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Lyn
03-18-2003, 08:39 PM
Alright, I'm sure this question has been asked many times before but I couldn't find any specific answers that helped any in the forum. If there is a good answer to this question somewhere in here already that I missed, I wouldn't mind being directed to that message. This is also my first time posting a thread so I'm very new to this whole thing. ^^;;

I always crossplay. In fact, I intend to never actually cosplay a female character. Its just my personal feeling. I can't even stand wearing a dress. But since I'm still very much a novice in cosplay, I've never actually binded myself down in the past since I could either get away with it or just didn't think about it.

This upcoming Otakon I can't just get away with it though. I really need to bind myself for several costumes I'm doing since my skills are starting to improve and I want to make it a little more realistic.

So, here's the question: what is the best method of binding "da boobies" and what type of material is best to use? Mine are unfortunantly a bit on the large scale and I'm just nervous since I've never binded before and I really do need to start learning soon. ^^; Any advice is appreciated.

Ginny
03-18-2003, 08:45 PM
Ace bandage. Get some. ^_^

Karisu-sama
03-18-2003, 09:00 PM
6" wide Ace bandage(s), Walgreens has 'em. some people like the self-stick kind, but I find the non-self-stick to be much more adjustable and easier to go on straight. (Use Ace brand - accept no flimsy store-brand substitutes! And it might take more than one, depending on how much you have to start with. But don't make it too tight, or you will be IN PAIN!!)

Some people find they are too big for Ace bandages to work well enough, and need to use things like lumbar support belts.

L to the 3rd
03-18-2003, 09:49 PM
Ace bandages are good.. i'm lazy so
I use my readily accesible artist/drafting
tape (cuz it peels off easily) over a
sports bra.

don't do it too tight or you'll have a hard
time breathing. expand yourself a bit (exhale sorta) before binding.

kitty_neko
03-18-2003, 10:29 PM
i just use a piece of scrap fabric with a safety pin or two... just make sure you turn it so that the saftey-pinned area is under one of your arms so it doesnt stick out of the back.... it looks funny like that ^_^;;

Lyn
03-23-2003, 02:47 PM
Ah, thanks for the help. ^_^ *makes a note to head to Walgreens sometime to buy the bandages*

I think I'll go with G-chan and Karisu-sama's advice with the Ace bandages. I'm not so sure the extra fabric scrap idea that kitty_neko suggested would work for me. ^^;

I think I'll fool around a bit with stuff first before I use any at the cons to find out what works best for me and to get used to it and such. I've got plenty of time at least before I really need to worry about it.

Michi
03-23-2003, 04:18 PM
Yeah. Try and get used to it first, definately. ^_^; Like L said, exhale a little bit before wrapping.. but not too much, or it would probably come loose when you breathed in. @_@;

yasafusa
03-24-2003, 01:37 AM
Have you seen Tenchi Muyo where Ryoko wears what looks like a white wrap around her chest? When I lived in Japan; some female and a lot of male workers wear a long cloth about 4" wide wrapped around thier torso quite a few times. I think it helps with lifting; anywho... It really hides the breasts, but since Ive never worn one.... or had boobs.... I'm not sure how tight is too tight and how long before it starts to hurt if any! If this doesn't work I'd definitely go with Ace Bandages!!!

twentystitches
03-24-2003, 03:58 PM
I'm also kinda confused with the binding thing. I've heard that you push up and out and I've also heard down and out. O_o;;

I tried with Ace Bandages and they worked well! Just needed two instead of one.

EKYO
04-05-2003, 02:24 AM
I have a question dealing with the use of Ace Bandages... What is 'too big' for the Ace Bandage method?

Widow
04-05-2003, 11:29 PM
Originally posted by EKYO
I have a question dealing with the use of Ace Bandages... What is 'too big' for the Ace Bandage method?

Generally starts at C cup, if you want to make your male cos look believeable. Watch those give-away curves.

Michi
04-06-2003, 01:31 PM
There's also the tanktop + duct tape idea if you're too big for ace bandages. :D Apparently, according to a few friends.. :thumbsup: But I first did that before discovering ace bandage use, which I /needed/ for one costume that I couldn't fit a tanktop under.. now I always use 'em.

Widow
04-06-2003, 02:58 PM
I could never make the stupid things stay in place. Nothing was more irritating than stopping every five minutes to 'adjust' myself. I ended up going to the fashion model route and using broad brown packing tape. Any of the stickies that I got from that were easy to wash off with water. Mind you, the costume in question had a low v-front and rather large arm holes on the side, so the bandages were required to stay in a -certain- place....

