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27 Dec 2008 - 16:229004
Costumes You're Afraid to Do
I know the title may sound confusing, but this is for all kinds of reasons.

It could be due to;
A revealing costume
Your body shape
Your skills
The vastness of the costume (ie lots of pieces etc)
Personal confidence
etc.

I thought that if we had a thread like this, it might encourage some of us to DO those costumes that we're so afraid of doing!

I'll start shall I?

I've got two at the moment.

1. Totoro from My Neighbour Totoro. I keep acquiring pieces of this, but am too scared by the vastness of it and the pressure of messing up to actually start!
2. Archer from Fate/Stay Night. He's thin and tall...I'm fat and short LMAO

Anyone else?


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27 Dec 2008 - 16:359005
What a good idea for a thread (well i think so anyway ) Urmm lets see... I still class myself as a cosplay noob since I've done so little cosplay (and uni gets in the way of EVERYTHING)

The cosplay I would like to do is Rikku from FFX-2 but I don't have any confidence nor the body for it. I like her character though but I've only played the game for 30 mins at a friends house.

Proberly another is Yue from Cardcaptors. I loved him in the anime but he just seems so... complicated to do


27 Dec 2008 - 16:439006
I'm having kittens over my Viola (oh lord, that sounds rude XD ). It's a combination of me being self-conscious about my body shape and the fear of having to make a costume without any kind of pattern. I'm so worried about cutting the fabric wrong and not having enough to make up for it


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27 Dec 2008 - 17:569007
Kuja from FFIX! Because it's... so skimpy! If I had more confidence and a better body for the character then I wouldn't mind doing it but yeaaaah, too scared to do it! xD;

I'm pretty damn scared to do Meroko from Full Moon as well. Chances are I probably won't do her at all because she has even less clothes than Kuja! xD

Heck a lot of FFIX characters I'm afraid of doing, I really want to do Vivi [as well as Kuja] but wouldn't know how to get the proportions right without looking like a scary giant or without kneeling!


27 Dec 2008 - 18:189008
i would kill to finaly have the confidence to make a cheza costume from wolves rain.
i love her costume, and i know how to make it and how much it'd cost.... but im over concious about my legs [is definate they're huge] so i'll proberly never cosplayer not matter how much i want to


27 Dec 2008 - 18:329009
At the moment everything on my 'dream costume' list im afraid of as most of them are stupidly difficult.

I started getting scared of making Saber next year (2010) after getting hold of the fate/stay night anime and realising what I've actualy got to make and how complicated some of the detailing will be.

And at the moment i'm just a little scared abd worried I won't have Hina ready for Kitacon.


27 Dec 2008 - 18:419010
1. arshtat from suikoden v...all the hand painting and bustier making D:
2. when i actually get round to sorting this out Ren from dears...my ass being a lil exposed O.o...
3. the angel wings of eternal sailor moon.

actually i think every costume im making this year im afraid of every single one D:


27 Dec 2008 - 18:529011
Quote angel aiko:
1. arshtat from suikoden v...all the hand painting and bustier making D:
2. when i actually get round to sorting this out Ren from dears...my ass being a lil exposed O.o...
3. the angel wings of eternal sailor moon.

actually i think every costume im making this year im afraid of every single one D:


lmao aww dont worry chevi a little ass is always GOOD LMAO

ermm id say

1. asparr from ninety nine nights
2.azai nagamasa from samurai warriors 2
3. simon from gurren lagan and black star from soul eater as i want them perfect


27 Dec 2008 - 19:169013
For a long time I've been wanting to make some of Padme's costumes from star wars - especcially her picnic dress, I even have the perfect pattern for it. But I'm quite daunted by the skill it requires. Similarly, I've always wanted to make Garnet's princess dress from ffix, but it's a costume I want to get spot on perfect, so i'm not attempting it till my skills improve ALOT!

