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by mrs.tomoe
Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Very Easy Sailor Uniform Costume Pattern
Replies: 2
Views: 989

Cute pattern!

The collars look fairly interchangeable, but the guy's collar is rounded in the back. Still, with some tracing paper, we could make any combination of square + round. It's versatile for all sorts of characters.
by mrs.tomoe
Sun Jan 14, 2007 7:01 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Two-tone hair
Replies: 2
Views: 834

Alternatively, you could merge two wigs into one. Get 2 cheap-ish wigs, one in each color: party or Halloween wigs would be great, no need to go overboard with super nice wigs. Examine the underpinnings of the orange wig very closely. Using a seam ripper, carefully detach the lower wefts/rows of hai...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Dec 12, 2006 5:26 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Not actually expecting a response, but . . . How do you sew?
Replies: 20
Views: 6955

Well, everyone started somewhere. ^_^ If you have a friend or relative who sews, they'd be the best source to learn from because they can show you directly. If your mom sews, maybe she'll show you how to do basic stuff like pillows or easy skirts or some craft items. Anything you learn can be applie...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Dec 02, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: I need help
Replies: 3
Views: 722

This link is for a doll's costume, but it gives a great general overview of the costume. You can see the shapes of the pattern pieces you'd need to make, and it's mostly rectangles so it's not too hard.

Inuyasha doll costume
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:34 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Any advice on boots?
Replies: 1
Views: 693

I think you should be able to attach the buckles to pink boots using straps as shown in the picture. Stitch the straps to the buckles like a normal belt so they won't fall off. Then you might need to use a combination of glue and a few well-placed stitches to attach the straps to the boots. Heavy-du...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:56 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Happy Halloween! Trinity Blood Results!
Replies: 1
Views: 1837

If you're using Priority Mail, Click-n-Ship is your friend. Format, pay and print labels online; no waiting at post office. I always print on regular paper then photocopy two at a time onto full-sheet label paper. Helps avoid waste. (We have a 3-in-one printer/photocopier/fax.) Congrats to the winne...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:09 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Advent Children Tifa help
Replies: 3
Views: 969

You're welcome. ^_^ Forgot to mention that if you're a bit nervous about cutting off too much, cut a little less than you think you ought to, and try the vest on to see. You can always cut off more, but you can't add it back if you overdo on the first pass. ^^; And from the bottom of the armhole, yo...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:27 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Advent Children Tifa help
Replies: 3
Views: 969

If the armholes have been stitched (which they should have if your tailor actually finished the vest), you should undo the stitching all the way around before doing any cutting. Pay attention to how it was stitched so that you can duplicate it when you refinish the armholes. Once you've got the stit...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Oct 19, 2006 3:33 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: The Armor Thread: Post questions here.
Replies: 49
Views: 48397

I think Sculpy (yah, however it's spelled!) would be too heavy and brittle, not to mention expensive. Wonderflex, paperclay, papier-mache, plastic food containers or kids' toys that have the basic shape you need....any of these would be better choices.
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:03 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Is this Idea good??
Replies: 2
Views: 755

Is it getting cold where you are? A cape would be fine, I think, as long as it coordinates with her outfit. It doesn't have to match exactly like her dress, but it should look like it goes with her & the game.
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:14 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: The General Anime Wigs/Hair Thread: Post questions here.
Replies: 206
Views: 152542

You're welcome. Pulling back the hair on a wig generally does mess up the hairline because of the way the sections of hair are sewn to the base to create various styles. If you want to do "slicked back" style, you should try to start with a wig that already has the hairline done unless you want to d...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:16 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: The General Anime Wigs/Hair Thread: Post questions here.
Replies: 206
Views: 152542

Hi there. Wigs are generally "one size fits most." Unless a wig is labeled for children, it'll fit either a man or woman equally well. They usually get categorized according to style as you've noticed. Your desire to do things yourself is understandable. That's why a lot of us are into cosplay to be...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:42 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: ash ketchum anyone??
Replies: 1
Views: 864

