I did a little write up on different wig dyeing methods and I figured the best way to display it is a flow chart.
Use this along with my blog post here for more info, tutorial links, pros/cons, and sample results/notes.
Edit: Added “heat resistance” to make sure no one melts their wig. Be sure to consult the blog for more info.
Hylian Shield Tutorial by Straight Line Association
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Would you rather…
Not knowing where to start on a cosplay OR Not knowing how to do the last part left on your cosplay?
I know I’m not the best person for this but here you go
As requested by my friend here is how I put the bias tape on the tulle.
First things first, this is the bias tape I used and the layer of the petticoat I was going to use it on.
Next I put the tulle in the middle of…
Working With Slippery Fabrics by Little Kids Grow
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Chenilling is a brilliant and simple textiles technique that can be used in a whole range of applications. If you wanted to make a suit jacket more interesting and tactile you could add chenilled panels to the lapel or pockets.
Above: example of advanced chanelling where…
Ever have trouble finding boots in the right color? Tried spray-painting them and ended up with a dry, cracked mess?
A fantastic friend recently advised me to paint leather boots (and any other leather goods) with floral paint. This is a spray paint that is light and flexible enough to use on live flowers. Above are the Poison Ivy boots I painted for a friend, which turned out fantastic.
One thing though: Wear them while you paint them, and maybe stretch your foot around in between coats. I didn’t think of this, and while the paint did not crack at all, it started to split where the boots were stretched from walking. Next time I paint some boots, I’ll let you know if I was able to fix this problem.
The paint I used is called Design Master, and you can find it at Michael’s or Joann Fabrics. In the stores near me, Michael’s had a better selection of colors and a slightly better price, but that may not be true everywhere. This color is “Holiday Green.”
Great alternative to spray rubber and plasti-dip or bootcovers, and cheaper than leather paint! Reminder that Michaels and JoAnns both frequently offer 50% off coupons and will match competitor coupons and offers!!
If you have a light colored base and don’t have the ability to color the boot with a spray (like if you need to draw details) use fabric paint. It takes more coats but it’s made for things you move in like t-shirts and other knit material. I used it for a boot before and have worn them. No flakes. Also this expands your color library as well as types of finishes they provide.
I’ve also used Rustoleum spray paint on pleather for the silver portion of my snk belt system. Wore it twice and no peeling or running. I did seal my spray with Mod Podge as well.
Never use acrylic paint. While it’s fine on canvas I’ve seen it come back chipped from other cosplayers. Do not waste money on Liquitex Acrylic paint, it’s really not made for clothes and at $8 a bottle you might want to reconsider.
- Summer is nearly over but it is never to early to prepare for next year’s costumes. Learn about ways to keep a hot costume cool with this article on Cosplay & the Heat, and learn about the dangerous side effects of hot costumes on hot days with Heat Stroke and Sunburns.
- Dragon Con had a Cosplay Parade, with some neat costumes.
- This corgi is an adorable cosplayer.
- One congoer offers advice for dealing with and preventing cosplay harrassment
- This World of Warcraft wedding brings cosplay, geekery and love together.
- Many cosplayers took part in Project Secret Identity, a project to bring attention to the need for anonymity and privacy online.
- This article takes a look inside the art of cosplay.
- Costume designers from ‘The Americans’ and ‘House of Cards’ discuss their design choices.
Step 6: Prepare to sew with the folded pleats. Make sure the skirt is alined properly. As your needle gets close to the pleat, stop and press the pleat right under the ‘footer’ step. This helps prevent wiggling.
Step 7: If you did make preparations before and added 12” inch, your skirt when fold in half will look like this.
Tip: Be careful about underestimating how much fabric folding takes. I estimate roughly 10”inches off, which throws off your measurements. You will end up with a shorter skirt that can’t fit your hip like Mako shows!
Make sure to read the rest of the tutorial on nendotocrafts's page!
About as concise as I can make it without being obtuse.
a description of the general contruction of my Nui dress from the pattern I made
for kawaiilittle-shit and several others who asked
and as before the DIY pattern cutting tutorial to get the bodice tight to your body is here:
Check out this awesome guide for making Nui’s dress by hl-hja! I didn’t make my dress this way, but it’s a great guide :D
Armor Strapping Tutorial by Blacksheep (posted on Cosplay Blog With A Brain)
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I feel like I’m kind of akward in front of a camera so I’m trying to learn some posing techniques. Elite Cosplay’s video is super helpful if you are someone like me who feels like they only have 1 or 2 “looks” for photos.
Thor-style sleeves— cosplay tutorial
This is for my Asgardian Elsa cosplay (which is why I used ice blue instead of straight silver), but it would work for Thor and probably for a number of other costumes too.
Make a sandwich out of a) metallic spandex b) fabric-backed foam (make sure it has a bit of stretch) and c) a knit lining (optional but more comfortable against your skin than the foam). Glue these layers together with temporary basting adhesive spray (can be found at quilt stores).
Draw your stitching lines on with a sharpie. Since we’re gonna use a sharpie to shade the lines anyway, you don’t have to worry about using erasable pens and all that.
Stitch on the lines and then go over them again with sharpie to add more shading to the sides of the diamonds—you can see the difference here between stitched and re-sharpied, and just stitched.
Then sew all your pattern pieces together! Please note that while this method still has some stretch, it’s a LOT less stretchy than just the spandex on its own (and also it makes a thick fabric) so I’d recommend adding more seam allowance. I … kinda made mine too small and need to redo it, alas.