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keitaro849
06-02-2003, 01:53 PM
does anyone round here know where to buy cosplay?

trekkieb47
06-02-2003, 02:50 PM
What exactly do you mean...buy cosplay? If you mean buying complete costumes for anime characters....good luck. From what I understand, cosplaying a character is mostly about researching what they wear, buying/modifying/making the clothes that fit the character, and making/buying accessories to match. There are some sites that let you buy a certain characters main clothing (like Vash's coat from Trigun) or accessories (Chii's ears from Chobits) but a lot of these are for popular characters, so if you do a lesser know character you might have a harder time.

For my Roger Smith costume, it was realatively simple. Black Dress pants, White shirt, Leather gloves, suspenders, the watch, the tie (which i used fabric paint to make the white stripe, and a black suit jacket I found on ebay for $20 that fit me perfectly. I had to replace the buttons on it and make them white. But that it.

For my Akagi for Dai-Guard costume, I've been looking at websites that sell jumpsuits. This could be modified for his pilot suit with fabric, sewing, and patience.

Its best to post these things on the other forum section for making cosplay.

Berry

RedPikachu
06-02-2003, 02:59 PM
you can request costumes from people who make costumes...like me ^_^

I made the pimp ash/poke hos costumes and I made a Jr. (Xenosaga) costume this year for acen....

trekkieb47
06-02-2003, 03:05 PM
Ah commissions, another good way to go. Money money money....

Berry

kylash327
06-02-2003, 03:10 PM
I cant sew so I ususally make my costumes form existing things, modifying and adding onto them, and making my own props and accessories.

Famira Damaris
06-02-2003, 04:35 PM
Well, you could always commission someone to make a costume for you. However, it can be relatively expensive ($150-$200 for a costume that has about average detail).

Menchi
06-02-2003, 05:43 PM
heh...if i werent sooooo takin a break from sewing i woud be glad to help tooo ^^;;; but if ya wanna cosplay as a char...an not spend huge bucks go as a char with clothes ya can buy as is an mix an match, or buy an modify

kylash327
06-02-2003, 05:54 PM
I know there are some people who look down on those who just modify clothes or existing pieces, but I think if you can take something that's already out there and turn it into a part of your costume, in turn saving money and time, more power to yah.

CapsuleCorp
06-02-2003, 09:16 PM
Oh, I'm all for modifying, considering I usually charge people close to $300 for decent costumes. Kylash knows that. ;) Half my Hiei costume is modified, the rest was scratch-built with fairly low-cost cotton fabrics.

HEDGESMFG
06-03-2003, 01:35 AM
To those who Taylor costumes...how complex or expensive would you expect it to be for somebody to throw together a costume like this?

http://www.gundam-seed.net/character/images/asran1.gif
http://www.gundam-seed.net/character/images/nicol1.gif
http://www.gundam-seed.net/character/images/izark1.gif
http://www.gundam-seed.net/character/images/diattka1.gif




Namely a Red Zaft pilot's military uniform from Gundam Seed.

This year, aside from my "Haro", my costume was very much thrown together with various store bought items. It worked for the time (and ended up being the only outfit I had for 3 days when I unexpectedly roomed with a friend x.o) but if possible, I'd like to pull off something a little more elaborate and detailed (and if I could get this costume, I'd be able to switch between 3 different wings and one scar to be a different char each day). I'm not making any definate requests yet, but I'm curious as to if it'd be possible.

SoulCrash
06-03-2003, 02:01 AM
I also can't sew for $hit. Most of my costumes are store brought. I also do some modifying on the clothes if necessary. You just need to know where to get it (in your area, or online), just have common sence, and just be lucky that you find it... Just like my GTO white suit.

Note: I have to say this. If you want a different color suit (like a Lupin, Nabeshin, etc). Go to this place called "Imperial Clothiers" somewhere in the LincolnWood area.. It's a SWEET @$$ palce to buy those suits that are "hard" to find for CHEAP prices. That's where I got the Nabeshin jacket, and GTO white suit at (both of them are for $80 each!).

