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13 Jun 2008 - 15:383547
Cosplaying Essentials
So i was working on my next cosplay and compiled a mental list on essential things any cosplayer needs.
Just for general use of everyone and anyone.
money doesn't really count. although it does help. (suggested by raizersabre)
so here goes, if you think of anything that needs adding don't hesitate to post! ^^

1~ Sewing Machine - number one on my list of essential things has to be this. easy to use (kinda) it helps you get sewing done quickley and easily and is much sturdier than hand sewing. not that there's anything wrong with hand sewing.

2~ Needle and Thread - for hand sewing tricky bits, sewing on buttons, patches and embroidery as well as being small enough to carry around for quick fixes if anything should happen at events.

3~ Hot Glue Gun - saved my butt many times. i use hot glue for almost everything. not enough to replace the love i feel for my sewing machine but almost. perfect for prop making and sticking hard things onto flimzy fabric.

4~ Fimo or Model Magic - Light weight and easy to work with, fimo and model magic out do any other modelling materials. model magic is moldable exectly like clay but feels like foam and it super light weight. not exactly sturdy but perfect for intricate details.
Fimo is the same to mold as clay and model magic but stays soft until baked. it's hard and sturdy when it is baked and perfect for head dresses and things that will be flung around quite alot.

5~ Saftey pins! - life savers at conventions and other events! X.x enough said. ^^ (suggested by Seph)

6~ Tweezers - not found the use of them myself yet but apparently they're invaluable and i can see why (suggested by Leah)

7~ Lots of CDs and DVDs - we need something to keep us entertained while we pin, tack and embroider! (suggested by Leah)

8~ Quick Un-pick - I can't live without my quick un-pick and if i lost it i'd probably die. perfect for what they're designed for, quickley un-picking botched seams and hems. if you don't have one of these i suggest investing in one. ^^

9~ A Magnet - for those irritating knocking over/dog kicking over your pin box incidents. (suggested by Leah) even fridge magnets will do the trick. ><

10~ Pipe cleaners. scaffolding for props. also good for working out how to build a prop/structure. (sugested by Chii-ren)

11~ Paper and Pens - great for jotting down measurements and pattern shape ideas. and general design of how you want the final piece to look. (suggested by Delusional)

12~ Contact adhesive - Sticks to anything and everything not used it myself but aparently hasn't failed Delusional yet. ><

13~ Velcro - good for getting tricky in-the-way bits of costume to stick temporarily. (ie: zip covers or decorative bits that go over zips)

14~ Scissors - i was actually wandering why no one had said scissors until Lisu-chan mentioned it. ^^
Although a bit of an Obvious one, Scissors really do help. a good pair of Fabric scissors and also a good pair of other-stuff scissors. don't want our fabric scissors going blunt now do we? ^^

15~ Patterns - a bit of a debate subject as some people prefer working off patterns and altering them to the right shapes (myself and MoonLilly included) but others prefer not to use them and make up patterns themselves (ChibiVampireM and Lisu-chan included) (suggested by MoonLilly)


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13 Jun 2008 - 17:003554
Soo... no hampsters? *think to self what hes gunna do with 500 hampsters*... knew i shouldnt have listened to the man at the bar .....


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13 Jun 2008 - 18:513558
somehow, i would have thought money would be number 1 XD


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18 Jun 2008 - 13:323691
One essental that is always useful both at an event and at home, is safety pins.


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18 Jun 2008 - 14:223692
Tweezers. They can pull short bits of thread through the eyes of needles, they can help you tighten knots in your thread when your "tail" at one end is too short, and they can pull reluctant needles through multiple layers of fabric. They've become as invaluable to me as my pins, needles and thread.

Also, a marker of some kind (so you know where your stitches ought to be going when you're making darts and pleats), and a seam-ripper.

Optional extras for me are plenty of music, and a big stack of DVDs - I need something to keep me interested when I'm doing boring bits like pinning and tacking ^_^


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18 Jun 2008 - 15:313695
how strange that after i edited that last bit, i botched up a hem. XD


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18 Jun 2008 - 16:423697
Superglue or UHU is great when your at a convention [because you can't really go hunting around for a plug for your hot glue gun! ... Well you could, but yeah they're probably already in use xD]. The number of times UHU has saved me in my Sakura cosplay is, a lot! And superglue has most certainly saved my Garnet crown at expo ='D

Food/drink is also a cosplay essential, It's always nice to have a little snack every now and then when you've been sewing for hours on end ;D [Hehe I had a little sweet pile on my bed when embroidering my Garnet cosplay xP and pocky laid out around the house as a snack when sewing 8D] Food works wonders, but that's probably just me being a glutton ROFL!

