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Message Board > Fashion Styles and Trends > Anime Costumes ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Date: 9/21/13 5:35 PM

(Sorry if this is in the wrong place) I am a fan of anime (Japanese cartoons). I see people cosplay regularly. Are there patterns for anime costumes or would I have to have somebody draft the pattern for me to sew?

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Date: 9/21/13 6:30 PM

A quick peek on etsy suggests that there are Japanese magazines that may have cosplay-friendly patterns (altho' I mostly saw Gothic Lolita stuff). I was really looking to see if there were any indie designers who would maybe do custom patterns. The problem is the sheer variety of characters out there... but who knows? You might find something with basic shapes you can build on.

I don't know if you've been watching "Heroes of Cosplay" on SyFy, but from what I can tell, it looks like there is a lot of pride (and expectation!) in cosplayers creating their looks entirely from scratch--from the design (or working out how to translate the design into real clothing) to all the fabrication. I don't even do a lot of cosplay, but I have one project in the works right now that I will be wearing to cons... and while I *really* want to buy a couple of components, I'm feeling like I need to make them myself. (I guess it would be easier if I could actually find exactly what I'm looking for! Ha!)

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Date: 9/21/13 8:11 PM

UGH i was afraid you'd say that. I'll browse around bit to see what I can find. But it looks like I may be getting dirty looks at comicon.....

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Date: 9/21/13 9:22 PM

Well, OK, let me rephrase that. I was trying to say that the emphasis hardcore cosplayers put on making everything themselves from scratch is a reason you may not find many patterns readily available.

I was definitely NOT trying to say, "YOU MUST MAKE EVERYTHING FROM SCRATCH OR YOU ARE NOT A REAL COSPLAYER." (I think we makers put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make things even when it sometimes makes more sense to buy something. Happily for my own sanity, I have decided that I only sew. I don't want to build stuff, fabricate things, do metalwork, etc. But in that case, I *personally* tend to feel like if I'm wearing a costume where I've bought significant components--like armor--then I do feel like I should sew the soft parts. Yanno? YMMtotallyV!)

In case you don't actually want to make everything, I have seen TONS of cosplay *costumes* for sale on etsy--mostly video games b/c I know literally nothing about anime (lots of Assassin's Creed, a Bioshock Elizabeth--which I only recognized b/c one of the Heroes of Cosplay did it on the show--and a couple other things)... so if there's something specific you're looking for, just keep hunting. (Another big issue in finding ready-made patterns/costumes, of course, would be copyright and licensing for the characters.)

But I think your best bet might be Google--find some Cosplay forums or blogs; Google the specific character you want to do to see how other cosplayers have approached it... hunt, hunt, hunt. You may have to dig hard, or you may get lucky and stumble on someplace like this ebay seller from China, who carries a gazillion crazy costumes for pennies:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/cosarcade/m.html?item=130885408055&pt=US_Costumes&var=&hash=item1e7960d537&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

Good luck!! Oh, and most important: Have fun. :)





-- Edited on 9/21/13 9:37 PM --

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Date: 9/21/13 9:23 PM

Try to find patterns that have the same basic shape as your cosplay and the use the pattern as a starting point. If you give us an idea of the cosplay, we might be able to suggest a pattern.

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Date: 9/21/13 10:05 PM

Quote: stirwatersblue
Well, OK, let me rephrase that. I was trying to say that the emphasis hardcore cosplayers put on making everything themselves from scratch is a reason you may not find many patterns readily available.



I was definitely NOT trying to say, "YOU MUST MAKE EVERYTHING FROM SCRATCH OR YOU ARE NOT A REAL COSPLAYER." (I think we makers put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make things even when it sometimes makes more sense to buy something. Happily for my own sanity, I have decided that I only sew. I don't want to build stuff, fabricate things, do metalwork, etc. But in that case, I *personally* tend to feel like if I'm wearing a costume where I've bought significant components--like armor--then I do feel like I should sew the soft parts. Yanno? YMMtotallyV!)



In case you don't actually want to make everything, I have seen TONS of cosplay *costumes* for sale on etsy--mostly video games b/c I know literally nothing about anime (lots of Assassin's Creed, a Bioshock Elizabeth--which I only recognized b/c one of the Heroes of Cosplay did it on the show--and a couple other things)... so if there's something specific you're looking for, just keep hunting. (Another big issue in finding ready-made patterns/costumes, of course, would be copyright and licensing for the characters.)



But I think your best bet might be Google--find some Cosplay forums or blogs; Google the specific character you want to do to see how other cosplayers have approached it... hunt, hunt, hunt. You may have to dig hard, or you may get lucky and stumble on someplace like this ebay seller from China, who carries a gazillion crazy costumes for pennies:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/cosarcade/m.html?item=130885408055&pt=US_Costumes&var=&hash=item1e7960d537&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562



Good luck!! Oh, and most important: Have fun. :)










-- Edited on 9/21/13 9:37 PM --

All of those are good points.

For links on tutorials, some of my favorite sites for cosplay help are cosplay.com, cosplay-tutorials, cosplay lab (not a cosplay help site but you can look at different cosplayer's work to see how they did their costume(s)), "cosplay tutorial" via YouTube search, and craftster for basic clothing construction tutorials. Some cosplayers like sarcasm-hime also have tutorials.

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Date: 9/21/13 10:08 PM

Quote: stirwatersblue
Well, OK, let me rephrase that. I was trying to say that the emphasis hardcore cosplayers put on making everything themselves from scratch is a reason you may not find many patterns readily available.



I was definitely NOT trying to say, "YOU MUST MAKE EVERYTHING FROM SCRATCH OR YOU ARE NOT A REAL COSPLAYER." (I think we makers put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make things even when it sometimes makes more sense to buy something. Happily for my own sanity, I have decided that I only sew. I don't want to build stuff, fabricate things, do metalwork, etc. But in that case, I *personally* tend to feel like if I'm wearing a costume where I've bought significant components--like armor--then I do feel like I should sew the soft parts. Yanno? YMMtotallyV!)



In case you don't actually want to make everything, I have seen TONS of cosplay *costumes* for sale on etsy--mostly video games b/c I know literally nothing about anime (lots of Assassin's Creed, a Bioshock Elizabeth--which I only recognized b/c one of the Heroes of Cosplay did it on the show--and a couple other things)... so if there's something specific you're looking for, just keep hunting. (Another big issue in finding ready-made patterns/costumes, of course, would be copyright and licensing for the characters.)



But I think your best bet might be Google--find some Cosplay forums or blogs; Google the specific character you want to do to see how other cosplayers have approached it... hunt, hunt, hunt. You may have to dig hard, or you may get lucky and stumble on someplace like this ebay seller from China, who carries a gazillion crazy costumes for pennies:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/cosarcade/m.html?item=130885408055&pt=US_Costumes&var=&hash=item1e7960d537&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562



Good luck!! Oh, and most important: Have fun. :)










-- Edited on 9/21/13 9:37 PM --

All of those are good points.

For links on tutorials, some of my favorite sites for cosplay help are cosplay.com, cosplay-tutorials, cosplay lab (not a cosplay help site but you can look at different cosplayer's work to see how they did their costume(s)), "cosplay tutorial" via YouTube search, and craftster for basic clothing construction tutorials. Some cosplayers like sarcasm-hime also have tutorials.

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