Note: First of all, I'd like to apologise in advance if this is in the wrong section >w> Wasn't entirely sure if it's supposed to be posted here or in a different section. Please feel free to move it if necessary. Also, forgive me if any of this has been mentioned in another thread which I would've missed.
Now without further ado, onto the actual point of this thread. I'm looking to make a Neptune (Hyperdimension Neptunia) costume to crossplay at an upcoming convention (Kitacon if waiting list goes down in April, otherwise Hyper Japan in July or AmeCon in July (home city!). This would be the first time cosplaying in general; and the first time ever attending a convention. This is also my very first time ever making any form of clothing, and have no previous sewing skills (outside of a heart-shaped cushion). It will be all done by hand-sewing as I do not have a sewing machine (however I will have access to one towards the end of March and the Summer if needed as my sister has one). I'm currently making the jacket out of polar fleece, and seems to be going fine at the moment. I'll need to make a couple changes (like the length), but that shouldn't be too bad.
The reason that I have chosen Neptune is, simply put, she's my favourite fictional character currently, and I have a similar carefree personality to her. The costume will be her normal state; not her HDD, and will be using the Re;Birth1 & 2 clothing (see pic below).
However, that's all that I have. There are a few things I could use some tips on:
1. Any further tips on technicalities regarding the jacket, such as the bottom of her jacket / sleeves and whether or not elastic should be used. As well as the creation of details on her zipper as well as the usb-looking things (see circled in image below; I don't know what they're called). Also any tips to get the thread through the hood as it goes would would help. As for the rest of her jacket, I've just used fleece and currently only have an basic draft of the main body & one sleeve done. Any other tips regarding the jacket would also help, a picture of what I've done so far can be seen at the bottom of the post.
2. Any information or guidance on how to create her stockings, shoes, choker, & hair clips would be appreciated (remember, I have no experience so as much detail as possible would be great if possible).
3. Any secret techniques to make one appear as more feminine, especially where her skin shows (hands, thighs, neck, face). I assume that make-up would be a large necessity, and of course shaving/waxing to prevent any body hair from showing.
4. Voice. I can do the falsetto voice, but it doesn't sound very... authentic.
Thanks to anyone that can help in advance; really appreciate it. <3
Here's what I've got so far:
I've made it waay too big, so I'll need to cut some off and modify some of the purple strips to be longer (would cutting & sewing them in be best or would wonderweb do the trick?). The sleeves also turned out much baggier than expected, so any fixes that doesn't involve resewing the entire thing could be nice if that's even possible?
Thanks again to anyone that can help.
Sorry it was a long post.
PS: I know I probably got colors slightly off; I'm colorblind so..