Camping trip last weekend was awesome. Bucky’s a quick learner and is just freaking awesome. Went from the shyest dude to the most sociable. Likes having his own chair for camping when he can’t have my lap, lol. Also, he didn’t even react to the elk herd that meandered by our camp (he looks alert but his head is actually resting on the arm of the chair; he didn’t even consider barking or leaving his spot, lol). 

The water pic was actually out first day walking Taber to work at the university early last week. It’s neat to see how much he’s grown already.

Bucky not cosplay but important personal

enasnivolz:

I’m getting pretty sick and tired of seeing comments like this on my pictures. Look. I know I cosplay a super sexualized character. I accept that. I love Moxxi and everything she is. I don’t pretend like my boobs AREN’T in your face in this cosplay, because they sure as hell are. That’s who Moxxi IS. If you said that to Moxxi you’d get one of two things depending on her mood. A few rounds from Rubi or a hefty price tag you couldn’t hope to achieve even after weeks of looting.  Try as I might, I’m NOT Moxxi. I’m a real life human being on Earth. Not Pandora. Not Elpis. I’m not a doll or a pair of boobs. I can’t blast you out of my sight with my favorite corrosive pistol, but I CAN get out the banhammer and paste your name/username everywhere for the world to see what a disgusting creep you are.  This is not a compliment. This is harassment. This is disgusting. This is not how you treat anybody, cosplay or not.  And I will not tolerate it.  #cosplay #costume #madmoxxi #creeps #rude #harassment

enasnivolz:

I’m getting pretty sick and tired of seeing comments like this on my pictures.
Look. I know I cosplay a super sexualized character. I accept that. I love Moxxi and everything she is. I don’t pretend like my boobs AREN’T in your face in this cosplay, because they sure as hell are. That’s who Moxxi IS.
If you said that to Moxxi you’d get one of two things depending on her mood. A few rounds from Rubi or a hefty price tag you couldn’t hope to achieve even after weeks of looting.
Try as I might, I’m NOT Moxxi. I’m a real life human being on Earth. Not Pandora. Not Elpis. I’m not a doll or a pair of boobs. I can’t blast you out of my sight with my favorite corrosive pistol, but I CAN get out the banhammer and paste your name/username everywhere for the world to see what a disgusting creep you are.
This is not a compliment. This is harassment. This is disgusting. This is not how you treat anybody, cosplay or not.
And I will not tolerate it.
#cosplay #costume #madmoxxi #creeps #rude #harassment

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Cosplay Help Masterlist

for-the-cosplay:

So basically I had a bunch of tutorials liked/bookmarked and I wanted to consolidate them into one nice place. I hope this is helpful! I will probably make a part two later. EDIT Here is part two

Beginner Help

Cosplay Crash Course - x

A Guide to Conventions - x

Conventions and Your Stomach - x

How to Budget for Cosplay  - x 

How to Start Cosplaying - x

Everything About Sewing

Sewing Tips and Tricks - x

How to Use Fabric Paint - x

Sewing Language - x

Gathering Fabric - x

All About Interfacing - x

Finishing Seams - x

Kimono Sleeves - x

Button Holes - x 

Sailor Collar Tutorial - x

Introduction to Sewing - x

Wigs

Buying Wigs - x

How to Cut Wigs - x

Elsa Wig Tutorial - x

How to Dye a Wig - x

Restoring Your Wig/Washing it - x

Where to Buy Wigs - x x x 

Contacts

All About Circle Lenses - x

How to Open the Stupid Containers - x

Where to Buy Contacts - x x

All the Skirt Tutorials You Could Ever Need

Circle Skirt - x x

Half Circle Skirt - x

Gathered Skirt - x

Tulle Skirt - x

Maxi Skirt - x

Pencil Skirt - x

Ruffley Petticoat/Skirt - x

Pleated Skirt - x

Makeup 

Basic Cosplay Makeup - x x

Coloring Your Eyebrows - x

Make Your Own Lipstick - x

MTF Cosplay

MTF Makeup - x

FTM Cosplay

Make Your Own Binder - x

Affordable Binders - x

FTM Makeup - x

Misc Tutorials

How to Make Invisible Shoes - x

Anna Masterpost - x

How to Make a Sword - x

Two Colored Bow - x

Satyr/Goat Feet - x

Pointy Teeth - x

Super Cleavage - x

Master Sword - x

Fitting Thigh Highs - x

How to Make Things Shiny - x

Armor Pattern Tutorial - x

Asuna Boots Tutorial - x

Lightweight Wings- x 

Asuna Stocking Tutorial - x

Zelda TP Armor - x

Misc Useful Things

Colored Tights - x

InstaMorph - x

How To Bead Dresses - x

Elf Ears - x

Helpful Cosplay Blogs

for-the-cosplay

cosplayguide

cosplayhelp

cosplaying on a budget

vicious cosplay 

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hollowsuzumi asked:

