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Tea-chan
10-20-2002, 12:05 PM
Hehe. This is a topic all of us should know well.

Horror stories, anyone?

My own experience? Well, my first costume was a costume my grandmother made for me. It was pretty(though, it was innaccurate, I need to alter several parts of it), but, the problem was, I used a LOT of safety pins to keep it together.

The waistband/cummerbund THING kept popping the safety pins(what a way to be motivated to diet. >_>), and whenever that happened, I had to catch the two layers of skirt.. It was a catastrophe.

That, and the ears were massive. Ow.

So, yeah. Anyone else have any stories about what they've had to deal with?

Amethyst Angel
10-20-2002, 12:58 PM
Here's my horror story:

I was working on the power key staff for my Ifurita costume. Most of the components had to be handmade out of craft and styrofoam, which I painted with metallic acrylic paint. I had wanted to put a hard, clear coating over everything, but I used the wrong kind of varnish --A varnish meant for ceramic paint, not acrylic. Imagine my horror when it dried and left a patchwork of hairline cracks in the surface of the acrylic paint.

So now, to get a smooth surface, I have to scrape off all the paint somehow or remake all the staff components from scratch. Just goes to show you: you should pay just as close attention to the type of sealant, shellac, or varnish you're using as you do to the type of paint you're using. Let this be a lesson to you, kiddies..

Oop. Cats are making a big racket in the other room... better go see what they're up to...

Tea-chan
10-20-2002, 01:01 PM
Oh my goodness. O_O!; That had to *suck*...

being an artist myself.. ^^;; I'm quite, quite meticulous when looking at details. Heheh. But, wow.. owch.. ;_;

Celine
10-20-2002, 01:46 PM
I have tons of horror stories, but none are quite as fresh in my mind as this... last night, I was working on the costume I'm making for my twin sister (Celes cg-style from FF6), and the pants are skin-tight. She's approximately the same size as I am, so I tried them on to see how they fit. Since they were way too loose, I put them on inside out and pinned them to a better fit while wearing them. Then, when I was taking them off, one of the pins snagged on my skin and I have about a 6-inch cut down the side of my leg. ouch. -_- Not to mention, my friend who was trying to help ended up completely destroying the vest so I have to re-make it.

aeva
10-20-2002, 01:59 PM
Merle: Dealing with the short-ness of the dress and the abundance of air conditioning. As Tea-chan can attest to, I was a shivering little wad of Aeva. My makeup also smeared a lot the first time I wore it, so I just glued black fabric on me for stripes the next time. ....and the tip of my tail kept coming apart. ;.;

Sumomo: The hat was bitchingly heavy, weighing in at over 7 pounds. And I don't feel like going intot the glue issue yet again.

Shuichi: Wearing 5" boots for 12+ hours with thin socks and walking all over a con and many many blocks in NYC is QUITE painful. Very much ow. Otherwise, that costume is very comfy. ^^
....but I complain a lot.

Mei Lan Chang
10-20-2002, 03:44 PM
Oh dear, Amethyst Angel, that's terrible! ()O_O()

I have nothing that terrible that comes to mind and has not already been previously bitched about on another thread.

But, there WAS this time (grandpa boring grandchildren mode) I was hand sewing the boots for my Mononoke Hime costumes and started to get really into the the movie I was watching. About and hour later I look down at the boot, and to my horror I had sewed it to my shirt! I had to go back and rip all the seams and seperate myself from the boot. Now whenever sewing in front of the tube I have a clip board between myself and the project.

Tea-chan
10-20-2002, 03:54 PM
Originally posted by Mei Lan Chang
Oh dear, Amethyst Angel, that's terrible! ()O_O()

I have nothing that terrible that comes to mind and has not already been previously bitched about on another thread.

But, there WAS this time (grandpa boring grandchildren mode) I was hand sewing the boots for my Mononoke Hime costumes and started to get really into the the movie I was watching. About and hour later I look down at the boot, and to my horror I had sewed it to my shirt! I had to go back and rip all the seams and seperate myself from the boot. Now whenever sewing in front of the tube I have a clip board between myself and the project.

That's happened to me before. Except I don't watch TV. X3 It was when I was looking through forums, and.. yeah. I messed it up. Bad. XD

Celine
10-20-2002, 05:25 PM
Haha, I've sewed many things to my clothing, the pattern, other pieces of fabric, etc... and not always handsewing, either! I'm a menace with the machine. It's frightening. ^^

Amethyst Angel
10-20-2002, 05:51 PM
Then, when I was taking them off, one of the pins snagged on my skin and I have about a 6-inch cut down the side of my leg. ouch. -_- Not to mention, my friend who was trying to help ended up completely destroying the vest so I have to re-make it.

