Mediumweight Fabrics

Thursday, 9 December 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer FriendlyThis post will introduce you to the most common medium weight fabrics.  Each fabric has different characteristics which determine the look and maneuverability of the fabric.  You can find detailed advise on how to cut and sew a specific fabric (including what size needle and presser foot to use) by checking out Sandra Betzina’s […]

Lightweight Fabrics

Thursday, 2 December 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer FriendlyThis post will introduce you to the most common lightweight fabrics.  Each fabric has different characteristics which determine the look and maneuverability of the fabric.  You can find detailed advise on how to cut and sew a specific fabric (including what size needle and presser foot to use) by checking out Sandra Betzina’s More […]

Introduction to Fabrics

Thursday, 18 November 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly Understanding fabric, the process through which it is made and the differences in manufacturing, is the foundation of costume construction.  In this post, we will examine fiber content, type of weave, and fabric weight so that you can determine what fabric will be most suitable for each project.  All too often, cosplayers default […]

Planning for Sales Events

Thursday, 11 November 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly You should never pay full price for any fabric as long as you plan ahead. Store-wide sales happen every few weeks and many stores offer additional coupons through email or newsletters. While working for a local fabric store, many customers hesitated when I asked them if they wanted store mailers. They didn’t wanted […]

My First Cosplay

Sunday, 31 October 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly I remember when my older brother first started watching Japanese cartoons.  He and his friend would turn on Sailor Moon and spend the entire episode mocking its every element.  Of course, I was sitting there with them and following my brother’s lead.  It would take me a few months to realize, however, that […]

Can There Be Only One?

Friday, 15 October 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly Back when Fanime was a small convention, located in the Santa Clara Convention Center, I crossplayed a character from Slayers, a series which was fairly popular for its time.  Amitie, Janet, and I completed a full group of Filia, Lina Inverse, and Zelgadis respectively.  It was our first official cosplay attempt and we […]

Costumes on Haight

Thursday, 7 October 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly Ever since I accepted the makeup artist position at California’s Great America, I’ve been running low on Ben Nye makeup.  Rather than ordering the makeup online, I decided to search for local retailers in San Francisco that might have a good selection.  When I visited Costumes on Haight, I noticed these felt wigs […]

Papercraft

Thursday, 30 September 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly Papercraft is the art of making models out of paper.  While this typically includes tiny anime figurines, it has expanded to include cosplay props, armor, and masks.  Think of it as cosplay origami with pre-printed fold lines and instructions. If you can create a computer graphic model of the item you would like […]

Realistic Elf Ears

Thursday, 16 September 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly There is a certain mysticism that accompanies long pointed ears.  Although this physical trait is most strongly associated with the elven race (Legend of Zelda; Banner of the Stars), it has also been embraced by the anime community to bestow grace and beauty to other non-elven races (Sesshoumaru from Inuyasha; the Herons from […]

Airbrushing Makeup: Part 2

Thursday, 9 September 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly In Airbrushing Makeup: Part 1, we talked about purchasing an airbrush and what additional materials you will need to get started.  This follow-up post will examine the logistics of facepainting, broaching subjects such as technique, safety, and maintenance. FACEPAINTING TIPS AND TECHNIQUE When airbrushing the face, do not exceed 6 PSI (pounds per […]