I get afraid of skimpy costumes too, such as Subaru from .hack//sign and Dagger from FFIX...I just need to lose some weight from my stomach before I do them...one day! ^^;;

Oh! Another of my dream costumes is Nico from broken sword 1...but the entire costumes requires me to sew purple shiny pleather which is VERY scary. XD


27 Dec 2008 - 19:389014
This is such a good thread! Yeah I have this... one is something I already mentioned...

I'm being Trish from DMC again 1 or 4 depending on which I complete on time and I'm terrified of it after the last time I cosplayed her and I got a comment from someone of 'your boobs aren't big enough'. Yeah I have a real hang up about this... but I'll be going with my Lady again in May XD

A Claymore (not sure which yet) I have no idea how to make this costume at all, and I HATE wigs...


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27 Dec 2008 - 19:499015
There are a few costumes that are quite daunting for me:

Yazoo - Advent Children - I have the right fabric lying around, it's just getting started. I want it to be perfect and it just looks very complex, I'm a worrier what can I say?haha.

Razor - Swat Kats - This has been on hold for a stupid amount of time actually. I've made the fursuit (my first,) and it turned out really well.
But it's the head I'm worried about starting. I've read a ton of guides, it seems so hard D:
There are so many techniques that I haven't used before(carving the foam head,applying the fur, making the helmet and armour.)

Also on the skimpy cosplay front, I've got more confident about myself so I feel I can maybe make some costumes I've always wanted to do now!(Dark Sailor Mercury from PGSM is top of the list!)


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27 Dec 2008 - 19:539016
Quote ShadowxSong:
This is such a good thread! Yeah I have this... one is something I already mentioned...

I'm being Trish from DMC again 1 or 4 depending on which I complete on time and I'm terrified of it after the last time I cosplayed her and I got a comment from someone of 'your boobs aren't big enough'. Yeah I have a real hang up about this... but I'll be going with my Lady again in May XD


Someone really said that?? I'd like to introduce them to my fist I think...

But I think you should go for it! I've had the same hang ups about some of my cosplays, I also did DMC3 Lady at Amecon and had tons of fun in it.

People like that aren't worth the time my friend


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28 Dec 2008 - 02:579017
I'm actually afraid of the majority of my next cosplays! XD Examples being two different characters from Guild Wars and Astaroshe from Trinity Blood. Those cosplays are so detailed and complicated, and I worry about them being far above what I'm able to make on my current skill level. I'd hate not being able to do them justice as I love those characters and outfits so much... :S

Only comfort is that they'll challenge me, so I'm bound to learn something from them. And that I've still got plenty of time, so I can mess up a few times before having to panic *lol* XD


28 Dec 2008 - 11:219018
i think most of us are affraied and doubt our abillities i looked at gabranth and knew he was going to be hard and scared me a lot but at the end of the day you dont know till you try so go for it and work hard you may suprise yourself


28 Dec 2008 - 12:059019
i have two I'm scared to make, Setsuka from soul calibur 4, due to the sheer amount of skin I'm going to have on display an the greatness of my stomach! and Lenneth from Valkyrie profile as the armour is going to be, erm, fun!

oh hang on wait, i'm doing both of them in the next few months!! :?


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28 Dec 2008 - 12:519020
The top of my 'oh god there's no way I could ever cosplay that' list is Hiruma from Eyeshield 21... Being my favourite character I've decided never to actually cosplay him because I think I'd die at the injustice I'd do asdfghjkl; (thankfully there's plenty more amazing characters in the series I can do! )

And next year I'm somehow supposed to pull a cleavage out of thin air to cosplay Baiken... Not entirely sure how that's going to work, but if I can pull it off well it'll be a level up in confidence XD;


28 Dec 2008 - 16:049021
I would love to make a fursuit (dunno who yet) someday but they sound so expensive and hot and I lack the skills for the head. I should be fine doing a Cats (musical) type.

A particular cosplay I would dread to do is thief Rikku from FF 10-2. Shes a cool character and is simple enough for my experience but her costume is far too revealing. How much that I would like to show depends on the body type of the character.


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28 Dec 2008 - 17:249022
I have been tinkering with the thought of doing a Wing Zero but that is honestly a bit much for me now. I have the knowledge and know how to do it. But video and photos are taking up alot of my time as of late.


