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22 Jan 2011 - 03:0048801
How long does it take you to make a cosplay?
Hey,

I was sat here thinking I should go to bed when instead I thought, I wonder how long it takes everyone to make their cosplays on average? As I'm making Zack for Aya which is in August and I'm still worried I'll not get it finished in time!


22 Jan 2011 - 08:3248805
Well I have just over 2 months to get 5/6 costumes done for Kita! 8D So depends on how determined I am, sometimes when I have days off uni I spend all day doing work.
I had only a month to get 4 costumes and another bit for Oct Expo and I think I managed alright

The only reason I don't start earlier is because I rely on my maintenance loan for cosplay supplies until I get an earning job.


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22 Jan 2011 - 09:5048808
It depends on how close to the con it is. The closer the con, the faster and better I work!
I seem to work better under pressure, both my outfits for last expo were made in a week, the SAME week! xD


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22 Jan 2011 - 14:2248827
Quote TheEmoEmu:
It depends on how close to the con it is. The closer the con, the faster and better I work!
I seem to work better under pressure, both my outfits for last expo were made in a week, the SAME week! xD


Lol! I'd like to think I'm the same but it doesn't always work out that way. I usually use that as an excuse to leave stuff to the last minute


22 Jan 2011 - 16:4248834
As I only do mcm expo I have quite alot of time, but I like to start early, as I only do a bit here and there, plus I have to wait to get paid before I can buy more material lol


22 Jan 2011 - 16:4948838
It usually takes me as long as it takes to buy the costume or pay somebody else to make it

In other words, I'm useless. Oh well!


22 Jan 2011 - 18:1048847
current costume, i guess, is about 18 months in the making so far...

previous have been around 4-8 months


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22 Jan 2011 - 19:0548854
Most of my costumes take about 6 months (because I procrasinate and start and don't finish things) but it terms of actual time worked on it, I'd say maybe 2 or 3 weeks XD Things like my team rocket costume was made the week before expo, apart from the props that i'd been working on for months. My current project is a suit of armour... i've spent 2 weeks of solid work on it and have been working on and off in the past week, and so far all i've managed is the headpeice and shoulder armour, so I'm sure its gonna take me a while longer yet XD


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22 Jan 2011 - 19:1848855
Ranges from a day to a month. I don't tend to spend too long on a costume tbh xD;

That being said a lot of the time, the main reasoning for me not finishing a costume in time is because I've been really lazy and left a costume which should take at least a week, two days to finish and I can't do it due to other stuff like college work OTL. Hence why I keep saying to myself start early!!

I often get bored of making the same costume though (unless it's a simple costume that takes a couple hours to make, like sailor fukus) hence why always have a million costumes going at once so it takes a bit longer to finish one costume orz.


22 Jan 2011 - 21:5048861
Maybe a month or so? It depends on the costume, as well as whether or not I have all the materials. I'd say a good week or so was planning, then maybe a day or two actually sewing. But, it tends to take forever because i don't have the fabric/cba getting fabric/no money etc...

That said, Kaiba took me literally 2 days from start to finish >_>;;

This year it is my main ambition to get everything done before the night of the con though ><


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22 Jan 2011 - 22:3948866
Quote CerysKitty:
This year it is my main ambition to get everything done before the night of the con though ><


If this happens, I will actually eat my hat. Feathers and all. . .

If I have all the fabric, I can make a costume in about 2 days.
But generally, I have to buy the materials a bit at a time because I either can't afford it all together, or have to buy stuff off the net.
So that takes a few months in itself, but I make all the patterns in advance, so once I have got all the fabric, I won't stop until its done. . .

Saying this, it does depend on the costume. . .


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22 Jan 2011 - 23:1048869
It usually takes me ages to make a cosplay. I only work on a Cosplay if I feel in the mood for sewing, so I get started on costumes a.s.a.p before any cons regardless. So it can either take a couple or weeks, or even a couple of months! XD


22 Jan 2011 - 23:2148872
I usually take a few days on most of mine as I find the actual breakdown and construction pretty simple for most of them. Kigurumi take me a matter of hours to make as they're so simple and always the same basic pattern. Things like Ectvarr and Nina have taken me a month to make because they're a lot more detailed based so it was things like drying times and just repeating the same thing over and over like making the golden feathers that took so long!
I find that once I sit down and start something then I'll just work flat out to finish it or it'll bug me. ><


22 Jan 2011 - 23:5148877
Depends ont he costume. It usually takes me (or used to) a few months because I'd do a few hours a day and space it out (I also used to work around my mum's work schedule), so Sailor Mercury, to Riza hawkeye were all like this. However, I did Beatrix in a week. I was a simple cosplay but I spent alot more time each day doing it. On the other hand, Emperor Lelouch took 12 hours a day for three weeks just to do the embroidary.


