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25 Jun 2011 - 10:3961236
How Important is Accuracy in Cosplay?
Just a random thought I had... Dunno if theres been a thread on this before but hey.

Im planning to cosplay an UTAOloid who wears low-cut trousers that show a thong, and was planning to basically ommit this detail for the sake of personal comfort in terms of what Im willing to wear for a costume.

Got me thinking, do other people prioritise accuracy or their own comfort when making a costume? Like, would you alter a costume you liked to make it more comfortable for you, or would you just keep it as it was and show off more than youre comfortable with and stay true to the original design?

25 Jun 2011 - 10:5061237
I usually go for comfort (well from now at least) unless its a big project I plan to wear for a short time (like in the masq).

However, I do tend to take accuracy into consideration alot and try make it feel as comfortable as possible.

If its for comfort and modesty then I am perfectly fine with slight alterations but if its things like fabric types, detail...ect then that could be annoying when it looks wrong.

So basically a mix of both.

Last edited by White Tigress (30 Jul 2011 - 15:46)
25 Jun 2011 - 10:5761238
To me, accuracy is everything xD If I get some details wrong, it winds me up to hell and back!

25 Jun 2011 - 11:1161239
I'll modify something to make it more comfortable for me if I have to. For example, I'm very much a boyish girl in terms of normal clothing and I'm not one to wear dresses or skirts, BUT there are a number of characters that I intend to cosplay (or I already have) that do wear them. I tend to modify dresses to make them a bit longer if I need to, just for the sake of making myself feeling better.

To be honest, if I know I'm not going to feel comfortable in a costume at the making stage, when it comes to actually wearing it then it's just going to end up a day of feeling self conscious and horrible all day. I'm not going to make myself feel like that just for the sake of being 100% accurate.

That said though, I only really make minor alterations to a design. I know what I look good or bad in when it comes to cosplay. I'll lengthen a skirt or a dress, but I won't (first thing that comes to mind) do a complete overhaul on Rikku's thief dressphere to cover myself up and make myself happy - the lengths I'd have to go to do that would make it an entirely different costume all together. Fair dos to anyone who wants to do that sort of thing, but it's just not for me.

25 Jun 2011 - 11:1261240
it depends on the actual character itself. if it is just an ordinary japanese school girl, they can get away with a few minor prblems but if its something which needs lots of detail, heavy make up at the list can go on, I think the accuracy is everyting!
also I think that if a photographer is taking photos of models in cosplay, then again accuracy is everything, but again this is just my opinion


25 Jun 2011 - 12:0461241
It depends on the character, and how many defining traits they have.

Take L for example - his would be Blue Jeans, White shirt and Black hair.
You would need all of these to be obvious who you were cosplaying.

Then take someone like Ash Ketchum - Blue Jacket with Yellow detail, Blue Jeans, Red and White Cap, Green and Yellow fingerless Gloves.
If you have all of these, you could probably get away with Brown hair, even though his character would require a Black wig - especially if you have props, too, like a Pikachu or a couple of Pokeballs.

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My Cosplay plans change a lot! If they conflict with what I've written elsewhere, the most recent take preference.

Last edited by OptimisticRebel (25 Jun 2011 - 12:06)
25 Jun 2011 - 14:5961255
I think it all depends on what you're happy with.

Personally, I would sacrifice comfort for accuracy. I'm somewhat of a perfectionist and will try and make my cosplays as exactly as I can (you don't know how much it annoys me that I can't sometimes).
I wouldn't dream of making something a little bit longer or a little bit looser or altering it in a way to suit me. If I don't think I'd be comfortable making the cosplay as it is, then I wouldn't do it.

This isn't to say I have a problem with anyone who does alter a cosplay slightly. That's their choice and at least their happy.
But if you asked me to judge 2 cosplays (same character, different people) then I'm likely to go for the more accurate one, the one with all the small details in.

If you want to alter something slightly to suit you, I say go for it. The more you cosplay, the more comfortable you are likely to become and maybe someday, you won't need to alter it =]

25 Jun 2011 - 15:1061257
This is all down to personal preference of course but I cosplay for fun, a bit of accuracy is always nice but im not a Nazi about it if its within my budget range and talent I always try and go for gold.

