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22 Jan 2009 - 11:419956
Suggestions
Ok so im not entirely sure how to go about my Sol-Badguy costume its for a group and I want it to look good you know, Its mainly a suggestion of material, I live in Hull and the only place we have is Boyes and its kinda thin, any ideas apreciated?

Luke.



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22 Jan 2009 - 12:129959
my first bit of advice would be "nothing like the one in the picture". there's a lot of inaccuracies in there....

skin tight black vest first (maybe even a cut down leotard to keep it in place)the red top is going to have to be custom tho because of the collar.

i guess a basic shirt pattern which you're going to have to literally lop off the lower half. glue the belt in place carefully, which should keep it together if you're careful about placement.

raid pound shops for belts. they usually have a lot.

make the tunic, which should be easy enough. white trousers and you're home free.


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22 Jan 2009 - 12:349960
If you're worried about the thickness of the material, you could try doubling it up. Just a suggestion - I've never tried it myself - but if you're not able to get hold of anything else than it might be easier.

The other option is to raid a Primark, buy the biggest red tshirt you can find, and take it apart to use as material. I do that all the time. XD Sometimes it's actually cheaper than buying material anyway. You might need two, but if you get large ones then there should be plenty of room once you've cut the seams away.


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22 Jan 2009 - 12:389961
Quote xaerael:
my first bit of advice would be "nothing like the one in the picture". there's a lot of inaccuracies in there....

skin tight black vest first (maybe even a cut down leotard to keep it in place)the red top is going to have to be custom tho because of the collar.

i guess a basic shirt pattern which you're going to have to literally lop off the lower half. glue the belt in place carefully, which should keep it together if you're careful about placement.

raid pound shops for belts. they usually have a lot.

make the tunic, which should be easy enough. white trousers and you're home free.


Yup what he said!

As for fabrics, even with a fairly limited shop you should be able to find suitable ones. The red collar can be done with red cotton and some interfacing fabric. If you want to make the black vest top, I'd suggest either black lycra or possibly t-shirt fabric (anything black and stretchy should do) the white trousers would work with any white fabric thick enough (no one wants see-through trousers!!) suiting fabric or heavy cotton drill would be fine!

If you can't find any brown belts, try getting some brown pleather/leatherette (can be bought on ebay if necessary) and some belt buckles (most haberdashery stores should carry some if not ebay, or make fake ones from fimo)

good luck! look forward to seeing the finished product!


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22 Jan 2009 - 13:019963
See im considering making it out of pleather because i can get it but its 5 a meter, though i would only need a meter or two so i could do it on budget, but i would need some black pleater also for the round the edgy bits you know ^.^ i have white trousers and have made the plate bits.


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22 Jan 2009 - 13:529966
i don't think pleather's the right material personally ;x the top is more shirty, and it'd look, crease and sit odd in pleather

i'd go along with dense cottons.


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22 Jan 2009 - 18:409977
Quote ryukredapples:
See im considering making it out of pleather because i can get it but its 5 a meter, though i would only need a meter or two so i could do it on budget, but i would need some black pleater also for the round the edgy bits you know ^.^ i have white trousers and have made the plate bits.


Definitely don't make the shirt out of pleather...pleather for the belts, yes LOL


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23 Jan 2009 - 12:169997
Yeah its a no for plethhs I think more for money than anything else LOL but Its just so thin the stuff near us and i hate doubling over it never turns out right


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28 Jan 2009 - 23:5610186
I'm not very good with costume making but the edging on the jacket, I'd suggest wide bias tape. I used this to edge my trousers for Dark Mousy and for a Fruits Basket boys school shirt cosplay. I admit it takes a while to keep inplace and sometimes it's hard to sew if both materials together seem a little thick, (I hand sew tho, I don't know if using a machine would make a difference)
Plus, bias is quite cheap. If you do get bias tape, go with the wide one because you can completely cover the seam. I hope this helps!


29 Jan 2009 - 01:3110189
You could see if you can get some kind of semi-stiff cotton in a suitable colour - it'll be a hell of a lot cheaper than pleather, much easier to work with and it'll probably breathe better since it's a natural fibre! Then just use some iron-on interfacing on the lapels if they need it.

And yes, I second the suggestion of bias tape. It's wonderful stuff.


