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28 Sep 2013 - 00:52107662
First time cosplaying
So this January i'm going to my second ever super-convention and i want to cosplay. I want to get started and i'd like to avoid anything complicated but have fun at the same time. What would the veterans here suggest?

Thanks for any help guys

28 Sep 2013 - 03:44107663
It's certainly possible to have fun cosplaying while avoiding the complications of complex costume design.

As with many things on the internet, it's easily possible to get a cosplay commissioned for you, whether by someone here or ordered elsewhere. For example, I decided to try making this guy's clothes for my first attempt. It was about the time I'd finished making the pants that I realised... "yeah, I'm not gonna be able to do this!"

Thankfully, I'd ordered one online as a fallback measure and ended up wearing that instead. Still had a lot of fun at the May Expo down in London and had people stopping me for photos. Which is an awesome feeling, by the way.

Although I'm far from what many would consider a "veteran", having only cosplayed once thus far, I would still say that the best thing to do would be to start simple. Even if you have a decent amount of sewing/crafting skills behind you before you begin, the time leading up to the convention flies by way faster than you'd initially think.

As for what you could cosplay, there's certainly no shortage of anime/videogame/etc. characters who wear more mundane clothes or are known to wear them aside from their "trademark" outfit.

Nathan Drake from Uncharted, for instance, wears jeans, a long-sleeved shirt and hiking boots, while Delsin Rowe from Infamous: Second Son - the cosplay I'm shooting for next - is dressed in an equally casual fashion.

As I'm sure many will say, while we can offer suggestions and inspiration, the foremost authority on what you should cosplay... is yourself. Just look through your favourite games, anime/manga or whatever else takes your fancy until something jumps out at you. And make sure you have fun, too.

Last edited by Origin (28 Sep 2013 - 03:44)
28 Sep 2013 - 07:41107664
Don't know if I'm really a veteran but here's my two pence anyway.

1. Pick a character you really like and will enjoy dressing up as. Maybe this sounds obvious but enthusiam does show.

2. If you're planning on making yourself its good to challenge yourself but don't go mad on your first time. Have a fair assessment of what you think you can do and what your budget will allow and pick a cosplay that will work within that. If you don't want to make everything from scratch to begin with you can buy normal clothes and modify them. You can find cheap clothes for modding in charity shops and primark.

3. Don't be afraid asking for help. You can post a thread here if you get stumped. There are also many, many cosplay tutorials on places like Deviantart and youtube. If you're not sure how to do a particular part likely someone else will have tried it before, so you can internet search for inspiration or look at completed cosplays on here and other cosplay sites for ideas.

4. If you don't want to make it yourself find a good commissioner or website to buy it from. There is a commission thread on here and links to various sites and reviews in the shops tab. Just bear in mind if you're getting something custom made the extra time and cost it will take.

5. Allow plenty of time ahead to plan, whether making it yourself or having commissioned.

6. For whichever con you're going to sign up to their forums and see if anyone is organising a group meet/ photoshoot for your series. This is a great way to make friends and meet new people. You can always organise yourself if there isn't!

7. Before the con have a look at some poses your character does in case people ask you for photos.

28 Sep 2013 - 14:18107680
Well i think my problem is the lack of sewing/crafting you guys are talking about. I just never did it and i wouldn't know how to even start with that.

But that nathan drake idea is good i just need to find a character i like. Ocelot from MGS3 would be one since i use to do alot of JROTC and CAP things.

28 Sep 2013 - 16:13107682
I think if it is hard to sew a costume, source already existent items to put together, a lot of my costumes have been done this way. Cause I am not good at sewing at all, but I have been doing it a fair while.

I think as someone said above the most important thing is doing a cosplay you enjoy and feel comfortable in.

29 Sep 2013 - 15:23107715
In all honesty with sewing the best way to improve is with practice. For you I'd recommend starting with a character who has a costume that can be modded from ordinary clothes and start there. There are literally 1000's of tutorials online that can help you get started but it will make things easier once you pick a character, as you can ask on here how to do different parts.

01 Oct 2013 - 09:03107793
If you are just interested in the dressing up and messing about in a costume, and not the creative/crafting side of things, then you can always buy pre-made costumes online (here in the MArketplace section, or ebay for example - normal warnings about checking feedback/postage rates/etc apply)

There's no shame in a bought/comissioned/second-hand costume if you're not claiming you made it yourself

01 Oct 2013 - 11:02107797
Everyone here said most stuff Id agree with

If you are planning to make it yourself I would start with someone who wears a school uniform or a simple dress Like Kairi from kindom hearts.

And don't be afraid to ask for help/ look for tutorials, Youtube and Deviant art are full of great ones.


05 Oct 2013 - 21:11107925
I'm a relative newbie too & I agree with everyone here that if you pick a character that you know & love it'll show through & you'll have a heap of fun.

The main thing to note on costumes is that you get what you pay for & that may affect how you feel on the day. Don't expect something awesome if you pay $20 for a ready made costume off eBay. If you're happy with that, cool, no-one will judge. Think outside the box though & break a costume down into it's component parts & see how ready made clothing/accessories can be put together to make a Cosplay rather than looking at it in one piece. Glue & wondaweb can be your best friends if you're not planning on it lasting too long!

& this is a great place for advice, support & ranting when things go wrong!

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