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Cosplay Tutorial: Stockings That Won't Fall Down by spazzer-bot Cosplay Tutorial: Stockings That Won't Fall Down by spazzer-bot
EDIT: OH MY GOODNESS! A DD, I am so honored! Thank you for all the kind comments and favorites. I just moved and haven't gotten Internet yet, so I'm a few days late with my thanks, but it was a wonderful surprise!

A lot of people are always surprised at how I make my stockings for my cosplays. I came up with this technique a few years ago and thought I would share!
Using an "illusion legging" approach to stocking keeps them from falling down and makes your thighs look PERFECT!
I put a lot of work into this tutorial, please tell me what you think!
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[Stock & Resources] An excellent and easy-to-understand tutorial to fix a common problem for cosplayers! Cosplay Tutorial: Stockings That Won't Fall Down by spazzer-bot ( Featured by PirateLotus-Stock )
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ganej Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Would using an old pair of nude tights for the top part work?
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spazzer-bot Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If the tights are thick and wont run or fray I don't see why not. It would probably be best to not even cut the stockings and just tack the stocking right to it!
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ganej Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Thanks! I don't know why I didn't think of just tacking them on top haha
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CatDesignsUnlimited Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
I love it!  Thanks for posting it!
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kittyme123 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
Awesome tutorial! I feel like I understood exactly what you were trying to explain. I feel confidant enough to give it a shot! Your explanations were concise and complete. Well done.

I have two questions:
Mainly is power mesh delicate when worn? Like how you have to be careful with store bought nylons will I have to watch out for getting catches or runs in the power mesh?
Also, any suggestions on where to pick up good power mesh that I can access in Canada?
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spazzer-bot Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Power mesh is a pretty sturdy material but not all are created equal. I mine from spandex house's website online, it's much nicer than what my local Joann's sells.
The mesh is much more wearable than nylons, but its still a good idea to keep it away from any velcro or other things on your costume that could snag it.

Thank you for your kind words and good luck! ^_^
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kittyme123 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
That helps a lot!
 Thank you for responding :)
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KyandiTsueMewMew Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Kao Emoji-91 (In love) [V5] Does this work with whole stockings, too? Like you could DIY those thigh-high stocking tights but use actual thigh high stockings?
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spazzer-bot Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Like adding store bought socks to the mesh shorts? You sure could! You would probably want to make the shorts and put the socks on and tack the mesh to them in many places on the inside. It would be hard to sew them on with a machine because the stiching might show or the socks may not stretch as well. I did a pair where I had to join the peices with lots of individual tacking stitches, it took a while but itnwas a great result.
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XenoBaby Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome my only question is, is the mesh stretch as well?
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spazzer-bot Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, power mesh is designed for bathing suits and such. It stretches very well.
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XenoBaby Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh awesome thank you for answering me! 
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elara-ia Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
This is simply the best tutorial I have ever seen of my whole life!!! T^T Thank you!!! Your an angel!!!!!
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itsnicolebee Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is SUCH a clever idea! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom! Gah, when my stockings fall down at cons... that's one of my biggest pet peeves! Thank you girly! <3
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SharaLunison Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015   Photographer
I totally did this for my Dragon Kid costume without even realizing it!  As in, it didn't occur to me to use a pattern or just make tights to attach things to until the last minute.  ^^;  Thanks for the awesome tutorial, I'm planning to use your method for an upcoming costume I'm working on.
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animegirl007 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
Tips are always great!! :nod:  Thanks!!!! :thumbsup:
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MandaFancyPants Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thank you for sharing this! I may try this for a cosplay ^_^
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Chibi-Rai-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
You are amazing.

Also dang it where was this 6 months ago when my friend was working on her leggings for Papi of Monster Musume?!
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, this is genius.
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ChovexaniArt Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want these for rl normal outfits >< I'm a big girl I can't get stockings that will stay up
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ChovexaniArt Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*whisper* that is brilliant
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spazzer-bot Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*whispers back* Thank you so much!


Send me pictures if you get this worked into your daily outfits!
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ChovexaniArt Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I had the skill to make such a thing XD!
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HimeHeishi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
god bless
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CoolCoolSkies Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Where did you get your fish scale fabric?
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spazzer-bot Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think from Spandexworld.com
But I also use Spandex Depot and spandex house!
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CoolCoolSkies Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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haimokochan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for revealing the secret of stockings.
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jbdestiny Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
This is terrific - thanks for sharing! and congrats on the DD Clap 
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Silverheart-Nine Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student General Artist
APH Italy Salute Shiny!

I shall keep this in mind, thanks!
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kuro--cchi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is just absolutely amazing and helpful! Thank you!!
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Bonnzai Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Artist
Would that work with knitted stockings?
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spazzer-bot Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It should work with knitted fabrics like socks. If you cut a loose knit, just be careful it doesn't come unraveled. Two lines of stitching might help.
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful tutorial
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Natmonkey Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is brilliant! :clap:
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WHAT OMG IT'S FALSETTO!!!OMG - Watch that It's fine, It's fine I'm okay *Breath* I wasn't expecting this XD
Anyway, Amazing tutorial! Congrats for the DD~! excited happyglitter01
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spazzer-bot Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! *^o^*
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tie-dye-flag Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial! :dance:
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krasblak Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!
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athenapallas87 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very useful explanation of how to get the anime look on a reality situation! :D
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Miraniel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015   General Artist
I must admit that I never thought about it. This is genius, even for everyday clothing! Your explanations were pretty clear and the extra drawings complemented the drawings nicely. Simple tutorial, well done!
And most of all,
Thank you!
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spazzer-bot Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Erzsabet Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is wonderful! I may consider doing this with some non-cosplay thigh-highs because they can be such a pain when they keep falling down!
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Lord-Darcy Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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DarkGrievous7945 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The amount of work a dedicated fan/cosplayer will put into their costumes is truly mind-blowing to me.

Nice tutorial, I'll have to remember this if anyone I know should ever need some tips!
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xuza Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015   Digital Artist
Ahhhh that is SO CLEVER! Thank you for sharing! :D
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Noctuart Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah! Never thought of this!
*saves for later*
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spazzer-bot Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Ginger-Liz Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is fantastic!
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