Things no one tells you about getting into cosplay.



  • There will always be someone that you feel is better than you. Always. Learn to accept that.
  • What takes you two days now will, with practice, take you two hours later. Keep at it.
  • There will be people who tell you that you’re too fat, or thin, or black, or white to cosplay a character. For every one of them, there are 10 who love your cosplay. Don’t listen to the hate.
  • Keep the first cosplay you ever make. Or at least photos. It will remind you of how far you’ve come later.
  • Always map out how much fabric you need and buy a yard more.
  • When you see a $0.99 pattern sale, buy as many as you can. You never know when they’ll come in handy. (It’s also fun to see the crazy high price under “you saved” when you buy 30 $20 patterns for 99 cents each).
  • When you go to a convention in the first costume you ever make yourself, there will be a 100% chance of a more experienced cosplayer in the same cosplay. And you will want to throw yours away. Don’t do it.
  • Muslin is your friend. It’s $1 a yard and it’ll help you figure out if the pattern your using will fit before you cut into your $10 a yard fabric.
  • There is nothing wrong with starting simple and starting small. Know your skill level when you start. Stay relatively inside it and you will be less frustrated and more proud of your work.
  • A little later, pick cosplays that have aspects you know how to do and aspects you don’t know how to do. Look up tutorials and try new things.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help, but make sure you try to help yourself first. Keep bookmarks of online tutorial and guide resources. 
  • Don’t be afraid to start over from scratch. If you don’t like what the end product looks like don’t let the hours you spent on it force you to keep it. Rip seams. Re-do hems. Go out and buy more fabric. All the work will be worth it for a cosplay you’re proud of.
  • Have cosplayers you look up to, but do not try to become them. Become you.
  • Invest in good materials. Starting with cheap products like $5 scissors means you will have to replace them much more frequently as your experience tells you that they aren’t good enough and you need better. Get better from the start.
  • Don’t be afraid to cosplay alone.
  • Get a sewing machine with at least 5 different types of stitches on it. You may not know how to use them now but as you learn you will want them available to you.
  • There will always be someone who gets more attention than you for the same cosplay. Don’t let that make you bitter. Likewise, don’t let it make you power hungry.
  • Don’t let notes on tumblr of favorites on deviantart dictate the quality of your cosplay.
  • Set goals and work to achieve them, like “5 new cosplays this year” or “win something in a costume contest.”
  • Finally, there will come a day when you become great at cosplay. You will make all your own cosplays and even win some contests. You work hard on all your costumes and you put great effort and skill into making them detailed and perfect. And you will look at someone in a poorly made costume and a ratty wig and something deep, deep inside you, in a place you didn’t know existed, will twinge with elitism. You will not know where it comes from and you will not know how or when it got there. But fight it back. Remember where you started. Because one day that cosplayer may become great too. And they’ll have looked up to you like you looked up to others. Be a role model. Be the cosplayer you would have liked to know when you were starting out. Give back.

Note: Bedsheets are also a good alternative to Muslin for pattering. You’ve got at least 3 family members somewhere with a set of sheets they’re never going to use again.

(Source: seerofsarcasm)


So you’ve decided you want to become a Titan-killing machine?
Good! But first you must prove yourself by making an incredible amount of straps before joining the ranks! This little tutorial will show you how I made my Attack on Titan pleather straps. I personally wanted my straps to be rather sturdy and durable to make it more viable that these things could actually function as they would in the series. Also, you can of course apply this to straps and belts of the non-Shingeki variety.

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Great write-up on how to make your own harness!

Mail Monday~

Sorry, it’s been a while since I did my asks! Send them in here if you have questions.

