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11 Aug 2010 - 08:5338498
Starting A Cosplay
Hey all

I have been into cosplay for about a year now...well more than that but only started it a year ago and I have a long list of what I want to do.

But I dont know where to start and wondered if people could help me with some advice on what you guys do. Where is the best place to look for patterns for outfits? Where is the best place to get fabric?

All advice will be helpful as I want to get started on another outfit soon ^_^


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11 Aug 2010 - 13:0038515
i make notes and draw parts of the costume/creature i'm making for about 3 months while researching materials.

there's probably no "best" place to find material, as "best" is subjective. you're best just shopping around to find the most accurate fabric. as for online shopping, i have a list of about 20+ different suppliers for different things just for armour! my fabric supplier list is even longer. i'd safely say there's no "best places", just a lot of different places with different options.

same with patterns, some people prefer to draft their own, other like to modify existing ones.

not that helpful, sorry! ^^;;


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11 Aug 2010 - 13:1738519
no thats fine...thanks ^_^ I didnt use a pattern with my Rinoa dress but it worked out okay so I know what you mean about the patterns. ^_^


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11 Aug 2010 - 13:5138521
i think the one huge bit of advice i can give is study the costume. if you can get a figure/statue, that's usually the best way. then draw each part of the costume, then each piece of each part. mentally dismantle the whole thing.


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11 Aug 2010 - 15:5738529
I find the best thing to do is to start a cosplay that is relatively simple Something that looks good enough for what you can sew. Anything too complicated can get beginners into a right pickle XD As for fabrics, the best place to go is your local fabric shops if there's a Franklins near where you live. They usually have books providing a range of patterns to choose from. Shopping on Ebay for fabrics can be a bit iffy, unless you know what kind of blends you're looking for with fabric XD Patterns however are more trust worthy! ^^


11 Aug 2010 - 20:5838559
I would say, dive in with making your own patterns. Once you have figured out how to make your own patterns a lot of outfits become very do-able. Its not as hard as people think. You can start by simply selotaping pieces of greaseproof paper together. Then you can make a mock up, or 'rough' of the costume out of any spare fabric (or buy a cheap dustsheet to cut up ) and keep adjusting the rough until it looks right on you. Then you dis-assemble it into its seperate pieces and use it as your pattern template to cut the final costume pieces using the proper material. Well that's how I do most of mine..

For more difficult costumes, made using latex or difficult hardware etc you can learn a lot off tutorials on YouTube. In fact YouTube has quite a lot of usefull tutorials on normal things too, like inserting invisible zippers etc.
Also increasingly people are putting good construction info in their journal entries.


13 Aug 2010 - 01:3938644
try any local charity shops for curtins (yes curtins) i found that they have a vast amount of them that can be used for kimonos hakamas and anything like that.Its only a case of un-stiching them
do start simple when i started i thought that kimonos where easy and made a ass of it.reserch on the typ of costume helps a hell of a lot.Be it period clothing style or modern ect.
hope to have helped you


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13 Aug 2010 - 06:4538645
As far as patterns go, i've been a cosplayer for 9 years and never used them ^^'
When i started i went to charity shops and altered clothes to my liking and made the accessories from fabrics i picked up at markets ^^

I would definately agree that charity shops hold some treasures for cosplayers ^^, also markets, carboots, erm things like scrapstores etc would be worth researching them ^^


16 Aug 2010 - 07:5938764
Thank you everyone for your advice....it has helped a lot and I will start researching for my next cosplay....when I have chosen from my list lol

^_^


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19 Aug 2010 - 08:4538963
I guess you could get almost every helpful info there. XD. But, I also need to recommend Cosplay.com. If, there are something you cant solove there, just try that powerful cosplay forum.


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