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Sun, Sep. 29th, 2013, 10:28 am
Halloween Costumes

Christmas stuff at CostCo notwithstanding, it's getting closer to that most glorious time of the year: Halloween! When candy isn't fattening, scares aren't that scary, and everybody cosplays.

Anne steered me to a couple of costume sites I think you'll like.
  • First is Take Back Halloween, a resource guide for unusual and quick costuming and especially for breaking out of the "Sexy _____" mold (read their About page).
  • Second is Carbon Costume, another DIY costuming site with some innovative stuff going on. Some of their costumes are pretty pricey, though.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, Cosplay Tutorial covers everything from make-up to PVC, from wig-making to LEDs. NOT a quickie-costume site, but if you want to seriously get into cosplay it's an amazing resource.
  • Buzzfeed has a couple of surprisingly excellent pages for quick & easy costumes.
  • Lilluna.com's page has many excellent ideas.
  • And, last and least yet still great, the certifiably nutso costume ideas at Haunted In Hillsboro.
Any particular sites you like? Either how-to resource archives, or cosplayers you really enjoy.

ETA: several more sites.

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1640463.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)

Seconding the squee--and I hope Tom doesn't mind my taking this to Fandom Lounge.

(And mind if I seize a cue to grumble about another female costuming default, this one chiefly targeted at children: The Prettypoo Hello-Kittyoid Pink Version? It wouldn't bother me if it were one option among many, but just try finding commercially printed fabrics with a motif of fierce female pirates, soldiers, cowpokes, or whatever.)

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)

I know! My friends were looking for a toy bow and arrow for their daughter recently, and were apalled when they found a pink 'archery for girls' set. FFS.

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)

Another exercise in frustration: have you ever looked for superheroine fabric? Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and various Avengers have been all over the shelves; the Girl Power line by Camelot Fabrics--and I call attention to it as a blue-moon-rarity--lasted about fifteen minutes at my local JoAnn's:




(There was even one that--stop the presses!--was a standard superhero primary-color scheme instead of pink-dominated: http://www.thegeekforge.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/537866_973244897716_2086737883_n.jpg)

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)

I admit I haven't, because I don't have much interaction with fabric stores, but this surprises me not at all. That skirt, though! That is awesome!

Tue, Oct. 1st, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)

And here's an example of pink used as just another color rather than a Prettypoo Token Girl flag; in all respects save color, it's identical to the brown version. (There was also a black colorway, but I was unable to find an image online.)

Edited at 2013-10-01 10:13 pm (UTC)