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by mrs.tomoe
Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:20 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Boot covers?
Replies: 1
Views: 861

The material you select depends on the look you want. I guess in general, you should try to pick something sturdy since the covers will have to tolerate a lot of scuffing and whatnot. Vinyl, canvas, denim, cordouroy (just use the "wrong" side if you want to hide the lines), some upholstery fabrics.....
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:36 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Wings. Lots of wings.
Replies: 3
Views: 996

Wow, that's a pretty whacky set of wings. Got no suggestions for the wings themselves, but I do have an idea for the harness. Instead of trying to make the straps small & invisible because one shoulder is exposed, hide them in plain view. Use the character's purple "tattoo" to disguise that strap, a...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:48 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Swimsuit
Replies: 7
Views: 1505

I did look on MCall's website, but didn't find anything. I did just look on the other site you gave me and found something almost exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much! -Skuld You're welcome. ^_^ Swimsuits are a little different from other stretchy projects because you have to make th...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Jan 31, 2006 9:41 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Swimsuit
Replies: 7
Views: 1505

Yes, there are swimsuit and leotard patterns available. Try searching here:
http://sewingpatterns.com/

I know Green Pepper brand has a leotard/ice skating pattern so maybe they have a swimwear one as well. You can also search the pattern companies' sites like Simplicity.com and Mccall.com.
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Jan 31, 2006 9:35 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Eye color problem
Replies: 13
Views: 3268

Thanks for your confidence in Cosplay Lab's contact lens stores, guys. :) Contacts from our supplier are FDA approved and follow all the necessary procedures. We encourage everyone to get an eye exam prior to ordering because, as you've said, a small percentage of people simply can't wear any type o...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Jan 21, 2006 6:47 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Fayt Leingod leg armour...help?
Replies: 1
Views: 809

I don't know what his armor looks like, but you could try Wonderflex. It's a plastic that you form with heat. Very sturdy and versatile. Cosplay Supplies Wonderflex info page Prices include shipping. Otherwise, if you haven't already, you can check Amethyst Angel's site for a non-fiberglass armor-ma...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Jan 21, 2006 6:38 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Please Help: Kitty Ears & Fin
Replies: 1
Views: 720

I think what many people do is use a phone ear clip (a sort of C-shaped, plastic gadget) for the base of the ear, and they glue their felt, fur, or craft foam to the clip so then they can just slip them onto their ears. For the head fin, I've seen kids' swim sets that have either a mask or cap with ...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Jan 21, 2006 6:21 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Kimono Pattern?
Replies: 16
Views: 3883

You're welcome. That's right, the Butterick pattern is a simplified costume. The Simplicity one is a little more authentic, but I think it still doesn't have the seams for traditional 13" fabric. But the patterns are still ok for starting out because you get the basic effect without having to go int...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Dec 29, 2005 12:24 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Kimono Pattern?
Replies: 16
Views: 3883

Yes, there's a pretty easy pattern by Butterick. It has long, flowing sleeves. You can look it up here: http://www.mccall.com/ I should be in the 'costumes' section of the Butterick area. I've made the kid-size version, and it was very straightforward. The amount of material that you're moving aroun...
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Dec 09, 2005 6:48 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Pattern or no pattern?
Replies: 5
Views: 1178

If you've never made clothes from scratch, use patterns. There are easy ones which are usually labeled as such with words like "sew easy," or there's even a small series of "for Dummies" patterns. Once you get the basics down, you can decide whether you want to continue using more complicated patter...
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Dec 09, 2005 6:35 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Jewels for Magic Knights Rayearth Armor/Swords
Replies: 4
Views: 2834

Yep, plastic ornaments get my vote too. If you get the transparent kind that open in 2 halves, paint the insides of them to be the color you want. You won't have to worry about the paint getting chipped or scraped while you wear the costume, and the outside of the "gems" stay nice & shiny. There's a...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Oct 18, 2005 5:25 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Sewing
Replies: 19
Views: 4039

That's right, start with simple stuff to practice guiding the fabric through the machine. That's one of the main skills of machine sewing. The needle itself just goes up and down, but it's the way you guide the fabric that determines how your final product will look. Oh yeah, don't watch the needle ...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Oct 17, 2005 6:34 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Sewing
Replies: 19
Views: 4039

Sewing books are helpful. I'm guessing that there's probably a "Sewing for Dummies" type of book in circulation among other good basic sewing books. Also read the instruction manual for your sewing machine if you have it. Practice with some easy patterns that have only 3 or 4 pieces for a simple shi...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Aug 27, 2005 3:34 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Wig Trouble
Replies: 2
Views: 871

Ugh, sorry to hear about your wig fiasco. :(

I could be mistaken, but I don't think white wigs are generally a good base for deep colors. There is probably some special technique.


