ACEN 2017 Photo Dump

I didn’t get a huge amount of photos at Anime Central this year, but I’d still like to share with you what I did take!

Hover over the images with your mouse to see what the cosplay is from! Or click on any image to open up slideshow view!



Cosplay How-To: Moogle Wings

Kupo! Today I’m going to walk you through how to make moogle wings! Moogles are creatures from the Final Fantasy franchise and come in a variety of styles and sizes depending on the Final Fantasy (or Kingdom Hearts) game they’re in.


Mine is based on a mixture between Mog from Final Fantasy XIII-2 and the Kingdom Hearts moogles, kupo!

First things first.


  • 4 pieces of purple felt sheets (I got mine at Michaels and they’re just approximately larger than a sheet of computer paper, probably 9”x12” roughly)
  • Fabric Scissors
  • A sewing needle
  • 3 yds of wire (I used 18 gauge, I actually recommend a thicker gauge than I used because it was a little TOO easy to work with so that means it was easily bendable if something presses against it)
  • Purple thread to match your purple felt
  • A sheet of paper to draw your pattern on
  • Pins
  • Black Sharpie
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle Nosed Pliers


You need to make a pattern! I based mine off a pair of wings I saw on Etsy

il_570xN.727244452_ppwlAs you can see, the wire shows through really well because they chose a thinner fabric (looks like some form of suede to me) and thicker wire than I used.

Again, basing it off the design from Etsy, I drew out my wings on a sheet of paper, sketching and erasing until I came up with proportions that I was happy with.



Arrange your wire around the pattern on the paper and mold and shape it to match. The first wing will be your hardest because you’re getting a feel for your wire. Use your hands or your pliers (or a mixture of both) depending on how thick your wire is. To help mold it to your pattern, feel free to tape down the wire as you go. It’ll definitely help one end keep its shape while you work on the other end!


Then cut two pieces from your spool of wire and lay them across where the two “bones” will be. Cut longer than you think you’ll need because you’ll be wrapping the ends to the base to secure it.

IMG_20170506_131653940To connect your wire pieces to each other, gently (and carefully because the ends can be sharp depending on how you cut it!) wrap the wire around until it’s secure.


Now you have your first moogle wing frame, kupo!


Now, detach your frame carefully from your pattern if you had taped it down. Then take two of your felt sheets and put the “right sides” together. The right side is the part that DID not have the barcode sticker on it (make sure you take that sticker off though before proceeding!).

Then place your frame over the felt until your frame fits snugly inside the dimensions of the felt with at least half an inch to spare on each end, like in the image below.


It looks like there isn’t room to spare in the image, but that’s just an optical illusion from the camera angle.


Take your sharpie and trace around your wings carefully BUT BUT BUT let me finish my sentence here before you use that marker! Trace around it widely so what your tracing is actually half an inch bigger (or a little bit more is ok) than your actual wire frame. You need your felt to be bigger than your frame so it can fit inside!



Grab your pins and pin the two pieces together carefully.



Cut. Cut. Cut. Carefully!


Do NOT take your pins out. Leave them in for this next step, because now we’re going to be sewing! Thread your needle and then fold the amount of thread you cut in half, and tie the two ends together.

I want you to start sewing a basic straight stitch (it kinda looks like a long dashed line, like so: — — — — ) from the right end, all the way around the top to the left pointy end, then STOP and tie off your end. You will be leaving the bottom open.


This is what it will look like after you sew it then turn it right-side out.


Insert your wing frame into your newly sewn felt wing.



Now this is the tricky part, sewing your wing frame inside the felt. You will have to fold the ends up carefully so you don’t see any rough edges from cutting out your pattern. We want nice and neat edges! What I did was wrap the bottom edge around the wire, to give myself a guide for the top end to meet it. Pin it as you fold.


Your edges should look something like this. See how they’re folded under? Once that’s sewn, it’ll look nice and neat!


Pick whichever end you prefer, and start hand sewing carefully from one end to the other, then tie it off. Remove the pins as you go.

One wing is now complete!


Repeat steps 2-10 for the second wing.


If you would like more bone definition (if you chose a thin wire like I did and cannot see the wire through the felt), feel free to sew straight stitches along the top edge and along the middle “bones” for some decoration.

Otherwise, your wings are done!



Attaching, how did I attach mine? I actually sewed mine into the back of a white dress I obtained from Goodwill and also used some fishing line from the top points to the dress to make sure they stay up.

