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05 Aug 2013 - 22:05105721
Help! Where do I begin?
I'm a newb to creating costumes.. and I'm planning on creating my first for conventions in 2014. I do have some sewing knowledge (although I hand-sew only, I don't have a machine).

The character in question is Asuka Langley Soryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

I'll get a wig next year (nearer the time) and cut/ style, and I'm planning to customise the socks and find some mary-janes.

But where do I begin with that pinafore? 0_o

I'm not sure where to buy the right fabric from, or how to create and use a sewing pattern and make it accurate.. the blouse might be a little easier as I have a white blouse (may just need to emphasise/ modify the collar a little) and the ribbon is straightforward. But the pinafore is a pain. >.<

As for her headset hairclips, I will probably make those from air-hardening clay.. do you think that will be effective?

Any advice and critique is appreciated.

06 Aug 2013 - 06:47105726
I highly recommened looking for a pattern. Either one that's exactly what you want, or one that close enough (and then either modifying it, or thinking, "Meh. Close enough" )

Try these:

Clay is fine for Asuka's hair thingys, but if you can find it, paperclay is lighter and is less likely to slip off the wig.


Last edited by PandoraCaitiff (06 Aug 2013 - 06:47) Reason: random smiley snuck in
06 Aug 2013 - 09:56105740
I reckon it would be best to look for a high-waisted skirt pattern from the links Pandora posted, and if it doesn't have pleats already, you can find tutorials for how to do that online. Then you could easily modify it since the top part is just very wide strips of fabric. Patterns usually come with instructions for how to use them too. It would definitely be much easier and less time-consuming if you know someone who has a sewing machine you can borrow, but since this is a relatively simple costume you could hand-sew too.

As for buying fabric, it kind of depends on where you live. If there are decent fabric shops in your area you should just go and have a look around for something that matches the colour and seems like an appropriate fabric to use for a school uniform, e.g. cotton (be sure to take a reference with you for that). If you need to buy online, it can be a bit trickier since it's harder to tell if it matches what you want, but you can order fabric samples from some places if you're worried. It shouldn't be too expensive.

10 Aug 2013 - 22:54105912
Thank-you both! I live near Blackpool, so I'm not too sure of where to buy fabric from.. there is always the option of picking something up when I go to (better) places like Manchester, or maybe even getting something online. Do you have any websites to recommend for that?

I found some shorts of similar colour to the pinafore, but unfortunately they'd be too short to modify into a long enough skirt..

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