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Tip Tuesday #89

Want to get noticed? Look for websites and pages that ask for cosplay  submissions and submit your best or favorite work. Tumblr is especially great for this, a lot of blogs will accept submissions. 

((If you know a page that accepts submissions, feel free to reply to this post!)) ?

Tip Tuesday #88

Stand out by doing something different! Choose artbook outfits, include props people tend to skip or work hard to perfect a detail that other cosplayers may not have done well.

Tip Tuesday #87

Create a to-do list to help manage your time and plan out the costume. Use the list to set goals to keep you motivated throughout the process.

Tip Tuesday #86

Do you want to try cosplay but don’t want weird looks? Start with simple costumes that look like normal clothes. Casual outfits of characters are also easy to make and can be put together on a budget. 

Tip Tuesday #85

Don’t forget to pack a reference picture when packing for the con! Reference pictures can be used when getting ready to make sure you’re wearing everything and it’s on properly. They can be used when competing so judges know how accurate you are and to help explain your choices. Then they can be used when packing to go home, to make sure you don’t leave anything behind!

Tip Tuesday #84

Have allergies / sensitivities? When commissioning a costume make sure to the let commissioner know! That way they can let you know if there is a possibility of contamination, especially if you have sensitivities to common laundry products or pets!

If you are a commissioner, make sure to inform your clients if you have pets, live in a smoke-filled environment or use products that may cause people to react. 

Tip Tuesday #83

Working with fabric that has a lot of static cling? Rub the fabric with a dryer sheet to remove the static and make it smell fresh! 

Tip Tuesday #82

Use a soldering iron to cut intricate designs into thermoplastics. Soldering irons can also cut intricate designs into plastic-based (synthetic) fabrics, leaving an edge that won’t fray. You can also add battle damage to EVA foam with a soldering iron. 

Keep in mind that some materials may release gases when burned. Do this in a well ventilated area!

Tip Tuesday #81

Smooth your worbla seams by using an iron. Travel sized irons are especially great for small sized projects. 

Tip Tuesday #80

Use a bit of paint to colour in shadows and accent highlights on your costume. That way you have some control over the appearance of your costume in photos. This can also help you stand out while walking around!

Tip Tuesday #79

Have a masquerade backup plan in case your sound doesn’t work! This can be as simple as a short script for the announcer to read and a few poses to go with it. 

Tip Tuesday #78

Having trouble using your phone touch pad through gloves or a bodysuit? Use conductive thread! A couple stitches that touch your finger (when worn) will allow you to use your touch electronics. 

Tip Tuesday #77

Work with your photographer to get the best photos! That starts with you helping them to understand your character. Know your character’s poses and be able to explain who your character is in just a few sentences. Are you a downtrodden superhero with the ability to cling to walls and make witty comments, or a pop idol princess who loves to party?


 

Tip Tuesday #76

Some costumes are extremely limiting, some are not limiting at all but you want to find out your limits before the convention! Can you sit in the costume? Can you walk? Can you bend over? Can you pee? 

If your costume does limit you, see if there are changes you can make to accommodate wearing it around the convention. For example: pieces of armor can be made removable through straps, veclro or snaps. 

If your costume limits your ability to see, walk or remove the costume make sure you are bringing along a cosplay handler to help you out! 

Tip Tuesday #75

Looking to distress a belt? Give it some wear by rolling it up and unrolling it repeatedly. 






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