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Unread 06-03-2016, 03:45 PM   #1
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Nurse Joy Cosplay

I am currently in the works trying to create and finish a Nurse Joy (Season 1) Cosplay but find that I need guidance in transforming my skirt and shirt pattern into a form fitting Nurse Joy dress while figuring out how to get my loops on just right.

Any and all help would be appreciated (since I can't seem to get in touch with some of the former Nurse Joys' on online)!

I await your advice!

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Unread 06-07-2016, 08:29 AM   #2
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LOL I just realized that you posted here as well as in the Introduction section. This is definitely the right place to ask for advice though, so I'll just copy and paste what I wrote in your Introduction and move it here. Hope this helps!

Welcome to the cosplay hobby! Nurse Joy is a pretty easy cosplay, and perfect for a newbie. Now, for her dress, apron, and shoes: you can probably buy those without making them from scratch. Of course, you can try making your first cosplay from scratch, but those cosplayers who do that usually have at least a few years of sewing experience under their belts. Since you don't have any sewing experience, I'd recommend you try beginners' projects (sleeper pants, simple t-shirts, pillow cases, etc.) before attempting a really complicated piece like a fitted-bodice dress with puffed sleeves. It's really easy to find a dress and apron like hers though, so you shouldn't have any problems at a thrift store like Goodwill or Salvation Army. Trust me, they're a broke college cosplayer's best friends! For the cap, you can buy a cheapo Halloween costume one online and it should work perfectly. It's a pretty generic design, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding it!
However, if you decide to go ahead with it anyway, make sure you (1) get some basic garment sewing instruction to learn how to use your machine, (2) do a few of the beginners' projects I mentioned above, and (3) buy a good pattern. Also, make the dress with cheap fabric before sewing with the fabric you'll actually use, which will likely be more expensive.
As far as the wig, it's hard to find a wig with that style. So more than likely, you'll need to buy a long pink wig and style it yourself. The loops of hair shouldn't be too hard to make though, here's a Nurse Joy who already tackled this hairstyle. Her finished costume can be found here, and you can see that her hair looks great!
Good luck with your first cosplay!!!
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Unread 06-08-2016, 03:07 PM   #3
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Well I am utilizing some of my grandma's and mother's guidance (as they both had to do odd work when they immigrated) but I'm still going to try and get this dress done from my skirt/shirt 50's pattern I found at my local fabric store.

I kind of already got the pieces cut out and am trying to figure out what step to do first but I was wondering where to put the zipper on the dress (because this is all going to look like one smooth piece) under the arm near the sleeve or closer to the waist where my apron (which will for the sake of accuracy will be sewn on to get a better bow)?

Also for the hair I was more inquisitive on where I could find a good quality raspberry red wig?

I made the mistake of ordering one from china and it only had 5 layers of hair, each that were horrendously spaced on the wig so I couldn't part or move my head without the cap showing underneath.

I've checked out Arda (which is good but expensive and the wig won't make it in time) and wigisfashion.com which has a cheaper version of the wig but I'm still iffy on whether it will be poor quality (not enough layers/hair) and ultimately not work for my cosplay.

Do you think you could direct me toward someone that has already bought from wigisfashion.com so I may inquire about their product's quality and whether it's worth it to spend more money?

Please and thank you,
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Unread 07-05-2016, 03:31 PM   #4
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As far as the wig goes, if you plan on cosplaying Joy again in the future, I would spring for a more expensive (and thus higher quality) wig. Arda wigs are super nice and I would recommend them because of the quality and durability. You can also find less expensive wigs on Ebay that are still good quality, just be sure to read reviews! Only one of my wigs is Arda, the rest are from Ebay and they've worked out fine for me! (: If you look around on Etsy, I'm sure you can find something there, as well (there is no wig listed though, I just checked)
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