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Understanding Lining Fabric by Sunni

View the full tutorial here: http://www.afashionablestitch.com/2013/sewing/understanding-lining-fabric-resources/

Understanding Lining Fabric by Sunni

View the full tutorial here: http://www.afashionablestitch.com/2013/sewing/understanding-lining-fabric-resources/

Panty & Stocking Heart Tutorial by aluminumbunnyView the full tutorial here:http://aluminumbunny.deviantart.com/art/PSWG-heart-tutorial-195941140

Panty & Stocking Heart Tutorial by aluminumbunny

View the full tutorial here:
http://aluminumbunny.deviantart.com/art/PSWG-heart-tutorial-195941140

Costume-Con 32 is looking for panelists for these panels! Want to talk about your passion and share your knowledge? Then consider joining! :) 

We need panelists!
The following panels & workshops are in danger of being cancelled if we can’t get more people. Pleaselet us knowASAP if you’d like to participate in any of these panels!
- Knitting- Jewelry for Costumes- Crossplay for Women- Millinery Basics- Sewing Machines- Fiber Arts Basics- Cool Costume Animes- Designing Fabric- Judging Ethics- Intro to Tailoring- Crochet basics

They’re also looking for volunteers:

We need volunteers!  If you’re interested in helping out, please contact us ASAPwith your availability.
We particularly need setup assistance on Thursday, as well as Stage Ninjas and Den Parents.Stage ninjas help out backstage by guiding contestants to the right spot, making sure contestants are in the right order and ready to go onstage, assisting contestants on and offstage, and providing minor setup assistance.Den Parents assist a group of contestants in the greenroom (backstage waiting area) by making sure everyone is ready to go when it’s their turn, assisting with costume malfunctions, and fetching water/snacks.Please note that you must be at least 16 years old to volunteer. Thank you!

Costume-Con 32 is looking for panelists for these panels! Want to talk about your passion and share your knowledge? Then consider joining! :) 

We need panelists!

The following panels & workshops are in danger of being cancelled if we can’t get more people. Pleaselet us knowASAP if you’d like to participate in any of these panels!

- Knitting
- Jewelry for Costumes
- Crossplay for Women
- Millinery Basics
- Sewing Machines
- Fiber Arts Basics
- Cool Costume Animes
- Designing Fabric
- Judging Ethics
- Intro to Tailoring
- Crochet basics

They’re also looking for volunteers:

We need volunteers!  If you’re interested in helping out, please contact us ASAPwith your availability.


We particularly need setup assistance on Thursday, as well as Stage Ninjas and Den Parents.

Stage ninjas help out backstage by guiding contestants to the right spot, making sure contestants are in the right order and ready to go onstage, assisting contestants on and offstage, and providing minor setup assistance.

Den Parents assist a group of contestants in the greenroom (backstage waiting area) by making sure everyone is ready to go when it’s their turn, assisting with costume malfunctions, and fetching water/snacks.

Please note that you must be at least 16 years old to volunteer. Thank you!

Featured Cosplayer: Kurai Of Anagura as Queen Nehelenia from Sailor Moon
Photo By: xx-lil-xx
We talked with Kurai about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:Okay I have to start with this quote from the image on deviantart: ” I worked 7 wigs to one wig that you see now.” Wow that is a lot of wigs! What did you use all seven wigs for, and was it heavy? Kurai:I used 5 150cm wigs and 2 75cm wigs. I sewed the second and part third wig into the first basis wig, with the 4th and the leftover of the third I enlonged the whole wig. I glued strand after strand together with clear silicone to achieve the typical Sailor Moon length The 5th wig became the pigtails.One of the shorter wigs was used for the Odangos and with the last wig I sewed the parting on top of the wig.All in all it was very hairy and the wig weighs around 1,5kg :)
CosplayTutorial:You mentioned that you worked with *LilyMilkshake and ~Naousuke to make this costume, do you prefer to collaborate or work on your own?Kurai:I actually like to work alone with people xD I just love it to have people around me while working (mostly on the phone), but nobody’s allowed to meddle with my work unless I ask for their opinion.Nothing’s more fun than partner or group cosplays! You’re never alone when you meet problems or difficulties and wearing the cosplay is just ten times more fun than alone :) Especially with my partners here it was really great. Whenever I felt down they cheered me up and also vice versa.
CosplayTutorial:Do you have any rituals, superstitions or traditions for cosplay or conventions? Kurai:I always need a decent amount of background noises. Most of the times I play cartoons or sitcomes in the background (like Avatar the Last Airbender, Scrubs, Young Justice) or talk to people on the phone. I also tend to talk to my sewing machine, my glue gun or my scissors. I have the feeling that without a mutual understanding between me and my tools no cosplay can be done! And we all know the frustration if your sewing machine won’t do what you want it to do!
CosplayTutorial:You represented Germany at the European Cosplay Gathering last year, that’s really impressive! How did you prepare for the finals? Do you have any tips for cosplayers looking to compete in masquerades or other contests? Kurai:We represented Germany in the Finals 2013, so I can talk from experience.I made myself a very strict schedule. Every evening after work I would at least work for 2 hours on my finals cosplay and on wednesday the whole evening. My tips would be: make a plan. And follow this plan. Make a list of things you want to do today, writing it done works magic. Take all the good vibes from your friends you can get, the support of them and you cosplay partners it what can drive you through the hardest of trials. Train your skit until you’re 100% sure you can do it on stage.And most important of all: start early xD

