Posted 20 January 2010 - 12:08 PM
Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:06 PM
this is more of something you have to find out for yourself
like self fulfillment
or what you truly what to do with our life
Posted 21 January 2010 - 10:48 AM
The best thing to do is go thrift/goodwill shopping. You can find sooo many good deals. Just think outside the box. Find things that could work if you slightly alter it, then you dont have to spend a bunch of money on making it from scratch.
Good luck! =3
Posted 21 January 2010 - 03:00 PM
Posted 21 January 2010 - 04:06 PM
Some of the cosplays I've made for a friend have actually involved Goodwill shopping, to various degrees. Namely white shirts (like the ones Saber from FSN and Ban from GetBackers wear), but we've also gotten skirts, pants, belts, etc. Then I alter as needed. Some of them don't need too much, but others allow for plenty of creativity. Ban's shirt required a large shirt, to allow for the tails on each side, but with pockets in the right areas - we found one that worked perfectly, and it turned out EXACTLY like the one in the anime. We also wanted a particular style for Rena's school uniform (Higurashi) - I don't have experience in making pleats, so we had to track down a skirt with good fabric, the right shade of blue, and had pleats. Wouldn't you know it, we found one that was just the right color and fabric style. Plus, since it was a long skirt, this gave me enough room to crop it down and use the chopped fabric for the collar and sleeve cuffs.
Also, fabric stores often have sales on their stuff, even the good fabrics. I got great satin stuff for a redux of an older cosplay that was about...oh, I think half off, maybe more. Oh yeah, budgeting for the win.
For not too much exposure - try glancing through your favorite anime/games/manga. See if a particular outfit catches your eye that would not only look appealing, but also cover your arms and back. (There's plenty to go around for that, I know that for a fact!) Since that part boils down to personal preference, there's not a whole lot we can suggest...unless, of course, we knew what other stuff you like~
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:26 AM
Posted 30 January 2010 - 01:38 AM
I would suggest like a soul reaper from bleach since it is mostly just a black kimono (not reveling at all), and if u want to do a specific character u could just make their sword out of pcv pipe and ply wood, or blue camping foam (all extremely cheap)
Dante - Devil May Cry
Byakuya Kuchiki - Bleach
Hei - Darker than Black