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totalanimeotaku
09-11-2005, 08:08 PM
-blinks- I haven't been on this site forever~! XD
Well, anyways, on topic, I've decided, I want to cosplay Soi Fong from Bleach. However, I do, need a considerable ammount of advice for it, since, n.n it's definately not simple.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y110/gloomylolita/965c69a9.jpg
There's a ref. picture, incase that helps suggest what I should get and do for the outfit.

Things I'd like help with:
Should I buy or make the shinigami uniform?
What should I do about her captain's robe?
Her hair?
Her sword?

Raver-Sakura
09-12-2005, 11:50 AM
Yo~
I havent had much experience, I know I am hoping to make a Hinamori costume soon so heres my ideas of what I was going to do.
Since you outfit is kinda like mine except for the whole white jacket and asscesories.
For the white jacket, use a pattern like a kimono, but without sleeves. And then take black fabric paint and do the little designs at the bottom and stuff.
Also just get a yellow sash for the tie around part.
As for the hair, (the white braids) use maybe rope.and then like orange rings (use earrings) for the tying of the braids.
for the under shirt, get a tight, long sleeved shirt that you can use. :3
Heh, Sorry if this wasnt much help!! *bow bow* ^^; I tried

totalanimeotaku
09-13-2005, 10:59 PM
-hugs- It was very helpful. Thanks~!
XD Maybe get a happi coat, dismantle it, and then use it to create a pattern for the coat.
n.n Painting on the back part may be a little hassle. XD I might just have it comissioned.
Maybe armwarmers, or something of the sort to wear underneath the kimono sleeves.
The earings idea sounds good. XD I'll check size, since, some hoop earing are pretty huge.

Raver-Sakura
09-14-2005, 07:18 AM
Oh indeed!
Hontoni? I've helped? HOOARY! *grins widely*
well glad I can help a bit, good luck with your costume. ^^

Lupa
09-14-2005, 08:52 AM
Well, since I'm planning to go as Soi Fong as well to my next convention (which won't be in a year, but hey, you have to start early, right?) I might as well share what I'm planning to do.

Since I'm absolutely NO good at making clothes from scrap, I plan on buying kimono styled bathrobes (I hope I can find them, otherwise I have to adjust some regular bathrobes: make the sleeves wider) one white and one black. The problem with this is that they need to be made of cotton-like material, not silk or something. I won't need the black one totally, at the bottom some can be removed, because it will be stuffed in pants. That's no.2 on the shopping list. Wide, black pants. Again, if I can't find them wide enough, I'll make them wider. (Widening like that and cutting stuff up is about the extent of my abilities X_X) They don't need to be long, since they reach to about knee-height with Soi Fong, so if they're too long, again, cut-cut-cut!

Okay, then I'm going to adapt the white bathrobe, AKA cut the sleeves off. It doesn't matter that the white robe is the same size as the black one, since it will be hanging loosly, so the black border will show. Then make the signs and the patterns and stuff. That's not too hard. Don't forget that there's a split at the back of the white captains robe. Also, don't stress about the fact that the bathrobe has those things for the band around the waist. If everything works out as I planned (and since I haven't made it yet, I don't know yet -_-) the yellow scarf will cover it. If not, remove them. If you want, you can put on one button at the height of where the scarf will be, so that the white robe remains in place.

Since the inside of the sleeves of the black shinigami outfit are supposed to be white, I'm going to try and fit the sleeves of the white one which you cut off into the black sleeves. I'm not sure if that'll work, but I'm going to try. If it doesn't, then I'm just going to overlook that part of the outfit.

The yellow scarf shouldn't be so hard to come by. Mind that there are two brown straps on the back in which the sheath of her sword is inserted.

The only thing the black outfit needs now, is the "idea" of a white shirt under it. Just sew the border of a white shirt together and sew it on. Use your imagination, lol.

So that's the basis finished. That leaves the tight black sleeves she wears on her arms and legs. Easy. Buy a tight black shirt to wear under your black kimono. Sew on some band of elastic around the egde of the sleeve, make sure it stays half over your hand though! And remember, there are cuts in it! For the legs, it's practically the same. Buy a black legging, sew on some elastic so it gets pulled down a bit. You'll need some white socks and the shoes are ready made. Any half-good shoe store has them, since they are gym shoes. Only the shoes in the store have some elastic on them, so remove that.

