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Simple Improvements
Simple Improvements Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)04:29 UTC+1 No.7705305 Report

What are some simple things that you can do that will make a difference in your cosplay?
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)04:33 UTC+1 No.7705309 Report

Iron it.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)04:38 UTC+1 No.7705324 Report

No raw edges
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)04:47 UTC+1 No.7705335 Report

Cut the bangs of your wig.

Don't just wear regular crappy shoes, try to make or buy accurate shoes.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)04:50 UTC+1 No.7705336 Report

Learn to cut a wig to look natural. To many wigs ruined by choppy blunt cuts.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)04:51 UTC+1 No.7705339 Report

>trim and style your wig even if it's supposed to come ready--no, it's not really ready
>apply a little make up even if the character doesn't seem to have any or if the character is male
>practice posing in front of a mirror with your costume and prop, you won't look awkward in pictures
>if you buy your costume, chances are that you'll still need a bit of fitting so it fits you properly
>if you can't exactly find or make the type of footwear your character wears, then make an attempt at at least matching the color and general style. anything will probably look better than dirty sneakers or flip flops...unless your character actually wears those.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)04:55 UTC+1 No.7705347 Report

>if you wear glasses, take them off for pictures
>make sure to hide your con badge when someone asks for a picture
>when you're at the photoshoot, just take the badge off
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)04:57 UTC+1 No.7705352 Report

Any tips for cutting bangs? I have a wig with bangs I really should trim a bit and don't want to make it look like shit. It has V-bangs, if that helps.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)04:58 UTC+1 No.7705353 Report

Get a good quality wig. If it's shiny without flash, it's crap.
The fluorescent wigs tend to be the shit ones, too. Don't get those.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)04:58 UTC+1 No.7705354 Report

Honestly, I keep my badge in my bag and just pull it out when needed. It's much easier than remembering to hide it and it also deters theft.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)05:00 UTC+1 No.7705359 Report

>Before pictures, take a second to straighten your costume out
>Throughout the day, take a minute to make sure your wig is still in place and that your hair or any parts of the wig cape are visible.
>If your wig keeps moving, then you should pin it or use the straps that come with it.
>Touch up your make up
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)05:00 UTC+1 No.7705360 Report

Most cons require you to wear it on at all times though (to prevent ghosting).
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)05:03 UTC+1 No.7705364 Report

Lately I've been pinning it to my bag.
Ukraine 07/24/14(Thu)05:03 UTC+1 No.7705366 Report

Honestly time management. A lot of people tend to start their cosplays late or put it off for too long. Taking the time to plan your cosplay ahead of time means you can actually take your time making it, and if there's any mistakes and shit you can fix them without having to rush at the end.

That and muslin mockups. Muslin is pretty cheep and since most patterns probably won't fit perfectly the muslin you can use to fit to you without wasting the fabric you want to use for it.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)06:35 UTC+1 No.7705592 Report

Hold your scissors vertically to get a natural-looking cut.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)07:01 UTC+1 No.7705674 Report

Most cons I've been to don't look for it unless you're entering the con center or a panel room.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)08:38 UTC+1 No.7705888 Report

Doing a mock up of a piece before making it
with some scrap or cheap fabric.

Pick the best fabric for what you are doing, don't try to make everything out of broadcloth, it won't work for everything.

Not being afraid to do something more than once if you are not happy with it.

also acrylic paint on the eyebrows is the best method, ive tried them all, that one is the fastest and easiest and looks good
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)08:40 UTC+1 No.7705900 Report

Make your neckties for seifuku and whatnot out of fabric, even if they're only an inch wide. It's a pain turning them inside-out but they look so much better than the satin ribbon you would buy by-the-meter.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)08:47 UTC+1 No.7705915 Report

Don't be afraid to remake things if they turn out bad. It's okay to say "this is awful and I will not use it but I learned something." Don't wear something shitty because you think if you don't all your time and effort is wasted!
This is sounding more like encouragement than advice now but I wish I had been told this a few years ago. There would be fewer bad pictures of me in my cosplay folder.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)09:10 UTC+1 No.7705938 Report

Actually I made and turned one for Saber in her school girl version and it hung so stiff and awkwardly that the ribbon looked better, so I wouldn't say this is always true
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)09:27 UTC+1 No.7705952 Report

Iron your shit as you work. It's not the same as giving it a once over with an iron at the very end. Pressing seams open while you work doesn't actually require a huge additional time investment but it makes your shit look so much more professional and polished. Just a little ironing can make a less than wibbly seam look straight and perfect.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)09:40 UTC+1 No.7705959 Report

Did you actually tie it or make a fake, perfect bow to sew onto a separate strip that serves as a "necklace"?
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)19:13 UTC+1 No.7706536 Report

Geta razor comb.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)21:19 UTC+1 No.7706760 Report

THIS. The number of costumes I've seen that obviously hadn't had their seams pressed open is ridiculous.