Michi
04-06-2003, 03:40 PM
Keeping what in place? Ace bandages? If you do it tight enough (not too tight!) or have more than one, and use the little clip.. it should be fine.. as long as it's not old or anything. ^^; Odd.

Widow
04-06-2003, 03:42 PM
Yep, the bandages. They refused to co-operate. I tried them twice, and then gave up. And I'm not a 'big' girl, so they were good and snug. They just wouldn't stay!

Michi
04-06-2003, 03:47 PM
That's weird. =/ I don't have a big chest or anything, and I've been able to make them stay. Maybe train them a bit with the duct tape over shirt thing, and they'll behave better? ^_^; Sometimes it takes getting used to.. I know mine are used to it now. x.x Dunno if that's good, though. Last time at a con, the bandages tried to come undone and I had to fix it repeatedly, but it was an odd bandage.. and not as adhesive as they usually are..

Widow
04-06-2003, 03:50 PM
:| Are you calling my bustline unruly? ;D

If you swear by them, I'm willing to give them another trail run. Maybe mine are related to the 'odd' ones you got.

Michi
04-06-2003, 04:13 PM
Hehehe. XD I need to get a new ace bandage before my next con.. actually, fairly soon, because I cannot complete the costume without measuring against a squish-bust, which is hard without it. ^_^; But when I do, I'll check the brand. *noddles* The one I tried at Ani-Magic was soft and thin.. and odd. Usually they're a lot more textured and work better. x_X;

Babbit_Chan
04-06-2003, 09:49 PM
I went to Walgreen's to get a box of my own - are they always $11.99? -_-;;

Chas
04-07-2003, 10:03 PM
AAAGH, sadly, yeah. I remember picking mine up at Walgreens the morning of Ani-Magic, before I got on the road.... and I was like "IT COSTS HOW MUCH?!" .....*sniff* Damn expensive bandages. That was like... nearly the cost of a wallscroll! ._.

Michi
04-07-2003, 10:33 PM
Haha, Chas, do you happen to remember myself fixing my bandages with Yoh like five times? That's the costume where I was using an unfamiliar bandage that wouldn't stick. XD

Widow
04-07-2003, 10:39 PM
The year I used them, I ended up darting into the men's bathroom with my male roommate to fix them, since I needed his help and I didn't think he'd be welcome in the lady's room. Those poor guys would come jogging in through the door and you could just hear their sneakers screech to a halt on the floor.

Guess I don't blame them. I'd be darn surprised if I walked into the ladies room in time to see a guy in there adjusting his cup. (But amused.)

Stupid ace bandi-junk. >\

Karisu-sama
04-08-2003, 01:22 AM
Hmmm... I don't find I have a need to adjust too often, and I don't use the adhesive ones... although I'm thinking of looking into alternatives so one doesn't see a bandage triangle in the low V-front of Dilandau's undershirt. It's not SO bad though.

Although by the last day of Y-con '02 I just got sick of the bandage and went around without anything at all under the shirt - not too bad unless I bend over and give the world a worthless free look, heh; I'm already pretty "small"...

Lyn
04-08-2003, 10:26 PM
Small chested people are so lucky. x_x; The only way I can really successfully pull off crossplay without binding is like really big coats and big shirts. And well one of the costumes I'm doing this year would be kinda odd unless I did bind myself. But man, I didn't realize you had to adjust them so much and such. The people I roomed at with Katsucon all binded themselves (I didn't even know until later) and I don't recall them ever having a problem. Hm...then again I guess it all depends on a number of things.

Widow
04-08-2003, 10:39 PM
Originally posted by Lyn
Small chested people are so lucky. x_x;

:thumbsup: That is the first time I have EVER heard anyone say that!

Xx Lulu xX
04-08-2003, 11:05 PM
^^; What about binding a guy below the waste to hide his you know what XD ^^; would an ace bandage work?

Michi
04-09-2003, 12:05 AM
I think sometimes smaller chests like to pop out easier. ^_^;; Buuuuuuut about binding a guy.. um.. I think that was in another thread.. Anyone remember? o_O Justin should come here.

Chas
04-09-2003, 10:13 PM
Oh yeah! Hee, I do remember that Michi. You were messing with your bandage as much as I was messing with my stupid Anna Sandals! @_@ Uuurgh....

