Cosplay is an art form

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seakittens-cosplay:

I got a few asks asking about the sailor collars I’ve made (Ibuki especially) and how I make them because they sit pretty well. This is the pattern I use and this is why it sits snug on the shoulders flat without a seam. If you make the pattern branch out the side, when you sew it onto the shirt it gets pulled in around the shoulders and sits flat all the way around. Also always sew your bias onto the shell before you sew your lining to it, it makes life easier (I never do this oops) As for the sewing: - cut out 1 x lining, 1 x shell - Pin on bias to shell and sew it on - Iron on fusing/interfacing if your fabric is flimsy (I’d reccommend something like Cotton Drill though) - Overlock your shell and lining, not together, seperately. - Place right sides facing each other and sew across the outside, not the inner part that gets attached to the shirt - Flip the fabric out the right way - lastly, pin your collar to your shirt across the neck hole. You want to fold the overlocked edges in for a proper finish.  - Sew the collar on Sorry about no images but I don’t have scrap fabric to demonstrate. Hope it helps!

seakittens-cosplay:

I got a few asks asking about the sailor collars I’ve made (Ibuki especially) and how I make them because they sit pretty well. This is the pattern I use and this is why it sits snug on the shoulders flat without a seam. If you make the pattern branch out the side, when you sew it onto the shirt it gets pulled in around the shoulders and sits flat all the way around. Also always sew your bias onto the shell before you sew your lining to it, it makes life easier (I never do this oops)
As for the sewing:
- cut out 1 x lining, 1 x shell
- Pin on bias to shell and sew it on
- Iron on fusing/interfacing if your fabric is flimsy (I’d reccommend something like Cotton Drill though)
- Overlock your shell and lining, not together, seperately.
- Place right sides facing each other and sew across the outside, not the inner part that gets attached to the shirt
- Flip the fabric out the right way
- lastly, pin your collar to your shirt across the neck hole. You want to fold the overlocked edges in for a proper finish.
- Sew the collar on
Sorry about no images but I don’t have scrap fabric to demonstrate. Hope it helps!

7 months ago on September 2nd, 2013 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #tutorial 

Attack on Titan cosplay resource post

thejotaku:

List of tutorials, supplies, and useful information for building an SnK cosplay.  Mostly in relevance to making the 3DMG, but also includes useful things for prop-making in general

Made this list for myself to have easy access to while out shopping; but posted ‘cause maybe it’ll be helpful to others.

Also I’ll probably end up reblogging and/or editing this post from time to time as I find stuff to add to it.

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9 months ago on July 23rd, 2013 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #cosplay tutorial #cosplay resource #attack on titan 

vitalida:

another cosplay of Levi I found.. by x

OvO anime eyes in real life

9 months ago on July 23rd, 2013 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #cosplay #attack on titan 

Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

thel-ichihara:

For people like me who want to fool their friends into thinking they’re good at painting things.

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9 months ago on July 21st, 2013 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #cosplay tutorial 
createdxbeauty:

Haha, cool~! And now I haven’t any problem with cosplay 8D

createdxbeauty:

Haha, cool~! And now I haven’t any problem with cosplay 8D

9 months ago on July 21st, 2013 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #cosplay tutorial #crossplay 

Ways to Avoid Cosplay Commission Scams

vicious-cosplay:

I have now seen/listened to 3-4 people in the last two weeks on being scammed by terrible commissioners or clients. With the growth of cosplay there is a rise of scam commissioners waiting for unknowing suspects to get your money. 

This list of ways for how to be safe while getting cosplay commissions can be used by potential cosplay clients, but can be good help for commissioners as well. Although I’m not a big commissioner myself I do web design freelance on the side and have learned that the same tricks can apply to cosplay commissions.

Abuse google: find out more about your seller
One of the nice things about the cosplay community is that we really communicate with each other, a lot. If someone gets burned by someone (be it client or seller) then its going to be posted somewhere with issues. Always google the name or online name of the person you’re interested in with ‘cosplay commission’ added in there to find positive or negative reviews.

Establish a contract
Contracts between the two parties establish the pricing, work to be accomplished, and the timeline it is to be done in. By having this both client and seller have a full knowledge what to expect in the process.

Commissioner should have an estimate at this point for cost of materials and hours that will be needed in order to accomplish this. The combination of these become the original quote.

Pay up front
It is proper to pay for work to be done instead of the final product for a commission. The reason for this practice is that more often than not, a product is sent and less or no money is given for the work. However, a client should not be expected to send the total quote up front for the product. This is the following methods I use:

  • Send a down payment for the materials needed. Wait for proof that they have been bought.
  • Pay for the first 1/3 of the hours and establish a date that hours are to be reached or that proof of work must be sent. Seller works the hours paid for- no more and no less.
  • Pay for the second and third 1/3’s of the payment in the same manner
  • If the amount of time needed for the quote is shorter, the rest of the payments are not needed. If it goes over, then another payment should be sent for the final hours required by seller.

