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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

Hello! I hope all is going well for you I was wondering if I could possibly message you about finding a certain colour of fabric. Ive been searching for awhile and I haven’t been able to source anything.

I buy most of my fabric in-person, so I don’t have a lot of suggestions for online stores! However if you want to shoot me a picture I can post it and see if anyone can provide some suggestions. 

Otherwise you can try:

  • Asking for advice in the Cosplay Tutorial Hangout group on facebook or other communities, especially local ones! 
  • Try looking in fashion fabric stores as opposed to the general sewing/home decor type fabric stores. If you have a fashion sewing district that you can shop at, there are usually more unique fabrics for sewing. If you are searching these types of stores then try the opposite, check out the home decor stores and see if there is a drapery/quilting/upholstry fabric that could work for your purpose. 
  • Consider getting a white or similar colored base fabric and dyeing it the correct color
  • Consider getting custom printed fabric, especially if it has a unique pattern or design
  • Look to see if other cosplayers have made the same costume and ask if they can tell you where they bought the fabric.

Hope this helps!

— Duckie / Admin

Hello! I’m Morgan! I started following you not too long ago and I’m very impressed with your blog. I just wanted to ask. More than anything in the world, I want to be a cosplayer. However, I just have no idea where to start. It all seems to daunting, it’s terrifying really. Im at such a loss, and I just really want the satisfaction of making my own costume. Of just going. “I made this.” Is there anything you can offer to help me? Thank you so much!

Hello there!

Cosplay can seem pretty daunting before you start, but if you break it into smaller bits or start with small things, you’ll be able to start before you know it.

As with anything, learning to craft your own cosplays takes time and practice. Almost no one is able to whip out amazing and complicated cosplays on their first try. There’s two components to this: practicing and working your way up to more complex costumes, and having patience with your own learning.

I would start small. Is there a costume you want to do where you can make some components and buy or modify others? Or a cosplay with a relatively simple garment that you can make, like a shift dress? If you have someone who can teach you to sew, or a way to take sewing lessons (look at fabric stores, local parks districts and libraries, and local community colleges for classes), that will get you started a lot faster and easier than learning on your own. If you don’t have anyone to teach you, start with a beginner-level pattern and watch video tutorials on how to operate your sewing machine.

As for starting a cosplay, it helps to break down all of the components and figure out what they are before you begin. A lot of costumes aren’t practical for daily wear and have a lot of unusual detailing, so making a list or sketching out all of the pieces can help you with not only keeping track of each item, but also so that you can look at the costume not as a big, daunting entire Thing, but instead as “pleated skirt” and “button-up blouse,” etc. You can then take it slowly and tackle each item one at a time rather than getting overwhelmed by the whole.

Once you gain more experience, you’ll start to figure out a good workflow and order of operations for each costume you do, as well. Since this varies by costume and personal working style, I can’t help you much with that,  but it’s something that will come with experience. 

As for the steps of starting on a costume, I give panels on this subject! Here is the powerpoint.

Mostly, it’s about hanging in there, choosing a costume that will teach you skills but also not be too difficult as to frustrate you, and starting small. I believe in you! We all have to start somewhere, after all.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

Hi! I’m a totally new cosplayer, and I’m currently working on Daenerys Targaryen’s blue embroidered dress. I can do the embroidery just fine, but I’m very nervous about putting the actual garment together and having it fit well. The dress seems to have a lot of structure in it. Do you have any tips for good, clean, form-fitting sewing, and any tips for putting boning/structure into a dress?

Hello there!

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When making anything that needs to have perfect fit, I will always recommend making a mockup. Or several mockups, because you might need them. When doing your mockups, be sure to mark any fit issues, correct for them, transfer them to your pattern, and then do another mockup before doing the final outfit. This will ensure a good fit.

Check for any signs that it is too large (gapping, fabric standing away from the body, etc.) or too small (fabric pulling in horizontal wrinkles, etc.), or the wrong shape (this is harder to determine, but make sure that the bust curve is correct and sits at your bust curve, make sure the neckline shape is correct, etc.), and correct these when possible.

You can also practice with your structure on a mockup, which will help with both technique and with making sure that it fits once the structure is inside.

For something like this, most of your work is going to be in the tailoring, not in the interior, though some interior structure will help. If you look at the worn photo, the dress appears to be structured through the torso, underneath the breasts and above the waist. You can use a firmer interlining to help keep that shape (something like a silk organza or a hair canvas will get the structure without a lot of bulk). Using a fusible interfacing on the fashion fabric would also create more structure in that area, though I would recommend the interlining.

There is quite possibly boning in the dress underneath the darts, starting at the waist and ending at the underbust. I would do spiral steel boning there, at the side seams, and in the same location in the back. Attach your boning channels to an interior layer so that they hide better. You can do a mockup with cheap plastic boning or with plastic cable ties to make sure you have the placement and fit right before proceeding.

I would guess that this has bra cups built in, though I can’t see the inside to know for sure.

Mostly, this is going to be a project that requires practice. Be sure to cut your pieces well with sharp scissors, and be sure to sew your seams nice and straight, and to press them when you are done. It may help to have a dressform that you can drape this on in the patterning phase, or have a friend help you pin it while worn, so that you can get the fit just right. 

Also, if you can find notes from the costumers or photographs of the inside of the dress, that will help quite a bit. Look around for GoT-specific costuming sites to see if that is available.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

I have a question about wig spiking. How do you know when you should make a foam core/insert to help with stability? Im making a Joseph Joestar wig from Jojos (his brown hair with the big front spike) and I have no idea if I should try and make a support inside?