Michi
04-09-2003, 10:41 PM
Yessss. I'm never using whatever brand of ace bandage that was ever again. So.. slippery. They were Ren/Cherry's. I know it was just made to wrap, and not made to necessarily.. keep things down. ^^; Of course, neither were the regular, more adhesive ones I usually use.. but that extra adhesive sure helped. Grrr and now I'm reminded that I need to buy new ones soon! *falls over*

Widow
04-09-2003, 10:46 PM
What kind of costume is the binding for? I wonder if it wouldn't be better to use a thick sports bra type of thing, maybe a little undersized to make it hold down better, and then, again, brown paper packing tape over it?

Michi
04-09-2003, 10:55 PM
Y'know, I never thought of that idea. ^^; I usually just bind bandages against bare skin. @_@; I NEED to for costumes like Kuja, though.
I'm only doing one male costume at Fanime (GASP.. last con it was ALL crossplay, too!) and it's this one.. http://nuriko.virtualave.net/images/hotlimit.jpg I'll have skin colored fabric inbetween all the top openings, for the purpose of binding. ^^; The back and front are identical. I need the binding to be as close to my skin as possible T_T

Widow
04-09-2003, 11:04 PM
^_^;;

For the sake of humiliating myself...

The second time I crossplayed I made the huge, HUGE mistake of using tape to bind...on bare skin. T_T Oh, the pain. Oh, the stickiness. I don't know why I thought that would be a good idea, but I seem to recall I'd thought I'd heard something on TV about models doing it or....or something. But I used clear plastic packing tape of all things, and it was sweaty, and sticky, and crinkly, and then at the end of the day I had to take it off.

:( Ow.

Michi
04-09-2003, 11:07 PM
o____o Owwwccchhh. Yeah. Tape.. against skin... oww.. but bandages, sure. ^^; Whenever I used to use tape, it went over a tanktop. Ouch. ;.;

Karisu-sama
04-10-2003, 01:15 AM
Hmmm.... *plans on at least trying out sports tape plus makeup - although that may leave makeup stains on the costume, darn it...*

Michi
04-10-2003, 01:32 AM
Sports tape? o.O

Widow
04-10-2003, 01:34 AM
Originally posted by Michi
Sports tape? o.O

Michi beat me to it. Sports tape? You mean...the black tape they to wrap baseball bats and racquets?

Karisu-sama
04-10-2003, 02:07 AM
No way!! I mean the Johnson & Johnson brand 1.5" white cloth tape I use for taping my wrists so they don't get more abused during Karate sparring matches (I'ze gots skinny wrists and old soft-tissue damage that's always gonna haunt me :p ) It's SUPPOSED to be used on skin (and come off without taking skin off, too.)

Michi
04-10-2003, 02:12 AM
Ooh.. I might hafta look into that. :O Ace bandages aren't comfy under some costumes, ones that I can easily have a tanktop or something under.. Hmm..

Widow
04-10-2003, 02:23 AM
Originally posted by Karisu-sama
No way!! I mean the Johnson & Johnson brand 1.5" white cloth tape I use for taping my wrists so they don't get more abused during Karate sparring matches (I'ze gots skinny wrists and old soft-tissue damage that's always gonna haunt me :p ) It's SUPPOSED to be used on skin (and come off without taking skin off, too.)

The white, self-adhesive but not sticky kind like Farfie's wearing in this picture? Like they bind horse legs with?

Karisu-sama
04-10-2003, 03:24 AM
I can't tell from the photo what kind of tape is being used in the Farf pic, but my sports tape is what's in the attachment below. (Have digi-cam, will post :D )

(Widow, if you persist in keeping such odd hrs yourself, you will get the email I shall be sending before you go to bed. XD )

Widow
04-10-2003, 03:42 AM
^_^; OK it was a bad picture, but I was at work and it was all I had. But I know what you mean now.

I'm sure you could set the makeup on the tape with some sort of shellac to keep it from rubbing off on your costume, or better yet, mix a skin-colour and spray paint yourself once the tape is on.

:cool: And for the record, I'm on the East Coast and I work the mad-crazy nightshift. I'm tech support for Australian Standard Time Zone, so I have to hang around until 2:30 am until standard office hours in Sydney are over, thus my funky posting times.

(I was showing off your kids to anime fans in London and Sydney today, too. Now they're melting hearts all over the world. The Merle cosplay you have on your site was the special favourite.)

:D Fortunately, despite my hours, Michi keeps me occupied. ;D I could talk about wrapping breasts and pleating skirts with her all day. Which reminds me to go scan that little guide for her.

