Customer Spotlight: Horai Cosplay


Horai Cosplay

Wig style and color: Venus in Silver

Photo by Yaiko

This week we interviewed our customer, Horai Cosplay! See more of their work via facebook


Q: When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A: I really started cosplaying last year on march, because of my best friend I gave Cosplay a new try and so it's my fulltime hobby now.

Q: What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A: I don't know because everything of the process makes fun. I love to style the hair, to sew and to build weapons, mostly to paint them.

Q: Which costume are you most proud of?
A: I love Inuyasha as my costume, but I think... the most Inu no Kami from Inuyasha series, it was my first cosplay I made from botton to top, most details and more like some research about japanese culture and style of a real Kimono pattern.

Q: Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A: Difficult to say, but I love your Venus *_* I used it for Inuyasha human and hanyou and Sango, and I love your silver hair, nah I love every color because you have an awesome range of really natural colors.

Q: What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A: Have fun! Don't care what other people say, it's your hobby!

Written by Arda Harl — August 28, 2015

Dragon*Con Photoshoot Contest!


Are you going to Dragon*Con? Would you like a private photoshoot with your costume? 
Our photographer Tim will be conducting free 1-hour photoshoot time slots for up to 12 winners.
Click here to see the details! The contest runs until August 26th at noon, be sure to enter early!

Written by Arda Harl — August 10, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Identivity Cosplay


Identivity Cosplay

Wig style and color: Katinka and Long Wefts in Black

Photo by BunnyTuan

This week we interviewed our customer, Identivity Cosplay! See more of her work via facebook


Q: When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A: I started cosplaying around 2005-2006. I had been going to conventions for about 3 years at that point (mostly Anime Expo and Comic Con), but one year I stayed with some friends at a small convention, and I was the only one not cosplaying. One of the girls was about my size, so I borrowed one of her costumes, and enjoyed every minute of being dressed up. Soon after that I started learning how to sew and eventually making my own cosplays.

Q: What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A: I know some people would say "finishing the costume" but despite the stress and frustration, I enjoy the sewing part the most. It's when I get to see my plans come to life, and hopefully in the process learn some new skills, along with improving skills I was weak on in the past.

Q: Which costume are you most proud of?
A: I would probably have to say the Jellyfish Dress Kuranosuke wears in Princess Jellyfish. I made a corset and a petticoat and 2 layers of  circle skirts, along with hand beading the corset and hand hemming the skirts. I also spliced two wigs together and painted the shoes because I couldn't find a color I liked. I entered it into the Fanime 2015 Masquerade, and ended up winning Best Construction in the Journeyman Division! I'd competed before, but this was my first "big" convention win, so I was pretty proud of myself.

Q: Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A: Oh man, there's too many to choose from! I'd probably had to say the Lulu, since it makes such a great base for ponytail wigs. As for color, I'd have to say Maroon, since it's so pretty, and I look good in it.

Q: What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A: Practice practice practice! Unless you've been sewing for a long time, your first costume won't be that great, and that's okay! Just keep making costumes and soon you'll see a vast improvement. I look at my stuff from even 5 years ago and compare it to now and I can see how far I've come. If you have access, take classes. Talk to other cosplayers! In my experience, it's hard to get us to shut up once we start talking about our costumes, so don't be afraid to ask how someone did something or if they have any suggestions on making something better.

So don't give up if your costume doesn't turn out perfect, just keep trying!

Written by Arda Harl — August 18, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Daifuku Cosplay

Daifuku Cosplay

Wig style and color: Marty in Mint

Photo by AngryFluffy 

This week we interviewed our customer, Daifuku Cosplay! See more of her work via facebook



Q: When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A: I started in 2011,with my Sweeney Cosplay and got started by the internet. I've seen some cosplayers there,did not know what they did and searched for it. I got obsessed immediately.

Q: What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A: Most of all I like the wig styling and the last details, like painting some stuff or adding the last buttons. It's so creative to do and that's the greatest fun.

Q: Which costume are you most proud of?
A: I'm mostly prod of my Zoro cosplay, that's why I've submitted it here. There is a lot of work in it, and also a lot of heart. I'm still improving him where I can and I guess there will be no end in the near future.

Q: Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A: My favorite Arda is the Marty and the Jett in Mint,they are so perfect for Zoro. But also the Chibi is very very helpful because pigtails are really hard to make and the seize of the wigs ensure that it will fit well. Like them all three I guess. But if I would have the money I would buy all of the lace fronts.

