historia--chan asked: Hello! I'm going to be cosplaying a gender bend of Midorima Shintarou from Kuroko no Baskue and I'm stuck on finding a wig! I'm not experienced at all at cutting fringes and I think I will have to do that if I buy a wig. So if you have any hair references that would be amazing!

If you want to buy from a reputable wig seller try Arda. They have a wig  that is called the “Jett” and comes in an emeralld green color that could work for you. The front of the wig wouldn’t need much cutting but the back would need to be trimmed just a bit.

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If you don’t mind eBay wig there are a few options that are specifically cut and styled for his character and are both under $20.

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Ebay Wig 2

The best advise I can give to someone who is uncomfortable cutting a their own wig is to either commission another cosplayer to do it or take it to a salon and have a hairstylist cut it.I know that Arda has a thread on their forum that is specifically for people who need wigs cut and styled. I think there is one on cosplay.com  as well.

Hope that gives you some ideas. :)

Anonymous asked: Hi, I'm wanting to cosplay Nora Valkyrie from RWBY. I have no idea how to make her gray straps on her torso, or her weapon, and I especially don't know how to do it cheaply. (College student here. Lol)

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Nora is one of my favorite RWBY characters and I think I may make her myself. When I make mine I’m thinking of doing it out of either leather of vinyl. For your budget I’d recommend the vinyl.  I’d start with getting a roll of craft foam. I buy mine from Joann’s Fabric for about $7 for  a 3’x5’ piece. You can use this to cut out the shapes of the straps. You can then glue the vinyl around it.

To get the raised circular shapes, that look like they connect the pieces, I’d buy a pack of googly eyes and paint them with spray paint before gluing them to the straps. A lot of cosplayers use painted googly eyes to give the effect of a raised circular shape on costumes and props.

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As for her weapon. Build that out of foam as well. Just by raiding the foam section at the craft store you will come away with a selection of different thicknesses. For the really thick pieces got to the hardware store and pick up a pack of  foam floor mats made from EVA foam. They are the ones that look like puzzle pieces. If you heat any of theses types of foam up you can reshape them. There are a lot of tutorial out there explaining how to make props and armor from EVA foam try exploring them, I think you will find that it is one of the cheapest and best options for cospalyers on a tight budget.

You can probably look around your house and find lots of circular containers that could work as a base to wrap the foam around. The one thing I’ve learned is it that it doesn’t matter so much what your prop is made out of as long as it has clean edges and a killer paint job.

Hope that gives you some ideas. Good luck and I’d love to see your finished project. :)

dressuphunter asked: First i would like to say that I enjoy your blog it is beyond helpful to my friends and myself in our costumes this year. I have run into a problem with my Medusa Cosplay, I'm not sure how to attach the hood to the top. I'm afraid of sewing up the top too soon since the hood is causing a road block for me. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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I’m going to assume that you mean Madusa from Soul eater, since she is the only Madusa character I know that wears a hood.

I’m going to link you to two tutorials that if combined I think will solve your problem. The first one goes over the basics of how to attach a hood. Unfortunately, they use a surger to finish the seam. This is a very expensive piece of equipment and not many cosplayers I know have one. What you can do is substitute it with a zigzag stitch. http://whatthecraft.com/how-to-attach-a-hood-photo-tutorial/

If you don’t want a raw seam showing the second tutorial will help you. It teaches you how to do what is call a “Hong Kong Finish” with biased tape. This is a particularly nice method to use if you don’t plan on lining the jacket. http://www.sewing.org/html/biasbinding.html

There are a few other techneques but they all involve the jacket or the hood being lined. This is the most basic and easy method if you aren’t lining it.

Hope that helps and good luck on your costume. Be sure to send me a picture, I’d love to see how it came out!

emo-ib asked: yeah do you have any tips for an Garry cosplay ((Garry from Ib))

Garry seem to be very much a closet cosplay. Almost everything he is wearing can be purchased off the rack. The only thing that wouldn’t be found in store would be his jacket. If you have a plain black duster coat you would only need to modify the collar by attaching the feathery fringe to the preexisting collar. I’ve seen different cosplayers tackle this in different ways. Some use feather and other use fabric cut into a fringe. If you are going to use fabric and cut it up be sure to run “Fray Check” over the edges to keep the fabric from becoming ratty and unraveled.