Karisu-sama
04-10-2003, 04:11 AM
[off-topic]
Hee hee, we've had customers in Australia who accidentally call us in the middle of a Pacific Time night - and then are really surprised when we actually ANSWER THE PHONE O.O. Yah, tech support! We do loadsa tech support too!

I've gotta get my AniMagic pics posted. Yet another thing I'm behind on - arghh...

(Evilly long email will be sent hopefully with the hour...)[/off-topic]

Hmm... *wondering what kinds of things I could set the makeup with and if it could be done without help* (I get up about an hr before everyone else in my family at cons, to get ready)

Karisu-sama
04-10-2003, 04:16 AM
...ACK! Widow - don't look at any AX pics of me!!! I look sucky - I actually did major surgery on my Dilandau wig right after AX - It was MUCH MUCH better at Ani-Magic.... :p

yasafusa
04-10-2003, 04:30 AM
Such hours aren't wierd... Im partial to staying up 48 hours at a time!....... wow I'm off topic... oh, don't try using electrical tape... my friend tried it to "create cleavage" for her black prom dress and she about died when she tried taking it off... plus she complained of black sticky stuff all over for the next week

Widow
04-10-2003, 04:36 AM
:\ The clear packing tape I used left stickies all over my skin for days, plus little red marks from where the tape had irritated it. ...not to mention that whole ripping it off part.

...dear God, your avatar is like the Jesus of all Avatars, Yasafusa. Is that your mountain lion?

Karisu-- <:D You should have thought about that before you put pictures of it everywhere. Everyone all over the world has seen them by now! (If it helps, I didn't notice anything wrong with it; you're just being too critical of yourself.)

Michi
04-10-2003, 05:38 AM
All this talk of tape left-overs is why it should not be put on skin!! Of course, ace bandages for way too long causes another left-over, but not one that lasts and has to be picked off. o_O Eww. :P

Karisu-sama
04-10-2003, 05:49 AM
Sports Tape hasn't left any nasties on my skin so far, nor has it removed skin... of course I haven't yet tried it, uh, there.... :p

Widow: I am always critical of myself (not others). I'm a bloody darned perfectionist (but you're an artist, you would understand. :) )

Lyn
04-10-2003, 04:06 PM
*looks at the thread* Wow, didn't it expect it to get this long. ^^; But man there's a lot of really helpful advice in here! *nodnod*

Widow - Yeah, I guess people don't expect to hear girls wanting smaller breats but wanting bigger ones. Ha. Ever since I hit puberty I've had ones larger than most the girls around me. I hate them. -_-; Plus its so hard to pull off looking like a guy because of them, thus the reason for this thread since I really need to learn how to bind and such.

Widow
04-10-2003, 05:52 PM
Originally posted by Lyn
Widow - Yeah, I guess people don't expect to hear girls wanting smaller breats but wanting bigger ones. Ha. Ever since I hit puberty I've had ones larger than most the girls around me. I hate them. -_-; Plus its so hard to pull off looking like a guy because of them, thus the reason for this thread since I really need to learn how to bind and such.

I have to admit that I'm very happy with my 38B. I think I'd look silly with my frame if they were any bigger, and I also think I wouldn't have been able to sail as much as I did if they were bigger. I know it sounds silly, but you can get your boobs caught in the lines and they're hard to fit in a catamaran harness. And then you have to strap them down for archery, and....

Karisu-sama
04-10-2003, 06:43 PM
36A+ here, and being athletic, that suits me just fine. My older daughter is quite pissed that she requires more binding than mom - dunno which side of the family she got it from, LOL (oops, now she's gonna KILL me... :p )

Karisu-sama
04-10-2003, 10:01 PM
Attached: sports tape test #1 for Dilandau's undershirt (low neckline).

I would not recommend this for anyone much "bigger" than me, it may not work. The tape (several layers) was wrapped around my back to minimize popping off, and when I really tried to "force it" to pop off (inhalation, flexing muscles), it still didn't pop completely. I don't know if it will hold up through a whole day at a con, though. (One should probably start as clean and as free of skin oils as possible.)

The tape does show in the armholes, so I would need to color it there.

I put it on myself, but it would probably be much easier with help, especially to get the tape neat and flat so tape lines don't show through the bloody knit.

It wasn't a big problem to remove - think of a really BIG bandaid.

(Dilandau must work out more! No pecs! :p Hmm, shirt needs ironing...)

