theapplepoisoner said: Where is your sundress from, if its not too rude to ask?
Not rude at all! It’s the black rayon short ribbon strap dress from Dharma Trading Co. It’s a great basic garment that is washable, made from a breathable fabric, and is perfect for customization. I have about six of them (yes, really) that I’ve added different lace and ribbon trims to. I also added grommet tape and ribbon lacing to the back of each one, to better customize the fit.
If you see me in some sort of black scoop-neck dress in the summer, it is almost certainly one of those dresses.
Another good Summer gothgirl fashion tip: check thrift stores and places like Ross or TJ Maxx for rayon lace dresses like this one. (They’re usually made by a brand named Nostalgia.) These are a mainstay of my Summer Goth wardrobe, because they’re lightweight and breathable. They come with a built-in slip, but I generally remove that (because I wear them over the other sundresses), shorten the dress to knee-length, add lace trim to the hem, sleeves, and neckline, and use the grommet tape and ribbon lacing trick to alter the fit. One final good thing about these sorts of dresses? Rayon dyes easily, so if you find one that isn’t black, pop it in a pot of RIT dye!
Is there a gallery somewhere of all of Sakura’s outfits?
I’ve done a post on safety, but when you’re at a convention, manners and being considerate are important too! Sometimes we get a little too excited! Here are some tips on having a great convention and making it more enjoyable to others too. (In no particular order)
- Volume Control: Although cons are a noisy place and you may have to speak a bit louder to hear one another sometimes, always be aware of how loud you really are. Yelling or screaming unnecessarily is rude and obnoxious anywhere you go, so be courtious!
- Cleanliness: First off, please shower every day. Hopefully this is already part of your daily routine, but since cons are crowded places you should be sure not to bring smelly smells with you wherever you go. Wear deodorant too! Secondly, respect the hotel room and where the con is being held. Don’t damage their property, make a mess, or tear up the room. Also seal your body paint or something like this may happen. Remember that these hotels and venues can deny having the con there later on, so your behavior directly affects whether or not they will allow the con to be there another year.
- Manners: Very important at conventions! Be respectful and polite to con staff, con goers, people outside of the con, and hotel staff. Like I said before, your behavior can determine whether or not the venue will allow you to come back. Not to mention the cosplay community is a warm and friendly group! We definitely want to contribute to that. Especially when it comes to people not at the con! When going out to eat or walking down the street, you’ll likely run into people giving you weird looks or staring if you are in costume. Some might even ask what your doing! Don’t get offended or be rude, take this as an opportunity to show the public that the cosplay community is no threat, just a bunch of friendly geeks hanging out together. Lastly, don’t touch stuff that isn’t yours without permission. People put a lot of work into their props and costumes, they don’t want random people grabbing them or touching them without permission. Same goes for bags and such.
- Follow the Rules: Most conventions have a section on their website of rules and regulations for costumes, props, and everything else. Be sure to take a look at it before you go, and make sure you fit within the guidelines. Especially when it comes to props. If they don’t respect the rules, you can get your prop taken or get kicked out completely. Also this is common sense, but follow the state laws too! Don’t be stupid. If you are not of legal drinking age, don’t drink. Drugs are a no no. Don’t go places you aren’t supposed to. Etc. Shinanigans like that are what get people kicked out and give bad reputations to all cosplayers.
- Be Mindful of the Public: I touched on this in the manners section, but I wanted to add a few things. First, be very careful when bringing props outside of the con!! If it is a realistic looking weapon, or even a silly one, people could misidentify it as a threat. Especially in light of recent events. If someone mistakes your prop as a real weapon, you can get in major trouble. It’s happened before. So just to be safe, try to carry your prop in a bag or keep it in the car/room when you go out. Secondly, when it comes to photoshoots you and your group should be respectful. If you are in a public park or somewhere similar, try not to stay there for too long or take up the whole space. Other people have the right to be there too! Also when you are doing photoshoots or videos, control how much PDA you express or “fake fights”. Again, things like that can leave a bad taste in people’s mouth if they don’t know what’s going on so we want to keep that in mind in order to help the cosplay community have a good rep!