Good luck on your costume, :)

Thrift Stores Finds and Retail Scores: Cosplaying Made Cheap and Easy

Part 9:

A Few Last Words on Putting It All Together 

 Sometimes, you will have to break down and buy fabric because you can’t find what you are looking for at the thrift store, but you can still do it reasonably. As I’ve stated before, sheets and curtains are a way of getting large quantities of fabric inexpensively and at a slightly higher quality than the cheapest fabrics you can buy. A friend of mine recently made a beautiful Netherland’s jacket from Hetalia with curtains that the she bought at Wal-Mart.

Most retail fabric and craft stores (Joanna, Hancock, Hobby Lobby, etc.) send out coupons every week. Make sure you are on their mailing list. The Wal-Mart’s that still carry fabric often have a markdown section that is worth checking out.

 When other people know you are into sewing, they send stuff your way. Friends and relatives who were cleaning out their attics and closets would save buttons, lace and fabrics for me. When friends get rid of clothes, they ask me if I can use anything. Look around your house with a critical eye for things that can be adapted.

All the costumes in this Disney group where made using the money saving tips listed. Table cloths and sheets where used to make Arthur, Bell and part of Alice. A recycled bridesmaids dress was cut down for Tink. Old cloths from our own closet or the thrift store where utilized to make Peter Pan and Cruella. Donated materials where also use. This left us with enough money to buy the parts form the fabric store that we still needed (with coupons of course). 

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All 7 of these costumes where made for less then $100 total. 

 Many conventions I’ve attended have fabric swaps or cosplay yard sale events. This is an excellent time to pick up fabrics or props without breaking the bank. If you are thinking of cosplaying on a regular basis, frequent the thrift store as often as you can. Go by every week or two just to look around. You never know what treasures you might find.

Sophie’s costume from Howl’s Moving Castle was part of a huge collaborative effort for a Studio Ghibli group and an excellent example of combining thrift store finds with store bought items. It was also super cheap. The dress was cut from 2 sheets I got for $10 at Wal-Mart. The lace is from a grab-bag of lace I got at Goodwill for $3. The hat (with wider brim cut off) was from a thrift store for $.80. The ribbon is leftover from a Christmas present, and the red cherries are plastic grapes painted with fingernail polish—both of which I already owned. A college drama department was getting rid of some nice wigs for $15 (the wig was half the expense but I’ll reuse it with other cosplays). For less than $30, I was able to put together a fairly nice costume.

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A Sophie’s cosplay for under $30

  Between the thrift store and your local fabric and hardware retailers you should have all the supplies at you fingertips to create a wonderful beginning cosplay. Keep an open mind, add a little imagination you should be able to transform the mundane into the amazing. Good luck in you costumes! 

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Part 8:

A Word of Warning: Pitfalls and Traps to Avoid

            If you find an item you want to alter or cut apart, look to see if it is made from a fabric that will easily fray. A quick way to check this is to look at the inside seams. Almost all factory-made clothing has serged seams. If the fabric is fraying around those seams, you know you will have a difficult time working with it. Unless you have access to your own serger, you will always run the risk of having your un-serged seams pulling apart while wearing it for any length of time.           

Be careful of the type of fabrics you choose. Some may look good, but when you try to work with them, you’ll find out that they are pain to use. One trap to avoid is using graduation robes. At first glance it looks useful: a large amount of black fabric—plentiful and cheap. But be warned: Anything you make from them can be miserable to sew and miserable to wear. It can fray horribly and the fabric does not breathe; it will be hot and stifling.

Also be careful to avoid fabrics that will pick. If you are not sure, run something slightly abrasive over it to see if it will pull at the threads. The pads of my fingers are rough because they often get pricked by needles and pins when I sew. I only need to run my fingertips across the fabric. If you take better care of your hands than I do, find something with a slightly rough texture in the store and brush it against the fabric.

            If you need to cut any type of fur, real or synthetic, be warned that it will be very messy. The first time I did it, I just cut straight into it and was left with ragged and uneven patched around the edges and tuffs of fur in drifts on my floor. You can cut down on the mess by wetting the fur and parting it with a comb before cutting it. You can also turn the fur over, and using an X-Acto knife, carefully cut the backing without going too deep into the fur (this is my preferred method).