Hello there!

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Nice!

When trying to decide between regular spiking and foamcore spiking, there’s a few things you can keep in mind. I’ll break down the differences, and hopefully that can help you decide.

Foamcore:
This is good for outlandish, gravity-defying styles. If it is something that is very clean-looking or cartoony, you can get smoother shapes and more complex shapes with foamcore. Foamcore is also a more permanent method, so if you want the wig to stay in place for a long period with minimal touchup, it’s a good method. I personally find it harder to do than traditional spiking, but that depends on your particular set of skills.

Spiking:
This would be the traditional method of using some type of glue or heavy-duty hairspray, some light teasing, and a hairdryer to spike wig fibers without internal support. This provides a more realistic look, since you are using the wig’s own fiber for support and not a smooth interior piece. You can also do more realistic spiking on the rest of the wig to match, but it is much harder to get good-looking absurd anime spikes with this method. This is best with a wig with grippy fibers, rather than smooth and silky fibers. The other part of this is that if the hair can’t support itself when you try traditional spiking, you will need a support. this is also less permanent, which means that you can possibly wash and reuse the wig, but you may have to do more touchup down the road.

With both methods, you may have to do some dewefting and/or rewefting, depending on the arrangement and density of wefts in your base wig, so that the netting doesn’t show.

For this particular costume, I’d say that you can go either way. If you are amping up the cartoony elements, that will be easier to do with foamcore, and if you are going for a more realistic hair look, that will be easier with traditional spiking. 

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff 

I know zilch about 3D printing. Is it expensive? What if you wanted props for the sake of having props? Like, say, a 3D printed Junkyard Dog Mk. 3 sword (Sol Badguy’s current transforming weapon from GGXrd)?

Is it expensive? 

 It is cheaper than some methods and more expensive than others.

For example this Master Sword by Lloyd Roberts printed in PLA (a common plastic for 3D printing) was quoted between $60 and $200 Canadian on 3dhubs.com. The fancier the material (like resin or wood fill) the higher the price.

If you own a printer then the cost of the machine is pricey, but you will likely be paying less per piece. For example, the master sword above is 560 grams of material, which is about one spool. Higher quality PLA is roughly $50 Canadian a spool, with the lower quality PLA being even less. 

You might also find better deals by printing at a makerspace. You could, possibly, even get free or discount printing at your local library if they have machines for public use. Just keep in mind that print times can be lengthy and big projects will likely take you more than one day to fully print. 

You also need to factor in what you need for finishing the prop: superglue for gluing the pieces together, (in some cases) a filler, sandpaper and/or a dremel, primer and paint.

What if you wanted props for the sake of having props? 

Kevin, who was answering the questions last week, has been printing props for the sake of having props. His collection includes Alice’s knife from Madness Returna and A2′s Type 40 sword from Nier Automata, Mercy’s staff, Widowmaker’s sniper rifle and D.VA’s pistol from Overwatch. 

Like, say, a 3D printed Junkyard Dog Mk. 3 sword (Sol Badguy’s current transforming weapon from GGXrd)?

You could definitely print that. I couldn’t find a free downloadable model for that weapon so likely you would have to model it yourself or get someone to do it for you. There are people who take commissions for 3D modelling. You could also try contacting dark-minaz who modeled this Junkyard Dog MK III and see if he can help you out. 

Duckie / Admin

Hi there, I was considering cosplaying as Playmaker from Yu-Gi-Oh! Vrains. However, I’m sort of self conscious about my body and I prefer to be more modest. Do you have any advice for ways to be more comfortable in a body tight suit?

  • Wear shapewear underneath, ideally stuff that will leave minimal lines. Shapewear are undergarments that smooth you our and help give shape or support. A good example is control-top pantyhose, they are leggings that also rise up on the stomach to help it look flatter. A more masculine undergarment is a compression vest. 
  • You could also choose to add padding to your under garments or make a muscle suit. This padding, worn under the bodysuit, can give your body more defined muscles or change your features to be more or less prominent.  
  • Tailoring a bodysuit so that it fits better, rather than being overly baggy in some areas, will help you look better and feel more confident. 
  • Airbrushing shadows and highlights on the suit is another way to add definition and can also be used to make some areas more proominent and others downplayed. It also take a sort of flat looking suit and makes it way more interesting, especially for solid colour suits and in costumes that are supposed to look like they cling to the body. 
  • If you have a penis then you will want to wear a dancer’s belt to help hide the bulge. Some people choose to wear cups instead.
  • Most of all, you just gotta own it. Be confident, enjoy wearing the costume and enjoy the event! 

Hope this gives some inspiration,  
Duckie / Admin

Hi! I was wondering if you’d get any ideas on how to do Dabi’s coat from boku no hero academia? I was thinking on buying a pattern and modifying it, but honestly if I could buy something pre done and modify it would be great!

If you want to buy something pre-done, start looking around for long jackets and trenchcoats. You want the general shape and length. Black in colour is ideal but dyeing may be an option. You may want a collar that looks right when popped, but you could potentially replace the collar if needed. 

Where should you look? Thrift stores are a great resource for cheap clothing you plan to modify. If you don’t mind paying a little more you can shop around at different clothing stores and look around online. You can ask your friends to keep an eye out as well. 

Failing that, modifying a sewing pattern works well!  

All the best,
Duckie / Admin