Well, I hope you have a great time at the con anyway!! :D
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Aug 25, 2005 7:18 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shia Pita Ten Staff/Boot covers...
Replies: 4
Views: 1215

It's a plastic ornament. There was also an iridescent one at the store, but it was transparent which would've made the dowel visible inside. That would've looked weird and clunky. If you can find an opaque, pearlized one, I think it would look really nice.
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:12 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shia Pita Ten Staff/Boot covers...
Replies: 4
Views: 1215

I've made that costume before. ^_^ Shia We should have use a slightly skinnier dowel rod; we had to whittle down one end to get it to fit into the globe. Drilled a small hole in the top of the globe and the end of the dowel in order to be able to stick the wire with the bell into the dowel. One thin...
by mrs.tomoe
Sun Aug 21, 2005 9:34 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Hakkai's outfit (fabrics, patterns)
Replies: 6
Views: 1380

Yes, altering patterns can be tricky which is why, for anything more complex than a simple lengthening or shortening, we always make a mock-up version using cheap muslin or an old bedsheet for fitting so we don't waste our good fabric. Most of us are just guessing when it comes to alterations, and t...
by mrs.tomoe
Sun Aug 14, 2005 3:15 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Hakkai's outfit (fabrics, patterns)
Replies: 6
Views: 1380

The darts and the form-fitting design of the cheongsam or the Ao Dai is a contradiction to the bagginess I'm trying to achieve. I'm trying to make it as accurate as possible without loosing my feminine shape. (just make the shirt my size...just like girls wearing t-shirts) Have you tried making a d...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Aug 13, 2005 1:07 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Hakkai's outfit (fabrics, patterns)
Replies: 6
Views: 1380

I think you can use a pattern for a cheongsam or anything that has a similar front. They usually use an invisible zipper in the side seam which could also work for you. The mandarin collar is easy to adjust to make it taller. Whether you want to make the shirt open along the black trim or make it a ...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Aug 03, 2005 3:16 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: PLEASE HELP ME *crys*
Replies: 9
Views: 2042

It depends on what the boots are made of, but you could try stretching them first. Ask at your local shoe repair shop whether they can help you. They should have devices for it. Stretching will work for leather and some types of vinyl. If your boots are fabric or a type material that always goes bac...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Jul 21, 2005 12:40 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Stuck on Hao (Shaman King) costume!
Replies: 1
Views: 1707

Your user pic is hilarious! Fizzgig tantrum! ^_^ I can help a bit with the earrings. We used a hollow, plastic, red ball like the kind you'd find in a playground that has a ball pit. It's thin and soft so it's easy to cut with an X-acto or scissors. Bought a toy ball and bat set at the dollar store ...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:19 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Constructing wings for Wedding Yuna?
Replies: 6
Views: 1450

I think you ought to attach the flowers to the dress and not to the wings because even though the flowers would be fairly light, you don't want anything to pull the wings into a funny position. Use a scrap of fabric that matches the dress; the scrap should be big enough to stretch over the center of...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Jun 13, 2005 4:57 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Constructing wings for Wedding Yuna?
Replies: 6
Views: 1450

You two are funny. ^_^ Boning is strips of plastic that give things like corsets or fancy dresses their shape. Sort of like a "skeleton" to keep the fabric from sagging. Before plastic was invented, people used whale bone which is where the name 'boning' comes from. It's sewn vertically on the insid...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Jun 13, 2005 10:39 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Constructing wings for Wedding Yuna?
Replies: 6
Views: 1450

Clear straps are probably the easiest way to hold up the dress. They sell them in pairs, and some styles even have little gems which could be nice with the outfit. Either attach them to the dress itself, or use a bra with clear straps and attach the dress to the bra with snaps at 2-inch intervals. L...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Jun 09, 2005 8:41 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Legend of Zelda: Zelda
Replies: 2
Views: 991