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Part 7:

What to Look for When You’re Looking for Parts: Real Fur and Leather

Two of the most expensive materials you will run in to while making cosplays are fur and leather. Thankfully you can find these in abundance for next to nothing. Old fur coats and leather jackets usually found during the winter months can be stripped for the material. Leather skirts can be found year round if you need a small amount to accent a costume. Be careful when pulling leather apart. A lot of these skirts are made from very thin leather and will easily rip when you take it apart at the seams if you pull too hard.  

This Tifa costume from FF7 Advent Children was made from an old leather coat and skirt. After the picture was taken some leather pants where found that where altered into capris. The total cost of the materials where less then $30image

These lovely boots where made form two old jackets that cost less then $15 together. There was so much leather left over that it was reused for several other projects.image

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Part 6: 

What to Look for When You’re Looking for Parts: Fake Fur

Stuffed animals can be a surprisingly useful resource. You can gut them and re-use the fur to trim out costumes that require fur accents. Another fun thing to do is remake them into plushies or chibi animals to accent your cosplay. The quality of the fur used to make a lot of factory-made stuffed animals is often much nicer than anything I’ve found at the local fabric store and definitely cheaper!

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These chibi Totoro’s are made from a stuffed seal and gorilla.

Rugs can also be a good source for fake fur. For the Cruella DeVil cosplay a cheap Walmart rug was used and all the spots where drawn on using a sharpy. image

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Part 5:

What to Look for When You’re Looking for Parts: Notions and Findings

The cost of basic notions like zippers and buttons can add up and really increase the total amount of the costume. Cut buttons off or rip out the zipper from a $0.99 item, and reuse it on your own outfit. Be sure to check the lingerie section for cheap bustiers and corsets. While these will never be of high quality and are usually made with insubstantial fabrics, the plastic boning inside can be pulled out and re-sewn into you own outfit to give it extra support. Extra thick zip ties can be used as substitute boning as well.

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Both of these cheap corsets were found at local thrift stores and can be used for their parts.

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All the beautiful brass buttons on the front of the jacket where refurbished from a old military style cropped jacket. 

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Part 4:

What to Look for When You’re Looking for Parts: Clothing with A lot of Material 

Next, look at clothing made up of lots of yardage. Extra large-size dresses and men’s shirts can be cut up and reused just for their fabric. The apron for the Witch Hunter Robin costume was originally a large skirt. I opened up the back seam and added straps made from a skirt in a similar color. Because it was a factory-made item, it already had the lining in it which gave it a nice finished look without having to buy extra fabric.

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The jacket, gloves and material for the apron all came from the thrift store too.

The material for the jumper for Satsuki from My Neighbor Totoro was cut from orange scrubs I bought for a dollar. image

 Except for the pink dress and Soot Sprites, everything these young cosplayers are wearing were modified items from the thrift store.

For cosplays that require nice satin fabric, prom dresses are an obvious choice. If you don’t see what you are looking for the first time you skim over the available dresses, be sure to look closely a second time. Prom dresses are often made of several layers. Chiffon, tulle, and other sheer fabrics are often layered over heavier satins, gabardines, or taffetas. Some of the ugliest prom dresses and wedding gowns you will ever see are generously “donated” to local shops have beautiful high quality lining which can be cut down and used to line anything.

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The Princess Jellyfish dress was made from an old wedding gown that was purchases for $1.

Many Lolita or Victorian inspired cosplays (Rozen Maiden, Black Butler, etc.) require fuller dresses. You can achieve this by cutting the pre-sewn tulle crinolines out of old wedding gowns or finding an unattached drawstring or elastic crinoline right next to them in the same section. Personally, I think having that extra oomph under larger dresses can make a good costume into a great one.

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You can see my crinoline peaking out from under my Saber costume. I found it for about $10 at a thrift store.

Don’t be afraid to check the opposite gender’s section. This goes for guys as well as girls. You will be surprised at what you can find that will work for a costume .The shirt I used in this Souseiseki cosplay from Rozen Maiden is a woman’s. A little lace around the collar and sleeves was all that was needed, although I purposely toned down the amount of lace from the original design at the request of the client.

