Yep, it’s me! What’s your question?
Getting ready to sell some of my old Halloween costumes! These two Titanic costumes, as well as a few others, will be in the Etsy shop Friday!
That’d be interesting. Not sure if I’d want to do it directly on the costume, but adding some into the makeup might be fun. I’m going all out with the crystals as well, so some might make its way there too. Thanks for the suggestion! And thanks in general; it’s nice to have encouragement. :)
Crystal Maiden cosplay progress. Not sure if I’m 100% happy with it, but I’m hoping I’ll change my mind once it comes together more. Thoughts, fellow Dota players?
Just wanted to remind you guys that I am an Open Book Cosplayer. If you ever need help with costuming stuff (cosplay or general) feel free to send me an ask!
Did you know that just $1 to my fundraiser gets you a vote on my next cosplay? I’ve been revealing some of the choices on the list for the You Vote Perk every week on my Facebook—- so far we’ve got Steampunk Princess Serenity, Asami, Lin, Meria, and Sophie. Lots more details on the plans for each one over on my page.
$1 donations add up! And if you can’t donate, please share anywhere you’d like. Both of these things seem like nothing, but they really do help! We’ve got just one more month to go!
So happy Windranger’s Array of Tranquility set made it out of the workshop (and also that I managed to get it on the first try with the treasure)! Totally doing it when I get to cosplaying her.
Myself as laboratory!Rosalind at Otakon on Sunday. Robert took the pictures.
(I had gloves but took them off for break time)
Oh, god. I might cry this is that awesome. And also jealous I didn’t think of it first (but may borrow the idea for when I go to DragonCon and PAX by myself as Rosalind next year…).
So I realized that all of my posts of my costumes were reblogs of photosets that included other costumes I did not make, and I really want to keep my blog concise with just my work and no reblogs, so I deleted those, and here is a single post with pictures of all my Avatar cosplays. I kind of miss making costumes like this.
The Suki and Azula costumes were photographed by my awesome friend Ben
The first Yue picture was by the amazing Tony Quan
Second Yue by the wonderful Abbot W.
This girl. I die.
SEWING TIPS 101 - BONING
So I had a little bit of a revelation today while working on the dress I’m wearing to a wedding this weekend. I always had trouble getting boning to straighten out perfectly flat (as you may know whether you get it by the yard or prepackaged boning is curled up in a roll). The first time I ever used it over five years ago, I didn’t know you had to flatten it out and after having a surprisingly easy time sewing it in, the top and bottom of my corset bowed out obnoxiously (I remember wanting to cry so badly). I learned my lesson, and the next time I had to use it, I cut the pieces to length beforehand and then let them sit under a pile of heavy books for at least twenty-four hours. This method worked pretty well, and I used it a few times after that, but there would still be a slight curve to it. Until today when…
I IRONED IT FLAT.
I seriously don’t know why I never thought of this before, but I am doing it always, and you should too! I set the iron to “wool” with no steam and ironed over each side of the boning a few times. The plastic on the inside heats up enough for you to be able to bend it, making it easy to get any last little curves out of it. Set it aside to cool down for a minute, and then pin to your seams. Look at that— minimal pinning; my sewing machine was so happy.
Use this trick! Use it! Use it! Use it!
BEHOLD THE POWER OF UNDERSTITCHING! I did a post a few months ago about understitching, and here it is in action. The lining at the neckline is NEVER going to roll out because I took the time to understitich, and it looks so crisp and clean. Seriously guys, start doing it and your work will look that much better.
I’ll be sure to post pictures once this dress is finished, because, yes, sometimes I do sew “normal” things.
Crystal Maiden is slowly coming along. Finished these bad boys about two weeks ago, but I’m still making more fur to add into them (the left one is a little sad). Making fur, you say? Yes. Out of Yarn. All of the fur out of yarn. And that’s why it’s taking so long. -_- But I’m really really proud of these, so it’s all good.
Offering this and some other prints as $10 rewards in my fundraiser (which is a little bit of a steal if you ask me since most cosplayers charge $12 + shipping for 8x10 prints)!
Also, I am 100% seriously when I say even $1 donations and reblogs make a difference! <3
photo editing by Hollow Point Photography
I recently got some constructive crit on my fundraiser to grow my business and have clarified a lot of things. Please give it another look if you have a moment? There are some great perks! Just $1 gets you a vote on my next cosplay.
The Basic Lowdown:
Three years ago I started Past is Present Designs as a small business to sell handmade clothes, and that has grown to include custom made costumes as well as showcasing my cosplays and theatre work. I pour months of hard work into my cosplays and have gotten a good amount of social media attention, including some from the creator of one of the characters. While this is helpful, it’s a little slow moving. I would like to build my reputation as a costumer and network with other cosplayers/artisans/companies, which will lead me to be able to offer more custom costumes in my Etsy shop and take on more commissions. The best way I see going about this is to get more exposure by going to more well-known conventions. Nothing like a little bit of guerrilla marketing to light the fire!