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Eyebrow coloring tutorial by hylian-dragonessView the full tutorial here:http://hylian-dragoness.deviantart.com/art/Eyebrow-coloring-tutorial-179884429
Hello, I'm planning on making SNK boots;however, they're really tall. I'm making a boot cover out of pleather and some old boots. Any suggestions?

Suggestions for dealing with how tall it is? Either use a very stretchy fabric  or make sure there is a zipper / closure so you can get your feet in and out ;)

I have a semi long wig and two full hair clips to go with it, but I'm having a heck of a time keeping the two clips to stay securely on the wig without them pulling the whole thing down or just simply falling off if I apply any small amount of tension on them! I can't find a straight answer even though I know it's done all the time. Should I set the clips in and sew them down somehow or what? Thanks in advance!

pulling down the wig issue:
First, make sure your wig fits properly. You can adjust the sizing in the back of the wig by using the clips. If the wig is too loose it will move around easily. 

Are these pigtail clips? Since they are adding weight to the wig it’s going to pull on it. You may have to play with their positions to get it to balance well … which may mean they are a bit closer to the front of the wig than you might like.  

There may still be some tugging after you find a good place, you can further secure the wig to your head by using bobby pins, wig pins, toupee clips, other clips or small combs.

Falling off the wig:
Sounds like they don’t have a very good method of attaching. Depending on how they are made you can try adding a new method of attaching or sew the piece directly to your wig. Jaw clips are commonly used for clip on ponytail / pigtails and may work for you. 

Hi! I'm planning on cosplaying Dead Master from Black Rock Shooter. I was wondering if the dress should be made from stretchy material or not? Thanks!

I would say yes to stretchy material because of how it clings to the body :) 

Last summer I made a Princess Serenity cosplay with chiffon and satin. However due to some construction issues with the skirt part of the dress I didn't install the zipper correctly, and I've had some weight loss in the past year. Is it impossible for me to take the zipper out of the delicate fabric to take it in? My mom says I can't due to the fabric being so delicate, but I'm thinking it shouldn't be too bad since i need to make adjustments to take it in in the first place.

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Hard for me to say because I haven’t worked with chiffon, and rarely with satin. The satin I worked with was fairly thick and I was able to seam rip it, although quite carefully. 

Depending on how much you plan to take it in, it may not matter if you damage the fabric while removing the zipper. If the area ripped is going to be hidden and isn’t going to be under much stress then you can use fray check to prevent fraying. 

If you are super concerned you could take it to a tailor instead and have them remove the zipper and/or install a new one. 

Anyone who has worked with these fabrics, or has a good knowledge of fabrics want to add to this? Fabric is not my forte :P 

Yes it is possible to remove the zipper from the chiffon without damaging it. You would have to work very carefully and use a seam ripper to pick the thread out. 

Even if you take the dress in, in the back where the zipper is located I would still suggest siding with caution. I’ve had to pull seams out of chiffon before and as I said be careful and you’ll get the zipper out.

Thanks for adding your insight! :) 

Last summer I made a Princess Serenity cosplay with chiffon and satin. However due to some construction issues with the skirt part of the dress I didn't install the zipper correctly, and I've had some weight loss in the past year. Is it impossible for me to take the zipper out of the delicate fabric to take it in? My mom says I can't due to the fabric being so delicate, but I'm thinking it shouldn't be too bad since i need to make adjustments to take it in in the first place.

Hard for me to say because I haven’t worked with chiffon, and rarely with satin. The satin I worked with was fairly thick and I was able to seam rip it, although quite carefully. 

Depending on how much you plan to take it in, it may not matter if you damage the fabric while removing the zipper. If the area ripped is going to be hidden and isn’t going to be under much stress then you can use fray check to prevent fraying. 

If you are super concerned you could take it to a tailor instead and have them remove the zipper and/or install a new one. 

Anyone who has worked with these fabrics, or has a good knowledge of fabrics want to add to this? Fabric is not my forte :P 

Hi! I'm wanting as a future cosplay to be Eric Slingby from Kuroshitsuji musical II. The only bad thing is I have only found one wig for him & it was a commission for $400. I don't have that kind of money & no way would I pay that much for a wig. He's got blond hair, but on one side he has cornrows & it shows brown hair under the blond. I have long hair but have no desire to cut it, thus I need wig help. Thanks in advance.

That will be an interesting project! You’re either going to have to make a wig from scratch or heavily alter one. Which is probably why a commission is $400, there is a lot of work involved!

These are some tutorials that might help you understand how to approach the project: 

http://kivacosplay.com/tutorials/Shaniawigtutorial.php
http://twinzik.tumblr.com/post/45317960899/hee-hees-iron-wig-entry-for-round-2-arda-wigs

Goodluck! 

I need to make some cavalier gloves and boot covers for a costume (specifically 616 scale mail Captain America). Do you know where I can find some patterns or tutorials?

There are some glove tutorials here:
http://cosplaytutorial.com/list.php#sewinggloves

And some boot cover tutorials here:
http://cosplaytutorial.com/list.php#bootscovers

You’ll have to make some alterations so they work for your specific costume but these should help with your project. Goodluck!

Ciel Phantomhive Boot Tutorial by animeobsession02
View the full tutorial here:http://animeobsession02.deviantart.com/art/Ciel-Phantomhive-Boot-Tutorial-214509212 
hey cosplaytutorial, I am making an Erebor Dwarf armour ("Hobbit" opening) and I wonder if you have any small tips about making the scale plate skirt. The plates don't overlap, so I was thinking maybe thin metal plates with holes, sewed on a normal skirt? Or maybe Worbla plates with little magnets inside? WHat do you think?

