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14 Jan 2010 - 13:4225400
Quote Zanaso Rymm:
Work on a cosplay until it's as good as you can get it then stop, if you over work it your probably gonna spoil it. Then it is time to think of a new cosplay..


I actually dont agree with that at all. Maybe that would be true for cosplayers at a very high skill level or whatever...but I'm learning more and more as I make cosplays so I like to go back and improve stuff on old cosplays as I go along. I first made my Aeris cosplay back on 06 but I'm still improving it in little ways as I get better. 8D That's just me though and I'm very novice in my sewing skills.


14 Jan 2010 - 14:0125401
Quality for sure ^___^

You gotta stop somewhere, and i have limited space here ahah so i cant make loads and loads, i really try and find characters i like and want to make.


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14 Jan 2010 - 14:0625402
Quote miiol:
I do quite a lot of closet cosplays (or costumes that become part of my closet haha!) and a few ghetto cosplays, but I do try and make my makeup, contacts and wigs really show who the character is, and make sure the costume is accurate.

I would agree with Yuka that it annoys me too - but only if they do not look different, and are not worn at conventions, like someone just taking 50 shots of them looking exactly the same with different wigs/accessories/no makeup/etc!


This makes more sense to me, and I agree entirely. Making a costume individual even if you are reusing items is part of the challange. And someone else mentioned that some uniforms aren't actually all identical? That would be a case where I wouldn't reuse one. (Also, thank you so much for the lovely comments <3).

Quote miiol:
But it does make sense to collapse each costume into a costume file, say all your Kingdom Hearts Organisation into one, all your Full Metal Alchemist into one and all your Sailor Moon Usagi into one or something like this? It also makes it easier for people to find your costume on your list.


Such a good idea. <3 If I ever feel the need to put one of my casual cosplays up here I will so use it.

Quote Chibi:

Also, material choices are one of my biggest pet peeves. For me, when I make a cosplay I try to think about the character, where they come from, what public status, what time period, what fabrics they themselves would have access too, etc...
In my opinion, a good fabric choice can be the lynchpin in making a cosplay look fantastic ^^


Oh God, so much this. It's something I only really realised this year, but it makes such a HUGE difference. It's one of the reasons I'm trying to cut down on the amount of costumes I do this year, because the cost of each one is gradually creeping up as I put more thought into the accuracy.

I also agree with what people have been saying about closet cosplays only being worn in people's bedrooms. I've done so many of those types of things (throwing together stuff out of my closet for a brief photo after something someone's said), and it's been fun at the time, but I'd never upload them to a site like this, or wear them out of my bedroom in such a state (although many inspire me to improve on them so that I can wear them to a meet). What I consider to be closet cosplay is something like L or K from Gravitation where all the elements of a cosplay can be brought from the shops, but still need some amount of tweeking to get perfect. Like Xaerael said, it's almost impossible to find the perfect item shelf brought, and so you're sacrificing accuracy to do that.

Still, I want to repeat what I said first of all: sometimes you can only get to quality through quantity. You have to learn somewhere, and every costume is a learning process. For me, 25 costumes in two and a half years involves an incredible amount of learning (I fitted a sleeve for the first time last night, for example), and I wouldn't have got to the position I'm in at the moment where I can focus on quality instead if I hadn't focused on quantity before. A balance is needed.

Ah, if only we all had the time to do both! XD

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14 Jan 2010 - 15:3225404
I say quality... but I'm not the best example of that. For starters, all of my costumes up to date have had modified clothes on in some shape or form.

And it's the same for one of my future cosplays, I'm doing Austria fro mHetalia (his brown coat version) but I'm wearing a casual version for KitaCon. But... for this example, "casual" is being vaguelly translated into "half-complete". Thing is, I KNOW I won't complete Austria by KitaCom, I'm just not a very speedycostume maker, but I would like ot wear him at that even. I have been worried in the past that people will be annoyed at me for doing a casual but... I have no choice really. I've planned it though, I'm gonna try and make him look as noble as possible, by using smart clothes (generally) from my wardrobe that I feel that Austria COULD WEAR on one of his... days off or something. When I do complete the outfit, I will most likely delete the majority of the pictures from that Costume Page (apart from one which I'll take with my Hungary and one fro ma convention) and upload the completed outfit only.

