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by mrs.tomoe
Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:32 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Military Uniform????
Replies: 2
Views: 2057

Re: Military Uniform????

I think you won't be happy making this project if it's your first time sewing. Collar, cuffs, patch pockets, buttonholes...these don't make life easy for a beginner. Sorry that's not great news. Just get some practice in you before trying this jacket. The pants would be easy if you cheat and make th...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:11 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Bad Girl from No More Heroes
Replies: 1
Views: 1190

Re: Bad Girl from No More Heroes

If you can find a red and white striped fabric, you can dye it pink/fuchsia and get a good, professional looking result. Make sure you rinse, rinse, rinse after dying and use product or vinegar to set the dye before sewing the fabric. Look in upholstery fabrics, drapes, bed sheets, tablecloths, and ...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:29 pm
Forum: Cosplay Marketplace / Buy
Topic: WANT TO BUY: Starcraft Marine Costume
Replies: 5
Views: 17501

Yikes! I think those would cost quite a lot to have made. :shock:
You can try http://www.bountyhardware.com/
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Ichimaru Gin wig help?
Replies: 3
Views: 1325

Maybe this pixie in white: http://www.cosplaysupplies.com/store.ph ... 536&s=H2MD
Brush it all forward and trim it a bit. Could be ok.
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:03 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Nunnally Lamperouge green and white dress costume
Replies: 3
Views: 2166

You're welcome. Here's an example of a jumper pattern: http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5703.htm??tab=list/dresses&page=all The purple & black one in that set was sort of what I thought of when I saw the video. You might want a normal waistline instead of a raised one, but that's the basic idea. L...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:36 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Nunnally Lamperouge green and white dress costume
Replies: 3
Views: 2166

Well, I didn't see the lower half of her outfit, but it looks like a green jumper and a white/ivory blouse to me. Those are the types of patterns I'd search at the store. You should be able to find something because they look a lot like normal clothes. You might even be able to find the blouse ready...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: The General Anime Wigs/Hair Thread: Post questions here.
Replies: 206
Views: 151441

Wow, that's an unusual braid. How long do you think the wig should be? You could possibly get a decent enough effect from a 36" one if you don't pull the braid tightly. I guess it should be a 4-strand braid to keep the sides even. The other thing that might help is taking off one weft from the back ...
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:45 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: sewing pleather?
Replies: 1
Views: 891

If it has a fabric backing, it'll sew just like regular material when you put the right sides together as you normally would to make a garment. If you need to do topstitching, invest in a Teflon foot or cover the bottom of your regular machine foot with a piece of Scotch tape --the frosty kind-- to ...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:20 am
Forum: Mid West
Topic: St Louis Anime Con
Replies: 6
Views: 3839

Er....that's an entirely different con in Nancy, France.

You're right that Anime St. Louis does have a new branding and site for 2009 though: www.kawakon.com
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:10 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Can sumone help me?
Replies: 9
Views: 3373

As for her hair, my hair isn't long enough and every beauty supply store has her hair...BUT IN A DIFFERENT COLOR! xD DOes anyone know where I can get her hair from or how may I die the wig? o.O Thank all of you SO muchiez! ^-^ If you mean that you just wanted to lengthen your own hair and the beaut...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Chest padding construction help needed
Replies: 2
Views: 1191

Maybe get a really big bra to use as a guide to stuff and overlay instead of trying to sculpt the breast shape from foam.
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:26 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Can sumone help me?
Replies: 9
Views: 3373

Agreeing with the non-shiny material. Leather-ish slight shine, ok; slick Las Vegas super shine, NO. And please don't use Converse shoes. They're too thin and the wrong texture compared to Tifa's shoes/boots so they just look silly with the rest of the costume. Like, "Here's my super tuff outfit and...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:00 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Server Hiccups
Replies: 1
Views: 941

At first glance, I thought this post was titled "Severe hiccups." :lol:
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: sailor chibi moon wig
Replies: 6
Views: 2107

You're very welcome! Glad to be of assistance. Hope we'll see pics of your finished costumes & wigs sometime. ^_^
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:28 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: sailor chibi moon wig
Replies: 6
Views: 2107

You're in luck! Heza-chan just posted pictures of her finished, super cute Chibi Moon costume a few days ago and linked back to her wig tutorial.
http://community.livejournal.com/cosplay/2713908.html

Looks like she used styro eggs for a softer, yet still pointy, effect. Have fun!
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:07 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: TK from Digimon
Replies: 6
Views: 1399

The hat looks like the type with ear flaps but with the flaps really exaggerated for size. See this pattern, the blue example:
http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/GPF85 ... per&page=2
Minus the bill, plus bigger flaps that are longer and extend toward the front more.
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Styrofoam...
Replies: 5
Views: 1549

Styro is usually too fragile and crumbly for props. It'd be good in a skit where the prop is supposed to break as part of the act. It might also help in hidden places where you need a little structure in a low-stress part of a costume.
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: three teared skirt
Replies: 2
Views: 1024

