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by mrs.tomoe
Wed Mar 16, 2005 6:01 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Susumu Wig. (Peace Maker)
Replies: 11
Views: 2114

I really don't think that the character's hair is suppose to be at that angle...? Maybe it's just the picture. I dunno. Whether it's centered or angled left or right, I just think it's easier to start with a spiked wig when trying to do a spiked style. :) And for this character, a "Tina/punk" wig w...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Mar 16, 2005 6:46 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Susumu Wig. (Peace Maker)
Replies: 11
Views: 2114

I think you may me better off starting with a "Tina" or "punk" type of wig that's already spiked. Then you'd only have to worry about clumping the spikes together and making them go the correct direction with little to no cutting involved. Making the hair go toward the left is pretty simple (pretty ...
by mrs.tomoe
Sun Mar 06, 2005 6:50 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: HELP!Sakura from Card Captors sewing thing!
Replies: 1
Views: 847

Hi. Er, if you could post a picture or link to a picture of the Sakura outfit, that would help us give better suggestions. ^^; As for the ruffles going flat, do you mean they sag instead of sticking out like a tutu, or do you mean that they went smooth instead of being wavy? Both can be fixed but re...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:34 pm
Forum: South East
Topic: MegaCon [Florida]
Replies: 33
Views: 16454

It was a good weekend, wasn't it? :) Princess Garnet, congrats on your award. You and your friend looked great in the contest. I don't think I'd seen that version of Garnet before, and your gown was beautiful. (hand painted designs! *_*) We'll have photos posted on Cosplay Lab soon. PLC was really i...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:15 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: hi i could do with some help with lycra.
Replies: 5
Views: 1357

Lycra isn't too scary for sewing; the suit you picked will be fine after you add long sleeves. If you can practice a little on some scraps (maybe you or a friend has an old swimsuit you can cut up), that will help too. If using a sewing machine, get some needles marked for stretch fabrics and use a ...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:17 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Weapon making
Replies: 6
Views: 1630

Say, are you planning to make Komugi's giant syringe? :wink:
That would be cool.
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:09 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Hair question!
Replies: 4
Views: 1110

I think you'll just have to read the labels at the store. They may even have some dyes specially formulated for relaxed hair. Look for words like gentle or ammonia-free. Actually, now that I think about it, my mom dyes her hair regularly, and she has a perm. Her hair isn't brittle, frayed, or any of...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:02 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Wig Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1527

Hair dye won't work because it won't soak into the plastic fibers of the wig. It may stain a white/blond wig, but it wouldn't look good if you're trying to get a saturated color. Fabric dye can work depending on the color you want. I think you have to use less water than the normal "recipe" that's o...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Jan 31, 2005 4:36 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Nurse Witch Komugi hat help
Replies: 3
Views: 1168

I just watched an episode of Komugi last night and saw her hat from the side. I hadn't noticed before, but it's a normal hat shape like what Lindze of Genki Hats would make. You can get a pattern for the base if you look in the winter hats/accessories in the pattern books at the store. The front rec...
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Jan 28, 2005 6:40 am
Forum: South East
Topic: Anime Weekend Atlanta
Replies: 73
Views: 35955

You'll have a good time. It's a nice con, and at their new hotel, they had one of the best artists' alleys I've seen. We missed it last year because of the hurricane that came the same weekend. We didn't want to be stuck in Atlanta, and we didn't want to drive home in the storm so we just didn't go....
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Jan 28, 2005 6:34 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Misao's ninja knives
Replies: 7
Views: 1536

Extra thick craft foam may also work. It's more pricey than the regular craft foam so you'll want to make a dummy out of paper or cardboard first to get your dimensions correct. Cut and glue your shapes together (remember to leave an extra tab on the ends of the blades to go into your handle), then ...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Jan 20, 2005 7:31 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Can I paint these?
Replies: 7
Views: 1950

I think you can order from the link that mindtailor posted. You can also try a shoe repair shop in your town. When you paint the stretchy fabric part of your boots, you might want to stick a fat jar or something in them to stretch the fabric so the paint can fill in better.
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Jan 20, 2005 7:27 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Presea Combatir
Replies: 3
Views: 1505

