“I started by utilizing We Love Color’s shoulder gloves to avoid painting arms. I then found making arm socks out of the solid color tights looked more realistic. My first few pairs were a struggle to make, but after 2 years and about 200 pairs of arm socks, I like to believe I’ve perfected them.”
Chloe, age 19, owns her own Etsy. She markets, creates online promotions, models and sells cosplay (want to know more about cosplay? Check out this blog post with Geeky Gamer Girl) and costume accessories. She was introduced to cosplay in 2012 at SacAnime Winter where she was “blown away by the culture and all the colorful characters”. This kick-started her love for cosplay.
“My first big fandom was Homestuck and, as many may know, there’s a lot of grey paint involved in those costumes. After organizing a 12 person, fully greyed up group cosplay for SacAnime Winter 2014, I determined that the hours and hours of paint in the morning were way too much to handle (it took upwards of 7 hours to paint just a portion of my group that morning.)”
After this experience she decided to try a different approach and purchased our shoulder gloves to avoid painting arms; but they were not the right effect for true skin tone coverage. So instead she made arm socks out of solid color tights. “2 years and about 200 pairs of arm socks, I like to believe I’ve perfected them”.Features solid color tights in light grey worn as arm socks.
When asked what cosplay meant to her Chloe told us:
“I tend to like the craftsmanship side of cosplay the most. Once I get into my zone, I feel like I’m unstoppable. They say that the more often people get into their creative flow doing something they enjoy, the happier they are overall. For me, prop making, sewing and styling are my main creative outlets and combining all these mediums brings me a lot of satisfaction and joy.”
She discovered We Love Colors after cosplaying characters that showed legs in unusual colors, such as grey. After having painted herself many times she found it got old and wanted to purchase tights instead.
“I found product suggestions on Homestuck cosplay forums. Unfortunately, I found that most of these items were sold out, discontinued, or didn’t come in the right shade or colors I needed. After some Internet research, I found “We Love Colors”, and I was happily shocked by the product and color options available. All the items I ordered showed to be very high quality and were very easy to match my paint to. I knew from then on I’d be ordering from this source very often.”
She has used our products in Homestuck, Steven Universe, Young Justice and several other cosplays.Features solid color tights in aqua worn as arm socks and toe socks.
“Lapis (Steven Universe) was the first character I really went out of the box for when it came to arm socks. For my first version of her, I made toe socks to match my arm socks, so as to go completely canon and to avoid painting as much skin as possible. For the next version, I was able to sew arm-socks around hand-made, transparent PETG wings. For the most recent version, I cut a larger pair of solid color tights to go around my waist to avoid painting my stomach.”