kellysue:

Cosplay Help Masterlist

for-the-cosplay:

So basically I had a bunch of tutorials liked/bookmarked and I wanted to consolidate them into one nice place. I hope this is helpful! I will probably make a part two later.

Beginner Help

Cosplay Crash Course - x

A Guide to Conventions - x

Conventions and Your Stomach - x

How to Budget for Cosplay  - x 

How to Start Cosplaying - x

Everything About Sewing

Sewing Tips and Tricks - x

How to Use Fabric Paint - x

Sewing Language - x

Gathering Fabric - x

All About Interfacing - x

Finishing Seams - x

Kimono Sleeves - x

Button Holes - x 

Sailor Collar Tutorial - x

Introduction to Sewing - x

Wigs

Buying Wigs - x

How to Cut Wigs - x

Elsa Wig Tutorial - x

How to Dye a Wig - x

Restoring Your Wig/Washing it - x

Where to Buy Wigs - x x x 

Contacts

All About Circle Lenses - x

How to Open the Stupid Containers - x

Where to Buy Contacts - x x

All the Skirt Tutorials You Could Ever Need

Circle Skirt - x x

Half Circle Skirt - x

Gathered Skirt - x

Tulle Skirt - x

Maxi Skirt - x

Pencil Skirt - x

Ruffley Petticoat/Skirt - x

Pleated Skirt - x

Makeup 

Basic Cosplay Makeup - x x

Coloring Your Eyebrows - x

Make Your Own Lipstick - x

MTF Cosplay

MTF Makeup - x

FTM Cosplay

Make Your Own Binder - x

Affordable Binders - x

FTM Makeup - x

Misc Tutorials

How to Make Invisible Shoes - x

Anna Masterpost - x

How to Make a Sword - x

Two Colored Bow - x

Satyr/Goat Feet - x

Pointy Teeth - x

Super Cleavage - x

Master Sword - x

Fitting Thigh Highs - x

How to Make Things Shiny - x

Armor Pattern Tutorial - x

Asuna Boots Tutorial - x

Lightweight Wings- x 

Asuna Stocking Tutorial - x

Zelda TP Armor - x

Misc Useful Things

Colored Tights - x

InstaMorph - x

How To Bead Dresses - x

Elf Ears - x

Helpful Cosplay Blogs

for-the-cosplay

cosplayguide

cosplayhelp

cosplaying on a budget

vicious cosplay 

youcancosplay

Did I reblog this yet? Worth reblogging.

bettyfelon:

My cosplay/crafting goal for this year is to start working with resin (primarily small projects like gems, horns, cabochons, etc). Do any of you guys have any tips or pointers for a beginner?

Here’s a past tutorial I wrote about it:

http://bellechere.tumblr.com/post/47496180914/this-is-what-you-need-if-you-want-to-make-pretty#notes

mr-eid asked: First off, I have to say I think your cosplay is fantastic; discovered you through your Mad Moxxi, and everything I've seen since has been great! I had a quick question though; in the most recent picture you posted (the maskless Captain Marvel, doing a particularly heroic pose) did you use something to hold your hair in place like that? A couple of characters I've been looking at cosplaying myself have similar hair, and I can't help but be curious. Thanks, and keep up the spectacular cosplay! 8D

Thank you for sticking around! :D My Captain Marvel wig consists of 1 short wig, 1/2 a full wig (fibers about 16” long), some hot glue, and lots of hairspray.

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This is a wig, inside out. See the horizontal pieces? Those are called ‘wefts’, and are essentially the wig fibers doubled over and woven together with thread. The wefts are then sewn onto the vertical pieces of elastic. You can purchase wefts outside of a wig…

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…but I had an extra blonde wig lying around, so for this project I seam-ripped the 16” wefts from the wig’s structural base. About 1/2 a wig’s worth.

With the short-hair wig T-pinned onto a wig head, I parted it straight down the center, from the very front to the very back. I laid out a line/dots of hot glue right down the center and applied the weft. Once I had laid down a few wefts through the entire length of that center part, I made a new part just to the side of the center part, sandwiching the short-hair wig fibers between the wefts (adds more body/appearance of realness), and continued gluing. I continued doing this parting/gluing/wefting for 1” to either side of that center part. 2” thick total.

Keeping the wig on the wig head, I combed the short-hair wig back until it blended with the wefts, hairspraying pretty liberally with a high-hold hairspray along the way. Once that dried, for extra height for the faux hawk I laid the wig head on the floor, brushed the wefts out/away from the wig, and then applied more hairspray. Wait till it’s dry, flip it over, and repeat. Then repeat it again, on each side.

