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26 Jun 2011 - 11:2061364
I prefer accuracy, but there are the odd occasions where I do do something extra to make me feel more at ease. E.g. my Chance!Koharu Kusumi cosplay, I sewed in some black straps to the red dress in case anything went wrong when doing the transformation. Nothing ever went wrong when I was trying it out, but better safe than sorry as it's so quick! She wears clear straps with jewel detailing in her live concerts anyway, I just had no clear straps... or jewels... on hand at the time ;P

Otherwise generally if I think I'm going to feel uncomfortable in the costume, I just won't do it until I feel I'm ready.

Don't really see the point in wearing something you feel uncomfortable in as that's just going to bring your day down. Even if it is your dream cosplay or something, you should be happy wearing it.


26 Jun 2011 - 16:5061399
The Aqua (Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep) costume I plan to buy won't be completely backless - I'm a very modest person anyway; not to mention I need to wear a bra underneath, dudes!


26 Jun 2011 - 18:2861408
For me it's accuracy, I even go to discomfort in the name of it. *cue getting out of a cosplay and gasping for oxygen*
I'm mostly particular with military cosplays. I spend ridiculous amounts of cash (and massive time with damn button sewing and applying patches) on those.
I'll have a 100% comfortable cosplay again... someday... someday...


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27 Jun 2011 - 11:0761469
For me it's;

Can you be accurate?

If Yes: - Awesome!
If No: Go to next question.

Can you show us how the chara would look IRL? (think Movie adaptation or live action representation)

If Yes - Awesome!
If No - GTFO.


27 Jun 2011 - 11:4161475
I always try to be as accurate as possible.
It bugs me horrendously if something isn't quite right.

But I think I am just a perfectionist XDD


27 Jun 2011 - 13:2161483
For me its accuracy over comfort. Or I will end up getting really paranoid during the con or expo I'm wearing the cosplay at and it will feel... wrong. >.<
Or if I feel really uncomfortable I choose a different outfit the character wears that doesn't show too much skin. I dress boyish most of the time so I dont really mind having to show a bit of skin for like one or two days at a con, expo or whatever. Although, I dont mind changing or missing out on a few very minor details as long as the main part of the costume is correct ^-^


27 Jun 2011 - 14:5461487
I'm quite new to making cosplay things completely by myself but I do prefer accuracy and I adore other peoples' cosplays when they do get all the little details right.

It really shows that they respect that character.

Which sounds awfully cheesy. xD

However, when it comes to shoes, if I can get shoes that are very similar to my characters but aren't high heels, I'll go with that instead of getting heels which would be more accurate as I can only walk and be comfortable in kitten heels, not proper ones. Haha.


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27 Jun 2011 - 16:5761489
For me, it really depends on the character and how much I love the series. Though mainly its accuracy.

For example, i'm very boyish yet I plan to cosplay some character who wear dresses. I will happily put comfort aside in such cases. Though if I had to cosplay say Yuna from FF X-2, then I would do her more comfortable Pixie version from Kingdom Hearts.

I'm still pretty novice at making stuff, so i'm saving the more skin showing cosplays for a later date.


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16 Aug 2011 - 14:0966940
For me personally, detailing matters a lot as I think it is a big part of the character and their outfit. The costume itself might be a bit inaccurate from the picture or modified a bit for comfort or other reasons but details in the right places count. The right amount of belts, pins, buttons, the correct shape of line or cut, the perfect shade of fabric all of that makes your costume appear better in both photos and real life. The more effort you put into it the more complete it looks.

When it comes to budgeting there are plenty of alternatives and cheap ways of making the costume appear accurate by substituting materials with cheaper alternatives where you can (i.e. using painted cardboard instead of metal or plastic).


16 Aug 2011 - 14:2066941
Do the best you can with the resources you have. I don't think anyone is so cruel as to judge you for not being accurate ( well not out loud at least XP)

because of my skin colour I sometimes have to slightly alter the colour to some costumes or wigs otherwise it look bizzare on me. I'm also a cheap skate, so if I see something in a charity shop that looks neer enough, I will buy that instead and work off it.


