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Unread 08-13-2013, 11:22 PM   #1
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Where do you carry your stuff?

I'm going to Another Anime Convention in NH as Navi from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. My outfit consists of a used prom dress with no pockets whatsoever. I feel like a bag wouldn't fit the character at all either... I may have my sister going with me as my bag b***h but it might not happen due to financial issues. I may just have to put my phone and money down my bra. >.<

Anyone else have troubles with carrying your stuff while in cosplay, and how to counter them?
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Unread 08-13-2013, 11:29 PM   #2
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My last costume had a belt with several pouches attached to it. Without thinking about it, I stuffed the pouches and just sewed them shut (so they were completely aesthetic). Looking back on it, I should have REALLY turned them into functional pouches because I needed to have my boyfriend carry my wallet+phone around in our camera bag all day. If you don't have a friend to help carry your stuff, I'd try to make due with what you have. Is the prom dress long? Maybe you can attach some sort of pouch inside your inner leg where no one can see, or just don't hold your bag when posing for pictures.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 11:32 PM   #3
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My number one choice of carrying my stuff is my husband, lol. But we usually do cosplay that has pockets. If not, the bra works too. However, you might want to think about - I've seen arm bands that are pockets ( almost like a sweat band on your wrist ) which I plan on making something like that just because I like having my stuff on me all the time.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 11:37 PM   #4
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Generally I try to add pockets if the character doesn't have them on the outside you can always sew pockets on the inside but only works with certain outfits.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 11:37 PM   #5
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My last costume had a belt with several pouches attached to it. Without thinking about it, I stuffed the pouches and just sewed them shut (so they were completely aesthetic). Looking back on it, I should have REALLY turned them into functional pouches because I needed to have my boyfriend carry my wallet+phone around in our camera bag all day. If you don't have a friend to help carry your stuff, I'd try to make due with what you have. Is the prom dress long? Maybe you can attach some sort of pouch inside your inner leg where no one can see, or just don't hold your bag when posing for pictures.
I can't alter the dress in any way because I got it from my mom, she's apart of a nonprofit organization that collects prom dresses for girls that can't afford them, and I was lucky enough that prom season is over and she had the dress in the perfect color. I promised her I wouldn't mess with it so she could give it to a girl without one next prom season, even for as something simple as a hidden pocket. D:

I'm worried that if I use my bra it might show through, since I'm flat chested and the dress makes it kind of obvious. Here's a crummy picture of the dress in question.

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Unread 08-13-2013, 11:41 PM   #6
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Here's a photo of what I was kinda talking about the arm band pocket thingy. I would suggest making it so it matches the dress.

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Unread 08-13-2013, 11:42 PM   #7
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Here's a photo of what I was kinda talking about the arm band pocket thingy. I would suggest making it so it matches the dress.
Ooh, that's clever! Any idea how to make them? xP
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Unread 08-14-2013, 12:00 AM   #8
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Dragon*con will be my first convention without my best friend. When pictures are being taken, we give the other the bags we were carrying. Than after the picture, we'll give the bags back. I wish she would go, but she didn't have the money(although I am going with a friend, but I'm sure we're going to split up a lot to see different things). Thankfully, I think I picked good characters where bags will fit in with them (Casual Naruto, Gray Fullbuster). I am going as L one day, though. I'll have to figure out what to do with him(I can put my phone in the jeans, but I can't fit my wallet in them).
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Dragon*con will be my first convention without my best friend. When pictures are being taken, we give the other the bags we were carrying. Than after the picture, we'll give the bags back. I wish she would go, but she didn't have the money(although I am going with a friend, but I'm sure we're going to split up a lot to see different things). Thankfully, I think I picked good characters where bags will fit in with them (Casual Naruto, Gray Fullbuster). I am going as L one day, though. I'll have to figure out what to do with him(I can put my phone in the jeans, but I can't fit my wallet in them).
Hmm, get jeans with bigger pockets? When I was L I shoved everything in my pockets lol.
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I just carry a bag anyways, doesn't matter to me if the character doesn't have one. I can put it down for pictures, after all.

Though honestly, most every costume I wear has big ass man pockets. Dean Winchester especially. I could literally fit a puppy into some of the pockets in my leather coat, pretty obvious they were designed to conceal handguns. o-o
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I just carry a bag anyways, doesn't matter to me if the character doesn't have one. I can put it down for pictures, after all.

Though honestly, most every costume I wear has big ass man pockets. Dean Winchester especially. I could literally fit a puppy into some of the pockets in my leather coat, pretty obvious they were designed to conceal handguns. o-o
Hmm, maybe I can pull off a bag if I can find a light blue one! Don't want to clash with the outfit after all.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 12:32 AM   #12
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I just carry a bag anyways, doesn't matter to me if the character doesn't have one. I can put it down for pictures, after all.
This. This is the best idea. I have a big messanger bag I need to carry since I have no one to carry it for me (my dad use to, but he no longer attends with me). So I'm just gonna set it down, or have a friend hold it.
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Small bags are pretty common with prom dresses and things like that - if it can possibly fit in a bra it can fit in a small clutch !

Personally, I always build in pockets and so far it's been possible - I don't carry much, anyway.
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I usually get a bag which the character might carry. Eg. For Okuni, I used a japanese pouch, Umbridge, I used a pink clutch, for Balin I'm planning of making leather pouches to put on the belt as it looks like something the character would use.

Wierd idea: Make boob pads into wallets? Boost your bust line while keeping your items safe? Okay. I think I just wierded myself out.
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I just use a pocket-ed companion to carry my phone & cash around.

kuro-nee: that's a million dollar idea until you have to take anything out of them, then it gets awkward
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