I am a relatively (read: completely) new cosplayer and because I'm a total derp, I want to do something crazy for NYCC'13. A friend of mine coerced me into joining in on a Fire Emblem: Awakening cosplay group. I am responsible for being Lissa (Here's a reference: click here for large image
and click here for some concept art
. So far what I've done is I've basically broken down what I need to make by September (I don't want to still be working on my costume in October):
Corset vest (with buckles in the front and side)
Halter top shirt (with frill accents on both the top and bottom, as well as slits on the sides)
Backless dress with puffy shoulders and bell sleeves which are held up by what looks like elbow buckles
Some sort of string with ornaments around the entire skirt area
Knee high boots
White with gold trimmed tights or leggings or whatever pants.
What appears to be palm-less gloves
Staff (optional, but a nice touch)
Head scarf that looks like a handkerchief, quite honestly
DAT HOOP SKIRT
As you, the reader, probably can guess by now, I'm losing hope as I type that I'll ever make even a mediocre costume with all these pieces. I don't even know which piece I should start with. Have I mentioned that I don't know the first thing about using sewing machines? Yeah, I'm pretty much dead in the water. If there are any kindly people who can give me advice about trying to do relatively challenging costumes with no skills under my belt, I will thank you in advance. In the meantime, I shall learn how to use my ancient sewing machine by working on my SeeU cosplay. Thanks again for any advice.