I've been cosplaying casually since 2007 but recently been working hard to raise my game! I usually attend London MCM Expo but try to get to a few more events and meets where I can!

Currently Working On:
- Aramis (The Musketeers) / progress tag
- Belle, blue town dress (Beauty and the Beast) / progress tag

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nenime replied to your photoset“Whipped up a new waistcoat for Hilda (the Pokemon Black/White female…”
omg did you do that in a day? I am jelly of your mad skills.

Thank you! :3 I patterned, cut and pinned together the front and back pieces yesterday before going to work. But I didn’t start until about 10:30 today and now I have a couple of hours to spare before going out tonight so I could have done the whole thing in one day. All comes down to having done it a few times before so I was able to just whizz through most of it without having to look anything up.

Whipped up a new waistcoat for Hilda (the Pokemon Black/White female trainer) as I’m wearing her for a shoot tomorrow. I couldn’t find my old one, but I recall not being happy with it so I must have thrown it away. Really pleased with how this turned out though!

Done my first bit of wool felt shaping! And luckily I already had a cowboy style hat to act as a base. Hopefully it’ll turn out ok. I’m not too worried about those little creases at the bottom as they’ll be hidden by a band anyway.
Though, if you’re going to do it, keep an eye on things as you’re shaping the material. I had to restart after I realised I pulled one side down too much.

Done my first bit of wool felt shaping! And luckily I already had a cowboy style hat to act as a base. Hopefully it’ll turn out ok. I’m not too worried about those little creases at the bottom as they’ll be hidden by a band anyway.

Though, if you’re going to do it, keep an eye on things as you’re shaping the material. I had to restart after I realised I pulled one side down too much.

Yesterday I put a few layers of a glue/water mixture over the foam parts of my bum dagger to seal it and left it outside, the thinking being that it would dry quicker. I then forgot all about it and last night it rained. It has been peeled off and I can do it again tomorrow.

Yesterday I put a few layers of a glue/water mixture over the foam parts of my bum dagger to seal it and left it outside, the thinking being that it would dry quicker. I then forgot all about it and last night it rained. It has been peeled off and I can do it again tomorrow.

Aramis shirt progress! I might have gotten a little more done but my overlocker has decided it’s had enough for today (temperamental machines that they are). I was especially happy to find a lace trim for the collar and cuffs which looks a lot like that used for the actual costume.

All I still need to do is overlock the sleeve seams, do the cuffs, neaten the ends of the trim and hem the bottom. I’m so pleased with how this is turning out so far! :D

I always recommend trying on pieces of fabric you’ve pinned together before sewing to check the fit (keep checking the fit as much as you can), but always be super careful if you need to pull the garment over your head. This coming from someone who almost took their eye out with a pin at 9:30 on a Monday morning.

Mocks up for the jacket and trousers! I’m using Simplicity 4923 and they’ll need a few alterations. On the jacket the sleeves need to be thinner, there’s the extra bits which go over his shoulders and it needs six flappy bits at the bottom instead of four. The trousers need to be lengthened and I need to make alterations for the little vent bit he seems to have at the bottoms of the legs, also alter for buttons and waistband. Surprisingly I think the trousers need more altering than the jacket.

But I have the fabric for the trousers so I can start those next week. Just need to find for the jacket.

wolfofmagdeburg replied to your photo“Going to start working on the… bum dagger? That dagger they have round…”
If I hear the phrase ‘bum dagger’ said irl at a con I will be useless for the rest of the weekend

Noted

(to be fair, very unlikely because I’ll get as far as opening my mouth to say it before collapsing on the floor because I laugh so easily and hard at my own pathetic humour)

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secondlina:

12 simple rules to have fun doing cosplay without hurting anybody (especially yourself) by secondlina

Over the con season, I spoke to SO many cosplayers. It made me want to draw this. So that the new generation of cosplayers have a little guide. This is not just how to make a costume. This is also about how to keep yourself feeling good at a con, how to interact with other con goers and how to interact with webcomic artist and merch folks. 

Please feel free to add to this list of recommendations. 

Thanks Isa! This is super!

My own input, mostly regarding rules 4 & 7, sometimes carrying stuff (even a totebag) or leaving a hand “normal” isn’t a reasonable option in some costumes. For these costumes, have a place where you can go back, dress down, and store your gear after a few hours on the con floor. Do not try to handle people or merchandise while wearing body paint or appendages that can potentially do damage. If you can’t carry stuff or need help getting around, make sure you’ve arranged in advance for a friend (or a sequence of friends) to act as your handler while wearing the costume.

#8 addendum. Don’t block hallways or walkways (even if you don’t think it’s a particularly important area). If someone can’t follow you out of a traffic zone for a photo, don’t stop for them. It’s too easy to end up with a crowd of photogs once one starts.