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31 Jul 2011 - 23:4864891
Ebay or Home-made?
So i'm curious! Do you buy your cosplays from ebay, or hand make them yourself?

What about when you first started?

Do you frown on those who don't make there own and just buy off ebay?




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31 Jul 2011 - 23:5764893
My mother made mind when i first started, now that i am learning i'm making them myself with help from my mother. The only things i buy are the wigs. I also make my own props, (:

Frown? Naaah. Some people don't either have the time, or cannot sew/prefer their cosplays to be made by someone else so they dont make mistakes or another reason. As long as they have a costume i guess it's good enough for me xD


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31 Jul 2011 - 23:5964895
I'm not so good at costume making, but within my cosplay group we all make parts of each other's costumes. I'm more of a prop maker, we've got people who mostly make costumes and someone who is brilliant at wigs. All of my costumes since I've started have been home made.

I don't see any problem in someone buying costumes, because let's face it, we're all just adults playing dress up. There's no need to get elitist about someone choosing to buy a costume over making it. The only problem I do have with bought costumes is when people enter competitions in which the criteria has construction points. It's not right to claim you made something yourself when you haven't.


01 Aug 2011 - 00:0364898
when i first started i worked very hard to make my own and in the end i overcome the things i thought i couldn't do, learnt something and felt very achieved by this and have up to date carried on doing this.

I personally don't shun people who buy from ebay, but i wouldn't say its part of the cosplay experience either, for me cosplay is making it yourself and wearing something your proud of and can put your name too.

You learn skills for life, get a great scene of achievement when someone compliments you or just asks for your help on something you did and have fun while in the cosplay! if not win something out of it or even commission for people.

Even if you have NO idea how to make it, look at peoples cosplays, think it out in your head, draw it down, look at peoples tuts etc, and if you fail, pick it back up and try again! You'll end up getting it right! ^_^


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01 Aug 2011 - 00:3164905
Both! I buy them if their cheap and look decent, and I sew them if their obscure or going to be costly. I make all my own props though. I love making props, not so fussed on sewing. (I'm not very good at sewing but i'm learning slowly)


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01 Aug 2011 - 00:4764907
Always made my costumes, even when I have started. I like to challenge myself and learned alot, and still got a long way to go, but I enjoy making things

I have nothing against people who buy costumes. As long as they enjoy what they do I really dont mind Some people dont have the skills/time so it cant be helped I guess.


01 Aug 2011 - 00:5464908
I had part of my costume made for my first cosplay because I have no experience and didn't have the time to practice before the expo

I did however make modifications to old clothes and stuff so that I had at least done something (and to save some money!)

I can't wait to make a cosplay by myself though, and now that I'm in no rush I plan to do just that!


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01 Aug 2011 - 01:0764909
I personally try to handmake all my costumes, but often buy pieces for it (mostly shoes), such as the dress I bought for Ahim. I guess it's the satisfaction of completing a costume and wearing it for the first time that makes me put in the effort~

If people want to buy their costumes, be it a comission or from Ebay doesn't bother me. What does bother me is when people don't give credit to the people who make it, say when something is bought or pretend they've made it themselves when it's bought. Giving credit is common courtesy


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01 Aug 2011 - 01:3264910
I would love to start making some myself but noone in my family sews exept my nan and she live hours away. If i did start i would have to buy a sewing machine as i am very bad at hand sewing (hehehe i have tried) and would need lots of detailed patterns.

I am trying to make a prop my myself, but have no idea where to start. Trying to do Sailor Saturns glave, i will get there in the end!

But as my first ever, with no other friends at the time to go to for help and no idea where to start i did buy the main part of my first cosplay on ebay. As well as some shoes i found and decided to modify as the official shoes cost almost as much as the dress :O


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01 Aug 2011 - 01:3464911
I think it depends on the outfit it self. Some cases buying it will be cheaper then getting the materials and making it
and vice versa You just have to have logical thinking and know what you're doing


01 Aug 2011 - 13:5864954
For me I try to make my costumes from scratch or by modifying clothes wherever possible however there are some things I don't have time to make before the event I'd want to wear them too due to varies things like work and uni. There are also things I don't feel my skills are at a level to make (and I'm far to impatient to wait until I can to do the cosplay XD) and then I will turn to friends, a commisioner or ebay.

