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27 May 2012 - 01:3684703
How Much can I Change a Cosplay, and Still Have it Be Forgivable?
Hi, I've been doing an Anarchy Panty (school uniform outfit) cosplay from the show Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, and I was wondering what changes I could make and not get called out for. For example, one of the minor changes I had to make was that I only have red mary janes instead of brown, and the skirt is from the waist instead of the hips.

The big problem is her gun Backlace, which is normally a baby blue and white pistol, but I don't have a pistol. What I do have is a airsoft rifle. I think she had a sniper rifle in one episode, but is that too obscure?

One more thing (^-^*) I'm also putting together a Sith costume, it wouldn't be an actual character, It would just be awesome, would that be better left as a non-convention costume?
~~~ Thanks for any help!


27 May 2012 - 10:5684707
Reference images are always a good idea. I know it's a popular series but I only watched the first two eps before dropping it, so I'm actually not so sure what you're referring to.

To be honest when it comes down to accuracy that is entirely up to you on how far you want to go. I've never really done any 'big' inconsistencies because I'm one of those who loves accuracy, but I'd never say anything to someone who wasn't accurate if you catch my drift?

I cant guarantee the same thing for everyone else and there will be folk who will come across and maybe ask questions, so it's more of a question of how thick a skin you have to deal with such people. If money is tight then tell them that, but if they start being bitchy, just walk away. In the end it is your costume, you're paying to be there and you're having fun so run with it!


27 May 2012 - 11:2384709
When I started making my sword for Yun-seong (it's still unfinished) I had to change some of it because of three reasons; 1. I'm new to making props and don't think I could make it 100% accurate because of the amount of hilt detail and 2. there are no high-res reference images around, even when you zoom in on it on the game, so you can never be 100% sure of what it actually looks like 3. that, and the concept art version differs to the in-game version.

It all depends on circumstance, and as mentioned by Angel, how accurate you'd like it to be.

For example, with this sword I considered just making the basic hilt shape, spraying it and calling it a day, but the more it was worked on the more accurate and 'finished' I wanted it to be to the point that I didn't complete it in time for MCM yesterday.

If you're unsure or you think it's complete but don't believe it looks 'finished' enough - props or costume - then I'd keep working on it even if you have to change the design slightly or use something different as a placeholder, say.

And any kind of costume should be con-worthy! It's all about the fun element at the end of the day!



Last edited by JodyOnToast (27 May 2012 - 11:33)
27 May 2012 - 18:4484727
Exactly as everyone says, accuracy is only as important as it is to you. If you're making major changes, however, maybe try going with an alternate version rather than trying to make something and change it radically? Even if you do alter the costume you still want to be recognisable.

On the Sith character, OCs have always been acceptable.


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27 May 2012 - 21:5284750
I'm curious whether or not the discolored shoes or the big gun would be considered too big of a change?


27 May 2012 - 22:0584751
Quote HeavyComb@Girl:
I'm curious whether or not the discolored shoes or the big gun would be considered too big of a change?


Probably not but it really is an issue where your mileage my vary.


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27 May 2012 - 22:1684752
It depends on how obscure the variant of the character is. The more obscure it is, the better to stick to the little details

I have no idea who you're talking about, as I've not seen the show at all.


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