You could wear a binder or a sports bra or something, maybe?
In all honesty, when your body undergoes changes like that, it’s not just a scale up: it changes the way your breasts sit. For example, my breasts are larger but they also sit lower on my chest because of the weight. As a result, things fit strange: Mami’s corset technically fits, but because my bra sits 1/2” lower than it used to, the top of the corset goes over the bottom of my bra cups and no longer closes properly in the back. My Batgirl suit “fits” as in I can still put it on, but because my breasts sit differently the chest is far too tight towards the bottom of my chest and almost too loose higher up. Wearing a sports bra doesn’t position my breasts properly for this, either. Likewise, there is no binder on the planet to contain me at this size — there’s simply too much tissue, and you can’t truly hide it, only displace it.
As sad as I am to “lose” a lot of costumes, the reality of it is that I’d rather just remake them to fit and flatter me than find ways to squeeze into something that doesn’t fit.
Like I literally do not comfortably fit costumes made earlier this year.
Some of these I will be selling, some of these I will be remaking and then selling. Some I will be taking with me to the grave. In the next few weeks I will probably post about selling these specifically. I gotta lot to think about with some of these :(
1. Try to do seasonally-appropriate costumes. If you live somewhere with hot summers and cold winters, you should do skimpier costumes and more layered costumes in the appropriate seasons. Even indoor conventions will have this kind of temperature flux –– air conditioning gets cancelled out by masses of people and winter cons tend to be less populated (hence “con season). Besides, if you do have seasons to work with, odds are you’ll want to plan your costume for season anyway –– Anna’s winter travel clothes make more sense for a snowy photoshoot, and her ball gown makes more sense for a summery photoshoot.
2. Try to build costumes with comfort and temperature in mind. Invest in breathable fabrics and liners. You’ll regret cheap polyesters when you have sweat dribbling down your body under your skin, when you take off your belt to find your bottoms soaked through around the waistband, when your cleavage feels like a damn swamp.
3. Take it easy. Take breaks BEFORE you start feeling overheated. Sit down when you can, and take breaks from both walking around AND your costume. I know some costumes are “in them until the end of the day” sorts, but if your costume has ANYTHING you can take off and put on again with reasonable difficulty, do it. The first year I went dressed as Batgirl, when we went to lunch, I took off my gloves, cowl, wig, belt, boots, cape and the top half of my bodysuit. I had a tank top in the car that I slipped on over my bra, and I ate lunch with the top of my bodysuit around my waist and my wig-cap on. I looked silly as fuck but it gave me a much needed break from wearing all-over PVC and vinyl and the pressure of both a wig and cowl on my head. After lunch, I took ten minutes to suit up again, and voila: fresh as hell.
3b. Close-fitting, vinyl/pvc/plastic costumes can very, very easily overwhelm you if you don’t take breaks. Trust your body on this one. If you’re starting to feel lousy, ditch the costume. I never wear these kinds of costumes to conventions without having an outfit to change into –– usually just a knit dress or something easy to stuff into a bag. This has SAVED us on a few occasions where someone has totally overheated and really needed out of costume.
4. Hydrate. It sucks to carry stuff in costume and do a number on your back constantly putting your bag down and picking it up again, but if you’re at risk of overheating you’ll want it on-hand. Avoid drinking sodas, no matter how much you want the caffeine/sugar boost, because they don’t hydrate you as well as water and you’ll crash anyway. At the very least, know where water stations/fountains are around the convention.
5. Eat responsibly. If you just eat crap all day, you’ll feel extra-nasty and exhausted when you’re hot, and that’s just miserable. Pack a sandwich and some snacks. In the past we’ve kept a cooler of food and juice boxes in Josh’s trunk so we can get lunch there instead of at the convention, and I usually stick some stuff in my bag in case someone starts getting peckish.
6. If you’re trying to take a break and someone wants to take a picture, don’t feel bad or embarrassed about saying “no.” You need a break, you need to eat, and you need to take care of yourself.
7. If you must be outside, know where the shady spots are!
You have my biggest respect for even lining Senketsu. I’m always way too lazy for that.
I used to just finish all the edges, which is easy with a serger, but after Christine put me through a four-hour clean-lining bootcamp, I realized just how much easier it is to just line it.
I mean, it’s a little bit more work to finagle with shoulders and stuff, but there are shortcuts (such as layering your liner and self/shell so you can cut both at once) as well as perks (such as extending the life of garments and not spending a zillion hours hemming.)
I was only joking. Best of luck with the armor, though! I'm also currently making some regular N7 armor, and I'm almost to the point of shaping it.
I’m relieved. ;)
Best of luck on yours! I have nothing to do with the armor personally because I am not about that life, but I can appreciate that you and Kat are dabbling in some seriously tough shit. Keep on with the good fight!
