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Conventions can be a ton of fun; you’re dressed in your finest cosplay, all your hard work finally paying off, having the time of your life—when suddenly, a button snaps off! A seam rips! A passerby gets snagged on your armor and brings the whole thing crashing down! No matter how carefully crafted, even the most professional costume can be subject to costume malfunction. And whatever the cause, a little preparation can keep your dream con from turning into a nightmare.
Some cons will have a “cosplay first-aid zone” where you can get help and supplies to fix your ailing costume, but just in case, we recommend you keep a basic survival kit on hand.
Find a small case that can easily be carted around with your luggage. Or if you’re driving in daily, it may be worth having a bag to carry everything around with you, especially if you don’t want to keep running back to your car.
Even if you’re not cosplaying, having some of these essentials close by will help you have a happier con!
Travel Sewing Kit
You can get these at most craft stores (and even some grocery stores), and they usually come with a selection of thread colors. It doesn’t have to perfectly match your costume, and you can always add your own thread. You just want some way of dealing with emergency sewing needs.
Spirit Gum (and remover)
If you’re wearing fake ears or prosthetics, spirit gum is an absolute must. Even if you don’t have immediate plans for it, it’s a good staple to have in your emergency box; you never know when you may run into a desperate cosplayer in need of a few dabs.
While it isn’t as hardcore as spirit gum, the It Stays! Adhesive is much less messy, and washes right off with water. It’s pretty much a must-have if you’re wearing thigh highs, but is also useful for keeping shorter socks in check (like those pesky no-shows that like to flip under your heel while you’re walking), and can also be used to keep gems or embellishments (or even an unruly neckline) in place.
These clips are great and very versatile. They can be a good alternative to sock glue or a garter belt, but can also be used to cinch back a jacket, add a fetching layered look to a long skirt, or even act as a stirrup to keep your leggings from riding up.
Super glue will probably provide the greatest power for its size, but if you have room, having your hot glue gun along can be a life-saver. And if you’re working with props, you may even want to bring along whatever glue or adhesive you’re using—just make sure to keep your room well-ventilated, or better yet, do any application outside!
Speaking of props, if you’re wearing armor, it’s always a good idea to have something between it and your skin. Chevron Sleeves are a great thin arm warmer to wear under your armor, without adding thick layers that may change the fit of your outfit. They can also add some much-needed breathability to jackets or shirts made out of synthetics like vinyl or heavy polyester, and may be a real relief on a hot day. For protecting your legs, we recommend Signature Cotton Tights or Leggings, which will give a similar layer of protection while also being more breathable than your average leggings. Costumes (especially armor) can heat up quickly!
Clear Nail Polish (and a nail file)
It may seem a little unnecessary, but many a cosplayer has realized on the con-floor that their nails have felt the brunt of all the con-prep. A file will quickly even out those rough tips that could snag your precious creations, and a quick coat of clear polish will keep your nails from breaking at the con. More than that, clear nail polish can be a life-saver if your stockings snag; just add a dab to stop a run in its tracks!
Cozy Socks (for after-hours)
No matter how sensible your shoes, a day of walking the con will have your feet crying out in pain. Bring some luxurious, cozy socks like the New Zealand Bedsocks or the Fleece Slipper Socks to slip into before bed. For really sore feet, make sure to soak them in warm water at the end of the day (even bring some Epsom salt, if you’re serious about happy feet).
Actual First-Aid Kit
Hopefully you won’t be doing anything too dangerous in your costume, but accidents always happen, and, well, we cosplayers can be known to get ourselves into precarious situations all for the sake of a good picture. If you find yourself with a skinned knee or a scratched arm, don’t let it ruin your day—or your costume! Keep some Band-Aids and Neosporin in your bag, and it doesn’t hurt to have some pain killers for when those long hours in a wig start to take their toll on her head.
Whether it’s flimsy plastic or hardy aluminum, you want to have a water bottle on hand. You may be standing on your feet for uncountable hours, possibly in the sun (depending on the con—and how bad the lines are). Keep hydrated and keep healthy to fight off the ‘con crud’!