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29 Jan 2009 - 02:0910191
Quote Purplefluffychainsaw:
If you're worried about the thickness of the material, you could try doubling it up. Just a suggestion - I've never tried it myself - but if you're not able to get hold of anything else than it might be easier.

The other option is to raid a Primark, buy the biggest red tshirt you can find, and take it apart to use as material. I do that all the time. XD Sometimes it's actually cheaper than buying material anyway. You might need two, but if you get large ones then there should be plenty of room once you've cut the seams away.


Good to know I'm not the only one who finds Primark a valuable resource! At the moment they have these ugly boots, they're material and very padded, and they have "cut me up and make me into cosplay shoes" written all over them lol xD

For the red parts I'd suggest cotton drill maybe? It's not the cheapest of materials, but since you would only need a metre or two it would probably be ok. To make a costume of a wearable thickness on budget, I usually use cotton drill, and then line it with that cheap satiny lining material you can buy.


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29 Jan 2009 - 07:5210196
Oh- Ugg boots are amazing! I made my sayajin boots from them

Sorry, that is all.

Tab


29 Jan 2009 - 09:4410197
tell more about this bias tape? ive never heard of it in all my 3 years of cos O_o lol


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29 Jan 2009 - 10:4310201
ahh bias tape.....

Basically think of a wide strip of ribbon, fold the edges into the middle, then fold in half. That then gets sewn on the edge of stuff, or over seams to stop fraying or to generally make them look tidier! It comes in a huge variety of materials, colours and widths and can be dirt cheap. (from about 20p a meter!!)

looks like this

and here's a random tutorial that shows how it can be used


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29 Jan 2009 - 10:5710202
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29 Jan 2009 - 11:1610205
Quote diphenhydramine:

Good to know I'm not the only one who finds Primark a valuable resource! At the moment they have these ugly boots, they're material and very padded, and they have "cut me up and make me into cosplay shoes" written all over them lol xD


Oooooh, yes. I did exactly that for Neku. XD They're flat soled though, so I'd imagine they're not that comfortable for a whole day (was too busy complaining about two inch Shiki boots to pay attention about anyone else's footwear problems).

Bias binding is god. I always use the non-satin (cotton? I'm not very good at telling materials apart except for the basics) one, but shiny satin might look better for this cosplay. (It's normally easier to get hold of as well for some reason).


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29 Jan 2009 - 11:1710206
Quote Purplefluffychainsaw:
Quote diphenhydramine:

Good to know I'm not the only one who finds Primark a valuable resource! At the moment they have these ugly boots, they're material and very padded, and they have "cut me up and make me into cosplay shoes" written all over them lol xD


Oooooh, yes. I did exactly that for Neku. XD They're flat soled though, so I'd imagine they're not that comfortable for a whole day (was too busy complaining about two inch Shiki boots to pay attention about anyone else's footwear problems).

Bias binding is god. I always use the non-satin (cotton? I'm not very good at telling materials apart except for the basics) one, but shiny satin might look better for this cosplay. (It's normally easier to get hold of as well for some reason).


can you get stuff that irons on? you know like something i can cut and put and then iron to stay and mabye but a thin safty line of cotton down it to strenghthen it? self adhesive rawks


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29 Jan 2009 - 11:2910207
Quote ryukredapples:


can you get stuff that irons on? you know like something i can cut and put and then iron to stay and mabye but a thin safty line of cotton down it to strenghthen it? self adhesive rawks


Ja, there's a a type of interfacing that irons on. I've never actually used it, as when my mother was going shopping and offered to pick me up anything I needed, she came back with sew-on interfacing, which provides minimal strength. I had two layers in the cuffs of my Franziska shirt, and they kept their shape, but were very floppy. So try out some iron-on

Quote Purplefluffychainsaw:
Oooooh, yes. I did exactly that for Neku. XD They're flat soled though, so I'd imagine they're not that comfortable for a whole day (was too busy complaining about two inch Shiki boots to pay attention about anyone else's footwear problems).


I'm not really a big wearer of heels, so these are a godsend. They have wedges of about 1cm, so they're very flat. They have fluffy insides, and I'm planning to make them into a pair of Sora shoes for October. As I said before, they are the most hideous footwear in existance but daaaamn are they comfy!


