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.
YES OF COURSE MY SON ill publish this ask because it might be useful for others
so here’s the thing with said trim
i would have used bias tape as usual for this, except for two things: it’s meant to be seamless-looking and metallic, neither of which you can accomplish with bias tape. SO WHAT DID I DO
this is going to sound completely crazy but it’s heat n bonded pleather vinyl. ‘why would you use heat n bond on vinyl??? are u insane??? wouldnt it melt???? did you wreck your iron???? did you burn yourself?????’ the answer to all of those questions except the last one is no.
HERES WHAT U NEED
heat n bond ultrahold (that’s the one in the red pack) (you can also buy it by the metre at most fabric stores i’ve been to so buy as much as you need for whatever trim you’re putting on?)
your pleather/vinyl - the softer the better. if it has a suede or polyester backing then we’re in business
and that’s all you need aside from an iron
read the heat n bond instructions then figure out how much trim you want. i had to cut some angular shapes so i just cut a huge square about 1.5 feet x 1.5 feet from my pleather. i cut the same amount from the heat n bond, then i ironed it on. iron it on smooth!!! then let it cool.
heat n bond has a paper backing so you can use a pencil to trace whatever shapes you need onto it. in my case it was straight lines and angles, so it was easy, but if you’re doing something more specific, remember that you have to sketch it on backwards so it shows the right way when you iron it on.
cut your shapes out and peel the backing off of them. you should have a lot of leftover. keep the leftover big chunks of paper lining. you need them!!!
line up your shapes or trims wherever they need to go. put your iron at about a medium setting, though you should test the whole thing on scrap fabric first because everyone’s iron is different.
don’t just smack your iron down because if you do you’ll melt your pleather onto your iron and all over your fabric and you’ll cry. this is where the leftover paper lining comes in handy. put it shiny side down on top of your vinyl, then iron over the paper. you shouldn’t need to hold it down for more than a few seconds, but do it firmly and in strokes. peel the paper off right away, then wait for it to cool and test to see if it’s affixed. if it’s not, no problem- iron over it again.
the nice side effect of the ironing is that it takes the pleather from a slightly textured, leathery finish to a perfectly sleek shiny smooth one. and then you have magical metallic trims with no visible seams!!!! we all win.
Costuming: the search for balance between accuracy, expediency, originality, expense, comfort, elegance and oh god the con is in a week where is the hot glue
I’m a cast member (employee) at one of the US Disney Parks. Every year when the local anime conventions come into town we have a problem. Cosplayers love to come to the park and try to cosplay in the park.
WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS.
WE DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE OVER THE AGE OF 10 IN COSTUME
(Except at certain parks halloween parties)
For whatever reason, there are cosplayers who think it’s some kind of badge of honor to get asked to leave. Or, they will pitch a fit and try to get reAds or merch from us for “interrupting their fun.”
Cosplayers have become slick about this. They know they will be turned away at the gate, so they will change in a washroom.
Do you understand WHY we can’t allow this?
Intellectual property is one reason. The other? Little kids may not be able to tell that you’re not the real Belle. And what if you’re some creepy who gets off on little kids who decided to dress up as Gaston? And kids are following you around???
Please, get the word out!
Stop coming to the park in costume. Stop bringing your costumes into the park. You may think its awesome that people can’t tell you’re not a Disney employee but it makes it harder on those of us who work there!
And our managers have started arresting people for this! No more comps or reads or “oh, sorry I didn’t know.”
If it is not a park sanctioned special event and you are over 10, do not go to Disney in costume. Even if the costume is not a Disney one. Kids do not differentiate brands that well. Heck, there are plenty of adults who would not realize it’s not some sort of special crossover event. There are official days that permit costumes like Star Wars Day, the Halloween Party, etc (check with your destination park), take advantage of those without breaking the rules.
No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Just do not.
Go to Disney. Have fun. Leave the cosplay outside the gates.
Disney parks are private property, they have the right to deny you access/service. While park staff cannot “arrest” you, they can have law enforcement forcibly remove you for trespassing and being a nuisance if you make an issue of it, especially when you’re in the wrong to start with. Here are their officially posted recommended dress code for Disney parks: [link] Note the “common sense” part.
Just read cosplay instructions that involved more steps of sanding, filling, sanding, and painting than a museum quality body off, frame auto restoration. O_o
True story: I was recommended tools and taught the proper use of said tools by a cosplayer.
That shit is hardcore, man.
#Always respect cosplayers #They’re not doing it for you #They’re doing it for them #It’s too expensive and painful and labor-intensive to be doing it for some dude’s approval #Unless that approval is holy crap it’s so amazing that you love these characters that I made #And even then that’s secondary