Oh yeah. I've done the ol' "try on an article of clothing while forgetting there's a needle still in it" bit. Yeouch! What I also hate is sewing waistbands for large skirts with lots of fabric, and after finishing off the waistband, finding I still have a pin or two that I forgot to remove trapped in the fabric somewhere... Ouchie. (I guess I'm just not very detail-oriented, am I?)

Jibrille
10-20-2002, 05:53 PM
i have a continuing curse.... its never ending horror... i have this really bad habit of gluing pieces of my costumes to myself and clothing with either fabric glue or hot glue... and it always happens. ><
real fun is when i dont notice it right away and have a piece of some stray fabric stuck to me and i'm walking around the dorm.
i usually manage to catch it before the world notices, but its bad enough. ><

my running issue comes with costumes that deal with cleavage...
cause well, uh... i have the chest to make the costumes that call for it BUT making a costume that doesnt show TOO much is...well...complicated... so needless to say, with my beatrix costume there was endless trial and error.
so there is the best horror story i can think of at the moment, getting beatrix to sit just right ^^;;;;
so yeah, then continuouslt being paranoid that too much is showing caused me much stress with that -.-;;;

Tenshi
10-20-2002, 06:06 PM
I *always* pick out fabric that has no visible front or back side. So I always sew things the wrong way. And I'm always losing the seam ripper, so I have to go hunting for that before I can continue. I hate it >.<.

Tea-chan, don't get me started on having your grandmother make you a costume. ::has horror stories about a ghetto Jupiter costume >.<::

Amethyst Angel
10-20-2002, 08:19 PM
Heh. All these disaster stories remind me on an article I read recently at OMG Jeremy's website:

http://www.omgjeremy.com/cosplay.html


Read this, and you'll learn the magical phrase to say to people when you screw up and accidentally hot glue your head to the shoulder of your costume;

"It's supposed to look that way!"

Nietsche
10-20-2002, 08:39 PM
There's nothing worse than to lay out a nicely pressed and clean piece of fabric that you are gonna cut up and then have a catpop in through the catflap and lay mud over your work and then proceed to rest on the fabric in question, maybe even clean itself and in doing getting hair all over it!! Never turn your back on the cat....

And sticky back velcro is my bane!!! The velcro part holds perfectly but the sticky back doesn't!! End up having to sew that tooo!!!! and while bringing out an accessory from storage that was basically a belt with a velcro strip stuck to it so that I couldstick my fake bullets to it...I had noticed that the sticky velcro had 'slipped'...as in still stuck to the surface but left a slimy trail of stickiness where it had slid around...

Tea-chan
10-20-2002, 08:40 PM
Originally posted by Tenshi

Tea-chan, don't get me started on having your grandmother make you a costume. ::has horror stories about a ghetto Jupiter costume >.<::

I'm listening. :P

But really. My grandmother is a GREAT seamstress, but I don't know. It seems you just have to do it yourself if you want it perfect, you know? X_@ It's frustrating.

Hikaru Tsuki
10-20-2002, 08:47 PM
Try this: I had made the boots for my Puchiko costume by getting slippers and sewing the boot covers onto them. Sounds great, right? Well, my friends and I decided it was a GREAT idea to walk around to anime shops in Vancouver in costume! .... Uhhh.... Baka? I ended up KILLING my feet, which has NO support at all! When I got home (I was very happy about that), I sat down for a while and when I tried to get up, my ankles felt like they were grinding against bone and I collasped. I couldn't walk on my own for a few hours. HURT LIKE HELL!

Then when I was doing my Celena costume, I was working with velcro when it decided to be evil and RIP OFF the skin around one of my nails. OUCH! It was bleeding and I got blood on my boot covers pattern. Now the pattern, by the blood, say "I hate velcro".

Then with my Dilandau costume.... Oh boy, thank god I was home alone... I stepped on a pin sticking out from a peice of the costume. It hurt, made me jump, slamming my arm onto the door and falling down. My foot hurt for a while after that... My arm as well.... >_<!!!!!!!

Nyoko
10-20-2002, 09:11 PM
I dont have any storys that bad, but I have had my fair share of steping on sray pins, and hot glueing my hand to things...
this is not really a horror story more like eveyone point and lol at Nyoko...
it was days before Nekocon FLASH and I still had not finished my chichiri staff head so I sat in school and sanded it in all my classes, then when trying to pay attention to the teacher and sand that stuped thing I started to sand my hand, and I did to even notice till I sanded it tell it bleed a bit... :blubber:
ok nows when you all can lol at me and my stupidaty... :walkoff:

Amethyst Angel
10-20-2002, 09:35 PM
There's nothing worse than to lay out a nicely pressed and clean piece of fabric that you are gonna cut up and then have a catpop in through the catflap and lay mud over your work and then proceed to rest on the fabric in question, maybe even clean itself and in doing getting hair all over it!! Never turn your back on the cat....

