Since cosplay has become more popular, it’s become far easier to find tutorials and resources for things you want to make. With this post I wanted to highlight some of my favorite tutorials, websites and resources for cosplay. These are things that have helped me out when I’ve been working on something, or something I’ve really wanted to try.
Two of the best options I’ve purchased from for wigs are Arda Wigs and Epic Cosplay wigs. While some of the more difficult to find colors might be easily found in Taoboa or Japanese online stores, Arda and Epic are based in the US, cutting down shipping time and costs. Another advantage to buying from Arda or Epic is that both are made for larger head sizes. Something that a lot of Asian brand wigs don’t always have exceptions for.
I don’t have any photos of me wearing an Arda wig, but my Rise costume used an Epic Cosplay wig, and its one of the most comfortable wigs I own.
The fun thing about this wig was that the pigtail parts are actually clips, that clip onto the wig itself!
One of my favorite sites to look up and buy patterns from is sewingpatterns.com. The site is a collection of different patterns from Simplicity to Vogue. You can search for what you want and they even give you the option of downloading your pattern rather then buying a paper copy. It’s helped me save a lot of money on patterns, as well as look up different patterns for something I might want to make.
Another good site I’ve used when I wanted to check out something really basic is Burda Style. While I haven’t purchased any of their paid patterns, I’ve used some of their free patterns for some basic shapes I’ve needed. Its worth getting an account for. They also have articles and tips for people learning to sew.
Most of my fabric I get from Joann fabrics, which is a basic retail store where you can buy basic sewing material and equipment. But anytime they don’t carry a fabric I need I tend to go to either fabric.com or Fashion Fabric Club. Either site has a decent search feature and a wide selection of fabrics, as well as a decent ship time. For anyone that doesn’t understand or know fabrics that well, shopping for fabrics online might be difficult. Seeing a fabric in person is a different experience then seeing a photo online. But for anyone that understands fabrics well enough I would recommend either site.
For fabrics that have a special print that maybe you wouldn’t be able to find regular, there’s Spoonflower for creating a custom print. You can create a pattern, get it printed on different types of fabrics and have it shipped to you. They also have the options to look at other prints people have made in the past and get them printed.
Not directly cosplay related, but I got this fabric printed out for a school project and made little pencil cases to give out.
A lot of designs have a lot of different tights or socks that might not be easy to find. One of my favorite online stores for that is Sock Dreams. They have many different types of tights, socks or any other kind of accessories that you’d need. Their shipping is amazing, from my location, things usually take a day or two to arrive.
The striped socks in this costume were purchased from Sock Dreams.
These are all the basic sites that I use for cosplay. If I can thnk of anymore I’ll make another entry for that!