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I wouldn’t do magnets because that sounds like they’ll be falling off. Even if a couple get knocked off. and you don’t notice, your costume will look weird.

Though the idea of attaching the pieces (whether metal or worbla) to fabric should work. Sewing is a secure method and I recommend it, but this is a similar piece that was constructed with super glue (link goes over the process). I also found this tut for making the pieces

If you did want the overlap you could make them like scale maille and attach them with rings. Like this tutorial covers or this one.

Goodluck!

Hello! It’s me again, the one who commented on the ears post from a few days ago. It seems I find myself with helpful information from a personal experience once again. The gluing armor pieces to a pre-constructed garment is a wonderful idea but you have to be very careful! Check what type of fabric you are using before you go about it because super glue and cotton are bad news when you put them together. 

I was repairing a friend’s sock garter in our hotel room one night of a con and since it was such a small thing, I didn’t want to risk using hot glue because it might make it look awkward or be uncomfortable for her to wear so I used my super glue. I held the pieces together and very quickly they got very hot to the point where I almost couldn’t hold them. When I got home I looked up what can happen when you super glue cotton and we were pretty lucky that all it did was get hot so please exercise caution if you choose to go that route. Either find an alternative glue or make sure your garment is not cotton.

You always add great information, thanks again :)  

Super glue + cotton can even cause a small fire. Freaky!

Also adding:
Though most super glue formulas only work on non-porous materials (such as plastic) so it’s better to not use super glue on fabric at all. Thistothat can suggest glues that will work on both your materials! 

is there a way to minimize itching when wearing a wig? <__> i have an itchy scalp OTL ;;

I think a huge part of it is that with the wig on you can’t scratch your head easily, so normal itches get a lot more annoying because you’re aware of them :P 

Here are some suggestions for cutting down on the itchyness:

  • Wear a wig cap to keep the wig from rubbing against your scalp. There are also thicker cotton caps that can be used. 
  • Wetting your hair before putting on the wig
  • Braiding long hair so that it isn’t moving around and poking you
  • Washing the wig, and making sure the shampoo rinses out fully.
  • Checking to make sure the is isn’t too large for your head. If it moves around it may rub against your head. Use the straps in the back of the wig to adjust sizing. 
  • Choosing higher quality wigs.

If you generally have an itchy scalp there may also be skin issues. There are shampoos that help with that or home made mixtures that may work ,such as olive oil or lemon juice.  

Shoe Painting Tutorial by CosplayCousinsView the full tutorial here:http://cosplaycousins.deviantart.com/art/Shoe-Painting-Tutorial-211372038
Do you have any ideas on how to make the ears and tails for both male and female meowstic? D:

There are various ear tutorials here:
http://cosplaytutorial.com/list.php#earsears

And some tail tutorials here:
http://cosplaytutorial.com/list.php#furtails

Goodluck!

hey cosplaytutorial, I am making an Erebor Dwarf armour ("Hobbit" opening) and I wonder if you have any small tips about making the scale plate skirt. The plates don't overlap, so I was thinking maybe thin metal plates with holes, sewed on a normal skirt? Or maybe Worbla plates with little magnets inside? WHat do you think?



I wouldn’t do magnets because that sounds like they’ll be falling off. Even if a couple get knocked off. and you don’t notice, your costume will look weird.

Though the idea of attaching the pieces (whether metal or worbla) to fabric should work. Sewing is a secure method and I recommend it, but this is a similar piece that was constructed with super glue (link goes over the process). I also found this tut for making the pieces

If you did want the overlap you could make them like scale maille and attach them with rings. Like this tutorial covers or this one.

Goodluck!

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Hey guys! So on Facebook, I have a lot of friends that I’ve met on Tumblr and I typically get Sailor Moon/Anime related news over on those parts. So when my friend Raechel posted this article written by a young lady name Chaka, I had to read it. 

Do you guys remember this picture? 

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Well apparently, Chaka’s simple and elegant cosplay of Sailor Venus was the topic of much racial tension over the past year. The comments that were circulating around all social media outlets were DISGUSTING and I remember them clearly. 

So please read this article if you enjoy cosplay or are interested in cosplay because this girl is amazing and I want people to cosplay no matter what ethnicity they are. 

http://www.xojane.com/issues/mad-back-cosplayer-chaka-cumberbatch

Really disheartening to read this article, but I suggest everyone check it out to see what’s a part of the community / extended community of commentators.

Reading this sometimes makes me scared about cosplaying and good for her for not letting it stop her from doing what she loves. That takes guts. She did a wonderful job with her cosplay. Looks amazing.

I know I don’t look like typical characters-I am short and a bit overweight due to some medical conditions (thyroid among others), I have really dark hair and eyes, etc…. While I can wear wigs, use binders, etc…contacts are out of the question due to extreme sensitivity. I know I am not seen as the typical 'standard' of beauty. 

But I cosplay what I want/who I want. That’s the way it should be. You may not have control of somethings, but that shouldn’t stop you from showing your love for characters.  

People can be terrible at times and sadly, I been saying that too often these days. 

I think everyone gets a little scared or nervous before wearing a costume. My fear is that I get decked out and travel all the way to the con area but then it’s not con weekend and I look really weird being the only person wandering around in full costume >_<! I don’t think I would really be embarrassed or anything, but I always feel paranoid until I see other cosplayers. 

As for haters, here is the way I see it: there are jerks who will make fun of you no matter what you wear and no matter what you look like, so you might as well wear what makes you feel awesome!  :) 

(And even though the jerks tend to be the loudest, there are tons of people who give out compliments and positivity. There is a balance, even if we don’t always see and hear it)