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|10-10-2012, 11:21 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2012
Thrifty Costume Examples
I'm doing a thrifty cosplay panel at a convention, and would like to get some examples of cosplays made from thrifted fabric or altered clothing along with approximate price. I would need these by this weekend if you can help out! You would of course be credited!
|10-11-2012, 07:39 AM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2011
Okay, here's a costume I made for roughly 15 Euro: Dinah Wherever from Bizenghast. This is just a skirt and a tip sewn together to make a dress, and a shirt turned into an apron.
|10-11-2012, 08:30 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2005
- I try to keep thrifted costumes between $20-$40 MAX budget
- Not everything has to be purchased from a thrift store. Digging items and parts out of your own closet, someone else's closet, the basement, attic, etc for free also counts as thrifting
- It takes time. You can't get everything you want on short notice, you have to have the time to return to the store several times after stock delivery, or travel to many stores, and be patient
- Spend time regularly at flea markets, even when you don't have a costume in mind
Here's a pic of the genderbent Black Widow costume my bf made for about $30 overall: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7126/7...d24d03bf_b.jpg
- combination of thrift store clothes we altered, borrowed boots, old toy guns, and cheaply made holsters and straps
FanExpo - fem!Iron Man Mark VII (99% complete - The Iron Man Armor Project), Steampunk something (90% complete)
Atomic Lollipop - raver!Sailor Mars; Non-Novice Craftsmanship Award for Steampunk Airship Pirate
Polaris - Starfleet command officer
Anime North - Lacus Clyne, Steampunk Airship Pirate, raver!Sailor Mars
Steampunk World's Fair (NJ) - Airship Pirate
STEAM: Pushing for education focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math
|10-11-2012, 11:25 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Pretty much every costume I have has been made using clothing I happened to have already or getting creative with using store-bought items. As such I usually end up doing a less than accurate, but still visually pleasing, variant of the character.
Corset: Lingerie department of a department store (since scrapped, the boning was cheap plastic and I was unaware of what a proper corset should be constructed from)
Skirt: Hot Topic bought, it's a 3rd party seller however.
Stockings: Hot Topic
Boots: Had since high school
Blouse: Jcpenny Jr.dept
The wig was purchased online
I'd say the total cost without the wig was probably around $50-60, the skirt was the most costly piece. The wig was probably around $35+ shipping.
Jacket: Bebe, purchased some years prior but never worn.
Bodysuit: A bodyshaper from the department store
Cargo Pants: Walmart
Gun: NERF squirt gun I spray painted black
Gloves: Hot Topic
Wig: A friend gave it to me!
There's also a watch under my glove that you can't even see..but I owned it prior.
Total cost was probably around...$40-60. I saved a lot of money being that I had the leather jacket prior to the cosplay, the leather jacket was probably a good $80+ at BEBE many years ago. The bodyshaper and cargo pants where both inexpensive and I saved oodles on a wig from a very good friend donating it to me. She's just incredibly kind.
I'd say the total if I had to pay for the jacket and wig would have been closer to $100-135.
|10-11-2012, 12:05 PM||#5|
Join Date: Aug 2012
Do partially-thrifted costumes count? I saved a bunch of money on my and my younger brother's costumes last month. In this photo, I'm in the Katara costume on the far right, and he's in the "Bolin" costume right next to me. http://www.cosplay.com/gallery/a320575/
Katara: I made the robe myself, but aside from that:
- the pants were a $5 find at a thrift store, and I altered them slightly
- the shoes were already owned by me. They were darker than the characters shoes, but they had the right shape, as well as a neat swirl-graphic on the top that was reminiscent of water, which fans of the character took notice of, and loved!
- instead of buying her water pouch, I knew I needed a bag to carry things at the con anyway so I used a purse that was the right shade of brown, as well as the perfect shoulder strap. People knew right away that it represented her water pouch I don't know how much the bag cost as it was a gift from years ago.
The entire costume, minus what was preowned, only cost me about $30.
Bolin- bought the jacket online ($60) due to time constraints
- the undershirt was a turtleneck that was too small for him. I cut it up and trimmed it with scrap fabric to make an oriental neckline.
- the pants were the bottom of his old karate gi that were also too small for him. I altered them to look like knickerbockers.
- the spats were simply an old pair of thigh-high socks I altered.
- the shoes were pre owned.
- the sash was made from scrap fabric
Aside from the shoes, this would have cost about $130-$150 if it was all purchased new. By altering pre-owned items, my only actual expense was the $60 jacket.
I hope that helps!
|10-11-2012, 01:00 PM||#6|
Now comes in Neurotic!
Join Date: Apr 2011
My Fem!Shizuo Heiwajima cosplay was made entirely of clothes either from thrift stores or eBay.
Wig: eBay ~ $15
Vest: eBay ~ $10
Heels: Thrift Store ~ $5.00
Skirt: Thrift Store ~ $2.98
Bowtie: eBay ~ $1.08
Shirt: Thrift Store ~ .99¢
Sunglasses: A gift
Pantyhose: Already owned them
Approx. overall cost ~ $35.05
(A new record for me! XD)
Cosplays in Progress:*Fem!Prussia (Hetalia/Nyotalia) ~ 50%
*Yuki Sanada (Tsuritama) ~ 100%
*Riko Aida (Kuroko no Basuke) ~ 100%
Last edited by sugarpunch18 : 10-11-2012 at 01:03 PM.
|10-11-2012, 01:31 PM||#7|
Join Date: Mar 2012
Lucy from Elfen Lied cost about 30 dollars.
