My friend and I are deciding to cosplay as Kaneki and Ayato from Tokyou Ghoul(anime variant) at a convention later this year. It's our first time cosplaying and we would rather make the constumes instead of buying them. We have some general ideas about in what direction we want to go, but would like some advice on executing this project.
Most of our problems stem from Ayato's outfit, which can be seen in these images.
Full Front View
First of all, we're having trouble with deciding on what material/base clothing to use for his outer most layer. We thought through a few possibilities, such as creating it from a base nylon-esque material (we have virtually no experience in fabric working between the two of us, but we can learn as the convention is still a few months away.) My friend suggested to get a jacket, cut off the sleeves, then sort of sew down and add the zipper where it is on the cloak. That would still leave us in the dark about adding the pouches and darker patches of cross stitched pattern.
The rest of his outfit isn't too much of a problem as they seem to be very basic articles of clothing (a wool sweater, black pants, boots, & a fur hood.)
The other character is Kaneki, who (thankfully) has a character sheet available here.
The biggest issue here is finding a base shirt like his with the high collar. Any advice on where to look for something of that style (if it even exists) would be great. We were thinking of doing the straps across the front and back of his torso with either leather or faux leather to give it a sort of shine. I know someone that can do leatherworking so that isn't too much of a big deal. Other than finding a shirt, his outfit doesn't seem too difficult for us.
Any advice us novice cosplayers would be greatly appreciated.