Comparative Measurements

foliealoki:

does anyone know, roughly, how long elsa’s cape is in frozen?

like everyone’s cosplays are way shorter, and the wrong shape. i’m going for accuracy here.

even if someone knows how tall elsa is, i can like use math to figure out the fucking cape???

heLP ME

It doesn’t matter what Elsa’s height is; you just need to find the proportional length. Use Elsa’s head or arm or entire body as a unit of measurement –– her cape may be 15 heads or 1.4 bodies or whatever, I’m coming up with random numbers –– and then find the comparative measurement for your own body. If Elsa’s cape is x times her entire height, then the cape should be x times your entire height!

Keep in mind though that her cape sometimes changes lengths (especially in promotional pictures and concept art) based on the needs of the picture. There is no “accuracy” in art as there is no such thing as immaculate consistency, and there are very legitimate reasons to be inaccurate, such as not wanting to spend an entire convention picking up your train so it doesn’t get stepped on.

But anyway, here’s an example:

The center back of Elsa’s cape is 13 “heads.” The outer edge is 7 “heads.” Measure your own head and multiply that by 13 and 7 individually. Design the arc between the two. Voila. Pattern.

If you don’t like the measurement you end up with, it’s because Elsa is a cartoon character and her head is not necessarily representative of human proportions. Try measuring again with her arm, or some other unit of measurement that is more humanlike.

- Jenn

A message from eli-kent


Nice new look on the blog ladies. A rather philosophical question here - what's it like to be a celebrity cosplayer? You are no doubt known by hundreds at every convention. Does it ever get overbearing?

Lmao, “celebrity.”

At a convention, about once every two hours, someone goes “Hey, you’re the Dangerous Ladies!” Half of the time, they also add “I learned x from your blog!/I watched you make these costumes on your blog!” They then run away. Occasionally, someone stops to talk to us about things. We thoroughly enjoy these conversations. Then, after the convention, we get a dozen “I saw you but was too shy to talk to you!” messages.

That’s about it. That’s about all.

We are content with this. In fact, if this is indeed “celebrity”, I don’t know what Britney Spears complains about ;) 

- Jenn

A message from musicfreakcreations


On the topic of fake positivity in the cosplay community, how 'bout them cosplayers that YOU CLEARLY KNOW BULLIED people in the community both in public and online, yet still have the nerve to say their all about the positivity. Pisses me off... sorry had to get that off my chest.

Some of them tick me off. I don’t really blame younger/newer cosplayers for falling prey to “popularity contest” mentalities when they’re new to the scene, especially when a lot of the younger cosplayers are still in high school and are still learning the ins and outs of participating in community/subculture. It’s just unfortunate that so many of these growing pains are happening on the internet, where things you said years ago can bite you in the ass even when you’ve long-since grown out of it. I know a handful of former-bullies who get along alright these days, and in their cases I’m just glad to see them working on a more positive outlook, you know?

But on the other hand, I do get ticked off by folks who keep up a weird, ongoing two-faced approach to cosplay and deliberately stir shit. I don’t know that I’ve met many of them over the years, but in those cases, I’d definitely advise you pull them aside and talk to them about it, especially when people’s feelings are getting hurt as a result.

- Jenn

hoola121:

Yeah…satire. Of course.

"Satire" sounds better than "a massive bitter flattening of community dynamics", dude, just go with it. ;)

hoola121:

Cosplayers are pretty high up in the feudal caste system that is convention geekdom. And the better the cosplayer, the more popular. The lesser geeks look up to them. Photographers and videographers feed off of them. They have access to the better parties. Guests and high-level staffers try to curry their favor. Cosplayers can even have people they don’t like eliminated by simply crying “creeper” and sending a torrent of outrage in their direction. It’s what the bathrobe Inuyashas strive for, not knowing that in the end, they’re stuck in a crab pot. It gets to be no matter what trite positivity is slung, you can see past the masks and facades. Though by the time you realize you’re in a game of thrones, you already have that assassin’s dagger buried in your back.

It’s a dark world clad in satin and caked in make-up.

This is the funniest hyperbole/satire on cosplay popularity I’ve ever read. 

