January 26th, 2013
Before now, I didn’t have any experience buying cosplays online. When I made my first costume in 2010 (if you are wondering it was Sungsun from Bleach and no, there aren’t any photos of it on this blog), I considered buying one in case my sewing attempt failed miserably, but I never actually did. Back then and even today, I really didn’t know what to expect in terms of quality and I think that’s something that many other cosplayers are worried about as well.
Here are a few tips that will help picking the right pre-made costume:
- Make sure the costume is accurate by comparing it to a reference picture of the character
- Verify the list of included items so that you’re not missing any parts
- Pay attention to the fabric used. Is it supposed to be shiny? Matte? Does it look right?
- Get custom sizing whenever available
This Saotome Academy uniform from Uta no Prince-sama was kindly given to me by MicCostumes. It’s available for purchase on their online store. It was custom made to my size and overall fits nicely. The custom sizing option at MicCostumes is only a $10 extra so I highly recommend getting it if you want the best fit possible without making the garments yourself!
December 27th, 2012
I know Fé already wrote a tutorial for painting synthetic leather shoes with acrylic paint, so I guess that makes this one version 2! Anyway, I want to introduce a product that is now a staple in my stash of cosplay making supplies: Angelus leather paint.
October 11th, 2012
Persona-lized (haha, sorry!) tarot cards are a nice little prop to have when cosplaying characters from the Persona series. You can download here the same digital file that we used to get our own tarot cards printed. Each card has been colour corrected by Fé so the images are sharp and nicely contrasted. The file is in PDF format and is ready to be taken to the printer.
September 29th, 2012
Casting resin looks intimidating when you’ve never done it, but it’s actually an easy process. With it you can create many things that are very useful for anime and game costumes such as clear jewels of any shape and size. As long as you have the appropriate mold for it, you can make any shape you want. You can get molds for resin at craft stores, on Etsy or make your own with silicone.
Length: 100+ cm
Heat resistant: Yes
I bought a curly wig instead of a straight one because I heard from a wig panel that I attended at Anime North that curly wigs tend to be thicker than straight ones. Now, I can’t tell if the Luthien is thicker than the other long wigs that Arda carries, but it’s really thick, so I’m happy!
The fiber is very nice and it doesn’t look too shiny or fake. When the wig was still curly I found the texture of the fiber to be a bit rough, but it got softer after combing and straightening so I wonder if the initial texture wasn’t due to some styling product to preserve the curls. That’s just a wild guess, though!