25 Jun 2011 - 16:0961262
Seeing how this is meant to be a fun hobby I wouldn't say it's a bad thing if you go for comfort and slightly alter the designs of outfits. However I personally prefer to be as accurate to design as I can make it. I'm a bit of a detail freak and nit-pick over little things which is why I tend to re-make a lot of my costumes until I'm happy with the standard of them.

25 Jun 2011 - 16:4861263
I tend to alter designs a lot.

I've always been very modest in the way I dress, for a various number of reasons, but not mainly to do with confidence or lack of it. So it's not really something I'll get used to doing. (that fail explanation makes no sense =D )
And this can make cosplay an issue for me.
My favourite character to cosplay is CLAMP's Sakura, but even she has some rather short skirts. I frequently lengthen skirts, and will only wear a short skirt with shorts underneath, but even that's something of a compromise for me...

I'm currently making one of Sakura costume's that supposed to show skin around her tummy. My costume will not. But I hope to still make the costume accurate in every other way.

So for me I'll go for comfort over accuracy, but I put a lot of thought into how I do that. And I wouldn't make a costume that would have to be edited very heavily in order to be comfortable for me, I'll try to start with at least something I can only make small changes too.

(It also doesn't help that CLAMP insist on all their characters being tall and stupidly thin, while I'm so short! Why does Sakura have such long legs? T_T)

25 Jun 2011 - 17:0461264
Really, it depends on you, the person XD

For me, accuracy is really important and I will even go as far as (for example) pulling a pattern on the costume I am trying to make from it's source, make it bigger and print it off and cut it out so that I KNOW it is accurate, since I've pulled it directly from the manga/whatever. But still, it depends on your budget as well!

25 Jun 2011 - 17:2761266
Personal preference wins.

I will freely admit that if for example i'm doing a 'cheap' cosplay thrown together for under £40 I'm not going to go out my way to spend hours unstitching and redoing everything so its picture perfect even though i do prefer things to be accurate.

If however I'm spending £100-150+ and obscene amounts of time on something, then f*&^ yes I'm going for accuracy because otherwise I'd feel like I'd wasted both the time and money

I guess this also depends on how much your 'free time' is at a premium for you - currently I have like...an hour a day if that, so its just not feasible to do more expensive things

Last edited by Junta (25 Jun 2011 - 17:27)
25 Jun 2011 - 17:4361268
Hi everyone!
Wow, this is my first ever post here, I just joined 3 days ago xD Anyways, yes accuracy. Well for me accuracy is very important. It would annoy me personally if I made something that didn't match the original character, but of course it does depend on your budget & the amount of time you have to spare!

25 Jun 2011 - 18:0361270
I think accuracy is important, but as long as a character is recognisable then I think it's okay to modify some things.

I modify parts of the costume so I'm comfortable with it- like Chihaya's half cape thing. I made it longer than it should be because my shoulders are scarred and I didn't want them to be displayed accidentally. I think small modifications like that are fine. I'd draw a line at making a short skirt a lot longer, but I don't do those kind of characters because I'm very conscious of my weight.

I'm also not very picky when it comes to colours. Looking at wigs, like.. say.. Gakupo, from vocaloid. His actual hair colour from the boxart is one colour, but I've seen people cosplay him with a lighter wig or even a much darker one and still look amazing. Not everyone can pull off the same colours.

25 Jun 2011 - 18:2061276
My opinion on accuracy is if you look like the character when you're wearing it then it's a win! I like to match reference pictures costume wise but if you look enough like the character that anyone without a reference picture won't pick up on stuff then I think you've a job well done. (unless it's someone with a photographic memory then you'll never win).

To explain my point - Costumes with trainers - I think this is a NO unless they match the cosplay. I saw a Steiner from FF9 with blue denim jeans on this is also a NO. A stitch that goes in slightly the wrong direction or 5 gems on something instead of 7 then this is a YES unless those gems are significant. A slightly wrong length wig, this is also a YES but if you're happy with it and comfortable who am I to complain about it.

