It occurred to me that lots of people need help for cosplaying as the Akatsuki from Naruto. So here is a bit of a "How to" kind of thing. If you have any suggestions or anything else you need to know just post and I'll answer ASAP. (I'm am not the Queen of Cosplay though, so don't expect me to know everything)
Instead of making this from scratch it's best to get a pattern you can manipulate. I used a women's jacket pattern but you can just use a t-shirt pattern if you want.
For the jacket pattern
I suggest you use the biggest size it has because the Akatsuki jackets are big. Extend the sleeves as you need and change the length of the jacket to about mid-calf or just above your ankle (make sure you leave about 2cm (I think that's about 1 inch) for the seam). If the jacket is fitted just straighten it (unfit it? I have no idea how to word that :s). Make sure you make the neckline wider, I really must stress this, if you don't the collar won't work. REMEBER YOUR HEAD IS BIGGER THAN YOUR NECK.
For the t-shirt pattern
you need to create a opening down the front. Don't just make 2 front pieces, you need to make sure they will overlap each other for the clips. That's really the only difference between the jacket and the t-shirt.
is really simple just measure the neckline of your jacket and cut a rectangle the same length. The height depends on who you're dressing up as but should generally come up to your mouth if not a bit higher (Zetsu's collar seems a bit higher than the others but that's just my opinion). The collar you sew straight onto the neckline as you would a hood.
can be done in a few different ways that I know of. I used applique but you can also used fabric dye or screen printing. For most of these methods you will probably need to sew a white cloud on first; since your working with black fabric. If you just search up images of Akatsuki clouds you'll find plenty of stencils to work with, just blow them up to the appropriate size. Work out where your want the clouds and how many you want, then stick them to the fabric with some iron on sticky stuff (I forget the name) this is so they won't fall off while you sew around the edges. (If you get sticky stuff that's strong enough you might not even need to sew in down.) For sewing the edges use a very tight and close together zigzag stitch (if your machine has something called applique stitch or satin stitch you can use that), this stops any fraying and will guarantee that you clouds will not fall off. Use the same method for the red part of the clouds of you want to applique it. I've never used fabric dye so I can't help you with that but I can screen-print. If you use screen-printing for the clouds you won't need to sew a white cloud on first. Just make a stencile for the white and red parts of the cloud out of paper (you'll probably need a few since the stencil usually doesn't survive the print). You'll need a screen to print with, if you have a print teacher a school they can help you or ask at a craft store (hobby store?(sorry I live in Australia, I have no idea what you'd call it)). Print with a roller using either fabric paint or acrylic and a sealer type thing that will keep it on the fabric.
You'll need to make the coat twice, once out of black and once out of red fabric for your lining. You may notice that the red lining comes out a little on the front seam so make the front of the lining a little wider so you can fold it over and sew it down.
are probably the funnest part of making the coats. You will need to choose which type of snap you use depending on how likely the fabric will tear off when you open the snaps. Most snaps you buy come in packs that have little metal things you use the hammer them on. Obviously this isn't something for your kitchen table unless you want little dents in the wood. Marking where the snaps go before you put them on is a good idea, too.
Buy a conical Chinese hat from basically anywhere in China Town(or your equivalent) for about $6AUS (about $3US). If you don't have any place like that where you live then order them online, there are tons of sites. You can buy white fabric or strips of fabric from a craft store. Just glue them on with hot glue or super glue.
Some people just hang a red string with a bell on the hat but if you find a close up picture you'll see that it's made up of various red beads. You can sew this onto the hat if you want but glue is a lot easier and has basically the same effect.
I don't think I need to explain where to get these but here's a rundown of who wears which.
Leader - Unknown (and even if it is Arashi he doesn't wear one anyways)
Unknown member - Unknown (omfg what are the chances of that!!!)
Deidara - Anti-Iwaga (Village Among the Stones)
Itachi - Anti-Konoha (Hidden Village of Leaves)*/.\*
Zetsu - Unknown (Most likey the Village of Grass)
Kisame - Anti-Kiriga (Village Hidden in Mist)
Kakuzu - Anti-Takiga (Village Hidden in a Waterfall)
Sasori - Anti-Suna (Hidden Village of Sand) A bit confused as to whether he wears it or not.
Tobi - Doesn't wear one (but we all know who he is :winkwink: )
Hidan - Not sure but it seems to be 3 slanted line
Not many shots are taken where you can actually see what's under their coats but here's an educated guess. Itachi wears and navy blue/black v-neck tee with a black fishnet top underneath. Kisame wears a blue singlet. Deidara either wears just a fishnet top or a half-length top (you know the ones that stop above your tummy) over a fishnet top. Hidan doesn't wear any top (ohhhh smexy). Kakuzu has stitches and animal masks on his back. The others you can just make up since no one can really contradict you, just go with something that suites your character.
It is assumed that all Akatsuki wear the same kind of pants. Once again this is a bit hard to tell since you never see shots of their legs. So this is the general consensus: Navy blue/black ninja pants, which ever doesn't clash as much with you top.
Or stirrups, whatever you wish to called them. These are white and as far as I know all the members wear these. You can sew these rather easily or buy a pair of stirrups and cut them down to size. Keep in mind these go under your shoe, so make sure your fabric can handle a bit of a beating.
enosseleman suggests using lycra to make the leg-warmers and putting sports tape under your shoe to protect the fabric (see below).
Type in ninja shoes or Naruto shoes in the forum search and you will find at least one tutorial on how to make these. I just bought a sock, pulled it over a sandal, cut the toes and heel; gaffer taped it to the shoe and rolled up the cuffs (with some added stuffing). TA DA! Ninja shoes.
Here's 2 ninja shoe tutorials:
I bought mine at a anime shop in the city but I would suggest Googling it or looking up ebay or Amazon. Wikipeidia has a picture which shows what's on each of their rings. Every Akatsuki member has different ring so make sure you buy the right one.
I believe there is already many threads that cover this. Most suggest ordering off the internet, and don't worry you can but Sharingan and Mangekyo Sharingan contacts. I must say they are a bit pricey. Make sure to see you optometrist if you've never worn contacts before.
is probably something I would never make since I'm not all too hand when it comes to weapon making. From what I gather most people leave in covered in cloth and don't bother with the spikes. The sword itself would probably be made out of cardboard or polystyrene. Maybe you could do something with paper mache and a chicken wire frame?.
looks to me like something one would make out of wood and then spray paint it later. I found some time, here's the link for a tutorial: http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread...45#post1902245
can be made from wonderflex or you could look up someone who specializes in making masks, there should be at least one person who does where you live. You can order wonderflex of the internet just so you know.
The Venus fly-trap
that Zetsu has continues to delude me. I would probably go about it using chicken wire and paper mache but it still looks rather tedious.
that the Akatsuki wear changes in colour through out the anime. Purple, black and light purpley-blue are all accepted as the Akatsuki nail-polish. The light purpley-blue can be made from mixing nail-polish of the same brand
, this is the colour Itachi is seen wearing in his first appearance as an Akatsuki member.
is just an upside down triangle in a circle that hangs off beads.
Tobi's mask: http://furfighters.blog.jeuxvideo.co...1155830877.jpg
I hope this helps.