...and yeah, Karisu is still not a blond. :p

Widow
04-10-2003, 10:07 PM
Originally posted by Karisu-sama
Attached: sports tape test #1 for Dilandau's undershirt (low neckline).

I would not recommend this for anyone much "bigger" than me, it may not work. The tape (several layers) was wrapped around my back to minimize popping off, and when I really tried to "force it" to pop off (inhalation, flexing muscles), it still didn't pop completely. I don't know if it will hold up through a whole day at a con, though. (One should probably start as clean and as free of skin oils as possible.)

The tape does show in the armholes, so I would need to color it there.

I put it on myself, but it would probably be much easier with help, especially to get the tape neat and flat so tape lines don't show through the bloody knit.

It wasn't a big problem to remove - think of a really BIG bandaid.

(Dilandau must work out more! No pecs! :p Hmm, shirt needs ironing...)

...and yeah, Karisu is still not a blond. :p

:D Aren't you supposed to be working?!

That did work out really well, though. Now, did you tape all the way across your chest and paint it, or did you go around the back and just cover the necessities?

Cocoa
04-10-2003, 10:16 PM
I agree, that does look good. I have somewhere around a week to figure out the best way to bind, as I randomly decided kind of last minute to do an extra out-of-closet outfit. Damn Sumeragi and his skin-tight turtlenecks. Anyway, this thread looks to be very very helpful ^^

Michi
04-10-2003, 10:31 PM
Hey, that looks good Karisu! Err, a really big bandaid? ^^; But those leave marks if they're on too long. ;_;

Babbit_Chan
04-10-2003, 11:18 PM
I finally got my Ace Bandage - it was really scary when I looked in the mirror and I had no chest!!

Michi
04-10-2003, 11:29 PM
Haha, Babbit, I guess this first time you do it it's a bit startling. XD; Ehehe.

Karisu-sama
04-11-2003, 12:49 AM
Originally posted by Widow
:D Aren't you supposed to be working?!

That did work out really well, though. Now, did you tape all the way across your chest and paint it, or did you go around the back and just cover the necessities?
I posted that just after running out of work so I could hit the dojo with my family, and then go out for cheap eats. Now I'm back at work, phooey...

What you see there is all skin; no tape anywhere down the middle at all. The tape covers the necessities and goes around the back (It has to cover what's under the shirt pretty thoroughly, to suppress anything that wants to bulge. :p)

Michi: I don't honestly know if the result would be the same as what bandaids leave - anything will leave a trace on my skin if left on too long, including Ace bandages and Dilandau's collodion scar (I once left the scar on overnight at a con because I was going to need it the next day, so it would save me figuring out the curve - took about 4 days later before I could no longer see where it had been!)

Michi
04-11-2003, 12:59 AM
Well, ace bandages leave.. wrinkles.. but not, like, sticky stuff from tape and so on. ^^; I don't think I'd wanna tape anything directly to my chest. O_O

Widow
04-11-2003, 01:04 AM
Originally posted by Michi
Well, ace bandages leave.. wrinkles.. but not, like, sticky stuff from tape and so on. ^^; I don't think I'd wanna tape anything directly to my chest. O_O

You can buy a solution to soak with cotton balls and use to remove that goo from your skin, though. There's a number of options. I use acetone, although I'm aware that it's not the most gentle liquid on skin. Just habit, I guess.

Michi
04-11-2003, 01:09 AM
Really? I didn't know. Hmm. I guess it wouldn't be so bad to have it on my skin, but um,... chest.. yeah.. err. >_>

Widow
04-11-2003, 01:10 AM
:) Nothing like having a brassier that smells like paint thinner! Mmm.....

Karisu-sama
04-11-2003, 01:11 AM
I don't find that sports tape usually leaves much sticky on my skin. It IS designed for medical purposes, after all. If I try that at a con, I will have acetone around anyway - for "scar removal".