Oh yeah and double sided tape and fabric glue are useful for emergencys too.
Maskin tape is amusing to have, especially when you attack your friends with it [haha, maskin tape fight!] *cough* it DID actually help my Kouga cosplay though xD


18 Jun 2008 - 17:223699
Quote CrystalNeko:
Superglue or UHU is great when your at a convention [because you can't really go hunting around for a plug for your hot glue gun! ... Well you could, but yeah they're probably already in use xD]. The number of times UHU has saved me in my Sakura cosplay is, a lot! And superglue has most certainly saved my Garnet crown at expo ='D

Food/drink is also a cosplay essential, It's always nice to have a little snack every now and then when you've been sewing for hours on end ;D [Hehe I had a little sweet pile on my bed when embroidering my Garnet cosplay xP and pocky laid out around the house as a snack when sewing 8D] Food works wonders, but that's probably just me being a glutton ROFL!

Oh yeah and double sided tape and fabric glue are useful for emergencys too.
Maskin tape is amusing to have, especially when you attack your friends with it [haha, maskin tape fight!] *cough* it DID actually help my Kouga cosplay though xD

eh heh! i just borrowed a lighter to re-fix my hot glue on my hat! XD it's a wonder i didn't set myself on fire but oh well. XD


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18 Jun 2008 - 17:553703
Quote Hexi:
Quote CrystalNeko:
Superglue or UHU is great when your at a convention [because you can't really go hunting around for a plug for your hot glue gun! ... Well you could, but yeah they're probably already in use xD]. The number of times UHU has saved me in my Sakura cosplay is, a lot! And superglue has most certainly saved my Garnet crown at expo ='D

Food/drink is also a cosplay essential, It's always nice to have a little snack every now and then when you've been sewing for hours on end ;D [Hehe I had a little sweet pile on my bed when embroidering my Garnet cosplay xP and pocky laid out around the house as a snack when sewing 8D] Food works wonders, but that's probably just me being a glutton ROFL!

Oh yeah and double sided tape and fabric glue are useful for emergencys too.
Maskin tape is amusing to have, especially when you attack your friends with it [haha, maskin tape fight!] *cough* it DID actually help my Kouga cosplay though xD

eh heh! i just borrowed a lighter to re-fix my hot glue on my hat! XD it's a wonder i didn't set myself on fire but oh well. XD


now that is good improvising XD


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18 Jun 2008 - 18:393707
Quote Hexi:
8~ Quick Un-pick - I can't live without my quick un-pick and if i lost it i'd probably die. perfect for what they're designed for, quickley un-picking botched seams and hems. if you don't have one of these i suggest investing in one. ^^

Honestly, I lose my seam rippers all the time. I have no excuse, either, since my sewing machine has a little drawer on it that you can put things like bobbins and seam rippers into. I'm just lucky they're so cheap to replace!


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23 Jun 2008 - 21:343930
OH dear lord craft foam has saved me so much. Also pantyhose have saved me many a time(when actually wearing the outfit)and finaly pipecleaners for shaping props or adding detail. Pipe cleaners are like scaffolding for cosplay props


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24 Jun 2008 - 00:313931
Since I managed to spill my pins all over my floor the other day while I was half asleep, I'd also like to add a magnet to the list.


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24 Jun 2008 - 09:213934
Quote Leah:
Since I managed to spill my pins all over my floor the other day while I was half asleep, I'd also like to add a magnet to the list.


OMG the amount of times I have done that!!! You really would think I would have a magnet by now....


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24 Jun 2008 - 10:313935
Maybe this is just me but: a cushion to scream into when I get frustrated.

It happens a lot...


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24 Jun 2008 - 12:243937
someone on hand to make food and drinks and take to be able to handle your costume making rage!

at the moment that is my boyfriend who is been making me drinks, food and been handling my rage and childish fits when some thing goes wrong >.<

like now i've started the wings for suu from clover....

oh and i think plasters should be on the list. I just cut my finger


24 Jun 2008 - 13:073939
Quote GunstarVixen:
Quote Leah:
Since I managed to spill my pins all over my floor the other day while I was half asleep, I'd also like to add a magnet to the list.


OMG the amount of times I have done that!!! You really would think I would have a magnet by now....
my fabric scissors have magnetic blades. ><


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25 Jun 2008 - 12:113973
Quote GunstarVixen:
Quote Leah:
Since I managed to spill my pins all over my floor the other day while I was half asleep, I'd also like to add a magnet to the list.


OMG the amount of times I have done that!!! You really would think I would have a magnet by now....
i just spilt all my pins too and i was hunting in the garage for one when i realised, we have hundreds on our fridge!


