I am planning to cosplay Junpei for AnimeCentral this year, but although I originally was planning to do his (somewhat easier) summer casual look, I've changed my mind and really want to do his school uniform. I realize that there is not a lot of time left before Acen, but I would like to poll you all for some advice particular to the Gekkoukan High uniform jacket (references: Junpei @ MegamiTenseiWiki
, Gekkoukan High @ MegamiTenseiWiki
I have no sewing skills and I don't really have a lot of people I could get to help me with the sewing itself... coming up with something from scratch would be no mean feat for me. I've scoured a few thrift shops and found some suit jackets that seem approximately the same design, except that I would have to remove the breast pocket, buttons and buttonholes. I can see no way I could do that which wouldn't horribly scar the jacket and even in the best light look kindy tacky. (However, a friend is lending me her sewing machine and I can learn what I need to, as long as it's something a complete novice can actually pick up in the first place -- and as long as it is humanly possible to make the modifications look good).
There are a few online retailers I've found: CosplayStation
. I found others at QQCosplay and CosplayHouse, but when I drilled down and looked at the details, I wasn't especially happy with how their outfits looked.
So my question is this:
For those of you who have cosplayed SEES members in their school uniforms -- did you make your own from scratch? Did you modify something you found elsewhere? Did you commission it to be custom-made? Did you buy it from a retailer?
If you bought it from a retailer or had it commissioned, could you tell me what recommendations you have as to where to purchase my uniform? And if you made it yourself or modified something, could you give me any guidance on what how I might be able to do the same?
Thank you very much for your time and any assistance you can provide.
See you at the Dark Hour!