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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!
We are back from sunny California and the extravaganza eleganza-filled weekend of the 2nd annual RuPaul’s DragCon at the Los Angeles Convention Center. What a wonderful and unique celebration of diversity, acceptance, equality, and flat-out fun! We couldn’t be happier that we were asked to be a part of it!
Friday evening, VIP Preview Night kicked off with the one, the only, King of Queens, RuPaul, taking the time to stop by each and every vendor booth for a personal welcome. How cool is that? Pretty much right at the top of the cool-o-meter! Our turn came just as we were putting the finishing touches on our space.
On Saturday, attendee Max (not drag queen Max, who was also spotted throughout the weekend), picked up a pair of our Sock Dreams exclusive Queer Pride socks by Gumball Poodle, and came by the next day proudly displaying fantastically rainbow legs. An endless sea of glitz and glamour, ball gowns and shiny crowns, glitter beards and platform heels overtook the exhibit hall. The most delightful sensory overload one could ask for!
Sunday found another fabulous day with RuPaul opening the morning by roller skating circuits around the show floor. We loved the opportunity to meet some iconic figures in the drag world and enjoyed a weekend of unity.
Dreamer Rose was wide-eyed and giddy over getting to meet the ever glamorous Chad Michaels.
Dreamer Nina enthusiastically seized an eleventh hour opportunity to say “Hey Qween” to comedian, talk host, and all-around entertainer Johnny McGovern.
Then, in a flash, 4 PM rolled around, the floor lights turned off, and the fabulous Miss Kennedy Davenport made the final sock purchase of the weekend, before we all sashayed away. Because everybody knows, with the dancing feet on that girl, comfy and cozy socks are a must!
We wish we had more pictures to share, but such a busy weekend it was! If you’d like to see more, hop on over to RuPaul’s DragCon Facebook or Instagram. And if you’d like to get your share of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent…plans are already in the works for next year’s 3rd annual gathering!
To start off this season of Cosplay Corner, we thought it was appropriate to round up a “greatest hits” collection from our sock journal. We love cosplay, and we’ve got a bunch of posts that will be especially helpful to new and veteran costumers alike.
Whether your taste leans towards reenactment or space operas, every costumer can benefit from Dreamer Rosalind’s three-part series on historical costuming (from the European Middle Ages through the 20th century). Even the most futuristic costume has roots in fashion history, and Rosalind has some great tips for finding the most authentic look.
Historical Costuming Part 1 – stocking trends from the Middle Ages to the 18th century
Historical Costuming Part 2 – fashion heats up through the 18th and 19th centuries
Historical Costuming Part 3 – rapid change during the turbulent 20th century
We’ve done a lot of DIY posts here on the blog over the years, but some of them will be especially helpful for costumers. Although we pride ourselves on our varied selection of sockwear, there are times when a costume requires something that you simply can’t go out and buy. For those instances, we have a few suggestions on how to modify your socks to perfectly accessorize your cosplay. It may be worth bookmarking our DIY category, since we’re always adding to it. And if there are any sock-related DIYs you’d like to see, drop us a line!
No-Sew Thigh High Boots – a great alternative when you just can’t find the right boots
Stocking Adornments – adorable adornments for lace-up stockings
DIY for Fun and Fashion – some quick and easy modifications for cut-out styles
Bleach Stamping – a great little tutorial for adding patterns
Drawing Detail – how to utilize pens and fabric paints to add the perfect patterns
We’ve tackled dyeing fabric a few different times, whether you’re working with natural fabrics or synthetics. Although of course you can use these techniques on socks and tights, these skills will also carry over to other garments.
Ready Set Colour – a basic tutorial on using Rit Dye on cotton socks
More Dyeing Techniques – take your skills from our first tutorial to the next level
Dyeing Nylon – moving on to nylons, with Kool-Aid and acid techniques
Dyeing Stockings to Match – using Rit Dye to get the perfect true “nude” for your skin tone
National Peach Month – a quick quest for the perfect peach tones leads to combining colors
As any costumer knows, cons can take their toll on your beloved creations. We thought we’d end our round-up with some tips and tricks to keep your socks going even when snags or holes strike.
Darn It – a basic tutorial for those socks that have seen one too many cons
Needle Felting – an alternative technique for darning
Snag Removers – the magical tool that will fix snags and pulls
Pilling & Electric Sweater Shavers – the perfect fix for socks that are showing their age
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!
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