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Cosplay Stories: Exploring Cosplay & Gender

Check out this great collab video from The Cosplay Journal & The Eighty-Sixth Floor Music, telling the stories of non-binary cosplayers within our community. We'd love to see more content like this in future! Video in the full article below. >>

Discount for cosplayers at Gamepad

Gamepad's next event is being held on the 28th September in London, and they want to see lots of colourful cosplayers! Not that you guys need much encouragement to dress up, but anyone in full cosplay can get 15% off tickets, check out their cosplay guidelines here. Gamepad is a social gaming event aimed at making gaming fun and inclusive for everyone, with family activities and tournaments running alongside a range of games to play. >>


Recent Progress Journals

Automail Progress: Part 1


I finally got started on the automail! I've decided to use craft foam covered in a vinyl/leatherette silver fabric for my automail, as I haven't made a piece this big before and I'm not too familiar with using Worbla/thermoplastics/fibreglass just yet! I cut out the finger and thumb pattern pieces from Amethyst Angel's website, then traced them onto craft foam and cut them out again - the pieces all look very similar, so it's important that you keep a note of what pieces go where! Once they were cut out, I placed them individually onto the back of my fabric and sketched out a rough 1/2" larger outline that, when cut out, will fold over the pieces nicely. I think I drew it took big, but it's easier to trim down than face the prospect of making them too short and leaving areas uncovered! I applied Gem-Tac glue to the pieces which worked pretty much instantly, but the instructions advise to leave it overnight so that's what I'm now doing. Next step is to fold the fabric over the pieces to cover them completely, and then shape the pieces to form the fingers. Hopefully this all works out okay, I keep remembering just how much of this arm I need to do....



No picture just yet - going to wait until I have most of the outfit - but I unearthed a pair of leather leggings that I bought last year from Sainsburys, that will work perfectly for Edward. Good news, since I have an automail arm to make and literally 30 days until the convention... oops.



The base boots and a cover before it was turned the right way out.



Not sure how much help the photo is to illustrate this, but I used this tutorial for box corners: https://sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/how-box-corners-two-methods-formulas then topstitched down each corner of the bag to give it the appearance of being constructed from 4 panels. The side seams ended up being helpful to act as a pleat for the bags to concertina closed neatly.


Weekly Costume Showcase

Diana from Sailor Moon Super S


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