- Being “In Character”: Nothing is wrong with doing poses like your character or imitating their personality while you’re in costume! Many people roleplay and enjoy really embodying the character. But this is to a certain extent. This post got me thinking about it. No matter who you are or what character you’re cosplaying, it does not exclude you from any rules or give you permission to be rude/disrespect people. If you’re dressed as Sasuke, sure you can act like his jerky self if you’re making a video or if you are with a group reinacting a scene. But understand that some people might take it seriously, so you might want to refrain from being ‘in character’ in normal conversations or if someone asks for a picture. Or if you are dressed as a zombie, it does not give you permission to go up to people and bite or grab them without consent. You get the point. There is a time and place for everything!
- Other Cosplayers: This is the last point, but it is oh so important. You are totally allowed to have your opinion about someone else or their costume. But everyone, let’s follow the rule “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. Conventions are a place to feel accepted and have fun. No matter who it is, don’t be a jerk and put anyone down. All you’ll end up doing is making yourself look bad and hurt the other person’s feelings. Let’s understand each other okay? Everyone starts somewhere, have different strengths, and different resources. Cosplay is ultimately a hobby. Some people take it as seriously has a career, and some people just like to throw something together and have a good weekend. Either way, we are all humans and should treat each other with respect.
Okay that ended up long. Sorry guys haha. Anyways, I just wanted to discuss that a little, especially if you haven’t been to a convention before. Sometimes we don’t think common sense when we’re having so much fun :P Feel free to send me suggestions on stuff to talk about!
Edit: Also check this post out guys! This is exactly the things you shouldn’t do at hotels or anywhere!
Happy Cosplaying -LP
Ah, long hair is such a handful. But have no fear, there are many options for you who have a mane! Here are some ideas:
- Invest in a wig cap. Just do it, even if you have short hair! It helps keep everything in place and smooths your hair down even more. It also puts a barrier between your natural oils and the wig, which can prolong having to wash it!
- After you wash it, let it dry in a ponytail or bun. And if you have bangs, pin them back. That way your hair will dry in a more flattened position thus making it easier to tame. (You could even wear a fabric headband around your hairline to keep the frizzies down!)
- Flat iron your hair. This is more for people with really curly hair. This can eliminate a lot of volume you may have in your hair along with frizz that sticks out in every direction. It doesn’t have to be a perfect job, but having straightened hair can help a lot depending on your hair type.
- Braid it! There are dozens of types of braids out there. But the most popular used for under wigs would be french braids or just the standard three-strand braid. I would recommend doing pigtails so the volume is more evenly distributed. Just braid it, tie the ends, wrap them around your head evenly, and pin them up. You can find tons of videos on youtube, but here’s a quick tutorial. (also, the more braids you have, the more evenly volume will be distributed so feel free to do more than two!)
- Pin curl dat mane! Okay so if braids are still not enough to flatten your hair for a wig, pin curls are probably your best option. They can be a little challenging and time consuming, but once you figure it out it speeds up the process a lot. Here is a video on pincurls, and here is a picture tutorial.
- Use hair products. They don’t have to be expensive, just cheap hairspray and/or hairgel will do. After you are done braiding/pinning your hair, give it a coat of hairspray to make sure the frizzies stay down and pieces don’t fall out. Hair gel can help with your hairline. I personally have a lot of little ‘baby hairs’ around my forehead and neckline. You can keep those from sticking out under your wig cap by gelling them down, giving it a cleaner overall look.
Whelp, that should do it. Any one or combination of these should suit most hair types, but feel free to message me for additional tips or recommendations!
Happy Cosplaying! -LP
How do you fit your mane under your wig?
I really hope steven ends up being transgender. I feel it’s too weird that it’s a female group with this random guy, and would do WONDERS for him to be MtF. Imagine that sort of exploration!
I really doubt it will though :\
This maybe crazy OMG END OF WORLD over reaction, but In prep for distaster, I’ve started importing my blogs over to wordpress. Yamneko.wordpress.com is now my lolita one~ After it finishes, I’m going to go through ALL OF IT and tag and organize it out. (removing more conversation things and getting to be less “personal” and more just fashion focused). After that I’ll do my art one (which will go to yamori.wordpress.com) My sewing one will probably not go there (when I started yamori it would have) and go to something else, the healthy reblogs will need somewhere to go too! I will probably leave the cat gifs one alone, since I really doubt that if they do any sort of purging, that it would be targeted, same with my “gaming” one.
I hate finding news articles only for it to be a 10min long video-clip of the story… Like, can you just WRITE it please, I hate wasting my time sitting here watching a 10min video when I can just read it in 5min :|
I just dont bother :\ I go “oh, this looks interesting, Oh it’s a video, never mind”
pain staking animations! yay XP