Anime North is in one day and this year we’re ready! Actually, it’s only next weekend, but as usual we head over to Toronto on Wednesday to have time to relax and hang out before the convention. We’re hosting our “How to Con-Proof your costumes” panel with VickyBunnyAngel, but this year we also have a new panel about foundation garments for cosplay. Come see us talk about underwear, we promise to keep things interesting!
At my first convention (Otakuthon 2010), I saw this amazing Chrono Trigger group which GebGeb, CelticSakura and FullmetalSam were a part of. They were pretty much the first group of cosplayers I noticed during the weekend and I thought they were so awesome that it was instant love. Plus, Chrono Trigger holds so many good gaming memories for me! One year later, we ended up doing a photoshoot with some of them and Fé was able to join as Lucca.
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 if you want the best fit possible without making the garments yourself!
I know Fé already wrote a tutorial for painting synthetic leather shoes with acrylic paint, so I guess that makes this one version 2! Anyway, I want to introduce a product that is now a staple in my stash of cosplay making supplies: Angelus leather paint.