How long does it take to actually make a costume?

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#1 dntply_lngskrt1 on 10 years ago

ok im the president of the anime and manga club,today we discussed the costume day at school in december.So as we discussed it people started to come up with ideas of who they wanted to go as.All characters from and anime or an oc or something.I was dumped with peoples stuff.I have to get a Haruhi,Sakura Haruno and that chick from vocaloid AND somebody from fairy tail made.Do you have any idea how long it takes to sew a project on your own?I can sew pretty well so im planning on getting the sakura costume done by myself.

There is a really good seamstress locally how long would it take her and me to make a total of about 4 costumes?None really all that complicated.Could it all be done in time for december uhh 16th?Also to correct any size issues there might be?

Also is it possible to make things like shoe covers,hair bands custom gloves on your own with your own hands?

#2 nanakiff7 on 10 years ago

Sounds like you've got a real mess there...

Personally, I start working on my costumes 5+ months i advance so I have plenty of time to work at my own place. I also have to hand sew everything, so that really eats up time.

But enough of me...I'd say work on all the costumes at the same time, it shouldn't be too hard...like, say you go back and fourth and make all the accessories at once, and then the basis of the costume, then add details...Just work your butt off and pray you'll get it done. But honestly? 2 months for 4 costumes? That's painful.

#3 dntply_lngskrt1 on 10 years ago

thanks if it doesnt get done then we get a new rule :dont dump your crap on the president.

ok for the vocaloid thing Do they even make shiny silver fabric.Are there any vest like patterns out there i could print or go buy.I have a relative that has pleat skirt patterns a could borrow.What kind of shoes would you recommend to wear or buy.

#4 harmonyisarine on 10 years ago

It depends on the costumes. Some friends and I went as five characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender. I had two months to sew all five by myself, and I barely finished on time. I did have other things to do and I am a perfectionist, so I couldn't sew 24/7 (even if I could go without sleep! ^_^).

My advice? Start now. If someone can't get their materials, don't worry about it and start another. I can't stand working on multiple costumes at once if I can help it, but that's just a personal preference. If you work diligently and have the help of this local seamstress, you stand a fair chance (and a fair bit of stress ^_~).

And you can make all of those custom things, it's just a matter of creative thinking and internet searching. ^_^

#5 kiratsukai on 10 years ago

I hate to be a negative nancy but ~

Please be realistic, with yourself and with your club members.

You will not be able to make or manage the making of 4 costumes in 3 months... nor should you have to. Costuming will never be something that lends itself well to a "club" atmosphere. That's because so much depends on individual effort, time management and skill-building. You will need to work on your costume ~a lot~... and most of it in your own free time at home.

Make yourself a costume because you want to make it. Do your best... and you should have ~some~ sort of result by December. Though it will likely not be on the level of what you're seeing other cosplayers in around this site. You're new. You haven't done this before. Resign yourself to that. Be sincere, do your best... and most importantly = don't get in over your head. You will only end up disappointing yourself and everyone else.

More importantly: it's wrong of people to dump ANYTHING on you. Let them dump on you now, and they will continue to dump on you forever.

#6 Kanomi on 10 years ago

Just don't do it. Say it's too much. It takes around a month to make a good quality costume *depends on difficulty as well* and with the added stress of school, it's going to be almost impossible. Instead of dumping their stuff on you, teach them to sew. Then you will have no need to do everything FOR them.

#7 glitter bomb on 10 years ago

First, I'm confused why you are the one saddled with everyone else's costumes. If they want to dress up then they should be responsible for their own costume -- making it, buying it, whatever. It seems unfair to saddle you with all of that IMO.

As far as making your own costume, the time depends on how detailed or elaborate you want to get, as well as your skill level. I'm an intermediate seamstress. An average-looking costume takes me about 20-40 hours to sew and create, and that's assuming I'm using some store bought foundation items (boots, gloves, leggings). I've easily spent 200 hours working on more detailed or ambitious costumes, not including design and research time.

Now what I consider average or elaborate might be higher or lower than your standard. And I typically have to learn something entirely new with each costume, so there's time spent drafting or working with new materials included in there. So YMMV.

I once did a totally crazy -- I mean really really insane -- sewing spree for burning man. I think it was 3 full cold weather costumes with accessories, plus 4 warm weather costumes with accessories in 4-6 weeks (I can't fully remember). So it is technically feasible, but that was sewing literally 12-16 hours a day for 5-7 days a week, and I happened to have that time off work during that period.

