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10 Dec 2013 - 15:28109509
[Help] First cosplay advice, treditional outfit
Hello,

A fan of cosplay for years, I finally managed to find a character that I want to try cosplaying, and I was looking for some advice. The character I'm reffering to is the guy standing in the foreground of this picture:

http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/anime/9/19139l.jpg

I would like some advice on what this outfit is called, and what the simplest way is to achieve such a costume. Note that I have never made clothes in my life aside from sewing on a button, and even that went horribly.


10 Dec 2013 - 15:49109510
He's wearing a kimono (the dressing-gown-like robe) with a haori jacket over the top.

Do you know anybody who sews? Really, the best way to learn is to have someone show you the basic ropes. That said, his outfit is very simple so you should be able to buy at least the basic black kimono.

You can buy kimono/haori patterns, and they're pretty easy to make, but again it's usually best to have someone explain it to you because patterns often use specialised language, even on their "beginner" packs.


10 Dec 2013 - 15:51109511
Take a look at:

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/indepth/cultural/experience/q.html

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/traditional-dress-from-east-asia/

http://www.wafuku.co.uk/kimonoinfo3.htm

Proper traditional japanese dress is hard to make but you can make a mock kimono for cosplay pretty easilly (and you can modify the pattern to make the haori jacket that goes over the top too). Its fairly easy to draft your own pattern if you know a bit about sewing. This is the tutorial I used for my Nihon Fai cosplay:

http://taeliac.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-Draft-a-Kimono-Patten-63652749


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10 Dec 2013 - 15:54109512
You could also just buy a plain black kimono from somewhere like ebay, just be wary that a lot of them use low quality fabrics like satin.


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10 Dec 2013 - 22:56109526
Like the other posters said- try and find someone to help you with sewing, just the basics.

It's a really good starting cosplay though! it's a lovely outfit, but simple enough for a beginner like yourself
if you'd want, like said above, you could probably even buy the kimono, but if you are creative and enjoy things like that, i'd really suggest making it yourself.

onbe of the first patterns i bought was for a yukata/kimono and I've re-used it for so many of my cosplays! it's a very good pattern to own.

Just look for burda, kwiksew or simplicity on ebay or if you have a sewing/fabric store and you should be able to find a suitable pattern for not too much money.

If you don't have anyone to help you out you might want to buy some cheap fabric and make a mock up version first, just so you can have a practise run

eitherway- good luck with it!


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