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

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

Ragyo Kiryuin
Kill la Kill

Cosplay | Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay

Photo | Sweet Sentation Photography

Hi! I love the detail embroidery adds to your cosplays, and I would love to involve it in my own but I don’t know where to start. Could you perhaps give me a few pointers?

You have a few different options available if you’re looking to add some embroidery to your cosplays:

  • Hand embroidery: Done by hand via a needle, embroidery floss, and a hoop to keep your fabric taut.  This is an easy and cheap way to embellish your cosplays, but it is very time-consuming.  The spindle on Hhhhammy’s Aurora gown are four inches high and took several weeks to complete.
  • Machine embroidery (custom designed) - A custom embroidery pattern that can be downloaded into your embroidery machine.  This gives you as much freedom as hand embroidery, but is less time-consuming.  However, designing your pattern can take much trial and error, in order to get the stitching correct.  Also be careful about making your design too small or placing too many stitches in a tiny area unless you know your machine can handle it.  Custom embroidery designs can also be purchased or  commissioned from online sellers, since certain embroidery file types are universal.
  • Machine embroidery (pre-programmed):  These embroidery designs or stitches come preset on your embroidery or sewing machine.  This is the fastest method, but you have a limited number of options available if you’re looking for something specific.  Also be aware that any elaborate stitch designs on a regular sewing machine will come with a maximum width - unless you have a high-end machine it is usually not possible to make your stitches wider than the length of your foot.

Basically, first consider what kind of equipment you have available.  Don’t have an embroidery machine on hand?  You’ll want to either hand embroider or check your sewing machine to see if it comes with any fancy stitches.  Second, think about how large your design needs to be and how much time you have available.  For hand embroidery, make sure that you start early on so that you can work a little bit over a long period of time.  Even machine embroidery can take longer than you think, since you will need to hoop and re-hoop many times if you are embroidering a large space - my Signless cape needed to be re-hooped over 30 times to embroider the front trim.

adiostoreadumb:

Had the pleasure of meeting and befriending the wonderful gals of Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay this Otakon. Such rad people.

Mako / Ragyo / Photographer

Huge props to Shiloh for telling off some con creepers last weekend, and also for taking this awesomely evil-looking photo.  You guys were great!

We are back from Otakon!  Despite being hassled more than usual, this con was pretty relaxing and fun!  Shout outs especially to everyone we had the chance to hang out with and meet on Saturday - you guys are great.

So Erisol982 gave us these adorable troll bead dolls at Connecticon, but with everything going on we forgot to take some photos with them.  We brought them to Ota instead, but JJ/Pyropi wasn’t actually at the con with us.  Solution: tape her face onto the Terezi doll and carry her around all weekend.  JJ-without-JJ Otakon Log: coming soon to a youtube near you.

DON’T LOSE YOUR WAY
AT OTAAAAAAAA

This is a shockingly dramatic progress photo.
All LEDs all the tiimmmeee.  I’m sort of on the fence about whether I like this enough to bring to Otakon for god tiers.  On the one hand it’s cool, but on the other it’s a nightmare to photograph, especially for hallway shots.  I’m probably just going to toss it in the suitcase for photoshoots since it’s just some LEDs and batteries attached to my Sollux glasses and thus pretty easy to rig.
I also shined these things directly in my eyes like ten times while putting this together, and now I have to spend the rest of the night on tumblr instead of sewing.  Obviously.

This is a shockingly dramatic progress photo.

All LEDs all the tiimmmeee.  I’m sort of on the fence about whether I like this enough to bring to Otakon for god tiers.  On the one hand it’s cool, but on the other it’s a nightmare to photograph, especially for hallway shots.  I’m probably just going to toss it in the suitcase for photoshoots since it’s just some LEDs and batteries attached to my Sollux glasses and thus pretty easy to rig.

I also shined these things directly in my eyes like ten times while putting this together, and now I have to spend the rest of the night on tumblr instead of sewing.  Obviously.

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