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25 Jun 2008 - 12:213975
An A4 pad and pen - I cannot go five minutes while making costumes without having to scribble down rough diagrams or measurements. I don't use patterns (a - I'm retarded, b - they never seem to fit anyway!) so I'm generally sketching out shapes, my floor is currently littered with lots of paper named like 'top, front bit' and 'weird shape for shoe tops'.

Contact Adhesive - sticks anything and everything, never failed me yet.

Lastly, when it gets closer to the convention - lots and lots of orange Lucozade

For the magnet thing, my carpet has a horrible ability to absorb pins. I'll knock over my pin pot (a daily occurrence) and even without touching them, some manage to get underneath the carpet strands! So I gave up using a magnet...


25 Jun 2008 - 14:063981
Quote Delusional:
An A4 pad and pen - I cannot go five minutes while making costumes without having to scribble down rough diagrams or measurements. I don't use patterns (a - I'm retarded, b - they never seem to fit anyway!) so I'm generally sketching out shapes, my floor is currently littered with lots of paper named like 'top, front bit' and 'weird shape for shoe tops'.

Contact Adhesive - sticks anything and everything, never failed me yet.

Lastly, when it gets closer to the convention - lots and lots of orange Lucozade

For the magnet thing, my carpet has a horrible ability to absorb pins. I'll knock over my pin pot (a daily occurrence) and even without touching them, some manage to get underneath the carpet strands! So I gave up using a magnet...
>w< retarded. surely not.

the only problem with not using a magnet is that we have 2 dogs and mmy brother. so if i don't pick the pins up i'll be in trouble for injuring someone. ¬3¬


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25 Jun 2008 - 15:143983
Quote Delusional:
I don't use patterns (a - I'm retarded, b - they never seem to fit anyway!) so I'm generally sketching out shapes, my floor is currently littered with lots of paper named like 'top, front bit' and 'weird shape for shoe tops'.


Heeh, I didn't use patterns on my Rikku since it was so simple. But this morning I was thinking that I will probably be stubborn and try not to use patterns for other things I try since I can't see myself finding anything actually useful for anything I'd attempt. ^_^


25 Jun 2008 - 15:233984
Quote ChibiVampireM:
Quote Delusional:
I don't use patterns (a - I'm retarded, b - they never seem to fit anyway!) so I'm generally sketching out shapes, my floor is currently littered with lots of paper named like 'top, front bit' and 'weird shape for shoe tops'.


Heeh, I didn't use patterns on my Rikku since it was so simple. But this morning I was thinking that I will probably be stubborn and try not to use patterns for other things I try since I can't see myself finding anything actually useful for anything I'd attempt. ^_^
aah it is not what the pattern in but what the pattern could be that makes cosplaying so much fun. ^^ looking at a pettern and being able to see how you could change it and modify it to the right size/shape is great fun! ^^


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25 Jun 2008 - 16:113987
Quote Hexi:
aah it is not what the pattern in but what the pattern could be that makes cosplaying so much fun. ^^ looking at a pettern and being able to see how you could change it and modify it to the right size/shape is great fun! ^^


Agreed! I soooo couldn't make costumes without patterns. I wouldn't know where to start! For me they're a cosplaying essential! ^^;


25 Jun 2008 - 16:203988
XD

I don't use patterns... ever! I mean, I've made over 20 cosplay, but still... nope, no patterns.. I once bought one, only to have it confirm what I had in mind... I still have the pattern uncut! XD

So yeah, a4 and pencil for me! What I find a must for cosplay is GOOD scissors... because I cut amounts of fabric (and wonderflex, foamies and other rough materials) to the point of getting blisters on top of my fingers... A good pair of scissors is important!


27 Jun 2008 - 10:594055
I actually use a very large magnet as the holder for my pins, I gave up on pots years ago .

I use paper patterns as reference and draft my own patterns for more unusual pieces. I use rolls of cheap greaseproof paper to draft my patterns on as it's far more cost effective than dot and cross paper. (And you don't feel so bad about wasting it ^^

Personally I couldn't live without my awl, and my eyelet tool (it's made from a broken plastic knitting needle, and is jsut the correct width to stretch the fabric for inserting eyelets without cutting the material, which is a big nono as the eyelet will likely fall out!) The awl I use for punching holes in fabric for eyelets, for setting busks in corsets, and many other random tasks.

Also, about 5 pairs of scissors. I have ones just for fabric my proper shears, ones for trimming seams, my embroidery scissors for appliqué work and detailed snipping, paper scissors, heavy duty scissors for cutting all manner of random crap. It is important to keep your scissors for certain tasks as otherwise they get blunt easily. A scissor charpener is also great, I need a new one...



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