How To Start Making Cosplay
Posted 10/23/14
Hey Everyone, I am interested in making my own cosplay costumes, however I have never sewn before. I have no idea where to begin. Does anyone know where I should start and what materials I should have?
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Posted 10/24/14

SugoiPotato wrote:

Hey Everyone, I am interested in making my own cosplay costumes, however I have never sewn before. I have no idea where to begin. Does anyone know where I should start and what materials I should have?


Hi!

Well, just as a general "how to get started" set, I highly recommend http://thebaenosferatu.tumblr.com/post/100393061114/cosplay-help-master-post (though the page has background music which you might want to turn off). Tons of great tutorials to help you in a lot of areas. Also, http://www.cosplaytutorial.com/ is a great resource, way more information than can be summed up in a forum post.

Probably the best way to learn is to pick a cosplay you would like to do, and start looking up the pieces. For me, it was Piccolo, from DBZ. It wasn't my ultimate favorite I must cosplay this outfit, but it looked fairly simple overall, and still let me stretch myself by finding patterns that worked (Aladdin costume for the pants), fabrics (a bedsheet cut in a few places for the cape, and I used the leftover fabric woven on top of a foil pan to make the turban), stuff like that.

If you've never sewn before, are you looking to hand stitch, or do you have access to a sewing machine? That will probably impact what types of costumes you should try to start with.

For materials, muslin is cheap and great for testing out patterns if you have to alter them. Cotton is fairly cheap as well, and will shape to your body better, but for practicing and trying out ideas, I always keep a bolt or two of muslin in the closet. You can trace stuff onto it using chalk pencils, pens, Sharpie markers.. just about anything.

For supplies, you'll want to pick up a couple of boxes of large head pins, a pair of scissors (I like the spring loaded type), a set of needles, some fabric glue, and a low temp hot glue gun is never a bad idea

Matching other fabrics to the cosplay will be another long discussion I usually go to the local fabric stores with a set of reference pictures on my phone or even printed out and wander the aisles, mostly in cotton, polyblend, satin, etc. Fabric is pretty expensive, especially for really good looking stuff, though, so be warned. Suggestion threads are around as well, such as http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=245983 (speaking of which, cosplay.com is a great resource!)

All that said.. I don't sew that much, since I focus more on the props and armor, so I try working with other cosplayers, trading props they need for outfits I need. So hopefully others can jump in with more suggestions!
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Posted 10/25/14 , edited 10/25/14
Start with a pumpkin!

Whether or not you're an experienced cosplayer, or have never cosplayed before, have some fun by entering my

Spooktacular Weenies Cosplaying Pumpkins Contest

Get a pumpkin. Dress it up. Take a photo and post it in the contest thread!!

Click below for details.


Cosplaying Pumpkins Contest


There are two other Halloween-themed contests too, so check them out when you visit my Contest Corner
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Posted 11/14/14
Just found this graphic, it looks pretty useful when picking fabrics! http://www.feathersflights.com/2012/10/sewing-101-fabric-uses.html
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OP nuked.

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