• Does your costume have contrast trim around the edges? Never fear -- bias tape isn't as scary as it looks! This is a very beginner-friendly guide to double-fold bias tape application. This is double-fold bias tape. If you unfold it, you will see three fold lines. (This is the kind I recommend for trimming the edges of a garment.) If you are using single-fold bias tape, you will see only two fold lines, and you will have to use your imagination or a ruler to divide the wide center section in half in order for it to wrap both sides of your fabric.   Lay your bias tape flat and find the side that is slightly narrower than the other. You will

  • (Version 2 of this tutorial, as the original somehow got eaten in a server switch... sorry for the inconvenience! I hope I've remembered the details correctly.) This is a simple way to modify boots for Sailor Moon, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, or any other character with shaped/color contrast boot tops. The boots I'm making are for a Sailor Pluto costume (shown at right); they have pointed tops and a band of white trim around the top. Materials tall boots vinyl/leather/other material in contrasting color glue that will stick to your vinyl ~2" Velcro   First, choose boots that are comfortable and suitable for the character. I tend to buy most of my cosplay footwear at discount or thrift stores (yes, you can

  • finished boots

    Perhaps you're attending a Renaissance Faire, cosplaying classic Boy Wonder, or simply trying to hide the raw edges of the boots you're cutting up to modify for your costume. Here's a very simple tutorial for adding turnback cuffs or contrast lining to boots (demonstrated using the shoes I made for my Black Fox costume, at right).   Materials boots to modify fabric (whatever you're using for lining) scissors sewing machine or hand-sewing utensils (optional) interfacing or stiffening material   1) Choose Your Boots Your boots should fit you comfortably and be the right base style for your costume.  It's easy to alter the boot uppers, but changing the soles, heels or fit is more difficult. The costume I'm making

  • This is intended for educational purposes for costumers and cosplayers. It is not intended to be a firearms safety course, nor legal advice. Use common sense, thanks.

    Why a firearms props tutorial? In one con weekend, I heard from security about a SWAT team being called because of a cosplayer's weapon, I watched cosplayers violate every firearms safety rule at once, which could have caused any onlooker to react, and I saw otherwise-excellent photos spoiled by the subject's obvious lack of training with his weapons.

    There have been several incidents in which law enforcement was called because of a cosplayer's prop or behavior, and some cons have responded by banning realistic weapons entirely. But it's possible to be safe and respectful with your weapon props -- hence this overview on how to stay safe, stay legal, and look much better in your photoshoot!

  • One of the most common issues brought up during Q&A at our wig workshops is, "I can't wear a wig because my hair is too long!"  Variations include, "I can't wear short wigs because my real hair shows underneath!" and "My wig slides off because I have too much hair under it!"  So, if you're one of those people who has wig trouble because your hair is shoulder-length or longer, this tutorial is for you. Note:  For short or medium-length hair, pincurling is often the best option for putting hair up under wigs.  I refer you to the pincurling tutorial here.  Personally, I have trouble with pincurls because my hair is too long to coil efficiently, so my hair-containment method