I don't have any specific pattern numbers for you, but it shouldn't be hard to find a gown with a similar shape. If the pattern you pick has sleeves, just leave them off and finish the armholes to make the dress sleeveless. If you'd rather make a separate top and skirt (sort of like those in the his...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Jun 09, 2005 8:21 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Sewing, material,wigs, fake swords...
Replies: 2
Views: 928

The type of stitch depends on the type of fabric. Material that frays will need an overcast stitch; non-fraying material can use a running stitch. I wouldn't use silk because it tends to be expensive, and if you don't know how to sew it, you'd be wasting your money and time. There are synthetic fabr...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed May 18, 2005 7:08 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: using a sheet
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Using sheets is a fine idea. Good quality sheets are very durable fabric too because they have to withstand getting slept on & crinkled up for hours every night and lots of laundering.
by mrs.tomoe
Sat May 07, 2005 9:20 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: More help please!
Replies: 8
Views: 1688

Seam ripper? I can always check my mom's sewing stuff to see if she has anything I can use.. She probably has one since it's a pretty basic tool. Be careful though, because the tip is pointy. For the knives, you could try cutting the correct length off the blade of a toy sword like this: http://www...
by mrs.tomoe
Sun May 01, 2005 12:47 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shaman King Len Outfit
Replies: 33
Views: 8628

Hmm...well, you could try leggings or flared pants and a peasant-style blouse with the big sleeves. That could look cute. It might be hard to find them in pink in juniors or ladies sizes, but you never know. The only way to get Morphine's exact outfit would be to make the entire thing from scratch, ...
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Apr 29, 2005 6:05 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shaman King Len Outfit
Replies: 33
Views: 8628

You made a Morphin outfit for your daughter? Cool! ^_^ Yep. I used a pajama fabric -- satin that had a fuzzy flannel backing. It also had little stars woven all over it which I liked because otherwise, Morphin's outfit was a little bland. It turned out really comfy! You're welcome for any help I co...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Apr 28, 2005 7:36 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shaman King Len Outfit
Replies: 33
Views: 8628

Heehee. I made a Morphine costume last year. It was for my daughter so I made it shirt and pants instead of jumpsuit. You could alter a dress like your friend said, but you're also right in thinking it would be troublesome to figure out. For the least sewing, you'd have to find a flouncy outfit simi...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Apr 26, 2005 5:19 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shaman King Len Outfit
Replies: 33
Views: 8628

Yeah, a convention's not any more or less dangerous than any other crowded place like a theme park or the shopping mall. Do all the usual things like stay together in a group of friends or with at least one other friend and make sure your folks know who you're with. Never go to anyone else's hotel r...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Apr 21, 2005 6:31 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shaman King Len Outfit
Replies: 33
Views: 8628

I mostly use "young 'un" as a term of endearment. ^_^ I know you're not a little kiddie, but you're not an adult yet either. It's not a super big deal, but I just thought if there was a misunderstanding or something on your mom's part, I could help clear that up. You know, like if she was worried ab...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Apr 19, 2005 7:58 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shaman King Len Outfit
Replies: 33
Views: 8628

You're welcome! Would it look bad/tacky if it didn't match my skin? Because more or less, the skin tone colors I'll find won't match mine.I'm very white/pale. -_-;;; It doesn't have to match exactly. As long as it's pretty close, it should look fine because the diamonds are a fairly small area and a...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:33 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: making a snow board
Replies: 7
Views: 1356

I agree, big_ryo202. One of my friends bought a snowboard at the thrift store for 5 bucks (in Florida of all places!) and painted it with Horo Horo's graphics. If you can't find one to buy, cut one from 1/4-inch plywood and add straps with nylon webbing. It won't need the real foot things because yo...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:20 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Hakuryu idea, need suggestions.
Replies: 2
Views: 840

Dunno if this would work, but could you use a moving toy as a base and cover it? If it were a plush toy like one of those puppies that walks and nods his head, you could remove the fur & stuffing, and build your model over the mechanics.
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:16 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shaman King Len Outfit
Replies: 33
Views: 8628

OK, sorry it's taken such a long time to finish this. I doubt you'll have any trouble with the pants because the only thing different from a regular pattern is moving the waistband down and sticking elastic into the hems. Today's installment of yellow decorations begins. This should be pretty short,...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Apr 05, 2005 6:47 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Auto Mail
Replies: 12
Views: 2574

