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04 Mar 2014 - 18:28111741
Not entirely happy with costume
So after 8 months I finally got my daenerys astaphor dress and cloak sorted, I am not entirely happy with the actual dress, getting it to fit right is an nightmare and I am having to safety pin the necklace down because it just won't fit correctly. The rest of the cosplay has gone so well and I feel if I don't wear it in 2 weeks time it would have been a waste of time and money.

So my question is, have you gone out in a costume you haven't been completely happy with? Did you still want people to take pics? Did you get any criticism?


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04 Mar 2014 - 18:32111742
Safety pins are a cosplayers best friend. If your cosplay looks better with them, use them. You don't want to let all that hard work go to waste.
Seriously, most people use them for one thing or another.

Aside from that, take a break from it, maybe you can resew the neckline, or even make it again from scratch if you're feeling adventurous.

It's likely no one else would see the 'flaws' so I wouldn't worry about criticism. As for wanting photos, go for it, you can always get some more when you get it just right =) (Something I've done several times)


04 Mar 2014 - 20:58111748
Honestly all the time! There are literally hundreds of things that aren't perfect with my costumes but no one else has ever criticised them. If you're like most of us, then you're your own worst critic. Nothing wrong with using safety pins to keep everything in place and I agree with not letting your hard work go to waste!


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05 Mar 2014 - 01:13111756
Quote Carmina:
Honestly all the time! There are literally hundreds of things that aren't perfect with my costumes but no one else has ever criticised them. If you're like most of us, then you're your own worst critic. Nothing wrong with using safety pins to keep everything in place and I agree with not letting your hard work go to waste!


Yep same here. I'm never 100% happy with a costume, but if it's "good enough" and I'm not embarrassed to be seen in it, then I'll wear it anyway.

Perfection is a noble aim, but if you don't ever wear it because it's not quite perfect, you'll miss out on a lot of the fun parts of cosplay.


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05 Mar 2014 - 21:48111783
Quote PandoraCaitiff:
Quote Carmina:
Honestly all the time! There are literally hundreds of things that aren't perfect with my costumes but no one else has ever criticised them. If you're like most of us, then you're your own worst critic. Nothing wrong with using safety pins to keep everything in place and I agree with not letting your hard work go to waste!


Yep same here. I'm never 100% happy with a costume, but if it's "good enough" and I'm not embarrassed to be seen in it, then I'll wear it anyway.

Perfection is a noble aim, but if you don't ever wear it because it's not quite perfect, you'll miss out on a lot of the fun parts of cosplay.


The same goes for me, embrace the imperfection. Infect it has bean a talking point when meting other cosplayers


05 Mar 2014 - 22:57111787
A lot of the time screen worn costumes aren't perfect either! From what I've seen of your costumes on here, your standard is incredibly high and I'm sure you've done an incredible job anyway. A few safety pins isn't a problem at all- I always make sure I have a few on me just in case anyway! They're essential for cosplayers! ;D

I'm sure people will come up to you with nothing but compliments.


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05 Mar 2014 - 23:53111789
I do realise I am just being fussy, it's not a big deal but I would prefer to get everything on the costume as right as possible. This is why I love my Tardis cosplay, no rules!


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06 Mar 2014 - 10:47111802
I completely understand wanting to get everything right, but ultimately once you're there, in costume, you'll probably be having too much fun to mind too much.
Heck, I messed up one costume so that a whole part kept slipping down an safety pins wouldn't hold it. In the end I popped that part away to fix later and had way more fun in 3/4 of a costume than I would've out of costume. I've also helped people prep sith and mordecai (borderlands 2) costumes by safety pinning the magically-staying-in-place scarfs and arm wraps and whatnot.
I could give you a long looooong list of times I've improvised like that, but the overriding theme is that every time people have been either none the wiser or very sympathetic to the problem. So go for it and have fun and in a couple of months time, you'll just have nice memories and good pictures and it won't matter that it wasn't perfect.


06 Mar 2014 - 11:45111804
I came across a post once which said that everybody is their own worst critic and that was incredibly reassuring. I've been in costumes where I've had to use safety pins or I've had to sew myself in or I've hated the wigs and at first I wondered why people weren't buying those huge bottles of cola just to dump over my head for having such a naff costume.

But largely I've still had a nice reaction from people with them. Then I scribble notes on what I want to improve, pin that to the costume and then just put it away for a few months to come back to.


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06 Mar 2014 - 12:40111807
I'm a perfectionist and have taken apart cosplays only to resew them up again because I've never been happy with them. There is always something I'm unhappy with but if I can get a costume to the point that I can tolerate it I'm happy!

That said, never go out in a cosplay you're just unhappy with the result. I became unemployed while making my Designer Belle dress, so had no money to finish it to the standard I wanted. I had a lot of fun in the group, but I hate how I look in it, and it just made me so miserable wearing it and I felt I let the group down whenever people took photos.

Its not worth being unhappy all day if you're not content with the result of your cosplay. Sometimes its best just to drop everything and say 'not today' and pick it up again another time when you're ready to crack at it again.

Finish a cosplay to a point you can tolerate and accept the imperfections, however, if you're going to be completely unhappy with the final result, sometimes its best just to accept that you should leave it until you can get it to a standard you're happy with.


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06 Mar 2014 - 16:50111814
I know what you mean i like my cosplays to look a certain way and when you only get a limited amount of money/time to do them it can make you not feel great in them i think this May might be one of those times as i have no money and i've been making my boyfriend's cosplay so i've not had time to make mine


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06 Mar 2014 - 17:15111815
I’m a perfectionist too, but I try and make sure my costume doesn’t fall apart that’s my number one plan above all else! Sometimes you need to alter a design if you want it to suit your own body too I find, when I first dressed up as Lust from FMA I was so self conscious but I learned to embrace it after another wear. Regarding things not being perfect, I made Celsius from Tales of Symphonia and I worked on it into the early hours of the night before my first wear date, so while I wasn’t 100% happy I still dressed up at her, despite some missing details, because I wanted to cosplay as her so much. And yeah one day I plan on wearing them again and fixing bits but I’m still satisfied how I did because I had a lot of fun.

On top of that there are costumes I’ve worked really hard on but haven’t managed to get a photo of when I had it on fully! Like my Rinoa ball dress. That’s also something I regret, but I plan on re-wearing most costumes to make the most of my creations.

Overall, if you had fun in the cosplay that’s what matters in my opinion


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