Project Cosplay

Project Cosplay

This blog is about the behind-the-scenes aspect of the hobby. The process that makes it happen, tips, tutorials, memorable quotes, and the little moments that make it all worthwhile. Brought to you by mods (Xaynie & ElfGrove) and our cosplaying cohorts.

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problematize:

"As you can see, I made the costume more modest than the design, omitting the cut out in the front of the bodice, and adding a sheer layer in the skirt. I think it still reflects the character and represents the detailed game design. Don’t ever be afraid to modify a costume if you don’t feel comfortable wearing it. We cosplay for many reasons, the main one being love for a character. Replicating costumes 100% of only one facade of cosplay, it often is more challenging, fun and creative to translate a design from a rendered source to a working fitted garment, and it’s perfectly ok to take artistic license. I see a lot of cosplays being more sexualized than their designs, and I think it’s totally cool to modesty-fy a costume as well.”

- Yaya Han (x) (emphasis mine)

Having fun should, I hope, be the first priority of your cosplay. Part of having fun is being confident in and comfortable with how you look. Cosplay is a big confidence booster for a lot of us, and if modifying a costume to be more modest to suit your comfort levels is what helps you to reach that goal of confidence and having fun? Do it. More power to you.

(via oliviasatelier)

auadb:

Curling a synthetic wig with rollers and hot water
On my blog.

I suspect I’ll be trying this to recurl a wig after a washing. (Google Translate to English view of the blog: [link])

(via khamsin)

Asker bluekitty98 Asks:
Hello! I'm going to be making a Maddeline Hatter cosplay soon, and I saw one that one of you guys did, and I was wondering if you could help me out a bit? I can't find anything similar to the stockings she wears, so I was wondering where you got those, the gloves, and the wig, or if you just made them! Thanks!
projectcosplay projectcosplay Said:

Correct me if I’m wrong, but you mean Madeline “Maddie” Hatter as in the Ever After High doll line, correct?

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I’m afraid you’ve got the wrong cosplayers in so far as having cosplayed Maddie Hatter before. ElfGrove ran into a lovely Hatter cosplayer at Dragon*Con 2013, but neither ElfGrove nor Xaynie have cosplayed the character ourselves.

echoing-artemis has made a post here about how she achieved the skirt, top, and wig. Alternatively, a search on eBay/AliExpress/Google for “blue and purple wig” will turn up some potential candidates that would need cutting and styling but not wefting. I’m not going to link a specific listing as I can’t vouch for the auction-site sellers, read seller reviews before choosing who to purchase from.

As for the gloves and tights, I don’t know myself, but I suspect echoing-artemis, like the skirt, may have painted the dots onto items in the right colors, but it’s certainly worth checking with the cosplayer herself via her ask box. WeLoveColors is a great resource for basic gloves and tights in a variety of colors. Here’s a simple tutorial for painting dots onto your tights. [link] (The same idea should work for the gloves.)

- EG

gillykins:

cosplaytutorial:

For those who are planning to start sewing their own cosplays this year this might be helpful: How to take measurements!

Waist Front / Waist Back:
http://www.sempstress.org/measurement/measuring-the-waist-frontback-waist/

How to Take Measurements:
http://makinglatexclothing.com/2008/12/how-to-take-measurements/

Instructions for Taking Measurements:
http://mangakaresource.weebly.com/1/post/2011/01/sewing-measurements.html

SUPER HELPFUL

(via twinklebat)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi! I was wondering, I'm cosplaying as Yuno Gasai from Mirai Nikki and the only thing that I'm missing its her phone. Do you know an easy way for me to make it? This is the first time I will be making something so ^^;
projectcosplay projectcosplay Said:

My suggestion is to buy an old flip phone off ebay for under $10. It will have all the key design elements you need: screen, flipping mechanism, keypad, etc. The time you will spend making something that resembles anything that looks like a cell phone is probably better used to just buy an old one and mod it.

Regardless of which phone you choose, you will have to mod it and paint it the correct teal color. Once you decide on which phone you have chosen, please submit another question and I can help you mod it- it’s hard to make modding recommendations until I see what you’re working with. Good luck!

