Spider-Man Cosplayer Cheers Up Kids in Houston Shelter after Harvey Floods

A #SpiderMan #cosplayer was cheering up kids at a #Houston shelter after the Hurricane #Harvey floods! We highly commend this very charitable cosplayer who understands the positive power of selfless #cosplay #volunteerism


This is what cosplay is all about!

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An Inappropriate Cosplay Photoshoot

#Cosplayers love to show off their work at photoshoots, but be wary if you get invited to one: #nudity is not #cosplay. A recent ad for a cosplay photoshoot asks for “sexy” and “nude” cosplay models to appear, along with a registration fees for both cosplayers & photographers.

First, let’s point out the obvious: being nude means that nothing is being worn. Being in costume means wearing a costume, not being nude. Second, being “sexy” is not what cosplay is about. Third, if you have to pay for a cosplay photoshoot, find one that doesn’t charge because there are plenty of amateur photographers out there that don’t charge fees.

Now, as for this particular photoshoot (that appears to be in the Philippines), this appears to be more of a money-making scheme and exploitation. Always remember: cosplay is not consent.

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Introduction to Sewing

Probably one of the most rudimentary skills for #cosplay & #costuming is #sewing. For those who haven’t sewn anything before, sewing may seem intimidating, but once you know the basics, you’ll feel increasingly more comfortable with sewing and want to take on increasingly complex projects.

One question that may come up is why is it important to learn how to sew at all? Learning how to make your own #costumes will be far less costly in the long run than paying others to make things for you. That by far is probably one of the best reasons to learn how to sew. Next, if you’ve tended to rely on alternative methods for attaching fabric (like staples, hot glue or some other method), sewing will provide the best overall result and will be the strongest result. Even if you’re planning to wear armor, sewing can be invaluable in attaching velcro to strapping that you’ll most likely be using, especially elastic strapping, which needs to be very securely attached to velcro.

There are essentially two ways to sew: by hand and by machine. Sewing by hand is a lot slower than sewing by machine, but there will be times that you’ll need to hand sew something because a machine can’t always be used in all situations. A good example when you can’t use a sewing machine is when you need to sew something onto the back of a glove or onto a sleeve or pant leg. In these situations, unless you want to remove existing seams so that a sewing machine can be used, the best option is to hand sew. Also, if you can’t afford to purchase a sewing machine, you can always hand sew.

Though using a sewing machine may also seem intimidating if you haven’t used one before, there are very good reasons why to use one: it’s a lot faster than hand sewing, it makes evenly-spaced stitches and all modern machines will have multiple types of stitching patterns. For sewing long seams along pants, shirts, skirts, dresses, capes, etc., your best option will be a sewing machine.

The following YouTube video from 2014 & made by MangoSirene is a great introduction to sewing: