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26 Nov 2008 - 10:417868
Cursed costumes!
Ever worked on a costume where nothing seems to go right?

I'm trying to finish my Lamiroir for this weekend, but it seems like every time I try to do something to it, something goes wrong. The flounces on the skirt took up a lot more fabric than I expected so I had to go buy more on two separate occasions, and my fabric shop ran out of the fabric I was using so the bottom two flounces are made from a slightly different fabric (which hopefully no-one will notice). The lining I cut out for the dress doesn't line up exactly, even though I followed the pattern and the actual dress fabric was perfect. I'm having to hand-stitch the flounces to the dress because they won't go through my sewing machine, and last night I discovered my pin box has gone missing. Fortunately I have some spare pins, but if my pin box turns out not to be in the place where I think I left it then I'm going to have to buy some more during my lunch break. All that, and I've barely gotten started on my friend's Machi costume! I'm starting to think that some higher power out there doesn't want me or my friend to wear these costumes...

So anyone else had any cosplay construction nightmares?


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26 Nov 2008 - 16:437880
Hell yes! My first cosplay was Amaterasu from Okami - however, there were 2 versions. The acceptable second one, which was made the week before expo - and the first version. It was the first thing I ever made, and I dived in without thinking really... was making it out of an old costume I already had in my wardrobe.

It must have been really s***, because a week before expo, my sewing machine ate it. Ripped a big chunk in it, shredded the lace. Ouch.

Oh, and Franziska Von Karma, who's waistcoat went through 5 versions, none of which turned out right. The last of them was acceptable, however. But that's on my to-make list, now that I have a dress form!

Any other disasters out there?


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26 Nov 2008 - 21:217895
when my sewing machine died and my entire sasuke costume was part hand sewing part saftey pins and part tape and glue. on top of that i ran out of fabric so had to use my own blotchey home died stuff ¬.¬

not good still being made after a month of steady work...


26 Nov 2008 - 22:577901
i always under estimate my size so i make stuff too small and have to sew in extra panels and stuff.

not really a disadtor, i haven't had many huge ones *touch wood*
i guess that comes from 12 years of machine sewing though....

my sewing machine only lets me sew with the edge of the fabric to one side, if it's on the otherside it goes all wonky and bad... maybe it's just my kak-handedness though?


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26 Nov 2008 - 23:127906
Quote Hexi:
i always under estimate my size so i make stuff too small and have to sew in extra panels and stuff.


I'm the opposite, I always overestimate my size O_o;

Cursed costumes. EVERY costume I've made has had a problem so far 8D No jokes, I haven't had a costume where I was 100% satisfied with it and the ones that I aim to rewear I sometimes try to improve them [or finish LOL! Some costumes if I try to improve them they turn out looking worst, in which case I leave it alone 8D;]

One very cursed costume I've had in the past would have to be Hao Asakura probably, him and I did not get along [despite how much I love him D'8 Hao-sama~~]. I think the friends I hung out with at expo will know how much trouble I had with him, I was chasing after my falling stars all over expo 8D; Although it was a rush job so erm, my fault there >_>; Lets hope I have more luck when it's actually finished!

Number one cursed costume is my Garnet cosplay. That crown hated me so much, 8 attempts, EIGHT I TELL YOU EIGHT! Every attempt got better and better though, although after three outings the crown finally went bye bye. Attempt number 9 coming right up LOL! Due to my drowsiness when hand painting the pattern at the bottom of the dress I kinda went off the hem and painted in a really random direction, I then realized what I had done and had to make it into a slight curve so that it looks like it's at least joined together! Note to self, do not work when drowsy...


27 Nov 2008 - 00:087910
Hahaha I'm the same as Crystal Neko! I normally over estimate! The odd time I do get quite close it's a touch too small, you know the kind that if you can hold your breath and suck in your tummy for half a day then it'll be fine type!

So far it's the Vampire Knight costume that has given me most hell as is explained on my profile. But basically the white uniform was the first one I made. I have to remake the front 2 panels 3 times. I had to interface the fabric because I thought I'd be really clever and use DARK RED lining! I've never sewn a suit before and the interfacing made it twice the effort! I couldn't find the buttons for 3 months. I sewed the pockets wrong twice. I spent 2 days trying to make the studs and failed because I realised I had to sculpt them all individually, the white uniform requires about 50 of them! I sewed the collar and lapels at least 3 times, each time they kept wrinkling up and looked really amateur. I spent 3 days trying to get help on thesewingforum.com (which I highly recommend to all you seamstresses!) before finding out that my technique and method were wrong! Had to make a new collar to sew it properly. Did that then realised the lapel wasn't quite the shape I wanted but I couldn't go back because the interfacing and lining were already on it and I didn't have enough fabric to make even a small surrender flag! I bled all over it way too many times. I was meant to make the black uniform too and after days of barely eating or drinking or sleeping (in the final leg I went 48 hours without sleep) my efforts were in vain because I finally realised (with only 36 hours to go) that I could only physically make 1 uniform! It was in the last 48 hours that I wished God would just strike me down on the spot, I didn't feel hardcore enough to die by cosplay.