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16 Aug 2011 - 14:4266944
Quote yami-no-neko:
I don't think anyone is so cruel as to judge you for not being accurate ( well not out loud at least XP)


Oh, they are, and they exist. Trust me when I say that there are fellow cosplayers who won't think twice about slating you out loud.

Luckily, that isn't the mindset here at Cosplay Island (thankfully) or I would have got into a hell of a lot of arguements already. I don't know why, but some cosplayers get it into their heads that the entire notion of cosplaying is a competition, and they'll openly verbally tear into someone else's cosplay to make themselves feel better.

Don't get me wrong, there are some so called "cosplays" that bring it on themselves, I mean who wants to see far too much flesh than is appropriatte, or something equally as disturbing. The whole point is to have fun, but when you're breaking certain rules of public etiquette you need to be hosed down with cement to stop everyone from gouging out their eyes with a spoon.

I don't like to talk about cosplays negativley, because unless its constructive criticism there's no point in me saying anything and I'm wasting valuable thought process and time.


I urge you all, if you see a cosplay and you get a "I would have done ______ better by doing it like this..", go to them and have a chat, see if they tried it and what they came up with. Don't walk up and go "YOU FAIL FOR NOT KNOWING HOW TO USE RESIN MOULDS LOL U AND UR PAPIER MARSHAY", have a little tact, ok? If you're in a shit-hot cosplay they make take your advice on board with more zeal.


17 Aug 2011 - 09:4767006
As long as you resemble a character enough to be reconisable to someone who is familiar with them, I don't think some alterations matter (especially if it is for the sake of not feeling uncomfortable). For me its more about capturing the essence of a character than being accurate down to every detail.


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22 Aug 2011 - 22:2167347
I believe accuracy is really important, but you should be comfortable in what you're wearing. If someone has changed it for the sake of it (no real reason), then it annoys me, but if it's due to a valid reason IE it's physically not possible, not comfortable, excessively low cut etc then fair dues.

As for one, it's highly likely I would sacrifice comfort. If I don't have the time/money/etc then I won't


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23 Aug 2011 - 00:1767363
Discomfort certainly isn't an issue. I frenquently walk away from con with blisters from ill fitting shoes and the toe squashing of height adjusters.

I endevour to be a accurate as i can be. Whether that is accurate enough for everyone else I couldnt say. I always draw up a budget before I start a cosplay and I will save those pennies so the pounds can watch themselves.

Accuracy can also be depedendent on what is physically possible. One cosplay I'm working on at the moment I've had to take a few liberties with as I'm not an engineer of futuristic hi-tech (yet bizarre) weaponry.


23 Aug 2011 - 14:0367399
Personally I try to be as accurate as possible to the extend to trying to do the impossible. The biggest temptation I've had to alter a costume is for Celes Chere's Opera outfit, I really hate those stupid bows at the front of the dress. Currently debating if I will keep them or not.....


However, if other people have adapted a costume, for whatever reason, that's up to them. Not gonna come down on them. Not everyone is happy walking around in a sailor senshi skirt.


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23 Aug 2011 - 14:4067405
It depends...If I know I can make it accurate, I will. But sometimes it's just not possible...like with my Marta cosplay, I did everything except these strange slits she has in her leggins because 1) I don't think it'd be comfy and 2) I don't know how to go about making them without them looking total crap.
Having a slightly inaccurate cosplay that looks good is better that an accurate one that looks a bit off because something was made strangely, in my opinion.

Then there's always the time/money issue...For one cosplay I didn't have enough money OR time to make a pair of trousers to go with the jacket (which was a very specific color) so I just wore some that were the wrong color, but they still matched the costume. If I had made the trousers, they'd be the wrong color (cheaper fabric) and probably not fit me well, so I don't regret my decision of being a bit inaccurate.

short version: As long as it looks good, it's fine.


