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Create your own costume


10/22/15
By Ryan Lessard news@hippopress.com



Say you’ve got an idea for the perfect costume, perhaps a mashup of your two favorite characters from different mythologies, but you can’t find anything like it online or in stores. Thanks to a growing community of online costume hobbyists (known as cosplayers) and some space-age materials at your fingertips, you can make a pretty awesome costume on your own.

“I’ve done Fiona from Adventure Time. Harley Quinn [from Batman], of course, is one of my favorites,” said Jill Stewart, who works at Double Midnight Comics in Manchester. “I just did a Disney/Avengers group and did half Wasp, half Tinkerbell.”
Stewart has been cosplaying for the past four or five years. She learned much of how it’s done by watching other cosplayers explain their craft through YouTube videos, hitting up her handy-man dad for building advice and a dose of trial and error. Her friend, another local cosplayer, showed her how to make stuff with a game-changing plastic substance called Worbla.
“It’s a thermoplastic that, when heated, reacts like paper. You can fold it pretty much any which way. You can turn it into bows and staves, armor, anything you can wear,” Stewart said. 
As for fabrics, she shops at Jo-Ann Fabric and a local shop called Martin’s House of Cloth, and she’s fond of re-purposing used clothes from Goodwill. If you want to shop for accessories and costume supplies, check out halloweennewengland.com to find a store near you. 





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