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I am a 20-something cosplayer from Northern California. This is my cosplay and sewing blog, where I post progress pics, tutorials, and cosplay pictures. I can get pretty busy with real-life stuff, so don't be alarmed if I don't post terribly often.

I mostly like video games over anime, and I'm into the beast known as Homestuck.

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Well, I think I’ve posted all or at least some of all of the shoots that I did at this past Fanimecon. Super late, I know, but I still have some ballgown pics and some Condesce pics to post up. So many pictures.

I might queue a few of them up to reblog for greater exposure, since some of those sets deserve to be seen way more than they have! (Like my Maj. Kusanagi shoot…though I I have a feeling that my blog demographic isn’t really big into GitS.) Just as a warning. I’ll tag them with “#shameless reblog” if you want to block it for whatever reason, though it shouldn’t be excessive amounts of photo spam, just a little more activity than usual, and you’ll be seeing some repeats.

==> Roxy: Pose thoughtfully with martini

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Roxy Lalonde [Ballgown Dreamer] (Homestuck), taken at Fanimecon 2014; Design by mookie000

Why have I only posted sitting or reclining poses of this shoot so far? I’ll have to get some standing poses posted so y’all can see the sweep of the skirt. (The hoop was a pain to make but is pretty impressive, especially in some of the more dramatic shots that Everon managed to get!) I also don’t recommend sitting on random tables in hotel hallways for a large variety of reasons, the least of which is that the table I chose was exceedingly unstable. ;]

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charlottelabouff:

Halloween is so fun for cosplayers because like 9 times out of 10 their cosplays are 70 times better than any party city costume and they get to rub it in kids faces like ahah that’s a nice monster high costume but did you see my FULLY FUNCTIONAL 3D MANEUVER GEAR?? HAHAH NOOB *FLIES OFF DOWN THE STREET*

Fun fact: I’m actually super lazy for Halloween.

Actually, I tend to have more fun with my outfits than I do with cosplay. Not that I don’t have fun with cosplay (obviously I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t greatly enjoy it!), but that my cosplays tend to be difficult to wear and not really appropriate for a daily situation (work, school, etc.), so I tend to do things that are a bit offbeat and that aren’t really con-appropriate, but are a lot of fun to wear. (Also, even if my cosplays were appropriate for daily situations, no one would get them??? At least not in the places where I usually am on Halloween!)

The best was one year when I went as a generic hardboiled detective. I wore a tan trenchcoat, a button-up shirt, a necktie loosely tied around my neck, a hat, and eyeliner stubble. I spoke in hardboiled speak all day, and freaked quite a few people out before they realized that it was actually me. (Though, last year I went super lazy and went as Mom Lalonde. One of my coworkers asked if I cut my hair, I guess not realizing that my Mom wig is way longer [and blonder, though dye is a thing that exists] than my natural hair, haha)

I don’t know what I’m going to do this year, but since I’m going to be in class all day, I feel like I should do something really fun that cinema grad students would appreciate. I’m leaning towards the mirror faced person from Meshes of the Afternoon, since it would be easy to put together and wear while still being esoteric enough that my fellow film students will get it. (Plus, I love that film. And I totally have a fake flower exactly like the one in the film.) I’m actually leaning towards faceless things this year — if not the mirror face, then maybe Vera Cruz in her black bodysuit and mask from the Skin I Live In (another fantastic film), though I’d need a fake knife, or Christiane Génessier from Eyes Without a Face, since I’ve always wanted to go as her but have never really had the chance (or an audience that would understand who I’m dressed as!).

I’m leaning towards the Maya Deren costume, though. It would be easy enough to get one of those mirrored masks and a black robe.

Thanks for your input! Your link looks very useful. :]
The open chest method does seem potentially unsafe, as noted in the original post. I don’t think it will damage the ribs at all (which is a huge problem with unsafe binding), since it doesn’t compress around the chest, but I’m worried about the breast tissue being manipulated that much. I think that no matter what method is used, though, the main issue is covering the binder, which is what my post was mostly about.
Do you think that a method similar to the open-chest method but without attempting to actually bind (depending on how small the cosplayer’s breasts actually are, just taping over them to cover them) and then using one of the methods of covering/hiding the binding would be safer? It seems like most of the issue with that method is the actual strapping down of the breasts, not the use of skin-safe tape itself (which the nipples can always be protected from if needed). With small enough breasts, only something akin to pasties would really be needed, plus some method to hide the fact that the breasts have pasties on them.
The safest method would be to use an actual binder covered with something (probably a bodystocking), though. :]
Again, thanks for your input! As I said, I don’t have much experience or knowledge of this type of thing, so any input helps.

Thanks for your input! Your link looks very useful. :]

The open chest method does seem potentially unsafe, as noted in the original post. I don’t think it will damage the ribs at all (which is a huge problem with unsafe binding), since it doesn’t compress around the chest, but I’m worried about the breast tissue being manipulated that much. I think that no matter what method is used, though, the main issue is covering the binder, which is what my post was mostly about.

