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The Cosplay Club http://thecosplay.club A place for cosplayers to come together Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:13:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Sci Fi Weekender – Hafan Y Mor. Events to attend http://thecosplay.club/blog/2017/03/29/sci-fi-weekender-hafan-y-mor-events-to-attend/ http://thecosplay.club/blog/2017/03/29/sci-fi-weekender-hafan-y-mor-events-to-attend/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:13:21 +0000 http://thecosplay.club/?p=354 http://www.scifiweekender.com

It’s only Wednesday and it feels the weekend has already arrived. Today is all packing and sorting plus getting kiki to kennels

Then tonight it’s up to Birmingham for the uk games expo staff meeting on Thursday.

Friday after a proper brummy brekkie, it’s off to north Wales to enjoy Sci Fi weekender and hopefully catch up with friends.

Hoping to see some of you there.

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The Cosplay Club – At Surrey Steampunk Convivial Feb 2017 http://thecosplay.club/blog/2017/02/25/the-cosplay-club-at-surrey-steampunk-convivial-feb-2017/ http://thecosplay.club/blog/2017/02/25/the-cosplay-club-at-surrey-steampunk-convivial-feb-2017/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:09:28 +0000 http://thecosplay.club/?p=307

This morning we are enroute to Surrey Steampunk Convivial, the friendliest steampunk event in Surrey.

Held between the Royal Oak In new Malden and the church hall almost opposite this crazy hotch potch mash of steampunk, art, literature, music, dance, and party games is an awesome place to be.

This weekend we have dug out the pirate costumes and a double stacked top hat just for giggles.

Looking forward to seeing you there x

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Cosplay Crisis! Too Short, Too Low http://thecosplay.club/blog/2017/01/09/cosplay-crisis-too-short-too-low/ http://thecosplay.club/blog/2017/01/09/cosplay-crisis-too-short-too-low/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:12:08 +0000 http://thecosplay.club/?p=204 There are some amazing and awesome costumes out there but I find sometimes I’m looking at them thinking I wouldn’t be comfortable wearing something that revealing, I dress to be comfortable when at an event, I encourage you to do the same and dress to feel confident and comfy. My biggest worry is bending over and exposing my derrière to the world, so for me having a skirt that’s long enough is a really big deal. There are a lot of costumes out there that are really short, really low, or simply too revealing but there’s no reason with a little thought that you can’t wear these too.

My first go to is for those skirts that are a little bit too short but not a lot, a lace trim to the bottom hem will give an extra couple of inches without looking out of place.  If you don’t want to make this a permanent addition you could use poppers or even small buttons and loops to secure it. I wouldn’t use Velcro as when the lace isn’t on you would have the other side of the Velcro against your legs which could be uncomfortable. You could also try adding a petticoat under the skirt.

Some outfits especially some of the anime and neko costumes don’t cover a lot which even in the British summer could leave you a little chilled, one way round this would be a flesh coloured zentai suit or body stocking. It might not be authentic but what’s important above anything is you  are comfortable in your costume.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zentai suits come with and without head covers.

One to remember if you are wearing a tight Lycra suit or leggings is a ballet belt, as there are some things that you really shouldn’t be showing at the convention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes the simple solutions can work best something as quick as adding cycle shorts or leggings under an outfit can give you the confidence you need.

 

 

 

If you find that your top is laying too low on your chest you can add lace or ruffles to the neckline or try a décolletage cover up. These attach to your bra straps to appear as if you have a camisole or vest under your top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your costume sits just right until you move then clothing tape or double sided tape at a push can help it to stay put and defy gravity.

These tips are designed to help you to be cosplay confident in your choice of costume and protect you from any wardrobe malfunctions. If you are confident already in short skirts or low tops that’s awesome too. Everyone should be  able to cosplay whatever costume they want in a way that’s comfy for them, and if that means making some adjustments so the character feels comfortable on you that’s cool, after all you are wearing your interpretation of the costume and your version of the character.

Have fun 🙂

 

 

 

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Jango Fett Helmet by Rubies http://thecosplay.club/blog/2017/01/08/jango/ http://thecosplay.club/blog/2017/01/08/jango/#respond Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:05:25 +0000 http://thecosplay.club/?p=162 The Jango Fett helmet re released by rubies for the force awakens was my choice to restyle my mando costume, I’ve found the resin cast versions while great for shape and durability are too heavy for me to wear for long, so I’ve moved to a rubies toy helmet to see if I can get something a bit more wearable.

The first thing that struck me was how very light it was.

Packed in vacuseal plastic I got my scissors stuck in to release the helm which was in two main parts plus the communicator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its a generous size, and marketed at ages 14+

 

 

 

Putting it together was a little fiddly with pin and posts on the joining seam and a slot for the communicator.

 

 

However patience prevailed and the helm came together within a few minutes.

 

 

 

 

There is a very obvious join seam where the two sides don’t quite fit together, the cat however is none too bothered about this.

The cat is unconcerned by the new mando in the building.

I am filling the seam with 101 quick dry filler and it will be sanded and painted in the next report.