Oh yes! I forgot The cats! Is there a reason those critters are drawn to sit on fabric while you've got it laid out on the floor and are trying to cut it? Oy. (And it doesn't help to try and toss a scrap piece of fabric on the floor for them to play with. No. They only want to roll around on the piece that YOU'RE working on...)

aeva
10-20-2002, 09:37 PM
Oh yes! I forgot The cats! Is there a reason those critters are drawn to sit on fabric while you've got it laid out on the floor and are trying to cut it? Oy. (And it doesn't help to try and toss a scrap piece of fabric on the floor for them to play with. No. They only want to roll around on the piece that YOU'RE working on...)

Happens to me all of the time. My cat doesn't like to play much, but whenever I lay out fabric, she sees it as her duty to attack it. ^^;;;;

Celine
10-20-2002, 09:54 PM
Cats!! AGH! My cat loves to do that sort of stuff... he goes and gets his paws wet and then walks on velvet! -_- Argh!

Nyoko
10-21-2002, 01:43 PM
actully my cat does not do that, its my dog, she just loves to sleep on the peace that I am sewing or cutting...

Ali-kun
10-21-2002, 03:03 PM
Tania - OUCH! I have my fair share of pin-sticking stories but nothing THAT bad! Although I have stuck myself with either pins or needles in pretty much every major part of my body ^^;;

Yah, that's about as bad as my disasters get...I am used to stabbing myself with needles while hand-sewing stuff, though, 'cause I've been doing troll doll clothing and cross stitch and stuff since elementary school...when one is very young with not-so-wonderful hand-eye coordination, one learns to live with a bit of stabbing ^_^v

Although, I have ripped the sleeves out of a dress I'm doing for next A-kon SEVERAL times because I suck at sewing still and I can't figure out how to attatch them so that I can lift my arms without...ah...showing off what's underneath it (well, I WILL be wearing short-shorts underneath, but yeah, it IS that short *L*)
And arm-lifting is a necessity in parapara, which I will be DOING in that dress, so it's kinda important *L*

cutekawaii
10-23-2002, 06:36 PM
I was making a plugsuit for someone and there was a lot of hand sewing. I ended up sewing the sleeve to myself. Not to my clothes. TO MYSELF.

Another time I was making something that needed a form so I used chicken wire. I stepped on the chicken wire and bout 3 ends stuck 1.5" into my foot. So I grimaced and pulled it out.

I wore Jun Jun to JapanFest, and Jun Jun has those skin tight pants. Well the back seam ripped. Joyous day. Luckly Lindze had ONE safety pin to hold it somewhat in place.

7.5" stillettos + 3 blocks to convention center = bloody feet all day

At A-kon 13 I was that fluffy cloud persona thing. That thing dried me like a prune so I went into the bar to get a drink and cool off. I took off the mask only. I turn around....and yup, there's Duel Jewel staring at me. They all turn away except for Yuya. Meanwhile, I'm as read as my hearts. So Im just like, "Heh...hi ^^;" and Yuya goes, "Che." It was SO embarassing.

At Otakon I had a hat with a lot of big feathers, plus the above mentioned 7.5" shoes. Well, the top of the hat hit a lot of doors. So once when it hit it it knocked the hat off so it was hanging off my head. No one told me so I walked around for 10 mins with my hat dangling from my wig. People even took pics of me like that!!

I have one costume that's a bikini top, and I used tape to keep it in place, but it didn't work too well. I definatly flashed someone... my roommate to be exact.

Nine
08-26-2003, 06:50 PM
Hikaru Tsuki - Don't blame me for wanting to walk around Vancouver! lol

Um.. I once ripped a chunck of my skin off my finger, using the sewing machine when I was sewing one of my earlier costumes. ^^;

OH YEAH! This one is funny.

I had to rush my Felicia costume to get finished intime for AE, so I didn't sew a zipper in the crotch of the body suit. I wore the costume for X amount of hours, and I really had to go to the washroom. Now, the walk from the con area and the townhouses was 10 minutes, and it was one of the hottest days of the year... my feet were aching so much, and every 30 seconds I was getting stopped for pictures. -_-;; I had to go to the washroom REALLY bad, because I was holding it for a long time before I decided to make the trek back to the townhouse. It took me 30+ minutes to get to the townhouse, so I could change then go to the washroom. It was a horrible experience. XD

Chosuke
08-26-2003, 06:56 PM
My stupid Son-Goku limiter was made to fit my forehead ,exactly. Its basically a headband.. the front is model magic and the back is elastic.