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27 Nov 2008 - 02:587915
The things we suffer for cosplay!


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27 Nov 2008 - 09:057917
everything goes wrong for me like

this london expo i didnt get my helmet finished for the costume i was wearing due to the paper pulp not drying properly so i cudnt smooth it with sand paper... it dryed the day i got back from expo...it said allowed 2 days to dry, i give it a week before expo..

also when i was making my costume for midlands last minute, my sewing machine give up on me, and thats 2 sewing machines this year lol


27 Nov 2008 - 10:207921
Quote ryaoki:
everything goes wrong for me like

this london expo i didnt get my helmet finished for the costume i was wearing due to the paper pulp not drying properly so i cudnt smooth it with sand paper... it dryed the day i got back from expo...it said allowed 2 days to dry, i give it a week before expo..

also when i was making my costume for midlands last minute, my sewing machine give up on me, and thats 2 sewing machines this year lol
either you're buying cheap ones, using reeeeeally old ones or you're not using them properly. sewing machines don't just die like that unless they are like 20 or so years old! and those are the slightly less expensive ones. seriously, a decent sewing machine should last you years.....

*is a sewing machine geek and has only had 2 in her 12 years of sewing*


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27 Nov 2008 - 10:337923
I think I've broken the back of my Lamiroir dress now - hopefully this means a minimal number of things that can still go wrong with it.

Something that did go wrong that I forgot to mention first time out happened while I was making the flounces. They needed to be hemmed half an inch in from the edge, and in order to keep it straight and flat, you had to fold the fabric over and then iron it. So I did this with 13 out of the 14 flounces, and then on the 14th one... I dropped the iron. It fell off the ironing board. Water everywhere, and an almost-burned carpet. Argh >_<


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27 Nov 2008 - 10:487925
Quote Hexi:
Quote ryaoki:
everything goes wrong for me like

this london expo i didnt get my helmet finished for the costume i was wearing due to the paper pulp not drying properly so i cudnt smooth it with sand paper... it dryed the day i got back from expo...it said allowed 2 days to dry, i give it a week before expo..

also when i was making my costume for midlands last minute, my sewing machine give up on me, and thats 2 sewing machines this year lol
either you're buying cheap ones, using reeeeeally old ones or you're not using them properly. sewing machines don't just die like that unless they are like 20 or so years old! and those are the slightly less expensive ones. seriously, a decent sewing machine should last you years.....

*is a sewing machine geek and has only had 2 in her 12 years of sewing*


the first one was second hand so thats maybe the reason, but my second machine was a brand new brother one cost£100 and i am using a sewing machine correctly as when i use hellokittys,mangachilds,defrains, or hakuloves zabuza while im down there i work fine with them, the reason my second machine broke is because i was sewing through some quite thin buckrum(collar stiffner) and i think it timed out the bobbin as the sewing machine works, its just not stitching properly on the underside


28 Nov 2008 - 12:337969
Quote Hexi:
Quote ryaoki:
everything goes wrong for me like

this london expo i didnt get my helmet finished for the costume i was wearing due to the paper pulp not drying properly so i cudnt smooth it with sand paper... it dryed the day i got back from expo...it said allowed 2 days to dry, i give it a week before expo..

also when i was making my costume for midlands last minute, my sewing machine give up on me, and thats 2 sewing machines this year lol
either you're buying cheap ones, using reeeeeally old ones or you're not using them properly. sewing machines don't just die like that unless they are like 20 or so years old! and those are the slightly less expensive ones. seriously, a decent sewing machine should last you years.....

*is a sewing machine geek and has only had 2 in her 12 years of sewing*


Both my sewing machines are still going strong (of course now that I have typed that they will both explode!). One is about 25 years old and I work it hard. Especially as I do commission work and make corsets. The thing to make sure is that they are regurally serviced. It dosen't cost much and it keeps the machines working.

BOT, All my costumes have had at least one hitch. My Legolas was however the worst. The tunic has been made twice (due to me lossing alot of weight), The quiver has been remade three times. The bow broke and now I have a six fot medieval long bow as a replacement which I can't take to all events. Have had problems with the arrows. I did break a spool wheel on the cloak. Luckerly, my machine came with a spare. The armour isn't complete so it has stunt versions until I can replace them. I started it back in 2003 and its still got pieces that need replacing.

Currantly, my Sephiroth is giving me a headach. Mainly due to the armour and me mis-calculatuing my sholder size. I keep forgetting that my sholders are much larger than someone of my height so the pauldrons are too small. So in the new year I'll be making my third version of the armour.


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28 Nov 2008 - 15:177976
Eggman was a nightmare for me.

Nightmare surprisingly.. wasn't. (XD)

I find though that once I make a costume, that's the way it will remain made, except for repairs. Then I just move onto the next costume.