Hello, I'll be cosplaying as Cicero from Skyrim and I was wondering if you could provide any tips for me. The most difficult piece for him is his jester hat. I'm not very good at sewing yet, so I've been struggling with patterns and how I'd create it

ShadowDrac Cosplay Answer:

cosplaying-on-a-budget:

Hey hallowsuzumi! This is Kates. I’ve found one pattern for Cicero’s hat from VirulentRequiem at Deviantart.

http://www.deviantart.com/art/Cicero-Hat-Pattern-2-0-325509736
Reference: http://virulentrequiem.deviantart.com/art/Jester-s-Hat-in-Charcoal-313686953

She doesn’t give a lot of explanation as to how to make it, so I would suggest printing your pattern and making a ‘mock’ version out of muslin or some other cheap fabric. This will give you an idea of how the pieces go together, as well as the fit of the hat. You’ll then know if you want to adjust anything to your particular tastes.

I’ve got three tips for you: if you’re new to sewing, take it slow and don’t cut corners. Remember your basics like pressing your seams, pinning, and snipping the insides of curves. Better to take your time learning to do it right than rushing it and being unhappy with the product.

Second, fabric choices. Try and stick to cottons, linens, and leathers/believable pleathers, or at least things that look and feel like they are natural. While true natural materials are usually more pricey than your polyesters, you can always take advantage of the 40% coupon trick (Michaels and Hobby Lobby ALWAYS have printable 40% coupons, and both of those stores as well as Joanns and Hancocks accept one competitor’s coupon a visit). Also, you can find some pretty decent cheap cottons or imitation cottons in Hancock’s clearance, as well as at Walmart if your Walmart carries fabric. If you shop around and take your time, you can find some really good stuff for pretty inexpensive. 

Third, distressing. One stark visual characteristic of Skyrim is the grunginess. I love it. If you want to stick out as a truly talented cosplayer, you’re gonna have to muck up that pretty outfit you just made. It hurts, I know. For soft fabrics, Lo uses coffee grounds (think grime and sweat), but you can also rub in used earl grey tea leaves. (Or for a truly authentic and much more entertaining wear-down, wear it to your local Renfair for a whole weekend. Trust me.) For hardier fabrics, like your pleather or leather, you’ll want to ding or scruff it a little, but be very careful with the pleather; as I’ve said in other posts, lesser pleathers tear easily. 

Hope this helps—have fun!

Pokemon X and Y: Casual, Comfortable Cosplay Cheap!

cosplaying-on-a-budget:

Disclaimer: if you just want the points without the prose, skip to the italics. 

Happy Monday! Guess what’s in two weeks? PAX Prime. Yeah, I know. And thanks to my obsessive husband and in-laws, we managed to land passes for all four days. Not the actual whole-con pass, because those were sold out in 6 minutes, but the individual day passes do the same thing.

Of course, I had to have costumes for all four days. And so did my husband, because he’s married to me. But as we are a poor young married couple, and we would like to be comfortable for most of Pax, so I needed something that required minimal work and costed next to nothing. They had to be video game characters, preferably that complimented each other. And it had to be something Hubby loves, because it’s his first cosplay…well, other than the random costume parties I’ve dressed him up for.

Guess what Pax is hosting? A freakin’ Pokemon League.

So…Pokemon. X and Y.

I started my research. But as much as I love Serena’s outfit, I honestly didn’t want to make another dang skirt from scratch while I’m pulling my hair out over Aqua. Nor did I want to order another wig. I picked up X…and DUH! Customizable avatars!! 

http://www.serebii.net/xy/customisation.shtml

I’ve only found one cosplayer so far who’s done this. It doesn’t mean there aren’t others, but I’m kinda surprised that the whole world hasn’t beaten me to it. It is so simple, and so cheap!

The great thing about the wardrobes for X and Y is that most of these items are sitting in your closet already, so that’s where I started. Blue jeans—check. Aqua jeans—check. Knee-high black boots—check.

For everything else, I gave myself a budget of $20 and went straight to Goodwill. Guess what? I got 3 costumes for $18. :P

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Those were already my jeans. Heh, my years working retail is showing through.

OK, technically after a handful of supplies, it came to about $23. Still.

The key to Goodwill shopping is to have an open mind. I knew there were a handful of shirts I wouldn’t wear, but otherwise, I just went through every section, looking for whatever would work. And when I mean every section, I mean every section. That white shirt is a Junior’s small, and I found it in the Women’s larges. Be brave and grab things that may be too big or too small according to the letter size, because believe it or not, it just might fit. And try things on. That shirt may only be $2, but that’s $2 down the drain if it won’t work, and the only way Goodwill takes things back is through donations. 

