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Unread 12-12-2014, 01:12 AM   #1
Maurishio-kun
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Things you can buy but you prefer making from scratch

Is there any costume piece/accesory/prop you could perfectly buy for your cosplay saving a lot of work but you prefered to make it by yourself from scratch?

In my case there's the Takato goggles (yellow goggles exist, but they're not exactly like Takato's ones are) and Sakura's Bat Burglar Gloves (I saw a couple of cosplayers buying black gloves, cutting the fingers and optionally sticking the diamonds, but they have no skirt and they're normally not long enough to cover skin between the sleeves and the gloves as seen in the costume)
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Unread 12-12-2014, 01:26 AM   #2
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Patterned tights. I've seen other cosplayers substituting Viola's moth and web-patterned thigh-highs with store-bought spider web tights, and so I decided to order a pair myself. In the end it bothered me too much and I ended up drawing the pattern on a plain pair of tights, because I wanted to be accurate in that detail. So glad I did.

I also preferred to use a suit pattern to make G-Dragon's striped suit from Fantastic Baby, instead of buying a Beetlejuice costume online, lol. The cost of the suit plus shipping was much higher than I preferred, for a quality I wasn't sure about.
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Unread 12-12-2014, 01:35 AM   #3
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Pretty much ANY costume itself..Like as in you can easily buy a Sora cosplay (using one I have both bought one AND made one), but I was more happy that I made my current one. This goes for any cosplay..I can buy any of them, but I would rather not..

Props in general. I love making things, and prop making comes naturally to me. While I can buy the swords and stuff that go with characters, I like making them instead.

For me, it's an accuracy thing..Most things you buy cosplay wise are not accurate. They aren't legally allowed to be unless the seller has a licence to do so. So if I want that accuracy, I have to make a lot of it.
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Unread 12-12-2014, 09:06 AM   #4
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Petticoats. I like being able to choose my own length and my own lace edgings. Plus the nylon ones are all rustly.
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Unread 12-12-2014, 01:26 PM   #5
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Most of us if we have had the time, skills, and resources would prefer to make everything from scratch.
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Unread 12-12-2014, 03:28 PM   #6
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Right now for my Human Luna cosplay, my sister and I are doing everything ourselves (the jewelry and the dress). It's soooo much cheaper than buying everything. Also, for Diamond Tiara, I'm going to make the ears myself if I have time even though I know I can buy them on etsy. But because my skills are limited, I usually end up buying almost everything I use for cosplays.
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Unread 12-12-2014, 05:50 PM   #7
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Accessories and jewelry, like a magic wand/staff or Sailor Moon's brooch, for example.
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Unread 12-13-2014, 10:30 AM   #8
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Pleated skirts. It's not at all hard to find them, I just like making them.
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Unread 12-13-2014, 12:45 PM   #9
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Normally I make everything. I prefer to make sure something will fit correctly and will laundry well.

Props, I prefer to buy or modify the purchased item. My time is important to me, and sometimes saving money isn't worth wasting time casting, painting, sanding a prop from scratch.
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Unread 12-13-2014, 02:25 PM   #10
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Urgg, definitely any kind of prop, I almost bought one but I just...I couldn't do it, not only do I enjoy the process, but the one was a lot worse quality than what I'd ever make and be happy with.
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Thigh highs socks. I had to make some for Ibuki and I felt so much better wearing the ones I made rather than some that didn't fit my thighs and cut my fat in two. eww
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Gloves unfortunately. I have long fingers and it's hard to find gloves that fit me well. *sigh*

I hate making them though.
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