25 Jun 2011 - 18:2861282
I am all for accuracy, I dont mind having small modifications as I dont like my back showing and such like, but if I can I will have skin toned items underneeth to make myself more comfortable with the situation. My only exception to this is when the proper artwork for a character isnt released in time for me to make the costume 100% accurate but it'll irritate me afterwards xD

25 Jun 2011 - 19:2061296
Its all about personal choice!

For me I try to be as accurate as possible because I get annoyed at myself if I miss out details etc However, sometimes there are things that I just don't have the skill to translate into real life.

I will also modify certain outfits for decencys sake i.e. Yoko's bikini top: mine was larger and more covering than hers is XD

25 Jun 2011 - 19:2961298
I prefer accuracy to comfort tbh, but it also depends on time and budget restraints (although I am still seriously debating becoming bankrupt for my cosplays this year lol)

However, I'm not a nazi, or an elitest. I do not care if another person hasn't done a cosplay 100% accurate due to various reasons.

Unless, however, they've been slagging off me/my costume. Then I do get all uppity, lol. But I think that's a given really.

And in judging I would go for accuracy. But I also think that's a given.

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25 Jun 2011 - 20:3861310
I personally feel that if you aren't comfortable wearing a costume, you won't be happy with it despite how accurate it may be.

For the most part though, accuracy is pretty key if you want to enter contests and stuff. A bit of artistic licence is okay here and there, but try to stick as much to the design as you can/want

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Last edited by TheStarlightFairy (25 Jun 2011 - 20:40)
26 Jun 2011 - 00:0861342
Hmmm... I'm not phased too much either way. As long as my costume isn't too lacking in detail or too uncomfortable then I'm pretty happy on the whole. That being said I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my own outfits and I can get a bit critical of myself, but that's more because when I dress up I want people to say "There were a few people going as that character, but he was one of the better ones."

I'm not really competitive, I just don't like to think I'm one of many, is all.

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26 Jun 2011 - 00:4761348
For me it is very important. I won't wear a project to an event/con unless I am happy it is accurate.

26 Jun 2011 - 01:4661353
It depends. With some costumes with high detail and incomplete referencing, approximating patterns etc is unavoidable. It annoys me if a simple pattern is incorrect though and I'm never happy if there is an inaccuracy in my costume I feel I could have avoided with a bit more attention.
However, when it comes to skirt lengths etc I think it is perfectly acceptable to alter. We are real people, not anime characters, and flashing our asses at everyone for the sake of not adding an extra inch of skirt seems un-necessary.

P.s: One thing that does annoy me though is the amount of cosplayers I see who don't bother with the shoes. It's always dissapointing to me to see a really good cosplay being worn with ratty trainers which don't match the quality of the rest of the outfit.

26 Jun 2011 - 09:0661360
If I'm not comfortable with the original design then I wouldn't make the cosplay. I mean, why make it if you're not comfortable with it? There are lots of other cosplays to make, doesn't have to be that character even if I like him/her.

26 Jun 2011 - 09:4661361
I keep switching all the time! One moment I'm all accuracy-nazi and going mad over a costume element, then another moment I change it slightly to make me feel more comfortable o___O I'm known to lengthen skirts a little. Take one of my future cosplays, Kanade from Angel Beats. I'm lengthening the skirt but I'm still wearing shorts underneath so I won't have to lengthen the skirt too much.

But then with nausicaa, her tunic is pretty short and I wanted it to be accurate, it meant my butt would be on view but I made sure I wasn't wearing, like, multicoloured underwear or anything |3

Though sometimes my bf tells me not to make detailed cosplays all the time, because he knows how much I rage when something doesn't work out if I'm doing a technique for the first time -___-; so for Aya almost all of my cosplays are not insanely difficult (even Celestia is doable considering my design for her )

26 Jun 2011 - 10:5461363
I set out to keep comfort in mind but accuracy always overrules. I put enough time and money into a project I might as well get things how I want them the first time around.

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