That leaves the hair. Since I am already a natural dark head, all I have to do is have it cut at Soi Fong's length, put through a dark blue rinse and that's it, so I can't help you there. For the white braids, I'm just going to braid white straps of cloth together and attach it to my hair, with the rings at the end. Like the other girl said, the rings you can just buy.

Only thing left is the sword, but I haven't figured that one out yet -_-; So can't help there.

Lol, hope this helps a bit. Maybe when we've both cosplayed, we can post our pictures here :P I just hope you're not going to the one I'm going too, but I doubt that.

totalanimeotaku
09-14-2005, 06:48 PM
XD -more hugs-
Wow~ what a write up~!
Hm, XD depends on where you live I guess.
>.> I know the convention I'm going to, there's already at least one other Soi Fong.
Since I have a kimono store in town, I may contemplate buying the hakama there.
XD And then bothering my Kendo friends to help me put it on.
So, I'll be attending Anime Expo.
XD Would've done Naruto, though, o.o with it on Cartoon Network now, I don't think I will anymore. >.>

Lupa
09-15-2005, 09:16 AM
Yeah, lot of writing X_x

I'm considering buying a hakama online somewhere, but since I live in Europe, it's gonna cost me a lot of shipping cost. But since the hakama's one of the more difficult things (they flare out in a special way ~_~) I think I might just do it.

http://www.bujindesign.com/whakama.html

That looks promising. And since I'm not exactly regular size ~_~ And since Soi Fong's pants are shorter than, say Ichigo's hakama's.

Nicepants
09-15-2005, 06:07 PM
Soi Fong's aren't really shorter than Ichigo's, they're just tucked into the feet. However, that will be extremely hard to do with regular hakamas.

And do not buy a 100 dollar hakama. You can get cheap, 40 dollar hakamas. Unless you plan to actually be in kendo or iaido, you do not need the delux ones.

Lupa
09-16-2005, 07:44 AM
They don't looked tucked in, but I'll take your word for it. I bet you could find 40 dollar hakama's, but not where I live -_-; Anyone got a good, reasonably priced order site online? Has to ship to Europe though.

And if not, I'll just have to stick with wide pants -_-

Nicepants
09-16-2005, 05:58 PM
Think MC hammer pants.
"tucked in" isn't exactly the right word. But their width varies so that they can fit intise a shoe. Creative alterations to the seam on the side of a hakama might help, and adding a band of elastic too.

Gii
09-16-2005, 11:39 PM
It would probably just be cheaper (not to mention more accurate) to make the whole thing from scratch. Kimono aren't hard to make; hakama are slightly more difficult but there are plently of resources here to help because it's a topic that's been discussed to death. You've seen that hakama are indeed expensive, so there's no point wasting money and time decontructing a pair when you can make them to the right specifications the first time.

Regardless—and perhaps more importantly—if you operate on the attitude that you're a horrible seamstress, how are you ever going to get any better? To be honest, if you want to cosplay seriously, you HAVE to learn how to sew at least a little bit. There are only so many cosplays that you can cut corners on before they start looking cheap and just thrown together.

Lupa
09-17-2005, 08:51 AM
I know that and I would love to make it from scratch, but I have never made anything and I don't know anybody who had and could teach me. My mother would never help me because she thinks this whole anime/manga thing is ridiculous and a waste of time. Cosplaying is even worse -_-;

*Sigh* I'll see what I'll do, our next convention here isn't in a year or so, so I've got time.

Gii
09-17-2005, 09:34 AM
If you can learn the basics of sewing, ie. cutting fabric, using the machine, etc., then you can make anything. And it's okay to mess up when you make something. Even experienced seamstresses set in a sleeve wrong or finish a hem crooked. But I feel your pain about your mother and how she thinks cosplay is stupid. My own mother accepts it, but doesn't really understand why I love it so much, which, you know, is fine, because there are things I'll never get why she likes.

Keep your chin up, the end of the world is far from sight. Unless you're into Evangelion or something; then it already happened.

totalanimeotaku
09-18-2005, 08:49 PM
^^v Luckily for me, I have a kimono shop not too far from home, as well as another place selling such. From my knowledge, they sell Hakama. Othewise, I might buy a pattern, get it comissioned, or E-Bay it. >.<

Lupa
09-20-2005, 05:11 PM
Meh, I might just go as Shika from Naruto for my first time. His costume requires a lot less sewing, so I can practice.