I'm new to cosplay. Seriously, I've never done it before, and if I do go through with joining my friends at this year's Animazement convention in NC, it'll be my first time making my own costume.
I'm thinking about dressing up as a Team Dim Sun Admin (male) from Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (farthest left in this picture):
His pants and undershirt are two-tone, with charcoal gray and purple sides (Not sure how to explain, but you can see for yourself). How could I go about recreating this design in a visually appealing way?
I've thought about searching for a pair of charcoal pants of similar appearance, and a pair of purple pants in the same design, and then cutting the sides away from each and sewing the purple sides onto the gray pants (same with the shirts). Is there another way to do this that wouldn't involve throwing my money at clothing stores for two different sets only to probably fail at merging them together?
Also, what type of fabric would you recommend using for the vest? I'd like something fairly stiff so that it keeps it shape and doesn't wrinkle like a t-shirt.