Hi. ^_^ Not sure of any patterns, but I'm pretty sure Ash Ketchum's vest/jacket can be made by altering a sweatshirt or sweat jacket. For his "classic" version, cutting off the sleeves of a blue sweatshirt and replacing them with the sleeves from a white T-shirt would probably work. Add yellow bias ...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Sep 27, 2006 5:36 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Please Help
Replies: 5
Views: 1329

You could probably start with a circle that's 9 or 10 inches diameter. Fix the edge so that it doesn't fray either by hemming, binding (narrow bias tape), or sealing (Fray Check). Measure in from the edge about 1-1/2 inches and lightly mark another circle. (So you'll have your circle of cloth with a...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Sep 27, 2006 5:13 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: The General Anime Wigs/Hair Thread: Post questions here.
Replies: 206
Views: 152542

Oh, I only now noticed that you live in Nebraska and are cosplaying from the Nebraska family. Lol Fun! :D Well, she has pretty big curls. Were you not able to find a blonde wig, or are you trying to push the color more towards yellow? Anyway, it should look pretty neat when you're done. I hope it tu...
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Sep 22, 2006 5:07 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: The General Anime Wigs/Hair Thread: Post questions here.
Replies: 206
Views: 152542

It would seem that dying should come before styling. The hair needs to be moved around to get evenly covered with color, and sometimes it even needs rinsing with water so you probably don't want to risk messing up the work you put into styling by doing the dye afterwards. Some exceptions might be li...
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Sep 22, 2006 4:53 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: I've never made a costume, please help!
Replies: 8
Views: 1898

Oh good! You're welcome. ^_^ If you have more questions as you go along making the costume, post again, and we'll see if we can help. I pretty sure some folks here have made Sailor Scout uniforms before so they should have some tips for various parts of the costume. It's no good piling it all onto y...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Sep 21, 2006 6:29 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: I've never made a costume, please help!
Replies: 8
Views: 1898

If you're not only new to costuming but to sewing in general, it's probably a good idea to buy a white leotard for a base instead of trying to make it yourself. Then you can concentrate on making the collar, skirt, and bows which are work enough for a first costume. Any light to medium weight, woven...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Sep 11, 2006 5:29 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: New to sewing: I NEED HELP
Replies: 1
Views: 609

Hi. ^^ Maching sewing is pretty nice -- makes things go faster. You should definitely get some simple patterns to start with like pull on shorts and easy shirts that don't have a lot of pieces (front, back, sleeves). Patterns are usually marked easy, medium, or difficult, and most times you can tell...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:56 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Hi I'm New, Can You Help Me With My First Project!?!?
Replies: 8
Views: 1724

I know the white glue sounds weird, but people seem to like it. If you spread it evenly, it kind of settles and dries smooth. High spots can be sanded, then you seal the whole thing with paint.
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Sep 04, 2006 7:37 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Selphie Tilmitt wig help
Replies: 2
Views: 948

Regular hairspray and gel work on wigs too. A general rule of thumb is that the worse it is for your hair, the better it is for styling wigs. ^^ Like the cheap, super-hold Aquanet is probably not that nice to your hair, but it's rock solid for synthetic wigs. I'm pretty sure you can use jumbo roller...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Sep 04, 2006 7:31 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Hi I'm New, Can You Help Me With My First Project!?!?
Replies: 8
Views: 1724

Wonderflex would be excellent for the mask, especially since you already have a mold. People recommend acrylic gesso or white glue to smooth the woven texture of the Wonderflex.
by mrs.tomoe
Sun Sep 03, 2006 12:30 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Need Tips on making hats TT^TT
Replies: 9
Views: 1579

b-but I dont know how to do half of that stuff... TT^TT like embroidery or putting the faces on... could someone tell me how to put faces on? Looking at stuffed animals is a good way to get ideas for different types of faces and items you could use for making the faces. You'd have to check a book f...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Sep 02, 2006 2:48 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Need Tips on making hats TT^TT
Replies: 9
Views: 1579