Love this cosplay? Let the cosplayer know! Follow her facebook page or deviantart and leave some comments!

Featured Cosplayer
Kurai Of Anagura as Queen Nehelenia from Sailor Moon

Photo By: xx-lil-xx

We talked with Kurai about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:
Okay I have to start with this quote from the image on deviantart: ” I worked 7 wigs to one wig that you see now.” Wow that is a lot of wigs! What did you use all seven wigs for, and was it heavy? 

Kurai:
I used 5 150cm wigs and 2 75cm wigs. I sewed the second and part third wig into the first basis wig, with the 4th and the leftover of the third I enlonged the whole wig. I glued strand after strand together with clear silicone to achieve the typical Sailor Moon length 

The 5th wig became the pigtails.
One of the shorter wigs was used for the Odangos and with the last wig I sewed the parting on top of the wig.
All in all it was very hairy and the wig weighs around 1,5kg :)

CosplayTutorial:
You mentioned that you worked with *LilyMilkshake and ~Naousuke to make this costume, do you prefer to collaborate or work on your own?

Kurai:
I actually like to work alone with people xD I just love it to have people around me while working (mostly on the phone), but nobody’s allowed to meddle with my work unless I ask for their opinion.

Nothing’s more fun than partner or group cosplays! You’re never alone when you meet problems or difficulties and wearing the cosplay is just ten times more fun than alone :) 

Especially with my partners here it was really great. Whenever I felt down they cheered me up and also vice versa.

CosplayTutorial:
Do you have any rituals, superstitions or traditions for cosplay or conventions? 

Kurai:
I always need a decent amount of background noises. Most of the times I play cartoons or sitcomes in the background (like Avatar the Last Airbender, Scrubs, Young Justice) or talk to people on the phone. I also tend to talk to my sewing machine, my glue gun or my scissors. I have the feeling that without a mutual understanding between me and my tools no cosplay can be done! And we all know the frustration if your sewing machine won’t do what you want it to do!

CosplayTutorial:
You represented Germany at the European Cosplay Gathering last year, that’s really impressive! How did you prepare for the finals? Do you have any tips for cosplayers looking to compete in masquerades or other contests? 

Kurai:
We represented Germany in the Finals 2013, so I can talk from experience.

I made myself a very strict schedule. Every evening after work I would at least work for 2 hours on my finals cosplay and on wednesday the whole evening. 

My tips would be: make a plan. And follow this plan. Make a list of things you want to do today, writing it done works magic. Take all the good vibes from your friends you can get, the support of them and you cosplay partners it what can drive you through the hardest of trials. Train your skit until you’re 100% sure you can do it on stage.
And most important of all: start early xD

Love this cosplay? Let the cosplayer know! Follow her facebook page or deviantart and leave some comments!