When I tried it on for a few minutes it was fine.
But when you're wearing it at the con all day..it starts to hurt. Badly. I had a KILLER headache from the thing ,but didn't want to take it off since Goku isn't goku without the limiter.

Its a day after the con there is a big headband shaped bruise across my forehead -_-;

sakura yuna
08-27-2003, 03:21 AM
Hmmmm...I got something...let's see now...ah yes, here we are:

Ky Kiske:
Yes, I attempted this costume...and screwed it up so bad I dun wanna work on it anymore...I was sewing it on my machine and thought it would come out straight right? nope, didn't turn out the way I wanted it to...it came out all crooked...so I had to take the seams out with scissors...because I could not find my seam ripper!!! >,< then I accidently sewed one part of the collar too close together can't fix that...so arghhhh...it's definately on hold!

Black Mage Yuna:
I am HOPING...to get this right...but did I? not really...first off I made the first mistake of cutting the back too low...and then after that I criss crossed it the wrong way! damn it now I gotta go back and fix the damn thing!!!!

Sewing Machine:
While it was going my finger got in the way...and took a bruising from the foot coming down onto my finger...but it wasn't the foot itself but the screw that held the foot in place!!

Miscellaneous:
Oh yeah...I too stabbed myself in the foot with a hand sewing needle...the same thing happened with my finger...I was sewing part of my yuna sleeves and then I went a little too far over and slit the side of my finger open...it burned then it just hurt...and was bleedy pretty bad....I went though about 4-5 band aids that day.... >,<

scandia
08-27-2003, 07:06 AM
I once lost my small sewing scissors- the thread-cutting ones. Guess how I found them? I sat on the couch and felt this stabbing pain on my thigh. It was the scissors! I ran to the pharmacy and got Neosporin in order to avoid tetanus. Nothing bad happened, thank goodness.

I was pinning the Hikaru bow to the collar of my shirt with a safety pin and pricked myself and drew blood.

This one is not directly related to the costume construction. But I was eating lunch before JACON 2002 Friday. I decided to skip in the parking lot like I often do (shows you how eccentric I am), and I trip and fall! I was wearing ballet flats instead of Mary Janes or lace-up shoes, so the shoe slipped out and thus I lost footing. I scraped my knee and hurt my toes. I did put on a band-aid, but before that I just wrapped a handkerchief around my knee to stop the bleeding. Not very in-character for Michiru Kaioh.

None of my costumes per se have been particularly masochistic. Most of the pain involves: shoes with heels too high, wings left on for too long, or costumes that do not allow me to wear proper support for my back and chest.

Midknight
08-27-2003, 07:45 AM
Happens to me all of the time. My cat doesn't like to play much, but whenever I lay out fabric, she sees it as her duty to attack it. ^^;;;;


My cats love to help me with my projects... One likes to lay on the ironing board and leave little black hairs all over it... Not a good thing if you are making a white costume. She also enjoys running across and snagging fabric I have layed out on a large cutting board on the floor. And she loves diving under and shreading patterns.

The other one doesn't play much, but he got really creative one time. I was making a poofy red taffeta skirt for a convention. He decided to attack the fabric I was using, so I quickly tossed him some of the excess fabric that I had already cut off. He played with that a while and got all rolled up in it... I had to take a picture. So for your viewing pleasure, I've stuck it in my gallery. I present, Fashion Kitty: http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=75286&password=&sort=1&cat=500&page=1

As well as a picture of the skirt:
http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=75285&password=&sort=1&cat=500&page=1

I've had other, less feline, costuming incidents, such as reaching in my sewing bag to pull out the scissors, only to find they've been turned around and stabbing myself with them. As well as the time I was repairing my clear plastic Miyu sandals so I could use them at this last Otakon. One of the straps had torn off and I needed to take off the metal clamp that held the plastic strap to the bottom of the shoe (the strap was threaded through to the underside, then clamped so it wouldn't pull back through. It tore above the clamp, right at the base of the top of the shoe... yay cheap shoes). I was using two vary narrow pairs of needle nose plyers to pry the clamp off of the piece of the strap that was still attached to it. I was trying to be very careful and I don't exactly know how it happend, but the pair of plyers that were in my right hand went left, and the plyers that were in my left hand went right, and I ended up stabbing each hand with the other set of plyers, which wasn't fun. I felt pretty stupid. I still have a couple of scars from this.... Ask me and I'll show them to you at BAAF! LOL!