Hopefully these tips will help you have a much better con. Any survival kit essentials we didn’t think of? Let us know in the comments!
Your Birthday is almost upon us Cancer, and this journal entry is just for you! You’ve spent so much time doing so many nice things for others, but you know what Crab? You deserve something nice too! And really, what’s nicer than socks? As amateur astrologists, we Dreamers have compiled a collection of socks that will suit the very special needs of your very special sign.
The most qualifying trait of Cancers is your nurturing nature. Wherever a Crab goes, you take your homes with you, and you are willing to share your shelter with anyone in need. But Cancer, you deserve to be nurtured too, so we’ve rounded up some of our softest, coziest socks that will feel like your feet are being hugged all the time! Because hugs are great, and so are you.
A Crab is truly in its element when submerged in the element of water, but don’t let that stop you from protecting your dear little tootsies! Even when scuttling about the ocean floor, your feet need never get wet.
But a crab is not limited to the sea. In these lovely toe cozies, you may walk upon dry land, without leaving your precious water behind.
Water Crews • Extraordinarily Longer Elemental Thigh Highs in glacier
You are a sensitive soul Crab, and we know that your soles can be rather sensitive as well. Here are some foot liners that can give you the support you need to truly thrive in this cold, harsh world.
We know that you have a hard time speaking up for yourself Cancer, as you always want everyone around you to be happy. But don’t let that dampen your voice! You’ve got things to say, and we can help you say them in the subtlest of ways. When you can’t speak up on your own, let your socks make your bold statements for you.
And speaking of statements, we’ve got a special Zodiac sticker that visualizes what you’re about. So be sure to ask for one in your order notes when you check out, so the world may know what a proud Crab you are! As the tides swell, and the ocean beckons you back to her depths for your celebrations, remember that the next month is all about you! So, care for yourself as well as you care for others, and this birthday is sure to be as wonderful as you are. May you have the very happiest of birthdays dear Crabs!
Super Stripes in teal and seafoam, as pictured in the Cancer zodiac sticker
Let me start by saying this week was one of the longest ones I’ve ever felt! When my darling cousin Bebe let me know she was in town, I immediately asked her to come stay at my place! Truthfully, it had been far too long since we’d last visited and I just had to see Bebe, but I also knew we had a problem: Elvis.
I have never written about Elvis because I have only seen him on a few occasions and every previous time has been pretty rotten. He smells. He’s loud. The sound of his jaunty gallop around the house sets me on edge. While Elvis is definitely not my ideal house-guest, Bebe is truly one of the kindest souls I know and I really don’t get to visit with her often enough.
The night before they were due to arrive, Bebe called me to ask if there are any off-leash parks in the area. It wasn’t until after we said goodbye that I started looking around at all my curious cats. Not only did I have to clear them out of one of the bedrooms, but I was also springing this rambunctious personality on them out of the blue. I started to get nervous thinking about how my sweet kitties would react once they met Elvis.
Naturally, they were right on time the next morning. Just as I anticipated, Elvis had no problem making his presence known. Within two seconds of his booming entrance, a flurry of fluff flew across the room as a herd of my kittens scrambled to get under and over the couch. The cacophony of hisses and cries from my cats were quickly drowned out by deafening barks from an excited Elvis. Bebe and I could barely hear each other over the chaos! I tried to be a good sport about everything, but I kept wondering why I thought this visit was a good idea in the first place!
As the noise slowly died down, Bebe and I finally began to catch up in the kitchen over some strong coffee. It didn’t take long for me to remember why I missed her so dearly! She is so easy to talk to, we’d been laughing and carrying on for a spell before I even realized I was starting to warm up to Elvis. He is awfully sweet and I have to admit his big goofy face makes me smile. Eventually, my adorable cats started slinking out from their hiding places to inspect the situation. It took a little longer than I expected, but soon Elvis and my babies were mingling just fine.