The Rains of Castamere play at every public convention photoshoot, as those with the best costumes slaughter the traitors who show up in [gasp!] bought costumes.

sweets-and-tea:

"all cosplay is equal, no one is better than anyone else"

Um how about no? There will always be someone better than you, it’s a fact of life, and if you can’t deal with that and work harder to be better and instead try to hide away the truth with ridiculously fake positivity you need to go and grow a fucking pair and get some fucking life skills

God damn 

How come no one on this website can be a fucking adult

While I do agree that the fake positivity in the cosplay community is exhausting and unnecessary, I think that’s just a part of tumblr as a whole, not specifically the cosplay community. You’ll see all sorts of diatribes on this site about how it’s okay to be [generally negative trait here] and to “just be yourself!” without any self-reflection, and most really just reinforce people in their insecurities; it fosters a community where everyone settles for their own mediocrity and never strive to improve themselves or their skills. It says “anyone who disagrees with you, even with the kindest of intentions, is wrong and you are never culpable.”

If there is going to be a community ethos as far as avoiding arrogance, it shouldn’t be about equality or everyone being on the same playing field, because that’s nonsense; there are beginner cosplayers and there are master-class/artisan cosplayers and there are people all in-between, and comparing them is like putting a kid making up box of mac ‘n cheese up against Gordon Ramsay. They’re completely different categories. You can’t look at someone with little experience and deride them for not having the skills of a trained veteran, but you also can’t look at that trained veteran and discount their decades of hard work with some unrealistic idea of equality. Hell, you can’t even compare beginners –– some people have resources, some don’t. Some have time, some don’t. Some have the aptitude, some don’t. For that reason, I think it’s fair to judge everyone on their own merits rather than either denying or fixating on people with more skills.

I’d much rather see a mantra around the cosplay community more along the lines of “if you’re having fun and are reaching your own goals, you’re doing great.” Nobody else has to factor into it at all. Acknowledging more skilled costumers is important, but one should focus most on oneself and one’s own skills.

But that said, shame on the people who see themselves as superior to others merely because they are more skilled or more popular or more conventionally attractive; to be held in higher regard should never come at the cost of kindness and helpfulness, and that, I think, is a problem this community has struggled with time and time again. The bullying needs to go, and veteran cosplayers should lead by example.

- Jenn

A message from Anonymous


Hi there! I was wondering if you happen to remember where you got your fabric for your thigh highs for Mami? I've been looking everywhere for brown striped fabric and can only find it in suiting ;_; Thanks!

I got it from The_World_of_Fabrics on ebay; they don’t have the listing anymore, as I bought it back in 2012, but you may be able to ask them about it.

"1m+ Brown Pinstripe Spandex/Lycra 4-Way Stretch Fabric (140680427795)” was the name of the listing, and it was 3.99 GBP/m. 
If you can’t find it through them, let me know. I might have some left; I know I had an extra sock and then some fabric, but I don’t know if I kept it.
- Jenn
sparkofspaceandtime:

elijah-is-sportin-wood:

Anna cosplayer at Shutocon 2014. She said she did the entire thing herself, with I believe roughly 150+ hours of work. Honestly, I was blown away. Amazing cosplay. 
***If anyone knows the cosplayer in this photo, please tell me and I will tag them. 

The cosplayer is the amazing elementalsight ! :D

I’m in agony over how incredible this is. Makes me want to embroider.
- Jenn

sparkofspaceandtime:

elijah-is-sportin-wood:

Anna cosplayer at Shutocon 2014. She said she did the entire thing herself, with I believe roughly 150+ hours of work. Honestly, I was blown away. Amazing cosplay. 

***If anyone knows the cosplayer in this photo, please tell me and I will tag them. 

The cosplayer is the amazing elementalsight ! :D

I’m in agony over how incredible this is. Makes me want to embroider.

- Jenn

Sailor Senshi group is on hold until the 19th, so our next chunk of work is focused on Kill La Kill!

Sailor Senshi group is on hold until the 19th, so our next chunk of work is focused on Kill La Kill!

Satsuki… you’re so much hotter in black…

There’s one spot where I fucked it up and it’ll be a bit smoother when the whole thing is done on a thicker, interfaced fabric.

But I did it.

- Jenn