How to Make Inuyasha Kikyo Miko Cosplay Costume?

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Uniform cloth is recommended below to make the Inuyasha Kikyo Miko cosplay costume. Thicker than pure cotton, it’s frequently used on uniforms. It has a fine texture after being ironed and will never wrinkle if being well saved. Uniform cloth is suitable for stage performance. But it will be hot to wear it in summer as it does not absorb sweat. It’s sold on about $2.00 per meter. 2.5 meters of red and 2.2 meters of white are chosen here.

Besides uniform cloth, some accessories like the red strips on the cuffs, red strings in front of the chest and elastic band are also needed. Red strips can be made from red ribbons. Red cords can make strings. It’s better to make the elastic band 2CM wide and 0.5 meters long (it can be bought from the market).

When it comes to making a costume, the most important step should be to understand the structure of a suit. Kikyo’s jacket is compsed by five large pieces of fabric and a long strip of cloth. Two pieces are used on sleeves. Another two pieces are used on the front. And the last one is used on the back. The long strip of cloth is used to make the edge on the fornt part of the costume. Below photos show you detailed shapes. Pay close attention to this: shapes on two sleeves are completely the same. Thus, only one is shown below. Shapes on the left and right parts on the front of suit are adverse. A length of 2.5 meters is good.

Sleeves

The left side on the front of costume

The right side on the front of costume

The back

The strips

Four pieces of same fabrics and a long strip of cloth constitute the trousers. A trouser leg is composed of two pieces of fabrics. The long strip of cloth is used to make the elastic band. Below photo shows you a detailed shape. Only one fabric piece is shown below as all four look the same.

The trousers

The long strip of cloth

The belt is a fabric that is 3 meters long and 0.5 meters wide.

After tailoring is completed, the main difficulty has passed. Two cutting methods are shared here. People, who have never made clothes and don’t know how to draw the cut shape on the fabric by chalk, are suggested with below way.

The first method is to draw the cloth shape that is needed to make the costume on a paperboard. Cut off the drawn pattern, which is a formwork while tailoring the fabric. Do not draw too much. If the chalk can not be washed off, it will look ugly. Besides, it’s troublesome to clear the chalk traces if drawing wrongly. But on paperboards, you can change times to make an ideal pattern.

The second method is to dismantle a useless suit with buttons on the front. You will find its structure looks so similar with Kikyo’s costume’s. Use it as the formwork and cut the required shape. If you are worried about tailoring wrongly, just draw the outline on the paperboard and then ensure the pattern.

People who have ever dismantled a suit know how to sew them together. If not, just take a look at below photo. Places with deep colors should be sewn.

How to make sleeves? First, double up the sleeves.

Sew up colored places. After being sewn up, it should look like this.

Sew the red strips on the cuff. Exposed cuffs should be rolled twice and then sewn.

How to sew the main body of the costume? Parts with the same colors are joint places.

After sewing up, it should look like this. Then, just as the photo shows, let’s make the sleeves. Only one side is shown. The same method is used to make another side.

After sewing up, it should look like this.

Sew up the long red strip. Roll the bottom of the suit twice. Then, the suit is finished.

How to make the trousers? First, get two pieces of fabrics and sew up edges on two sides. Roll the hemline twice. Another two pieces are made by the same method. Finally, as this picture shows, sew two trouser legs together.

Sew up the eleastic band.

Make sure the elastic band is totally covered in the belt and sew up the belt.

The trousers have been finished. Pay close attention to this: top edges on two sides of the trousers do not need sewing up. Just roll them twice.

How to make the sash? Fold and sew it up. Do not sew it up completely on the top side. Turn it over and sew it up.

Strings on the front of the chest can be tailored directly according to the required length.

How to Make Gintama Okita Sougo’s Gun-Cosplay Tutorial

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After knowing how to make Devil Kings Date Masamune’s armor, macros frontier Sheryl nome’s microphone, etc, we plan to share you tutorials on how to make Gintama Okita Sougo’s gun here. For sure, a convenient and similar prop will help you have a better time on a cosplay show. Now, let’s begin.

Tip 1. Draw a blueprint.

See from different angles; you will get different designs on Gintama Okita Sougo’s gun. Thus, select one first of all and don’t change it over and again.

Tip 2. Choose materials.

Required material: black paperboards, black grey boards, PVC pipes and corrugated paper.

