Cosplay is Expensive? Here are some solutions!

Xarin

A girl who likes art, crafts, and cosplay. She sells handmade items and accessories at her online store, Three Smitten Kittens.

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  1. Well, yes, cosplay is expensive in general, but for the last several years we’ve come up with solutions to solve this budget problem. I’m always told by my seniors that there are ways to shall we say, ‘go around the norm’. My friend/sworn brother did his Ma Chao costume out of scrap rubber and cloth he found lying around. but he was able to wow the crowd.

    On that note, your FF group looks familiar to me….

    • kageshoujo says:

      Cosplay is expensive and that will never change. In a practical point of view, it’s never economical to go spending on costumes that you won’t even be wearing except for only a couple of times. The value of your money doesn’t go a long way because you’ll only be using the costume once or twice anyway.

      “Going around the norm” is great! It doesn’t mean you won’t achieve the same desirable effects as an expensive costume would–and sometimes it ends up giving you more desirable results. There are a lot of overpriced cosplay shops and services now. It’s the norm to pay them to do stuff but it doesn’t mean it’ll end up with the same quality. I like being hands on so I can make sure of the quality. What your friend did is basically what I try to do as well.

      What do you mean familiar? Well, we were sorta active in 2010. It’s hard to miss a group this big, all wearing recycled materials to boot. Perhaps you saw us in one of the cons we’ve been to?

      • I know a lot of people who only wear their costume once or twice. I don’t think it’s a smart move. I only have 2-3 costumes per year, and I rotate them, heck I have one that is 5 years old and I still use it.

        Yes, I actually saw you guys back UP-AME 2010. I was Raidou Kuzunoha the14th back and one of my friends was Fang from FF13.

        • kageshoujo says:

          I only even make one costume in a year, and only cosplay in it once that year, and then just take it to a private photoshoot. Besides I don’t do it with these guys anymore. They’ve all stopped cosplaying except for me. Became busy with college and some eventually got married and are having kids. It’s no fun without friends. I just go to cons but don’t cosplay too often anymore. It’s also been only some three years but the crowds feel different. Most of the people I met back then don’t cosplay regularly anymore, too.

          Ahh, I know you~ and Mel, too. Even she seems to be very busy these days.

  1. November 18, 2013

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