Cute hat! It looks like you used a patterned fabric for the pink parts of the ears. That's a good start for making them unique. Another thing that adds character is putting facial features onto the hat like eyes, whiskers, nose, and/or mouth. Embroidery, beads or buttons, sequins, Be-dazzler, glue-o...
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:50 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Specific Wig Help
Replies: 1
Views: 735

Yes, regular hair spray and gel work fine in wigs. Cheapo Aquanet is great for most styles and will wash out for the next style. As for spray on haircolor, you might want to test a little of the hair like a bit of the underside that's not visible. Leave the color on a few hours then try washing it o...
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:41 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Kairi's school girl outfit
Replies: 3
Views: 1030

Someone's selling that uniform set if you'd rather not fuss with making it: Kairi school uniform
Scroll down past the Chrno. She does nice work so you'd be getting a good outfit...if it's the right size, of course. ^_^
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:36 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Hi I'm New, Can You Help Me With My First Project!?!?
Replies: 8
Views: 1724

Hi! Wow, that's a pretty ambitious first project. A sturdy dowel running almost the full length of the sword is a good idea; that'll give it a lot of strength. I'm not sure whether Wonderflex is good for swords, but then the Brotherhood isn't typical. You should check the Wonderflex thread in the Co...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Aug 16, 2006 4:59 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Temari fan
Replies: 2
Views: 843

Oh, someone recently posted a link for fans! The prices seemed reasonable too.
http://www.ninja-weapons.com/Decorative/Fans/Fans.shtml
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:00 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Larxene (KH) costume help??!!
Replies: 2
Views: 781

In general, when trying to do pointy things with your hair, you have to really plaster the roots with whatever product you're using, or the spikes, pointy bits, etc. will just flop. The roots are the foundation after all so if it's not firm, the rest of your structure won't stand. I think many peopl...
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Aug 04, 2006 1:47 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Resident Evil 4 Merchant Please Help! Anyone out there?
Replies: 1
Views: 965

It would help if you'd post a picture or a link to a picture of what you want to make. Some of us haven't seen the show/played the game but know how to make stuff if we have a picture to go by. ^^
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Aug 02, 2006 4:36 pm
Forum: Ideas / Pictures
Topic: Does anyone know where I can find patterns???
Replies: 2
Views: 1269

It would help us help you if you'd post some pictures or links to pictures of the dresses you're talking about. ^^;
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:41 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Kairi's Outfit
Replies: 2
Views: 902

You'll probably need to look for a formal dress pattern with princess seams that has the same neckline and shape as Kairi's dress. Once you make it the right length and add the zippers, it'll look like her dress and not a formal gown. And the princess seams will make it easy to add the right & left ...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Jul 26, 2006 4:11 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: CardCaptor Sakura staff help!
Replies: 3
Views: 989

Making or buying the staff just depends on your level of craftiness. If you enjoy building items from wood and other materials, making the staff will be fun. Otherwise, it'll be a struggle, and you might not be happy with the results. I don't know how easy it is to find CCS items to buy anymore. A f...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Jul 26, 2006 4:03 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Help! How do you make petticoats?
Replies: 8
Views: 2099

Tia is the resident expert on pleat and poof. :D Fenicia, that petticoat has a wonderful look! I have some questions though. "Fishtreat" means the plastic string used for catching fish, right? What thickness did you use for the example in the pictures, and how did you feed it into the hem? I've alwa...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:20 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: ACP Owners in Action at AX06!
Replies: 2
Views: 1709

ROFL
You guys were hilarious!
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:14 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Patterns on Fabric: What is the best solution?
Replies: 4
Views: 973

Make sure the plastic is somewhat stiff while still being easy to cut so that your design doesn't go all wobbly. The craft store should have all the supplies to get started. Of course you should always do a test on a scrap of your fabric before trying the paint on your actual dress. ^^; And remember...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Jul 08, 2006 6:53 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: How to stop fabric from freying..help. I'm new.
Replies: 11
Views: 2522