Here's there business card....

RyanW
06-03-2003, 03:49 AM
Haha, on this forum? Everybody with a machine will gladly take your money for a costume. Most people will probably do something worth your money, but for God's sake, don't spend more than 400 dollars on that one, and that's assuming you're getting the entire thing, with a styled wig and boots.

If you're just getting the jacket and pants, then you could probably cut it in half.

If you're considering a comission, there's some important questions to ask your clothier.

Ask them what their credentials are, or to see examples of their work. Most people will have examples of their work on their page, so you can usualy scan the site and get all the credentials you need.

Ask them what kinds of materials or machines they use. If someone isn't professionaly finishing seams (done with a machine called a serger), then you probably shouldn't be paying at the higher end of that 2-400 dollars. If someone's just going to throw a single straight stitch into it, it'll fall apart under stress, so don't expect it to last long.

AND FOR GOD'S SAKE, ORDER EARLY!

The number one mistake people make when they order from us at limebarb.com is they want a costume too soon, or they request it for the day they're leaving for the con. Make sure you ask for it to be delivered at least a few weeks before you'll be wearing it so you can make sure it's properly fitted and make any adjustments, or take up and issues you may have with your service.


If you want an example of some of the things you should be giving the person you're requesting from, go to our 'how to request a costume' guidelines page at http://www.limebarb.com/cosplay/howtorequest.html and give your person every last bit of info on the page. That'll help you and them to get things going as fast as possible.

Also, shop around. Some sites, people, etc, charge way too much for very amatuer work. The people on this message board are all pretty hardcore, so you won't have that problem if you go with someone here, but at least make sure you're not paying too much or too little.


Okay, last piece of advice for requesting a costume is to go with someone you feel is capable of producing your costume at the level of quality you wish for, and don't be afraid to request from someone who doesn't seem very busy. Not everyone runs a full time costume shop like we do, and thus not all the best people are always busy. The people offering to you on this forum are some of the best, and you shouldn't be nervous about requesting from them just because they don't have a super-professional website or something. ^_^ Support the cosplay community!

-Ryan Williams
Limebarb.com

venus2869
06-03-2003, 06:40 AM
As for the "Modify clothing" part, HIT GARAGE SALES & THRIFT/RESALE STORES!!

My entire Jill Valentine costume from a resale shop for under $15!! The only thing I had to do to it was hand paint the badges on the shoulders(and that was even easier when I use a T-shirt transfer for a guide).

They can be great resources for items and for accessories!

Famira Damaris
06-03-2003, 09:31 AM
To those who Taylor costumes...how complex or expensive would you expect it to be for somebody to throw together a costume like this?

http://www.gundam-seed.net/character/images/asran1.gif
http://www.gundam-seed.net/character/images/nicol1.gif
http://www.gundam-seed.net/character/images/izark1.gif
http://www.gundam-seed.net/character/images/diattka1.gif

Namely a Red Zaft pilot's military uniform from Gundam Seed.

This year, aside from my "Haro", my costume was very much thrown together with various store bought items. It worked for the time (and ended up being the only outfit I had for 3 days when I unexpectedly roomed with a friend x.o) but if possible, I'd like to pull off something a little more elaborate and detailed (and if I could get this costume, I'd be able to switch between 3 different wings and one scar to be a different char each day). I'm not making any definate requests yet, but I'm curious as to if it'd be possible.

If it's a commission, maybe $200--$250-$300 range...? Depends what material you want, how quickly and how detailed. You're also paying for their time. There's a list of some commissioners somewhere. *searches* I'll post it up when I find it. ^^

And just to expand on the tips about cosplay commissions - get lots of reference pictures! XD Especially if they're obscure characters: don't expect the commissioner to always know the character. Sides of front, back, side and details are always good.

