Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking of costumes. For those wanting to create their own, gathering inspiration from cosplay communities is a great way to start. Whether you want to build props, hone your sewing skills, or perfect a makeup style, these resources will you help out.

The Geeky Seamstress

Mindy Tomlin started documenting her projects on her blog under the name The Geeky Seamstress after getting into cosplay in 2012. Since then, she has been doling out tons of tips and tricks, often heavily focuses on sewing. So if you have a sewing machine at home or have access to one nearby, head over to her blog and start sewing away.

The Geeky Seamstress

The Geeky Seamstress

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Cosplay Tutorial

Another amazing resource for costume makers is called Cosplay Tutorial. In addition to a blog and articles, you can find a huge database of costume and accessory ideas. They have FAQ’s and polls as well, providing a plethora of creative options to search through.

Cosplay by ATLAWEFA & HajimeAoki / Photography by Katie Klemann

Cosplay by ATLAWEFA & HajimeAoki / Photography by Katie Klemann

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MyMiniFactory

One of the best places to get 3D printed designs for props is MyMiniFactory. They include a section dedicated to cosplay and costume accessories. Masks, weapons, and unique handheld accessories are their speciality with plenty to choose from. Their blog is also fairly active too with spectacular high quality photos sure to spark inspiration.

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Kamui Cosplay

This website known as Kamui Cosplay was started by Svetlana from and Benni from Germany who began making costumes in 2003. In between playing video-games and watching movies, they write about the wonders of cosplaying through their blog. They also host workshops for those looking to create their own costumes. Plus, Svetlana and Benni  have a few books and tutorials as well. Totally worth checking out.

Pokemon Go Costume

Pokemon Go Costume

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Carbon Costume

Carbon Costume’s website is perfect for those wanting to piece together a costume, especially on a budget. They provide sections based on category, series title, and more. Each topic is broken down by what is needed to complete the idea with estimated prices for each artifact.

Harley Quinn Cosplay - via Carbon Costume

Harley Quinn Cosplay

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Bonus: College Fashion – Rocky Horror section

With Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show remake coming out this fall, creatures of the night are sure to arise at Halloween parties all over this year. To get into the Rocky Horror spirit, an online fashion and beauty magazine called College Fashion put up a list of tutorials for several of the classic cult characters – each ready to be revamped for the remake.

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