When removing the wig from the wig head, you might find that you’ve hot glued the wig right onto the wig head. Don’t worry about it - just slowly work your fingers between the wig and wig head and pry it off.

And there ya go!

for-the-cosplay:

So basically I had a bunch of tutorials liked/bookmarked and I wanted to consolidate them into one nice place. I hope this is helpful! I will probably make a part two later.

Beginner Help

Cosplay Crash Course - x

A Guide to Conventions - x

Conventions and Your…

This is glorious!

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snekoneko asked: Hi!! You are absolutely gorgeous!! You do incredible work!!! <3 I wad wondering if you could give me any advice on how yo properly apply make up like Ben Nye or Snazaroo? I've tried severely different methods and it ends up uneven or streaked: (

Thank you!! Here you go!

http://bellechere.tumblr.com/post/47122279853/ive-got-another-tutorial-for-yall-today-one-of#notes

If you have any questions after reading that, feel free to ask.

Anonymous asked: Where did you get the tighhigh boots for the catwoman cosplay? They are perfect! The only ones I seem to find have needle-thin anklebreakers for heels or even worse stuff (transparent platform heels, ugh!)

I made them. They’re actually bootcovers made of stretch PVC (the same material as the gloves) that I slip a high heel pump into.

HERE, HAVE A HELPFUL TUTORIAL:

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To avoid a front seam, what I do is put the front of the foot/leg into the fold of the fabric.

Then you can be cheap cost efficient like me and only need one pair of great pumps for every high-heeled character.

I would also recommend making a muslin copy of the outcome of the cutout, so you can have a pattern for the future and won’t need to go through the pinning all over again.

truebluemeandyou:

DIY New Circle Skirt App from By Hand London here. The actual app is here. What I really like about this app is after you plug all your data in the app tells you the fabric length required:

with a note to say whether it will fit on a standard 45″ / 115cm width fabric…App - stage 6cor whether you’d be better off using a 60″ / 150cm width fabric…App - stage 6dor perhaps even just going with a shorter skirt length.App - stage 7

For those of you (like me!) who are also really looking forward to warmer months already and want to get a start on sewing cute skirts!

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ask-kenobi90 asked: I have a small question, though I'm not sure if you would be able to answer, but, do you have any tips on what material to use on some kind of costume that requires metal-like platings, like an armor? Metal itself would probably be out of the question cause price, or sometimes weight, so.

I sure do have an answer.

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The original post is by RuffleButt Cosplay and can be seen here.

I use pretty much the same method, covering things in metallic spandex. I’ve used craft foam and Wonderflex, and instead of rubber cement, I use spray adhesive. Whichever works easier for you! But this is the method I’ve used for both Ivy Valentine gauntlets/armor and Red Sonja’s pauldrons, and people have mistook them for metal before. Lightweight, cheap, and convincing!

moonrannas asked: I have a question! I am currently making a red sonja costume and I was wondering about the fur cloak you have in your picture! How did you make it?

Oh, it was stupid easy. Lemme take a pic for you.

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Please excuse ugly kitchen floor tiling. It was just the fake fur you can buy at JoAnns. Maybe a yard of it. I cut it down the fold, stitched it back together with leather string, and then I hacked away at it. Real animal pelts have sections where their limbs were, and I started to mimic that…and then got carried away. Maybe Sonja isn’t so swell at skinning animals. But it winds up looking pretty dynamic and, to be honest, few people are looking at the cloak.

Hope this helps! Good luck with your costume!

This is what you need if you want to make pretty gems!
OOMO Silicone Rubber: This makes the silicone mold (the blue rubber thing). I used a sulfate-free clay (&lt;- important!), formed the semi-circles to the size I wanted, and built a wall around it using the same clay. Then, following the OOMO instructions, I poured it! An hour later, I&#8217;ve got myself a mold.EpoxAcast 690: Clear epoxy resin! This requires a scale, but was still very user friendly. I used the So-Strong dyes to tint the resin - very potent, one drop at max needed for a small project like this. I got the primary colors so I can mix to my heart&#8217;s content, and those bottles will probably last me the rest of my life, hah! After the resin cured, I used my Dremel (WEAR PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR AND TIE YOUR HAIR BACK, ALWAYS, DO IT) to sand away any major imperfections, then used sandpaper (220, 400, 800) to gradually buff them up. After a coat of clear nail polish (roughly 1/3 bottle used for this project), they will be see through. See that yellow guy out front? That&#8217;s how see-through (yes, that&#8217;s a d10). So in order to give the gems a backing that will encourage them to shine, I put that highly metallic-silver ventilation tape on the back. You can see the tape on the flipped-over, large red gem in the center of the pic. None of the yellow gems have a backing - they will get gold backing rather than silver. This is for Witchblade. Those foam pieces with the large red gems are the knee-pads. Or! If anyone doesn&#8217;t want to mess with this themselves, feel free to shoot me an email (bellechere@hotmail.com) for any gem needs! I can make any color and would be happy to make other sizes.

