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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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Pepakura is basically the art of paper craft folding. You can make amazing life-sized pieces of armor such as:


A full body Halo Armor Suit. Photo belongs to Tawnysha Greene.

Alphonse Armor. Photo belongs to di-chan.

So how do you use Pepakura? Here are tips on how to get started.

1) Download Pepakura Viewer (free). Here is a tutorial on how to download, open, and scale your first file. Most files are pre-scaled for someone 6 feet tall so it’s pretty easy to use. There is also a Pepakura Designer which is not free but only needed if you are going to create pep designs. Otherwise, for a cosplayer, the Viewer is more than enough.

2) Know where the Pep databases / galleries are. Some of the links are outdated or old so here are some useful (not dead) databases to start your search:

3) Pepakura is good for “metal-like” armor. I will create another post for more organic armor but the pep databases are much more useful for costumes that would be made out of metal: Gundams, Star Wars robots, Halo suits, Mega Man, etc.

4) It takes a lot of time, paper, and work. If you are doing this only using paper, it will already take a lot of time. However, if you are using craft foam and then using vinyl over it, or anything else over the craft foam, that’s three times the work. So just keep in mind, these are very detailed down to every fold so it will take some time to finish the projects…but they will come out awesome. Sometimes, I feel like pep is a little overkill because of all the details for every fold but it gives you a good starting point.

5) Oh and I have to mention, this method is not for everyone. I’m pretty good with fitting pieces together and 3D orientation but not everyone is made that way. So if you print out the pieces and get discouraged, it’s ok. Keep trying or try another method altogether. While using the software is easy, constructing the paper patterns is a completely different skillset. So don’t beat yourself up too hard if you can’t get it right the first, second, or even third time, ok?

  • ElfGrove: [stares at pinned pleats in skirt] Mmmgh...
  • ElfGrove: Xaynie?
  • Xaynie: ...What?
  • ElfGrove: The skirt?
  • Xaynie: ...It looks good. Is there something wrong with it I'm supposed to be seeing?
  • ElfGrove: No... I don't think so. I just needed confirmation that it looked okay.
  • Xaynie: It looks great! I thought there was something wrong with it I couldn't see!
  • ElfGrove: No, no! I just needed a second opinion that this works.
  • Girl in Bathroom: *attempts to wash her hands but nothing comes out of the faucet*
  • Girl in Bathroom: *to me* Is this faucet broken?
  • Me in Jack Frost Cosplay: Sorry...I froze it...
  • Girl in Bathroom: *chuckles* No wonder you are on the naughty list!!
If you don’t like what I’m wearing because I don’t fit into your “ideal” image of a body type, then you’re the one with the problem. Not me.

-Me (via xaynie)

what a terribly inappropriate thing to post on a cosplay blog

(via murasakidoku)

Actually, I believe it is terribly appropriate post for a cosplay blog. Cosplay, costume play, is all about having fun while in costume.

Cosplay blogs that deride people for their body type go against the spirit that we encourage here at Project Cosplay.

If you are having fun, no one should give you a hard time about your costume choice, because evidently the person complaining about having the “wrong body type" is the one that has an issue with your body, not you. Your body type is perfect for whatever you feel comfortable wearing. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, and it is no one’s right to judge them but themselves.

(via bishironen)

If you don’t like what I’m wearing because I don’t fit into your “ideal” image of a body type, then you’re the one with the problem. Not me.
Me (via xaynie)
Go get your crafting best friend (by which I mean your hot glue gun).
ElfGrove
  • Co-Worker: So what did you do this weekend?
  • ElfGrove: Made guns.
  • Co-Worker: See any movies-- "Made?" You mean out of cardboard or something, right?
  • ElfGrove: More or less.
  • Co-Worker: I've only shot a real gun once in my life.
  • ElfGrove: Then you're ahead of me by one. I never have.
  • Jru(Shinra): Oh, your shoes look great.
  • ElfGrove(Shizuo): Thanks! I got this shoe buffer thing. It's pretty quick to use and makes it look a bit better. Shizuo is a pretty neat-dressed fellow. I mean, he'd freak if someone dirtied the uniform his brother gave him.
  • Jru(Shinra): True!
  • ElfGrove(Shizuo): Put your feet up. I'll get your shoes while I'm at it. [pause] Izaya, do you have your shoes on yet? [looks] No. Where are they? Gimme your shoes.
  • Tara(Izaya): Wait. Why do you want my shoes!?
  • ElfGrove(Shizuo): Just shining them real quick. Hand 'em over. Celty, you get over here too!
  • Xaynie(Celty): Are you going to buff my entire suit? Look at all these men, kneeling in the floor to serve me.
  • ElfGrove(Shizuo): Don't push it, woman.
  • Xaynie(Celty): I can't help it if I've got three guys following me around everywhere!

Xaynie: I think you would make a great Isara. She’s cute, and I do like her outfit.
Lexx: What’s that thing attached to her neck?
Jru: Old school iPad. jkjk, no idea. xPPP
ElfGrove: It’s totally an Etch-A-Sketch. >:D
Xaynie: It’s a map, lol.
ElfGrove: Boo. My interpretation is 10x more awesome.

Nooooooooo!!! out of hot glue!!! that’s my life source!!! dammm!