There are lots of options for women to participate in closet cosplay, but not a lot of fun options for the guys. This is something Jen has been working on for a few months, and she’s really excited to finally reveal it – Secret Identity neckties! You can check them out at our Etsy store, or see them in person this weekend at AthCon! We’ve got these three designs currently, but plan to add many more. What’s your secret identity?
In our continuing celebration of National Craft Month, we have another tutorial for you! This time it’s how to make your own geek lounge or yoga pants. It’s a great, quick project – we were able to make two pairs in an afternoon! They’re perfect for the gym or a Netflix marathon!
Our favorite thing to do is make things! And March is National Craft Month, so we’re going to be putting up all those tutorials we haven’t put up yet, and trust us, we have plenty! To kick things off, we have our Ariel’s Sail Dress how-to. Enjoy!
Is it blue and black, or white and gold?
By now, you’ve probably seen (or are tired of seeing) the dress. This dress. The original post was on Tumblr, and has taken the internet by storm. Buzzfeed is taking an internet-wide poll (72% white/gold and 28% blue/black as of 8:24 AM this morning). Several sites have published the scientific reason why not everyone sees the same colors. You can check out the article from Wired.com, and the article from Gizmodo.com that has even more science and the picture of the dress from another camera.
This isn’t the first time that color and lighting have tricked our eyes. Remember Captain Kirk’s shirt in the original Star Trek series? It looked gold, but it was actually a green color, due to the television lights. We found a great explanation for this, and it was actually done on purpose.
Last year, Jen was working on her classic Moonstone costume. When the fabric arrived, Jen was heartbroken – it wasn’t yellow, it was green! Until she took it outside, where it was magically yellow again. We went to the Home Depot this morning, and took several photographs of the Moonstone costume under different types of lightbulbs. This is what we found:
So what can we learn from the blue dress/white dress argument? As costumers and cosplayers, we try to find the right fabric AND the right color to make our costumes come to life. And while the blue dress/white dress is an extreme case, it’s always a good idea to keep in mind that your fabric might look different in the store and at the convention. Our tip? Check your fabric colors in the environment where the pictures will be taken. We knew that most of the Moonstone photos would be taken outside, so it worked out for us. If you aren’t sure, ask for a swatch. Most fabric stores will be happy to cut off a small piece for you, and all online fabric sites will ship swatches for a small fee (sometimes even free!). Whether you see a blue dress with black trim, a white dress with gold trim, or another color combination completely, we can all agree that no one sees colors exactly the same way, which makes interpretation half the fun of cosplay!
Usually around here during Valentine’s Day, we eat steaks and fix computers. In honor of one of our favorite holiday traditions, we’re offering a Valentine’s Day sale. Use the coupon code VALENTINE15 when purchasing something from our Etsy store for 15% off! Good today through February 14th!