How long does it take to actually make a costume?

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#16 Tigress on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=kiratsukai;3669593]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.[/QUOTE]

Listen to her! A lack of planning on their part does not constitute an emergency on yours.

And some people think that if you do it "just this once", that it gives them license to expect it of you. Tell them to make it themselves!

#17 fev on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=dntply_lngskrt1;3669661]Nevermind im just gonna go buy some fabric tomorrow and get started.uuhh.[/QUOTE]
I know people who'll join a group like yours just to abuse people like you, then once they get what they want, they'll ditch you.

You sound like an overambitious newbie club prez, who wants to make your club "the bestest thing ever", by giving people stuff. Major stuff. Much like building friendships, buying and giving people stuff to make them like you is the worst way to go.

Just sit em down and tell them that you investigated this further, and the timeframe and funds would make it not possible. . If they don't understand, whine that you promised or some crap, and threaten to leave, then you let them. they were in it just to leech stuff from a gullible prez anyways.

#18 ShinobiXikyu on 10 years ago

The drama of mooches aside, it highly depends on the costume's fanciness, how good you are at sewing, and how thorough you want to be. If you're only semi-skilled but have an elaborate costume, and don't want to skimp on any details, make everything from scratch and finish every seam......several months, minimum. I've heard of cosplayers putting together entire costumes from scratch in one night, but I scratched my head until it was raw and bloody trying to figure out how they did it. I'm not super-skilled but have decent time to devote to it...and the shortest amount of time I've spent on a costume is a month. Most, almost a year (And it'll be done next week! ^^). On average, I make sure I have at least 100 days before the convention to finish a costume (so, 1% of it a day done, which isn't super-hard). If I'm not sure how to put together something, I give way more time so I can go slow, make mockups and figure it out.
And I guess if they complain you didn't do a good enough job or didn't finish, you have every right to say "Too bad, you wouldn't do anything yourself OR start early enough".

#19 Zaviera on 10 years ago

Frankly, you should tell your members to shove it.
It's their costume, not yours. You shouldn't even have to touch it.

Yes, maybe it's mean, but I've gotten screwed over with costumes before. Someone wants a bit of 'help' and you do all the work for them.

#20 Zaviera on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=dntply_lngskrt1;3669661]Nevermind im just gonna go buy some fabric tomorrow and get started.uuhh.[/QUOTE]
Good luck with that. You're setting yourself up for a BIG mistake.

#21 lyraparry11 on 10 years ago

I'm with everyone else, it's not your problem to make their costumes. Do you have time to do so? If your dedicated and hard working enough, yeah. But really, you should reconsider.

#22 CapsuleCorp on 10 years ago

I won't address the club drama because that's a whole other ball of wax.

But it really does depend on the complexity of the costumes, and just how good these people want their costumes to be. If they just want them sort of passable, with no extra special techniques or quality fit? You can whip them out in a couple of days, maybe a week tops. If they want them ultra-accurate and made to look like they bought them from a pro? Yeah no you're looking at weeks to months there.

It also depends on your schedule. If you're in school and have a job, there are other things clogging up your schedule and you may not be able to find 2-3 hours every night or full weekends to work. It also ALSO depends on your actual skill level. If you didn't know that you can make your own gloves (um, they have patterns, it's a little advanced in the skill department but more than just possible, it's kind of a duh) then I'm a little worried that the other people are expecting more out of you than you can provide.

Are you paying the local seamstress for help? Eesh.

Granted, I just churned out a costume in a day. In fact, we had four people over yesterday and all four of us working on different things at the same time (patterning, cutting, fitting, and sewing) managed to churn out three costumes in one day. But they're very simplified, streamlined versions of what could be very complicated designs if we sat down to do them accurately. When I prepare to make a complicated and high-quality costume for masquerade competition? 6 weeks is considered a speed-build, I'd rather have 2-3 months to work on it. And that's just ONE costume. And I'm also a professional with 12 years of experience. Your mileage is definitely going to vary.

#23 kurami on 10 years ago

It depends of the complexity of the costume:props, details etc, your experience and how many times you did a similar costume.
I usually take 1 month to make a full cosplay because i do it relaxed. But if i urge to make them i can do 3 or 4 in less of a week if they are quite simple and i have PLENTY of time for it
Custome made gloves and shoe covers can be done by yourself
Glove tutorial:
[url]http://sew-ing.com/make/gloves.html[/url]
I used it, and it finished quite good but it's a pain in your ass because you have to sew it by hand
Shoe cover tutorial
[url]http://firelilycosplay.deviantart.com/art/No-Stretch-Boot-Cover-Tutorial-161626176?q=boost:popular+shoe+cover+tutorial&qo=0[/url]

#24 chibirinichanxo on 10 years ago

very funny shes just a newbie nd thts really mean of you to lie like that to a newbie

#25 GraelynRose on 10 years ago

It's possible though the quality of the costumes might vary. I managed to make an Advent Children Tifa in three days. I handsewed most of it. But, that was done with very little sleep and not much of anything else.

#26 koi-ishly on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=chibirinichanxo;3671319]very funny shes just a newbie nd thts really mean of you to lie like that to a newbie[/QUOTE]

To whom are you referencing your comment? And what is being "lied" about?

#27 nanakiff7 on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=koi-ishly;3671820]To whom are you referencing your comment? And what is being "lied" about?[/QUOTE]

I am wondering this too...

#28 glitter bomb on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=koi-ishly;3671820]To whom are you referencing your comment? And what is being "lied" about?[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=nanakiff7;3676359]I am wondering this too...[/QUOTE]

I wouldn't worry about it. ;) I saw that someone who just joined wrote something both incomprehensible and irrelevant and put it in the "ignore" category. ;) figured it was either a troll or some tween bully who thought they were being clever. whatevs.

#29 Origin on 10 years ago

Yeah I wouldn't do it. I typically make the costumes for my yearly convention group, while the boys handle props, armor, weapons and such (its me and two guys). For a simple costume (like a Vocaloid, so let's say Miku) I could do Miku in a period of two weeks, which that would mean all my materials were there and ready, since sewing also involves chopping into patterns, pressing, ruffling etc. That would be Miku on top of other duties I have (school, work and home). Don't let them bully you into it! What they're asking you to do is really quite unfair, since they're asking you and a seamstress to build four costumes in less than three months. Granted they're simple, and if money and duties aren't an issue can be achieved, but nonetheless unfair.

#30 koi-ishly on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=glitter bomb;3676365]I wouldn't worry about it. ;) I saw that someone who just joined wrote something both incomprehensible and irrelevant and put it in the "ignore" category. ;) figured it was either a troll or some tween bully who thought they were being clever. whatevs.[/QUOTE]

Normally I do, I don't know why I asked in the first place. Guess I was irritable that day ^^;;

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