-x

maxiburger:

I was asked to translate this guide by awesome Japanese cosplayer and designer Reika (麗華さん).

Major disclaimer: The original post is just a copypasted collection of tweets. Reika didn’t write down every single step of the process, there are some repetitions and overall a lot of mentions of the Japanese 100-Yen supermarket chain Daiso. You can find several Daiso Internationals in America (mostly in Northern California) but for those who don’t have access to those handy stores, try Walmart or general hobby stores!
If you have any questions you consider asking me, please read this first.

Since it’s already spread over twitter, I’ll just leave the copypasta containing all of my tweets over here~.

■I will add a PS at the bottom.
But first of all, pictures of the finished product.
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Some minor adjustments and fine-tuning might be necessary, but this is more or less how it is.

Now some pictures while having it equipped.
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Also some photos after I did various adjustments here and there. This one’s the most recent status (^ⅴ^)
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For our followers who have been requesting a 3DMG Tutorial. This is one of the best ones out there! 

cosplaytutorial:

Get a cosplay handler and treat them well! A handler is usually a staff member at theme parks who helps a costumed character move around, lets them know to stop for photos and keeps the crowd under control. With cosplay, a handler can do these things but also helps by holding your things while you pose for photos, or helps you adjust parts of your costume so you look great, or helps you get out of the costume so you can pee. Handlers are very important for costumes that have low/reduced vision or impair mobility! Whether it is just in the masquerade or on the con floor, if you are going to have trouble getting around you will want to have a handler to help you with obstacles and stairs. Handlers are usually friends or significant others who are attending the con with you, so if you “convince” someone to be your handler do something nice for them in return and always thank them! It can be a tough job! 

Yes, handlers are underrated!

cosplaytutorial:

Get a cosplay handler and treat them well!

A handler is usually a staff member at theme parks who helps a costumed character move around, lets them know to stop for photos and keeps the crowd under control. With cosplay, a handler can do these things but also helps by holding your things while you pose for photos, or helps you adjust parts of your costume so you look great, or helps you get out of the costume so you can pee. 

Handlers are very important for costumes that have low/reduced vision or impair mobility! Whether it is just in the masquerade or on the con floor, if you are going to have trouble getting around you will want to have a handler to help you with obstacles and stairs. 

Handlers are usually friends or significant others who are attending the con with you, so if you “convince” someone to be your handler do something nice for them in return and always thank them! It can be a tough job! 

Yes, handlers are underrated!

I wanted to ask you. Sorry for being a bother but what would you suggest to do when taking cosplay pictures? I mean cause whenever someone asks me if they can take a picture of me in my cosplay I get all giddy and can't think of a good pose.
projectcosplay projectcosplay Said:

You’re not a bother at all! A large part of what we do here is try to offer cosplay tips, information, and advice. We’re happy to help.

As for posing in cosplay, we’ve made two posts in the past regarding it, one a list of tips and the other a link to a set of tutorial videos. I think these will give you the information you want.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hello! Um you see Im cosplaying as Syo Kurusu from Uta prince no sama soon but theres this small little detail I have to take care of and Idk how. Syo doesnt have boobs. What can I do to make myself flat chested for a male character? I'm a b cup so..
projectcosplay projectcosplay Said:

Aww. I love Syo. I’ve cosplayed a version of him myself! He’s going to be a bit easier than some options out there specifically because he is pretty covered up and likes to wear layers most of the time. His tendency towards jackets and open vests help to disguise your natural curves and thusly does not require you to bind as tightly!

The main thing to remember with binding for crossplay is to remain aware of your comfort level. Many binding methods aren’t really meant to be worn for much more than a couple of hours at a time (let’s say 4 max). Binding methods that are safer for longer amounts of time still tend to max out most people’s safety and comfort range around 8 or 9 hours. If you start hurting or are having difficulty breathing, it is time to take the binder off. No ifs, ands, or buts. Everyone who matters would much rather see you doing a female version of a male cosplay than in pain or passing out. Never bind for more than 8-12 hours even with a high quality binding method.

Methods are below the cut.

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