Category: asks

Hia. I was wondering if you knew a good way to make a headset like the wild wild pussycats from Boku no Hero academia. Specifically Tora, the brown one’s. Thanks in advance!

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I would make the shapes out of foam, probably a carvable foam like insulation foam but you could also use EVA foam to build the shape. Foam is lightweight and easy to work with, so it should be easy to get the shape you need and wear it. I would attach the foam shapes to a headband that was covered with color-matching fabric or foam. If you want a plastic appearance, you can cover the foam in vinyl for a nice look. You can also finish and paint the foam for a metal effect.

Just make sure to fully seal insulation foam before painting, especially if you plan to use spray paints. Spray paints and some adhesives will melt through insulation foam! 

I couldn’t find a tutorial for these characters, but you could reference how Vocaloid cosplayers make their headphones to get some inspiration.

Goodluck! 

Duckie / Admin

Hi!! I wanna make some claw gloves for a costume and also some practice working with tougher materials, and was wondering how to attach claws?? I have actual bear claws from an old bear skin I want to use and was wondering if I should drill through them and mount with pins? Or what? Sorry for a slightly odd question ahh and thank you for the help! This is a super awesome blog!

You can drill a hole in the claw and sew it in place or you could drill a thin hole that will let you glue in a flat thumbtack or similar pin with a base. 

If it is a bear claw then it probably has the bone bit at the end. If you’re sticking the claw to the outside of the glove, then you may want to cut or sand that off so that it is smooth and mounts flush with the glove. If you don’t want to heavily alter the claw, then I would cut a hole in the glove and have the claw protrude out of the fabric (like these).

Goodluck!
Duckie / Admin

I wanted to cosplay the protagonist from Abzû and my only problem is that I have no clue how I’d create the helmet. I figure that I should use some kind of foam?

Check out the helmet section of the tutorial list, it should help give you some inspiration and show you a variety of methods that can be used to make a helmet.

Because of the geometric shape, I might go with EVA foam (thick craft foam) for the helmet shape. It is lightweight, fairly cheap and easy to work with. I would use paper to make a pattern before building it with foam. For the visor, I would see if I could find a visor/face shield replacement that I could put into the helmet. Otherwise, I might use clear plastic like PET-G, Worbla Transpart, acetate sheets or pick up a clear duotang from the office supply store. You can get window tint and add it to your visor for the tint.

Goodluck!

Duckie / Admin

Hi! I’m planning on going as Monika from doki doki literature club to a con soon. For props I’m working on a journal with poems written inside and heart shaped stickers to hand out. However, I’m not sure if this enough to make her recognizable since my face is kinda round compared to hers. What can I do? Also, how do I keep her wig from tangling? Thank you in advance! ♥♥

If you have the outfit, the hair and the bow you should stand out as the character to those who are familiar with the game!

I suggest bringing a large hair clip (claw clip) to hold the ponytail when you’re running around enjoying the con. The more it bounces loosely, the more tangled it will get! It is also helpful to bring a wig brush or wide toothed comb with you so you can detangle on the go. 

Goodluck!
Duckie / Admin

Hi, so I’m going to Anime Boston this year, and it’s my first year going in a cosplay I made my self. I am going as an elf of my own design. I want to wear makeup but I’ve never really worn makeup before. (I don’t even know how to wear normal makeup let alone cosplay makeup). Do you have any suggestions for what I should put on this year, or how to start learning how to do makeup? Thanks!

Check out the Warpaint and Unicorns blog. The cosplayer who runs it reviews makeup and lists how long it lasts. She looks for good stuff that can survive a con! 

If you don’t know where to start with makeup, I suggest perusing the Makeup-Basics section of the tutorial list. You may also want to browse some of the short makeup videos on instagram to get an idea about the different products and techniques to apply them. Some makeup stores will offer free makeovers when you purchase a certain amount of product, try to take advantage of it so you can get some help choosing products and see how they look when applied!

You’ll mostly learn from trial and error. You may want to start out with some cheaper drug store brands to experiment with, before jumping into the higher end brands.

Goodluck!
Duckie / Admin

Hi, I’m doing a Houseki no Kuni cosplay group with some fans for a con in May. I don’t live in the same state as my friends do anymore, so I can’t be with them to get easy help. I know the material I need, but I’m so scared to sew it and I don’t wanna bother them & ask if I can commission mine from one of them (especially since one of them is doing all of our outfits for another group we’re doing), and I’m so scared of fucking it up. Do you know of any patterns like it? It’s a onepiece w/ shorts

You can totally do this.