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22 Jan 2011 - 23:5648878
Good to hear I'm not the only procrastinator on here. Even now I'm sat playing Mass Effect looking at my buster sword thinking I should be working on it. Hope it'll still turn out ok but I definitely don't want to be sat the night before gluing and patching

Quote j_mercuryuk:
I did Beatrix in a week.

Just took a look at your Beatrix and it's great, she's probably one of my favourite characters from FF9 (second to Vivi). I'd be happy if I could do a cosplay like that in a week.



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23 Jan 2011 - 00:0248879
Depends on the costume really. It can range from a week or two, a month or two to loads of months at a time. Usually. My main time-span is about a month more or less. But as I said before, it really depends on the costume. I do like to try and get my costume done at least a month before the actual event. Gives me more time to relax and see if there's any problems with it.


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23 Jan 2011 - 01:4548892
Quote Kata-san:


Quote j_mercuryuk:
I did Beatrix in a week.

Just took a look at your Beatrix and it's great, she's probably one of my favourite characters from FF9 (second to Vivi). I'd be happy if I could do a cosplay like that in a week.


She is awesome To be far, I left it till about a week before the con and so I had to blitz it in that time :naughty me: Techinally it isn't finished. I didn't get time to do the shoes or the rmour properly. But thank you very much, it is one I'm very proud of.


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23 Jan 2011 - 01:5648894
Between a week to two months, usually. Most of the time it's less to do with the complexity of the costume, but more to do with how much time I have to look for the right materials and to work on it. Having a job is great in terms of having income, but awful for time-consuming hobbies like cosplay, even though apparently I work freakishly fast. I'm also super picky when it comes to materials so I spend forever looking for the right stuff.


24 Jan 2011 - 12:0148994
Well, with the current cosplay I'm working on (Hogwarts robes, I'm doing George Weasley ) I've so far developed my pattern, bought my material and used my pattern to cut out materials all in like. One afternoon, when I do work, I work hard and fast. But it's rare that I work really.


24 Jan 2011 - 12:2448998
If its a detailed costume or one that requires lots of hand sewing it normally takes a month and a half to two months. (See the Gormenghast cosplays or my Prussia cosplay).

Some of the easier ones can be done in two-three days of non-stop sewing (such as Seiten Taisen).

THough generally it'll be on and off for a few hours a week to get my usual amounts of outfits done. As long as I sit down and concentrate and don't procrastinate its all good


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24 Jan 2011 - 12:2849000
I find that what takes up most of the time is finding all the different parts...wigs, fabrics, craft materials and anything else you need. Once you actually sit down and blitz it out it doesn't really take that long at all. XD

For example i've spent weeks now trying to gather all the components for my steampunk OC but i'm pretty sure actually making it will take less than a week. XD /famouslastwords.


24 Jan 2011 - 13:3649007
It takes around 2 days to 6 months depending whether its complicated or if I got the techniques I need to complete them.

My Eva Beatrice is a good example of a week costume as I gathered all the materials before I got down to making it. School uniforms I can do within two days (skirt one day, the shirt the next).

My Penelo and Claves are around 6 months to a year as I didn't have the skills at the time to make all the components at the same time, so I researched, gathered and left them for a few months until I was confident that I could do the remaining half.

The current costume I am doing now is around 2 months in progress as I spend a good month researching, gathering and learning new skills.


24 Jan 2011 - 14:3249013
...A long time XD Months usually even for the most simplist of things! I spent alot of time fussing over whether something looks right or not ^^; It's a terrible habit I cannot get out of >_<


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24 Jan 2011 - 15:0149014
usually depends on how hard it is etc... usually if i'm not lazy and have free time, a week is all it would take, but now it's like 3 weeks to a month


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