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    Default Do you usually buy or make your own cosplay?

    I tried to make a sword one time to one of my cosplay costumes a few years back because I was too cheap to buy one (didn't have any money). However, it turned out to be a total fail. I tried to make it out of cardboard and figured I could put some type of hard covering over it and manipulate the design. Anyways, I refer to just buy nowadays, what about you?

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    Whatever I can make myself, I'll make myself.
    Whatever I can't, get it tailored or commission someone to make it, or buy online.

    Nothing beats making something yourself anyhow, as you not only save money (very important when you dun have much money due to real life necessities) but the item will also turn out almost exactly as you want it as long its making is within your skills.


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    it seems buying a weapon off the shelve which is close to 90+% of the anime's art is a major issue...

    its either the length, color, or proportion which get screwed up really easily... or not to your ideal specification

    making it yourself is one of the best way to ensure you get what you wanted...


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    I try to make mine myself when I can. It's not just about spending money. I feel that when I make my own costumes, I can tailor it however I want. Also, it's really fun to have a group of friends over to work on costumes together. So I definitely prefer to make my own costumes.


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    making it is hard. it would be no problem if you're used to make clothes and stuff. but anime clothing are hard to make especially complicated ones like inori's outfit from guilty crown. i've seem many hand made clothes of inori's and they don't look quite right. if you know what kind of fabric to use and the measurements. you'll be fine. but i'm sticking to buying. it's easy but it will cost money, not sweat!
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    Making my own costume is half the fun of cosplaying. Buying a costume from a store seems kind of tacky and something that is for a Halloween party.


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    I do both. I will sometimes make things from scratch. I deconstructed my Rose shirt from a 4XL to a Lish because of the colour that it is. I bought my Abby Coat at Goodwill rather than make it because it was cheaper. A LOT of my cosplay items are items I wear in normal life.

    But, for example, I bought my Luna Lovegood coat from Alivan's for $85 including shipping. Very large, very heavy, fully lined, with hood. It would have cost me more to make it. if my ROI is cheaper if I make it - and I can - then I will.


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    It really depends. I'm not a cosplayer myself, but I've helped a bunch of friends and family with theirs. I think the middle way would be the best answer. I usually tell them to buy something somewhat similar, and then we made adjustments. Cut the wig, improve the tools, etc. My best job was working on a set of dark angel wings. We bought a cheap pair at a costume shop, but I spent an entire night putting patterns of silver and plastic jewelry in it and shine. It came out so beautiful.

    Too bad it was 2007 and I had no camera


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    My cosplays are typically a mix of the two. I make what I can, and scavenge the internet for the rest. I always make props and weapons though, because that's the most fun part for me. Although making a lot of the costume is a lot more time consuming, you feel a lot prouder when you wear it, and it definitely saves you money as well (unless you're super hardcore and buy really expensive materials). For fabric, I stick to deals, clearance and items, and coupons to get lots for cheap. For props, I get moving boxes nobody needs anymore and break them down. If you get your cardboard in roughly the right basic shape, you can use paper mache (newspaper + a water/school glue solution) to get it exactly at you need it.


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    I usually buy my costumes. I would love to make them. But I just have no talent in that area. I am impressed by people who are able to make them.


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