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07 Dec 2013 - 13:02109453
Starting Cosplay?
So I'm both new to the site and new to cosplaying and I was wondering if anyone could possibly give me any start-up help?

I've wanted to cosplay for quite a while now however I've never found a character I could truly put my heart into until now, Elsa from Disney's Frozen which was recently released.

But I've absolutely no idea where to start! Luckily, I've already got the hair, eye colour and makeup to hand so really it's only the dress I need to worry about.

Has anyone got any tips for me on where to possibly start?

-Chloe ♥


07 Dec 2013 - 13:24109455
It depends on if you want to make it yourself, pay someone else to make it, or buy something that looks kinda like it?

07 Dec 2013 - 13:40109456
Hi and welcome to the cosplayisland site.

I was the same as you - first time cosplayer and new to the whole cosplay, but the advice I can give, is basically be yourself.

If there is characters you like from movies, animes or games, then go for it, don't worry what people say about it, it's how you feel and cosplay is meant to be fun.

07 Dec 2013 - 14:52109459
Welcome to the world of cosplay. If you are gunna make the costumes yourself, I find it really helpful to research your character. Find a selection of images that you can use to help you recreate that character, like front, back and side pictures. I keep the images on my phone so if I'm out and I see something that I think would work well I can check it then and there.

And talk to other cosplayers. We're not that scary. If they have done a costume you really like, most people will tell you how they made it.


Last edited by SteamAndDust (07 Dec 2013 - 14:54)
07 Dec 2013 - 16:27109462
Welcome to the world of cosplay!

As your first cosplay, I'd say ask yourself if you wanna sew if yourself from scratch, customise existing clothes, or commission it from someone.
Every cosplayer is different, so some make, some commission, some alter. It depends on their skills. It's just finding what your most comfortable with and if you want to learn new skills if you don't know how to sew already for example.

But if you get stuck no matter which way you take, just ask people on the site! I find we're all friendly people.

(For Elsa, I'd say finding a base dress you could alter and add to may be easy for a first cosplay if you've never sewn before. A that way you'd have something to build in rather than learn how to use patterns, find them, and then do all the details. Hope this is a small help on where to maybe start with her dress)

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08 Dec 2013 - 12:20109475
Hi there! You've picked an absolutely gorgeous outfit to start with! I haven't seen the film yet but I absolutely adore it.

I don't know what your skill level is or what you can afford to spend. But for a beginner I would probably recommend finding a dress for you to alter and then use a chiffon fabric for the cape part. If you can find some which already has a glittery pattern, all the better. For the shoes, I'd find some to buy and then paint/glue some glitter.

- If you're absolutely dead-set on crafting it from scratch, this page suggests two patterns: http://www.elitecosplay.com/next-big-cosplay-disneys-frozen/

- http://www.allfreesewing.com/ also has a lot of dress sewing tutorials.

- This cosplayer breaks down some of the materials she's using: http://ameatyourservice.tumblr.com/post/68518823526/frozen-i-saw-the-movie-today-and-i-am-so-glad

- Thread on cosplay.com which has a few suggestions for various parts: http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?p=4716800

And here's one of my top pieces of advice when it comes to cosplay: it's okay to ask people.

If you see an awesome costume on places like deviantART or Tumblr or Cosplay Island, it's okay to leave a comment or send the cosplayer a message asking how they did certain parts, what materials they used, etc. For places like Tumblr and Cosplay Island, I'd say best send a PM as they don't have great comment/reply systems. Most people in the cosplay community are so friendly and fun and will always be happy to help and give advice where they can.

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