I made some similar additions to some gloves for Wizard of Angelic Layer. They were wrist gloves though. Your long ones will need a little different technique. I used a strip of craft foam to make the stand-out cuffs. You just measure, cut, and tape the ends together to make the ring shape. Then mea...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Jan 18, 2005 6:29 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Can I paint these?
Replies: 7
Views: 1950

Wow, five bucks -- great price!
I agree with mindtailor: go with leather paint. Vinyl paint might work too.
by mrs.tomoe
Thu Jan 06, 2005 8:08 am
Forum: South East
Topic: MegaCon [Florida]
Replies: 33
Views: 16454

PLC concert on Sunday

Psycho Le Cemu will be putting on a concert at Megacon on Sunday. General Admission is included in the weekend convention pass, but people can also buy VIP tickets for special seating and goodies. Here's the link:
http://www.megaconvention.com/anime.asp
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Jan 05, 2005 6:42 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Nurse Witch Komugi Boots
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

I really just wanted to use a pair of ankle boots that are flat. and either paint them or cover them in fabric Well, yes, that's what I read, and I assumed you'd use white boots or shoes so that you could leave the toe area exposed for the bunny head design. I just suggest using pink fabric rather ...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Jan 05, 2005 6:26 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: little... shiny things (like materia)
Replies: 4
Views: 1424

Those glass disks are usually located in the floral section in the stores around here (Walmart, Michaels). I don't remember the whole color selection because it's been awhile since I've shopped for them. Another department to try is the section for fish aquarium accessories. They sometimes have glas...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Jan 03, 2005 11:53 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Nurse Witch Komugi Boots
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

I think you'd have an easier time if you used pink fabric -- the same as your dress -- rather than painting afterwards. If you can't use the same fabric as your dress, use felt or fleece in the same color. Those materials don't fray so you don't need to hem them or do anything special with the edges...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Oct 11, 2004 6:52 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Haruno Sakura: Bent Zippers for the Drafting-Impaired
Replies: 9
Views: 2272

How can I tell which is "thin" and which is "medium-thick"? Is there an actual scale or just use intuition? Intuition mostly. You just feel it and put your hand behind a layer of it to see how transparent it is. The medium-thick is, of course, less transparent and sturdier. I think lining your red ...
by mrs.tomoe
Sun Oct 10, 2004 2:43 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: A Good Place to Buy Online Fabric
Replies: 10
Views: 2243

Gosh, what in the world requires 15-20 yards of velvet? O.O; You might try inquiring at a furniture manufacturer to see whether they have what you need or can order something for you. I don't know what width velvet normally comes in, but maybe home decorating type is wider and would require less yar...
by mrs.tomoe
Sun Oct 10, 2004 1:42 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Haruno Sakura: Bent Zippers for the Drafting-Impaired
Replies: 9
Views: 2272

Hi there. People here are very nice and helpful. ^_^ Let's see... The pattern you chose is good for the lower portion of the dress but not very good for the top. If you can find something with a center opening, I think it would serve you better. Altering patterns usually works best when moving seams...
by mrs.tomoe
Sun Sep 19, 2004 12:31 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Making the 'write' pen for Kotoko.
Replies: 13
Views: 3683

Hey, do you guys usually attend Otakon? I've been wanting to get there for the past two years...this year I was supposed to go and my family was coming back from a cruise the first day of the convention...I'm hoping to get to Otakon this year, though! We've never been to Otakon. We went to AX for t...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:10 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Making the 'write' pen for Kotoko.
Replies: 13
Views: 3683

You're welcome. ^_^ It's always good to start early and work along steadily rather than trying to rush everything at the end. Stressing out about costumes just takes all the fun out of cosplay. I think you mentioned once where you lived...midwest, was it? ^^;;; We'd like to go to Anime Central one y...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:57 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: How do I come across making a very larg belt?
Replies: 7
Views: 1942

I have this belt that I bought at a garage sale that's about 3 inches tall. It looks like the outer layer is a thin vinyl with the edges all folded under and topstitched onto a single layer of leatherette or super-thick interfacing. You'll probably want to use some kind of leather punch to make the ...
by mrs.tomoe
Sun Sep 12, 2004 6:00 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Making the 'write' pen for Kotoko.
Replies: 13
Views: 3683