Michi
04-11-2003, 01:14 AM
I'm gonna have to try bringing both sports tape and an ace bandage to cons now, I think.. and see what works better under what.. @_@ Too bad I'm not doing as much crossplay as usual this year.

minako chan
04-11-2003, 02:43 AM
Ummm, I think binding is pretty futile if you're over a size C. *sighs* I tried the ace bandage thing(like 4 of them) and it just looked funny...
(is willing to give stupid big boobies away to good home ^.^)

Michi
04-11-2003, 03:09 AM
Not futile! :D I have friends with large busts that've been able to squish 'em pretty good. I wouldn't recommend any skintight male costumes, though. :P

Widow
04-11-2003, 03:26 AM
Originally posted by minako chan
Ummm, I think binding is pretty futile if you're over a size C. *sighs* I tried the ace bandage thing(like 4 of them) and it just looked funny...
(is willing to give stupid big boobies away to good home ^.^)

It helps if you cease breathing all together, but that probably isn't an option for you. :|

Karisu-sama
04-11-2003, 04:11 AM
Minako chan: PM KelBebop - you can say I said to ask her what she used for Gatti at last Y-con. I think it was a lumbar support belt. Ace bandages won't work for her either - she's way more "blessed" than me. :)

yasafusa
04-11-2003, 03:08 PM
I have a great idea!!!
*Does the monkey dance*


How about a second hand wet-suit top?!?!?!
I once I bought a cheap wet-suit from a thrift shop; it was too small and made me look like I was super skinny!!! I imagine if a woman were to wear a suit made for a guy (It'll lack the chest room) maybe even a size or two small... it'd sqiush those puppies down... pardon the expression :P Well, it's just a thought...
*Continues with monkey dance*

Nikol
04-12-2003, 09:40 PM
My avdivce if you are over a C cup is bind yourself with ace bandages as much as you can. If you're still not a flat as you would like, try adding padding around the torso and bring that out.

I've not actually tried this but have seen it work when watching documentries on transgended people.

Widow
04-12-2003, 09:42 PM
Originally posted by Nikol
My avdivce if you are over a C cup is bind yourself with ace bandages as much as you can. If you're still not a flat as you would like, try adding padding around the torso and bring that out.

I've not actually tried this but have seen it work when watching documentries on transgended people.

Make sure that your padding has a sleek sort of fabric on the outside, so that your costume won't snag on the fabric but will slide over it more naturally, like skin.

Lynch
04-14-2003, 03:00 PM
Hmm, might as well give my hand dandy "secrets" for binding. How I bind all depends on the shirt I wear (and the size of the man boobies) And do note, I'm only a 36B as the bra that is currently on says.

When I wear full shirts that are normally collared and below my pant line I use what I call my "wonder binding" Basically my father was shopping at goodwill and he found this huge strip of elasticy, velcroy, wonderful-ness that is as wide as my torso (from under my arms to my belly) I just put it on, let my sister pull it as tight as she can and then it velcros in place. But that only works for shirts that don't show the belly or anything big on me.

For stuff that shows the belly I've been known to do a varitety of things. First there's multiple sports bras that do not cup and just flatten you out. Usually I get these in a size too small and just layer them (note: it will start to cut into your shoulder if you get them too small, but I have high pain tolerance so it doesn't bother me)

Another way I do it is I have a stipe of elastic that's about 5 or 6 inches long that I put clasps on and I put it on first to lift my breasts, then I will either use a few wide ace bandages and wrap them around to get the flat ness (and usually I only use ace bandages if the shirt is not high cut, cause I have to wrap down my torso some to keep it from slipping) If I use any kind of ace bandages now a days I almost always put a sports bra over them to keep the bandage from slipping out of place (which was a big problem for me at Ota last year)

When i just use a Ace bandage I wrap my breasts down, not lift at all (I use lift to achieve the man boobie look for Riku). I haven't used the ace bandages in a while and have relied mainly on sports bras.

Now, I did have a friend who put on a shirt and used duck tape over it to strap herself down, and she was a DD. She did pretty well too. My advice for large breasted women is something like that, a base shirt and lots of layers of bandages/tape. Of course I'd really have to ask my friend what she does, but sh'es not here. Well that's my two cents. Hope it's helpful.

I don't know if these will load, but this was with just an ace bandage (I was a lot smaller though)

http://www.cosplaylab.com/pics/26-85.jpg

I don't have any decent ones with the wonder binding though, my friend did use it with her Cloud costume though, and she's bigger than me. I ought just get a picture of it one day, it was a pretty good find for my crossplay needs.

http://www.cosplaylab.com/pics/18-5972.jpg

Lyn
04-14-2003, 03:18 PM
Originally posted by Lynch
Hmm, might as well give my hand dandy "secrets" for binding. How I bind all depends on the shirt I wear (and the size of the man boobies) And do note, I'm only a 36B as the bra that is currently on says.

Dude! Thanks so much for the advice there! I've got a lot of different methods to try out this summer now to see what works best for me before Otakon comes along.

