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Posted 12/15/13 , edited 12/30/13
I would love to help out! Please ask me anything you have questions or are curious about

Feel free to post a reply below or send me a message about anything you are wanting to become more knowledgeable on. I am more than happy to share with you about anything I know about attending cons or cosplaying in general. Even if I don't know an answer, I have a strong community of cosplayers to reference from, so don't be afraid to ask!

Happy cosplaying!
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Hello! maybe you can help me, for the life of me I cant find what kind of robe this character is wearing. I don't think its a standard Shinto priest robe cause of the legs. I want to look to see if I can buy one somewhere. Making a costume of him! Pardon if I did something wrong here. Im a noob haha
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Posted 12/19/13 , edited 12/19/13

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Hello! maybe you can help me, for the life of me I cant find what kind of robe this character is wearing. I don't think its a standard Shinto priest robe cause of the legs. I want to look to see if I can buy one somewhere. Making a costume of him! Pardon if I did something wrong here. Im a noob haha


No, you're fine

This outfit is based on typical Shinto garments; yes you're correct about the pants looking different, but from what I can tell, this most likely just an artistic variant designed by the content creator. I would call this outfit either an ikan (which is a shinto preist's formal wear), a saifuku (which the priest wear for rituals), or even a kariginu or jōe (which are everyday wear).

As far as purchasing a cosplay that looks like this, you should focus on finding something that matches the top & the sleeves closely. You shouldn't have to worry so much about the pants, because they can be easily mocked using a design for a wide leg pant which blouses (gathers) at the calf.

If you have anymore questions, or if I said something confusing, let me know
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Posted 12/19/13
Thank you! you have been very helpful. I was thinking about going to a site and getting a quote to get one made but I think that will probably cost some major bank. the fur alone is gonna kill me. If you have any recommendations for finding these robs id love to hear is. I tried searching on my own haha.
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Thank you! you have been very helpful. I was thinking about going to a site and getting a quote to get one made but I think that will probably cost some major bank. the fur alone is gonna kill me. If you have any recommendations for finding these robs id love to hear is. I tried searching on my own haha.


Yes, commissioning this cosplay will cost money, but anything well made always does Example: the cosplay I'm wearing in my profile picture. Although it is very simple, it still took me eighteen accumulative hours from designing the pattern on paper to finishing the last stitch and if I were a person who wanted to get paid for my time, I'd say $7 per hour would be a fair amount to ask. So $7 x 18hrs = $126. Then factor in the cost of materials, about $30, I would say to have made something like this for another person would cost $156. But making it myself, it only cost $30 + several hours of frustrations lol.

The best suggestion I have for purchasing something like this, aside from paying for a commission, would be to search for costumes of other characters with a design similar to your character's and make adjustments from there. When doing something like that, keep in mind that this character appears to be very large and broad, so if you wanted to modify another costume to suit this character's needs, you may want to get the costume a size or two bigger than your actual measuremets and modify down from there as needed. As far as the head & and the hands go, I'd say that falls under fursuit making category... when I have time, I'll ask my fursuiter friends to take a peek and see what insights they have

I'm pretty busy moving this weekend, so if it takes a couple days for me to respond again, it's not because I'm ignoring you, I promise!
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Oh I am abit of a novice suit maker myself! Haha I'm actually gonna try some new ideas with him I've been think of. Gonna get a resin mask and sand and sand down the muzzle to give it a more pointed look like his. Got the fur already now too! I'm so excited to try and do this, my weakness is the heads though... Haha
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Posted 12/30/13 , edited 12/30/13

FeralCatteneo wrote:

Oh I am abit of a novice suit maker myself! Haha I'm actually gonna try some new ideas with him I've been think of. Gonna get a resin mask and sand and sand down the muzzle to give it a more pointed look like his. Got the fur already now too! I'm so excited to try and do this, my weakness is the heads though... Haha


Oh nifty! If you still want any insights on the head, let me know (If you look at my profile, the first picture you see is a group of cosplayers and I know the person in the massive orange fursuit)

As far as the costume goes, this is what I've thought of:

For the top & pants that are worn underneath the Ikan (Shinto robe), they're basically a men's kimono set with adjustments to the sleeves and the hem of the pants. Simplicity sells a kimono pattern from their costume shop line so that would be easy for a seamstress to follow then make the sleeves drape longer and the crop the pants shorter and gather at the calf (please excuse my drawings; I am not an artist and by no means are these even remotely proportionate)



Now for the Ikan itself, I put in a bit more detail, because I assume it would be hard to find a pattern for since it is typically a religious garment. For this character it seems he wears the Ikan without the sleeves over the kimono, so that's how I drew it. As far as the sides that needed to me sewn together, I tried my best to indicate which seams needed to be put together by making one matching side a different color from the other matching side.... if it's confusing, I"m sorry! Please ask questions. Also, I apologize for my TERRIBLE handwriting!

