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13 May 2008 - 07:142818
Little costume help
i'm planning on cosplaying as my own character sometime, but the one thing that's my main concern are the gloves. how would i go about making gloves like these? also, when making the coat, how would i get the collar to stick up like that?



(i didn't draw this by the way, someone on gaiaonline did for me, i just coloured it XD)


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13 May 2008 - 08:232820
i cant see the image as im at work

however you can buy collar stiffener called Violene, it comes in 2 types iron on or stitch on.

I prefere the Stitch on as the iron on can be tempermantal and only works well with cretain types of fabric.

hope this helps


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13 May 2008 - 12:152824
heh. i love Gaia.

anywho, for the gloves, are they half fingered, finger holed, or not fingered at all but have a thumb hole or what, that needs to be specified.


for the collar. you'd probably want to use Interfacing. its this stiff stuff that you iron onto fabric to make it stiff, like collars and cuffs. that'd do the trick probably.
you can buy it at any fabric shop.

back to the gloves, if they only have a thumb hole then all you need to do is make a tube of fabric the right legth and width, then make a hole in the right place for your thumb. if they have fingers, maybe buy a pair of plain black gloves and customise them, chop fingers off etc etc. easy peasy! ^^


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13 May 2008 - 17:382835
hmm, that would make sense lol. i was talking to a lady in my local fabric shop and she said one thing i could also do is do what they do with shirt collars and have like a small plastic thing inside and sew over that or something like that, but that might be a bit too much with my very limited sewing experience lol. she also sugested making the collar seperately (which somehow i guess you do anyway lol), get some stiffener on it and then sew it on to the main body of the coat


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13 May 2008 - 20:252838
yup! i always though collars were seperate from the res anywho though.... maybe i was wrong. ><


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13 May 2008 - 20:332841
well i had no idea in the first place, i though it was all done as one XD i think i need to find a pattern or something and get an example


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13 May 2008 - 21:022848
Quote raizersabre:
well i had no idea in the first place, i though it was all done as one XD i think i need to find a pattern or something and get an example
maybe buy a black shirt? and customise it, that's be like 100x times easier, especially as it's your first cosplay?


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13 May 2008 - 21:102850
while i agree that is indefinately easier, i think i'd like to try and make it from scratch. a friend of mine said about learning bass guitar "it'll be better for you if you dive straight into the more challenging songs" so i'm taking those words through to here, i think if i can make something like this, it could be good for future cosplays i may make in the future


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13 May 2008 - 21:172852
Quote raizersabre:
while i agree that is indefinately easier, i think i'd like to try and make it from scratch. a friend of mine said about learning bass guitar "it'll be better for you if you dive straight into the more challenging songs" so i'm taking those words through to here, i think if i can make something like this, it could be good for future cosplays i may make in the future
fair enough. i tried learning bass. and failed misserably. ><


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13 May 2008 - 21:402854
well, the point is if you throw yourself in the hard stuff, the simpler stuff becomes that much...well simpler XD


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14 May 2008 - 17:342865
It might eb worth buying a shirt as well as looking at patturns as you can then take the shirt apart and reverse-engineer it. That's how I learned to make trousers.


15 May 2008 - 13:022871
Garden wire is your friend.

If I want anything to skick up I tend to sew wire into it and/or pad it with wadding/interfacing as has been suggested.

For gloves, just buy a cheap pair and cut the fingers off. That's what I'd do (and have done). Failng that, for gloves from scratch, draw around you hands onto some fabric and sew outside the lines you have drawn before cutting them out. I started trying to make some gloves without knowing what to do and I cut them out before sewing them, it was ever so slightly disasterous... but learning new skills is a process of trial and error.

My advice is, just go for it and see what happens. And, most importantly, always buy slightly more fabric than you need just in case. Although, 10m rolls are slightly excessive... ^^; Hey, they were cheap and I'll use them eventually...


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01 Jun 2008 - 21:273223
i've been thinking about what to do with the gloves lately and while looking through the forum, i saw a link to a tutorial on craft foam armour. is it possible at all to attach this stuff to some fabric, like a pair of gloves or something, cuz i kinda want like a small cone sort of thing, like you get with winter gloves or something...kinda like this basically




i also wanna put like a raised pad sort of thing on the back, so would i sew that on or glue it or what?


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02 Jun 2008 - 07:283227
Yep, fabric glue or hot glue should work fine.


02 Jun 2008 - 08:373229
cool, thanks. this may be a stupid question...actually i'm sure it will be a stupid question, but is it possible to sew craft foam on to fabric too? XD


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02 Jun 2008 - 14:243230
I've never tried it. It would be possible by hand (I don't know about through a machine), but you would run the risk of the foam splitting or tearing on the thread, espcially if it was quite thin.


02 Jun 2008 - 14:513231
I've sewn craft foam onto fabric before (it works surprisingly well!) though yes, I do say use none-too-thin thread, as the risk of tearing is still there, and don't run it through a machine, but hand sewn and with thread that isn't too thin should work wonders ^^.

Craft foam = one of the gifts from the cosplay gods, haha.


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02 Jun 2008 - 15:213234
Quote raizersabre:
cool, thanks. this may be a stupid question...actually i'm sure it will be a stupid question, but is it possible to sew craft foam on to fabric too? XD


I've actually done it before. Only on small pieces though. It worked fine, and I used a machine. If you want to play it safe you might want to hand sew though.


02 Jun 2008 - 17:473239
ok thanks guys, gives me some idea on what i'm in for XD just need to wait til thursday when i can go into town with my mum and get the stuff i need for my coat and gloves


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02 Jun 2008 - 18:393241
Craft foam is awsome, and surprisingly easy to make look like metal (or at least anime metal). I'm currently working at carving furniture foam, and trailing little bits around the house. *Bad Ailsa-chan*

Let us know how you get on post shopping trip Raizer!



Last edited by Taffeta_Rose (02 Jun 2008 - 18:39)
02 Jun 2008 - 20:173251
lol, i will. i've already bought the swords and belt i wanted and my trainers kinda go with it, just need to find a pair of trousers and a t-shirt, or maybe a vest as well as the other stuff

by the way, i love your ivy sword so far, get some pics of it finished soon either way, i wants one lol


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03 Jun 2008 - 07:423258
It, um, needs some work at the moment as I got very stressed at expo and took it apart. It's nothing un repairable.


03 Jun 2008 - 19:573285
either way, the pic still looks great, would love to see it all together and finished along with the rest of the costume


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10 Jun 2008 - 14:543457
For the collar you want to get yourself some "Interfacing" it's a cool fabric that you can cut to the same shape as your collar and then *iron it* to it to make it nice and stiff.

I've had to make quite a few stick up collars and the interfacing is the neatest and nicest way of doing it! ^^

As for the gloves, check out this costume I did:



They are similar to the ones you want, just without the decoration.

I bought a pair of long gloves from a costume shop, the sort that go to your elbow, and then added craft foam as you thought.

You can add multiple layers for the raised bit at the end.

~M


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10 Jun 2008 - 18:043490
wow, thats pretty cool, i'll bear that in mind. i have had a couple of design changes though, i've decided i'm gonna leave the collar off just cuz this is my first cosplay and i don't wanna get too complicated also, for the gloves, i'm changing them to gauntlets, i bought a pair of football shinpads which should do the job, despite the fact you can see the brand on them lol. but yeah, a pair of gloves underneath that would finish the job, though i may still add the raised foam bits, just have to see how it goes


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