But honestly, after that, I feel that one month per costume is the minimum realistic time frame, with 3-6 months being much better. However, if you're not doing cosplay, just original character costume or inspired costume, then you can get away with a few weeks advance prep if you already have a closet of mix-and-match pieces you can re-purpose.

ETA: just wanted to echo kiratsukai's comments about realistic expectations, for both you and your clubmembers. Each member should tailor their costumes to their Ability, Money, and Time. If their idea exceeds one or more of those factors, then they need to revise the plan. Period. And above all, you should not be the one to take up the slack in any of those 3 areas.

#8 Hydraskylar on 10 years ago

First of all, it's so wrong that you have to take care of this all by yourself. If people cannot contribute, they shouldn't be cosplaying in the first play.

Second of all , the costumes you mention sounds pretty easy for me but it all depends on your sewing level and time management, or if you decide to go with a seamstress, her waitlist. Still, do NOT do it. If you're willing to take the burden once, they will ask you again. Clubs are all about teamwork and this is not it. Tell them you're sorry but your hands are full.

#9 dntply_lngskrt1 on 10 years ago

Nevermind im just gonna go buy some fabric tomorrow and get started.uuhh.

#10 kingselite on 10 years ago

general cosplay costumes should take you between 12 and 15 years to make

#11 squ33k t0y on 10 years ago

If I sat down and actually worked [i]consistently[/i] it would take me no longer than a couple weeks. But, I loose my motivation pretty easily, and life gets in the way. Thus it can take me months upon months to finish a costume. ^^;

Realistically, I think having all of them done by December would be really pushing it. I'm not saying it's impossible, but I think it would require a LOT of time solely dedicated to getting it done, including all the planning, fittings, etc. Especially seeing as they are for other people. Getting others to cooperate and do their part can sometimes be difficult. >< But>&lt;!

#12 Kell-chan on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=squ33k t0y;3669688]If I sat down and actually worked [i]consistently[/i] it would take me no longer than a couple weeks.[/QUOTE]

I agree with this for different reasons - I'm a full-time college student (and as a high school student, theoretically you are too), so I have other obligations that take precedence over cosplay. So something that would take me a week to make on its own merit actually takes a few weeks in real time.

And I'm seconding others here - just because you're the president doesn't mean members of the club can take such advantage of your time, effort, and money. There's a difference between strong leadership and taking on everything on your own. That defeats the purpose of teamwork and cooperation.

#13 AleriaCarventus on 10 years ago

I'm just going to answer your question and ignore the rest of the thread~
I can make a garment - the first run of it anyway, in a day. Then it needs to be fitted, sometimes taken apart or new pieces cut entirely. So say two days per garment, unless it's extremely simple or complicated.
I just started sewing this summer and I don't use patterns and haven't studied anything. I use my own method mixing drafting pattern pieces on gridded paper and using pieces of clothing. Using patterns may speed up your time?

#14 -Nayami- on 10 years ago

Every year, I make one new costume between Acen and Anime Iowa (May to July/August), and I feel burnt out completely during this time. I can't even imagine having to do more than that in that time span.

#15 koi-ishly on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=glitter bomb;3669616]First, I'm confused why you are the one saddled with everyone else's costumes. If they want to dress up then they should be responsible for their own costume -- making it, buying it, whatever. It seems unfair to saddle you with all of that IMO.

ETA: just wanted to echo kiratsukai's comments about realistic expectations, for both you and your clubmembers. Each member should tailor their costumes to their Ability, Money, and Time. If their idea exceeds one or more of those factors, then they need to revise the plan. Period. And above all, you should not be the one to take up the slack in any of those 3 areas.[/QUOTE]

Agreed. As a teacher sponsor of an anime club, I can tell you right now that NONE of this should be your responsibility. You're responsibilities as a President of a club is to organize meeting and activities.

As far as your question of time frame- I don't think you have enough time as a student. The end of the marking period is in 2 weeks for my school. Then you have only 3 weeks in November before you have Thanksgiving break (or about that time, school days off vary).

IMO, you need to have a meeting and state what your obligations are to the club and that making everyone's costumes is not one of them. If you're a beginner sewer I can't foresee you completing all of this and be able to do your school work.

Don't let them bully you into doing this. If they are you're friends they'll understand. Key thing is that you also have to learn how to say no.

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