What are your feelings about cosplayers arguing online or blogging about someone they don't like. Do you see online arguments as immature?
It really depends.
I think it’s pretty tacky to straight-up bash individuals, especially outside the context of an argument –– keep that shit to yourself, or vent to your close personal friends, and don’t go plastering it all over the internet where others can see. Being angry about others’s actions or words is pretty natural and we all have moments where we need to express something petty to get it out of our system, but posting about it publicly on the internet is unwise. Look: if so-and-so did something that angers you, it is perfectly fair to be angry, but blogging about it or screaming it from the rooftops is only going to bite you in the ass later if you decide to speak to them directly about it. All lines of communication get cut when they see your heat-of-the-moment diatribes about them. All potential for peaceful reconciliation (or just reconciliation period) go out the window.
But arguing is a different matter.
I have no problem with people calling out or addressing others for spewing hateful crap, but when it’s personal, it has to be said to the individual. It still has the potential to be a train wreck and immature and all that jazz, but at least it isn’t as incredibly childish as passive-aggressive PSAs, ESPECIALLY if there’s been no prior attempts to speak to the individual. I think it’s important to address others privately whenever possible; I don’t really care about publicly shaming legitimately hateful people, but if you’ve got personal beef with someone, by all means, speak to them privately. Personal issues don’t need to play out in public where anyone could interject, derail or otherwise throw the dialogue off, especially because you’ll then get dozens of lurkers forming opinions without necessarily knowing the contexts. It makes everyone look bad. Making it public is a last-case scenario.
Everything on Satsuki except the boots is now drafted.
Tomorrow night we fabric shop. Friday, I finish everything on Ryuko (except maybe the glove.) Saturday, I… do things. Maybe marathon Assassin’s Creed 2 to celebrate graduating from university and do yoga and stuff pizza in my face until Christine comes over.
P.S. Satsuki is 28 pattern pieces. In contrast, a standard sailor scout uniform is 18 pieces. Mako was 6. Whoo.
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???
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.
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?
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 ;)
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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
Hi guys! I have a question: how did you make the white part on Sayaka's skirt? I'm going to cosplay Sayaka Miki and I have no idea how to make the skirt look nice :C
Basically you want to do the same method that we did for the stripes on Super Moon’s skirt. The white piece is a really long zig zag that has to be drafted along with the blue of the skirt to make it all lay flat.
With Sayaka all you need to measure is how big you waist is, and how long you want the two side seams to be. First divide your waist measurement by two, then divide that new number by 5, that will give you your pleat measurement for how wide you need all of them to be since Sayaka has 5 box pleats on both the front and back of her skirt. (and you are drafting both the front and back at once) And then finally divide your last number by 2 for how wide the insides of your pleats are going to be.
So if I was making the skirt for me:
my waist: 32 inches
shorter side: 11 inches
longer side:14 inches
my waist divided by 2: 16 inches
the 16 divided by 5: 3.2 inches
the 3.2 divided by 2: 1.6 inches
I’ll just use these measurements while explaining, please replace them with your own, unless your waist is the same size as mine, in which case, party.
Now get you self a long, long, long piece of paper that is as at least wide as your longest side measurement, a ruler, and a pencil. The easiest way i have found to draft box pleats is start with your smallest measurement and alternate between that and the second smallest. So you would measure off the 1.6, 3.2, 1.6, 3.2 etc. Sayaka’s skirt is all box pleats so you can hide your side seams completely in it. So to start marking off your pleating lines, you are going to want to start with measuring off your smallest measurement twice before the larger one, so 1.6, 1.6, 3.2, 1.6, 3.2, 1.6 etc. The reason you are doing this is the side seams will be right in the middle of the insides of your side pleats so you need to cut it in half. Then continue along till you have all the pleats, it will be a VERY long piece.
Here is where all the math you just did pays off. Take your paper and start folding the pleats into the paper starting with the inside of the pleat on the side. (much like the side seams of our sailor skirts) Once you have it all pleated into box pleats, you want to iron the paper on a low heat, or lightly tape the pleats closed with scotch tape to make sure it does not move or open on you for the next two steps.
