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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2008 06:47:49 AM »

After looking over these replies again, I'm having thoughts...

Does it seem worthwhile for me to make patterns/tuts for basic costume pieces? By this I mean a basic gown/chemise, shirt/T-tunic, floofy skirt, and pants? Most of these would be made using a T-shirt or PJ pants as a sort of pattern (instead of measuring every body part, etc). Would you be interested in this sort of instruction, or is the internet saturated with them?

Cloaks and corsets would be included no matter what, because you can't find them in thrift stores (usually) and the internet instructions can be really hard to understand. I hesitate to include instructions for altering existing garments (which is what I do, normally) because A) it's so hard for a reader to duplicate something if the "materials" are things I've found at a thrift shop and B) there are soooo many books on this already.

Thoughts? I'm still shaping this thing out in my head. Also, re: tails... what sort of tails? I've only ever made a cat one, for Halloween one year. Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2008 04:52:03 PM »

I'd peruse the gaming communities & see what kind of non-human creatures are being played with, that's where tails come in (I'm thinking of the WoW Sucubus, Dranei, various raid bosses). How they are made varies a lot, mostly by what specs are needed.
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2008 05:27:19 PM »

Have you got a livejournal account?  The Cosplay and Faerie Fashion communities are two that I watch, and this sort of thing is right up there alley.
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2008 08:23:02 PM »

How to paint bought ears if you don't have how to make ears. I had trouble getting my fake ears to match my skintone. I bought model magic and gesso to make large succubus horns, but I haven't made them yet.
Bat/dragon/demon wings, still haven't figured those out.

You could do patterns in the way that Sew U had patterns included in their book or how magazines do them.

I'm imagining the cover to be shiny embossed kind of looking and brown. Very fantasy.
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« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2008 04:41:40 AM »

i also second(or third?) about the horns and diffrent styles and types, also tails of animals and other mythical creatures(maybe a all-purpose framework that other people can build on?). Maybe a little bit on hair or face stuff, like if you use a wig or hair and how to manage that? and some styles? donno...
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jancola
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2008 06:03:03 PM »

Another great thing would be info on how to craft props/weapons, like Electra's sai, or Cloud's giant sword.   And armor, I've always wonder how people make those crazy realistic Storm Trooper suits at Comic Con.

And maybe some general tips about how to sew costume fabric that people don't usually work with, but may need for costumes, like organza, leather, spandex, etc Wink
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« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2008 07:51:42 AM »

Star Wars Storm Troopers are commercially produced, you can buy one if you have the moolah, they run about $300+ last I looked, not including weapons or the body suit underneath.

There are a number of characters that helmets are commercially produced but not full costumes, like Boba Fet, so seeing a great Boba Fet is a real treat as everything neck down was home made Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2008 05:54:58 PM »

I would like to know how to make stand-up collars? for animal's.
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« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2008 12:54:35 PM »

Have you thought about what level of costumers you are making this for?

You mentioned making things out of PJs and T-shirts, so I am assuming it is a beginning audience, with little to no sewing experience. If that is the case, I might leave out real corsets all together. I'd put the focus on easy-to-make costumes with easy to use and find materials. I'd include basic wings, hats, fabric belts, shoe-covers, simple jewelry and accessories, etc. I'd also include examples of how to modify the basic patterns for an individual look (e.g. if you make this belt out of brown felt, it's for a woodland elf, but if you make it out of a fancy brocade, it's for a lovely lady!)

If you want to aim for the experienced costumer (in which case, I think you'd need to be a VERY experienced costumer) then what people ask about the most is the non-clothing parts. How to shape and paint armor out of plastic and foam, how to make paste jewelry, how to modify and style wigs to match a character, how to apply body paint and makeup. I'd also probably want a little section on sewing with the most common fabrics: how to mark, cut, and sew vinyl, spandex, velvet, satin, tulle, etc. I'd also want information on modifying fabrics--dying, aging, embroidery, etc.
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« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2008 08:25:23 PM »

Does it seem worthwhile for me to make patterns/tuts for basic costume pieces? By this I mean a basic gown/chemise, shirt/T-tunic, floofy skirt, and pants? Most of these would be made using a T-shirt or PJ pants as a sort of pattern (instead of measuring every body part, etc). Would you be interested in this sort of instruction, or is the internet saturated with them?

Personally, I go for books that have a lot of basic information and techniques that can be modified for my own designs. Say, for example, if I was buying a book on making purses I would rather buy a book that introduces a lot of techniques (for making and attaching straps, general how to attach a lining instructions, etc etc) than a book that just has a lot of specific projects (how to make a tote bag out of astroturf!...no thanks). I want concepts and methods that I can understand and make my own ideas with. And I also want as many of those basic instructions in one place as I can get, so it's easy to refer to and easy to compare options. (Yes, there may be plenty of tuts for the basics online, but I don't want to have to go searching for all of them.)

I would imagine that for a book on costuming, this kind of information would be even more important, because you really can't predict all the jillions of costumes that people will want to make. People will need to take the basic information and bend it to their personal needs. So I would include as many basic tuts as you can, with ideas on ways the basic project can be modified to fit different purposes and designs. (Sort of like the Sew U books do when they show you ways you can modify basic patterns.) The pants, tunics, and chemises would be a must for me, for the sake of completeness if nothing else, especially if it showed all sorts of different looks you could get by using the same pattern.

I would also be more likely to go for a book that's very organized. Instead of "How to Make a Complete Monster Costume" with horns, wings, and furry-body all bundled together into a set, I'd rather have a separate sections- one showing different kinds of horns, another for wings, etc. It makes it easier to find the components I'd want for whatever costume I'd dreamt up. And easier to compare the different options to find the one that really works for me.

That's my two cents. And I would be very interested in this kind of a costume book, too! From the sound of it, if it had half the info that people have mentioned on this thread, I'd buy it.
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