First Cosplay Help and Ideas Welcome
So I thinking of making a steampunk cosplay, and would appreciate some input. I haven't relay narrowed down my persona yet and that is the main thing, besides tips that i hoped to receive help with. I am Italian & Asian (more specifically Chinese) and would like to pull some aspects of one or both of my nationalities in to it, additional i did find a great deal of interest in the Clankers & Dawnists from Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series (although i think i would lean more to a more original cosplay based on my heritage, but i would be fine with either one).
This would be my first attempt at a cosplay, steampunk & making a costume in general. If you would like more information about me just ask, also i would like to start around $100 give or take to start and then build it up and refine it over the years. Any and all input is greatly appreciated.