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22 December 2005 @ 10:49 pm
A call for help  
Ok, as I mentioned I'm am definatly a level 1 newbie at cosplay. My skills are heming pants, heming pants...and heming pants. This being said I need some tips for my latest project.

First, a confession. I bought this costume online from Limebarb. *sheepish look* At the time I didn't have a sewing machine or a place to even attempt a costume. I have made several alterations to it though, as no costume ever really fits right. I don't think of it as completely cheating, just taking a small short cut. Besides, I'm trying to learn. Anyway...

I'm going to Katsucon next year, and since it's my first one in nearly 2 years I definatly want to do something nice. Several friends have helped me decide to re-do my classic Pepper costume. Problem is, I don't know quite how to do it.

Pepper should look like this.
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Here's what I look like after my first attempt (circa AnimeBoston 2003). (btw, that's a wig. thankfully I don't need it anymore.)
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My initial idea was to make her more etherial. Wispy layers of sheer fabric on top of a solid green base. No problem, except for the black bands on both the empire waistline and arms. Also the problem with the wings pops up. Attached? Unattached? Argh!

One possiblity my mother suggested was to spruce up the old costume. I put side panels in to give it more body, but it really didn't need that. It ended up giving the dress an uneven look. The wings are sew into the back, which makes washing nearly impossible. They also crumple very easily which makes me less than thrilled. There's also a snag where it caught in the sewing machine. This is usually covered by the purse, but it's still noticable.

Any ideas? And yes, I know buying my only costume does not a cosplayer make, but at least I'm fessing up to my shortcomings.
Crissy: Kitsunesunseenli on December 23rd, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't make my own costumes either, but I have a thought about the wings: could you do it with snaps? Like, sew a panel onto the wings where they meet, and sew two "outie" snaps there (or four, or however many are needed to support the weight), and then sew a panel onto the back of the dress where you want the wings to attach, and sew two "innie" snaps there.

Sorry for the lack of technical terms...I could maybe find pictures if you like.
Morgan Skyemorganskye on December 23rd, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
That's not a bad idea! That way I could sew supports into the dress under the layers. Plus it would be tons easier to pack away. Thanks!
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Morgan Skyemorganskye on December 25th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
I'll definatly be at Katsu. D*con is about 75%. I really appreciate the help!
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Morgan Skyemorganskye on December 26th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
Groovy. I've added you as well. ^_^

Meeting up would be great! It's my first Katsu, and out of my friends I'm going with I'm the only one interested in cosplay. Making time won't be a problem. Thanks for giving me a hand!