I think it's Expo's fault because I have to keep making costumes for it so I can enter the masquerade. Damn bastards- we had a great idea for another soul calibur skit that we can't do at expo because of the no repeat entry thing.

(I understand why it's put in place though, but it still makes me do batshit insane stuff like pulling 5 suits of armour out my ass)

Tab


01 Dec 2008 - 20:398042
My sympathies on your problems with the Lamiroir costume - I had similar argh moments with mine. I'd been warned ruffles took up a lot of fabric too, but you don't realise just how much 'a lot' really is until you're trying to cut the blimmin' things out! It's worth it when you've got it on because it looks so beautiful, but for heaven's sake don't do what I did and make it drop right down to the floor. It took two washes at 60 degrees to get the dirt out of the bottom hem because Amecon lived up to its name and was wet and windy D:

Sounds like you're over the worst of it anyway - good luck with the rest!


01 Dec 2008 - 22:268046
Haha, a bit late for that now - I was wearing it at the Cosplay Ball! Any time I went outside I hitched it up as much as I could do it wouldn't get dirty, and just learned to put up with people stepping on my skirt throughout the evening.

It continued to be cursed beyond the stuff noted above. I put the zipper in, then tried to put it on... and discovered that it wouldn't go past my waist. Had to remove the zip and create some extra panels in the back to make it fit me! Then I discovered that the crepe I got for the cloak wouldn't go through the sewing machine for some reason and it all had to be hand-stitched. The off-the-shoulder straps refused to stay off my shoulders, and the cloak didn't like being on my shoulders, so there's at least one very ropey photo of me going around, my hair cuffs kept falling off, and I didn't get time to paint the constellations onto the cloak (although I don't think anyone really noticed). Oh, and to top it all off, some prat spilled a near-full pint of beer down my costume.

Cursed, I tells ya!


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08 Dec 2008 - 22:288385
Oh dear! Boo hiss at the git who spilt his pint - I've heard that happened to quite a few people at the ball D: Hope it came out in the wash! Sounds like you had a lot of the same woes I did - I guess it goes to show that there's some inherent problems in the actual costume concept rather than in how we make it XD Has that put you off ruffles for life?


16 Dec 2008 - 16:168763
Being arsed to make every darn bead on my Ritualist costume.

Something inside me told me it wasn't enough just to buy some beads which looked similar, noo, I had to make every little bead from scratch, cutting them into the right size, giving each one shape, poking holes in them, baking them, painting them, sticking them on a thread.
I didn't get any sleep the night before the expo, I was still digging my own grave trying to finish making the last beads and putting the whole thing together...

Of course, I spent a lot of money and a lot of stress on doing this. Much more than if I had just bought some beads or necklaces and salvaged the parts I wanted... I still hate myself to this day for putting myself through that misery. It's not a very difficult costume otherwise, and you really can't see just the amount of work I put into it - I doubt people believe me or even understand magnitude of it when I say I made the thing from scratch.
Still, leaves me with the most accurate Guild Wars costume ever. Not that the costume or character is very well known ~ she's just another random person who dies in the opening sequence...

:/


16 Dec 2008 - 16:538764
Quote madmazda86:
Oh dear! Boo hiss at the git who spilt his pint - I've heard that happened to quite a few people at the ball D: Hope it came out in the wash! Sounds like you had a lot of the same woes I did - I guess it goes to show that there's some inherent problems in the actual costume concept rather than in how we make it XD Has that put you off ruffles for life?

Well I'm planning to take an evening class in dressmaking and then start doing it professionally at some point in the near future, so evidently not

Attaching them wasn't so bad, really, just time-consuming, and I suspect it would have gone a lot faster if I had a big, proper sewing machine instead of a little mini one.

The beer only went down my cloak, fortunately, but since it was made from crepe I'm going to have to dry-clean it. Oddly enough, it hasn't stained the fabric, but you can tell where it all went because it feels weird now. Hopefully the dry-cleaning will sort it. Boo and grr to that person in red!

Quote Adamoluna:
Of course, I spent a lot of money and a lot of stress on doing this. Much more than if I had just bought some beads or necklaces and salvaged the parts I wanted... I still hate myself to this day for putting myself through that misery. It's not a very difficult costume otherwise, and you really can't see just the amount of work I put into it - I doubt people believe me or even understand magnitude of it when I say I made the thing from scratch.

If it's any consolation, I think your Ritualist looks awesome


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17 Dec 2008 - 11:108775
My I-No was the most cursed thing ever...

The fabric shop ran out of the red pleather and I had to order some in... and it took 2 weeks which meant I only had a week to make it.
I was so sick the last 2 days of making it that I was running from the sewing room to the bathroom D:
Then the minute I put it on to try it... the back zip broke D: I then had to get my boyfs MUM to fix it for me because I was losing the will to live.
On the day of expo I forgot my make up so I didnt look a thing like I-No, the hat was too big and kept falling over my face, and I broke ANOTHER zip, this time in a boot cover D;

Oh, and it ended up on 4chan... in a bad way.

NEVER WEARING IT EVER AGAIN D:<


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