Questions tagged [costume-design]

For questions about designing and creating costumes, whether it's for plays, special events, games or cosplay. Questions may be about techniques or materials to use for the intended effect or function of the costume.

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I need an alternative to leather

This is my first time trying to make a costume out of anything other than cardboard and sheets. I wanted to make Greek armour out of real leather but my mum said that real leather is very expensive ...
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Making thin brittle sand design that holds together

I'm trying to make pretend coins out of sand, so that they are solid enough say, to hold it by the edge and it not bend, but brittle with so that if I crushed it in my hand it'd crumble back into sand....
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How can I convert a V-neck shirt to a square neck?

My daughter needs to dress as Anne Boleyn for a school history report. We're basing her costume off this portrait: We found a cheap long sleeve black shirt to modify with a lace/pearl edging to ...
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When to add a waist stay?

I'm working on a dress with a strapless bodice and a gathered skirt. I'm designing my own pattern, but for an example it will have a similar shape to this dress. From browsing online I've seen that "...
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Crafting a sturdy, not heavy mask for shows

I have a metal band that use costumes for shows, I need to craft a mask that is durable but not too heavy, since I will use it on live presentations. I tried to make it using plastered gauze, but it ...
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What glues can attach plastic to satin?

I need to attach some plastic beads ("pearls") to a satin headband. What will work for this -- hot glue? fabric glue? some other adhesive?
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Crafting “fake potions”

Still working on my costume Previous question I would like to know a method for crafting fake potion bottles for shows, i want the bottles to be: Approximately the size of an apple Resist the ...
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Transparent paint to change color of diffused acrylic sheet?

I'm working on a costume that will require some accent lighting. I plan to accomplish this with a few small circuits to power white LEDs behind some diffused acrylic cutouts, so that the cutouts will ...
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How can you make a costume with opaque eye covers?

Basically, my question is: is it possible to make a real life costume in which the eyes of the person wearing it are fully covered with opaque material but the person can still see through it, and if ...
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Can wigs be made by hand?

My anime-loving daughter and her friend are attempting a couple of cosplay creations for some convention in the fall. I'm a fairly competent seamstress, so have offered guidance and help with ...
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Does washi tape stick on skin?

I'm looking into putting together a Neil "Crazy" Craver costume. He is an athlete on American Ninja Warrior. He wears a lot of gold and decorates his chest and arms with gold stickers/temporary ...
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Advice on sewing bandages?

I am working on a costume for an upcoming convention and the character that I am recreating has bandages that wrap all the way from his hands up to his shoulder (see image below): I would prefer not ...
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How can I make this costume mouth open and close?

I am going to dress up as Beaker from the Muppets for Halloween. For those unfamiliar with the Muppets he looks like this: Basically I need to make a large mask/helmet that will fit over my head. The ...
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Suggestions to Make PVC-Like Suit

So we have a competition related to firefighting and one of the tasks is to retrieve a PVC figure known as the "mannequin." It is composed of PVC pipes for limbs and a PVC plug with end for a head. ...
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Making a telescope for a pirate costume

I am making a pirate outfit. I need to make a simple spyglass for it. I am opting for no sew but if I have to I will sew stuff I need for the outfit. This isn't for Halloween, just for fun and I like ...
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What sort of materials can I use to make a latex mask look wet without actually being wet?

So Halloween is approaching, and I'm thinking about sitting on the porch to pass out candy, except wearing a mindflayer costume, because there is only one day a year when scaring other peoples kids is ...
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What fabric can I use for these clothes?

(The picture bellow is from a costume on-line shopping[ https://www.buycostumes.com/products/mens-steampunk-gentleman-costume ]. I don't want the exactly same thing, but it's close enough.) I don't ...
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What are the pros and cons of wearing a robe vs a cloak (sleeves vs sleeveless)?

I'm thinking of buying or sewing a new hooded garment that I would wear both for everyday occasions as well as general cosplay uses. I'm familiar with wearing a robe (a full-length, hooded garment, ...