Before now, I didn’t have any experience buying cosplays online. When I made my first costume in 2010 (if you are wondering it was Sungsun from Bleach and no, there aren’t any photos of it on this blog), I considered buying one in case my sewing attempt failed miserably, but I never actually did. Back then and even today, I really didn’t know what to expect in terms of quality and I think that’s something that many other cosplayers are worried about as well.
Here are a few tips that will help picking the right pre-made costume:
- Make sure the costume is accurate by comparing it to a reference picture of the character
- Verify the list of included items so that you’re not missing any parts
- Pay attention to the fabric used. Is it supposed to be shiny? Matte? Does it look right?
- Get custom sizing whenever available
This Saotome Academy uniform from Uta no Prince-sama was kindly given to me by MicCostumes. It’s available for purchase on their online store. It was custom made to my size and overall fits nicely. The custom sizing option at MicCostumes is only a $10 extra so I highly recommend getting it to ensure the best possible fit.
If you don’t have sewing knowledge or if you’re just looking to buy a cosplay costume for any reason, I think MicCostumes is a safe choice for shopping. Based on my experience I can say that the pictures on their website really show what you’ll receive, so if you like what you see you’ll be happy with your purchase.
The shirt is made from a non-stretch polyester fabric with a very light sheen. It has waist and bust darts to make it more fitted to the body.
Usually, shirts of that length have 6 or 7 buttons, but in this case there’s only 5. Because of the larger space between each button, the shirt gapes open where my bust is the fullest. However, this may not be a problem for cosplayers with smaller chest sizes.
The bow is made from a satin-like fabric and has a velcro closure. It feels quite thick and doesn’t sag when it’s worn around the neck.
The skirt is made from what looks like a medium-weight cotton fabric. Note that I’m always guessing the type of fabric to the best of my knowledge in this review since the costume page on MicCostumes.com only says “uniform cloth” which is not quite a type of fabric… It’s closed on the side with an invisible zipper.
Underneath the skirt is a layer of tulle and a layer of lining fabric to protect your skin or your tights from the rough tulle.
The blazer is made from twill fabric and has black lining inside. It’s very well made and has a lot of points of interest that are showcased on the photos below. I want to say that I LOVE that the pockets are actual pockets and not just a decorative flap. I’m sometimes too lazy to add pockets to my own cosplays and I know that they can be really useful at conventions.
This wig was also sent by MicCostumes to go along with the Saotome Academy uniform. Here is a link to the product page.
Since this is a $15 wig, I was expecting the quality and thickness to be average at best. Guys, this is one of the smoothest, silkiest wigs that I own. The thickness is also nice since the rows of wefts are not that far apart, as you can see on the photo below. It may not be as thick as a wig from Arda or Fantasy Sheep, but it has none of those frizzy fibers that you’ll often find in the wigs from these 2 sellers.
One of my favorite aspects of this wig is that the hair is parted on top of the head. Most cosplay wigs with bangs don’t have this detail and I think it makes the hair look more realistic. It’s not quite a skin top though, so the parting placement can’t be changed.