If you're going to modify something...er...dunno. Making it is usually the cheapest route, but unless you're comfortable with sewing, is probably the hardest. xX;

keitaro849
06-03-2003, 12:52 PM
Originally posted by RedPikachu
you can request costumes from people who make costumes...like me ^_^

I made the pimp ash/poke hos costumes and I made a Jr. (Xenosaga) costume this year for acen....

can you make me one?

HEDGESMFG
06-03-2003, 01:49 PM
I have plenty of places I can take screenshots for reference pics of various angles, and 200-250 and Possibly 300(I still have to purchase 2-3 wigs and I'm not exactly a rich guy ^.^() ) would be about the range I'd be willing to do. Considering that I also have 11 and a half months before I need the costume, I'm thinking ahead anyway.

I don't think I'd need materials that are TOO expensive either, most Gundam uniform costumes don't usually need em to be to much. For now I'm just considering options, and seeing what the best path is.

keitaro849
06-03-2003, 01:56 PM
Originally posted by HEDGESMFG
I have plenty of places I can take screenshots for reference pics of various angles, and 200-250 and Possibly 300(I still have to purchase 2-3 wigs and I'm not exactly a rich guy ^.^() ) would be about the range I'd be willing to do. Considering that I also have 11 and a half months before I need the costume, I'm thinking ahead anyway.

I don't think I'd need materials that are TOO expensive either, most Gundam uniform costumes don't usually need em to be to much. For now I'm just considering options, and seeing what the best path is.
Gundam uniform hmmmm i think bout it

Dali-Lamb
06-03-2003, 02:25 PM
well, i'm not any expert on cosplaying, i've only done it for three years. but for 2 of those years i've made my costumes. the best thing i've found is that if you can sew get patterns that resemble your character's costume. I used a dancing leotard for my Cammy costume. another thing is that if you can't sew go on-line and do the same type of thing. find clothes that are already made that you can modify. That's what i did for my Dakki costume; instead of going through the hellish process of making the leotard i bought one! also, this last year i bought my SM costume. I got it for 80 bucks off of EBAY and it was absolutely perfect!! there's another point: ebay-- everything you could ever want; and if you type in cosplay you'll get a bucn of results from a lot of ppl who will sell used great costumes and acessories for a song!
if you want to do your own acessories, i would say to use camping foam(which is wonderful for armor and other such things; i used it primarily for my huge shoulder pads and hat for my Dakki costume) and ice cream tubs. I know it sounds weird but the plastic on those things can be bent and spray painted perfectly! i used it for my tiara and crescent moons on my boots for my Sailor Moon costume, it really works great!!
i really hope that this has helped and if anyone has any other good things for using for acessories, PLEASE TELL ME!! i'd really appreciate it! ^-^

~Dali-Lamb

kylash327
06-03-2003, 02:45 PM
Goodwill has saved me so many times of costume parts. Another piece of advice, never throw ANYTHING away, you may need it in the future. I've got a hugebox of junk and parts that I constantly find things I need in.

Famira Damaris
06-03-2003, 03:00 PM
I have plenty of places I can take screenshots for reference pics of various angles, and 200-250 and Possibly 300(I still have to purchase 2-3 wigs and I'm not exactly a rich guy ^.^() ) would be about the range I'd be willing to do. Considering that I also have 11 and a half months before I need the costume, I'm thinking ahead anyway.

I don't think I'd need materials that are TOO expensive either, most Gundam uniform costumes don't usually need em to be to much. For now I'm just considering options, and seeing what the best path is.

Hmm...there's a pretty reliable commissioner I know of - she did my Mirai Yashima costume and she's doing my Camille Vidan (Ahgama uniform) one. Urk...I need access to a sewing machine, I'm never gonna learn otherwise. ;_; Besides, it'd be cheaper than commissioning. ;_: Anyway, she's pretty reasonable.