It looks like it could be a shortened version of this type of design: http://www.butterick.com/item/B3418.htm View D Obviously, your skirt is a lot shorter so that the ruffled tiers overlap slightly, but that pattern is a general construction idea. Maybe instead of top stitching the ruffles onto the...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:18 pm
Forum: All Purpose Discussion, Chit-Chat, General Babbling, Etc
Topic: Favorite Desserts
Replies: 30
Views: 14750

What a yummy thread! Let's see, some of my favorites are flan, cream puffs, and egg custard tarts. And lemon ice is swell on a hot summer day...like today!
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:50 am
Forum: All Purpose Discussion, Chit-Chat, General Babbling, Etc
Topic: Professional Photos?
Replies: 13
Views: 3374

Or is walking with a camera and business cards acceptable practice? Any help/advice for a semi-starter would be great! I’m in the New England (Mass) area, and know there is the Con in Boston, as well as Port Con in Maine (which just passed) but I’m pretty sure there are more if I just look them up....
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:27 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Mola Ram Indiana Jones..help?..please?
Replies: 1
Views: 1309

I bet you could make that. It seems to be based on a water buffalo skull or some similar animal. For the skull cap portion (part that fits onto your head), you could probably use papier-mache. The actual headdress looks somewhat lumpy and irregular there anyway so the natural bumpiness of papier-mac...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed May 14, 2008 6:16 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: help
Replies: 1
Views: 850

Could you post a reference image please? It's harder for people to help when they're not sure what you're talking about.

That being said, pre-made prop syringes are available from various costume shops.
by mrs.tomoe
Wed May 07, 2008 6:18 pm
Forum: All Purpose Discussion, Chit-Chat, General Babbling, Etc
Topic: Professional Photos?
Replies: 13
Views: 3374

Most people want at least one nice photo of their hard work so we try to accommodate. :)

Since you're in California, look up Lionel too. http://www.usagichan2.com/
He travels to cons all over the globe and takes nifty pictures along the way, both roaming and set-up.
by mrs.tomoe
Thu May 01, 2008 12:57 pm
Forum: All Purpose Discussion, Chit-Chat, General Babbling, Etc
Topic: Professional Photos?
Replies: 13
Views: 3374

Check out http://www.consplayers.com/ for photo shoots in Cali. Pikminlink and her dad run it; he takes great pictures, and people can set up times with them at various conventions. At some Florida cons, Cosplay Lab sets up a studio backdrop for cosplayer photos. No sitting fee, just come by while w...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:01 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: HELP WANTED: Crisis Core Cloud Help
Replies: 16
Views: 3870

"Viynal" = vinyl (in case you're trying a search, you'll need the right spelling)
You can find it at the fabric store or poke around at the thrift store for a coat or something that's the color you want and cheap since you'd be slicing it up.
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Even Gambit need help sometime, mon ami.
Replies: 15
Views: 3947

I don't know that you'll find an exact match because color is such a subjective thing, but Hanes makes ladies t-shirts in a color called "Radish" which is similar to magenta. If it's close but too pink, maybe dying it darker/redder/whatever would help. You might also want to look at leotards and swi...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:14 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Need help making Anna's bandana
Replies: 4
Views: 1309

I've made that bandanna before. I used a rectangle of broadcloth, folded crosswise a bit off-center from half (instead of making the edges meet exactly, they were about 3 inches off from each other). Then I found an unwanted baseball cap (red is nice but any color will do) and took off the bill by u...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:38 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Help! I need help with odango covers!
Replies: 3
Views: 1263

Over in the other thread about giant gems, everyone had some good ideas for making accessories. I think for the odango covers, since they aren't exactly half-domes, plastic balls would work. They're the soft plastic type like the ones in playground ball pits. Regular craft knives and scissors can cu...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:22 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: The Millenium Eye?
Replies: 7
Views: 1830

If you sculpted it from Model Magic, could you then stick it over your eye with eyelash glue? Kind of the same idea as an eyepatch, and at least we know eyelash glue should be safe around your eyes.
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:15 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: help on patterns
Replies: 3
Views: 1197

Simplicity 8851 or 3618 would be a good one, I think. (Same pattern with updated number.) It has the poofy blouse and a simple circle skirt. Easy enough to add the petticoat and other accessories. You can probably also find similar patterns in the other brands (McCall, Butterick, etc).
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: accessory help!
Replies: 8
Views: 1905

Clear plastic ornaments that open make good "big gems" as demonstrated wonderfully by Katasha. They come in circles, ovals, and hearts, and when you paint them on the inside, they stay shiny & protected on the outside. One more thing to consider is a plastic ball like those used in ball pits on kids...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:01 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Suzumiya Haruhi help?
Replies: 4
Views: 1279

That's a pretty good pattern to start with. You probably don't need to modify it much except to stitch the pleats closed a bit more than the pattern shows. I wouldn't mess with trying to eliminate the yoke, but then that's just me trying to make less work for myself. See how your practice version tu...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: Ideas / Pictures
Topic: Princess Aurora help!
Replies: 5
Views: 1612

