Cowbutt Crunchies

A cosplay tumblr for hhhhammy & gothichamlet

This is our costume tumblr for process pics, tutorials, and completed photosets. Hhhhammy specializes in props and pattern drafting, while gothichamlet prefers the design and sewing portion. We also sew a lot and spend a generously ridiculous amount of time doing dumb things. Any questions? Just drop us an ask!

Quick costume links:
Completed Cosplays | Costume Masterlist
Homestuck | Fandom Hoodies | Photography

Our personal tumblrs:
Gothichamlet | Hhhhammy

Sakizou progress shots! Hhhhammy did all the corsetry as usual, since she’s fast enough to bang one out in three days.

Anonymous sent: I was wondering if you know what is a good place to buy cosplay shoes? Thanks C:

If you live in the USA, check out Payless, and if you live anywhere, check out ebay.  I do not like spending money on anything, much less shoes, and Payless often has basics for about $17.  If you bide your time, wait for their buy one get one free sales and then roll away with $15 boots.  Ebay is also a good way to get hellacheap  shoes, but unless you’re getting flats you may want to stick to a brand that you know fits/is comfortable.

Heading to Alternicon this fall!

cowbuttcrunchies:

We’re really excited to let you guys know that we’ll be attending Alternicon in Boston, MA November 15-16th as convention guests!  We’ll be running a few cosplay-related panels over the weekend, plus helping judge the con costume contest on Saturday.

For those who haven’t heard of Alternicon before, it’s a small, first year con that focuses on low-key programming and webcomics/alternative media.  So for folks who’ve wanted more grey-related events at their cons, that means lots and lots and lots of Homestuck.  One of the panels we’ll be running is a Homestuck cosplay guide and Q&A, so if there’s something special you want to see covered, definitely send in an ask!

Reminder that this is a thing that’s happening!

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Our set is this one here but there’s a huge range out there in terms of price and quality.  It’s a pretty strong beginner’s set, and the compressor itself is powerful enough for what we need.  There are even smaller, portable ones for under $50, but just be aware that the air output won’t be as strong as the more heavy duty types.  Always read reviews before you pick a model!

For painting fabric we typically use dye-na-flow, which is a super fluid, dye-like paint.  Because of the constancy it doesn’t affect the weight or stiffness at all - it’s just a gentler way of getting dye into your fabric, plus you’re adding a lot less paint than you would via a brush.  Bear in mind though, we usually don’t make our airbrushing opaque and we water it down a lot.  You can also water down acrylic and airbrush with that (we’ve done this to paint with metallics); this would affect the stiffness more.

Fabric too boring?  Airbrush it!  There’s a lot a lot a lotttttt of white in my sakizou skirt, so I wanted to give the edges a little bit of a purple gradient.  You could achieve the same thing with ombre dyeing, but typically just if you have a mostly natural fabric, and ombre/gradient dyeing in general can be a massive pain.  Airbrushing is a lot easier to control, especially for subtle colors, plus it’s much faster.

Kill la Kill
Otakon 2014

Ragyo Kiryuin | Gothichamlet

Mako Mankanshoku | Hhhhammy

Photography by Mike at http://eleventhphotography.com/

We’ll probably be wearing something casual like Punkstuck or genderbends on Thursday and Monday too, but here are our main cosplays that we’ll be wearing to Dragoncon!  This is our favorite con of the year, so we’re getting pretty excited!  Now… back to sewing…

Child of Light
Otakon 2014

Aurora | Pinklikeme/Saccharinesylph
Igniculus | Lithefidercreatures
Photography | Cowbutt Crunchies

Mage of [Bluh] 1.5

Wow, lots of Mage questions!  We already have a Mage tutorial for beginners over here, but if you’re specifically looking for a mage hoodie pattern, try giving this a try:

Like the maid hood, a mage hood is pretty straightforward - just take a normal, round hoodie pattern and then “kick” the back of it downward into a tiny tail.  The size of the tail can vary depending on how stiff or big you want your hoodie.  My Sollux hood is very small and holds its shape, but the mage god tier hoodie we made had a much longer point that dangled.  Sew your open edges together and then reference this page to decide what pattern to draft for your shirt and cowl.

cowbuttcrunchies:

Homestuck God Tiers
Otakon 2014

♋ Karkat Vantas | Hhhhammy
Sollux Captor | Gothichamlet
Photography | Vantasticmess

Mailbox Monday

Anonymous asks below the cut!  Still whittling down some of our hyper-specific anons by answering them in bulk.  This week: Jade’s godtier skirt, braces, armsocks, and makeup sealer.

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Homestuck God Tiers
Otakon 2014

♋ Karkat Vantas | Hhhhammy
Sollux Captor | Gothichamlet
Photography | Vantasticmess

Anonymous sent: Are you like, rich or something? Because you do a lot a good quality cosplay and that shit cost heaps

….Not really?  That’s sort of a ridiculous implication.  There’s a lot to be said for having a job to fund your hobbies, and both of us work full time.  Cosplay can be expensive, but no more so than buying lunch at a restaurant ($8 a meal x 5 times a week = $40, or what it would cost to make a nice corset), buying lots of shoes, or just going out a lot.

You don’t have to be rich to cosplay a lot.  You just have to be financially responsible.

Mako Mankanshoku
Kill la Kill

Cosplay | Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay

Photo | Sweet Sentation Photography

homestuckpositivityproject:

For gothichamlet and hhhhammy!

Whoever submitted this, thank you!!  You definitely made our day! :D

homestuckpositivityproject:

For gothichamlet and hhhhammy!

Whoever submitted this, thank you!!  You definitely made our day! :D

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