Many of my tutorials spawn from whichever project I’m working on at the time. While I list a number of them on the Tutorials Index under the Character Tutorials header, they often only tell part of the story. When all the tutorials for a character are placed together, they give a greater picture of how I made a specific cosplay and a broader perspective of the techniques I used.
If you find yourself stuck on a project or looking for ideas, perhaps this list will help you out!
My favorite strategy game. There’s something about the strategy and dressing up your characters and different class outfits that gets me. FEH probably has my soul at this point.
Camilla (Adrift version)
A long flowy dress with floating details appeared in a dream event one summer. While I still have yet to summon her, at least I can cosplay her.
- Making Fire Emblem Camilla’s crown (with pattern!)
- Turning long tubes of fabric right-side out the easy way
- Floating straps that move with you instead of trapping you
- How to sew a scalloped hem
One of my oldest and eternal loves. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough Pokemon on my list.
May’s contest attire
May’s contest attire from Pokemon ORAS. Pink and purple gradients, gravity-defying skirt, and more gems you can shake a stick at. My sister fell in love with this cosplay and I knew I had to make it for her. There’s even a cosplay Pikachu to go with it!
- Colorful rainbow and gradient skirts
- Gravity-defying skirts pt1: making a basque waistband
- Gravity-defying skirts pt2: planning and attaching the skirt
- Gravity-defying skirts pt 3: the hoop
- Resin-free glitter gems
- Hotfixing rhinestones to fabric
- Make a felt Pokeball prop! (with pattern)
Magical girls and accurate ballet portrayals? Check. Death dance battles where ballets and legends come to life and try to murder you? Check check. Breaking the typical archetypes and stereotypes in the genre? Sign me up. Princess Tutu is one of my top magical girl series, and naturally, I had to make cosplays from it.
Princess Kraehe / Rue
A combination transformation dress and a ballet tutu that defies the laws of physics. The two outfits were made together to work for a performance and have my sister live out her Kraehe dreams at a con.
- Making a fluffy idol petticoat on a budget
- Cutting chiffon and voile with a soldering iron for the feather trim
- Lets make fake tatas!
- Making Kraehe’s backless corset
- Felt wig alternative for short-haired characters
The source of one of my biggest obsessions and largest builds. It’s a wuxia action show written by Gen Urobuchi, designed by Nitroplus, and acted out using traditional Taiwanese puppetry and real-time physical effects. No, you really read that right.
Lang Wu Yao (concept art)
A glamorous hanfu blended with glamorous Jpop style with lots of beads and flowing details. While I did not document the hanfu process (it was before I started the site), here are the techniques I used to make all the details involved with this cosplay.
This cosplay was a finalist build in Crunchyroll-hime’s Cosplay Cup 2022
- Scribbling with Shiva Paintstiks (sleeve details)
- Stenciling with Shiva Paintstiks (tunic details)
- Adding stripes and details with satin ribbon
- Cutting chiffon and voile with a soldering iron
- Jointed Worbla finger armor
- Make your own tassels!
- Making coin shapes out of Worbla (and how to chain them)
- Sewing bead chains to fabric
Lang wu Yao (movie version)
Lacy white hanfu with draped details and accents with a weathered red pipa. Like with his concept art version, I made the hanfu before I started documenting on this site, but here are the techniques and details I used to make the rest of the cosplay.
- Making a fabric-covered Chinese topknot ornament
- Making wrap-around ear cuffs with Worbla
- Make your own tassels!
- Adding gradients to tassels with alcohol markers
- Basic shoe covers for flat shoes
Revolutionary Girl Utena, a 90s magical girl classic definitely best defined as theatrical, symbolic, and weird.
Ohtori Academy school uniform
Sailor-collared seifuku with humongous gravity-defying sleeves. This cosplay was tailored out of a fitted dress shirt pattern to make a front-zip cosplay that was easy to get in and out of. With how big these sleeves are, you may need to scuttle sideways through doors.