Additionally, one of my other costumes has no input from me at all. My Yousei-San from Hetalia cosplay is: a poncho with a hood that resembles her, jeans, a skirt and a t-shirt. Peoplw may think that's lazy and not as "good" as other cosplays. But I did put thought into it, the t-shirt has a Union Jack on it to signify that she's England's fairy. And the skirt... that was added to make it magical! I even put thought int my jeans, picking out the right colour. This is why I think the info bar on cosplays helps. What may seem like a lazy "closet" cosplay may be, indeed, a "closet" cosplay but with THOUGHT.

One person flamed (privately) that my Train Heartner cosplay was rubbish because I used a denim jacket... well, that was 100% becuase I felt that his jacket WAS denim, as textures are hard to spot in animes. Now, I feel that it may have been better as blue... but I do plan to improve that cosplay. Once agian, I'll delete all the old versions and reupload new ones.

With these three outfits in mind, I still think I'm focusing on quality more than quantitiy. Becuase even my casual ones have thought put into them, and I like it when other people appreciate that (I was very pleased with the amount of attention my Union Jack top got).


14 Jan 2010 - 15:3825405
Quote MoonLily:
but I'm learning more and more as I make cosplays so I like to go back and improve stuff on old cosplays as I go along. I first made my Aeris cosplay back on 06 but I'm still improving it in little ways as I get better. 8D That's just me though and I'm very novice in my sewing skills.


This this this.

Heck with some of my older costumes I've completely remade or going to remake them rather than doing touch ups. Some costumes like my Tsubasa Sakura outfit is going to have a few things made for it (New trousers and better accessories) but otherwise everything is staying the same because it's just too much hard work to remake the whole thing! But some of the more simplier outfits like Riku (Kingdom Hearts 2) and Duo (Gundam Wing) I hope to remake fully because they're simple enough and now that I actually know how to sew properly, and am better at pattern drafting, I think it's worth going back to them and remaking.

I admit, I'm guilty for having my fair share of closet or half completed/inaccurate costumes but mainly due to my laziness and they were just one off cosplays. I had fun in them, enjoyed photoshoots with them and that's all that counts. Often if they're just for fun then I don't mind too much if they're incomplete or inaccurate, so long as it's wearable and looks vaguely like it does in the references picture (e.g. my Cocktail Haine from Gentlemen's Alliance which I wore to the Fuyucon Ball). However if it's my "main costume", as I like to call them, which I want to do for the challenge, or someone I like so much that I want to get them perfect (or both!), then I will do my best to make it as accurate as possible and will plan it for an event that is months away. Often if it is a main costume of mine but fail to make it 100% accurate then I will leave it and when I have the time or have gained more experience then I will go back to it and do the alterations to it.
(And for the record, my "main costume" doesn't necessarily mean competition costume. It just means a costume that's not just a one off costume I guess, one that I hope to rewear etc.)

I am also guilty of doing "2-in-1 cosplays". Well planning to anyway. Big example is my Platinum Sakura (Card Captor Sakura) and Princess Tutu cosplay! I'm planning on using my Princess Tutu cosplay for the base of Sakura and just make a new bodice and making the little accessories like choker, socks, etc and then that's done! Or with my Magnet Rin (Vocaloid) and Ending Mio (K-ON!) costumes I hope to make the base of the dress and alter it (taking away the sleeves, different gloves, waistband etc) and use it for whichever character. I'm a cheat, I know. But I love all these characters, and making 2 tutus is not really something I want to do but I do want to cosplay the character. (I'm already tearing my hair out over it! I do not want to go through it all over again!!!)

... My posts are always so long >_<; *goes back to hiding under a rock*
tl;dr: I'm guilty of a lot of offences but I try to have a balance of quality and quantity, that's my reasoning.


14 Jan 2010 - 16:5025406
Quote MadameLapin:

With these three outfits in mind, I still think I'm focusing on quality more than quantitiy. Becuase even my casual ones have thought put into them, and I like it when other people appreciate that (I was very pleased with the amount of attention my Union Jack top got).


Yeah I agree. It really annoys me when 'casual' cosplays gets a bad name. X.X If I cosplay I only ever cosplay because of love for the character rather than the clothes they wear. I'm...kinda obbsessive...so my love for the character in my mind makes what they're wearing awesome even if it is something more like everyday clothing! ^^;; I'm not going to make ambitious, over the top costumes for the sake of it. I'll stick to casual if that is what the character wears.

I think i've gone off track. Just to remind people that sometimes 'casual' is the only option if the character doesnt have an exciting wardrobe. Although, as stated previously, 'casual' cosplays can be done very well with special attention to detail too. ^^


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