Sombra from Overwatch Wig Tutorial

This tutorial was created by Arda Wigs and is relatively easy to follow as long as you’ve worked with wigs before. 😀 It teaches you how to create your own Sombra wig from Overwatch! BOOP!

Hope this helps! 😀

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Interview with DevilMayCosplay

It’s time for another interview, this time with DevilMayCosplay! He’s a newer cosplayer from Georgia, who enjoys prop work and having fun!

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DevilMayCosplay as Red Hood from Batman Arkham Knight

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
DevilMayCosplay. Dante from Devil May Cry is one of my favorite series growing up and the main character I cosplay.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
Two years. I always wanted to get into cosplay since high school, however didn’t have the funds. Then I finally got to my first convention.

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
LEDs and paint to bring certain props to life; especially modifying props.

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DevilMayCosplay as Dante from Devil May Cry

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
Learning how to use EVA foam and Worbla to make weapons for some upcoming cosplays.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
For this question… usually I like accuracy and detail to the character. I like when people go out of their way to recreate certain details.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
Cosplay has become popular for better and worse. Better for becoming more socially accepting and appealing to the average joe, thus bringing more people into the hobby. For worse it brings people who try to shove social or political agendas into the hobby. Cosplay is meant to escape the real world and not become a platform for agendas. Plus I see more people cosplay just for likes and popularity too.

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DevilMayCosplay as Red Hood from Batman Arkham Knight

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
More emphasis on fun and being a community. Since becoming mainstream, a lot of people cosplay for popularity or push social agendas. Also people tend to be too involved in their cliques, which misses the whole point of the hobby.

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Plan ahead and budget properly. You don’t have to have a new cosplay every day of a con. Try to focus on making 1 or 2 good cosplays. Also always improve your old ones. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from other cosplayers.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
AWA is the con that tends to be more social focused. I end up meeting a lot of people at AWA, who happen to be really great friends overall.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
For my Dante cosplay, I spent more on the props than the actual outfit.

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DevilMayCosplay as Dante from Devil May Cry

Thanks for the interview, DevilMayCosplay! Hope to see you at a convention soon!

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CosplaySky.de Costume Review

I had mentioned in an earlier post about a costume review coming up, and here it is! The German-based company, CosplaySky.de, sent me a Sword Art Online costume of my choosing. As such, I chose Kirito’s design from Sword Art Online II. I’d warn for spoilers, but hey, it’s over 3 years old, so NOPE.

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Kirito from Sword Art Online II

The costume was specifically tailored to my measurements, which I sent over to them and all of their costumes are made that way. The costume took approximately 2 weeks to make, which is still faster than I can make a costume with a lot of tailoring. From there, the costume took about a week to arrive and came nicely packaged in a box, with the costume bagged with a photo of it inside. I had a wig close to the hairstyle and boots, so I didn’t worry too much about “accessorizing” to match.

I had to get used to putting everything on in order. There’s about 3 layers overall, with the shirt and pants, then the butt-cape and belt with it’s accessories, and lastly, the chest shield and coat. I quickly learned this a costume for a colder convention, lol! And as per my usual self, when we took photos, I forgot my gloves in all my excitement, but they were included with the costume as well.

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Yunie as Kirito from Sword Art Online II, photo by Ken Cron

So, here it is! The pants, shirt, and coat fit like magic; they’re just that well-tailored. I slid on the gem and holster onto the belt, which the fabric used for it and the holster were my only gripe. I wish they were more finished looking, but they work for the costume. The butt-cape actually is fairly light and floats well in a breeze to give some pretty awesome pictures. The chest shield sits well, but I ended up pinning it up at the top to sit better after a lot of movement. The “metal piece” on the jacket snaps on and the armband just pins on, but it all sits well and moves without coming undone.

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Yunie as Kirito from Sword Art Online II, photo by Ken Cron

That edging work done on the coat? Better than most of my own personal work. The closure on the pants is a zipper and button, the shirt buttons, and all the neck closures button. This impressed me because I usually cheat with snaps due to my absolute loathing of buttonholes! I may make some fitting adjustments to the belt after wearing the holster with a prop gun in it, but it’ll be minor tweaks that I only notice when everything’s said and done.

All together, this costume was a pleasant surprise. The tailoring is well-done, the shipment and construction was quick, and the overall appearance, while needing minor changes for aesthetics for photos, is superb. Congratulations, CosplaySky.de, you made an outstanding piece and I more than recommend this site for costumes. And for those scared about their site being in German? Scroll down to the bottom of the page and the site is also offered in French and English! 😀

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Yunie as Kirito from Sword Art Online II, photo by Ken Cron

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Putting Sticky Bras in Costumes Tutorial

This tutorial was created by RuffleButtCosplay and is a quick, easy way to add more coverage in those smaller costumes!

