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Unread 01-06-2017, 10:22 PM   #1
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How close is "close enough"?

Hey all, I'm pretty new to this (only ever done one other cosplay, as Fio from Porco Rosso), and it looks like I'll be going to another con this year. This one's specifically Sherlockian, so I'm planning to be Molly Hooper. [This intimidates me to no end, as I imagine I'll be one of a hundred Mollys and they'll all look more detailed or accurate or whatever, but oh well. It's happening.]

Found a fairly obscure outfit of hers from A Scandal in Belgravia (I like the hairstyle):

I've been looking for a green striped scoop neck tee like it, and came up with this:

It's got the right balance of olive and white, but it's just one shade of green instead of two. I know this is a simple outfit (no sewing required, no accessories except an ID badge), but I still don't want it to look slapdash. No idea what the general margin for error tends to be for these things.
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Unread 01-07-2017, 04:35 AM   #2
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There is no general margin for error c; It's just about having fun.
Besides, that shirt looks pretty accurate to me. No worries if it's not 100% accurate. The character is still very recognizable!
There are also a lot of people who often have a different take on characters (sometimes with completely different outfits, it can happen!) or do a closet cosplay of a character without it being completely accurate.

There are no rules for cosplay, so don't worry c: Good luck with yours!
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Unread 01-07-2017, 11:25 AM   #3
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The goal is to be identified as the character. I'd say the shirt you found is pretty spot on. Have fun.
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Unread 01-07-2017, 11:28 AM   #4
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Oh, that is FINE. Especially with it also having a lab coat overtop, I don't think anyone is going to be that nitpicky. Few people are with striped clothing items since they're so hard to make and often have to be bought. 99% of people go "closest match I could find" and leave it at that.
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Unread 01-07-2017, 11:36 AM   #5
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Close enough is, when you are satisfied with it.
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Unread 01-07-2017, 01:32 PM   #6
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Definitely looks close enough to me. If it's specifically a Sherlock con then I'm sure plenty of people will be able to tell who you are.
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Unread 01-07-2017, 01:41 PM   #7
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Honestly, if you're worried about the stitch counters you're going about this all wrong.
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Unread 01-07-2017, 03:55 PM   #8
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It sure is close enough, but if you want to be picky, try to contact the costume department on the show. They could probably direct you to the store that sell that shirt. They are often very helpful. I know a cosplayer who contacted the maker of Margaery Tyrell's weddingdress from Game of Thrones. She got a list of everything from fabrics to thread and beads from her. It's sure worth a try if you want to be really close
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Unread 01-07-2017, 10:35 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone! I'm feeling much better about the whole thing.
and hey, the shirt's on clearance! woohoo!
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Unread 01-07-2017, 11:34 PM   #10
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Imo cosplay is all about fun and being recognizable to the fans of the things you're cosplaying. It doesn't have to be spot on and like everyone else said, that shirt is pretty DAAAANG close
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Unread 01-08-2017, 05:53 PM   #11
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If you really want the accuracy, you could paint in the second green tone stripes-- but that's a huge pain in the butt and IMO, not worth it.

What you found is awesome and super close as it is, so go for it and have fun!
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Unread 01-17-2017, 03:13 AM   #12
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I think that's a really close match, and nobody will notice or care that it's not 100% perfect. (And *if* anyone says anything rude about your shirt not having the extra stripe, they need to shut up and get a life instead of caring so much about someone else's striped shirt.)
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Unread 01-17-2017, 08:23 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by StarsOfCassiopeia View Post
If you really want the accuracy, you could paint in the second green tone stripes-- but that's a huge pain in the butt and IMO, not worth it.

What you found is awesome and super close as it is, so go for it and have fun!
Yep, painting the stripes is always an option but...I wouldn't honestly recommend it since you'd just be making a very simple costume very complicated for no real reason.
Accuracy is great but when you actually start fretting about the ittiest bittiest details, you should probably take a step back and determine how worth it it really is to you.

If you think it's good enough, then it is! No one is going to look at you and go: "Wait, didn't that shirt have light green stripes as well?" and if they do, tell them to piss off!
No, but really, whenever you feel satisfied with where your costume and details are, that's when you know you're "close enough."

Fans of the show would more than likely recognize you so go for it, that shirt is great! I know that seeing a costume that looks infinitely more detailed than yours can be horribly intimidating but that doesn't matter, you both worked hard and yours will be appreciated as well!
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Unread 01-17-2017, 09:32 AM   #14
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"Close enough" as a term is really subjective to personal opinion and standards and what is close enough to someone might not be it to the next person.
But I have to agree that in this case that shirt that you found is definitely close enough and if someone gives you shit for such a small difference then they need to get their priorities straight, lol. I'd say go for it, and especially with striped clothing items it's understandable if it's not a 100% perfect match. You'll surely be recognized.
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