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Unread 05-24-2015, 05:50 AM   #1
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What is your favorite technique/craft/process of cosplay?

Hi! So it's 3:43 AM and I am trying to get a sailor Jupiter cosplay done for an event tomorrow. This is my very first time pleating a skirt and...... it is so much fun! Sewing usually annoys the crap out of me(it's so finicky and I've only been sewing for a year). But this was just.... such an amazingly calming and rewarding technique! I normally only feel like that when I sculpt. I love the ironing, the pinning, seeing the skirt coming to life.... I'm just going to only pick cosplays with pleating now lol

So I was wondering, what are your guys' favorite part when it comes to making your cosplay?
Sculpting? Hemming? Cutting? Priming? This hobby can get a little stressful and frustrating at times, so let's gush about our happy moments:3
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Unread 05-24-2015, 12:23 PM   #2
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Unread 05-24-2015, 03:42 PM   #3
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The sewing is my favorite part. Watching the cut panels (I HATE CUTTING) come together to form a garment, it's great.

...Especially when you're teaching a person while sewing, you get to see the realization of what's what the second it dawns on them.

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Unread 05-24-2015, 03:57 PM   #4
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I really love conception step. You put your costume on a blank paper and have to find 99 solutions to make it the best you can.

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Unread 05-25-2015, 12:08 AM   #5
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I really love researching historical fashion, if the cosplay is relevant to it. There is just so much to learn!
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Unread 05-25-2015, 12:45 AM   #6
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The prop making. I find extreme joy in it.
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Unread 05-25-2015, 01:00 AM   #7
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The sewing part, because there's so much more to it then just machine stitching a few bits of fabric together.

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Unread 05-25-2015, 01:23 AM   #8
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Sewing is weirdly soothing when it's going well, but planning out a new cosplay has to be my favorite part. Writing down all ideas, detail notes, speculating how to make each piece and where to get everything for it. Often doesn't pan out exactly how I plan it but I love doing it anyway.
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Unread 05-25-2015, 02:35 AM   #9
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I really love adding finishing touches, like trimmings or pendents etc. I feel it really brings the cosplay together and brings it alive and makes it more than just a few bits of fabric!
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Unread 05-25-2015, 08:01 AM   #10
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Embroidery/embellishing, be it by hand or machine. I can work on it knowing itll catch people's eyes, the repetition is kind of soothing yet not boring, and I'm not annoying myself with fitting, drafting, cutting or pressing.
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Unread 05-25-2015, 08:55 AM   #11
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Applique / satin stitching. For all that I jokingly groan about having to do it, its something that I actually find very soothing. Not to mention it usually gives a piece that extra oomph!
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Unread 05-25-2015, 09:51 AM   #12
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Prop making in general is what I love the most, but out of that, it's painting and weathering. It's the point where your prop or armor starts to look real, and I find both processes to be very calming. Not to mention that rewarding feeling you get when you finish and it looks exactly the way you wanted it to.

Other than that, I recently made my first corset, and I found that to be a lot of fun! Usually I don't enjoy sewing nearly as much as prop making, but I love everything about making corsets. I think I enjoy inserting the boning and applying the bias tape finishing the most, it's just so much fun.

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Unread 05-25-2015, 10:39 AM   #13
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I love adding personal details/touches once everything has been put together.
Watching it all truly come together to being 100% complete is such a lovely feeling!

Since the only costumes I've gotten have been commissioned(outside of props since I prefer to make my own), I can't really say anything super duper personal about making it but since I am the designer of my costumes, it is absolutely lovely watching everything come to life before me.

Also, just putting on your finished piece is worth talking about.
Being able to wear something that you worked hard on or had a commissioner make for you is so nice, it feels great!
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Unread 05-25-2015, 12:51 PM   #14
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Shaping Worbla. I'm obsessed with the stuff.
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Unread 05-26-2015, 12:12 PM   #15
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Sewing in straight lines, like adding a trim to a skirt or something really easy like that.
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