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For those who are planning to start sewing their own cosplays this year this might be helpful: How to take measurements!

Waist Front / Waist Back:

How to Take Measurements:

Instructions for Taking Measurements:

(Source: cosplaytutorial, via anatomicalart)

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Also available as a PDF on Ravelry.

As per request, the headband companion to the Song of the Lonely Mountain scarf chart! This line says "To dungeons deep and caverns old" (this is probably my favouritest line in the whole song. BY GOLLY, THIS SONG!)

The chart is slightly different than the knitted exampled, because I changed the “I would do it differently the second time around” bits! The spaces between letters and words are very tight, so you can certainly adapt it to be wider and more “Dwarvish” (I just really wanted to cram the whole line into a tight space). And the border isn’t very exciting, sorry.

You can knit it vertically as I have, or horizontally in the round, or use it as a trim for a sweater or some larger project. I just chose to knit it as a straight piece then pin it, because I couldn’t be bothered to determine the gauge—and I had this LOVELY pin from my gorgeous buddy. It ended up being much too long, and I would use smaller needles / yarn if I did it again.

Of course, do be very careful with the gauge! (I think an elastic would also help the headband stay in place.)

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What to say when an artist quotes your commission higher than you expected:


  • "Thank you for the quote, I’ll keep it in mind and get back to you sometime when I’m able to commission you!"
  • "That’s a little out of my budget for the time being, but thank you for your time. I’ll contact you again if/when I am able to pay!"
  • "I appreciate the quote, but i’ve decided to wait on the commission, thank you!"
  • "I understand your prices and that they are fair, but I am unable to afford this for the time being! Good luck on the rest of your commissions."

What NOT to say when an artist quotes your commission higher than you expected:

  • ”@-@ Holy crap that’s expensive!!”
  • "Could you maybe give me a tumblr follower discount? :3"
  • "Your prices are too high!!!!"
  • "Really?? Just for a sketch? I could draw it for half that!!"

Treat artists like human beings. We gotta eat too. Commissioning an artist is not different from any other contract work. You’re not going to ask your dentist for a discounted root canal or tell your contractor his cabinets are too expensive, don’t ask artists to change their prices because you perceive them as too high. More than likely, an artist taking commissions from the internet are drastically under charging themselves already. Please be respectful and understanding that art is a skill and not a favour.

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Easiest skirt in history! You need 42”x42” fabric and enough 1” or 2” elastic  to go around your waist.

1. CUT

Fold the fabric in 4 and cut a nice curve. To cut the inside curve, use this chart.

2. HEM

Roll the end of the fabric over your finger and stitch.


Cut the elastic to the width of your waist. Stitch ends together to create a loop. use pins to help line it up with your fabric


Stitch the elastic to the fabric and… you’re already done!

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