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29 Jan 2009 - 11:3210208
Thanks alot im off to boyes (the best place for fabric) today and im gonna pick some up and see whats what, if its to floppy i can always fab starch it ^.^


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29 Jan 2009 - 20:4710227
I have the same problem with a lack of good material shops, but I've found that www.efabrics.com can usually do the job, and it usually ends up being much cheaper!

Their polycotton is thin, so probably not best for what you're using it for, but the pure cotton they have is good. I buy it more for a lack of seethroughness than thickness though.

I know a lot of people don't like buying material online because you can't see it, or feel it, but I've never had an inaccurate colour from them, and once you've had a few bits and bobs, you get to know what to expect. It's the only option for people with bad access to fabric.


29 Jan 2009 - 21:1710233
Quote ryukredapples:


can you get stuff that irons on? you know like something i can cut and put and then iron to stay and mabye but a thin safty line of cotton down it to strenghthen it? self adhesive rawks


I've never used it, but like diphenhydramine said, it does exist. Iron on stuff I've used in the past never usually survives a wash though... So you might want to see what other people who've actually tried say. Try asking in the shop too. ^^

Quote diphenhydramine:
I'm not really a big wearer of heels, so these are a godsend. They have wedges of about 1cm, so they're very flat. They have fluffy insides, and I'm planning to make them into a pair of Sora shoes for October. As I said before, they are the most hideous footwear in existance but daaaamn are they comfy!


Damn, they'd make awesome Sora shoes. Anything big and poofy. XD Good luck with those!


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29 Jan 2009 - 23:2610240
I think a friend of mine used fabric glue on the bias tape on my Kai costume. I don't know what kind she used but it kept it stiff. I don't know about other fabrics tho ^^;;

As for iron on stuff, my parents swear by WonderWeb. They use it alot when they have to adjust the length of trousers ^^ and i think it's the right width to use with wide bias tape too.


30 Jan 2009 - 08:3010248
how much do you pay for wonderweb? does it sound applicable to this costume?


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30 Jan 2009 - 23:3610281
Quote ryukredapples:
how much do you pay for wonderweb? does it sound applicable to this costume?


I guess it's applicable, my mum used it to put a patch on a t-shirt for me and it's still attached :3 I asked my mum about the price but she doesn't know. But you can pretty much buy it from anywhere like Wilkensons, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons etc. I think I saw some in a craft shop too.


02 Feb 2009 - 14:2810326
Quote diphenhydramine:

a, there's a a type of interfacing that irons on. I've never actually used it, as when my mother was going shopping and offered to pick me up anything I needed, she came back with sew-on interfacing, which provides minimal strength. I had two layers in the cuffs of my Franziska shirt, and they kept their shape, but were very floppy. So try out some iron-on

I'm not really a big wearer of heels, so these are a godsend. They have wedges of about 1cm, so they're very flat. They have fluffy insides, and I'm planning to make them into a pair of Sora shoes for October. As I said before, they are the most hideous footwear in existance but daaaamn are they comfy!


Yes yes yes! They are! I bought some for a pittance for my Ni-Chang cosplay and they are the comfiest things I have ever worn! They feel like big fluffy slippers! The kind you wear in the middle of winter and you snuggle up next to the fire on the sheepskin rug!

As for the interfacing I have only used the iron on stuff which I warn everyone is really difficult to iron on. You have to apply enough heat and pressure to make it bind to your fabric properly. I was told to start at one end of my fabric I was interfacing and put the iron on top and press down for 10-15 secs, then move to the next patch and repeat the process. The only problem is I found I got dimples where the vents are in the iron. When I decided I'd had enough and ironed as normal the fabric and the interfacing can move apart causing you to bind the fabric with wrinkles and bumps. One to minimalise this is to bind the interfacing in spots first to keep it all in place. You do this with the tip of the hot iron. I don't know about it not surviving the wash though, I thought that if something was interfaced it had to be dry cleaned!

As for the stuff not being stiff enough, there are 3 grades of the stuff, light, medium and heavy. Heavy being much thicker and stiffer. For collars and cuffs like in this cosplay I prefer to use something that I have still not learnt the name of... is it also interfacing? You can get it from your haberdashery, I simply ask the lady for "the stuff that makes collars stiff"! It's white and comes off the roll, it's about 6 inches wide and is plastic-y. It's tough to work with because it stays in one shape (normally the shape of the roll) but I swear by it! It flattens out with the help of an iron but I think it binds to your fabric too!


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