View Full Version : artistic liberty?

03-25-2008, 11:11 PM
is it wrong to take artistic liberties when your sewing a costume????

03-26-2008, 11:49 PM
I personally think that depends. If it's something essential to the character (like changing a design pattern, or the fit or shape of something) then it just looks wrong. But if there are little things, (like certain color accents, adding a realistic touch or detail where there was originally nothing for instance) that you can do to only improve upon the characters depth or realism, then I think in most cases it can look better. ^_^


03-27-2008, 09:39 AM
I always take liberties when it comes to:

a) A part of a costume that you cannot see after hours and hours of game, anime, screenshot and internet research.

b) Colors that are not well transmitted into real life because they are too bright or combine ugly with other fabric colors (so then they can be toned down a bit or use another shade)

c)Wigs, but only in their colors (namely choosing a darker shade so its not OMG TOO BRIGHT) not in their styles.

d) Certain aspects of construction that may not flatter you. But this is a very limited liberty, since its only about making the cleavage slightly smaller, or adding piping where there is no, lowering the cut of the swimsuit bodysuit or using flats when you are already too tall (or heels when short, as in my case).

Cheers!! n.n

freya willia
03-27-2008, 04:30 PM
I'm all about it. As long as the costume you make has the general "mood" of the character you are trying to be.

Ask yourself - if someone were standing twenty feet away, would they still be able to recognize who I am?

Sometimes you have to make changes because we are working off of cartoons, and not human bodies. For example, I didn't stick to the original armor design for my costume because my arms are too short; they'd be swallowed by the pauldrons.

03-29-2008, 11:31 AM
Yea, just about all of my costumes are modified to flatter my body or to translate better in the real world vs our overly-saturated anime. Like I cosplay as Seras Victoria from Hellsing, but I actually have pretty short legs (at least compared to hers), so I kept the skirt short, split open the sides more so I can show off my theighs, and only wear knee high boots and socks rather than theigh highs. All of this is so it makes my legs look longer and more defined.
I also may add details onto otherwise plain outfits--nothing big tho. More like how Link got souped up for Twilight Princess vs Ocorena of Time. God I spelled that badly.
Anywho, go nuts.

04-07-2008, 02:21 PM
thanks everyone! i asked cus i didnt want super low cut cleavage showing on my baiken costume....cus i dont have much to begin witha nd if somethign pops out that would be sooo embarrassing so i did tweak that and it ended up being more covered up, and also for my selphie dress....i changed the pattern used, cus i wanted the skirt part to flare out more than its originally done and i also didnt wan to do the overall thing so im thinking of usinf yellow buttons istead....plus i dont know how to sew in the overall clasps things.....yeah.....im new to sewing....i just mosty cut and sew i dont measure or use patterns much.....i only used it once......