Grief Seed Tutorial by TheAnnaView the full tutorial here:http://theanna.deviantart.com/art/Grief-Seed-Tutorial-214518564

Grief Seed Tutorial by TheAnna

View the full tutorial here:
http://theanna.deviantart.com/art/Grief-Seed-Tutorial-214518564

Small Wolf Ears by InsaneMonkey46View the full tutorial here:http://insanemonkey46.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-Small-Wolf-Ears-205203048

betenoiresmash:

How to suddenly become Sub-Zero of Mortal Kombat…

Taking closet cosplay to a new level :P

Cosplay is having a passion for something so much that you want to immerse yourself into that world,
a quote from Faith D’Isa  in this article about cosplay.

I think that’s a pretty accurate description of the hobby :) 
Cat / Inuyasha tutorial Ears by Glory-chanView the full tutorial here:http://glory-chan.deviantart.com/art/Cat-Inuyasha-tutorial-Ears-287102881

Cat / Inuyasha tutorial Ears by Glory-chan

View the full tutorial here:
http://glory-chan.deviantart.com/art/Cat-Inuyasha-tutorial-Ears-287102881

Thorin fans and dwarf cosplayers might enjoy this quote from an interview with Richard Armitage :)

GD: Talking of ownership of the role – what do you think about the fans who do such amazing cosplay, where they dress up as the characters? I know one lady who does an absolutely brilliant Thorin; I wondered what you think when you see these folks with incredible costumes on which they have lavished hours of work, and they come out as dead ringers for the characters.

RA: I know! And a lot of them are women – and they’re growing their own beards and everything! It’s kind of amazing that they can do that… [laughs] No, I’ve seen a few bearded ladies… I think it’s brilliant. I’m always immensely impressed at the workmanship, and the way that they’ve looked at the costumes and copied them – I think it’s pretty amazing. And I’m sure it’s one of the reasons why the costume design is so detailed – because they know that people will look at it in that kind of detail, and study it.

Fairy Make-Up Tutorial by JackyChipView the full tutorial here:http://jackychip.deviantart.com/art/Fairy-Make-Up-Tutorial-Cosplay-Costumery-384634220
Ontario cosplayers might enjoy this! It’s a chance to wear a costume and do some good for the community.Northern Panic: Cosplay City Clean Up!A Cosplay City Clean Up Competition!Hosted By Northern Panic Date: Sunday May 4th 2014Time: 11:00am - 3:00pmLondon and Toronto are going to face off in their first annual Cosplay Clean Up! The mission is to see who can clean their Canadian city the best, while in costume! Teams will be headed up by Don’t Panic Cosplay in London, Ontario and by Northern Belle in Toronto, Ontario. Both teams will take before/after photos of their parks and a photo of all the trash collected and a ‘winner’ decided.

Ontario cosplayers might enjoy this! It’s a chance to wear a costume and do some good for the community.

Northern Panic: Cosplay City Clean Up!
A Cosplay City Clean Up Competition!
Hosted By Northern Panic 
Date: Sunday May 4th 2014
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm

London and Toronto are going to face off in their first annual Cosplay Clean Up! The mission is to see who can clean their Canadian city the best, while in costume! Teams will be headed up by Don’t Panic Cosplay in London, Ontario and by Northern Belle in Toronto, Ontario. Both teams will take before/after photos of their parks and a photo of all the trash collected and a ‘winner’ decided.

Winged Eyeshadow Tutorial by Hed-yView the full tutorial here:http://hed-y.deviantart.com/art/Winged-Eyeshadow-Tutorial-199221215

Winged Eyeshadow Tutorial by Hed-y

View the full tutorial here:
http://hed-y.deviantart.com/art/Winged-Eyeshadow-Tutorial-199221215

Don’t be afraid to ask other cosplayers for advice! Someone who has already made the costume can tell you what to avoid and what worked which saves you time, stress and money. I always suggest including other cosplayers when gathering references so you can see what they did that you like, but you can also keep them in mind when you get stuck. Most cosplayers will be happy to share their secrets if you ask nicely :)

Don’t be afraid to ask other cosplayers for advice! 

Someone who has already made the costume can tell you what to avoid and what worked which saves you time, stress and money. I always suggest including other cosplayers when gathering references so you can see what they did that you like, but you can also keep them in mind when you get stuck. Most cosplayers will be happy to share their secrets if you ask nicely :)


Covering Eyebrows by AnimosityCosplayView the full tutorial here:http://animositycosplay.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-Covering-Eyebrows-194168391