View Full Version : early start on toshiya cosplay

07-28-2003, 03:10 PM
last nite i had an epiphany: i have dreads, toshiya has dreads in his cute blue kimono. totchi is my next cosplay. isn't that simply brilliant? ok, maybe not. anywho. i'v decided that i wanted to start the costume early next year to avoid the panic i'm feelin now. i also plan on doing it myself which will be difficult. so does anyone have any tips for me? what fabric should i use, esp for the obe? estimated time? potential of injury? do i have to do the boots (i don't like them:p)?

07-28-2003, 09:45 PM
When I did that costume, I used cotton sateen for the blue parts - once you get all of your pleather trim sewn on, this is a heavy costume, and you want something that looks nice but is still strong enough to support the weight without collapsing or losing the shape of the garment. Expensive but so worth it. For the black parts, I used black twill.

I made the obi out of the same upholstery-weight pleather I used for the pleather trim (I also used organza for the trim). I interfaced it heavily, but could have interfaced it more heavily, as it does not lie as smoothly as I would like. I used the fabric version of the obi straps; they are sewn directly to the obi, except for the long one that wraps around, which is sewn at one end and pinned at the other when worn (pin does not show). My obi is in two pieces; a wire loop is sewn into the bow, and tucks into the "sash" part of the obi when worn to stabilize it and keep it in place.

Of course you don't "have" to do the boots. You don't "have" to do anything you don't want to.

07-29-2003, 09:12 AM
this is what makes me not want to make my own stuff--where do you buy pleather and crazy materials like that? can you sew it? huh. these things fluster me, but i'm taking notes anyway...

07-29-2003, 09:45 AM
I bought mine at a remnant shop in Boston Chinatown, the sateen at a high-end fabric shop nearby and the twill at Jo-Ann. But you can easily get pleather online at www.velvetfabric.com. Yes, you can sew it, but you should use a leather needle, which will punch through without tearing the pleather. The pleather will stretch as you try to get it through the machine, so in order to keep it flat while I was sewing it, I first glued it in place and then stitched each strip down with a close zigzag on both edges.