Q: What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A: Well at first: It's still a hobby. No mater if you get started or if you cosplay for many years, it will be a hobby that provides the most fun in crafting all things you can imagine and having fun with your friends. Without competition and only aiming for the top. And don't flip everything because something does not work. Sometimes its hard but the outcome might be unexpected ;)

Written by Arda Harl — August 12, 2015

Coming Soon - New Product: Wrap Ponytail

Coming Soon: New Product: Wrap Ponytail!

This new product is easy to add to any pre-existing pony tail! Simply hook it in, wrap it around and secure it into place with velcro. Use it on our Jeannie, Jasmine or Chibi or use it with your own hair for a fuller, more finished look!

Written by Arda Harl — August 11, 2015

Shipping hiatus.

Arda Wigs will be moving their warehouses Thursday, August 6 and Friday, August 7. During this period we will have a brief shipping hiatus while we reorganize and regroup. Please plan your orders accordingly and let us know if something needs to be expedited.

Additionally, keep an eye out for new colors, new wigs, new items, and a whole new website. Some big big BIG changes are coming, but it's going to be amazing! In the coming week we will be making an announcement each day about new product launches and product changes, so keep an eye on this space!

Written by Arda Harl — July 30, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Kira Elric

Kira Elric

Wig style and color: Chibi with Two Long Clips in Ocean Green

Photo by ArtistiCaise Cosplay Photography

This week we interviewed our customer, Kira Elric! See more of her work via facebook

Q:  When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A: I started cosplaying in 2000, and my very first costume was Sailor Moon for my 8th grade Halloween. I officially started cosplaying at conventions in 2005 - Jafax - as Edward Elric. I remember it very well actually, surfing the web on my dial up connection - waiting patiently for a costume website I stumbled on accidentally to load because I was so amazed at what these people were making, I just had to see these costumes for myself. I was memorized. My mother had always been a seamstress, so I knew someone could teach me and I just wanted it so bad. I caught the bug at 12 years old, and it's been with me ever since. 

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:  I would say, completion and beginning are both tied. I love the feeling of starting a new costume because it's this mentality of "that's it, I'm doing this. I'm getting it done." and I feel so proud of myself to finally taking that step forward to just throw fear and frustration to the side and just believe in myself enough to start.  However completion, when it all comes together and I can look at all the work I did when I first put the costume on and look in the mirror- it makes it all worth it. It makes me believe in myself and believe that I am actually talented. It's kind of the 'awe factor' of "Wow, I made this. I actually did it. Go me." 

Q:  Which costume are you most proud of?
A: 
Hatsune Miku - World's End Dancehall. I show this thing off everywhere. Miku is my pride and joy. I have wanted to cosplay Miku since I was 17 in high school and I called her "anime me" because of her style and hair color. She's always been my dream, and then I saw this dress and my heart skipped a beat and I just knew that was the one and I had to make it. I didn't know how, I didn't know when, I didn't even think I could but I wanted to try. 

So after finding some kind of self confidence I patterned out the sleeves to see if I could get them to work the way I wanted, because if I couldn't why screw up a full dress? I then mixed blue and teal dyes together until I got the color I wanted and read 15 million articles about how to gradient dye and tested it out on my sleeves. My first dye job seemed to work the way I wanted, but it dried lighter, so I tried again to see if I could get them darker, and after a few dyes of setting the dye and re-dying them I got them the way I wanted. The blue at the bottom, fabric laid over the sleeve, pinned in place, and then the pattern was drawn in with a white colored pencil. I sewed over the lines and cut out the design.  I wanted nothing less than embroidery for my gold pattern, so I ended up buying an entirely new machine (i needed one anyways) for this costume. I ended up combining decorative stitches on my machine to achieve the look I wanted. 

Like these: http://www.erinsayssew.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Brother-PC-210-PRW-Stitches.jpg  12n for the golden line and half of 47n for the leaves.  

Every leaf was put in one at a time, and I had to follow the half million screenshot reference I took to make sure things were flowing in the correct directions. It was very time consuming - one sleeve takes me about 5 hours to complete.  So after that was all in place I used ribbon at first for the white boarder, but I ended up hating it so I tore that all off and ended up using a white braid from the upholstery section in hobby lobby. 

The sleeves themselves took me close to a month before I was pleased with them. 