I guess my cats and Elvis learned that they have more in common than they initially thought. After all: they all walk around on four paws, they’re all covered in fur, and none of them speak any human languages! Not to mention the fact that they are all extremely loved by their roommates…even if our styles aren’t always the same.
Of course, the cats get their fill of playtime with Elvis pretty quickly, so we tried to spend as much time enjoying the fresh air as we could. By the time they were getting ready to leave, I could hardly believe a whole week had passed! I never expected to grow so fond of Elvis, but watching the cats climb all over him was too cute to bear. I could tell they were ready to have free reign of the house again, but I think they’ll miss him. Of course, they won’t miss him for too long because I am already planning our visit to Bebe’s place next month! That’s right, I’m packing up my van and heading out on the road with all my sweet ones–and you, too, Diary!
Until next time,
— The Cat Lady
Chocolate/Hemp/Cream Dreamer Ruffle OTK Socks
This will be our second year vending at Denver Comic Con, inside the Colorado Convention Center, June 17th-19th. Unfortunately that means we won’t be vending at Portland Pride, but we will have plenty of pride accessories at our shop and here on our site.
Making their con debut will be our new Extraordinary Boardwalk Thigh Highs! As always we will be bringing an assortment of novelty “Shop Exclusives” from BlueQ and Bioworld (superhero and gamer socks!). We will have products perfect for any upcoming costume, as well as an assortment of Sock Garters and Sock Glue (a con must-have) to keep your current costume pieces in place!
The two official Con Exclusive Dreamer Socks are ready to battle:
Whether you’re trolling dark alleys with your Puddin’ or preparing a jailbreak with your Squad of fellow baddies, these con exclusives bring the BAM! POW! to any look on or off the Con floor. FYI: Denver Comic Con has also changed a few of their cosplay rules, found here. Be sure to check them out when putting together your costume. If the rules put a damper on your look, check out our DIY on making socks into “shoes”.
Nestled away in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains lies the secret sock lair of Booth 606.
See you on the other side!
Well dreamers, it’s June again – one of our very favorite months of the year, because it’s Pride month! As a company with “rainbow” as an option under our color search, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Pride is near and dear to our hearts, as well as our sock drawers.
Today we’re taking a look at our latest styles for Pride, as well as some old standards!
Starting off the round up, we’ve got socks that truly make a statement from Gumball Poodle. They always bring the pride, and this year we’re pleased to offer GAY, PROUD and QUEER PRIDE (a Sock Dreams exclusive!) in addition to the rainbow version of their BEER socks.
Leg Avenue has a particularly fun and flamboyant take on rainbow, with unexpected items like tutus and furry leg warmers, as well as some more standard thigh highs, arm warmers and tights, with not-so-standard neon rainbows!
Foot Traffic mostly does great things with the classic, bold rainbow colors. From crews and OTKs to leg warmers and toe socks, they’ve got a classic rainbow for just about anybody! Even Musicians!
For rainbow socks that are as unique as the people they represent, tie dye is the way to go. Love Lite Precision Tie Dye hand dyes so many different styles for us, we don’t even have room to list them all here! While each pair is a little bit different due to their hand dyed nature, you can expect a vibrant rainbow from any style available in the “classic” colorway!
But of course, our very favorite rainbows hail from our own Dreamer Socks and DreaM Stockings brands, because we designed them just the way we like them! Our Rainbow Dreams knee socks come in three different rainbow colorways, and make cute OTKs on smaller legs, or great knee highs for taller or curvier folks. More recently we’ve also added matching Classic and Pastel colorways to our M Sleeves!
Meanwhile, our Dreamer Socks come in two beautiful rainbow colorways: the bright, high quality acrylic blend Radiant Rainbow or the subdued and autumnal Harvest Rainbow! Each of our signature rainbows is available in four different lengths for adults, and the Harvest Rainbow even comes in two different lengths for kids, because you’re never too young to have pride!
While this might seem like an awful lot of rainbow, we’ve actually got 73 rainbow items to choose from, and you can see them all if you simply search by color (or just click here because we’ve already done it for you). Find the rainbow that makes you the proudest, and let your sock flag fly!
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