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15 Jan 2014 - 03:53110461
Hello, new cosplayer here!~
Hello!

I am new to this website, and this is actually my first forum ever! :0

I will be making my own cosplay this year, and I'm not sure where to start. Any general tips and resources you could pass along?

- where do you buy your wigs?
- where do you buy your shoes?
- how do you ensure your sewing and patterns are accurate?
- how do you do your makeup accurately?
- where do you find patterns and materials?
- Do you make or buy your accessories and props?

The convention I am attending is in May, so i have lots of time, but I'd like to get started right away. I will be cosplaying Mitsuki Nase from Kyokai no Kanata, in her idol uniform:

http://otakurenders-service.deviantart.com/art/Kyoukai-no-Kanata-Nase-Mitsuki-Hyper-HD-PNG-412488854

Thank you very much for your time!
Caitaku


15 Jan 2014 - 09:26110462
Welcome! Cosplay can be a lot of fun. You've made a great choice to join us

As for your questions, probably everyone wll have different answers, but here are mine:

- where do you buy your wigs?
I buy mine from coscraft.com, but have also used ebay

- where do you buy your shoes?

Shoe shops XD. I also get my jumbo-sized heels from Alternative Footwear. Where possible I wear shoes from my existing collection

- how do you ensure your sewing and patterns are accurate?
Patterns I take on trust. Sewing is a matter of practice, double-checking, and unpicking/restitching if I make a hash of it

- how do you do your makeup accurately?

Practice, practice, practice. Or get a friend to do it

- where do you find patterns and materials?
I use my local fabric shop and haberdashery. I've also travelled to London markets, and got spare fabric from friends. Some people use the internet, but I like to see and feel the fabric before buying. You can also find patterns in charity shops!

- Do you make or buy your accessories and props?
A combination of buying, making, and converting from existing items

EDIT: General advice:
-measure twice, cut once
-newspaper and old fabric can be used to make mock-up and practice items before you start cutting your nice fabric
-talk to cosplayers who have made the costume you;re planning on making
-think about how you will eat/drink, sit, and use the toilet in a costume before you commit to it


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Last edited by PandoraCaitiff (15 Jan 2014 - 09:29)
15 Jan 2014 - 11:07110466
- where do you buy your wigs?

Coscraft, wigisfashion or ebay sellers.

- where do you buy your shoes?

ebay, charity stores or high street discount stores

- how do you ensure your sewing and patterns are accurate?

Largely I take them on trust. Sometimes I use chalk or newspaper to make alterations to patters.

- how do you do your makeup accurately?

Just lots of practice and doing a few test runs before the convention.

- where do you find patterns and materials?

Again ebay, online fabric stores such as efabrics.co.uk or local haberdashery.

- Do you make or buy your accessories and props?

Either make from scratch or buy charity shop clothes to alter. I've bought one or two things: my attack on titan harness and one of my first costumes was a commission.


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15 Jan 2014 - 11:37110469
Hello, new cosplayer here!~ Reply
Quote caitaku:
Hello!

I am new to this website, and this is actually my first forum ever! :0

I will be making my own cosplay this year, and I'm not sure where to start. Any general tips and resources you could pass along?

- where do you buy your wigs?
- where do you buy your shoes?
- how do you ensure your sewing and patterns are accurate?
- how do you do your makeup accurately?
- where do you find patterns and materials?
- Do you make or buy your accessories and props?

The convention I am attending is in May, so i have lots of time, but I'd like to get started right away. I will be cosplaying Mitsuki Nase from Kyokai no Kanata, in her idol uniform:

http://otakurenders-service.deviantart.com/art/Kyoukai-no-Kanata-Nase-Mitsuki-Hyper-HD-PNG-412488854

Thank you very much for your time!
Caitaku


Welcome to cosplayIsland.

- where do you buy your wigs? From a local accessory shop.
- where do you buy your shoes? Local/chain shoe shops.
- how do you ensure your sewing and patterns are accurate? Practicing.
- how do you do your makeup accurately? Finding tutorials and practicing.
- where do you find patterns and materials? I make the patterns myself and I find my materials at local fabric shops.
- Do you make or buy your accessories and props? Make.


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Last edited by ShiraishiEmi (15 Jan 2014 - 11:41)
15 Jan 2014 - 11:40110470
Hello and welcome to the world of cosplay. Nothing new to add other than Have Fun! It's the number one golden rule


15 Jan 2014 - 16:07110478
Where do you buy your wigs?
- Coscraft, Arda-Wigs and ebay

Where do you buy your shoes?

- Ebay, Primark, Shoezone. Generally I buy shoes on the cheap because more often than not you will be painting/gluing them and you don't want to spend a lot of money on shoes you are going to be doing a lot of work to!

How do you ensure your sewing and patterns are accurate?
- Practice. If you're wary about making things completely from scratch straight off the bat, have a look in charity shops, ebay and cheap shops like Primark for items that are similar style/colour/shape of the item you want. Buy them and adapt them, change the collar shape, sew bits to it, etc. This ensures you've got the hardest part of the garment done, but its just tweaks by making it look accurate that you are working on. This will help you when it gets to you trying to make things from scratch.

But overall, just remember: Practice, practice, practice! Patterns are pretty daunting and use a lot of 'professional' language when you first start out. If you don't know what a word or technique they describe means, Google is your friend.

How do you do your makeup accurately?
- Practice. You won't be a master overnight, and sometimes your make-up will look better than other times. Just learn as you go, try new techniques, look up tutorials online (again, these are very easily accessible via google) and eventually you will get there.

Where do you find patterns and materials?
- Fabric can be bought from fabric and upholstory stores and even most haberdasheries. I always find its better to get fabric in person because you can physically see the colour/thickness/texture of the fabric. You can buy things off the internet as well, including cheapfabrics.co.uk, ebay, and other stores.

- Nowadays I make my own patterns (I even have a tutorial for it on my page here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/goldenmochi-monkey-cosplay/patterns-how-to-make-your-own/193992970808055) but you can buy patterns from most fabric stores (ie: FabricLand) and the internet as well. Just be careful if you're buying pattern brands from other countries (ie: the US and Europe) due to the sizing differences between clothes.

Do you make or buy your accessories and props?
- A bit of both, there are plenty of tutorials online telling you how to make items out of fimo, worbla, craft foam, paper mache, wood, foam, clay, salt dough, etc. So you are likely to find the information you need out there! Research material types, the costs, how much prepping, etc. you need and you'll find stuff you will be happy to work with.

Of course, if you're concerned about making a prop, items are pretty easily accessible from places like ebay, etsy and there are commissioners out there.

However, you can always get away by gluing items together and painting them! Don't underestimate the power of Hot glue, PVA and superglue!

Good luck!


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15 Jan 2014 - 16:37110479
Welcome to island

- where do you buy your wigs?
- where do you buy your shoes?
- where do you find patterns and materials?

Ebay is a life saver when looking for fabrics and patterns at a reasonable price, and local craft stores at short notice. Same for wigs. Arda Wigs is really good to as its run by cosplayers. Some characters, I make boot covers for so there are as accurate as I can get.

- how do you do your makeup accurately?

Practice. it may seem like the obvious answer but its true. The more you do a characters make up, the comfortable you get applying it for cons and expos.

- Do you make or buy your accessories and props?

Buying, make or alter. If I get a sword for example (like I currently do) and it looks really fake, I'll repaint it and make adjustments as needed.

Hope this is helpful, and a don't be scared to ask other cosplayers about their costumes or for help. We're a friendly bunch


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01 Feb 2014 - 00:38110967
Hello!

I'm new too, so this is useful!

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