Cutting your fabric with pinking shears (the type of scissors with zig zag blades that look like teeth) instead of straight scissors helps reduce fraying while you're sewing and putting things together. A few fabrics are really bad and will fray like crazy no matter what you do to them, but the grea...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:35 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Naruto headband?
Replies: 15
Views: 4220

At our local craft store (Michael's), they sell poster board that's silver on one side. If you just want something to give the basic effect and not for winning awards for technical merit, I think the poster board would work fine. You can cut it with regular scissors and glue it with regular glue, no...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:43 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: printing, painting OR stitching???
Replies: 3
Views: 836

I agree that using either a stencil or stamp will be the fastest way to repeat the pattern on your costume. Good luck on your project. :)
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:53 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: How do I make a Moogle for my Lulu outfit?
Replies: 2
Views: 919

I don't know where you've searched, but there are doll making books and magazines out there. I think a teddy bear pattern with a different head would work ok.
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:46 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Question about Coloring Fabric
Replies: 6
Views: 1404

There are vinyl paints too; they're less likely to crack. Usually located in the automotive section because they're meant for touching up vinyl upholstery. They don't have too many colors, but khaki might be available since it's pretty neutral.
by mrs.tomoe
Mon May 08, 2006 6:53 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Chibodee Hair?
Replies: 2
Views: 917

Wow, that's one wacky hairdo. ^^
Do you think a punk wig would do? They usually have the longer, mullet-ish bit at the back, and the pre-spiked effect would make styling easier.

As for the pink bit in the front, I'm pretty sure you'd have to add that yourself.
by mrs.tomoe
Mon May 01, 2006 2:42 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Mima help
Replies: 2
Views: 985

www.sewingpatterns.com

Might have to combine a fitted top from one pattern with a skirt from another, but you ought to be able to find something you can use.
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:25 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Contacts?
Replies: 1
Views: 835

If you've never worn contacts before, I hope you've had an eye exam. Your eye doctor should have been able to teach you how to insert & remove contacts.

Once you've got that info, you just need to practice. Poking yourself in the eyes takes some getting used to. :shock:
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Apr 11, 2006 6:58 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Help with Boots - Wide Calves?
Replies: 3
Views: 1127

You'll need to close the zippers or the boots won't stay on. Adjusting the laces should make them fit you better. If that's not enough, stretching the boots would probably work if they're made of leather or vinyl.
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:11 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Help on a Galaxy Angel costume!
Replies: 1
Views: 773

Her outfit is a short blue dress with a jacket that's about the same length. You'll have to search through pattern books to find similarly shaped things (like a short nightgown, or a 60s style mini dress) that you can alter.
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:35 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: CCS Winter Uniform Help? [Scarf, Cane]
Replies: 7
Views: 2348

You're welcome, and Thanks! I thought it'd be fun to do a different version of Kero. ^_^ How is the staff/wand coming along? May sound dorky, but I suggest using craft foam for the white wings on it. It's flexible so it won't break when you bump the wand into anything or anyone. No real suggestions ...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:21 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Could anyone help me out on Haruno Sakura's costume?
Replies: 1
Views: 813

Hi. ^_^ If you can make the circles with a non-fraying material, that would be the easiest solution. Otherwise, you can either finish the edges with an embroidery stitch (just a tight zig zag) or bias tape (might add some nice dimension). For the zipper, you could try ending the zipper at the angle ...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:55 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: CCS Winter Uniform Help? [Scarf, Cane]
Replies: 7
Views: 2348

You're welcome. I couldn't find the link I was thinking of (should've bookmarked it way back when I first saw it but didn't), but here's one that's helpful for all sorts of collars: http://vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-07.html Scroll down a bit to the "Half Roll Sailor Collar." You'll need to ...
by mrs.tomoe
Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:11 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: CCS Winter Uniform Help? [Scarf, Cane]
Replies: 7
Views: 2348

Yep, that's a modified sailor collar. Some people make it sewn to the shirt while others make it detachable. There was once a diagram online. Wonder if I can find it again. I'll post it here if I do. The scarf/necktie can be cheated: the knot needn't be a knot at all but just a separate fabric loop ...