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Cos-tober - and the winner is...

Cos-tober has now finished, but we wanted to say well done to all who took part during the last month. We've loved seeing all the progress on your costumes and we hope it inspired a few of you to get productive! We'd also like to give an enormous thank you to Coscraft for providing a great prize and incentive, allowing us to run this promo. So without further ado, randomly selected by the Cos-tober elves, the winner of £30 Coscraft vouchers is... >>

Cos-tober is back!

Heard of Inktober or NaNoWriMo? Well we don't think cosplayers should be left out! So let's roll up our sleeves and get productive during the darker October evenings with a chance to win £30 in Coscraft vouchers. Cos-tober is back~ >>


Recent Progress Journals

Shuriken part 1

White Tigress

I had some time free and some supplies to spare so I had made a paper prototype and was very pleased with the first go so I had mounted it all on eva foam and used sandpaper to help ensure everything is exactly the shape and size I was aiming for. Still floppy as heck, but its about half my body height. Some funny selfies were sent to friends as popping it on my head makes me look like a squid :P I much perfect the colour scheme to his chunin exam outfit. I am a bit unsure whether to make it into a 2 piece or follow the canon design but either way I have a blueprint in my head for either :)

Shiny shiny Sonic armour

Mighty Odango

I got more comments and queries than I could count at Hibana about how shiny my armour was! It actually came about partly because I am a lazy lazy bum. I hate priming foam or worbla to the extent it needs for a nice smooth metal-like finish because it takes so LONG and painting/prop stuff is my least favourite thing to do in cosplay. I was wondering about a way I could get a nice finish without having to spend hours, and I eventually hit upon the idea of using mirror foil - the stuff you put on windows to give them a mirror effect. It was perfect for Sonic's armour because it's all single planes. I used PETG plastic as a base (except for one piece, which was worbla, which I then decided against). The foil is flexible enough to curve in a single direction. It did suffer some bubbling on the shoulder armour pieces because I shaped them before applying the foil, so it was awkward to apply - not sure if applying foil first would work better or not. The dome detailing is studs designed for the bottom of handbags and most of it fastens with heavy duty press studs. I also used a hack on the scarf. My intention was to do a rolled hem, but I was having an argument with the rolled hem foot on my machine and eventually said "f*** it" and just cut/sealed the edges using a pyrography tool; since it was a synthetic fabric it worked perfectly and gave the scarf a great flow unhindered by hems.

First time appliquing!


I decided to use an applique technique for the diamond panels ^^ I've never actually done this before so it was a learning curve! The material that has been used for the diamonds is left over heavy duty cotton from Combat Medic Ziegler. I bonded it to the trouser panels then stitched it in place! I hid the stitching with the golden trim which I hand stitched in place ^^ super proud of how it looks!

Part 1~


I've just been paid and decided to treat myself early to a wig and another item for my D.va cosplay which I'd ideally love to do for May comic con. I'm going to be ordering the suit real soon too, I need to check measurements bc I'm ridiculously short but also phat lmao + the headset.


Weekly Costume Showcase

Ignis from Final Fantasy XV


Each week we highlight a fantastic costume that has been nominated by the community. Check out their profile and give them some love!

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