26 Aug 2011 - 22:4467792
I'm such a perfectionist, and as such, I'm never satisfied. Well, never completely satisfired anyway.
I'm always looking for ways to improve things even if they're already amazing.

I'm pretty much all for accuracy, though I know it'll never be 100%
I still enjoy myself even if I'm not even close to who I'm trying to cosplay, but the more accurate it is, the better I feel

I'd make modifications if it was something I wasn't comfortable with though, or I'd probably just give up on it if too much needed to be changed to make me feel better wearing it.

That's not usually the case though.


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27 Aug 2011 - 04:5767811
My motto is for any imperfections your costume might have, make up with character. That way people are more focussed on what you are doing rather than looking at any mistakes.


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27 Aug 2011 - 04:5867812
My motto is for any imperfections your costume might have, make up with character acting. That way people are more focussed on what you are doing rather than looking at any mistakes.


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22 Sep 2011 - 11:2970547
hi :3
Its really important to me to get as close as possible to the character i aim for 100% but somethings are just impossible in the real world.


22 Sep 2011 - 12:2170548
I was discussing accuracy with a friend the other day - I believe the talk went something along the lines of "Why do we torture ourselves so much for this 'hobby'?"

I would love the be a perfectionist but ultimately I never have the time, money or the figure to be.
Having said that, I do beat myself up over some details, and as I get better at making stuff, I'm getting worse.

This is why I generally stay away from characters that wear more normal clothing though - I reason that unless I look like the character in face and figure, it's only going to be the outfit that gives away who I'm trying to be. So as long as there's something recognisable about them, and as long as I've got that aspect there in some way, I don't mind too much.
Equally, as long as I can recognise the character someone else is trying to be - and as long as there's not something that goes against the costume dreadfully, like trainers worn under a princess gown, I tend to think it's pretty good ^_^

Though having said all of that, with my 2 latest costumes I'm beating myself up for weeks about seams being in the wrong place, but I always give in and wear it anyway in the end.


29 Sep 2011 - 20:4271176
I think for me accuracy wins over physical comfort, possibility in a plain design of adding shinys wins over accuracy, and modesty wins over it all!

So for example, for Otohime I added extra jewels into a headress because it looked a bit plain, and for my Ashe Wedding dress cosplay rather than have bare midriff and back showing I had just white fabric - in things like that I think it is worth making the compromise to feel comfortable and better about yourself in a costume... and then I get to be perfectionist about the bits I CAN make accurately!


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30 Sep 2011 - 09:5671204
Quote Pez:
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.



Sometimes your love for the character overrides the fact that it might now be comfortable. Lol

Accuracy is important like everyone says:

Budget and timing can affect Accuracy. Sometimes I get the most important details inaccurate and there isn't enough time to make it.

Hmmm. Or resources.


So if you're super nit picky about it- you need to make sure you're constantly planning and bouncing back between references.


If a little freedom can be allowed, then that's good.

But generally speaking as Kata-san pointed out. One you have the majority of the costume on and the details are minute i.e minor size discrepancy or colour incorrection.

Then why fuss?


20 Mar 2012 - 20:0381145
i've blown my budget by over a grand , will be extreamly uncomfortable all day , probably wont be able to walk for a ciggie when i want one. even had to hire a van to get to the venue cause it wont fit in my car lol............all for the love of accuracy . to me there is nothing better than attention to detail . if anything is wrong with mine when i look at the pictures afterwards it makes me cringe lol


20 Mar 2012 - 20:2581146
Somethings yes , For example using a wig is better than just tying back your hair . Some things it's best to put effort into it and try to copy the outfit accurately . Steer clear from things like duct tape and card as they look tacky . Somethings like ADAM Syringes for example from the game BioShock it's best to use the petrol pump handle for as most other things unless resin modeled look really cr*p . A nice cosplay should have a balance of both but you must not make yourself uncomfortable.


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