That picture won't load for me for whatever reason (will try again later), and I haven't been able to find my Chobits cards for months -_-*.... ...but! I'd use a Fun*noodle. I really wanted to make one for my little Sumomo, but even though it would've been flexible & fairly soft, it was too dangerou...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Aug 24, 2004 5:29 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Momiji Seifuku Help!
Replies: 3
Views: 1288

'Seifuku' refers to the whole uniform, doesn't it? The surest way to find how much material you need is to look for patterns that are similar to the uniform. The back of the pattern envelope will tell you how much fabric you need and also whether you need any zippers or buttons. I think a ladies' su...
by mrs.tomoe
Sat Aug 21, 2004 7:02 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: How to sew a pleated skirt...?
Replies: 27
Views: 8630

heehee ^_^ You don't like ironing, and I don't like basting or undoing basting. ^_^ Whatever works is good, but since the person said it was their first attempt, I figured it'd be best to follow the pattern instructions and go one step at a time. From there, they can decide what they want to leave o...
by mrs.tomoe
Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:23 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: How to sew a pleated skirt...?
Replies: 27
Views: 8630

Pleated skirts are time-consuming because of all the marking, folding, and pressing, but it's not hard so just be patient. First, a pattern is a good thing to use. Simplicity 4963 is a new one, and there are some cheerleader skirts that can also work, er Simplicity 9806 is a possibility. The other p...
by mrs.tomoe
Mon Jul 26, 2004 7:21 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Eternal Sailor Senshi "sleeves"
Replies: 6
Views: 1842

Oh, to push the stuffing in! haha, dur me :p Eternal Mercury...I should have looked her up specifically instead of looking at a wall scroll. -_-" The round sleeves will be tricky. First, you have to make sure the outer fabric is cut to produce a nice ball shape. Then the double sleeve method that Ti...
by mrs.tomoe
Fri Jul 23, 2004 4:13 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Eternal Sailor Senshi "sleeves"
Replies: 6
Views: 1842

Isn't PVC pipe really really hard and straight? I don't see how it would bend to conform to a person's shoulder without using special tools. In the upholstery section of our fabric store, there is stuff called cording which looks like rope and comes in sizes ranging from 1/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches in ...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Jun 15, 2004 7:58 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Totally Confused First-Timer
Replies: 7
Views: 2088

The fur looks to be a fairly light purple. You might be able to use Katie Bair's wig tinting spray on white fur since it's made for synthetic fibers, it's permanent color, and it's not supposed to make the fibers hard. No idea whether it'd actually work correctly though. ^^;;
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Jun 15, 2004 7:42 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: All Your Help Are Belong To Me? (DiGi Charat Woes)
Replies: 4
Views: 1461

For the feet, sew the covers onto a pair of bedroom slippers. This will give you some tread to make walking safer, and it will also keep the covers from twisting (don't want those toes pointing backwards! ^_^ ). Sorry I don't have any pattern suggestions though. :( For the bells, Walmart sells yello...
by mrs.tomoe
Tue Jun 08, 2004 6:10 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: I have to make a corset *gack*
Replies: 7
Views: 2367

For a corset or bustier (which is what your character looks like she's wearing), you ought to use an actual pattern for that type of undergarment. Check the re-enactment or historical costumes section of the pattern books at the store for something you can use. That looks like a really cool costume....
by mrs.tomoe
Mon May 24, 2004 11:06 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: The Armor Thread: Post questions here.
Replies: 50
Views: 52578

This link was posted somewhere, and it may come in handy for some of you armor-builders out there:
http://amethyst-angel.com/armormaking.html

Features non-metal, non-fiberglass technique.
by mrs.tomoe
Tue May 18, 2004 5:45 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: gluing fur
Replies: 5
Views: 1812

I didn't think of this before, but if you're trying to stick fur/fabric onto a plastic headband, you might try "gem glue" which is made to stick plastic gems onto shirts & stuff. That might be the right combination that would adhere to both materials because it's usually hard to get a good bond with...
by mrs.tomoe
Thu May 13, 2004 5:33 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: gluing fur
Replies: 5
Views: 1812

I use a clear fabric glue called Fabri Tac that works great on all types of cloth and fake fur too since it has that knitted backing. Does not stick to smooth vinyl or other plastics though.

I think hot glue may also work as long as what you're gluing the fur onto can handle the heat.