Materials have a direct reflection on how props will look and the difficult level of making. Here, black paperboard is a must-have item. To make layers seem much clearer, you are recommended to choose black grey boards with a moderate width and thickness. But when it comes to the black gun body, grey boards are not suggested.

PVC pipes are ready-made, convenient to be used and inexpensive. It depends on you while choosing the length and diameter. Usually, pattern with a length of 1 meter and diameter of 16cm is selected.

Corrugated paper should be a universal material on making cosplay props. You get this cheap material from the packaging box of milk or instant noodles.

Tip 3. Find other tools.

Required tools: knife, scissor, ruler, pen (black is better), hot glue gun, hot glue stick and latex.

Tip 4. Make the gun.

1st. Prepare components according to the blueprint. Referring to making the trigger and pikestaff on the gun, you can buy a cap gun and fix it around the barrel by black paperboards on the basis of the size on your design drawing. In this case, you save a lot of time and make a gun seeming three-dimensional. Or you can make a model with a ready-made pikestaff in your home. Take the measurment, draw the blueprint, make plates by corrugated paper and glue them. 4 layers of corrugated paper can make the required depth. Put trigger between two layers in the middle and build the frame on outside two layers. Finally, paint it to be black.

2nd. Make the gun body. Two ways can be also adopted here. First, use PVC pipes. Take the right measurement of length. Cut and color them, which will be rather time-saving. Second, use black paperboard with a layer of corrugated paper inside to enhance the strength. In this case, glue black paperboard with corrugated paper first. Planish them and wait until they dry. Paint the insider corrugated paper to be black. Add more water in pigment, which will make corrugated paper more wet and easy to be molded. Then, roll it up and seal it by hot melt glue. The gun body is finished when glue dries.

3rd. This step is much easier. Just stick previously prepared components upon the gun body one by one. For a better tiered look, black grey paperboards are used to make parts on the outside surface. Thus, hot melt glue is chosen. Just pay attention to this: well control the time while using hot melt glue.

4th. Rivets can be made by thumbtacks. Then paint them by black oil pen, seeming really vivid.

Tip 5. Modify some details.

Final modifications ask you to be patient. Take the exposed nonblack lining as an example. It should be painted to look the same with black pigment around. Then, deal with extra hot melt glue on the surface. Adjust the directions of some small components.

To make a cosplay weapon is exactly an enjoyment. More tutorials will be continually shared here.

How to Make Devil Kings Date Masamune’s Armor?

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After posting several articles about characters or cosplay props in Naruto and Bleach, we begin to focus on Devil Kings today. For cosplayers, it’ll be interesting to make props personally. Here, tips on making Devil Kings Date Masamune’s armor are shared with you.

Required materials:

1. Two large pieces of black EVA with skin on, not exceeding 5mm. They are     cheap and easy to be used.
2. Black, golden yellow spray paint and black propylene.
3. White latex and hot melt glue.
4. Cap stretcher (it’s not a must-have item and difficult to be found. I got it from my pirate hat purchased on Halloween).

Tools:
Knife (big and small blades are both needed), abrasive paper, brush, awl, kinds of measuring and line tools, calculator and various small items.

Now, let’s begin to make the armor.

1st, make the “eggshell” on the top of the head. It’s a must to make a model first, just by paper. Six triangles with the same shape are spliced together. As the yellow line in the picture shows, the radian of the triangle reflects the final shape of the hat. The part marked by blue line reflects the diameter of the hat. The length and width can be adjusted depending on you.

2nd, cut an EVA board according to the model (it’s better to buy a little more EVA boards and use parts with smooth surface. It’s not recommended to use the side without skin because it will be a time-consuming job to paint the latex, propylene and finally apply gloss oil, even though it really looks stunning.

3rd, splice six pieces. As they are thin, they will easily deform while bearing some force. Thus, press the model while using hot melt glue.

4th, as edge angles seem obvious on the surface, it’s better to use a hat stretcher. Just glue it onto the model.

5th, use middle-sized abrasive paper to burnish edge angles. You will find abrasive paper is unable to burnish those edges. Just exert your strength.

6th, a smooth hat has been finished, looking like this.

7th, make the armor around the neck. Cut three strips with a gradually increasing length, which will be glued outside the hat. Then, dig holes on those strips. Holes on different strips are diverse in order to be easily connected with other two strips.

8th, as the photo implies, splice all strips. Remember to paste a lathy strip on the place marked by yellow line.

