How to Make a Hooded Cloak with a Lining
A cloak is an essential in many cosplay and Halloween costumes, whether you’re a wizard, elf, or any of a wide array of period characters. Or if you want to wear it in your everyday life, go for it!
You can make cloaks out of many different fabrics depending on the look you want. I picked cotton twill because it’s a heavier fabric and is really easy to sew. For the lining, I wanted a lot of shine to contrast the matte outer fabric, so satin was a good option.
Velvet is a popular choice for the outer fabric, but just be aware that sewing velvet and another slippery fabric, like satin, is more difficult to sew. Habutae is used a lot for linings in many garments and is lightweight with a lustrous finish.
How to Make a Cape and Mask Set
Whether your little hero is in need of a costume for Halloween, dress up, or a snack emergency, this matching cape and mask set will do the job.
This reversible cape with matching mask combo will prepare you for when that costume crisis strikes. If you’re feeling fancy, you could also add some decorations or symbols to each piece. Your little superhero will love being able to dress up and save the day!
How to Make a Cruella de Vil Faux Fur Shawl
Cruella de Vil is an iconic Disney villain that everyone loves to hate. In this tutorial I’m using White Dalmatian Velboa Faux Fur to recreate her shawl. I also used Velcro to help keep the shawl in place but it’s optional.
How to Make a No Sew Ghost Costume
Looking for an easy DIY halloween costume this year? Years ago, my mom had come up with this AMAZING ghost costume.
This costume requires no sewing and goes over day clothes so there is no need for extensive costume planning.
OFS at ConnectiCon
Cosplay has become so popular these days, and we wanted to experience what it’s like being at one of these events and talk to some people who made their own cosplay costumes.
We went to ConnectiCon in Hartford, CT where we saw people who made their own costumes and were able to chat with some of them! Here’s our experience (be sure to check out the video!).
The Making of Snow White
Cosplay has become huge over the past few years and I’ve never experienced going to an event completely dressed up as someone else as if it were Halloween – but not Halloween. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I did learn was that there are so many people that are passionate about characters and becoming them.
By going to ConnectiCon in Hartford, CT I was able to see first hand the creativity and talent that some people put into making their cosplay costumes and I found it inspiring. I’ve always wanted to be Snow White for Halloween but for one reason or another never was until now. My hair just happened to be the same length and color as Snow White’s, which was perfect!
Costume Advice From TifaIA Cosplay
Hello costumers and soon-to-be cosplayers! My name is Valerie. By day I’m a Digital Media Manager. At night and on weekends, I’m a cosplayer under the name TifaIA Cosplay. I’ve been cosplaying for 9 years, and it’s a hobby that I stumbled into unexpectedly.
I learned how to sew at a young age after attending a summer camp. I’ve always enjoyed crocheting and embroidery. Cosplay became a natural transition for me to showcase my love for a fandom in my own, creative way. Some people like to write. Others like to paint or draw. I cosplay!
Northeast Reenactors Fair
When it comes to clothing, accessories, and weapons for reenacting, authenticity is the name of the game. It’s clear from the outset that reenactors take pride in making sure everything about them is period appropriate, not only in the materials, but also the methods by which everything is made.
The Northeast Reenactors Fair, held at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA (our neck of the woods), attracts reenactors and vendors from all over New England and beyond. You’ll find materials and memorabilia dating from as far back as the roman empire up to WWII and the Vietnam War. We went to this year’s fair, and it was definitely a positive learning experience.
How to Make a Bandana
There are many practical and fashionable reasons to wear a bandana, but I made this one to complete my Halloween costume.
Ready to make your own custom bandana? Grab your sewing kit and some fabric and let’s get to it!