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A boy dressed as a girl dressed as a boy wearing a girl’s shirt.

Don’t ignore the children’s section just because at first glance everything seems too small. The skirts on little girls’ pageant or frilly dresses are made from an enormous amount of fabric. You can easily turn a child’s dress into a Loli skirt, petticoat, or crinoline. Just cut it off at the waist, and add a little elastic. This doesn’t just work for size 2 people. I was a size 14, and I modified them to fit myself.

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Size 8 children’s dress modified into a size 14 woman’s skirt.

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Thrift Stores Finds and Retail Scores: Cosplaying Made Cheap and Easy

Part 3: 

What to Look for When You’re Looking for Parts: Sheets and Tablecloths

For those people with beginning or moderate sewing abilities who want to make their own costumes from scratch, it’s still advisable to check the thrift store before the fabric store. The amount you will pay in a thrift store for a higher quality of fabric is often less then the cheaper material you can buy in a fabric store. Useful items can be found not only in the obvious places but also in some unlikely ones, too.

            The easiest place to start looking is the home goods section. Larger pieces such as table cloths, curtains, and sheets are often new or unused. They are frequently available in light shades, and since most items like these are made from fabrics that are easily dyed, you can adjust the color to better suit your needs. Dying can be a little tricky if you’ve never done it before. A good website to check out is http://www.pburch.net/dyeing.shtml.         

 All the fabric from My Korra cosplay was made from old tablecloths dyed different shades of blue.image

The tunic for the King Arthur cosplay was made using an red sheet.image

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Part 2 :

Putting Together Costumes for Those with Little or No Sewing Abilities

Some people like to wonder around thrift stores and look until they see something to inspire them. I prefer going in with a plan and a list. I suggest picking 2 or 3 potential characters, then looking for items to match or that can be adjusted to fit their costumes. This cuts down on aimless deliberation over what can and can’t be reworked.

 The easiest costumes to put together on a budget with time constraints are ones that are based on modern clothing or uniforms. Death Note and the Turks from FF7 are good examples. For my first foray into cosplaying, I went as Rin from Fate/Stay Night. Her entire costume, a simple black pleated skirt with a burgundy shirt with gold embellishments, was made by using thrift store clothes with little alteration.image

Another illustration of this is the characters from Gunslinger Girl. They are wonderful beginning cosplays that are not difficult to put together. They can be done solo, with a group, or in pairs. Each character’s costume can be assembled using pieces from your own wardrobe and a few easily attainable thrift store find such as a tie, gloves, or a coat to match the characters wardrobe. Just add a toy gun, and you’re good to go.

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A first time Cosplayer: “No Sew” Triela costume

Look for pieces that can easily be switched out to make several costumes, especially suits and uniforms. If you luck up on a doctor’s coat, you easily have a Shinra costume from Durarara!! If you want to spend some time painting fake stitching it, you can change it to look like Dr. Stein from Souleater

I highly recommend that everyone have a nice black suit in your closet. This goes for girls as well as boys. There are numerous cosplays that can be done using a simple black suit. Adding a weapon or hairstyle makes it unique to the specific character. I have a white suit that I use to cosplay Rufus from FF7 Advent Children. By changing the vest and adding a tie and hat, I have Clair from Baccano!.

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The same basic outfit used two different ways.

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Part 5 http://cosplaying-on-a-budget.tumblr.com/post/82633878723/thrift-stores-finds-and-retail-scores-cosplaying-made

Part 6 http://cosplaying-on-a-budget.tumblr.com/post/82634892832/thrift-stores-finds-and-retail-scores-cosplaying-made

Part 7 http://cosplaying-on-a-budget.tumblr.com/post/82635495269/thrift-stores-finds-and-retail-scores-cosplaying-made

Part 8 http://cosplaying-on-a-budget.tumblr.com/post/82635768804/thrift-stores-finds-and-retail-scores-cosplaying-made

Part 9 http://cosplaying-on-a-budget.tumblr.com/post/82636254544/thrift-stores-finds-and-retail-scores-cosplaying-made