The dress was a task all it's own, because of - lack of reference and the massive size of it. I didn't have the original dye I used for the sleeves so I had to re-mix it in a bigger tub and pray it would be the same color. I'm pretty proud of myself for getting it so close. I put the blue and the gold on all the same way as the sleeves, I just had to sew the blue part on and cut out the shape of the pattern so it all stayed as one piece.  Once it was done, I had to boot up my project diva game and turn the model around in the photo studio so I could reference the direction of the leaves and make sure everything flowed the correct direction. The worst part of this costume, was that I don't own a dress form, nor have a I made one.

I put the golden leaves in the dress and when it was finally done I had killed at least 7 bobbins and an entire spool of embroidery thread - that ends up measuring to a 1/2 mile of thread into that dress. The spools of white braid I used are 5 yards long and I killed about 6 of them on this dress. Once I started to stop and think about the amount of materials I put into this dress, the more impressed with myself I got. I've never been this dedicated to something before.  It was a lot of firsts for me, and but in the end I was so proud of it. 

I had to play around with my wig - a chibi with two clips in ocean green.  I had to take the chibi out of it's purchased style and pull the pigtails up higher, because her hair is higher in this outfit, and I cut them shorter to help with the weight. The clips I actually put on smaller clips so they set on top of my head better. It makes them heavier, but the things we do for cosplay - right? 

Q:  Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A: No, not really but I'm a sucker for multi-colored hair. So I dunno, going over the website I guess that's a lie because I am really in love with the Candy Striper in Blue Danube. It contains pretty much every single one of my favorite colors ever - and it would be perfect just to wear for my artist alley table but have I bought one yet? Of course not. I have adult things to worry about. 

Honestly though, all of the wigs I've bought from Arda have bee amazing in both style and color. The Vegas is super easy to work with and I adore it. I got a blond one for my fiance's Naruto cosplay and a rose pink one for my Fem! Natsu. I've worked with the dark purple/ Eowyn for yuri lowell, and the raven / jareth for my Sasuke Uchiha. Arda is where I go before I go anywhere else, simply because the wigs are so easy to work with and the quality I'm looking for. 

Q:  What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A:  
Pace yourself. I can't stress this enough. It's always okay to get into cosplay and pick a large project - but know what your options are, what your budget is, and who you have available to help. Plan your resources. Cosplay is fun and should never upset your personal life. Con money should never come before rent, and cosplay should never come before bills. Take care of yourself first and foremost.  

Don't treat cosplay like a competition. Just because someone made a costume for a character that you want to cosplay doesn't make them any 'better' than you, in fact, don't be scared to ask them for help. You never know what you might find! I know I always get excited when people want to cosplay a character I already do, and are willing to come to me in need of help. I always try to help anyway I can. 

But I guess the most important thing I can say to remember is when it all comes down to it, we're doing this for fun and you should too. Make friends, talk to people, ask questions, look up tutorials, and just reach out for help when you need it. I feel in love with cosplay because it was the most open, caring, kind community I've ever found - so if you want to be part of our family, don't be afraid to ask for help.

 

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Written by Arda Harl — August 05, 2015

New Product Codes with our new site!

With the release of our new Silky wigs, we wanted to make sure that there will be as little confusion as possible when it comes to ordering them. When our new site launches we will be renaming all the current and new color codes to be CL-01... and SI-01... and will be putting them in color order. We have also given the Silky line their own color names. The Silky color line is slightly different than the Classic Line, so we wanted to make sure that those who order one or the other do not get confused or disappointed at slight differences in color.

We hope this will make your shopping experience easier and will minimize the confusion between our Classic wigs and our Silky wigs. We would hate for you to order the wrong wig accidentally!

We will have a handy chart available for reference as well as a downloadable sticker sheet to stick over the old color SKUs on our current color rings. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Written by Arda Harl — August 05, 2015

New Product Line: Arda Silky

We are proud to give you an announcement about a new product line we are launching: Arda Silky! This line of wigs will come in longer styles and have a softer, silkier texture so they will be more tangle resistant and easier to comb than our current wig line.

Do not worry: Our current line of wigs is not changing! We will still offer the Arda Wigs you know and love, but these will be a great addition that many customers have asked for!

Arda Silky is coming soon! We will have these new wigs available when our new site launches, so get hype!

Written by Arda Harl — August 05, 2015

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