9th, make “ears” on the helmet. After the shape is cut, prick seven holes with a little large diameter by awl.

10th, featheredge the back to be bended more conveniently.

11th, use hot melt glue on one side. Well control your force please. Pinch it when the glue is half dried. Then, paste the black propylene and wait till it dries. Stick it onto the helmet then.

12th, evenly paint a layer of white latex inside the armor. This will make EVA become hard and fixed, much easier to be painted. Then, two strips are used on the helmet. One is tied up and down. Another is tied front and back.

13th, make the tasses. Pay close attention to the radian and angles on the tasses.

14th, make the armor around the knees. First, cut a paper model with cambered edges. In this case, radian will form while being glued together.

15th, the shape of armor on knees looks like this.

16th, like this picture shows to you, connect three pieces in order.

17th, cut EVA boards. Pay attention to angles on calves.

18th, cut a concave groove on the EVA board to make angles. Well control your force and the size of the groove.

19th, bend at the groove and bond by hot melt glue. An angle has been completed.

20th, use hot melt glue on junction places. Then, roast it on fire and press it by fingers to fix it. Baked EVA boards can be also functional in fixing the shape.

21st, the final pattern looks like this. To make it seem more similar with the original look in the game, just make edges by hot melt glue all around.

22nd, make the shuko. Above methods can be used on making the paper model and EVA board.

23rd, shuko is a little troublesome to be made because of the columnar shape. Several wedge-shaped incisions are made on the back of wrist to facilitate the bending. Paint white latex and wait till it dries to fix the shape.

24th, make the breastplate. Two pieces of EVA boards are connected together. A small radian forms in the middle. This seems more handsome, XD. Don’t make an orbicular breastplate because it will seem so fat. This one can be worn just with ropes tied on four corners.

25th, varnish the whole armor by black paint. Cut a crooked moon. Varnish it with yellow spray paint and glue it onto the helmet. Black propylene and golden propylene will be used to draw decorative patterns. Armor on the upper arms and thighs are easier to be made. The final shape looks like this.

It’s challenging, yet interesting to make cosplay props by ourselves. More tutorials on making cosplay costumes, wigs and weapons can be found on miccostumes.com.

Cosplayer Interviews-Lena

Today we have Lena from Germany in our cosplayer interviews. Lena seems like having a crush on Lara Croft. There’re many versions of Lara Croft cosplay in her Deviantart. She is the most beautiful Lara Croft I’ve ever seen. Lena, you did such a great job…Maybe even better than Angelina Jolie did! : )

1. Please Introduce yourself first!
Hey there, my name is Lena and I’m a 22 years old digital media designer
from Germany.

2.What does cosplay mean to you?
First it was nothing than a remarkable hobby for me, but over the years it
became a huge meaning to me. Today it’s my personal passion, which requires
on the one side much time, work and money, but also means a lot of fun. Sometimes it just feels good to slip into one’s shoes
and see that other people can appreciate the effort you put in this.

3.What was your first cosplay?
Lara Croft, of course 😉

4. Does your family and bf supports your cosplay?
Well, on the one hand, they aren’t that much interested in it and sometimes
they call me a freak for all the work I put in it, but on the other hand
they really praise me for the photos I’ve done.

5. What is your most memorable cosplay experience?
Hmm… maybe my first professional photoshooting as Lara Croft. First I was
a bit afraid of the attention I would get from all the people standing and
coming around, but in the end it was a nearly perfect and unforgetable day.
I recieved much appreciation and compliments for my cosplay, it felt great.

6. What are your 2011 cosplay plans?
At the moment I’m making a Bloodelf-costume from World of Warcraft. I hope
to finish it soon. Also I will cosplay the brand new image of Lara Croft in
the upcoming Tomb Raider game, but one thing after the other.

7. Notice you made many lara cosplay, is there any special menning?
You’re right, there is a reason. Lara Croft ist the heroine of my childhood.
She’s the woman I always wanted to be, because Lara is sexy, intelligent,
tough, athletic, cultured, well travelled and has this kind of mysterious
charm that works though. I can’t see any real woman matching up – but that’s
the reason why she became my idol.

8. Do you make costumes yourself or buy them?
Most stuff of my costumes is selfmade. Usually I only buy things which would
be very elaborate to make, like elf-ears or Lara’s guns.

