How to Make Cosplay Costumes


Cosplay is a fun and enjoyable way to dress as a character from your favorite anime. Cosplayers meet at conventions and cosplay parties. (If you're in Japan, you can cosplay anywhere!) If you're looking for an idea for a fun theme party, you might want to think about having a cosplay party. Here are some steps to put together a cosplay costume.

  • Pick your character. Choose from Anime characters such as Naruto, Bleach, Deathnote, Sailormoon, or games such as Kingdom Hearts. Choose a character that is most like yourself and you will be more successful.

  • Reference your character's costume at resources like photobucket, Google, and Flickr. Print out the best picture you can find to have a reference.

  • Buy your costume. Japanamation or cosplay family dot com are great sites to start. If you're on a budget, you can mix and match pieces of your outfit from your existing wardrobe or pick them up at the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Don't forget to raid your sister's or brother's closet to find potential cosplay treasures.

  • Learn how to sew. Some of the articles you desire for your costume may not be available in the United States. Learning how to sew is a really good way to supplement your cosplay costume.

  • Get accessories. This may be the hardest part to putting together a good cosplay costume. Shopping online is the surest way to find the perfect accessory. If you're buying you costume, the accessories will probably come with it. If you're putting together a costume from scratch, this is where you will spend the bulk of your budget.

  • Put your costume together. You might find you are missing an element you weren't aware of. For example, if you are cosplaying Ichigo from Bleach you may find that once your costume is put together you forgot the sword. Or if you're cosplaying Kankuro from Naruto you might have forgotten to pick up some face paint.

Tips & Warnings

  • Subscribe to cosplay magazines like Anicos of Cosmode.

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