Advantages and disadvantages Paypal

  • 45 Day Buyer Protection
  • Quick and easy to work with world wide
  • The Buyer/Seller protection cases can go either way. Sometimes it’s very iffy
  • Anything over $100 tends to be taxed by Paypal. The seller may boost their price to cover this so beware

Establish dates and demand proof of work
Making a timeline between client and seller is the best way to ensure that work is completed efficiently. Once the seller has established a final date that it could be done by, timeline markers should be made for when hours are expected to be completed and the next payment should be in. It should also be established that proof of work is important and that before each due date photographs of WIPs should be sent to the client to ensure that the process is running smoothly. 

If you are also using paypal, be sure that the first hour date falls within the 45 days that the payment goes through. This ensures that if you do face an issue with a seller that a ticket can be opened up to get a refund if the seller refuses.

However, do not open a ticket against a seller that has purchased materials and completed some work. They have earned that money by that point and it is unfair and unjust to pull the money from them even if you decide to break the contract.

If problems arise they should be noted immediately and not around due date
A big issue that comes up time and time again is that when the due date comes forward, the seller states ‘oh well I was sick these weeks so it dragged me behind.’

Be sure that in your contract and your date decisions that it is said that the seller is responsible for informing the client if any RL issues come up immediately. Delay excuses for RL issues should never be a reason for missed proof of work on the date in question. 

Your iffiness is justified. Get out now.
If you ever have a moment with a seller that you feel unsure about them due to a missed date or lack of proof, your feelings are completely justified. Being nice and lenient will not ensure that the work gets done.

Do not send other payments to the seller the moment you decide to cut the contract. Inform them that you are going to be seeking the work elsewhere and have them mail you the materials purchased and the work done and cut all ties with the seller. This way you at least have some of the work and something to start with in case you find another seller.

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If you have anything else you’d like to add to this PLEASE feel free to in a reblog and I will edit my OP!

9 months ago on July 21st, 2013 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #cosplay commissions #cosplay tutorial 

Boy Hips: Crossplay Tutorial ⇢

gay-uncle:

Disclaimer: This is for female-to-male transformations OR for anyone that wants to look extra manly image


Materials you will need:
- fabric scissors
- hot glue OR a sewing machine (you can attach them with thread or glue, both will work equally well)
- Approximately 1/2 yd cotton batting (the…

9 months ago on July 21st, 2013 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #cosplay tutorial #crossplay 

SnK/Attack on Titan 3D Maneuver Gear Master Post

learning-to-sew:

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Hi Mayu! :D

This is one of the hottest cosplay trends right now so there are SO many tutorials and things to help out! 

So here’s Mikasa: 

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(I really like how there are belts and straps already so the 3DMG has places to attach n_n)

REFERENCES: 

HERE is a GREAT resource by Japanese artist 緋羽. It shows all parts of the gear from many different angles to get your mind wrapped around them! (Oh take some more reference images too: ONE TWO )

FULL/PARTIAL TUTORIALS:

AMAZING Tutorial by Japanese Cosplayer Reika (Translated into English :) ) 

Partial tutorials by Lawliet Cosplay

Full Tutorial (Semi-Advanced) by Junkers Cosplay

Blade Tutorial by CosplayRuinedMyLife

Hardcore Working 3DMG

 Vorpal Props  (Part 2) 

OTHER PEOPLE WHO MADE/ARE MAKING 3DMG AND ARE AWESOME TO LOOK AT/HAVE BEEN POSTING TIPS**: 

**In other words, people more qualified than me to answer specific questions. :)


ProjectCosplay

Minomotu

Kimba

Kris

DallasPierce

Starflight Valkyries

If anyone else has other links that I should add here, please send them my way! 

Good Luck on your cosplay!!!! 


And lastly some inspiration by O-Z3:

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9 months ago on July 21st, 2013 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #cosplay tutorial #attack on titan #shingeki no kyojin #costumes i want to do 

kirono:

Awww heheh thank you!! I dont have a ruler with me so I dont know the size! My pockets are really tiny and u probably want them bigger so u can carry things around at cons! I usually eyeball stuff like this and see if it looks right! If youre unsure with the size and matching both parts up you can always cut them out of a piece of paper and see!! 

EDIT: I FORGOT TO SAY THAT you have to cut two of the pocket flap, sew it then turn it inside out so its all nice and clean looking on both sides yeah

9 months ago on July 21st, 2013 |J |VIA -SOURCE
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Making a ruffly [cupcake shaped] petticoat + skirt

typette:

violentvoices:

sburbs:

doxiequeen1:

Circle skirt tutorialRuffle/Gathering Tutorial & Info

^important stuff

[almost] finished project! image

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Oh my GOD

it’s… like an illustration :O

9 months ago on July 21st, 2013 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #cosplay tutorial