On the sides of all the pleats mark off your 11 inches on one side, then the 14 on the other, then draw a diagonal line connecting the two. This is now the bottom of skirt. Form there decide how wide you want your white band, (i think ours was an inch) and draw another diagonal line on top of your first, and this is now your stripe on the bottom.
Now do not take the pleats apart yet, and literally cut along the bottom with all the pleated layers together to get the diagonal hem of the skirt, and repeat for your white stripe.
Then open it up to reveal your perfectly matching white stripe and skirt pattern!
Add seam allowance and you are ready to go. Cut two of the white stripe so you can hem it with itself, and then attach to the blue part.
Today we cut out all the lining, ironed some stuff, and sewed a zillion hip rolls and shoulder rolls. Ideally the suits components will be put together on the 20th-21st, which puts us more or less ahead of deadline. I’ll be doing the elbow rolls during the week… I just don’t feel like screwing around with them right this moment haha.
God I wish I had this level of organization. *-*
It’s a good habit to get into! I’ve started doing a weekly list, given that we seem to be doing these parties every weekend, but monthly would work too. Just pick some parts of a costume that you want to get done over the course of a weekend, week, month, etc and chip away at them. It’s a whole lot more manageable than “sew all of this costume by the end of the year” if you set goals for yourself. We’ve managed to cross just about everything off every week, and I’m sure you can too if you put yourself to task!
yo id be careful on that site they have a terrible refund policy
Hence using it for cheap stuff. Frankly, when stuff is being shipped to you all the way from China, and you only paid like $10 for it, it is basically never worth returning because the return shipping will be far more than the cost of the items, and it’s silly to expect to get a refund and NOT return the item.
And as for getting ripped off and not getting refunded, it will happen to you at least once in your lifetime. Such is life with e-commerce, especially if you’re dealing with the wholesale market.
Very occasionally we get cheap footwear from them, too, when we need something very specific and it’s out of season locally.
Sometimes items come in lots (sets of x amount) so check whether the listing is for a single item or multiples.
If the price sounds too good to be true, it likely is.
It might be tempting sometimes, but do not use wholesalers for electronics, machinery, or tools. Little things like USB cables are alright, but be very careful with hardware or things like batteries. You don’t want a cheap battery having a meltdown in your nice camera, do you?
When it comes to clothing/jewelry/shoes or any sort of “brand name” item etc, everything is a knockoff. Most product pictures are stolen/fake/designer and while the item will likely look very close to the picture, it is certainly not designer nor identical. if I’m ever feeling not-lazy, I will get pictures to show you what I mean.
The vast majority of sellers have weak-to-passable English skills. If you leave notes, write them in very plain, direct English. If you have item/shipping problems, message them immediately before giving a review and many rectify the problem in order to get a good review.
Hey! I really love your Mako wig! I am looking for one too, but actually it's the first wig I buy online (for my first cosplay, I'm excited!), can you recommend me any site or seller? Thank you anyway :)
This is the exact wig/seller we used; note that Emmy is wearing the Mako wig right out of the bag, no styling, so it should be perfect for a rookie cosplayer if you’re nervous about styling! Cheers and I hope you have fun with it!
Hello! How would one put a shoulder length wig into a low ponytail?? (the ponytail does not need to be styled in any specific way, just in a short simple "poof".) Would some of the wefts needs to be removed and rearranged in order for the rest of the head to lay flat/smooth?
Hey there! :)
It depends on how low you mean by “low.” If it’s on the nape of your neck, you shouldn’t need anything special to pull it back. However, if you’re pulling it up any higher than the bottommost weft of the wig, you may need to add additional wefts around the bottom. Remember that all the fibers of a standard wig are wefted to point down — if you want anything to point to the side/up, you need to add wefts that go in that direction or cover up the gaps.
Do you guys live in Minnesota?? I do and I swear to god there is no one on tumblr who lives here
Oh man. No, not even close. We’re in Toronto, Ontario. Canada.
Dude… nobody lives in Mini-Soda because it’s a barren, frozen wasteland in Minnesota. I am mad jealous about your Minnesota Karma Train, though, we don’t have a Karma Train in Toronto, just crazy circle jerks about Rob Ford.
But more seriously, this is really ironic, but the only person I know from Minnesota has the username notontumblr. She’s Yuff and she’s pretty cool, though I haven’t RP’d with her in a dog’s age.