kyriea sent: Hello! Your Daenarys cosplay is fantasticly gorgeous! Could I ask you something? I'm working on the dress for a friend of mine, and I can't for the life of me figure out the dragon scale stitching, even with the costumer's tutorial. Could you help me figure it out maybe?

nocturnal-nightingale:

So this is my mini Dragonscale Smocking tutorial. Hopefully it’s easier for you to understand.

Supplies and starting off:

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Look supplies! You need your fabric, needle, thread, a pen, and scissors. On your fabric you need to make the dots shown on the paper to the right (it was hard to see them on the fabric I used).

Disclaimer: Don’t use red embroidery thread, I did so you could see, but on my actual dress I used black heavy duty thread, but you can basically use anything semi-close to your fabric in colour.

Tie a knot a big ass knot in your thread and let’s get started.

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Alright, here we are. you start on the middle dot one row up. Take a tiny stich through the fabric (we’ll be doing a lot of that) just enough so you catch the fabric.

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Pull tight, and yay, a knot!

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Alright, go over to the farthest right dot on that same row and do a tiny stich like shown above.

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It should look like this.

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Ok. now you stich the dot on the row below that lies in the middle of the other two places you stitched. ( you can see it better on the diagram to the right).

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Do a tiny stich back where we started. It should look like this. Triangles!

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Now the sort of tricky part, hold down the string coming up from the bottom (in this case that’s the knotted string, so it doesn’t really matter, but for the rest it will.) Ok, then pull tight the end of the string attached to the needle.

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It should look like this.

Important! Make sure you take a tiny stitch through all the fabric bunched at this area to make sure it stays put (I forgot to take a picture of this, I’ll add it later).

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Stitch through the dot in the middle directly above where you started, and repeat the process with the dots to the left now.

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Here’s a picture of me holding down the connecting thread from the previous triangle (like I held down the knot earlier). If you don’t, that will get pulled tight too, and it won’t look right. That was the mistake I made my first time.

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Pulled tight! Remember to stich them to hold them. It starts getting difficult to see the dots as they get obscured by folds, but just remember to make sure you’re stitching the right ones.

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Repeat, switching sides each time, like in the diagram, and it should start looking like this on the back.

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This is what it should look like on the front.

When you’re done, tie another knot, and cut the rest of the thread off.

Then you can iron it flat and tadaa, dragonscale!

(Which you then sew onto your base dress.)

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Edit: The original tutorial from Michelle Carragher is here: http://www.michelecarragherembroidery.com/How-to-create-Dragonscale(2880143).htm 

Alternative Wig Fix (Extensions) Part 1

dasucakes:

So I came up with this idea because I have nothing here with me other than my wig and some spare extensions that had no use because- they’re raw, means that I saved them when I cut my blonde wig short.

(It’s not official, and it’s not that I don’t recommend it also, it was done out of purely experimental purposes because I don’t want to spend lots with this-)

First of all, I used normal thread, tied the excess wig hair. Just as simple as that. I separated the hairs thinly, because I don’t want them to fall off in between the tied part.

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Yeah like this, in the process. I usually tie it for like, 4-6 times (if you’re not sure whether or not it will fall off, lol)

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After tying about 8-10 of these, I tied them all up together, like the first one, but now, in bundle form. In this way, It’ll be much moremoremore easier for me to glue them all, without worrying about them falling off.

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When I finished tying them in a bundle, I clipped the middle part so I can cut the end, for them to be all equal at the ends, because this would be the part where I would put on the glue. Yeah.

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The excess threads are okay, I actually see them as more helpful because once I glued them, they’d be included and stick together. I guess.

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After clipping them and all set, I glued the part, above the thread line. That simple. Let it dry for like hours maybe, I don’t know (I’m still at the process of drying it, ahahah.) 

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will update later!
I hope it dries up soon, lol~

cosplaytutorial:

Covering Eyebrows by AnimosityCosplayView the full tutorial here:http://animositycosplay.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-Covering-Eyebrows-194168391

cosplaytutorial:

Covering Eyebrows by AnimosityCosplay

View the full tutorial here:
http://animositycosplay.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-Covering-Eyebrows-194168391

hsc-abby:

Sakizou Terra Branford cape - in total there were between 185-195 flowers on my cape; the flowers were 4 different sizes, made out of 5 different colors of organza, and had 2,000+ beads hand sewn onto them.

My Terra cape got a lot of compliments at Anime Boston and online, so I figured I’d post a sort-of tutorial about how I made all of the flowers. I’ve never written up a tutorial before, so I apologize if anything is unclear or repetitive. I hope this is helpful and good luck!

Organza flower tutorial:
Step 1: Make your patterns! I measured out circles of 2”, 3”, 4”, and 5” diameters and then I free handed the basic flower shape that I wanted onto card stock. You want to make your pattern piece on a sturdy material because you’ll be tracing it A LOT.