If you’re not sure of doing that, feel free to try a bunch of safety pins to see if that works until you’re ready to commit!

Or, like in the Etsy wings, you can create a harness with your remaining wire and some elastic to wear them. (I hate wearing harnesses which is why I opted for the sewing option).

Any questions? Feel free to comment on this post or email me at
fountaindaleteen at fountaindale dot org.

Enjoy your wings, kupo!

After Hours Cosplay Ball Recap

We had a wonderful time dressing up for our Cosplay Ball on Friday, October 28th! ! D.J. Mu Meux played anime theme songs and other Japanese music as we ate food, had plenty of water and Capri Sun! After having a plentiful amount of noms, there were board games and the button maker was out to make buttons with images from One Punch Man or Miraculous Ladybug! 

See the photos below for some of the highlights!

Cosplay Ball-Last Chance to Sign Up!

It’s almost your last chance to sign up for our Cosplay Ball on Friday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m. (parental permission slip are required for this event).

It’s your chance to show off all that you learned at our previous cosplay programs this month. Wigs, and costumes, and props, oh my!

We’ll have dancing and food with a LIVE D.J.!!! What more could you ever want? Ask your parents and sign up today while there’s still time!

Come to the Vortex or call 630.685.4199 for any questions or further info!

Cosplay & Wigs

October 5th was our Wig and Makeup Usage program in the Vortex! Below in the slideshow take a peek to get an idea of what you missed! Another thanks to Arda Wigs for graciously donating two 15$ e-gift certificates for a drawing at the end.

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On October 12th, join us with our presenter to go over costume and basic prop creation! Register here today!

Also, don’t forget that registration is now open for our After Hours Cosplay Ball that takes place on October 28 at 5:30 P.M.! It’s sure to be a blast!

See you next week for more cosplay!



Cosplay! Cosplay! Cosplay!

Hey guys, it’s the middle of September and guess what?? That makes it almost October which means it’s almost Halloween!! Any idea what you’re going to wear? Yes? No?


Either way, it’s a great time to get started, and let the library help you!

October will be a Cosplay-fest of programs!

Oct 5th
Using Wigs & Makeup with Cosplay

Wrangle your wigs AND manage your makeup? This whirlwind session is designed to show you how to use fiber and color to give your cosplay that cutting edge while fitting any budget.

Also, a huge thanks to Arda Wigs for donating two 15 dollar e-gift certificates that will be given out as a drawing at the end of the program to two lucky winners!

Oct 12th
Cosplay Costumes on the Cheap


Oct 19th
Prop-making and Tech Integration into Cosplay

Get some tips for making props for your cosplay and learn how to integrate technology into those props!

And finallly…..

Oct 28th

Dance and snack the night away in the cosplay of your choice! Live D.J, Mu Meux, will be in attendance!

We hope to see you there, bright-eyed and filled with questions and ideas for our fabulous presenters!

Con Season is (almost) Now!

Holy Hera Guiz! As of posting this, Anime Central is in 8 days! Is your cosplay ready? Are you prepared? Am I prepared?

(oh gosh I hope so but I don’t think I’ll ever be ready)

For those who aren’t, that’s ok! Cosplaying at a con is not, I repeat, NOT mandatory! It’s just fun to do and a super easy way to share with others what fandom/characters you love.

I’d like to take this time to share with you some legit sources that I use for my cosplay needs!

These are all sources I’ve personally used and have had zero issues with (Your experience may vary, though hopefully not!).

***Quick Note: Teens, before ordering online, always make sure to talk to your parents or guardian first!


Order from here when you’re have plenty of time before the con (as in months)

Fast Shipping, based in the US!



Wig was from Arda (Jaguar style) and the contacts were from Honeycolor! (Super Pinky Bright Red)

Color Contacts

From Honey color, I’ve only used their Super Pinky line (Violet and Bright Red) as well as their Flora Brenda Green.


Not sure which makeups will be best for your cosplay, but I have used their Ben Nye creme makeup as well as final seal with great results for a Homestuck cosplay! Just remember to seal your makeup! Here’s a tutorial that I used. (I recommend against mixing the makeups together. Tried it, it worked but HOLY HERA IT WAS A PAIN, just buy Cadaver Grey instead. It’ll give you about the same color you need. Your future self will thank me).


Never doubt the power of what you can find at the thrift store to reuse! Use their site to find a location near you! 😀

Happy Cosplaying! And remember, in the end, it’s all about having fun!!