs, moving, ‘growing up’ and starting a ‘career path’ instead of just a job plan. It’s weird, and stressful and cat-friendly apartments in the area I want to live with access to the jobs I want is CRAZY! But, it means I’ve also been putting more serious thought, and actual work into my business.

Working for myself, being an entrepreneur and  making cosplay and clothing is finally becoming a realistic goal. As this goal has solidified, my output is finally on the up-and-up! Hopefully no more long hiatuses from cosplay or commissions, months and months of no posts and pictures, and the old dry “but these old costumes are cool too guys!” that I fell into while I was focusing on college! Right now, since I still need to remind people why they should commission from me, I’ve started down the path of pre-made accessories and jewelry! Anything to get my creative juices geared back up for the big leagues!

So this is just going to be a small post update about my life, and showcase a couple of the things that are in the works around me that are going to lead me back to ballgowns and battle armor!

Advertisements

[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!

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.

fc_formation

Continue reading

[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

Continue reading