AA put up a tutorial on Edward's automail, and she used a combination of craft foam, styrene, and vinyl. It would seem to be a lightweight and safe yet durable mix, although seeing as how I haven't worn it, I wouldn't really know. I've seen suggestions for using aluminum flashing, but I get the impr...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Apr 05, 2005 6:19 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shaman King Len Outfit
Replies: 33
Views: 8628

I'm glad my yammering about bias tape was helpful. Besides being necessary for 90% of Shaman King costumes, it's just handy for all sorts of things. Today's installment of 'pants' begins. Any matte, black fabric will do for this costume. Knit fabric generally doesn't fray; woven usually does. Pinkin...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Mar 29, 2005 8:19 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shaman King Len Outfit
Replies: 33
Views: 8628

OK. Even with very little sewing skill, this costume should be about medium on an easy to hard scale. So, not super simple, but not headache inducing difficult either. The zipper will probably be the most challenging part of actual sewing because zippers usually are that way. The diamonds on the sid...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Mar 26, 2005 9:03 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shaman King Len Outfit
Replies: 33
Views: 8628

OK, no problem. Wasn't sure how much sewing experience you had or anything. I'll write an explanation later because we're busy with Easter fun this weekend. I hope you're not in a hurry. :?
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Mar 24, 2005 8:17 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shaman King Len Outfit
Replies: 33
Views: 8628

You're welcome. ^_^ You know, when I read your post, I skipped the "it" in "how to make it" and thought you were asking about the wig only. Dur, me. For Ren's clothes, I think you can use a pattern for a fleece vest but choose a smaller size than what you'd normally wear so that it's more fitted sin...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:30 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Seifer Almasy Final Fantasy 8 Wig, WHERE CAN I FIND SOMETHIN
Replies: 9
Views: 2187

Aikoe, your wig looks fantastic! You did a great job on it.
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Mar 23, 2005 7:32 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: I want to cosplay as Testament From guilty Gear but........
Replies: 5
Views: 1239

Sorry to be the bearer of unhappy news, but if you've never made a costume before, Testament may not be the best one to start with, especially if you want it to have a certain quality. I know it doesn't look as though it'd be a hard costume to make, but those are usually the most deceptive. If you s...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Mar 23, 2005 7:11 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: bothersome armour
Replies: 3
Views: 918

Do you have a picture of the back of the outfit? I have an idea, but it depends on how the back looks. For the two, bullet-shaped white & purple things, I think you ought to make it one, long, solid piece so that you can attach the purple & red thing to the center of it. I think it'll be sturdier th...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Mar 23, 2005 7:01 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shaman King Len Outfit
Replies: 33
Views: 8628

Try looking at this info to style the hair: http://www.cosplaylab.com/spotlight/200406.asp In the middle, under the Cloud picture, he gives tips on styling spiked hair. I think it would work well for Ren's crazy style. I don't have any suggestions for what type of wig to start with though. Probably ...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Mar 23, 2005 6:56 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Shaman King trey Costume
Replies: 1
Views: 698

It seems to be basically a vest and shorts combo. There are sewing patterns that are pretty simple so just browse through the books at the store to find something similar. You have to add the 'zig zags' with either bias tape or non-shiny ribbon.
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Mar 23, 2005 6:52 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Seifer Almasy Final Fantasy 8 Wig, WHERE CAN I FIND SOMETHIN
Replies: 9
Views: 2187

Seifer's got that slicked-back style, right? That's kind of a tough wig to find, especially in blond. You might try starting with something like this: http://www.cosplaysupplies.com/wigs/500/50841.jpg ...which is still not quite his hairline, but at least the hair goes in the right direction. Actual...
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:26 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Susumu Wig. (Peace Maker)
Replies: 11
Views: 2021

You can still do what Hemuloki-sama said about hanging the wig upside down and using hairspray. If you start with a non-spiked wig, you'll still have to spray the "roots" to get the hair to stand up, then you start shaping about halfway toward the ends of the hair to pinch it into fat spikes like in...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Mar 17, 2005 6:21 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Susumu Wig. (Peace Maker)
Replies: 11
Views: 2021

Try the technique described by Matt Miller in his Spotlight interview:
http://www.cosplaylab.com/spotlight/200406.asp

It's right under the Cloud photo where he goes into detail about styling a wig into spikes. He even recommends a couple of products. ^_^