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New York Comic Con is this weekend, with Halloween not too far behind. This can only mean one thing: it’s cosplay season.
Instead of buying a complete costume online, some people like to make their own. And from personal experience, making a cosplay is about as fun and rewarding as it is hellish and stress-inducing. Picturing yourself in your completed project is very satisfying, but making the thing can be oh, so frustrating. It’ll never feel like you have enough time to get it done.
While no two projects share exactly the same materials or directions, there are some basic necessities for any cosplay-hopeful to get you started on your way. Here’s our list of cosplay necessities.
Your cosplay might involve a lot of different parts that need to stick reliably, especially when you’re making simple armor. Hot glue guns are a solid investment to ensure that all of your lighter materials stay nice and stuck while you strut your stuff. You may need to stock up on hot gun glue sticks every now and then, but it’ll be worth the trouble.
If you need intricate designs on your clothes, fabric pens are a safe way to glamorize your project without using messy paints that could get everywhere. Pro-tip: you can also use some colors lightly to mark progress or signify a point where you need to alter something.
If you’re using fabric markers, you’re probably tracing them along this. Yardsticks are essentially for measuring what you need from your cloth and as a straight-edge for your fabric marker to keep your cuts straight.
Speaking of measurements, you’ll need to measure yourself at some point to to make sure your cosplay fits. Measuring tape is crucial in finding out how to make your cosplay fit around your body.
A staple in almost any cosplay design, a sewing machine like this one is surprisingly easy to use and you’ll be glad to have one on standby. You can shell out for a huge machine, but cheaper, more portable ones are just as good.
Not even joking about this one. Like I said, you’ll never feel like you’ll have enough time to finish your costume. Once you fall into the groove of it, late nights are unavoidable. Keep yourself up so you don’t fall asleep on your sewing machine and sew your pajamas onto your fabric or something.
(Extra tip: The Office on Netflix is perfect white noise during your cosplay creation.)
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