Do you think that a method similar to the open-chest method but without attempting to actually bind (depending on how small the cosplayer’s breasts actually are, just taping over them to cover them) and then using one of the methods of covering/hiding the binding would be safer? It seems like most of the issue with that method is the actual strapping down of the breasts, not the use of skin-safe tape itself (which the nipples can always be protected from if needed). With small enough breasts, only something akin to pasties would really be needed, plus some method to hide the fact that the breasts have pasties on them.

The safest method would be to use an actual binder covered with something (probably a bodystocking), though. :]

Again, thanks for your input! As I said, I don’t have much experience or knowledge of this type of thing, so any input helps.

I know you give a lot of cosplaying tips, and I was wondering if you had any idea how I would be able to cosplay a shirtless male character? I'm small chested but have breasts nonetheless and just considered binding myself and leaving it as that even though it wouldn't exactly be canon. Ofc the thought of binder malfunctions did come to mind though. Any tips or ideas? (Ps the character would be Tweek Tweak in the Stick of Truth design)

Hello there!

I honestly don’t know terribly much about binding, so I’ll give you the best help I can under those circumstances. 

I don’t think it’s possible to bind for a totally shirtless character, since the binding will always show. Unless, of course, you cover the binding with something else. I know that there are also ways of binding that push the breasts to the sides and hold them down with tape, which can be used with open shirts and vests.

I would say that you have a few options:

- Bind normally and wear a bodystocking in the same color as your skin (can also be airbrushed to create contours)

- Bind to the sides (“open shirt” binding) and cover in liquid latex and makeup to hide (not sure how this would look)

- Bind to the sides and modify the design so that your binding is hidden

- Binding and letting your binding show

One thing about open shirt binding — it pretty much expects that your breasts will be malleable enough to be able to be pushed to the sides and held down. I’m not sure how this would work on smaller breasts, especially if your breasts are fairly dense. It might be easier because there’s less to bind, but it might be harder because there’s less to shift around. I’m also not sure how safe it is in the long run, so you’d have to look into that.

Looking at the character design, it seems like you can easily modify the design, though it wouldn’t be canon. Adding a vest or changing the belt across his chest into more belts (and more covering belts) would be easy, though not canon. This is probably going to be your easiest and best-looking option, however.

Using a bodystocking can work. I’ll post some links at the end of this post that will have more information and tutorials on that. Since he has those tattoos, it might be okay to bind with as flat of binding as you can under a bodystocking of some type and paint the tattoos on, and possibly airbrush or otherwise paint on some contours so it looks less flat. (By “flat” binding I don’t mean binding that gets your chest as flat as possible, but rather binding that is flat in itself, so there aren’t any visible seams or lumps or bulges on the binding itself that would give away the fact that you are wearing a binder under the tight material of the stocking.) I find that painted bodystockings can look a little weird, since they really only work at a glace from certain angles and lighting (or touched up in photoshop to blend in better), but it would be a viable option here. (A lot of bodystocking tutorials assume a well-muscled character, which isn’t really a thing with South Park character designs, so it may be more or less realistic, depending on how you go about doing with with a non-muscley character and with adapting it to your own body type.)

Someone in a forum post mentioned covering tape binding in liquid latex and makeup to make it blend in better to your skin. I have no idea how this would look. I have no idea if you’d still have lumps from pushing your breasts to the sides. I have no idea if the liquid latex would cover it well enough to look like skin. You might be able to hide some of that makeup in the tattoos, though. But it’s an option to look into.

Your last option is to just have your binding show, but that seems like the least attractive option. Maybe if you could find a way to create decorative binding that matches the design, it would be less weird? (Maybe cover it in faux bandages for a wounded look?)

Youtube tutorial on airbrushing a bodysuit

Open shirt binding tutorial

Take the info here with a grain of salt (Ace bandage binding? Please don’t.), but there are a couple of interesting posts — the suggestion of liquid latex is one, and someone mentioning the type of binding they used as a figure skater is another.

No matter what yo uuse, though, you’ll have to be careful not to have too much of your actual breasts showing or have it look like too realistic of a bare chest, since you might get in trouble. :[ 

Good luck with the costume! This looks potentially difficult.

(If any of my followers have any better tips, please pass them along to princelyyy here!)

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cosplayfanatics:

My Dangerous Beauty by RocknamLee

I don’t usually reblog other people’s cosplays, but this Beauty cosplay is SO AMAZING that I have to show it off to more people. Not sure if any of my followers are Ghost Trick fans, but damn. Anyone can appreciate that wig, fan of the game or not.
I have a sudden strong urge to serve her some chicken…

cosplayfanatics:

My Dangerous Beauty by RocknamLee

I don’t usually reblog other people’s cosplays, but this Beauty cosplay is SO AMAZING that I have to show it off to more people. Not sure if any of my followers are Ghost Trick fans, but damn. Anyone can appreciate that wig, fan of the game or not.

I have a sudden strong urge to serve her some chicken