View Full Version : Need Desperate Help On Simple AVPM Cosplay!

09-13-2011, 12:21 PM
I don't understand...this particular cosplay was supposed to be an easy one! Here's my dilemma...

I'm going to be cosplaying as Snape specifically from A Very Potter Musical. The robes in the musical are not like the movie version and they almost look like some kind of typical halloween black robes that you could find at a costume store, but they are not as simple as they first appear. Here's a hilarious video which really shows you the costume, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1LYdgb0RwY

And here are some reference photos:

First you have the under robe which surprisingly has normal sleeve volume/width lengths. ALL black robes from halloween costumes have elongated sleeves for dramatic effect.

Then you have the black spherical buttons lined vertically from the collar to the very bottom of the robe. I can add these if I must, but what do I use...black marbles? Who sells buttons that look like that? And so many!

But the outer robe/cape should HOPEFULLY be easy. I might just find a vampire cape and have to tweek it a bit. My main worry however is that it might end up looking shiny/silky. Snapes robes should not be like that, as they don't reflect much light and seem to be made of simple cotton.

I have the goofy wig, but the one I have is a dark brown, but I really want it to be black. I can't find another wig that looks like that one, so couldn't I just get some black hair spray and use it on the wig I have?

Any help is vastly appreciated. I'd rather not have to resort to sewing unless it's the only option to get it to look right. But I'm already spending tons of time working on 2 other cosplays, this one is supposed to be the simple fun one. ;___;

11-25-2011, 08:52 PM
I don't think they look ANYTHING like a typical cloak at a costume shop. They're much more matte. Honestly, I'd just draft a really simple tunic-style shirt/dress (hell, it probably wouldn't be too much to find a pattern for a woman's button down dress and modify that) and put buttons. I wouldn't think finding round buttons like that would be too terribly difficult. I'd check your local fabric store (like a Joann Fabrics, Hancock, or even a Michaels or Hobby Lobby that sells fabrics) to see if they have any. Most stores like that will have a wide selection of buttons. If not, check the internet. They don't have to be perfect. I did one internet search and turned up these gems. http://www.ascuteasabutton.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=CB1&Product_Code=NRO-140&Category_Code=CRAFT They're not exact, but they would totally work. The cape looks to be pretty basic and simple. If you have a Halloween cape to sacrifice, take it apart and use the pieces for a pattern and then just add a very simple collar and fastening. After that, it's just a pair of simple pants shoes and a belt you can get at the local goodwill or thrift store (if you don't have one already).