I completely forgot to post this on Monday! I put it into drafts *headdesk*


lost-society: The real question is are you planning to make it yourself? It looks like a sailor fuku and a skirt with high slits, maybe these patterns can help? Also, here is my list of sewing resources for beginners <3



Anon: I found this close-up of the collar, but I can’t find any tutorials for it specifically. If you want it to light up, asking on the Replica Prop Forum is probably your best bet, otherwise you could really make it out of anything and just paint the numbers on (like leather for the strap, and the center piece of Worbla or foam). Good luck! 



bradleyuppercrustthe3rd:  Unfortunately you probably won’t be able to find a pattern that already has the stars unless a fan has created one (which, if they have, I haven’t seen). I found a couple of patterns that might work, but you’ll definitely want to create a mock-up before you move to the actual fabric.



jasmarie1900: I don’t even think that movie has been released yet? I’m not finding any character specific makeup tutorials for him, but from the images I’m seeing it’s just heavy cheek/nose contouring - but I can’t tell if he’s just dirty. If you have a specific reference image then I can probably find you better tutorials.



@valeriavalravn: Haha that’s a tough one! Her outfit is a leotard/ onesie, so if you want to do a corset I’d recommend doing it under the leotard, probably an underbust. Otherwise you’ll have to sew in boning channels into the outfit to give it a corset like structure. Anything that covers your crotch like that is going to be difficult to get into and out of though. Maybe you could make the bottom come off with snaps or a zipper (does that make any sense?)

For the wings, Kassandra Leigh had clear, fairyesque wings commissioned. (Tutorials here). I’m can’t find any really good tutorials on the hip wings, but some are made of fabric and sewn in, but most seem to be made of fiberglass, pvc or wire, and held in with a corset wing harness.



Anon: I suppose it’s different for everyone, and depends on your time, budget and skill level. If you plan on making your own cosplays, you’ll at least need a sewing machine and some of the basics tools. If you can, take some classes or watch videos online… And read! I read and watch hundreds of tutorials a month, and I try to post some of the best tutorials in my Beginners tag.

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Good luck! 



Sorry Anon, I honestly do not know anything about 3D Gold Edging, or even what it is. Maybe one of my followers knows?



When painting stripes on fabric, you always want to use a stencil!  Painting many perfectly even, spaced lines is something extremely difficult to do - a much easier solution is to create a stencil out of painter’s blue tape.  You can also create a stencil out of freezer paper, but try to use tape if possible since it’s easier to lay and already cut out into strips for you.

Fabric paint is the best choice to use when picking your materials.  It’s meant to be flexible and move when your fabric bends, which is very important since your paint will be covering half of your fabric.  Acrylic paint is not recommended unless you are making something very stiff (like our derse outfits).   However be sure to buy the bigger sized tubes, since this method uses quite a bit of paint.

I apologize in advance for the fact this *isn’t* a tutorial, but I’ve been collecting the best Attack on Titan // 3D Maneuver Gear references I can, and I know my followers will find them useful :)

If you guys like this, I’ll post more! 

  1. Recon Troops Badge (PM him and he will send you the file!) 
  2. 3D Modeled, 3D Maneuver Gear WIP
  3. 3D Maneuver Gear Handle Close-Up
  4. 3D Maneuver Gear Handle “Blueprint” 

Cosplay Assumptions


So tonight, a friend tagged me in this photo from Wondercon 2012:
(I’m the Martian Man-Eater. As an aside, someone referred to me as the Martian Man-Chaser. Excuse me, no. It is the men who chase ME, not vice-versa *snap*)

I (mistakenly) decided to read the comments on this particular photo.
When I post pics on my personal page, people are mostly cool and respectful, because they know that the sharpness of my tongue is legendary and they had best not mess. And while most of the comments were tame or expected (cute a bazillion comments on the hotness of the ladies involved, paticularly Joan Stewart, because let’s face it, she fine), I did see a lot of ignorance seeping out of the woodwork. And it occurred to me just how many assumptions people make about cosplayers, and just how incredibly wrong they are. So I’m going to address a few of those today.

Signal boost for this amazingly inspiring post

Unofficial Fashion Friday today, cause I want to :)

This is a few of the most common Harajuku Fashion Styles by Neko-Vi on DA. +Fav the original Here.