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Posted 12/30/13
Actually thats pretty nice! alot better than anything I could do!


also I see what you are talking about. It does look simple enough but I did get in contact with a cosplay site that does commissions. im waiting to hear back on the quote. im by no means any good at sewing clothes, kinda sad huh? so I thought is best leave the sewing to the professionals haha.

also I do thank you for your time in helping me <3 you have been the only one to actually help me!
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also I do thank you for your time in helping me <3 you have been the only one to actually help me!


You're very welcome! Don't forget that whenever you get your price for your commission, before you send your money, you'll need to make sure they use your measurements including your fursuit - the head especially. Cause otherwise it'll be made to your normal dimensions and when you try to wear it over your pieces, it'll be tight, or worse, too small!

The shoulders might be another issue too, but that depends on how much you want to pad your shoulders to compliment the frame of the head.

You'll have to post pics of your progress so I can peek at how you're doing :)

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Does anyone has any links or instruction on how to wear/put on a Sailor Moon Wig?
I have an actual wig that was bought for me offline but i cant fond any tips on how to put it on.

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Does anyone has any links or instruction on how to wear/put on a Sailor Moon Wig?
I have an actual wig that was bought for me offline but i cant fond any tips on how to put it on.

Thanks,
Auba9


I just wanted to let you know that I'm not ignoring you! I'm actually waiting to hear back from my friend who is an awesome Sailor Moon cosplayer (here's a photo of her) When she gets back to me, I'll let you know

But as far as the long trailing pig tails goes, to keep those tangle free, braid them or use several butterfly clips to keep them together while you're putting the wig on :)



This is what I meant by the butterly clips:


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Hey, I'm just having a bit of trouble with a cosplay that I want to do. I wanted to cos Sun Wukong from RWBY, but I'm having difficulties with his pants, his shirt, and his wrist bracers.



I'm just not sure what sort of pants and shirt to get for him. Like, a very very small white collared dress shirt or something? Any links would be greatly appreciated. I also don't know how to do his bracers..
Edit: Oh, would blue chinos work for his pants?
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Hey, I'm just having a bit of trouble with a cosplay that I want to do. I wanted to cos Sun Wukong from RWBY, but I'm having difficulties with his pants, his shirt, and his wrist bracers.



I'm just not sure what sort of pants and shirt to get for him. Like, a very very small white collared dress shirt or something? Any links would be greatly appreciated. I also don't know how to do his bracers..
Edit: Oh, would blue chinos work for his pants?


Yes, I think a white dress shirt would work fine for this If you can, you could get away with using a boy's large short sleeve dress shirt and just snip off the buttons(unless of course you want the buttons so you can close the shirt later). Don't be discouraged if you only find dress shirts with pockets; those can be easily removed using a seam ripper.

Blue chinos or even jeans would work find for the pants. I'm not sure how crafty you are, but those "seams" on his pants could be easily mimicked using a wide stitch with gold thread, or you could even get away with using a gold acrylic paint and a fine paint brush.

Now, I'm about to get really in-depth with making his gauntlets... if you're confused about anything, ask more questions Also, I'd be more than happy to give you a skype tutorial over anything you're not sure about...

As for his gauntlets, I would start by purchasing a pair of black opera gloves like these:

http://www.amazon.com/Fun-World-Costumes-Gloves-Accessory/dp/B002KV032M/ref=sr_1_8?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1389246912&sr=1-8&keywords=black+opera+gloves

Then snip just the finger tips off of them so you have room to roll them down and create a good hem at the length you need them to be at. I definitely recommend hemming them as opposed to simply trimming them down to your desired length because over time the material will fray & fall apart without hemming, and that won't look very good in photos! Not to mention, that would be annoying to have all those dangling threads by your fingers.

While you're waiting for your gloves to ship to you, grab some paper and start measuring your forearms to make the "armor" parts of the gauntlets. I suggest flexing the back of your hand towards your face (refer to drawing below) and measuring from your wrist to your elbow (orange line); you want your hand flexed like this because later when you naturally make a movement such as that, you don't want the armor to be too long and jab you in the hand. Also, measure the circumferences of your wrist (blue line), and the widest part of your forearm (purple line).



To create the armor what I did here was I took half of the forearm measurement and subtracted an inch to create the width of the elbow end of the armor and I did the same with the wrist measurement to create the wrist end (eg: my forearm is 10 & my wrist is 6, so half of 10 is 5, 5 - 1 = 4 inches wide at the elbow end of the armor plate. Half of 6 is 3, 3 - 1 = 2, the wrist end of the plate is 2 inches wide). And I made those two ends the distance of my forearm length (refer to crappy drawing #2)



Now draw that out with your dimensions on a piece of paper and cut it out to see how it fits you. The angles in my drawing are exaggerated, but please make adjustments to your liking. Keep in mind, in your finished product, you'll round the corners so you don't hurt yourself.