Step 2: Trace all your flowers onto your organza and cut them out. Each of my flowers had 3 layers of color and 1 top layer of white or ivory, so you need to trace/cut at least 3x as many flowers as you want in the end.

Step 3 & 4: After you’ve cut out your flowers, you can sort them into piles with however many layers you have chosen to use.

Step 5: I used a candle flame to burn the edges of my organza. You have to seal the edges with heat otherwise the fabric will fray. You can use heat to seal the edges of most synthetic fabrics.

Step 6: You’ll have to do each layer of the flower individually.

Step 7: I chose to start with the points between each petal to keep the basic shape of the flower intact. It WILL take some trial and error to figure out how close to the flame you can get without burning your organza TOO much. This distance can vary based on the type of candle you’re using (due to the size of the wick), so I’d recommend using the same candle for the whole process and practicing with some extra fabric before starting in on your flowers.

Step 8: After the middle points are done, burn the edges of the petals.

Step 9: For the very top layers of the flowers, I used the flame to gather the center of the layer to help it curve in and create a space to bead.

Step 10 & 11: Repeat steps 6-8 for all the other layers of the flower.

Step 12: Assemble your flower once all the layers have been burned. I used straight pins to hold each of my flowers together once I was done burning them.

Step 13: This process takes a while, especially if you’re making a lot of different colors and sizes.

Step 14: Secure all the layers together by sewing a bead into the center of each flower. I used glass pearls that I had left over from another costume, but you could use pretty much any kind of bead.

Step 15: I chose to use different colors and amounts of beads to help me differentiate between the sizes of my flowers.

Step 16: Have a place to store all your flowers once they’re complete (I used a medium sized cardboard box). I ended up using a strong glue to attach my flowers to my cape, but you could also hand sew them to your garment.

Rogue Hood Tutorial

gingerybiscuit:

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i finally did it! it’s just for the hood because I’m pretty sure there are already tutorials out there for basic shirts and pants for god tier, but let me know if there aren’t. tumblr resizing is janky so click here for hi-res part 1 and part 2. i hope it is clear. always remember to iron your seams. you are all strong independent young cosplayers and i am sure you can figure it out from here.

Things I Have Learned About Styling Cosplay Wigs

miss-savvi:

With our local con less than three months away, I’ve been on a “cosplay preparation” kick. That means costume making, weight losing, skin caring, and wig styling. That last one has always given me the most trouble in the past, and I’ve usually enlisted help…but this year I’ve decided to try and style all of my wigs on my own. Challenge accepted. 

With three wigs (successfully) completed, and one more in the making, I feel like I have learned a few things:

Have at least one practice wig

Preferably one you’re willing to cut/curl/straighten/dye/etc. If you’re unsure of a new technique, it’s always, always, always best to try it on a practice wig first. That way if you mess up, hey, at least you know what not to do on the real wig.

Consult the internet

Don’t know how to cut bangs? Unsure of how to use a permanent marker to add color to your wig? Is a lace-front wig giving you troubles? Need to know how to make spikes? The answer is the internet. Likely chances are someone out there has made a tutorial or a video similar to what you’re looking for. Seriously. There are thousands of cosplay tutorials online. If you don’t know where to start, this website has some great links: http://cosplaytutorial.com/list.php.

Look twice, cut once

The hair on your wig will not grow back if you cut off too much. What I’ve been doing is taking a little bit off at a time while the wig is still on the styling mannequin, and trying it on after each section is cut before going back and making it shorter. Personally, I try to avoid cutting the wig while it’s on my head. A mannequin head is more likely to stay still while you’re cutting it, while if you use your own head, you may move around and cause an uneven cut.

Invest in the right tools

Kitchen scissors work, but legit scissors made specifically for cutting hair are so much better. You can pick them up at any beauty supply store or online. Other than that, I’ve discovered that razors—I use the kind that’s built into a comb—are great for giving hair that “choppy” look. Thinning shears are a must. Wigs are typically thicker than real hair, so running a thinning shears from the scalp of the wig to the ends helps get rid of some of that bulk, which will in turn look more natural. Other things I have used for styling my wigs have been curlers, a hairdryer, a flat iron (LOW HEAT ONLY!), combs, and brushes.

Know your products

Some products are better than others when it comes to styling and setting your wig. I’m a fan of “Got2b” products. They hold really well, but I will caution that they do make the wigs very hard to the touch. Great for creating spikes, but not so much for creating a “softer” look. I would avoid products that work with the oils of your hair to create style, and products that are typically used on a damp head of hair…such as shine serums. Since wigs are synthetic (most of the time), the most they’ll do is make your wig look greasy, not shiny.