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28 Dec 2008 - 18:149023
I've gotta say from reading through the responses so far I'm thinking three things.

1. You're welcome for me posting it. I figured it was a common occurence LOL
2. Sometimes, delaying a costume rather than quitting it entirely is a great course of action.
3. Every SINGLE person who has posted worrying about their body I have gone and looked at their profiles. I have yet to find (other than me) a single person for whom this is justified LOL

If it's too revealing, that's fine as we all have our tastes, but as for body-sizes, so far you're all wrong. So do it and I for one will be looking forward to them!


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28 Dec 2008 - 19:469026
For a long time I didn't want to do my Ice Climber because I didn't want to do it solo. I just thought "Screw it! I'm doing it!" and got on with it. I got alot of people asking were the Nana was though.

Right now, I'm worrying that Claus F. Lester and Sakata Gintoki might be a little beyond me. It's about the hat, kimono and boots for those guys.

I have to admit that anything with a uniform I wouldn't like to do. I think that they are a little to hard to do, especially look like the character.


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28 Dec 2008 - 21:179029
Quote Ice-climber:
Right now, I'm worrying that Claus F. Lester and Sakata Gintoki might be a little beyond me. It's about the hat, kimono and boots for those guys.

For Gin I wouldn't worry about the kimono, the shirt is the most difficult part! I ended up making 3 before I got one that worked and I was entirely happy with shape/material-wise!


28 Dec 2008 - 21:279030
I'm afraid of doing Justice from Guilty Gear. A whole armour suit plus tail... Not to mention the heat inside it.

Also I'd like to do a crossplay but I am afraid to for being too manly looking...

Although I will be doing it I'm also scared of doing Lucifer from Angel Sanctuary, 4 black wings and a pleather coat! X.X

Also any Trinity Blood or Tenchi Muyo! cosplays... they look so complicated.


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28 Dec 2008 - 23:029034
Quote Shazz:
Quote ShadowxSong:
This is such a good thread! Yeah I have this... one is something I already mentioned...

I'm being Trish from DMC again 1 or 4 depending on which I complete on time and I'm terrified of it after the last time I cosplayed her and I got a comment from someone of 'your boobs aren't big enough'. Yeah I have a real hang up about this... but I'll be going with my Lady again in May XD


Someone really said that?? I'd like to introduce them to my fist I think...

But I think you should go for it! I've had the same hang ups about some of my cosplays, I also did DMC3 Lady at Amecon and had tons of fun in it.

People like that aren't worth the time my friend


Yeah, it wasn't quite that harsh, something along the lines of 'Hey great costume, but uhm...' I can't remember if there was words after that part or just a gesture at my chest I try to block out the memory. I'm slightly amazed the comment came from a female, but whatever, I've decided to try and get over it, just as it was my first cosplay experience it knocked my confidence a LOT.

Hehe and thank you Sean, I wonder why we're all so worried about our bodies... probably shows something about the lack of realism in games and animes...


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29 Dec 2008 - 13:399041
Best way to get over the fear - JUST DO IT ^_^

Some of my costumes have made me a little nervous due to being revealing or complicated, but I went ahead and did them anyway, and I'm proud of myself for it as some have become my very best work.

There are other things to think about. For example, my Juclecia costume is very revealing in the back, so I chose to wear it at a small hotel-based con rather than a larger event like Ame or Expo. Had it not been for the Soul Calibur competition I'd also have reserved Tira for non-family events, as I don't really think that hugely revealing costumes are something that small children need to see. So if there's a costume you're concerned about wearing but really want to make, consider doing it for a smaller, more private event instead! That way,if it turns out better than you thought, you can rewear it somewhere bigger, or if it's a disaster fewer people will have been witness to it


29 Dec 2008 - 14:179042
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3. Every SINGLE person who has posted worrying about their body I have gone and looked at their profiles. I have yet to find (other than me) a single person for whom this is justified LOL

Since I was one such person, all I can say is that ou say that cos I haven't done any costumes that show off my stomach yet

I'm going to be cardioing it up like a demon for the next 13 weeks so my Viola doesn't provoke mass vomiting at Minami!


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