First: support. Even if your friends are far away, you can ask them for help and advice. It may be beneficial to do a skype or other stream-chat where you can all work on costumes and chat in real time. 

You can also reach out to your local cosplay community, see if local cons have their own facebook group or forums. Some areas have organized sew-alongs or may have makerspaces that support sewing. 

There is also the extended cosplay community through tumblr, forum sites and facebook groups! If you need help with a specific costume, reach out to other people who have cosplayed her. 

You can ask your local fabric store employees for assistance, they may be able to help you find a pattern or direct you to the perfect fabric! 

There are a lot of resources out there to take advantage of!

Making It: It sounds like you are mostly intimidated by using your good fabric to make the costume. What you may find helpful is using muslin or another cheap fabric to mockup your design. This mockup can be cut up, re-sewn and adjusted however much you need to make it perfect and get the practice you need. Then use the mockup as your pattern for the final costume. It takes a lot of the heat off!

Commissions: If you really don’t want to make your costume, then commissioning is a good way to go.

Do your friends take commissions? If they do, then definitely ask them about it. If they don’t currently take commissions, you could still float the idea by them and see if they are interested. It can be very flattering to receive a commission request! That said, make sure your request is fair to them. Just because they are your friend doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t value their time, you should work with them to determine a fair rate of pay. 

If your friends aren’t willing or able to take commissions you can look into commissioning someone else.

Pattern: You may find that terms like “jumpsuit” or “romper” yield more results. If the pattern has long pants you can always shorten them to shorts, which will give you more options. You may find a pattern that doesn’t have the right sleeves so check out these Puff Sleeve tutorials 

Since your friends are making the same/similar outfits you may want to ask what patterns they are using. That way you can all be consistent! 

Here are some patterns that may work for you:

Hope this gives you some inspiration!

Duckie / Admin

Hi! So I’ve been cosplaying a few years now, and my mom wants us to go to a con together this summer. It will be her first, and I’ll be making her a costume. Do you know of any mother/child duos that would be good? All I’ve found is mothers with their babies and well, I’m 20, so it’s a no go. Either a daughter or son is fine, as I’ve crossplayed in the past, and no anime, because no one in my family is into it. Thank you!

Ummm off the top of my head:

  • Caitlyn Stark and any of her kids
  • Helen & Violet Parr from The Incredibles
  • Other Mother and Coraline
  • The Evil Queen and Snow White
  • Snow White and Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time)
  • Mother Gothel and Rapunzel (Disney’s Rapunzel)
  • Aurora and Umbra from Child of Light
  • Hippolyta and Diana (Wonder Woman)

  • Queen Elinor and Merida from Brave

You don’t necessarily have to cosplay a mother and child if you want to expand your choices. Find something you both enjoy and choose two characters from it,

All the best!
Duckie / Admin

Hi! So I’ve been cosplaying a few years now, and my mom wants us to go to a con together this summer. It will be her first, and I’ll be making her a costume. Do you know of any mother/child duos that would be good? All I’ve found is mothers with their babies and well, I’m 20, so it’s a no go. Either a daughter or son is fine, as I’ve crossplayed in the past, and no anime, because no one in my family is into it. Thank you!

Ummm off the top of my head:

  • Caitlyn Stark and any of her kids
  • Helen & Violet Parr from The Incredibles
  • Other Mother and Coraline
  • The Evil Queen and Snow White
  • Snow White and Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time)
  • Mother Gothel and Rapunzel (Disney’s Rapunzel)
  • Aurora and Umbra from Child of Light
  • Hippolyta and Diana (Wonder Woman)

  • Queen Elinor and Merida from Brave

You don’t necessarily have to cosplay a mother and child if you want to expand your choices. Find something you both enjoy and choose two characters from it,

All the best!
Duckie / Admin

edit: Check the notes on this post for some more suggestions

I would like to cosplay Topaz (Rachel House) from Thor Ragnarok? Do you have any ideas what kind of material I could use for the armor?

I would go the craft foam / EVA foam armor route. 

Duckie / Admin

I would like to cosplay Topaz (Rachel House) from Thor Ragnarok? Do you have any ideas what kind of material I could use for the armor?

I would go the craft foam / EVA foam armor route. 

Duckie / Admin