The only problem is that I'm still a bit worried about my FILTH Die costume because of the top part. I was hoping to find a flesh color shirt to put under the top and over the binding so that nothing shows but I don't know how that would work with the binding cause I might have too many layers and not be able to fit the top on over them all. ^^;

Anyone got any advice on how to work with that on the costume? I've attached a picture of the costume to this post for reference.

Michi
04-14-2003, 03:28 PM
You could use a full bodysuit so it isn't obvious.. ^^; *shrug*

thebecca
04-15-2003, 06:09 AM
I don't know about ace bandages. . . I've found stretchy materials to be rather difficult to work with. They never keep mine down.
Also. . . If you want to cut down on the waist problem. . . just use some cotton fluff on your sides. then wrap with ace bandages until your waist is gone. Yay!

I've got a great one for gals about a 36C and below. . . You take a tank top with a built in bra. Lift up the outer layer of the tank top so you reveal the built in bra. take a men's cummerbund (NOT the velcro kind) and fasten it around your bust. don't tighten it more than a little, you'll have a friend do that later. safety pin it in two places (one safety pin above each breast) at the top of the cummerbund after it's adjusted (not tightened). Now's your chance to test how strong your friends are! Have them tighten the straps in the back until you are fairly flat. then put some safety pins in the straps so they can't loosen, pull down the outer part of the tank top, adjust and proceed with costuming.

Also. . . BE SURE TO USE BABY POWDER!!! It cuts down on rash. And if you've taped down your breastices. . . you know about the rash. ^_^

later,
becca

Hitori
05-06-2003, 09:22 PM
I don't have anything to contribute, but thanx so much everyone that put advice up. I think this will really help. Would y'all be willing to comment if I took a picture of mi strapped down?

Karisu-sama
05-06-2003, 10:12 PM
Sure, I posted my pic already in this thread. ^^

The thing I have been trying to work on is how to bind but still show skin where the costume needs it to show. (And I mean skin - real (preferably) or latex, not a bodysuit!)

ShingoBunny
05-07-2003, 12:51 PM
I need to go pick up some bandages... This'll be the first time I'm doing it, too. This thread has been a great help, but.. I'm kind of worried 'cause I'm bigger than 36C... v_v; It was nice and all for the astounding two non-crossplay costumes that I have done, but when it comes to guys... ehehe... I need it for my five/four costumes. But I feel a little discouraged if I might be too big... @_@;

Michi
05-07-2003, 08:24 PM
You're never too big to strap down. :p I think I've mentioned before in this thread that I have friends larger than that that've managed to squish it all down. O_O I just dunno how to explain it because I'm small. ^_^;

megumibish
05-07-2003, 09:50 PM
lol I'm a D and I'm planning to try the tank top one with duct tape soon. Seems like the only one feasible enough. Another thing. Has anyone tried using that foam waist trimmer thing to bind(found in the exercise section). I imagine it's the same thing Lynch mentioned that her grandpa found at the goodwill or something. It's superstretchy foam and velcros around the waist.
I think I might buy one for extra help for binding being I'm soo gifted.....9_9;;;

Michi
05-07-2003, 09:58 PM
It's all about training them to go down.. ^^; Mine don't even care being squished anymore, and I really don't crossplay THAT often.. I just wear my crossplay costumes for long periods of time. ^_^;

Garuda_Aiacos
05-11-2003, 06:55 AM
Err, when you start to bind, which position suppose to start? The center, the bottom?

I have to bind up this Friday and using the method the local cosplayers had recommanded which I got lots in the kitchen.

Karisu-sama
05-11-2003, 09:10 PM
I'm not quite sure what you mean by that. When I use an ACE bandage (Note: brand DOES matter!! Other brands are usually more flimsy and less elastic, and you may have to use more of them), the 6 inch width version covers everything. I HIGHLY recommend using 6" width!! narrower ones are harder to keep from getting that "lumpy" look, so if that's all you have, watch out for that. In that case, I suppose I'd start from the bottom...

I usually start the wrap from the side of my body. Afterwards I make sure to adjust what I have under the bandage kinda upward and out to the sides for a "male chest" look.

Sports tape requires a much more careful application. Unfortunately, it's only 2" wide, too. -_-

Garuda_Aiacos
05-13-2003, 10:26 AM
Oh okay. I think I understand how to do it. Thanks!

