We always decline these ones lol.

A message from Anonymous


What do you mean by "liner layer" for the Madoka petti?

It’s a layer at the very bottom of the petticoat, between the crinoline and your legs. Heavier weight crinoline can be very itchy/scratchy on your legs and will snag your tights. By putting a liner layer at the bottom, you spare yourself a bit of discomfort! 

- Jenn

A message from homestucksandstarbucks


So I know your Madoka skirt was a while ago, but it's helping me with my plan for her. Let me see if I got this right: The donut skirt is one huge circle sewed into a casing-like thing, stuffed with 3 layers of tulle sewn and gathered together and sealed up into a nice donut. The petticoat is how many gathered layers??? At least one bottom one that's 240 inches around, 6 inches long with 4 inch ruffles and two more (at least) on top of 7/4 and 8/4? How did it get so poofy with so many layers?

You’ve got it! With a few things to clarify:

It’s not a circle of fabric but rather a loop. Rectangles joined together to make a loop, not a circular piece (a la circle skirt). This makes a casing that is gathered to form the skirt.

I’ll have Christine edit with the petticoat notes, but in general, more layers of gathered crinoline = more poof!

- Jenn

oliviasatelier:

cosplaygloves:

_WIS8556 by FunkyPepper on Flickr.

I know these ladies!
ashazzminscreed, dangerous-ladies, velvetrevulva

Jupiter is a fuckin giant

oliviasatelier:

cosplaygloves:

_WIS8556 by FunkyPepper on Flickr.

I know these ladies!

ashazzminscreed, dangerous-ladies, velvetrevulva

Jupiter is a fuckin giant

A message from meguka-meduka


I was wondering since I'm thinking about cosplaying Mami Tomoe from Puella Magi, how I would go about making the costume (I'm a newb at sewing) and where to get a pre-styled wig, and what to do about those boots omg (sorry for all the questions, I'm just kinda stuck :u)

Heeeere we go. This is my general Tomoe Mami tag, which should have just about “everything”, but you may also like these particular posts:

 Boots; the base boots I used are from a seller that doesn’t exist anymore but searching for “blonde” cowboy boots tends to work.

Shirt Pattern 

Thigh highs; Unfortunately the fabric I used is no longer offered by the seller I used, and I have not been able to find a replacement. You might have to do some digging here.

Mami’s Rifle tag and Rifle Pattern 

Installing Horsehair: intensely useful for the skirt.

Our fabric choices

Buckles

Difficulties? A post where I talk about what I found difficult about working on different Madoka costumes.

For pre-styled wigs I suggest commissioning (I think this is one thing that Christine could commission, but she’ll have to weigh in on that) or going to someplace like AliExpress or Ebay, which offer the same pre styled ones that any cosplay sale website would.

- Jenn

kyriellus:

Beautiful book, free download for a limited time, act Now!

This is such an intensely cool offer; patterns from actual medieval Norse garments. Even if you don’t dabble in historical costuming, it’s a cool read.

(And since I found Tatterhood's link through the Tumblr login screen, I thought I'd signal boost a campaign to save some endangered Icelandic goats that she’s linked too.)

blackpooled:

I never took a photo where you could see all of my finished armour pieces, so here it is. The shape of the harness makes it a little tricky to lay flat. I skipped on lights in favour of reflective bike tape and I think the effect with flash is pretty cool ✨
Learned a lot from this rush project and I’m hoping to apply this knowledge to Femshep 2.0 :)

Kat is gonna be our team armour queen in no time.
Get ready to apply it to our Knights group, too ;) 

blackpooled:

I never took a photo where you could see all of my finished armour pieces, so here it is. The shape of the harness makes it a little tricky to lay flat. I skipped on lights in favour of reflective bike tape and I think the effect with flash is pretty cool ✨

Learned a lot from this rush project and I’m hoping to apply this knowledge to Femshep 2.0 :)

Kat is gonna be our team armour queen in no time.

Get ready to apply it to our Knights group, too ;) 

blackpooled:

Femshep’s adventures at Dragon Con and the Georgia Aquarium!

This was my first major armour project, second overall. It’s unfinished and I’m making plans for an updated/second version already. I definitely learned a lot and thanks to a friend’s far more successful Femshep build, I have a lot of ideas for how to improve (namely using different materials and making it fit better). Time constraints were my biggest issue so I hope to take my time and get it just right in the future! Thanks again to Jenn of Dangerous Ladies for the sewn parts of my costume, and to my friend Coles for lending me his Carnifex.