 

 

 

 

 

The inside of the helm will need to be filled with EVA foam or another cushion as it sits very loosely, however the weight is far more suitable for me for wearing at events and the price compared to a resin cast is far less. I found the Rubies helm via an eBay seller for £35 each after searching for Star Wars helmets on a bit of a whim over the Christmas break.

 

 

 

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Gareth + Kiri, cosplay is a family affair http://thecosplay.club/blog/2017/01/02/gareth-kiri-cosplay-is-a-family-affair/ http://thecosplay.club/blog/2017/01/02/gareth-kiri-cosplay-is-a-family-affair/#respond Mon, 02 Jan 2017 14:24:30 +0000 http://thecosplay.club/?p=125
Gareth & Kiri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gareth (better known as Neon Saiyan) and his partner Kiri are part of Thanet Cosplay. Gareth heads up the senior Thanet Team with Cheryl who keeps the group fundraising under control, and Vijay who can normally be found in the cosplay zone at most events.

 

Fi, Kiri, Gareth, Leo and Cheryl

For Gareth cosplay is very much a family affair, his son attended his first cosplay event in costume (albeit briefly) on his way home from hospital after being born, possibly the youngest cosplayer at an event ever. Fi, has been cosplaying with Thanet Cosplay for two years and has a love of princesses and baddies (even down to having a pink and black sith)

Kiri, Fi, Gareth and Vijay at Play Margate

 

 

 

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London New Years Day Parade 2017 http://thecosplay.club/blog/2017/01/02/london-new-years-day-parade-2017/ http://thecosplay.club/blog/2017/01/02/london-new-years-day-parade-2017/#respond Mon, 02 Jan 2017 14:10:04 +0000 http://thecosplay.club/?p=119

January 1st, day of lay ins and hangovers had some of our team heading for London in the pre-dawn hours to join Heroes for Charity at the London New Years Day Parade.

Vijay & Alex at London New Years Day Parade 2017
Photo Credit :Scott Mason

The drive up was roads clear, and variable speed limits all the way, however we made it in good time, having pre arranged parking through JustPark.com made life that little bit easier, meaning we could park almost next to the glorious Cumberland Hotel, which doubled as a pokestop making the day even better.

Having checked in and been wrist-banded up by the organiser Carl, we headed out to the parade start point and coffee. Walking through the set up meant we were able to get an idea of the scale of the parade which was huge, we had the opportunity to chat to people from all around the world, with many marching bands from the USA having come to join this huge spectacle. All of the coffee houses in the roads surrounding the queue area were hugely busy so we walked just out of the parade area and found a starbucks where we could sit, soy latte with ginger and some amazing raspberry and coconut bars were order of the day.  The amazing hotels in the westend had kindly opened their facilties for parade members to use as well which made life that bit easier.

The Heroes for Charity waiting for the London New Years Day Parade 2017 to start.

 

There was much debate as to should we return to the car for umbrellas which turned out to be the best idea ever as just after the parade started the deluge from the heavens began, with some of the costume team in beautiful light fabrics they quickly began to get cold, but bravely carried on through the rain to the end of the parade. Despite the rain there were 1000s of the public cheering us on through the weather and the camaraderie between the costumers was very special.  Followed by the amazing finale of the organiser Carl proposing to his beautiful partner Rebecca, there were a lot of damp eyes in the team with a lot of blaming the rain for them.

Wishing Carl and Rebecca every happiness for the future, following their engagement at the London New Years Day Parade
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Surrey Steampunk Convivial http://thecosplay.club/blog/2016/12/31/surrey-steampunk-convivial/ http://thecosplay.club/blog/2016/12/31/surrey-steampunk-convivial/#respond Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:47:22 +0000 http://thecosplay.club/?p=75
Surrey Steampunk

 

A fabulous weekend at The Royal Oak in New Malden, hosted by the glorious Ben Henderson.

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Understanding Fundraising 13/2/2017 http://thecosplay.club/blog/2016/12/31/understanding-fundraising-1322017/ http://thecosplay.club/blog/2016/12/31/understanding-fundraising-1322017/#respond Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:46:00 +0000 http://thecosplay.club/?p=73 Darwin College,

Canterbury.

 

tickets from eventbrite.

A day examining fundraising practice.

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The clock is ticking. http://thecosplay.club/blog/2016/12/30/the-clock-is-ticking/ http://thecosplay.club/blog/2016/12/30/the-clock-is-ticking/#respond Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:58:09 +0000 http://thecosplay.club/?p=65 It’s nearly time for the website to be set as live, I’m nowhere as ready as I’d like to be but I’m a lot more prepared than I deserve to be. I’m still trying to find a calendar widget to connect up all the events, but at least there is a list of events and there is a lot of them. The jewel in the crown has to be cosplay for uk games expo where we are able to bring together a team from across the uk and Europe to spend a weekend at the nec in Birmingham sharing our cosplay and raising money for charity. WWW.UKGAMESEXPO.COM if you want to come and join us. There are still some stage performance slots if you want to share your skills contact cosplay@ukgamesexpo.com.

Any family friendly costume is welcome at UK Games Expo.
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