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A wrinkled costume.

A cosplayer’s worst nightmare.

Really, if you put a lot of work into a costume, you want it to look nice in pictures.  Fabric which has been balled up in a bag, not ironed, and not steamed typically won’t look nice in pictures.  Sometimes, however, things can be hard to pack, garments can be tricky to iron, and who the heck has a steamer laying around?  But that’s why we are here to help.

  1. Wash your fabric before you start sewing.  “What do you mean?” you may ask, “What on earth does this have to do with getting out wrinkles?”  If you wash and dry your fabric, that will get a majority of deep set wrinkles out.  Plus, you won’t have to worry about any colors running, or any fabric shrinking if you need to wash your costume again.
  2. Iron your fabric before you even start cutting.  It’s kind of a hassle, but make sewing and cutting a lot easier.  Plus, less wrinkles to worry about later.
  3. If you have a stubborn wrinkle, spray it with a mix of water and white vinegar. I don’t quite know how, but it works.  We use this in our theatre’s costume shop all the time.
  4. Fold all of your clothes nicely for your way to the con.  Roll them up and toss them in on your way BACK, but going to the con, you want to make sure your costume will be as nice as possible once you take them out of the bag.
  5. If you can’t fold it nicely, or the fabric wrinkles too easily, get a garment bag and hang it up in the car.  That’s what garment bags are for.  If you’re flying, they sell garment bags specifically to meet carry-on size restrictions.
  6. Bring some Febreeze Wrinkle Release with you for smaller wrinkles.  Plus, it smells nice!
  7. If you need to get some  serious wrinkles out of your costume once you are in a hotel room, or you just can’t figure out how to iron some bit, or you just don’t have an iron, hang your costume on a hanger in the shower of your hotel room.  Turn the shower on the hottest setting, close the curtain, close the door, and let it steam for a while.  This is, I have found, the best way to get any wrinkles out in a hotel room because hotel irons are finicky, there isn’t a lot of space to iron in a hotel room, and you aren’t paying for water (so your mom or roommate won’t be upset over wasting water).
Tip Tuesday: Getting Rid of Wrinkles on Your Costumes
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