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For busty and/or modest girls (I am both): If you don’t want your bra showing you can stop by La Senza or a women’s underwear store and buy clear straps, they’re higher quality than say the dollar store and hella durable. You can attach them to your bra or cosplay. I did this for Ahri’s tube top when I was 15, can’t see strap in photos and hard to see in person.

Great tip!

Hello!! I’m working on making The Ashbringer. I have a cardboard/PVC skeleton made, but I’m wondering how to attach and when I should go about the pendant that’s floating on the blade. I’m planning on using expanding foam and properly shaping the blade.

Looking at references, it seems there are a lot of different versions of that sword and the floaty-disk looks different in all of them. So I think what works well will depend on the version! The skull and rock shapes could also be made with foam, the light up disk could be made with a translucent plastic and diffused lights and the golden disk could be made with layered plastic or foam sheets. 

To get that floating effect you could use a clear sheet of plastic and mount the pendant on that plastic, you could use a thin wire that runs through the pendant and the blade, you could use fishing line pulled taught or you could alter the design so that support-bars are included. 

Hope this gives you some inspiration,
Duckie / Admin

Yooooo Just want to say thanks. Been following you for as long as I can remember (probs around 2 or 3 years??? First con was in the very beginning of 15) and now I’m selling cosplay masks, accessories, and being commissioned for my work thanks to the advice from this blog!

That is amazing! I am glad you found our posts helpful and I hope you have continued success with your business! Messages like this mean a lot to me, and makes it worth the time and effort that goes into running the site and the blog <3 

Duckie / Admin

Hi there! I’m looking at making a cosplay based on the Thirteenth doctor from Doctor Who. I have a similar shirt with the rainbow stripe but it is grey instead of navy. Any tips for dying it? It is cotton/polyester.

So two things that I see being challenging. If your shirt is polyester you’ll likely need to use a polyester dye (like i-dye poly) to get the dye to take but you also need a natural-fiber dye to dye the cotton part. 

The second challenge is dying the shirt without dying the rainbow bits. This may be accomplished through applying a resist to the rainbow parts and dip-dying to keep the rainbow parts out of the dye bath. 

However dying, even with a resist, gives a sort of feathered edge. So I don’t know if you can achieve the exact same look. it may be better using your shirt to create a pattern for a new shirt that is the right color. Then you can add the rainbow stripes through applique, color blocking, screen printing or painting on the design. 

All the best,
Duckie / Admin 

The article you posted earlier actually was updated showing that they were not the first people with that message. They actually linked a video that precedes their website by about two years. And since their trademark seems to be for educational purposes, so long as someone else is also doing it in terms of being educational and doesn’t do something like selling shirts or stickers with the words on it, they don;t have much to go after people over.

I don’t think you have to be the first person to coin a term to get it trademarked but I am not too sure what is involved. I think, for the most part, this isn’t going to effect people unless they plan to profit off the term.

Duckie / Admin

Going off what you said, it feels like Cosplay Deviants wants to dip their fingers into everything to aim it towards them. Were they ever really a big part of this? I think that’s why it comes as such a shock that NOW they’re saying they’re the pioneers of this. What did they do prior to really stand out? It almost feels like they’re taking credit for what they community as a whole has done without them lording over it all.

Well they DID register the website and make their Facebook page in 2013. So they definitely got involved early on, but whether or not they coined the specific term or really have claim to it is hard to say. I recall CONsent being a thing around that time as well, and a couple other variations.

They have posted a statement about the situation, detailing more of their involvement and explaining that they want to use the trademark to prevent people from making a profit off the term. 

Duckie / Admin

How do you feel about the “cosplay is not consent” trademarking?

Cosplay is not consent was a sort of rallying cry that united the community, sharing their stories and working to protect each other. Cons really stepped up their harassment policies. The term was picked up and used by the community as a short-hand for explaining that a costume does not give you permission to act inappropriately to the wearer, it does not give you permission to touch someone, it does not automatically give approval to take a photo and someone wearing a costume at a con is not the same as someone wearing a costume at a theme park. This term was picked up by the community all over the world and efforts to educate others and better convention policies were carried out by MANY people. It doesn’t really represent a specific brand, a good or service and it never really stood out as one group pushing the term. So it getting trademarked is a little bit weird. 

That said, Cosplay Deviants owns http://www.cosplayisnotconsent.org/ and according to them, they have been pushing the cosplay is not consent movement forward with flyers and panels. I can understand that they want to protect what they have built up and invested their time and money into. They may want to do more with it as well. If I had to guess, they may want to continue their work more directly with conventions; Possibly as guests running panels and a booth or hired on to train staff and develop harassment policies. 