Once you have the armor plate mapped out, decide on a material! I'm a big fan of thermoplastics, but I understand it's not in everyone's budget. Other materials you could use: poster board, foam board, or light weight cardboard. Whatever you choose, make sure you have a little extra just in case you have a malfunction during the build and need to start over Now take your paper version and trace it out onto your material, then cut the pieces out of the material.

For the straps of the gauntlet, I would buy a red elastic in two sizes, for the strap closer by the elbow, I would use a 1.5 or 2 inch diameter and for the wrist I would use any size from 3/4 inch to 1 inch. If the red elastic is too tricky for you to find, you could also use a red ribbon which also comes in those sizes, or buy a small piece of red stretch fabric and cut & sew it to your needs. The ribbon would be something I would use as a last resort because it doesn't stretch, therefore it won't be able to give you as much of a personalized fit as either the elastic or a stretch fabric. Also, pick some velcro.

After you find a material for the straps, next pick a red paint that closely matches the straps. It's easier to pick the straps first and the material second because you can find acrylic paint in a bajillion colors, but with fabrics you'll be far more limited. Depending on your preference for how you would like the gauntlets to be, you can choose either a high gloss or a matte for whichever shade of red you choose. Also, unless your armor material is already white, I would suggest also purchasing a matte white to prime the surface with, so the red you choose will have a good base. (Generally small tubes of acrylic paint are $1-2, and you should only need 1 tube for a small project like this).

Go ahead and paint your forearm armor and while you're waiting for it to dry, measure out your straps; Remember those forearm and wrist measurements you took earlier? For the wrist straps, use the whole number and add 3 inches (eg: my wrist 6 + 3 = 9), and for the forearm straps, add together the forearm circumference, the diameter you chose for the elbow end of the armor, and another 3 inches (eg: my forearm 10 + 4 + 3 = 17. Those extra 3 inches will give you some room to attach the straps to the armor, then re-fasten to itself. On one end of each of the WRIST straps, sew on (or glue, but sewing will be stronger) the hard, scratchy side of the velcro. On the ends of the FOREARM straps, sew on the soft sides of the velcro. When the paint is dry on the armor pieces, glue on the soft side of the velcro underneath the armor where you want the WRISTS to fasten close. (I suggest these velcro sides specifically because in the event the armor is exposed directly to your gloves, the soft velcro won't damage or snag on your gloves the way the hard side would)

FOR THE WRIST STRAPS
After closing the velcro ends together, wrap the free end around your arm and lay the armor over the strap so it makes a snug fit. Then at the edge of the armor, use a pencil to make a mark indicating where it lays over the strap. Now take it back off, and glue the strap on underneath the armor. You'll know how much of that strap you need to glue on because of that mark you made with the pencil :)

FOR THE FOREARM STRAPS
Lay the strap over the TOP of the armor, then fold the velcro over the edge so that the velcro is exposed underneath. Now glue the strap on the armor in this position: the velcro edge underneath, the strap wraps around and goes OVER the armor, then wraps back around the forearm. Now again, put the strap on for a snug fit, then lay the armor over and make a pencil mark at the edge. Now take it back off again, and using the pencil mark as a guide, sew on the scratchy sides of the velcro so when it's done it will securely fasten.

At the top of the armor to mimic that buckle look over the strap, use your armor material again and cut out a rectangle the same width as the top of the armor and has the same height as the forearm strap. Then cut out a smaller, rectangle inside that piece. Lay it over the strap where it's on top of the armor and see if you've achieved the look of a buckle. If you have it the way you want it, paint it to match the rest of the armor and when it's dry, glue it directly onto the strap over the armor.

To create the small armor pieces that go over the back of the hands, use the same technique I just mentioned, but make it 2.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches tall or whatever you prefer. (Measure out a piece of strap material that size, then cut out and paint a piece of armor that same size). Then I would sew the strap material onto the back of the gloves, then glue that little armor piece on over that strap piece.

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PHEW! I think my fingers are smoking after typing all that! I know it's A LOT to comprehend, so please feel free to ask questions, I'm sure I unintentionally lost you a few times >.<
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First of all, sorry for the late reply; I've been really busy x.x

Secondly, oh my god this is perfect thank you!!! Like, seriously, I expected maybe half a paragraph of info on what to do tops but this!! THANKS! So I've been looking over this a few times and for now I think I understand what to do, but I'm sure when I actually start I'll have a billion questions on the gauntlets themselves so Skype would probably be best for that. Also! I'm extremely skinny (like 110 lbs) so a large boys shirt might even be too large x.x

Edit: What kind of thermoplastic do you think would be best?
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i want to cosplay as hiyori kotobuki, but i have no idea how to make the dress... ive looked up all the balloon dress patterns, but i can't find any with the ruffles at the end, and how do i even begin with the chest piece?
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