9. Any other cosplayers you like?
Oh, there are many other Lara Croft cosplayers around the world that I
really like. Just to mention Illyne or XtremeJenn for example.

10. Do some changes happen to you after cosplay?
Yes, I think so. To be honest, I¹m a quite shy girl and not very confident.
But when I put on Lara¹s boots I become a completly different person.
Cosplay helped me a lot to improve my lack of self-confidence.

11. Any advices you wanna share with cosplay newbies?
Unfortunately there is much inconvenience and intolerance a lot of
cosplayers have to face all over the world. But please don’t let this come
in your way or stop you, just do your own thing and have fun! I think it’s
important to show that cosplayers aren’t a bunch of childish lunatics from
another world without a real life.

12. Last questions, When will you stop cosplay?
Maybe when I become too old for looking right the part… but I think this
won’t happened anytime soon 😉

Thanks again for choosing me for the interview!

Cosplayer Interviews–Zahnpasta

Today, we’re honored to have Zahnpasta, a talented cosplayer from Deviantart, join in our cosplayer interviews. Zahnpasta is rather addicted to cosplay, which does not just mean a great hobby. This outgoing girl had started her wonderful journey in 2009 with full support from her family. To some degree, we can say she is from a cosplay fan family. Again, thanks Zahnpasta for interview. Ok, let’s share her story together.

    1.Please Introduce yourself first?

    My name is Caroline, I’m a 20-year-old student living in Germany. I’m cosplaying for 3 years now and mostly from video games, since gaming is one of my greatest passions, besides cosplay.

    2.What does cosplay mean to you?

    Cosplay is a great hobby, sometimes even more. As much as I love playing video games, I love dressing up as the character from the game. I always try to find the perfect location for the character and try to recreate the atmosphere of the game in my photos. I hate to make the costume, I get frustrated so easily, but I love being in character, taking photos of it. It’s like being a little child, seeing your favourite superhero on TV, thinking “Man, I want to be like him.”. Cosplay is a perfect change from my everyday life.

    3.What was your first cosplay?

    My first cosplay was Roxas from Kingdom Hearts 2. I really loved the game and had a friend who made Sora to go along with me. The cosplay was completely handsewn, since I didn’t have a sewing machine back then.

    4. Does your family support your cosplay?

    Yes, they support it. My grandpa is helping me with sawing out props, my dad often suggests new locations for photoshoots and my brother even cosplays with me from time to time.

    5. What is your most memorable cosplay experience?

    Back in 2009, when Abessinier , Maryru and me were cosplaying Sephiroth, Cloud and Zack together for the first time. Zack is the character I can identify myself with the most, I met my two best friends in that cosplay and we still cosplay it from time to time. Hanging out together, being in character, teasing each other – these are the best memories I connect with cosplay.

    6. What are your 2011 cosplay plans?

    My plans are: Tidus from Final Fantasy X, Popuri from Harvest Moon, Noélle Bor from Trinity Blood, Alex Mercer from Prototype and Ezio Auditore da Firenze from Assassin’s Creed.

    7. If possible, which anime/manga/game do you want to cosplay most?

    I really want to cosplay “Ghost” from Call of Duty, but it’s too expensive for me at the moment. The weapons and equipment have to be authentic and I would have to buy most of it.

    8. Do you make costumes yourself or buy them?

    Usually I make everything myself, except when the character wears a pair of jeans or any other piece of clothing you can find in your closet. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s bought or not, it has to look original.

    9. Any other cosplayers you like?

    I have so many cosplayers I look up to, one of them is actually one of my best friends, Abessinier. I adore her cosplays so much, she looks amazing in every single one of them, no matter if it’s a girly cosplay or something manly like Dante, she can pull it off.

    Fev is also one of my favourite cosplayers, her craftmanship is epic and she is very nice and helpful.

    10. Do some changes happen to you after cosplay?

    Of course! Before I started cosplaying, I was very shy and didn’t talk much to other people. Going to conventions, meeting people with similiar interests and getting compliments did really boost my confidence. Cosplay also motivates me to lose weight, nothing works better for me than knowing “I want to cosplay that revealing character next month? I should better work out a little.”

    11. Any advices you wanna share with cosplay newbies?

    Don’t be shy, ask for help! Most cosplayers are very nice and helpful. Be able to take constructive critisism and improve yourself, but don’t let you get down by flaming idiots.

    12. When will you stop cosplay ?

    As soon as I stop having fun.