This is what you need if you want to make pretty gems!


OOMO Silicone Rubber: This makes the silicone mold (the blue rubber thing). I used a sulfate-free clay (<- important!), formed the semi-circles to the size I wanted, and built a wall around it using the same clay. Then, following the OOMO instructions, I poured it! An hour later, I’ve got myself a mold.

EpoxAcast 690: Clear epoxy resin! This requires a scale, but was still very user friendly. I used the So-Strong dyes to tint the resin - very potent, one drop at max needed for a small project like this. I got the primary colors so I can mix to my heart’s content, and those bottles will probably last me the rest of my life, hah!

After the resin cured, I used my Dremel (WEAR PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR AND TIE YOUR HAIR BACK, ALWAYS, DO IT) to sand away any major imperfections, then used sandpaper (220, 400, 800) to gradually buff them up. After a coat of clear nail polish (roughly 1/3 bottle used for this project), they will be see through.

See that yellow guy out front? That’s how see-through (yes, that’s a d10). So in order to give the gems a backing that will encourage them to shine, I put that highly metallic-silver ventilation tape on the back. You can see the tape on the flipped-over, large red gem in the center of the pic. None of the yellow gems have a backing - they will get gold backing rather than silver.

This is for Witchblade. Those foam pieces with the large red gems are the knee-pads.

Or! If anyone doesn’t want to mess with this themselves, feel free to shoot me an email (bellechere@hotmail.com) for any gem needs! I can make any color and would be happy to make other sizes.

I’ve got another tutorial for y’all today! One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is how I do bodypaint that lasts for the duration of a convention, and that doesn’t get all over your costume or on every person you touch.

Here you go! Enjoy! Go be colorful!

I welcome you to ask any further questions you might have, but if you ask a question that’s already covered in the tutorial, I’m just going to give you the link again.

captain-meesh asked: I saw your Spider-Woman costume and I really liked it! I'm dressing up as Spider-Woman this year. What did you do for boots? Did you buy them or do you have an alternative for yellow costume boots? Thanks!

Thank you! For Spider-Woman (and Black Cat and Deadpool) I first made the bodysuit with footies, so for Spider-Woman that was stitching gold-yellow footies right to the red bodysuit. Then I slipped a pair of watershoes into the footies, and with a curved needle, I handstitched the footies right to the watershoes. Finally I trimmed away the excess yellow, revealing the watershoe soles. Tada! Hope this helps!

blackest-night asked: hey, sorry to bother you with another question... what body paint did you use for She Hulk? and did it last all day long of you had to put some again from time to time?

No bother! I think I used a different paint each time I did Shulkie. The best (and most expensive, which is what’s prevented me from using it again) paint was Graftobian airbrush paint, which does require an airbrush set, but it lasted all 8 hours I was at the con with no smudging and only minimal wear.

If you don’t have access to an airbrush, then Mehron cake makeup works just fine, though be sure to use a barrier/setting spray along with it, or it will rub right off. Do a layer of spray on your clean skin, then the makeup, then another layer of spray. Repeat until you’re the shade you want to be, dust with baby power, and you’re good to go!

kclose3 asked: I don't suppose you have any tips on how to make a good Deadpool costume. Yours is fantastic and I'd love to get some ideas on how to make a nice, quality, outfit.

What I did to make my Deadpool was I bought a cheap maroon colored zentai outfit on eBay and I sized it to fit me. Then, while wearing it, with a piece of chalk I drew on the black sections of his outfit. I cut out those sections, and used the cut-outs as patterns for the black lycra. Cut out the black, making sure to add 1/2” around the edges for seam allowance, sew the black in there (I used my serger) and, BAM!, Deadpool. I made my belt buckle out of fimo clay, bought the belt with all the pouches at an army store, and the soles are water shoes sewn in to the feet, though you could just wear black boots too. Hope this helps!