Another thing - loose threads. Either those ticking out in the middle of seams or poking out at the edge of your hem, etc. It doesn't take that much time or effort to just look over the completed costume and to snip them off.

Checking up on makeup at cons is a must, especially around the eyes, nostrils and mouth. What really annoys me in particular with these are:
- the eyeliner and shadow smudging along the lower lash line, particularly at the outer edges that then make you look like a hooker that's been at work all night.
- faded lipstick/smudged lipstick. Enough said.
- makeup gathered at the creases of the nostrils and makeup that's faded from the tip of your nose from rubbing it after sneezing or whatever.
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)21:43 UTC+1 No.7706825 Report

I've never heard of this. I always keep my badge in my bag. Maybe this is just the case in america?
Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)22:54 UTC+1 No.7706965 Report

Pin both your hair and wig cap in place properly. Just slipping it on like a shower cap over loose, or worse yet, ponytailed/bunned hair is never going to stay in place or look good at all.
Also, on a similar note, black bobby pins are not the only pins. Invest (hardly the word to use, they're incredibly inexpensive) in a good assortment of types, sizes and colours.
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)00:07 UTC+1 No.7707086 Report

Not that anon, but which one is better to do?
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)00:08 UTC+1 No.7707087 Report

Any sort of fine finishing, like understitching or blind hems
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)00:17 UTC+1 No.7707099 Report

Put the full costume on in your home and spend at least three hours wearing it. Walk around, clean a room, go through a full range of motion - climb stairs if you have them.

This will show you weaknesses in the costume and points of future discomfort. Costumes will react to movement a hell of a lot differently than they do to you just posing for a progress photo.

Also break your shoes in before the con or be prepared for blisters and constant foot pain.
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)00:18 UTC+1 No.7707102 Report

Interfacing motherfucker, do you use it? If not, please do where necessary.
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)00:27 UTC+1 No.7707117 Report

huh, never thought of doing this (prooooobably because I procrastinate always finish them so late, but hey), thanks anon
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)00:29 UTC+1 No.7707124 Report

I agree with this
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)00:31 UTC+1 No.7707128 Report

-Don't take photos with your badge or bag in them
-take time to learn how to pose in front of a mirror and your learn characters best poses and YOUR best facial expressions
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)02:08 UTC+1 No.7707297 Report

I'm probably listing some stuff that's already in the thread, but here:

>Wash/treat fabric BEFORE starting your project
>Don't lie to yourself/your tailor/your commissioner about your measurements
>Make a quick prototype out of cheap fabric of your costume to check for any problem areas or needed adjustment
>Quilter's cloth can make an okay prototype fabric depending on the pattern, but don't use quilter's cloth for your actual costume
>Don't use super shiny satin for your costume
>measure everything at least twice
>check multiple times that your pattern is going to be cut on the correct face and that the fabric's pattern/nap is the correct direction
>Use zig-zag scissors on satins and other fabrics that unravel easily
>Baste down slippery fabrics or fabrics with a nap like velvet to prevent slipping when machine stitching
>Halfway down curved seams, cut little V's halfway into seams that will be convex, and I's into seams that will be concave to bunching/puckering respectively
>Press your seams open
>Hem everything for crying out loud why would you want a raw edge on a bunch of brocade cloth unless the costume is supposed to look tattered
>Press your hems
>Topstitch on thick hems like jackets and pant legs as needed, use blind stitches on more delicate blouses as needed
>Use interfacing/lining on thin floppy fabrics (ESPECIALLY bows and sashes) and lighter colored fabrics as needed to prevent translucency
>Press everything yet again once you're done
>Use a lint roller, especially on darker fabrics or fabrics with a nap like velvet
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)02:12 UTC+1 No.7707302 Report

*to prevent bunching/puckering, sorry
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)02:14 UTC+1 No.7707303 Report

You can mix the acrylic paint half with hairgel too.
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)02:16 UTC+1 No.7707310 Report

