A combination of handmade and bought, I love putting my own costumes together, so I never buy a complete costume, but I will buy various pieces if I find something that works perfectly. However if I am not pleased with something I will make it myself, for example, the fourth doctor's scarf from Doctor Who, all the ones I see for sale are lack luster in my opinion so I am making my own with the proper colours, length, and knit pattern, but if I see something for sale (such as the sonic of his) that I do think is accurate I will buy it.
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Fitness Minutes: (480) Posts: 24 8/18/12 3:48 P
Combo of handmade and found materials. I'm an enormous fan (and preferred customer) of thrift stores in our area, and my whole cosplay group does our own stuff, partly because we're all odd enough body types that we have to. We have had one person offer to make everyone their cosplays, since they weren't items we would make for ourselves normally, and we had to turn her down because her skills...just...not to be mean, but they were nowhere near ours. And she wouldn't take measurements; she said she could do it all by eye. So, for me and my odd family, we make our own.
Handmade. I love the satisfaction of having that completed project that you can wear. Buying a cosplay just seems cheap and too easy. What's the fun in that? I find more fun in making the cosplay than in wearing it.
Working on becoming Goku, from the series Dragon Ball Z (cosplay).
I usually wear handmade costumes because my mom is very good with a needle and thread. However, it seems like too much work (both finding the materials & sewing them all together). So the next costume I get will probably be bought.
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Handmade! My mother-in-law and my college roommates helped me get started. Back when I didn't own a sewing machine or knew how to use one, I was the prop person. I worked with fiberglass, foamcore, and all that fun stuff and made the props while everyone else sewed the costumes. Over the years, I've learned a lot more about sewing, and I can alter patterns and draft easy things from scratch. After I drop a bunch of weight, I'll have to re-learn how to draft patterns for myself, though. I used to just be able to squat down and scribble away with a dressmaker's pencil and have it turn out ok. If I did that now, nothing would fit right!
I love challenges when it comes to costumees, and I'm a big fan of complicated, elaborate character designs that give me a little room for creativity. I'm most proud of what I can do with my two hands, and that's my main reason for costuming.
New to the team, and one of my primary motivators for weight loss has been the fact that I model my pal's creations to SF conventions. She hates sewing for herself because she can't get the full effect if she's wearing it, and she's too shy to wear it onstage for a costume contest.
I *think* she's going to dress me up in a steampunk gown and a Milady DeWinter this year. I just buy the fabric and let her go bonkers. And if I'm going to be showcasing the work of someone that talented, I need the bod to make her work look as awesome as it truly is.
Yes, she takes commissions, especially after Easter (when the big anime convention in Seattle is held). Between January and April, she's usually busy sewing.
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I too buy a lot of good will clothes to make into costumes. When I first started cosplaying I relied totally on finding pieces that were close enough that I didn't have to do anything for (A Ryukk Death note Cosplay turned out pretty well doing that).
Now I buy the clothes to use as fabric and have made a Bleach cosplay and some steam punk like that, and also plan on the same for a corset. It's a really long process, but in a pinch I made the Bleach one in about a week.
I'm always wary of buying online because you don't know how it looks on you until you've already bought it, at least with making you know you've got the fit right.
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I usually try to pull costumes together from thrift store buys, adding ornamentation or altering clothing. I can make a costume from scratch if I have to. I don't like to go to the trouble, but for some things you have to.
I'm working on Machika's dress from Immortal Rain right now. I couldn't find a dress or blazer with the yoke at the right place, or the right sleeves. The closest I could find was a vintage pattern that was a little small for me. I did a trial run with crap fabric, which told me what alterations I needed to make (many!). I'm piecing together the real thing now. If it's too wrong, I have enough red for a second try.
I'm not an especially good seamstress. I'm just persistant.
I make my own costumes. I use to have my grandmother make them for me until I realize that I didn't like the way she was making them so I taught myself how to sew. I started with easy costumes. Like one year I went as a female Sano from Kenshin. I bought a white gi and sewed on the lettering and the black strips. After some practice making plushies, I moved onto harder costumes until I was making my own patterns. I have great pride in my costumes. Using the internet and cosplay.com (wonderful site!), I even make automail for my Edward Elric cosplay and woven my own shoes for Shinigami Orihime from Bleach!
I would recommend keep trying to make your own costumes. You will have so much pride in wearing a costume and having people ask for your picture!
"You should let yourself go over the edge every once in a while and enjoy your life."
So I was just curious to see how most of you do your costuming for cosplay. I've actually never bought a costume flat-out, nor have I ever made a costume completely from scratch, but from the research I've done it seems like it generally comes out to about the same cost (depending on the costume, of course).
Typically I alter found-objects that I get at thrift stores and stuff, and I know a lot of other people do that too, but I wanted to see what the rest of you do!
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