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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!
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, darlings, have we got news for you! Grab your wigs, your contouring brush, and your best set of sequins—we’re going to RuPaul’s DragCon!
The con is May 7th and 8th, with a little preview night on the 6th, in sunny Los Angeles. This will be the convention’s second year, but a first for Sock Dreams, and we couldn’t be more excited! Dreamers Nina and Rose will be bringing you the best in fabulous socks and fierce legwear, including selections from our very own Dream Stockings and Dreamer Socks lines, the spectacular curvy-friendly tights from the Big Tights Company, and a few other surprises!
Come sashay your way to Booth 332 and say hello-hello-hello!
Wow, what a con! This was the first year Emerald City Comic Con expanded to four days instead of three, and what a difference that extra day made. One more day of seeing fantastic cosplay, buying fantastic trinkets, and meeting our fantastic customers!
And what lovely customers they were, too! Although we didn’t have a chance to snap pictures of everyone we saw, we’re loving the pics we did get.
Kate, Kimberly, and Tehia donned Striated OTKs in navy & royal, Elemental Striped Thigh Highs in Zephyr, and Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs in tan & dark brown to accessorize their con looks.
It was great to be part of such an exciting con, and we loved the extra day we got to spend helping our socks find the perfect homes. A big thank you to anyone who stopped by our booth during ECCC! If you incorporated any of your purchases into costumes (or signature looks), we’d love to see them. Share them to us on Facebook or our other social media platforms, or email them to us at email@example.com. And be sure to let us know if you want us to share them with others–though we’re happy to see them either way!
It’s that time of year again: convention season!
One of our favorite parts of being in the sock-peddling business is helping people find the right socks for them. As a mostly-online business, we don’t get to do this in person much, especially outside of our rainy Portland area. That’s why we get so excited for convention season! It gives us that much-needed chance to interact with some of our loyal customers in person, as well as giving some of you a chance to see our products up close.
We’ve got a great line-up this year, with some conventions across the country, as well as closer to our home in the Pacific Northwest. If we’re going to be in your area, come say hi!
Emerald City Comic Con
April 7th – April 10th
Los Angeles, CA
May 7th – May 8th
Denver Comic Con
June 17th – June 19th
September 2nd – September 5th
Rose City Comic Con
September 10th – September 11th
Geek Girl Con
October 8th – October 9th
We’re also debuting three limited-edition stickers at our 2016 booths. You can choose between pink, purple, and aqua. But pick wisely! These stickers are in short supply, and won’t be available anywhere else.
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