Wow... that was a long post... o.0

grandis
08-27-2003, 07:59 AM
Hey. That would have been this weekend at AnimeIowa.

In Ashram and Pirotase, neither Nemo nor I could sit down. He had on a full suit of armor, head makeup and a long black wig. Playdoh sweat factory!!!

And me? 4" heels, full body makeup from the waist up, a wig all the way down to my ankles, and a corset.

Well, we were in the suits for 4 hours, most of which was backstage waiting. It took 3 hours to get into and out of the suits. After the contest we were so trashed we didn't want to stay around for photos.

I used to think that spectacular suits were only for stage. Now I've revised my thinking entirely. Comfortable non-impressive suits are for stage. Big bad suits are for the halls, where you can control how long you're in them, and you aren't at the whims of the cosplay's time constraints.

From the heart of blisterville, I salute you!

Grandis

Chosuke
08-27-2003, 08:22 AM
One time I was laying down on my floor for some reason or another, and when I sat up my arm felt funny.
Probably because there was a pin in my elbow all the way up to the little knob. So I sat there and pulled it out and my arm when completely numb for a few minutes.. I bet it was some sort of acupuncture point <.<

BishiJZ
08-27-2003, 10:34 AM
I don't have any really horrible costume stories, but for A-kon 13 I went as Zidane and my grandmother made the pants for me. She did a pretty good job, the sides stuck out and everything (although they kept flapping with sudden movements x.x). Anyway, I realized fairly quickly that i had a problem. My tail was sewn into the back of my pants and had wire running through the middle so that it'd stay rigid and look like it had muscle. Well, for cosplay I sat down. . and was horribly poked by the wire in my tail XD I had to sit like that for about three hours, shifting constantly because this thing was poking me in the butt. Finally I just slouched down and hoped no one noticed.

Shine-Chan
08-27-2003, 11:30 AM
I made the mistake of wearing slippers all day at Anime Iowa 02. My poor feet tried to kill me and I can't blame them. I have this full-length mirror leaning against the wall of my room until I can get it hung up. While I was trying on my latest costume my puppy dog came in and decided the dog in the mirror was trying to get her and charged it. Well I was turned around so when it fell it smacked me hard in the back and left a red stripe across my shoulders. I think because of that my dog decided the costume is out to get her and barks at it all the time. I have stabbed my self so many times in the finger I don’t even notice any more. The worst sewing disaster wasn’t something for a costume. I had got a hole in my sock and decided to fix it on the go. I poked my self in the leg with the needle it hurt but I ignored it. It wasn’t until I tried to pull up my sock later I noticed I sewed it to my leg and the bad thing was I tuged hard a few times before I figured it out.

Kimiko
08-27-2003, 11:58 AM
Let's see.... I was sewing with my machine, looked up and continued to sew.. suddenly my machine made the grinding noise it does when it's caught on something... I look down and the needle is in my finger..... Don't ever do that. It tends to hurt!

I put a bandaid on and kept going ^^;

Lynx
08-27-2003, 09:35 PM
Ahh the joys of styrofoam and power tools...blue or pink insulation foam is great for costuming for many reasons. For one, it's pretty easy to cut. I happened to be doing so one time with the electric knife I use for cutting foam. Only...heh...well, I was cutting towards me rather than away and once the blade got through the foam, it jerked...into my wrist. Luckily my metal watch band stopped most of the damage but I still have 3 nice evenly spaced scars to remind me not to do that one again.

Kaede
08-27-2003, 10:14 PM
I think this is the worst of my many. I spent about 65hrs constructing these massive wings for my first cosplay: Raziel. I thought I was soooo cool and would make these giant wire wings that would actually look real. Ohh they looked REALLY real. But then reality sunk in, and I realized that there was absolutely no possible way to strap/harness the wing to me. Either the wire started bending, or I'd start falling back from the weight XD; Now I've got these 4.5ft wings that are really amazing stowed away in my closet (in the heat). Too bad. I practically cried when I realized I could never wear them though... And the new wing that I made (which are actually able to be strapped on) my cats slept on one of them and really messed up the feathers which take forever and a half to cut and glue.

Daala
08-29-2003, 06:45 AM
Let see, I spent about 2 months cutting plastic, painting , and sewing all the stuff for my mitsurugi outfit. I scrapped the hell outta of my floor and cut my hand countless times.
Only to have it fall apart on the car ride over to the con. -_- My cousins box kept smashing into it....*sigh*