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Unread Yesterday, 09:42 PM   #1
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So...I may need help...

So, I'm very interested in doing a Shiva cosplay! But My last attempt at making a cosplay (Garuda) didn't go so well, so I thought maybe I'd ask for help this time (Plus I'm not in as big of a rush as I expect not to wear this for at least a year).

I figured I'd try to work on her horns(?) first, then slowly make my way down the body.

Where are some good sites where I might be able to get patterns for..let's say, her popped collar/cape?

What kind of materials do you recommend for her outfit? Silk or Sheer Fabric for the back part of her cape(?) seems plausible. But her outfit is what's confusing me the most...I'm not even sure how I'd approach it...bathing suit? Body suit? ....paint?

I figured foam might be easiest for the horns (Since I dont want anything heavy on my head)...in all honesty, I'm not as worried about her horns as I am her outfit.

I'm a huge amateur when it comes to creating cosplays, so I know I'm probably getting way to deep over my head, but I remember having a lot of fun creating my garuda cosplay, even though it didnt come out so well.

Also not sure what to do about her boots...what do people generally do when it comes to boots? Buy their own or full-out make them?

Any help/advice is welcome! (Besides "Give up while you're ahead" lol) I'm sorry if this isn't in the right thread, I'm not quite sure where else to post this.

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Unread Today, 01:43 AM   #2
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This thread should probably be somewhere in the Cosplay Construction section, but anyway... If you're still fairly new to cosplay and costume design this one is probably going to be pretty difficult. This costume looks like it would be tough even for an experienced cosplayer.

That said, that capes shouldn't be too hard, you'll just need some very, very long pieces of fabric, though I would suggest making them shorter than how they are in the pictures or they'll drag badly on the ground, get torn and ripped, you'll trip over them, other people will trip over them... Yeah, I'd make those shorter.

The outfit looks more like a one-piece body suit than individual parts. Even the boots look like they're part of the body suit and not boots at all, everything seems to be connected as one piece, it's just cut open in places to make it much more revealing. You would probably be best starting with a blue body suit like that and cutting it up and sewing it into that design. You'll have to make a pattern yourself, I doubt you'll find one even close to that design.

From there you would add the silver armor bits to the legs, feet, hands, chest, etc. You could make them with craft foam and heat and bend them into the shape you want.
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Wow...Bodysuits aren't easy to sew for a beginner and this bodysuit clearly is one of the most difficult ones I have seen so far. For the boots you will probably have to sew bootcovers or to be more specific: the bodysuit and the bootcover will be one piece.
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