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Sandwich
08-08-2008, 08:21 PM
Hello!

I am new to cosplay (though not new to the idea) and I have a bunch of questions. I have searched for and read over a bunch of threads, so hopefully I won't have any repeats. I know there are a few near-recent Vocaloid threads floating around, but I have a bunch of questions so I wanted to keep mine separate. I hope this is okay.

First of all, I'm planning on cosplaying Kasane Teto (1 (http://danbooru.donmai.us/data/f4576ad6932d7da27e8441478e0e3ae0.jpg) 2 (http://crvipton.jpn.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/kasanetetokoushiki.png)), a fanmade Vocaloid based off of Miku Hatsune (1 (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3219/2440983485_3bf9bb75db_o.jpg)). I'm trying to keep this low-cost however I can, so please keep that in mind.

I already have a black pleated skirt (I'm substituting that blue/gray color for black, not a big deal) of the right length and I was thinking of just sewing on the pinkish trim. How would I do this with pleats? I believe they are box pleats but loose ones (probably due to the material - polyester). Could I spread the whole skirt out, sew it straight along the edges, then iron back in the pleat?

Oh dear, doesn't her hair look fun? XD A few questions here. Now, I read the argument for getting a wig instead of using real hair but like I said, I'm trying to keep it cheap (not that I've wiped out the wig idea completely). My hair is a natural dirty blonde color and happily curls/waves. Her hair is what from I can tell, strawberry blonde/pale pink and in those big 'drill' curls. What's the opinion on those spray dyes? I've used them before (yes they rub off), but once I covered the dye with hairspray it seemed to stop that problem. Barring that, I heard that koolaid is a easy hair dye? I'm not really into the idea of permanent hair dye. As for the curls, whether I get a wig or not, I was thinking two ponytails in a big curler with lots of hairspray and setting time?

How do I get the sleeves to stay up? This sound obvious but I'm a bit stuck. XD I was going to follow a basic 'how to make sleeves' tutorial but instead of attaching to a shirt, just tie it around my arm somehow.

Thank you for any help! I know the theory of cosplay, I just have to put it into practice.

jusdepomme
08-08-2008, 10:25 PM
I already have a black pleated skirt (I'm substituting that blue/gray color for black, not a big deal) of the right length and I was thinking of just sewing on the pinkish trim. How would I do this with pleats? I believe they are box pleats but loose ones (probably due to the material - polyester). Could I spread the whole skirt out, sew it straight along the edges, then iron back in the pleat?
Yes, I think it should work. If you are ready to put more work into it, I would suggest that you handsew the trim, but it'll be really long. So if you want to do it with a sewing machine, it'll work too, just take your time. It'll be like sewing a hem.



Oh dear, doesn't her hair look fun? XD A few questions here. Now, I read the argument for getting a wig instead of using real hair but like I said, I'm trying to keep it cheap (not that I've wiped out the wig idea completely). My hair is a natural dirty blonde color and happily curls/waves. Her hair is what from I can tell, strawberry blonde/pale pink and in those big 'drill' curls. What's the opinion on those spray dyes? I've used them before (yes they rub off), but once I covered the dye with hairspray it seemed to stop that problem. Barring that, I heard that koolaid is a easy hair dye? I'm not really into the idea of permanent hair dye. As for the curls, whether I get a wig or not, I was thinking two ponytails in a big curler with lots of hairspray and setting time?
I wouldn't recommand the spray dye. It'll be a good way to ruin your costume with some dye going on it. It also gives a not so good look on the hair. I've hear of koolaid too but I've never tried. And for the curl, are you talking about getting hair extension to clip on your real hair?


How do I get the sleeves to stay up? This sound obvious but I'm a bit stuck. XD I was going to follow a basic 'how to make sleeves' tutorial but instead of attaching to a shirt, just tie it around my arm somehow.
You can put an elastic band at the top of your sleeves. If you are not sure they will stay up, use fashion tape too, which is a double sided tape made to fit on the skin.

Sandwich
08-08-2008, 10:34 PM
That's good about the skirt's trim! :3 What's funny is, I don't have a sewing machine so I was going to do it by hand anyway! It all works out.

Hmm, I guess I'll give up on the hair spray then, final nail in the coffin and all that. The curls, I was actually going to use my real hair as it curls easily (unless I got a wig, then probably yes to the extensions).

I'd be worried about the band cutting off circulation! XD I'm looking into the tape to hold up the stockings anyway, so I'll probably just use that instead.

Thank you very much for your help! :D

Ashenine
08-10-2008, 03:14 PM
Oi, we have a vocaloid thread on the second or third page of Other Customes if you want to check it out :3

Sandwich
08-10-2008, 03:56 PM
Yeah, I'm keeping tabs on that and I'll probably join it soon enough! Thanks :D

Silver Vampire.
09-17-2008, 10:26 PM
Hey there! (This question may be out of topic, but I put it here because it's a "Help" thread)

I'm going to AE 2009!



I will be cosplaying as Honne Dell, a fanmade Vocaloid. I have everything, but the belt suspenders. (The purple thing attatched to the belt hole thing)
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i74/Naruto_Fan_101/Vocaloid/Couples%20and%20Group/3km5.jpg
http://fanchaos.com/LUMBERJACKED!/c2/C00156_06.jpg NOTE: I used a picture of Haku because it showed more detail.

How do I make them?

