This used to be a general blog but now it's entirely a 'stuff I actually made' blog. Mostly crap mashups and cosplay progress. Have fun.
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Almost finished lining the Mindfang coat I started working on last year and then neglected for personal reasons - I say ‘almost’ because I haven’t closed it up at the front yet because I have to put the blue stuff on first. It fits me, but not my mannequin, because everyone gives mannequins enormous shoulders for some reason.
It’s really hard - I’ve had to draft the whole pattern myself - but I’m quite proud of it so far. Watch me ruin it.
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merlinsbaggyyfronts asked: Hi! I just read your Dirk Shades Tutorial/Ask and I was wondering if I could inquire more into the Underworks vs Styleboys binders. I've never bought or worn a binder before, and I'm actually also thinking of doing Dirk. You mentioned that Styleboys doesn't get you as flat as Underworks. I'm a 34B, and was wondering if I should just get the Styleboys one since my chest isn't really big enough to make a difference? Or maybe it is, what do you think? I want to be as flat/convincing as possible? :)
Hi! I HAVE NO IDEA IF ANY OF THIS WILL BE HELPFUL, but here goes:
The main difference between the Underworks and Styleboys binders that I have is that the Underworks one is made out of a stretchy double mesh material, and the Styleboys one is made out of elastic and cloth. As a result, the Styleboys one has a bit more innate bulk to it. It’s not impossible that the bulk will actually help disguise breasts on your particular anatomy, either.
Here’s an old boob comparison photo I took for someone else showing the difference between my default bra and the Styleboys:
This shows the flatness that is obtainable and what I mean by the relative bulk of the Styleboys binder - you can see it sticks out slightly at the bottom. Note also that I naturally have a very pronounced curve to my back, and in someone with a straighter posture that might not be an issue. (I’m not taking a comparison pic of myself in the Underworks binder for the simple reason that it’s transparent and I’m not really comfy posting my nips online, but the Underworks one is completely skintight all over.)
tl;dr I think the Styleboys one will probably be fine. Since Dirk is muscular he probably has a little bit of bulk on his chest anyway.
A bigger issue is probably making sure whatever you’re wearing over the top of it fits you flatteringly. I don’t know which variant of Dirk you’re thinking of doing, but you may want to err on the side of looseness for the tshirt variants (to hide binder lines), and tightness for the tanktop variants (as this will help keep it in place and prevent the binder being visible through the arm holes or the straps being visible through the neck hole, etc). I don’t know what body size you have, but even small men’s tanks tend to be cut for broader shoulders than women’s tanks, and if you have narrow shoulders the straps will be falling off the whole time. If you make clothes, sewing your own tank or altering one would be a really good way of making sure it suits your own anatomy - alternatively, you could look in the boys’ children’s section, or get a woman’s-size tshirt with a unisex cut and clip it to pieces.
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hey look I created the creepiest song in existence
Merry Christmas, everyone.
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I spent today procrastinating on tidying my room so hard it resulted in me making this.
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I have some of the weirdest things in my WIP folder.
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phoenixfeather-tardisstuck asked: Your water-based make up review was really good, extremely helpful! I ended up buying Snazaroo, because of the price and availability. I have a question about it though- is the cake very dry? Because I just got it today, and it's a little sticky. It almost reminds me of a creme?
That’s weird. My Snazaroo cake is dry, but soft, and when you wet it and apply it’s very light and not sticky at all. It’s possible that the formula used in your country is different for legal reasons, or (more likely) that the cake somehow absorbed moisture from the air. It’s probably still alright to use, though.
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Finally got my cosplay mojo back, inexplicably. Here is my current progress on Mindfang’s coat.
Those arm guards are obviously just craft foam built up a little with Model Magic, waiting to dry before I build them up a little more and sand them. I just need to come up with an IC method of attachment to the coat, since they look a little odd just stuck there on their own. Some kind of belt attachment?
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