You may have to alter things. I really, really wanted the blue parka with the orange sherbet tank. I wanted it like I want orange sherbet now that I’ve typed it. But for the life of me I couldn’t find a cropped hoddie/jacket that would work, so I got a grey zipper from Hancocks and I’m about to turn that blue pullover hoodie into a zip-up one. Also, that black turtleneck? Long sleeved. I’ve already chopped the sleeves off and hemmed them, and it’s ready to go. My hat? Just added a white ribbon. Easy projects, which was the goal, but it was work none the less.

My husband was not quite convinced, though. How were people going to know we were actually Pokemon Trainers? In order to pull this off, you have to have a few distinguishing factors. The first is the bag. 

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I’ve spent a lot of time at Hancocks this past week. Like, a lot. 

That’s a $5 Old Navy computer bag from, you guessed it, Goodwill. Add some cheap $3 a yard blue rip-stop nylon, and some acrylic paint, and WHALA:

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I wish it had been as easy as waving a wand, but I had to pull the front panel off to put the blue stuff on. Just the same, it wasn’t a crazy project. It was done in like, 2 hours, dry time and all. For my bag, I just looked for a purse that worked, and lucked out with that white strappy one.

The second factor is the hat. I found a blue ‘cycling’ hat while we were cleaning out the old theatre storage, but for everyone else, search for newsboys hats on Amazon. We decided to do the black beanie for my husband because his head is freggin’ huge. I got his from a rather questionable wig shop in the not-so-nice-district of town for $2, but I think you can find them for cheap right now at Forever 21. (BTW, if you want to do cheap piecing, Charolette Russe, Forever 21, and H&M are GREAT.) I painted the pokeball thing on it, and it is good to go!

The third is the hat accessory. To me, this is rather debatable, but it can drive the point home. I got a pair of sunglasses at the dollar store, and for any other ones I’ll make them out of left over foam from Aqua. Just hot glue a pin or safety pin to the back, and you’re good to go! 

The fourth is Pokeballs. There are so, so many youtube tutorials on how to make these. I got foam balls from the dollar store so I could throw them at my husband and try to catch him. It hasn’t worked yet.

Last but not least, the Mega Ring. I kinda got the pieces…but I’m still working on that. I’ll get back to you.

Anyway, I hope this inspires some of you to go and experiment with all the costume options X and Y have to offer! If you do the slurpy dress, post pictures!! 

Ok, it’s time for an ears tutorial! Let’s all be woodland creatures now!

thenerdgirlcosplays:

So you wanna be an animal..or partially an animal..fine, you just want ears because they’re super cute and you’re over the faun thing. I’ve got your back. Of course, there are tons of different ears out there and there are simpler ways to do this, but…let’s take our ears up to 11. Or 7.

What you need:

  • fabric for the interior and exterior of your ears (this can vary depending on what you want but I used faux fur and felt)
  • plastic canvas
  • armature wire
  • sewing machine, thread, needles, scissors

First! Figure out the shape of your animal’s ears. Remember, ears aren’t flat (usually). They’re fully three-dimensional body parts. Play around with some paper first and figure out what you want them to look like.

I chose rabbit ears. I could do this more easily by flattening them but I wanted them more realistic. I cut out the pieces.image

I cut out 2 pieces for the interior of the ear of felt, 2 for the exterior of faux fur, and I also cut out 2 pattern pieces out of plastic canvas. The plastic canvas…let’s talk about that for a sec. Plastic canvas is that stuff that old ladies make tissue box covers out of or book marks. Not insulting them, we’re just using it for a different purpose. Try to buy the plastic canvas with the finest or smallest grid possible. We’ll be using this on the inside of the ears as a support for the ear, the “cartilage” if you will. Just trust me on this.

imageSew your ear fabrics together, right sides in. Flip them right-sides out. They’re pretty cute just like that! But…let’s push ourselves further.

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Look at my nail polish! I’m in love with it. But back to business. Now here is where the whole process sloooooowwwwssss way down. You want to stitch your armature wire to the plastic canvas. Leave at least 4 inches of wire on both ends of the plastic canvas. But why are we wasting our time with this? It makes perfect sense! I promise. Basically, what I’m trying to do here is eliminate a need for extra stitching on the outside of the ear once it’s finished and allow the wire to move the entire ear with the plastic canvas support like a real ear would move. You’ll also be able to position and reposition this all you want.

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Stick the whole plastic canvas/wire thingy inside the pocket of your ears. Whoa! You’ve got ears! I left a few inches of wire on both ends of the plastic canvas. This is important because you can then either wrap the wire around a headband and plop it on your head OR you can stick the wires through a wig and onto a headband for support and an invisible way to attach it. You could also sew it directly onto a wig. My ears are too tall for this and need the extra support of a headband under my wig, but whatever you choose to do is all personal preference.

You should totally add a flower crown because that will be all like woodland creature royalty stuff. Just saying.

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