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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 11:27 pm (UTC)
full_metal_ox

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:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/red1332/9293861989/

http://img1.etsystatic.com/000/0/6191622/il_340x270.327377893.jpg

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/152303087/full-skirt-made-from-girl-power-fabric?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_search_query=batgirl+skirt&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=batgirl+skirt&ga_includes%5B%5D=tags&ga_view_type=gallery

(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)
ashkitty

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)
full_metal_ox

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)