I don't think there is anything wrong with buying costumes as long as you don't take credit for making them. It does feel great to know that you made the whole thing yourself though! At the end of the day it's about having fun and feeling good in cosplay to me


01 Aug 2011 - 15:0064963
I personally prefer to make my costumes. There's a much greater sense of accomplishment for me in wearing something that I've put my own effort into, especially since I get to watch it all come together as I work on it. I have commissioned a costume once - my Luka was commissioned because I didn't have time to make it myself for the event I was going to, and the competition I wanted to enter was for performance only.

I don't frown on anyone who buys or commissions a costume - cosplay as a hobby should not be closed off to people who can't sew or don't have the time or energy to make costumes from scratch. If you just want a costume to wear for a weekend and have fun in then it really doesn't matter how you got it (unless you half-inched it, obviously). But obviously, if you buy or commission a costume you shouldn't enter craftsmanship competitions with it, and you should be honest about who did make the costume.


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01 Aug 2011 - 15:1164964
I think you should someday try making/ modyfing a costume, you might just suprise yourself.

I only joined the site just over a month ago and three weeks later I had completed my very first costume.
I had never really sewn before (apart from one occasion when I split my trousers..XD) but I was able to do it thanks to the help I got here.

If you're ever stuck like I was, open a thread and you'll be amazed by how helpful everyone is.



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01 Aug 2011 - 17:1164981
It depends, you can't argue with the convenience of Ebay, but I do really respect people when they put in the effort themselves.

Personally, I tend to resort to Ebay... But it depends, most of the time what I end up doing is buying hard-to-find parts on ebay (Usually props) and then just looking around shops and finding the rest of it myself. So that way I can say I put some kind of effort into it.

Like with my Army Of Two cosplay, I bought the mask, vest and gun online. Everything else I found myself, and I customised a lot of it, too. (Spray painted the vest and gun, made holsters/straps for things.)

But if it's too complicated, i'll just ebay it with my job and martial arts and everything else I feel like I don't have the time. D:


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02 Aug 2011 - 21:4965176
I typically make mine (and my friends) but I do buy them too usually cause I can't be bothered to make them, they're made from material I'm not confident to use or they're an item I'm not confident in making.

I don't have an issue with people buying cosplay. If you can't sew, you can't sew. It's unfair to force people into your view that "it's not real cosplay if you don't make it yourself". When I first started cosplay as I know it, I had someone say this to me, that I should not buy my cosplays but make them otherwise it's not real cosplay. It thus made me really paranoid about it, and worried my friend at the time cause she could not sew to save her life.

But really, it's not necessary. And I don't see why you get some people who are all "oh, you bought it." and go all snooty (these cosplay elitists). Okay, if people were going "I made dis mahself!" and it turned out they hadn't, I'd find that annoying.

Also, if I can buy things, then I will. Why should I make black trousers when I can buy them for £7 at tesco? Costume items like ties and such - if I can find one accurate, then I'll be happy with that. Some people (elitists) wouldn't be happy, but meh, I doubt all of them make their shoes.

Oh, and I buy suits. Cause swanking around in a swanky suit is fan-swanking-tastic lol


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02 Aug 2011 - 22:0765177
I tend to make my own costumes, or I commission them from other people, like Khaos Kreator when I don't have any drive to make cosplay, but still want to.

I have no issue, what-so-ever with people buying costumes from eBay, or commissioning them from other cosplayers, or even buying old costumes from other cosplayers.
But they shouldn't attempt to pass of commissioned or bought costumes as their own, or enter them into contests, unless its just a masquerade, with no competition involved.


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02 Aug 2011 - 22:2365181
I think Silver pretty much summed up my oppinion on the matter

It seems unlikely to me that many people on here will be against bought costumes since so many fund their hobby by taking commissions or by selling their creations when they're no longer needed.


