View Full Version : Winry Cosplay help... please?

12-22-2011, 09:33 PM
Hey there. I've only done one cosplay before and that was winry. But it was a really crappy one and was put together in about 30 minutes. I had light wash jeans, tan snow boots, rolled up black tank top, and red bandana. This is me last year:
I'm making a better one, ike with the actual tube top( I bet i could get one at Walmart or something) and jumpsiut. But i'm having issues about how to find a jumpsuit that works for her. If i get a white one i will dye it lilic, bu i still have to find one ^_^' Also the sandles. Do you recoend i just get some flipflops and reconstruct them? or where to find some like it? Here is a referance pic (just in case): http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&sa=X&biw=1152&bih=642&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=L3V6R34jkm24fM:&imgrefurl=http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/24834&docid=9aOERBr7q_fB6M&imgurl=http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/1590/24834/winry02.jpg&w=480&h=350&ei=FPbzTofDLsmKsQLfr_29AQ&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=125&sig=114068816120123836228&page=1&tbnh=104&tbnw=151&start=0&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0&tx=96&ty=50

Also, sorry if this is to long, but I'm trying to do her Travel outfit too. Fabric? Patterns? Boots? Ref pic:http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&sa=X&biw=1152&bih=642&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=KflWr9BxvkwQaM:&imgrefurl=http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/40251&docid=pY_jVTkYzTmz-M&imgurl=http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/3723/40251/winry01.jpeg&w=480&h=350&ei=FPbzTofDLsmKsQLfr_29AQ&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=94&sig=114068816120123836228&page=1&tbnh=104&tbnw=151&start=0&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0&tx=104&ty=64 . Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!

12-24-2011, 01:14 PM

I think that's the coveralls we got for our Winry (who had to cancel on our shoot last minute, so no pics yet). I dyed it a perfect lilac with just a hint of purple RIT dye in a huge dye bath, the RIT site has a color guide that I went by to get the perfect shade. These coveralls do require a few alterations, especially because they're made for men. The pants will have to be shortened and tightened around the lower calf, the side leg pocket needs to be added (but there should be enough scrap from the bottom of the leg to do so), and the waist will likely need to be taken in. Dye it before doing any alterations. These are 100% cotton, so they'll take dye easily, and I was pretty impressed with the construction when these showed up at my house.

For the sandals, they actually make what's called slide sandals like that, you can get a pair of those and just cover the wide strap in brown fabric, or completely remove and replace it (but that gets hard without destroying the sandal).

The tube top is actually not been in style for a while, so it may be harder than just stopping in at wal-mart. I'd suggest finding either a tight tank top or a high-cut sports bra and altering down from there, and (depending on your size) adding invisible straps just to make sure it stays up (can always make these removable for photoshoots, but to have the option to add when you're walking around a con and active and have an increased chance for accidents).

If I were making the travel outfit, I think I'd use a cotton twill for the jacket, a twill or maybe denim for the skirt, I'd need to examine more references before making a decision (to be fair, denim is really just a super-thick twill in many respects ^_^), and probably a cotton jersey for the top, given the way it clings. I can't help with patterns, sadly. I went, "That jacket is a lot like my Ed's jacket, I can just tell her that!" except that I drafted that, and would probably draft that shirt, too. If you don't get any other suggestions, just browse the pattern books in Jo-ann's. Browse every book, and most every section. Never know what you'll find that you can alter in men's or costumes. ^_^

For boots, I'd go either now (more size and style choices) or at the end of winter (cheaper) to a shoe store. There should be boots cut pretty similar to that all over the place, though you may have to do a few changes if you want 100% accuracy on the shoes... which I've found is sometimes too much to bother with (and other times I'll make a boot from scratch to get, it all depends on the character and available shoes).

Sorry this got so long, my Winry and I had a terrible time trying to find a plain white cotton coverall to alter for hers, so it's a subject dear to my heart. ^_^