Baby Lain
09-19-2008, 09:31 PM
In reference to the first post...Because the top of the sleeves seems pretty loose, another way to attach them that would be more comfortable and keep them loose, would be to use a small inconspicuous strap between the sleeve and the underside of the arm hole.

Fruit-Bubbles
10-09-2008, 10:23 PM
Hey there! (This question may be out of topic, but I put it here because it's a "Help" thread)

I'm going to AE 2009!



I will be cosplaying as Honne Dell, a fanmade Vocaloid. I have everything, but the belt suspenders. (The purple thing attatched to the belt hole thing)
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i7...Group/3km5.jpg
http://fanchaos.com/LUMBERJACKED!/c2/C00156_06.jpg NOTE: I used a picture of Haku because it showed more detail.

How do I make them?
You can take a strip of fabric and paint/sew the triangles on or use an actual belt and do the same thing, to attach at the end of the belt you fold it a little and add a loop that's like a half circle and add clip thing to the half circles then put it in the fold and sew the fold shut sorry bad explanation hope it helps I have to make 3 for halloween

Anyway I'm working on my Miku Hatsune cosplay for halloween but the sleeves, how do you get them to light up when you speak it looks really cool I want to try it too but if no one knows its ok but if you know how to make them glow or light up please share thanks~

ppgzfan
10-22-2008, 10:01 PM
You can take a strip of fabric and paint/sew the triangles on or use an actual belt and do the same thing, to attach at the end of the belt you fold it a little and add a loop that's like a half circle and add clip thing to the half circles then put it in the fold and sew the fold shut sorry bad explanation hope it helps I have to make 3 for halloween

Anyway I'm working on my Miku Hatsune cosplay for halloween but the sleeves, how do you get them to light up when you speak it looks really cool I want to try it too but if no one knows its ok but if you know how to make them glow or light up please share thanks~

What i did was i created special slits (or pockets) where GLOW STICKS :eek: could be seen through. Of course, they only work for like 4 hours but i made mine so i could replace them w/ new ones easily.
Hope that helped. :bigtu:

EvilJello
08-20-2011, 08:01 PM
[QUOTE=jusdepomme;2570288]Yes, I think it should work. If you are ready to put more work into it, I would suggest that you handsew the trim, but it'll be really long. So if you want to do it with a sewing machine, it'll work too, just take your time. It'll be like sewing a hem.




Well, i was wondering if some kind of tape would be good. Im cosplaying as Miku, and as i am a broke 13 year-old, i was wondering if i could like get tape, and paint it teal. Anyone know a good tape for this purpose? (Did i mention i have no talent with sewing. at all?
:razz:)

After I paint it, could i put it on the bottom of the pleats? Would they stay? And number one question :mfg: would it look pretty?

ioniafreak
08-22-2011, 08:42 AM
I already have a black pleated skirt (I'm substituting that blue/gray color for black, not a big deal) of the right length and I was thinking of just sewing on the pinkish trim. How would I do this with pleats? I believe they are box pleats but loose ones (probably due to the material - polyester). Could I spread the whole skirt out, sew it straight along the edges, then iron back in the pleat?
For my vocaloid cosplay (different character but same concept~) i just sewed ribbon onto the hem and left it. i was going to iron it, but because i had used ribbon, i did not want it to melt or warp D: but if you use material trim, sew it on and then iron it with the pleats, i cant see why it would not work~

http://www.cosplay.com/costume/312029/


How do I get the sleeves to stay up? This sound obvious but I'm a bit stuck. XD I was going to follow a basic 'how to make sleeves' tutorial but instead of attaching to a shirt, just tie it around my arm somehow.

i used ribbon for mine, it was a pain because i had to pin the ribbon inside the sleeve so i did not sew it to the sleeve XD
what i did was make like a fold with the sleeve material and then i had ribbon inside the fold so once the fold was sewn, it was a tie, kind of simular to the pulls in a hoodie~
when i had it around my arm, i just tied the ribbon in a bow and it stayed really well on my arms~
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/312029/

hope that could help in some way~

Whoops, JUST realized it was an old thread XD

MelodyPond
08-22-2011, 10:41 AM
For the Teto wig, this is a qualified ebay wig seller who has a red wig you could use; http://www.ebay.com/itm/Long-Wavy-Curly-Cosplay-party-Hair-Red-Lady-Wig-Wigs-/120760700221?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&hash=item1c1de60d3d

You can put it up in high pigtails and tie them up. Then, put in some sort of item inside of the wig and hair spray around it to get the drill curls.

Invisible121344
01-04-2012, 07:05 PM
I have tried Koolaid as hair dye and it was one of the worst things that has ever gone on my hair. I have the same color of hair as you and it turned the color a weird color and it is defeniatly not wash out. It stayed in my hair for about two weeks. Plus it makes your hair really greasy in that spot. All in all it was pretty bad. Also there are some packets that are about $3 dollars, yeah, don't use those either. Those say wash out and you have to was your hair about four times before it comes out. Also it never dries and it feels like you just stuck your hair in a bucket of grease. I hope this helped even if it was four years late...... :o

LycacthropesUN
01-07-2012, 07:47 PM
Hi :)
I am planning on cosplying as Len this summer. His outfit looks pretty simple... I plan on buying a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and alot of yellow ribbon. Th only thing I am stumped on is the collar. I don't have a sewing machine and can sort of sew by hand. (By "sort of" I mean "fix hole in pants" level.)
Anyway, any help/advice would be great!