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Hey there! I’m going to cosplay sally face to a con in a few weeks and I’m a bit stumped. I’ve got everything ready, except the mask. I bought a blank mask at a craft store and painted it. However, it looks a bit silly and plasticy. How can I make it look realistic and used? Thank you in advance! ♥♥

Hello there!


There are several ways you can make something look old and worn, and often you can get the best effect by using multiple techniques. Here are a few ideas:

– Using a matte coat over the mask will make it less shiny, and thus look less new. You can use a matte clear coat over any other weathering you do to protect it, as well.

– Painting on some weathering can get you some interesting effects, and is probably the most common way to make things look worn. Think about where a real mask like that would collect dirt, where it would be handled more and thus be worn down in those places, etc. Dry brushing on paint is a great way to make it look like the item has collected dirt. You can also use a paint wash around areas that would need greater shadow detailing to make them look less flat, and even use some stippling techniques to get a texture similar to that of the artwork. Try experimenting with a few techniques and see what works best for you.

– A crackle glaze can give a more ceramic-like look. This is especially effective if you mix it with a very small amount of a brown or grey, or if you use a very light wash of similar tones over it once dry and wipe it away, since this makes the crackle effect more prominent. The thicker you apply the crackle coat, the larger the cracks and the spaces between them will be – a thin coat can create small cracks that aren’t noticeable from afar except for adding texture.

– You can also try lightly dyeing the plastic with a polyester dye. Use a very small amount and short time as to not change the mask from noticeably white, but instead use just enough to make it look old and dingy. Grey tones and slight yellow tones work well for old plastic looks.

– Finally, you can abrade the mask with a bit of fine-grit sandpaper if you want visible scuff marks. Be careful not to sand too hard. This will work best if doing it before some of the methods that color the mask, since the color will collect in the abrasions and make them more pronounced.

Here is also a list of our weathering tutorials on the website.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff



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Hi there! I plan on making Ochako’s formal outfit from the BNHA movie that’s currently out, however I’m not sure what kind of fabric to use for the dress itself. Any suggestions/tips would be extremely helpful!

Hello there!


Since this is a formal outfit, I would recommend formal materials.

My first pick would be taffeta, because this would get the crispness and volume of her skirt (with a petticoat and a proper double circle skirt cut). You can also go with a dull satin or a sanded satin, though you may need to interface this to get the crispness of her bodice.

Be sure to fit the bodice well, use interfacing in the collar, and add boning to the bodice to create a smoother line.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

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Do you know anything for making like…. lightweight, large jingle-bells? (I hope this makes sense) I’ve seen some for sale but they’re not quite as big as I need them to be for the cosplay.

Hello there!

You have a few options for making fake ones, if you can’t find the size you need:

– Find plastic globes and cut out the slit shapes. A hot knife used carefully in a well-ventilated area would be a good tool to use for that. You can then paint them the color you need.

– Seal and paint styrofoam spheres. I would look for the smoothfoam rather than the bumpy kind with all the holes, and use spackle (sanded down after each coat) for smoothness.

– If you can find hemispheres (of foam, of plastic, etc.) or make them, you can attach them together at the center to do the same. These will be more easy to store if you need very large bells, since if you make the center attachment detachable, you can take them apart and store them stacked inside each other.

– If you need something very lightweight and large, you may be able to use vinyl inflatable balls, though these will be much harder (or nearly impossible) to paint if you need a metallic color

– If you need a very large size, you can use a fabric in the color you need and make plush bells. Look for ball patterns to get the proper roundness. If you need metallic-looking bells, you can use a metallic spandex or vinyl, and then applique on the slits.

Finally, if the bells are a somewhat reasonable size, look for bells sold for fans of the book Polar Express. You can get them up to a few inches in diameter, and then if you need to disallow the ringing, fill them with a bit of hot glue. I’ve used these on a costume before, though I didn’t need anything hugely oversized (not like Deijiko from DigiCharat or anything haha).

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

I’m doing a Caleb Widogast cosplay and I’m trying to make his coat. I have a pattern but I’m not sure what kind of fabric to use for the coat. I don’t want it to look bad but I know absolutely nothing about fabric, what would you recommend fabric wise for the coat?

Hello there!


When it comes to fabric choice, it’s less an exact science than getting to know what would work, and there’s a few ways to go about finding the perfect material. One method would be to look at real-life garments that are similar and what they are made out of. You don’t need to know the names of the fabrics, but look at weight, texture, and other qualities, and then go to a fabric store and find materials that have similar characteristics. This is a great way to learn, and you’ll really get a feel for what works and what doesn’t for certain items.

You can also look at the back of your pattern envelope for suggestions – it’ll tell you some fabric names, and you can then go to a fabric store, find materials with those names, and see what they look and feel like. This is another good way to quickly learn, and can be a great starting point when overwhelmed, but keep in mind that the perfect fabric may not be suggested on the envelope because they’re just that: suggestions. (and suggestions assuming real-life garments, in most cases!)

Once you get a bit more advanced with fabrics, you can look at the garment and the world it comes from and ask yourself what materials would work there. For this garment, it appears to be something grungy and heavily weathered, and the garment is realistic in appearance, so something with a realistic texture (so not something super flat looking) and that can withstand your weathering would be best. Also look at where the character wears this – is the world one with mostly natural materials? What does the character do in this garment? This can help you narrow down your options once you have a few.

That said, here are my suggestions of things to look at.

The first fabric I would look at is a faux suede. The coat appears to be lined in fur, and it would make sense that the outside of the jacket in-universe is the backside of the fur. The suede would also keep the animal-based look uniform, and create a nice texture. Make sure to pay extra attention to pattern placement with a material like this, so that the nap of the suede is in a consistent direction once sewn.

Faux leather would be another, similar option, for similar reasons, though is more difficult to sew and a heavier material. Be sure to invest in a non-stick/Teflon foot for your sewing machine if you go this route.

If you want something that is suitable but not suede- or leather-like in appearance, there are many fabrics in the suitings and bottomweights category that would work for this. Look for something like a medium-weight twill with a high cotton or other natural fiber content, or something like a denim (which is a type of twill). A melton might also be good, though pricey. I wouldn’t recommend anything as soft as a gabardine.

Whatever you choose, it needs to be able to handle the weathering you are planning on doing, so get a swatch or buy a small amount and try any sort of painting, ripping, abrading, etc. you are planning on doing, and see how the fabric reacts.

I hope that helps! Good luck :] 

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

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