Miguberu wrote:...... :roll: its the same dress but in a different color
Yes, but she's probably trying to figure out what kind of blue colors to use, not necessarily the style of the dress.
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:38 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shoe/Boot Help?
Replies: 4
Views: 1024

I think I recommend this site every time someone asks about shoes/boots so here it is again. ^^;; www.electriqueboutique.com Usually quite cheap, all sorts of styles, sometimes wide. For your costumes though, you might be able to buy just one pair of a middling color and make a removable trim for Ro...
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:57 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: How do you transport an oversized prop?
Replies: 8
Views: 1889

Unless the material and design are such that disassembling isn't possible, collapsible prop is the way to go. Look for natural lines where you could hide a join without disrupting the design, but be careful not to put joins in high-stress areas. For instance, on a big sword like Cloud's, don't put t...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: I need some serious help and QUICK! Please?
Replies: 12
Views: 2823

That's very good to know, thanks. Isn't it amazing how some patterns are really big while others run really small? You'd think the companies could at least agree on sizes. Have you tried either of the Kwik Sew ice skating patterns? They look similar to the Green Pepper one, but maybe they're cut bet...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Luke von Fabre (Tales of the Abyss)
Replies: 6
Views: 1447

1. You might be able to modify an existing round buckle to fasten at an angle. Solid buckles like that have (on their backs) a bar to secure one side of the belt and a "nub" across from it to push into the holes of the belt. You could install a small screw or something in a different location to sec...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:12 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: I need some serious help and QUICK! Please?
Replies: 12
Views: 2823

i have played with that pattern alot and it is horrible if you plan on making a fuku. I am not the most professional of sewers but i have a ton of experience behind me from not just cosplay but theater costume shop jobs. and i tell you now that pattern is really crappy. Ok. I have the pattern but h...
by mrs.tomoe
Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: I need some serious help and QUICK! Please?
Replies: 12
Views: 2823

There's an ice skating leotard pattern with an attached skirt that's a popular recommendation. It's made by Green Pepper: http://www.butterick.com/item/GPF813.htm The skirt is more like a circle than actual pleats, but it still looks nice. Kwik Sew 2601 or 3502 are similar patterns. You might consid...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:48 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Oblivion Keyblade Pattern
Replies: 2
Views: 1328

How about this? http://www.cosplaywiki.org/index.php/Oa ... r_keyblade

Is it the same? I dunno. Probably still useful info though.
by mrs.tomoe
Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Needles, and Bobbins, and Sergers oh My!
Replies: 3
Views: 1144

Yes, practice. And don't watch the needle go up and down -it'll hypnotize you and make your stitches go all wavy. Follow the seam guide for normal seams, and use tailor's chalk or something to mark the actual stitching line for complicated areas (weird curves or strange corners). If you've cut and p...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Oct 20, 2007 7:10 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: FF X-2 Rikku Costume
Replies: 2
Views: 1113

That seller's product pictures don't look consistent, and they're watermarked strangely. I don't know who it is, but I wouldn't trust a seller who doesn't use pictures that show one costume throughout. Keep shopping.
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Oct 13, 2007 6:22 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Need help making a part of a costume.
Replies: 1
Views: 912

I guess you're talking about that piece of "fencing" that goes behind the guy's head? Maybe running thick wire inside vinyl tubing would work. Once it's all painted, the wire won't be visible. Make sure you run ends of the wire all the way down through the vest for support.
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Oct 13, 2007 6:14 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: "Mercenary" costume help...
Replies: 2
Views: 1133

I think if you attach the spinal and elbow things to a skin colored shirt instead of to your own skin, the costume would be easier to put on/take off, and you could attach them solidly to the fabric without worrying about damaging your skin or having the props fall off. Latex would probably be a goo...
by mrs.tomoe
Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:15 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: The Armor Thread: Post questions here.
Replies: 49
Views: 47988

Not sure if this Zelda armor is the same thing you're asking about, but this link might be a good starting place: http://amethyst-angel.com/armormaking_patterns.html

You can use whatever material you want, of course, but at least it gives you an idea for patterning and whatnot.
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:36 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: T-shirt issue~ heheh...
Replies: 2
Views: 964

If you layer the orange t-shirt over a sweatshirt and stitch them together, they'll be thicker and won't curl so much. Looks like you'll need a sweatshirt or hoodie anyway to finish off the jacket. Being thicker & stitched will help the jacket look more like a jacket too instead of looking like a cu...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:37 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Lumiere wig from Kiddy Grade...
Replies: 1
Views: 1420

Lots of cheap hairspray (Aquanet).
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:31 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: I don't know how to go about it...
Replies: 2
Views: 1028

Whether you're making a cutout or a "filled" cross (using fabric that matches your skintone), the dress will want to wrinkle because this is real life, not an animation. ^_^ Even using interfacing or other stiffeners may not be comfortable to wear and has its own challenges like making the whole fro...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:11 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Help with Rikku!
Replies: 1
Views: 746

I think you have to dye the fabric to get the color gradient like that. Unless you somehow got really lucky and found a similar batik or tie-dye fabric in a local store, it's not normally the type of thing that's readily available.