No real proper photos likely exist of this costume yet, which is just as well since I’d rather make Femshep 2.0 before that happens. That and it’s hard to get photos back from Dragon Con; it’s so busy that getting stopped for photos isn’t too frequent!

(Tali and Dudeshep cosplayers unknown, Ashley is IndieRed, and grim-faced Adam Jensen is my lovely boyfriend :> Aquarium shots taken by Alex.)

BOOOOOOOM

malteselizzie:

dangerous-ladies:

So on Friday I told you how to make superhero boots. (By the way, 1800 notes? Thanks!) Today I’m going to show you how to make custom thigh-highs (or socks in general.) We’ll just call it the sock weekend.

Here I’m making Tomoe Mami’s thigh-highs. (I’ve intentionally made them in brown, as I didn’t like the purple.) Do you know how hard it is to find thigh-highs in the right color, with that pinstripe? Not to mention, not everyone fits into those “one size fits most” socks; my thighs never co-operate with the things and they end up around my knees constantly. As a result I’ve taken to making my own.

You will need:

  • Standard sewing tools (measuring tape, scissors, pins, sewing machine.) I used a serger for much of it but it’s really not necessary at all.
  • Sufficient amount of a stretch fabric; the stretch will have to run around your leg at the very least. I used about 30”x45” and had plenty of scrap, so you should be safe with a yard.
  • Enough wide elastic to make bands that fit snugly around your thighs.

That’s really it.

Cut your fabric into rectangles, the widest enough to fit the widest point of your leg. I freehand this because you really don’t need that much of it. Put one rectangle aside and focus on the first sock. Sew up the length and across the bottom. You have essentially just made a large wine bag for your thigh.

Sexy.

Stick your foot in this Sexy Wine Bag. Start pinning it so that your wine bag clings to you more like a sock. Go down to your ankle; it’s way easier to do this in two parts. When you are pleased with the tightness, carefully take it off your leg without disturbing the pins. It’s usually necessary to make a few adjustments to the pins once you have it off, just so they’re laying flat/even. 

Sew up that fit you just made. You should end up with a sock that ends up with a club foot. (See picture. Laugh.)

Now do your foot. You may want to round it out over the toe so you don’t get little elf points. Doing the seam along the bottom of your foot is the absolute easiest, imho, because you get a better fit with less finicking, but you will also end up having the seam along the underside of your foot, which I know bothers some people. If this is weird to you, then do the seam along the side… you just might not have as good of a fit as you want without a lot of finicking if your fabric doesn’t have a lot of stretch.

Carefully take it off, adjust the pins for neatness, and sew again.

Trace this finished sock against your other Sexy Wine Bag and sew that one, too. If you’re super into it, trace the sock off on paper, too, so that you have a pattern you can reuse next time without having to do any pinning/fitting. 

YOU HAVE SOCKS NOW :) 

But these socks don’t have finished top hems, are let’s be real, are liable to fall down if they’re left all on their own. You could just fold them over and hem ‘em, but I like elastic in there for support.

Put on your socks (inside out!), make your elastic bands, and slide the bands on overtop your socks. Fold the top edge of the sock down over the elastic band and pin it in place. Go all the way around your leg –– be careful doing this, as it can be tricky to pin against the underside of your thigh when you can’t really see what you’re doing, but it’s doable. When you’ve finished pinning, take it off –– it should look a little weird, as the fabric is no longer stretched. No big deal; sew it in place, making sure you stretch the fabric out as you sew it. I like to catch the needle along the edge of the elastic just so it doesn’t roll/do weird things inside the casing. 

And then voila. You have finished socks.

Go kill Witches.

- Jenn

Do you think that copying an existing pair a thigh highs on to your fabric would also work, or is that method not accurate enough?

It COULD work, but first ask yourself the following three questions:

  1. Does this fabric have the same amount of stretch as my existing thigh highs?
  2. Does this fabric stretch in all the same directions as my existing thigh highs?
  3. Will the time it takes me to drape a mock-up on my leg really be that burdensome, when I can then make a paper pattern which will allow me to easily make as many thigh highs as I so desire without having to drape it again (unless I change size dramatically)?

If you have answered “yes” to all three questions, then you will likely end up with accurate thigh highs traced off your existing ones. If not… get drapin’! :)

- Jenn

A message from Anonymous


What sort of stitching do you usually use to finish inside seams? Mine always end up ugly and frayed.

You have a number of options depending on what’s available to you, how much work you feel like doing, and what the costume calls for!

We use whatever is most useful for the project… usually clean lining these days, but serging is the easiest to fall back on for unlined projects :)