Where can I buy different colored ones, specifically rainbow not just natural hair color. I've been wanting them.
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)02:18 UTC+1 No.7707312 Report

Interfacing in large bows makes them not floppy. I use interfacing so much.
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)02:26 UTC+1 No.7707321 Report

Also, I find my best bows are just the ones where I make two rectangles and stack them on top of each other, not the ones with a little dent in the middle. Though it depends on the look you're going for.
Before I wrap the middle section around the two bowtangles, I always use a little piece of thread, string or ribbon to bunch them together in the middle. This makes bows look a lot neater.
Another tip to make them look neater is to make the dents in the middle, where the bow fabric is bunching up under the middle tie, look even on both sides. WIth the above tip, it's a lot easier to do this.
Nothing grinds my gears more than the 1000th lolita "handmade bow shop!" with sad lopsided bows. With these tips you too can have happy bows.
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)03:26 UTC+1 No.7707445 Report

No clue, I meant mainly matching to hair colours, skin tones, etc
I'm sure you could find them at some sort of Claires', Ardene, Hot Topic, maybe even the dollar store?
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)03:29 UTC+1 No.7707451 Report

I'd say one of those accessory stores, like Claire's or Icing.
At the worst, you can get light ones and paint them.
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)03:31 UTC+1 No.7707455 Report

Amazon has some. I assume probably eBay too.
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)05:48 UTC+1 No.7707787 Report

I just searched Amazon for "colored bobby pins", tons of results.
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)05:49 UTC+1 No.7707793 Report

>weather your props
>your paintjob makes or breaks it
>think about if you need it to break down into multiple pieces for transportation
>always make mock-ups or practice on scrap pieces
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)06:03 UTC+1 No.7707829 Report
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>>7707086You can tie...
You can tie smaller ones just fine. But once they go above an inch width they look worse since fabric doesn't bunch well so for bigger ones, make the bow separate. Ones like...Gou from Free (what came to mind since that's the latest I've made) definitely need faked out to look good.
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)06:04 UTC+1 No.7707835 Report

Sand your props. Sand them a lot. They better be smooth as shit. No lumps, no excuses.
Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)06:09 UTC+1 No.7707854 Report

And once you think you have sanded it enough, primer it, fill, and sand again. A lot of pretty good props are ruined because people don't do this and the paint magnifies every tiny problem
Anonymous 07/26/14(Sat)00:51 UTC+1 No.7709534 Report

Bumping with a tutorial for painting shoes, an alternative to shoe covers. I'd love to hear more tips!
Anonymous 07/26/14(Sat)02:03 UTC+1 No.7709684 Report

Thoroughly prewash all your fabric in a washing machine and finish all your seams. Tada! Your cosplays are now machine washable forever. I still hand wash silk, but other delicates can still go into a bag in the machine.

Making your own bias strips is really easy and matches 1000% better than using premade bias strips.

When gathering rather than using only thread to gather sew nylon cording into a channel. This is incredibly useful on gathered skirt waists since it provides much more accurate and durable control than threads which will snap and force you to start over. You can get a whole roll of nylon cord at home depot for a few dollars too.

Seconding time management. Starting months in advance means you can pace yourself so as not too make too many mistakes, gives you time to fix mistakes, and time to problem solve if you run into a tough issue.

Also seconding this. My iron and board are right next to my sewing machine. I use my iron equally as much as my sewing machine.
Anonymous 07/26/14(Sat)02:57 UTC+1 No.7709758 Report

Make sure the costume fits you. Nothing baggy or too tight. Tailor it yourself or find someone who can. Be honest with your sizes, too. Don't try and squeeze into a size 5 when you're really a 9 kind of thing. pick something that will flatter your physique. If you're confident, others will take notice.
Anonymous 07/26/14(Sat)05:20 UTC+1 No.7709980 Report

I don't know where you guys get away with putting your badge in your bag, but in the Northwest every con I've gone to has required one to wear their badge above their waist and below their head (i work staff)
Anonymous 07/26/14(Sat)05:30 UTC+1 No.7709997 Report

A lot of cons are so poorly managed they can't spare the extra effort to enforce badge rules.
Ukraine 07/26/14(Sat)05:31 UTC+1 No.7709999 Report

I've never had a con that's made me wear my badge on me. I always keep it tied to the strap, and then stick the badge part inside my bag. If I get checked I pull it out, then put it back in.
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