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Putting Sticky Bras in Costumes Tutorial by RuffleButtCosplay

Hope this helps! 😀

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Interview with Keera Jeanne

It’s time for another interview, this time with Keera Jeanne! She’s a talented gal from Colorado, who loves expanding her work into new aspects of the hobby!

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Keera Jeanne

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Keera Jeanne. Jeanne is my middle name and Keera is an Irish name meaning beautiful. I wanted to connect to my Irish heritage more.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I’ve been costuming for 8 years and got into it because of some friends that went to conventions. I loved creating things and to be able to recreate a character I loved was amazing. It eventually became an escape from the military life.

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I love fabrics but I have just started working with 3D printing and I have found it’s a great way to add things to a costume that’s a bit stronger. It’s cool to play with different materials and programs to create a costume.

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Keera Jeanne as Yuna from Final Fantasy X

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
Since I’m starting to get into bigger costumes now that I’m out of the military, I’m excited to start working with worbla for different armored costumes. I also want to learn some mechanics so I can start making moving and lighting parts.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
The big pieces are amazing. They are so intricate and when they get the pieces to move, I’m amazed at the intricacies involved. The armor pieces always impress me as well. Maul Cosplay does some incredible work. He looks just like the character and has so much fun while doing it.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
It used to be a lot more inclusive and happy. Sadly, I think because it’s in the public eye more and more and some news people are making fun of people, it’s become less enjoyable. There’s this pressure to have it perfect or only do mainstream characters. I’m still doing cosplay but it’s sad sometimes because I do hear some nastiness because I am on the heavier side.

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
Negative images. People are doing it to have fun and become someone they admire, leave ‘em alone and encourage positivity within the media. Don’t let it become the mean girls of society.

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Keera Jeanne as Red Riding Hood, photo by Rick Wagner

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Have fun. If you think it doesn’t look good enough, ignore that because you are going to make someone else feel amazing just by seeing the character they love.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Dragon Con was my first and favorite. It has a bit of everything and it’s got some really cool people. It has gotten so big it’s a bit hard to attend but it’s fantastic. Denver Comic Con is good but a bit too crowded for the venue they are in. London MCM was really cool and not too crowded for a very small venue and are very understanding and work with you when things change last minute.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
So my most recent costume was a transformation. It was so crazy and so much fun to make. The funniest part is I was in the costume contest at Denver Comic Con and everyone that didn’t get close to me couldn’t tell that it was and I got a bunch of disgusted looks until after. It’s so fun!

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Keera Jeanne as Anastasia from Anastasia

Thanks for the interview, Keera Jeanne! You can check out her Facebook page here and her Instagram page here!

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Herostime Costumes Review

So, while I’ve done some other reviews of stores, or have some upcoming, I figured I’d do one for a place that I’ve actually purchased 2 costumes from! The online store, Herostime, came up in my search for Phoenix costumes from X-Men, and had a lot more than I bargained for!

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Yunie as Dark Phoenix from X-Men, photo by Ken Cron

My first one I ordered was one of their Dark Phoenix costumes. I went with the more metallic look, as I always thought it looked more interesting in photos. Now, when it arrived, I quickly learned you order a size up from what you expect. The costumes are made quickly, hence why they’re not exactly pricey (about $45), so the measurements are a bit off. This costume looks skin-tight, cause it is, lol! The gold also looked more orange, but it honestly photographed really well! I added soles to the feet, bought the Phoenix symbol for the belt, and went out to Red Rocks Park here in Colorado and played around in my fiery beast. After the photoshoot, I realized the metallic does come off of the costume over time in the most touched areas, but hey, for as cheap as I got the costume, I don’t care. ❤

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Yunie as White Phoenix of the Crown from X-Men

I bought my second costume from Herostime right before this year’s Denver Comic Con, and don’t yet have super awesome photos of it, so bear with me! This time, I went with White Phoenix of the Crown and made sure to order a size up! The price was the same as my other Phoenix costume ($45)! The fit was immensely better and since it wasn’t the metallic spandex, the white was thicker and happily not see-through. I added soles to the feet once again, and of course, broke my belt buckle the day of the con. 😀 But I was very comfortable and am excited to do a good shoot with her.

The shipping is a little pricier, as the costumes do come from China. The site also offers costume shoes and wigs as well, so you can basically buy a whole cosplay if you really want! Also with shipping, give it time, It can take a bit to arrive, so don’t order a week before your event cause it won’t arrive on time.

Overall, I like the store and am planning to order more pieces in the future… Especially when I really just don’t want to play with spandex. ; P

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Morrigan from Dark Stalkers Head Wings Tutorial

This tutorial is slightly more intense than some of the other builds I’ve shared on here, but the outcome looks amazing! It was created by Rebirthjourney and teaches you how to make Morrigan’s signature head wings!

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Morrigan from Dark Stalkers Head Wings Tutorial by Rebirthjourney

Hope this helps! 😀

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