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Unread 02-15-2015, 01:46 AM   #1
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Stuck trying to pick my first Cosplay

I'm currently trying to pick my very first cosplay. I thought about doing a genderbent Lucy from Fairy Tail but think I won't right now since the gate keys will take too much time to make.

I currently only have until June 5 to pick and make a cosplay.

Any help is welcome.
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Unread 02-15-2015, 02:23 AM   #2
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You would probably make a pretty great Van Hohenheim

http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb2...9/92/Hoho1.png
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Unread 02-15-2015, 12:29 PM   #3
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I'm not really liking the character. plus he's wearing a suit. it will be summer meaning really hot.
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I think you should give us some guidelines? What are your favorite shows? What do you prefer your first cosplay to be from?(anime, video games, ect.). Are you okay with wigs?
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Unread 02-16-2015, 12:57 PM   #5
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It will have to be anime since I'm attending A-Kon.
I'm ok with a wig.

Some of my favorite animes:
Bubblegum Crisis
Blue Seed(I can't find this anywhere online to watch again)
Inuyasha
Fairy Tail
Pokemon

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Have you ever sewn or made armor/props before? If not, you should probably start with a character who has a simple design so that you're not biting off more than you can chew.
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Have you ever sewn or made armor/props before? If not, you should probably start with a character who has a simple design so that you're not biting off more than you can chew.
I dunno how to sew or make armor/props. Nor do I have any cosplay friends who could teach me.
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I dunno how to sew or make armor/props. Nor do I have any cosplay friends who could teach me.
Unless you have any non-cosplayer family or friends who are handy with tools/sewing that would like to help you through the whole process, then definitely start very simple. A good way to start is by modifying clothes from your closet, thrift shop, or even regular clothing shops to look like your character. If you don't want to modify or can't find anything that looks like your character's clothes, you can use a pattern.

A pattern is a paper template for making clothing. You can find some simple ones for free online, and they can be found in many sewing/fabric shops. The major pattern companies are Vogue, Simplicity, McCall's, and Butterick, but you may also see Kwik Sew, Burda, Green Pepper, or other brands too. Most pattern companies have simple patterns for newbies. (They'll be labelled something like "Learn-to-sew", "Jiffy", "Sew Simple", "Easy", etc. I'd personally avoid Vogue patterns and Simplicity's Project Runway line if I were you, those can be a bit tricky and sometimes skip things because they assume you've already done them.) Men's patterns tend to be easier than many women's patterns, since many men's clothes don't have all of the extra decorative stuff that women's do. If you're good at drafting things, you can always try drafting your own patterns! (This is also useful for adjusting online or commercial patterns too!)

You can choose between hand-sewing and machine-sewing.

Hand-sewing pros:
~Cheaper
~Supplies are more available (You'll find a hand-sewing kit in nearly every supermarket, Walmart, dollar store, drugstore, etc., often in the laundry or travel aisles)
~More portable
~Don't need a machine, won't have to worry about maintaining one or it jamming up
~Arguably easier

Hand-sewing cons:
~Takes a long time, you'll need to be patient
~Stitches may be messy depending on how well you sew them
~Stitches may be weak depending on how well you sew them

Machine sewing pros:
~Much faster
~Nice uniform stitches
~Many settings
~Don't need a thimble
~Wide variety available
~Manuals for virtually any model can be found for free online if you lose/don't have yours

Machine sewing cons:
~Needles break more easily
~Will need to read the manual
~May have to buy many types of needles/feet depending on what you're doing
~Be careful not to get your fingers too close to the needle!
~Not portable
~More expensive (Fortunately thrift shops, garage sales, and sites like Craigslist often carry very nice, durable, working sewing machines for a much lower cost than new ones)
~Needs maintenance
~Can jam up

I don't know much about propmaking, but there's a subforum for that!
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Unread 02-17-2015, 12:30 PM   #9
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My biggest problem right now is simply picking a character to cosplay.
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Unread 02-18-2015, 09:09 PM   #10
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If you want to do Lucy and the only thing holding you back is making the gate keys, then you can just buy them. They make all her gate keys, you can buy them separately or a whole set.
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Maybe a gijinka of one of your favorite Pokemon? You can thrift pieces that fit the character so there isn't much sewing involved.
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You can buy the gate keys online for like $20?
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