Will have to practice doing it now. (Ps: I'm not using bandage but the item is about 12" wide and several metres long, so no problem about cover there ;) )

ShingoBunny
05-19-2003, 09:04 PM
Yeah, lol... My mom knew how to bind me... XDD Love having a helpful parent. I asked her about it, and I didn't even have ten seconds before she said "Compression bra and Ace Bandage". LOL, it was pretty funny and it worked too.

Karisu-sama
05-19-2003, 09:58 PM
LOL, I taught my daughter how to bind, because she also crossplays. She has more to bind than I do, and she's only in 6th grade. o_O

aesir
05-21-2003, 10:50 PM
http://www.underworks.com/996.html

provided your costume covers enough to hide it, this is by far the best and only thing you should ever bind with. I swear. you can actually breathe when you wear it.

there's my advice. I disappear again.

Karisu-sama
05-21-2003, 11:04 PM
Yah, I've seen that link. Except my costume definitely doesn't cover enough to hide it. And it seems to be only white, and of a fabric that's not easy to dye (if it's at all possible!) to match skin. -_-;

Widow
05-22-2003, 12:16 AM
Think it would be possible to cut that flattener, hem the edges of the cut, and hide it beneath the shirt, Ka-ri-su? Possibly not (but possibly so.)

yuriko
05-23-2003, 01:42 AM
::pops onto thread::

I'm new around here, but this was one of those super-relevant threads to me.

I've been up and down and around with this. I'm one of those 36C people, and yes it sucks in my opinion. I would rather be smaller chested.

Things I've learned:
-tape *hurts*
-tape on top of shirts when you're too big does not work
-sweating sucks
-no matter how much squishing you do, your chest is still an inch thicker around.

ace bandaging is the next on my list.

It really sucks when you're wearing skin-tight cosplays though, or have those too-baring tops.
The problem is that you never want to add more bulk than necessary for it all. So I usually don't like adding padding to the waist, just make the cut looser. Luckily most male characters don't wear strapless, low cut, bare-backed outfits.

And I've seen the evidence of the horror of electrical tape too o_O
My friend did Farfarello and taped up his forearms, and had black marks that wouldn't go away for at least two weeks.
I don't recommend any industrial-like tapes, so I would say stay away from the brown tape because the sides will prob cut into your skin, and it definitely won't breathe.

Because of some relations, I'm thinking of starting a transgendered-type line. Imagine people who do this every day... So I'm looking for a fairly comfortable, well-constructed way of binding. So far ideas have tended towards a tight-weaved sports-bra like material sewn into men's undershirts. Of course, I'll use it's success towards my crossplaying. But I think looking at the larger picture will help make a more commonly available item rather than all this hassle. And cheaper than two things of Ace bandages~

Widow
05-23-2003, 03:05 AM
Originally posted by yuriko
And I've seen the evidence of the horror of electrical tape too o_O
My friend did Farfarello and taped up his forearms, and had black marks that wouldn't go away for at least two weeks.


O_O What in heaven's name did he want to put electrical tape on his arms for?!

Karisu-sama
05-23-2003, 04:48 AM
O_O The ONLY tape I'd put on my bod is medical or sports tape!!

Electrical tape glue is an evil black gooey substance, and when it warms up - ICK.....

yuriko
05-23-2003, 06:18 PM
Originally posted by Widow
O_O What in heaven's name did he want to put electrical tape on his arms for?!

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=36094&papass=&sort=2&thecat=500

Sorry, it was him as Cho, not Farfarello. But he did it for affect, not only til later did he realize how stupid of an idea that was.

Widow
05-23-2003, 09:35 PM
^-^ I was there that year! I may have even take a few pictures of him! I bet I even still have 'em! Tell him I said awesome job! (It's always nice to hear that people remember you from cons over two or three years ago, right?)

Karisu-sama
05-24-2003, 02:36 AM
Ooooooh, excellent Cho!! ^______^

"Broom!"
"Rooster!"
::Manly snarling::

yuriko
05-24-2003, 11:32 PM
yeah, best Cho and Farfie I've ever seen done

that's him as Farfarello, yellow contact and all :

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=36093&papass=&sort=2&thecat=500

Weiss fans always remember him for it, he had his own fanpage at one point. My best friend/his girlfriend got very posessive~

Yep, it was from three years ago.


I promise- my last OT post!

Lyn
05-27-2003, 03:17 PM
Ah, I remember him! One of my friends (though I can't remember who exactly anymore) was one of his obessesive fangirls. lol

*is really surprised how long this thread has gotten* o_o;