Here's the links to misc. cosplay resource sites: http://www.nyx.net/~wsantoso/cospcomm.html

Here's Akire's site: www.akirescostumedesign.com

Hopefully that helped. ^^

HEDGESMFG
06-04-2003, 12:21 AM
Oh wait...you're the Gundam.com Camille Vidan(am I right?)... XD


Hi! I was going to ask you how much you paid for that commission anyway. Hmm, I was considering this site as well when I came across it. Guess I'll bookmark it and see what happens. Maybe if I can find maroon red pants somewhere, I'd just need her to do the vest and boots.


Oh well, lots of time to decide...

Famira Damaris
06-04-2003, 01:30 AM
Originally posted by HEDGESMFG
Oh wait...you're the Gundam.com Camille Vidan(am I right?)... XD


Hi! I was going to ask you how much you paid for that commission anyway. Hmm, I was considering this site as well when I came across it. Guess I'll bookmark it and see what happens. Maybe if I can find maroon red pants somewhere, I'd just need her to do the vest and boots.


Oh well, lots of time to decide...

Ah ha, yus, tis me. :P Bask in my imaginary glory, ho ho ho! *pose with cheesy special effects*

Her stuff is pretty good, although she doesn't really update her whole site a lot. About the whole reference picture thing - backshots are important (I didn't give her one of the back of the Mirai Yashima one, so the back is missing the stripe. oO). Boots you could probably find in any department store or whatever during winter - knee-highs are around $70-$80, cheaper if you wait until they go on clearance. However, if they're on clearance, you won't get a whole lot to select from, since they're hell-bent on getting rid of the extras. oO

RyanW
06-09-2003, 05:25 AM
I have to again recommend that you shop around for your costume. Go to that page o' links and skim through everyone's gallery to make sure you're getting good quality costumes.

True_Sanosuke
06-09-2003, 05:36 AM
what about commisioning pieces of a costume

Famira Damaris
06-09-2003, 09:23 AM
I can't stress the importance of getting good measurements. ^^; If you want to be safe, add an inch of two - it's better to end up with a costume that may be a little loose than something you can't get into at all. Unless you can get to the commissioner for fittings, it probably won't be a perfect fit.

what about commisioning pieces of a costume

Some commissioners do that.

RedPikachu
06-09-2003, 11:32 AM
You can comission me to do parts or all of a costume...I've been doing that for my friends for about 4 years now. ^_^

keitaro849
08-16-2004, 03:40 AM
what about commisioning pieces of a costume

last time i did that it just didnt work out... I'd rather make it myself. as long as my mom doesnt go crazy cuz she hates sewing.

Lady
08-17-2004, 01:47 PM
last time i did that it just didnt work out... I'd rather make it myself. as long as my mom doesnt go crazy cuz she hates sewing.

I could be misunderstanding that post....but I don't see how you making it yourself is the same as your mom making it*scratches head*

Overall, I'm going with what everyone else has said here: shop around, request long before the deadline, try to do it yourself if possible/find alterable pieces. For my first costume I had my mom help me alot, as I'd never even used a sewing machine before. After that outfit, though, I've made all of my own costumes, and I find it far more satisfying to do it myself than to have other people do it for me. Also, it will be far less expensive to make your own outfits than to commission outfits. But, that's me*shrugs*

keitaro849
08-27-2004, 08:19 AM
I could be misunderstanding that post....but I don't see how you making it yourself is the same as your mom making it*scratches head*

Overall, I'm going with what everyone else has said here: shop around, request long before the deadline, try to do it yourself if possible/find alterable pieces. For my first costume I had my mom help me alot, as I'd never even used a sewing machine before. After that outfit, though, I've made all of my own costumes, and I find it far more satisfying to do it myself than to have other people do it for me. Also, it will be far less expensive to make your own outfits than to commission outfits. But, that's me*shrugs*

haha very funny my mom wouldnt let me do it myself because she thinks im not very skilled i at least did the freakin hakama.