I always recommend setting the wig with some sort of hairspray after it’s styled. Otherwise the wig will get all staticky. In my experience, aerosol sprays have tended to work better than non-aerosol ones. Non-aerosol just made the wig sticky, and took a lot longer to set. It’s a good idea to set it with a few coats of spray too, making sure the whole wig is covered.

Do not cut straight across! (Perpendicular, I believe it’s called)

Doing this will result in bluntly cut strands that don’t look very realistic. They don’t fall nicely, and look all around amateurish. What I’ve been doing is holding the scissors somewhat diagonally as I cut, keeping the edges from getting too blunt.

And I think that about sums up my discoveries. I’m sure these are the basics, and things people probably already know…if if you didn’t, maybe you found this a little helpful. I’ll post something about contact lenses too in the future.

basicsofcosplay:

vintage-aerith:

Someone asked that this be rebloggable so HURR YOU GO

Some patterns are really dumb in telling you to finish the body of an outfit, then finish the sleeve, then attach a circle to a circle. It’s possible to do, and once in a while it’s necessary, don’t…

cowbuttcrunchies:

pattern-making tip for cosplayers: when you know how a certain piece needs to look on your body, but aren’t sure how to pattern it out on fabric, pattern it on yourself first!
I use masking tape (with sheets of plasticwrap under, so I’m not sticking tape to my skin) to create a fitted body double that can get drawn all over. once it looks how I want it to, on me, I cut it off with a pair of scissors and discard everything but my pattern pieces, which can be either used or cut apart along where you’d want seam lines to go in order to make flat pieces. retrace onto some pattern/tracing/butcher paper and there’s your pattern.

cowbuttcrunchies:

pattern-making tip for cosplayers: when you know how a certain piece needs to look on your body, but aren’t sure how to pattern it out on fabric, pattern it on yourself first!

I use masking tape (with sheets of plasticwrap under, so I’m not sticking tape to my skin) to create a fitted body double that can get drawn all over. once it looks how I want it to, on me, I cut it off with a pair of scissors and discard everything but my pattern pieces, which can be either used or cut apart along where you’d want seam lines to go in order to make flat pieces. retrace onto some pattern/tracing/butcher paper and there’s your pattern.

Iwi got a new wig! My Bee cosplay is coming along :D I will be premiering the finished cosplay at WonderCon in a couple weeks, my boyfriend is going to be cosplaying Deckard! See you all there!

learning-to-sew:

notbadcosplay:

FOR FULL VERSION CLICK THIS THING
Notbadcosplay did a tutorial!? ON THEIR OWN!?
Why yes, yes I did.
Sorry about this size. Go ahead and punch me.
An “ahoge” is that silly little cowlick you see on lots and lots of moe anime characters. A few years ago I was on a budget, didn’t have any hair products, and just got the inspiration to try clear nail polish. I now forgo expensive hair products and use cheap dollar store nail polish. It works much better than hair product.

Cool Trick!

learning-to-sew:

notbadcosplay:

FOR FULL VERSION CLICK THIS THING

Notbadcosplay did a tutorial!? ON THEIR OWN!?

Why yes, yes I did.

Sorry about this size. Go ahead and punch me.

An “ahoge” is that silly little cowlick you see on lots and lots of moe anime characters. A few years ago I was on a budget, didn’t have any hair products, and just got the inspiration to try clear nail polish. I now forgo expensive hair products and use cheap dollar store nail polish. It works much better than hair product.

Cool Trick!

firewolf826:

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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cosplaytutorial:

Saber Wig Styling Tutorial by  RuffleButtCosplayView the full tutorial here:http://rufflebuttcosplay.deviantart.com/art/Saber-Hair-Styling-Tutorial-261710621

cosplaytutorial:

Saber Wig Styling Tutorial by  RuffleButtCosplay

View the full tutorial here:
http://rufflebuttcosplay.deviantart.com/art/Saber-Hair-Styling-Tutorial-261710621

pineneedlecollective:

I really wanted to do a video version of my DIY circle skirt tutorial, so here it is! 
When I can’t be bothered to add a zip to a circle skirt - it can add up to an hour to a project - I use this no-zip method with some stretchy fabric instead.
Stretchy fabrics include lycra, jersey knits and spandex if you’re on the lookout for some in a fabric store.
I will also upload a version on non-stretchy materials and adding zips soon.
cosplaytutorial:

Adding a ponytail to a short wig by Ayanna-CosplayView the full tutorial here:http://ayanna-cosplay.deviantart.com/art/Shichika-WIP-346220021

cosplaytutorial:

Adding a ponytail to a short wig by Ayanna-Cosplay

View the full tutorial here:
http://ayanna-cosplay.deviantart.com/art/Shichika-WIP-346220021

creativerash:

So recently as some of you may know I had to figure out how to make these green arm wraps in the picture below
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I wanted them to be one piece so that they wouldn’t have to be adjusted throughout the day if parts decided to slip, especially since the original plan was to…