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How to Make a Cosplay Harness: A Step-by-Step Guide 5

Cosplay is becoming more and more popular. With the increase of people participating in this hobby, there are also many tools needed to make the costumes these individuals create, including a harness.

A harness is part of a set that will help you attach your outfits to something else – often times it will be to your body. Harnesses can come in many different shapes and sizes depending on what you need them for. But the most important thing is that they are comfortable to wear.

Find out what other items are needed for cosplay, as well as some basic tips on how to make one so you can start cosplaying today.

How To Make a Cosplay Harness

To make a cosplay harness, you will need:

  • a piece of fabric at least 54″ by 18″
  • elastic cord at least 54″ by 18″
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • pins
  • scissors
  • a needle

Step 1

Cut the fabric into a rectangle that is 54″ by 18″. This will be the body of your harness. Sew the two short ends of the fabric together to create a loop. You will now have a long piece of fabric that is 54″ by 18″.

Step 2

Cut a piece of elastic cord that is 54″ by 18″. This will be the waistband of your harness. Sew the elastic cord into a loop that is 54″ by 18″. This will be the waistband of your harness. Make sure you leave about 1/2″ to 3/4″ open on one end for inserting the elastic cord.

Step 3

Pin the waistband (elastic cord) onto one end of the body (fabric). The 55″ side should be inside the loop of the waistband and the 18″ side will overlap onto the other end.

Make sure that you leave about 1/2″ to 3/4″ on both sides (inside and outside). The idea is that you need to be able to attach two pieces of elastic cord to either side in order to create straps for the leg pieces.

Step 4

Sew along the length of both sides to attach the waistband to the body. Once finished, test out your harness by attaching two different pieces of elastic cord on either end of the waistband. The “dress” should stay up without any help from you.

Step 5

Cut two more pieces of elastic cord that are 18″ long. Pin the elastic cord (leg pieces) onto either side of the body (fabric). The 18″ side should be inside the loop of the waistband, and the 54″ side will overlap onto the other end.

Step 6

Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the other side of your harness (the 18″ pieces will be on opposite sides). Try on the harness and adjust the length of straps to achieve comfort and fit. You can also add a ribbon around the waistband in order to tighten and secure the harness even more.

What Type of Fabric Should You Use for a Cosplay Harness?

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When making a cosplay harness, you’ll want to use a fabric that is sturdy and won’t fray easily. A good option is to use a fabric like canvas or denim. Denim is often used for this purpose, but it may be a bit of overkill. A lighter fabric like duck cloth or drill cloth might be better suited if you are also sewing together multiple layers.

For the belt part of the harness, make use of an inexpensive fabric like muslin which you can get very cheaply at most fabric stores. You can also use the lining of an existing belt for this part.

To allow you to attach straps without having to worry about fraying or stitches, reinforce the stitching around the edges with a heavy-duty iron-on hemming tape that can be found at most fabric stores.

If you’d like, adding a velcro or snap closure to the belt can make it easier to put on and take off. The straps should be cut in such a way that there is room for adjustment in case your cosplay will use different size belts.

For extra comfort when wearing the harness, add some cushioning inside the belt. You can experiment with different materials to see what feels best to you. In the end, you should have a finished cosplay harness that is comfortable and durable enough for your use.

Over the Shoulder or Chest Strap Style: Which is Better for You and Why?

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Neither is better than the other. Over-the-should straps make it easy to adjust the harness at any time for comfort, while chest straps are easy to get on and off quickly.

It’s not really possible to say which style is better; it all comes down to personal preference. Over-the-shoulder straps are easier on your back if you’re spending a lot of time in costume, while chest strap styles give you more options for adjusting the harness for comfort during long periods of wear.

That being said, many people prefer chest strap styles for ease of use. It’s also easier to have a chest strap style altered after purchase if you’re not completely satisfied with the fit.

Chest harnesses are much easier to put on and take off quickly, making them ideal for cosplay applications. On the other hand, over-the-shoulder harnesses are the most comfortable style for long periods of use and can be adjusted to fit more securely than a chest-strap style.

In Conclusion

If you have a cosplay costume and want to wear it without having to worry about wearing a backless dress or bra, this DIY Harness should do the trick. It’s easy to make and can be worn with any outfit.

If you’ve been looking for an alternative way of dressing up as your favorite character from Star Wars or Game of Thrones, then this harness is perfect for you.

We hope that after reading our article on how to make your own cosplay harness, you found what you were looking for – whether that was inspiration or information on where to get materials. Have fun crafting!

SnowDragon: Breath Of The Wild Link Cosplay
SnowDragon: Breath Of The Wild Link Cosplay

On a separate note, you can go ahead and book SnowDragon via Instagram to collaborate with him on cosplay events or photoshoots.