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McCall’s has teamed up exclusively with Fashionably Geek to premiere the third wave of patterns in the Cosplay By McCall’s collection.

Two new patterns BELLE ROGUE and BELLE NOIR were developed in partnership with Ichigo Black, a designer known for her Japanese fashion inspired line of handmade clothing. Like all of her pieces, these new McCall’s patterns draw their inspiration from gothic, lolita and steampunk styles.

But wait until you check out the pics below. The patterns pop even more thanks to custom pieces from Extasia Jewelry, wigs from Arda Wigs, and some gorgeous DIY bridal bouquets (tutorials for the bouquets will be available soon).

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After launching the first three patterns in their cosplay line back in February, McCall’s has partnered with Kelly Cercone, a cosplaying costumer and the driving force behind Anachronism In Action, to bring DIY cosplayers and costume makers two corset patterns for Wave 2—LACED and SHAPESHIFTER. She notes:

“It was my goal to create a versatile range of corset patterns for cosplayers; corset slopers if you will,” she said from her studio in Los Angeles. “Curvaceous, sturdy, easy to fit, and even easier to creatively adapt to bring any character to life.”

One of the most celebrated corsetieres in the business, Kelly designed both LACED and SHAPESHIFTER with an eye toward highlighting different embellishment techniques ideal for corsets. LACED features three completely different corset constructions, with a variety of lace appliques and trims, while SHAPESHIFTER offers two distinct underbust corset constructions and a brief tutorial on working with sequined fabrics.

Take a closer look at the patterns and read more about the new releases below.

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Looking for a fun and inexpensive cosplay project? Well, then DIY Costume Squad has got you covered. In this episode, Claire Max, Benjamin Martin and Dustin McLean show us how to craft Leeloo’s outfit from The Fifth Element using basic household items.

However, if want to save some time on crafting your own multipass, you can actually buy a pretty awesome replica for only $10.00.

Check out the DIY video below.

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Have you ever wanted to learn droid? Thanks to Canadian designer AE Innovations, you don’t have to. While wearing these helmets, everything you say is “translated” into Droidspeak. We put big sarcastic quotation marks around “translated” because it’s not actually translating anything. Rather, it selects a sequence of convincing beeps from the Star Wars movies and blurts them out.

However, if you’re talking to someone else who is also wearing a Droidspeak helmet, they’ll be able to understand you thanks to a built-in communication system complete with headphones. So you and a friend can have a perfectly normal conversation, and everyone else will hear an endless barrage of indecipherable electronic beeping. As far as everyone else is concerned, you’re just two dial-up modems having a friendly chat.

Check out video of the helmets in action after the jump.

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Anyone who designs clothes/cosplay knows the difficulties in tailoring things to fit perfectly. If that problem sounds familiar, I’m thinking this new invention by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Institute of Textiles and Clothing will intrigue the heck out of you.

Meet the iDummy. It’s a programmable mannequin that can automatically adjust to a wide range of body measurements. It also has the ability to save size profiles so you can easily change between them.

I’m having flashbacks to Weird Science. Check out the videos below to see the iDummy in action.

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Falcon Purse 3

Mikaela Holmes is a Star Wars fan and a costume and fashion designer who decided to make her own leather Millennium Falcon purse as a way of dealing with her anticipation in the lead up to the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

To say it’s cool is a blazing understatement. It even has an LED so you can fire up the Falcon when you leave a room.

Check out more pics below.

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Cosplay is going mainstream. Back in October, we told you about Cosplay Fabrics, and now you can use those fabrics to make new patterns by well known pattern company McCall’s.

McCall’s is releasing three new sewing patterns specifically for cosplayers and costume makers that will “bring their own imaginative looks to life more easily and expertly than ever before”. These new patterns are the first scratch-made designs created as part of a bigger initiative called Cosplay by McCall’s, which was set up last fall.

The three new patterns will be priced from $17.95 to $19.95 and are called FLIGHT, TRENCHED, and CLOAK X:

Each new pattern offers step-by-step instructions for creating a central component of any number of looks and ensembles.  Be it an airborne avenger from a distant galaxy or an angelic herald from an alternate universe, imagination literally takes wing with FLIGHT.  Fans looking to pay tribute to a favorite hero of anime or rogue adventuress will find inspiration in TRENCHED. And for those for whom winter can’t come soon enough, CLOAK X has got them covered.

Check out more pics and the full press release below.

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This is Maddie. She was injured in a car accident and needs to wear a brace due to a T12 fracture. She didn’t like the standard brace, so she decided to make the best of a bad situation. Her mother tells EPBOT:

My daughter didn’t like the brace she had to wear after surgery, so a friend helped her steampunk it. Best part, now folks are intrigued, and come up and ask why she has to wear it rather than just staring.

Her friend is named Sarah, and she’s one of those awesome theater nerds who does set design. They steampunked the heck out of that brace and the result is just amazing.

The brace has become something both fashionable and therapeutic, thanks to a little paint, some appliques, and a great imagination.

Check out more pics below.

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If you want to show the world just how cold it is, and wearing a plain ol’ scarf just doesn’t get the point across, you are in luck. You can now craft this thermometer scarf that actually works.

See more after the break…

kylo ren shirt

This Kylo Ren shirt was made by Redditor doitforthedoge using stencils and bleach based on a print design by Marko Manev. The shirt isn’t for sale, but damn…we really wish it was.