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Star Wars

We decided at the last moment to attend an Episode IV screening. All our pieces were scavenged from other costumes (Saiyuki, Cowboy Bebop, etc.) or out of our own closets. (The Sandtrooper we found put rather more work into his costume.)

Our church was having a special event before the time of the screening, and we showed up in our Star Wars costumes. Yeah. Our church rocks.

The Angel Wing Tutorial

Archangel Michael

This tutorial teaches you to build life-sized (as far as we know!), fully articulated wings, as well as a body harness to support them without hurting your back or shoulders. Specifically, it walks you through the construction process of the wings I made for my Archangel Michael costume. These wings are approximately six feet long,…

Wig Styling Walk-Through

Wolfgang hair

This walk-through is intended as a beginner’s guide to simple wig styling. It demonstrates dyeing, hand-coloring, heat styling and cutting, some of the basic skills with which the aspiring wig stylist should be familiar. I styled this wig for a cosplay of the character at right (the final product can be seen in more detail…

Who Are These People?

Laura chibi

…And Sewing Is Half the Battle! is made up of a handful of friends in Indianapolis who started this because they didn’t know any better. While none of them have any formal training in sewing or costuming, they were too naïve to know that they couldn’t do it, and between sheer luck, bullheaded perseverance and…

The NOTW Paperback Adventure

This was our entry for The Name of the Wind paperback release photo contest.

The contest, in April 2008, consisted of these instructions by author Patrick Rothfuss: “Your job will be to go out and take a picture of yourselves with a copy of the paperback. Then you post those pictures up here in the event. Then, at the end of the month, I’ll give prizes to the best of these.”

We had done some cosplay for Pat’s book before, and so I guess we couldn’t resist going just a bit crazy for this. Here’s the result.

Update:  Grand Prize winner!