#nerdproblems

Ask me anything  
This is the combined cosplay tumblr of Cam and Heather.
Questions about any tutorial we post or general cosplay construction are always welcome!

From now on asks will be tagged by series/tutorial (i.e. “snk tutorial”) since I’ve been answering the exact same questions multiple times over the past couple of months (and I’ve started getting really lazy haha). Hopefully that will make life easier for everyone.

-Heather

I would just update the tutorials but many have been reblogged to the point of no return and the additions would probably never be seen. Eventually I’ll go back and tag all the bazillion previous asks. …Eventually.

— 6 days ago
thesecondk7 asked: Hi! I was going to make the 3D MG blades, and one part of the tutorial you have to sketch... Now, I have 0 faith in my drawing skills... so is there like measurements for this? Or do I just hope to god my hand does not fail me or something like that..? I would use your photo you provided but it is sooo harrdddd. Do you think I could just live without the sketch and "yolo" it? Thanks for answering all my questions, I am a noooobbbb at cosplay. :D!


Answer:

I just traced those parts and scaled the reference (for tracing) to match the size of my hand. I’ve posted larger, full screen versions of the references before in several different asks so if you go back several pages you should be able to find them and that will probably make your life easier when it comes to tracing and sizing.

When all else fails, yolo. haha

-Heather

— 6 days ago
#snk tutorial 
sarastormborn asked: Hello there! And sorry I couldn't figure out how to use the message function on here. My question is, what thickness of foam board did you use for your AoT swords??


Answer:

1/4” standard foamboard. :)

— 6 days ago with 2 notes
#snk tutorial 

emmammo:

Learn how to braid your hair like the ladies in Game of Thrones.

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— 1 week ago with 73359 notes
How to make arm wraps without actually using arm wraps!

creativerash:

So recently as some of you may know I had to figure out how to make these green arm wraps in the picture below
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I wanted them to be one piece so that they wouldn’t have to be adjusted throughout the day if parts decided to slip, especially since the original plan was to tuck the shirt into them. I searched the internet for a while but couldn’t find anything too helpful so I decided to make it up as I went along and took pictures so I could share in the event it worked. (It did)
This process should work for just about any wrap you want to create for instance things like this as well…

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There isn’t much to it but I took a lot of pictures, so here we go.
First things first, you’ll want to wrap what ever part of your body you are making the wrap for in plastic wrap (we use this method frequently). Mine was just the forearm so it looked like this

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Then wrap it again in tape, masking tape works nicely.
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After that you want to draw where the seam is going to be and cut along it like so
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Once you have the piece disconnected from your body you want to flatten it, I placed my piece under a pile of binders for about a day
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While you are waiting you can get started on the strips of fabric you’ll be using later. Figure out how thick you want the bands to look and measure them out of the fabric you are using
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Don”t forget to add a seam allowance, like I did. The length of the strips doesn’t really matter right now, as long as it’s long enough to wrap around your arm once you should be fine. I cut out 12 to be on the safe side. You should have something like this.

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Once I had the strips cut out I folded the seam allowance over on all of them, this made it easier later when I attached them to the main piece.

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You can then put the strips to the side and go back to the main pattern piece. For the forearm it should look something like this once flattened

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You’ll want to clean up the edges with the plastic hanging off and then transfer the pattern piece onto a piece of paper, again making sure to add seam allowance around the edges.
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Once you’ve traced around the whole thing you can cut it out and that will be the pattern for the main piece of your arm wrap. Use the pattern to cut out a piece in the fabric you are using and together with your straps your pieces should look like this.
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You want to sew on the strips one at a time, starting from one end then making your way to the other. I started from the bottom. Pin the strip onto the main piece along the hem you already created like this
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You then want to sew the strip down along the top and bottom edge. There will be fabric hanging off from the strip, you want your seam to stay in between the edges of the main piece. After that is sewn on cut off any extra material from the strip.
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It should look something like this
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Continue with the other strips. I attached mine diagonally for the most part. When I was done attaching my strips (I only used 6) this is what I had.
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Sew your side seams together.
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And then hem the top and bottom.
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Viola! You should have an arm (body) wrap that you won’t have to wrap!

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(I didn’t hem the top because I attached it directly to the shirt)
Also it should be noted stretch material should probably be used. 
Hope it helps someone! :)

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— 1 week ago with 2338 notes

How many followers are going to the DC Sakura Matsuri next weekend?

— 1 week ago with 4 notes
#sakura matsuri 
cosplayruinedmylife:

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for following our cosplay blog, we really appreciate all of you :)

As a thank you, here’s a contest!!

The winner will receive one free hand painted shirt by cam! The design will be up to you to choose, within reason.

Rules:
• this post is the contest!
• 1 reblog and 1 like per person
• must be following our blog (cosplayruinedmylife)
• contest ends may 2nd, 2014
• winner will be announced may 3, 2014
• must have your ask box open and be able to give cam your mailing address (18+ or with parental permission, please!)

That’s all! Feel free to message with any questions! Good luck!

reblogging for those who didn’t see it yesterday~

cosplayruinedmylife:

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for following our cosplay blog, we really appreciate all of you :)

As a thank you, here’s a contest!!

The winner will receive one free hand painted shirt by cam! The design will be up to you to choose, within reason.

Rules:
• this post is the contest!
• 1 reblog and 1 like per person
• must be following our blog (cosplayruinedmylife)
• contest ends may 2nd, 2014
• winner will be announced may 3, 2014
• must have your ask box open and be able to give cam your mailing address (18+ or with parental permission, please!)

That’s all! Feel free to message with any questions! Good luck!

reblogging for those who didn’t see it yesterday~

— 1 week ago with 122 notes
#cosplayruinedmylife  #giveaway 
cosplayinamerica:

Im set up in the back of garden area by the Fallout shelter arcade setup here at #AnimeDetour

cosplayinamerica:

Im set up in the back of garden area by the Fallout shelter arcade setup here at #AnimeDetour

— 1 week ago with 8 notes
#anime detour 

Hey guys, real talk for a second here.

I’ve noticed a couple URL’s that have followed us recently (i.e. since the giveaway post last night) that also followed us right before the last giveaway… and then unfollowed us right after it was finished. So apparently a couple of you only want free stuff and don’t actually care about the content of this blog. And that makes me sort of really sad.

So. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT DOING THIS, YOU WILL BE BLOCKED BECAUSE I HAVE ANGSTY FEELINGS AND NOBODY LIKES CHEATY MCCHEATERSONS

That is all. Okay bye.

-Heather

— 1 week ago with 10 notes