White t-shirt cut up. -$5
Horns were $10
Wig-$10 at a Halloween Store
Stocking from Panty and Stocking [Complete]
Kaname Chidori from Full Metal Panic [90%]
Aya Hoshino from SuperGALS [Complete]
Ritsuka from Loveless [Complete]
Videl from Dragonball Z [Complete]
Lucy/Nyuu from Elfen Lied [Complete]
Anime Midwest 2013
Anime Central 2013 [Saturday Only]
|10-11-2012, 01:40 PM||#8|
Join Date: Jan 2012
Riku - Kingdom Hearts II
White vest - 20 cents ~ Goodwill
Yellow fabric sewn onto vest - $5 ~ Jo-Ann's
Black vest that was altered - $6 ~ Target
Pants - $2 ~ Goodwill
Fabric for pants pockets - $4 ~ Jo-Ann's
Black and grey paint for altering shoes - $4
Approximate cost: $21.20
Cosplay, Cosplay, Cosplay
Jade Harley - Homestuck - 3AM Dress (80% complete)
Aradia Megido - Homestuck - Aradiabot (5% complete)
Midna - Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - True Form (15% complete)
|10-11-2012, 03:07 PM||#9|
I Am Not Sephiroth
Join Date: Feb 2010
<- my icon is a thrift store cosplay. Jacket, pants, and shirt where from goodwill for less then 20$. The wig was bought from taobao and the tie was 2$ on sale on eBay.
Also, my Shuu cosplay was bought in the same way. Why make what I can buy when I'm not competing after all...especially for simple suit type cosplays.
Shuu cosplay: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3274622/
Slade - Teen Titans, Koubun Ka/Hinahoho - Magi, Ovan - .hack, Snow - FF13, Garry - IB, Samon - ZnT, Nagito - DR2, Camus/Hayato/Tokiya - UtaPri 2000%, Mink - DMMd, Xemans - KH2, Nagito - DR2, Nobunaga - Pokemon Conquest, Ymir - Shingeki no Kyojin, Mikoto - K, Adam - RWBY
Cons: Oni-Con Hawaii 2013, Taku Taku Matsuri, Kawaii Kon 2014
Last edited by Ineedaname9 : 10-11-2012 at 03:10 PM.
|10-11-2012, 03:47 PM||#10|
Join Date: May 2011
I don't know if these count but here are some.
Solid Snake- Cardboard box: Free if you know where to go.
Gonard (kappa mikey):
-Navy blue hoodie from simple store 7$
-Green shorts from zellers $14
-Blue spray on hair dye 3 cans $9
Being Gonard for a day: priceless
-Blue and orange t shirts from Walmart $5 each
-Black and white paint $1 each
Not sure where to get pants though
|10-11-2012, 04:17 PM||#11|
Life Imitating Art
Join Date: May 2011
I think my Ginko cosplay was relatively cheap to put together.
My total came to ~ $80 but with cheaper alternatives (such as a cheaper shirt), you could probably cut that cost in half.
Last edited by Pasiphilo : 10-11-2012 at 04:34 PM. Reason: more info added
|10-11-2012, 05:08 PM||#12|
The Ducktape Queen
Join Date: Jan 2004
I made Tsukasa's boots from old plush slippers I found at Salvation Army.
|10-11-2012, 06:37 PM||#13|
Phuriously Khorrupt Lily
Join Date: Jun 2012
Pretty much all my costumes end up on the thrifty side, since I'm sort of broke.
My Soul costume (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/432729/) was actually very cheap.
Suit: $6 Men's '30s Gangster costume from Walmart (Bought post-Halloween XD)
Shirt: $4, red felt
Headband: $10 or so; it's a dyed sock safety-pinned closed in the back and the patches are just painted felt
Wig: $9, white felt
Teeth: $6, sharpened fake nails and denture glue
Lenses: $25, Pinky Paradise
So in total, $60. And a lot of cosplayers don't even use lenses, so sans the lenses, it's about $35.
Ryoga Hibiki (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/432733/) was even cheaper...
Hair: $3, not a wig, just heavily teased and sprayed with black hairspray
Headband: $1.50, yellow bandana from Hobby Lobby with black triangles painted on it
Shirt: $5, yellow t-shirt from Walmart with slits cut in the sides and the front
Belt: $3, black knee-high sock
Pants: $10, men's sweatpants
Leg ties: $2, yellow yarn crocheted into chains
Shoes: $8, Tom's knockoffs from an accessory store
Aaaand for Ryoga, $32.50.
(The overall lesson being that nothing is more useful to a cheap cosplayer than knee-high socks...)
*Kefka Palazzo - Final Fantasy VI (Being repaired.)
*Kankuro - Naruto
*Ryoga Hibiki - Ranma 1/2
*Soul Eater Evans - Soul Eater
*Antonio Salieri - Mozart L'Opera Rock
*Rapunzel - Tangled
*Miss Martian - Young Justice - 70%
*Monkey D. Luffy - One Piece - 60%
*Kotetsu T. Kaburagi - Tiger & Bunny - 40%
*Ryuk - Death Note - 30%
*Toph Bei Fong - Avatar: The Last Airbender - 5%
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