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05 Jul 2013 - 16:48104753
Hey everyone!
Hiya So, obviously I'm new here! The main reason I joined is that even though I've loved video games and anime etc for ages, and I've been to Expo twice, I've never had the desire to cosplay. But these past few days I've really been wanting to do it. I am here to ask for advice on how to get into cosplaying. Also, in "real life" I only have a handful of friends, and they are definitely not into anime or that sort of thing at all! To be honest I haven't watched any anime in ages but would love to cosplay as a Final Fantasy character. So as well as looking for cosplaying advice I would love to see if I could maybe make some friends on here and attend Expo with someone?! Looking forward to talking with you.


05 Jul 2013 - 17:09104754
Hi and welcome to Cosplay Island =)
I think there are many of us who don't know any other anime or gaming fans locally, I actually have the same problem. A great way to make new friends at an Expo is to look on the forums to see if there will be any set meet-ups for whichever series you're cosplaying from, and if you can't find one you could always make your own topic to see if anyone's interested in doing a group for it. I know there are a good amount of Final Fantasy cosplayers on here. I have yet to do any FF cosplay myself but I'm definitely a fan - Tetsuya Nomura is actually my favourite artist =)


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Last edited by Tsuchinoko (05 Jul 2013 - 17:11)
05 Jul 2013 - 21:54104759
That's cool, thank you! I do have one friend from my old school who is really into cosplay but we've just drifted apart and that ship has sailed. I would really love to start cosplaying but I'm no good with sewing or anything and I heard that people who buy their costumes are looked down on? Well I don't know! Would be great to go to Expo though


05 Jul 2013 - 23:36104762
Quote JustMe:
I would really love to start cosplaying but I'm no good with sewing or anything and I heard that people who buy their costumes are looked down on? Well I don't know! Would be great to go to Expo though


Some people can be snooty about bought costumes, but as long as you're not running around claiming you made it yourself, there's nothing wrong with buying costumes. Not listening to snooty people is good general advice too

The mains ways of getting a costume are:
  • Make it yourself from scratch
  • Make it yourself by adpating exisisting clothes
  • Pay someone else to make it (friend, comissioner, etc)
  • Buy it from someone else (ebay, friend, expo stall, etc)
  • Borrow a costume from a friend.


They're all fine, and each have their own pros and cons



Last edited by PandoraCaitiff (05 Jul 2013 - 23:37)
06 Jul 2013 - 00:34104763
I wouldn't be put off by it
I've been cosplaying for several years and I either shop around for and then adapt existing clothing or get them commissioned. I'm more confident at illustration and photography and wouldn't know how to sew something so that it's well-made and fits specific measurements. I'd much rather represent the character as best as I can as that is my main reason for cosplaying. For some people they like to challenge themselves with the making-side of things, but it's okay if textiles isn't your thing too. There are lots of different creative areas that anime fans tend to be involved in and textiles is only one of them ^^


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06 Jul 2013 - 09:23104766
Haha, yup, not listening to snooty people is indeed very good advice! I guess it doesn't matter if I buy a costume after all! Some characters I am considering cosplaying as would be simple to just make their costume anyway, like if they're wearing a school uniform for example! But I am considering being Lulu from FFX, and I definitely wouldn't be able to make that! I am interested in maybe doing some sewing classes though, that would be cool. And yeah, there's definitely more to being a character than just the costume. It would be cool to act like them too!

I'm excited to go to Expo now! I just need to find someone to go with me lol


07 Jul 2013 - 21:42104802
Quote JustMe:
Haha, yup, not listening to snooty people is indeed very good advice! I guess it doesn't matter if I buy a costume after all! Some characters I am considering cosplaying as would be simple to just make their costume anyway, like if they're wearing a school uniform for example! But I am considering being Lulu from FFX, and I definitely wouldn't be able to make that! I am interested in maybe doing some sewing classes though, that would be cool. And yeah, there's definitely more to being a character than just the costume. It would be cool to act like them too!

I'm excited to go to Expo now! I just need to find someone to go with me lol


Na I would not worry if you bought your costume. Not everyone has the talents to make their costume, if they did, there would not be artists online who would be able to make money from their work they do. If you want it has close to the character has possible, then why not pay for the best costume, that satisfies what you need.

It is the same with my costume, no way would I be able to make this costume, it would cost me more money to make it myself, and it is more likely I would get the wrong materials, and I have wasted fortune's, when it could have been made by the pro's, who know where to get the materials to make it. I never knew People were looking down on cosplayers, who pay for their costume


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