03 Aug 2011 - 10:0565219
I tend to buy costumes off ebay, or have people commision them; since I'm no seamstress as of yet. But I am taking a fashion design course when I go into college so hopefully I'll be able to start making my own stuff from there

As someone that buys stuff made by other people my opinion may be biased, but I don't think there is anything wrong with it, as long as it looks how the person wants it to look and they are happy with it, then its not really a big problem to anyone else ^^


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03 Aug 2011 - 11:0065227
I only have a system of buying cosplays if they are

1. High Quality
2. I don't have the time to make myself
3. Price is decent including postage costs
4. It's something i can't make myself as of yet, such as kimonos or what not

Other than that, i tend to try and make, so I'm proud of something I've done


03 Aug 2011 - 11:2465229
When I first started I didn't really know what 'cosplay' and 'expo' meant, my friends said it was a place to dress up and they wanted me to be tamao-chan from strawberry panic, so in support of my friends who are a lesbian couple (i dont mean that in a horrible way, btw. it's hard talking about gay people and not making it sound rude D: ) I searched for a cosplay outfit and a wig on ebay ;O it didn't cross my mind to make the outfit.
After experiencing expo and cosplaying, I wanted to do it again! ;D So another character that i always wanted to 'cosplay' was Lara Croft, again I looked on ebay but nothing really that looked nice or accurate and I saw other Lara cosplayers and also expo-goers had made their costumes themselves, and so I did ;D I'm quite a creative person anyway and I LOVE sewing and so my skills have developed since! obviously there is going to be a time where I'll need to buy and modify say a pair of trousers or some boots from time to time.

I don't turn my nose up at people who buy their costumes or have them commissioned, cosplay is about dressing up in a COStume and PLAYing the character, whether your costume was made by you or not, it doesn't matter. although as mentioned above, I REALLY hate it when people take credit for something they didn't make. that's wrong. especially when they enter competitions.
I personally want to make everything from scratch as much as I can, it's more of a personal achievment for me more than anything.


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03 Aug 2011 - 22:3265384
At the moment I am buying costumes instead of making them, but planning on getting round to making them myself.


03 Aug 2011 - 22:3965386
both ways are fine, however if you pass off someone else work as your own thats just bad manners

ive bought costumes ie my rinoa coat its beautiful, sometimes you just see the perfect thing online.

other costumes like rapunzel i worked at disney and it use to make me cring seeing their version at that price so i wanted to prove to myself that i could make a better costume than what the official one

i think its personal preference and its really up to the individual


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03 Aug 2011 - 22:4265387
I admit I have brought some costumes in the past, this is because either my skills are not to a standard that I can do something so baffling and it was cheaper to buy the costume (Vampire Knight Jacket) or I brought it because I know it can be improved on with some love and attention (Sandplay Miku)

Ever since I started I have made my costumes, I am very proud with what I have achieved in the last few years and I've learnt about what I can and can't do. I've learned so much from others tuts plus all my friends around me. If you look hard enough at a reference the solotion does arrive eventually, however if it doesn't and you haven't got the time then buy

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04 Aug 2011 - 09:3765428
I've always tried to make if not all of my cosplay bits, if it's something that's easily bought (i.e shirts, coats etc etc) then I will do so, but for elaborate/obscure cosplays I'll do my best to make it.

I don't mind people who buy their cosplays, but I frown upon those who pass the work off as their own and enter competitions with them, it's just not very fair on those who have put more hard work into it!


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04 Aug 2011 - 18:4065477
I've made my previous three costumes (well, put them together from various store bought bits, and did a few modifications).
And I'll be doing the same for the next 2 that I'm working on.

For those that do buy costumes, though, a question;
Would you still list the Costume on your Cosplay Island profile?

You have worn the costume at an event, etc, and it is a cosplay you now own, so as long as you made it obvious that it was made by somebody else, I don't see a problem. It is still part of your history as a cosplayer, after all.
What do you think?


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