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19 May 2010 - 18:4432318
Help in choosing cosplay(s)
I need some help in choosing one or more cosplays
There is a chance I'm not supposed to ask for ideas, but I couldn't see anything telling I couldn't so I'm doing it. I apologise in advance though if I'm not supposed to be ask for help in this way (something in my head strikes me that I shouldn't, I'm not sure why, and now I'm paranoid about it...)

Right, so, I'm doing this thing called the Queen's Guide Award which is an award in guiding and blah blah etc
One part of it is to develop a skill or start a new one. So I decided to do cosplaying making as I've made dresses before in the past (was into cosplay before I decided to count it though)

For this I need to have a minimum of 60 hours and I reckon I've done about 30-35 already
Now I'm not being lazy and trying to do the least I can and only do 60 hours, that's not my problem
I could easily come up with cosplays to make, loads of them probably, but I have a distinct lack of money

So the help I need is some suggestions of cosplays that have some complexity to them (including props, designs, whatever, the more the better, I'd love to spend time on it) but can be made on a fairly low budget (like, not much more than £50 really)
And I am totally into being introduced to new series, because I don't know many

My only thought is to do Lan Fan from Fullmetal Alchemist, but I'm not sure I could really do it on a very low budget. Plus, wigs tend to be one of the most expensive parts and I think her's could end up being quite costly
Meaning I have no ideas...

Help please? =]



Last edited by Stubbled Grapes (19 May 2010 - 18:45)
21 May 2010 - 08:4732422
The only one that immediately sprang to mind was spiderman.

Possibly not so much cloth involved since it's all skin-tight stretchy stuff but i can imagine getting it to look good would take forever. lol. Especially drawing on all those spiderweb lines.

I'm sure you could probably eat up any remaining hours by adding padding for muscle tone (:



Last edited by Astrille (21 May 2010 - 08:48)
22 May 2010 - 19:1732529
Ooo, that's an interesting idea
I think I might end up screaming and throwing it out of the window though if the stretchyness doesn't behave xD
Might think about it though, thanks =D


22 May 2010 - 20:3032537
Unless you've already had a bit of practice in sawing, I wouldn't recommend it. I did dress desgin for my GCSE art and almost cried with the frustration. Well, in the end tho, it's turned out ot be a pretty dress... so if you're gonna do cospaly, I'd recommend something flowy and dress-like (it's easiest) with not much detail. Working with satin is also probably the easiest.

Hm... maybe Fuu from Samurai Champloo?
http://www.mooncostumes.com/image/22507

It's a kimono shape which are easy enough to work with (you can just fake it hre and there, no one's gonna know lol), and as for the bow, easy-peasy - make a huge bow out of pink ribbon and glue it onto the obi... which can also be just a long rectangular piece of fabric.


22 May 2010 - 20:5932545
I can sew quite easily =]
I did GCSE textiles in which I made an evening dress (that I wore to my leaver's do). Have since made another dress and made one of my cosplays from scratch, as well as other bits and bobs, so yeah, sewing I can do fairly easily
Which is why I want something with a bit of complexity to it, give me a bit of a challenge, whether that's in props or detail or the sewing itself

But it's not the complexity or the time that I care about at the moment really, it's more doing it on a low budget

Thanks for the suggestion though! Kimono would be interesting to make, will definitely keep that in mind =]


22 May 2010 - 21:0632547
Lucky you, I'm a 'numpty' with sewing : p if you're on a budget, well, this will sound stupid, but you can go a really, really long way with old, useless clothing... yes, including old halloween capes... And the funny thing is, they're ten times cheaper than proper textiles and you don't really notice the difference if you do it right.

(I know cause I ran out of material and I had to use my old halloween vampire cape for the bottom of my dress. Not my proudest moment, but hey, it worked)

So I'm just leaving a few references to some good anime costumes:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_EasdbXFHZjA/SJyk2B7AowI/AAAAAAAAARQ/XX59QMPOXSU/s400/ergo+proxy+1.jpg


22 May 2010 - 21:0632548
Lucky you, I'm a 'numpty' with sewing : p if you're on a budget, well, this will sound stupid, but you can go a really, really long way with old, useless clothing... yes, including old halloween capes... And the funny thing is, they're ten times cheaper than proper textiles and you don't really notice the difference if you do it right.

(I know cause I ran out of material and I had to use my old halloween vampire cape for the bottom of my dress. Not my proudest moment, but hey, it worked)

So I'm just leaving a few references to some good anime costumes:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_EasdbXFHZjA/SJyk2B7AowI/AAAAAAAAARQ/XX59QMPOXSU/s400/ergo+proxy+1.jpg
(Re-I from Ergo Proxy. Awesome Victorian touches)

http://pgteenspace.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/vampireknight.jpg
(you could go for the whole gothic uniform if you like to mess about with archetypes)

http://athlog.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/alyx2x.jpg
(I heard from a friend this is easy to do... but she just collected proper clothes really. Still, if you run out of time - this is probably the easiest cosplay to do.)

And if all else fails...
http://www.google.co.uk/images?hl=en&gbv=2&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=cheap+cosplay&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

The first pic says it all.



Last edited by FatCat (22 May 2010 - 21:10)
22 May 2010 - 21:2032550
Ooo, I really like the look of that first one! And Ergo Proxy is on my list of animes to watch!
Now Vampire Knight I have seen some of, and like (just haven't got around to watching more). Something I hadn't considered. Quite some effort with the pleated skirt and jacket and yet, probably not too expensive

You're being lots of help, thanks! =D


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