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Ok, it’s time for an ears tutorial! Let’s all be woodland creatures now!

So you wanna be an animal..or partially an animal..fine, you just want ears because they’re super cute and you’re over the faun thing. I’ve got your back. Of course, there are tons of different ears out there and there are simpler ways to do this, but…let’s take our ears up to 11. Or 7.

What you need:

  • fabric for the interior and exterior of your ears (this can vary depending on what you want but I used faux fur and felt)
  • plastic canvas
  • armature wire
  • sewing machine, thread, needles, scissors

First! Figure out the shape of your animal’s ears. Remember, ears aren’t flat (usually). They’re fully three-dimensional body parts. Play around with some paper first and figure out what you want them to look like.

I chose rabbit ears. I could do this more easily by flattening them but I wanted them more realistic. I cut out the pieces.image

I cut out 2 pieces for the interior of the ear of felt, 2 for the exterior of faux fur, and I also cut out 2 pattern pieces out of plastic canvas. The plastic canvas…let’s talk about that for a sec. Plastic canvas is that stuff that old ladies make tissue box covers out of or book marks. Not insulting them, we’re just using it for a different purpose. Try to buy the plastic canvas with the finest or smallest grid possible. We’ll be using this on the inside of the ears as a support for the ear, the “cartilage” if you will. Just trust me on this.

imageSew your ear fabrics together, right sides in. Flip them right-sides out. They’re pretty cute just like that! But…let’s push ourselves further.

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Look at my nail polish! I’m in love with it. But back to business. Now here is where the whole process sloooooowwwwssss way down. You want to stitch your armature wire to the plastic canvas. Leave at least 4 inches of wire on both ends of the plastic canvas. But why are we wasting our time with this? It makes perfect sense! I promise. Basically, what I’m trying to do here is eliminate a need for extra stitching on the outside of the ear once it’s finished and allow the wire to move the entire ear with the plastic canvas support like a real ear would move. You’ll also be able to position and reposition this all you want.

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Stick the whole plastic canvas/wire thingy inside the pocket of your ears. Whoa! You’ve got ears! I left a few inches of wire on both ends of the plastic canvas. This is important because you can then either wrap the wire around a headband and plop it on your head OR you can stick the wires through a wig and onto a headband for support and an invisible way to attach it. You could also sew it directly onto a wig. My ears are too tall for this and need the extra support of a headband under my wig, but whatever you choose to do is all personal preference.

You should totally add a flower crown because that will be all like woodland creature royalty stuff. Just saying.

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Cosplay Shoes for Cheap

cosplaying-on-a-budget:

Shoes are one of those unavoidable expensive. Most cosplay shoes need to be modified in some way or are encased in boot covers, but the base shoe is still sometimes $20-30 if bought brand new. I recently discovers the web site called “The $10 Mall” they have hundreds of men’s and woman’s shoes for $10 or less. I’ve been glancing through their merchandise and there are a lot of really good shoes that could be modified for many different costumes, particularly their boots. The carry a lot of knockoff Doc Martin looking boots.They also carry a lot of basic heels that are perfect for making covers for.   I plan on buying some stuff form them soon and will update on how good or bad the quality is  and what the shipping prices are like.

I gave my Monkey Joe a laptop with a carrier. Because clearly I’m insane.

So I’ve been doing all that boring cosplay stuff that no one wants to see pictures of lately. Then my sewing machine broke down. But today I got a new machine and it’s really pretty. I also got the little computer for Monkey Joe. My Squirrel Girl is rocking my socks right now. I’m looking forward to playing with my machine now and finishing this cosplay up for Fandomfest next week.

Just dancing around in my almost completely adjusted fur onesie for your entertainment.

Just dancing around in my almost completely adjusted fur onesie for your entertainment.

Procrastinating like nothing else, but look at my squirrel!

Procrastinating like nothing else, but look at my squirrel!

xxwubwubxx:

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It’s the week following a big convention for me and it completes a year of trying to advance myself as a cosplayer. That year started a year ago at Colossalcon where I debuted the final version of my Thor cosplay. It’s good to look back and remember where I came from and look to the future of where I want to be. The sky is the limit with cosplay and even if our skills are where we want them to be today, they might be where we want a year from now. Keep trying and keep pushing yourself because I promise you can do anything. You’re all amazing. Believe in yourself and your cosplay.  #tbt
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Awh Katie. That’s so fucking awesome! (I figured it’d be appropriate to call you by your first name because, well.. You know.)

You little freakazoid. Thanks. :)

xxwubwubxx:

thenerdgirlcosplays:

It’s the week following a big convention for me and it completes a year of trying to advance myself as a cosplayer. That year started a year ago at Colossalcon where I debuted the final version of my Thor cosplay. It’s good to look back and remember where I came from and look to the future of where I want to be. The sky is the limit with cosplay and even if our skills are where we want them to be today, they might be where we want a year from now. Keep trying and keep pushing yourself because I promise you can do anything. You’re all amazing. Believe in yourself and your cosplay.  #tbt

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Awh Katie. That’s so fucking awesome! (I figured it’d be appropriate to call you by your first name because, well.. You know.)

You little freakazoid. Thanks. :)

Working on Squirrel Girl. Monkey Joe has been trimmed and painted to look more realistic and appear better in photos. Wig is styled. I should probably work on the body suit again.