I wonder if it really needs to be protected? I wonder if the added hassle of getting permission to use the term would push cons away from using it and if that could push the community a step back in awareness? I also wonder if they will get more aggressive about protecting the term in the future? We’ll have to wait and see. 

I don’t think it will affect the community too much overall. It is more of something to be aware of, especially if you are a b/vlogger, panelist or conrunner that might be using the term in a way that could be infringing.

Duckie / Admin

I’m kinda confused how 3D printing is the “easier” option? I can’t imagine it being less costly.

This week’s Tip Tuesday is about saving time by 3D printing, so I’ll explain that a little bit first. This is a bit of a simplification but you can definitely save time on certain projects by printing them instead of making them from scratch. There are a few ways you can save time:

  • Find existing files to print from. You skip the modeling aspect of 3d printing (which can be time consuming) and you skip the planning/mockup stage of crafting. 
  • You can run a printer while doing other things, or outsource the prints and have someone else handle the printing while you work on other parts of the costume. You save time by not needing to physically work on a part of the project – just like you can save time by buying a sewing pattern or altering an existing garment!
  • In some situations you can print directly in the color you need, meaning you may be able to skip out on priming/painting

This works best with smaller prints. Larger and more complicated prints may take a long time to print out, an error could set you back a lot longer, low quality prints may need to be filled or sanded and larger prints that are made in props may have gaps that require filling. 

As for your question: 3D printing can be an easier option but not always. It will depend a lot on how you learn and how you work! 

If you are good at working digitally/3D modeling then this option may be easier than trying to sculpt or build something by hand. With 3D modelling, it is easy to get very crisp edges but may be harder to get more organic shapes. Downloading an existing model and printing it as is, or building onto it, can be easier than creating something from scratch. In some cases, you may only have to sand or paint a finished piece and not have to worry about building it at all.

3D printing could also be the cheaper option, depending on what you are making and what other material choices you have available

It likely isn’t going to beat cardboard, eva foam or paper mache in savings but may be cheaper than thermoplastic sheets or resins. The printing price will depend on where you get it printed, the size, the volume and the material.  Designing the file digitally can make a large impact on your project’s cost.

Like any other process, there are pros and cons. The price and ease will depend on the creator’s skill and the complexity of the project. It always helps to do a bit of research into a technique before deciding to use it.

Hope this helps clarify!  

Duckie / Admin

Hi there! Im intending on making a cosplay dress but I dont know how to operate a sewing machine, so I have to stitch it by hand, what stitches types would you recomend to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions?

If you want to pick up machine sewing then I suggest checking out this tutorial on How to Use a Sewing Machine. Stitches may be stronger and more uniform when done on a machine and it will save you sewing time. That said, there is something wonderful about hand sewing, it can be an extra bit of accomplishment to know you did it all by hand. 

Different stitches have different uses, so I suggest checking out these resources to see what your options are:

  1. Tutorial: Basic Hand Stitches

  2. How To Sew by Hand: 6 Helpful Stitches for Home Sewing Projects
  3. Basic Hand Stitching for Cosplay
  4. The Beginner’s Guide to Basic Sewing Stitches [Infographic]

For general use, I like the whip stitch. I find it easy to go fast while keeping my stitches even and it tends to be very strong. For garments, I would go with the running stitch which is the hand sewing version of a sewing machine’s straight stitch. 

All the best, 
Duckie / Admin

do you have any advice for spicing up low-budget cosplay? i couldn’t afford patterns or the best material, so i made my own patterns and got lower grade clearance material. its going fine sewing-wise, but i want it to look nicer than what i was able to afford. i plan on adding faux weathering, but it’s all i can think of :(

Some tips:

  • Flip the fabric backwards: some cheap fabrics can have a shine to them, which is more dull on the back side of the fabric. By using the back side as your front, your garment can look a bit nicer
  • Take the time to do a good job on construction. Lower quality fabrics might need lining,interfacing or other support to hold the right shape.
  • Take your photos in natural light rather than with flash, your fabric will look nicer. You can also pose and angle your photos in ways that hide the less appealing parts of your costume.
  • Focus on smaller details and other aspects of  the costume. Do a great job on your makeup, style the hell out of your wig and capture the little details that other cosplayers might have missed. 
  • Basic pre-con care can help make a costume look its best! Iron or steam your costume before wearing to get out the wrinkles, use a lint roller to remove lint or pet hair and give the costume a once over so you can trim loose threads. 

It is a little hard to get into specifics without seeing the costume! If you wanted to shoot me a pic of the character and your costume, I can give more detailed advice. (You can contact me at admin@cosplaytutorial.com for a private response)

Duckie / Admin