I just saw your post about making a "flak jacket" for Kat's N7 Engineer. As the Mythbusters say, "If it's worth doing, then it's worth overdoing." Why not make one that's actually bullet-resistant? It would need 8 to 25 layers of Kevlar. 25 should stop a 9mm. For the stiff portions, put some steel or ceramic plates in the layers. Everything would be sewn with Kevlar thread as well. Imagine: The first cosplay armor that is actually armor.
I don’t even know how to react beyond muttering to Emmy “I can’t tell if he’s joking” and contemplating whether kevlar will even be relevant in 2186, a time with like, space guns and lightsaber-hidden-blades and stuff.
Also, the Discovery Channel doesn’t pay my bills.
Also, Kat knows what it’s like to wear kevlar/body armor. It sucks.
out of curiosity, what types of fabric do you use for your mockups? my friend and I tend to use old bedsheets and such our friends and family no longer want
Old bedsheets are the name of my game, friend. If I need something heavier, I tend to use whatever fabric I’ve picked up over the years and not found a use for: discount canvas in various colours, old twill scraps that aren’t useful for anything else, fabrics I’ve bought in off-shades, etc. Most fabric stores will usually have a section or supply of “odds and ends” for discount, too, so you can usually get a variety of things dirt cheap for mocking up.
Today I’m hacking up an old cape I started making but gave up on. It was for Spoiler and was the wrong colour anyway, so it’s in this hideous shade of pink-purple that I’ll never reuse. Garbage, garbage, garbage!
What types of fabric would you suggest for a character who lives in a hot, sandy desert? And is some weathering with light brown paint a good idea? Thanks
Depends on what kind of desert –– humid or dry! Middle Eastern deserts, for example, generally have very little moisture in the air, so temperatures plummet at night, making wool a better choice, as it breathes beautifully during the day under the sun, yet keeps one warmer at night when it is cold. Meanwhile, in many African deserts, it stays warm even at night, so a linen is more suitable, as it is a powerhouse for absorbing moisture so that the sun can’t dehydrate you so quickly. It’ll also vary depending on what kind of animals are in the region, so if you’re working out of a fantasy setting, you might want to think about how easy it would be to access wool (or wool substitutes like mohair, angora, cashmere, etc) or what kind of other fibers might be around (flax, cotton, hemp, silk, etc).
Regardless, you’ll just generally want anything that is a natural fiber and breathable. You’ll want lighter colours, something that drapes nicely so the body gets some airflow. It’ll need to cover a lot, as sandy places will have a high risk of sandstorms.
What stores/where do you usually buy your fabrics?
The hell that is Queen St. West aka the Fashion District. Affordable Textiles (shout out to my instagram pal mr_fabricc) and King Textiles are my preferred stores because I don’t feel like I’m going to die when a shelf gives out and buries me in mystery fabric. Chu Shing is the best place for spandex and silk organza. Fabrics By Designers is great but is soooo far away from the others. The Leather Supply Depot is my go-to for notions.
Hi! I am going to cosplay Aiichiro Nitori from Free! in Samezuka white uniform! My only problem is my breast size. Any suggestion to hide it? Where should I buy a binder?
I have no idea what that costume looks like because Google Images mostly gives me black uniforms and shirtless guys.
Underworks has expanded their market from FTM trans folks to include cosplayers. (What a world we live in, where there’s a store that caters to transmen and niche hobbyists, haha.) I imagine they’d have more information for you than I would, as all of us in this group are either so flat there’s no need to bind, or so busty that there is absolutely no binder on the planet that could bind us. If you don’t have much to work with, a sports bra is generally enough, especially if you’re wearing a track jacket like I’ve seen lots of those Free dudes wear.
However, as always: though some people might tempt you with ideas about taping in the girls down, do not use duct tape. Please do not use any tape on your skin unless it is specifically meant for usage on skin.
Any recommendations for fabrics for assassins creed robes? Specifically female novice?
If we’re talking Renaissance Italy, natural fibers like wool, leather and linen are period accurate; cotton didn’t hit broad/common usage in much of Europe until the 1600s and so on, and even then for quite some time, cotton was considered a cheaper and less durable alternative to wools. (Earlier usage of the word “cotton” in European texts is generally referring to the texture/weave of a textile rather than the fibre.) Italy was basically the textile centre of the universe in that time period, too, so your novice shouldn’t have much trouble accessing a whole variety of those fabrics, though you might today! If you’re talking Ottoman Empire, cottons would be a bit more common.
If you’re not going period accurate, I’d go for a nice cotton twill. Ezio’s tunic in AC2 has a very similar texture and it’s a breeze to work with, as well as being fairly durable for someone who is gonna be running, jumping, climbing things, etc. You want to steer towards something heavier in weight (though obviously still clothing weight) so it doesn’t look flimsy, so twill works for this as well. Me, I’m using matte cotton sateen because I want my Ezio costume to look a lot like a nobleman’s clothing, but whether you go the same route depends on how wealthy your novice is.