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25 August 2004 @ 08:03 pm
Edward Cosplay Help ._.  
I just joined fma_cosplay thinking it would be nice to post in there for help about cosplay sometime so to everyone at fma_cosplay, hello! ^_^U And the reason I also posted this at fm_alchemist is because this community is just so huge. *_* Hehe.

Anyway, I have decided I should cosplay as Edward Elric. :) Now, this is my first time cosplaying so I don't know a whole lot about except dressing up as the character you want. That's not a lot, huh? XD Yeah, so I just came here for some suggestions if you people have any. I'm not emphasizing on anything just yet, but I just need to know the first few parts. Then I'm going to focus on this and that, etc. :) Well, I know I'm not going to have the auto-mail and the silver watch so those two are not necessary. I also wonder how long is it going to take for such a beginner like me at cosplay to finish this.

Okay, I'll stop blabbing. XD I'll just tell you all to tell me ANYTHING COSPLAY about Edward Elric that will help me! THANK YOU! :D I'll come back to this topic later in the future by the way. ;)

Cross posted fm_alchemist and fma_cosplay.
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アリシアunforgiventak on August 25th, 2004 08:08 pm (UTC)
Cosplay can become very pricey so I suggest either saving up your money or scouting around for cheap fabric. Look at the marked down prices or the remenants section of your local fabric stores. If you just want to spend all your money on the costume I suggest digging through your house for old objects you can turn into props. For example, when I cosplayed as Edward, I took and old buckle from a belt for his clasp. When I was Inuyasha I made his bead necklace from old beads off of an Easter Basket. It really helps your pocket.

Um, other than that have fun and good luck ^^;
ジェニイ 「Jenny」: Ed and Winry [ushitora_icons]kirchu on August 25th, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC)
Ah, that fixed some parts of my budgetting for cosplay. That's very helpful! And thank you! :)

*takes notes of belt* ^^;
angsty lemon ukewabisuke on August 25th, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC)
Hehe. I cosplayed Edward but my friend made me the coat and jacket so I can't help you much there. =D;

If you are not blond(e), and if you're willing to spend the money (about $48), you can get a wig and style that. To save you the hours of trouble the Ashley wig, strawberry blonde at witch-wigs = good. For the antenna, i used clear chaulk to slick it up; it stays up pretty well.

I actually made the automail and watch; automail pretty much broke since I guessed at it, but the watch is easy to make with sculpey, if you're the artsy-craftsy type. it took me an hour to sculpt and then another two to bake and paint.

Boots, I got from Payless for 20 dollars and then painted the soles white as a base, and then red. Since it was acrylics, it all came off by the 3rd day of cosplay. =D;;

And I second the rummaging thing. it saves a lot of money.
ジェニイ 「Jenny」: Young Ed and Al [yukihime9]kirchu on August 25th, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC)
Aw, coat and jacket...XD..it's okay. I'm still taking bunch of notes aka memories on my LJ, lol!

Hrm, I'm not doing wig, so that's okay. :)

Auto-mail...well, as I said, it's not necessary, but thank you! :D

Payless! That sounds awesome for boots! :D Haha, I do have boots but they're kinda girly. Not tall or anything, but I use them for my Orchestra concerts. XD And I'm like the only girl there who wears boots. o__o; *tumbleweed blows*

Rummaging thing is just perfect. Yeah, saves a bundle! <3

Once again, thank you! :)
Mungol, Anna, God, whatevermungol on August 25th, 2004 08:48 pm (UTC)
Hehe, Edward was my first COSPlay too.

Check out thrift stores (especially if you're not good at sewing), you'd be surprised at what they have. I bought my boots and coat at Goodwill. I can't sew to save my life, so I asked my grandmother to make modifications on the coat. The boots I spray painted red, but that didn't really work out so well, since the soles stuck to everything. At another thrift store, I found fake leather pants and an black jacket thing. If you can't sew, or don't know anyone who can, you can glue white bias tape onto the edges. For my belt, I attached a regular-sized belt to some vinyl.

I hope that was somewhat helpful. ^^
ジェニイ 「Jenny」kirchu on August 25th, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC)
Hehe, thanks.

Sorry I don't have much to say right now, lol. My brain is kind "dead" due to some episode 45 yayness. XD
Lauren: RoyxEddulcinea_lj on August 25th, 2004 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'm just finishing up an Edward cosplay right now. This is only my second cosplay, but I learned quite a bit from it. The only advice that I have is:

- look for sales on fabric. Fabricland helped me immensely with this. If you can, get one of those discount cards. I saved a ton of money with that. I made the coat for about $35 and the black and white shirt for about $15. The coat takes a lot of fabric, you'll want to be saving money on it.

- Make items out of random things. For example, my state alchemist watch is made out of a circular object (it was a mini-screwdriver holder :S ), some chain from a hardware store, and a binder ring. Spraypainted shiney silver, it actually makes a nice watch. The total cost was 67 cents, since the chain was the only thing I had to buy.

My cosplay's not done yet, and the convention's on Friday, so I guess my last piece of advice would be: Start early.

Good luck on your cosplay!
ジェニイ 「Jenny」: Ed and Winry [ushitora_icons]kirchu on August 25th, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC)
Never heard of Fabricland, lol. ~.~ But that's okay, I have Joanns. X)

lol! that must be awesome for the watch eh? hehe

What convention are you going btw? :o And yes, I'm doing this quite early. Two months early for Halloween, and I don't know how long until July next year for AX. :)

Thank you! ^^;
Lauren: RoyxEddulcinea_lj on August 26th, 2004 05:39 am (UTC)
I'm going to CN Anime tomorrow. Today I'm going to be working on this cosplay like a demon. >_
The Pyromaniacal One: Enjoy the Silence [essenceofmalice]essenceofmalice on August 26th, 2004 07:02 am (UTC)
I cosplayed Ed this summer and it really wasn't all that pricey at all. And I had all the details (minus contacts and automail that was never totally finished, but started!)

I got the watch off eBay for about $15, it didn't have the emblem on it, but it brought the chain, which is a nice touch since it'll just stay in your pocket anyway. The gloves also came off eBay, they were short bride gloves, so they fit tight and all, just 'bout $10. Find yourself a pair of either black leather/pleather pants, or nice somewhat shinny ones - not jeans! If you have any combat styled boots lying around that you don't wear anymore, use them!! Paint the soles red and you're set to go.

Now as far as the jackets go, you might need some help. I did the vest version from the beginning of the series and was able to find a simple black vest on eBay for under $5, all I had to do was sew on the white trim. The material I used for the long coat was a blend of polyester and cotton, really nice stuff. 'Bout 4yards of it and it only came out to $35. My friend made that for me since I can't sew for dear life, but if you get a pattern and follow it carefully with some help, you'll be able to pull it off. ^_^

Oh and the wig! I'm picky when it comes to wigs and only get the best quality I can find and even that wasn't -too- expensive, coming at around $45 or so. It does add up, but it's not one of the most expensive costumes out there.
Tammy, mauled by fluff bunnehztomoyodaidouji on August 26th, 2004 08:03 am (UTC)
**pokes the icon's inconsistency with the series** o.o

Well, I've never cosplayed as Ed before, but in general, rules go as follows:

-Start as early as you possibly can (I think someone else mentioned this one already, but I figured the reiteration wouldn't hurt)

-If you don't sew, or aren't confident at sewing at all, then *Don't* attempt to start right away on your costume now!! (I have seen many mothers new to sewing ruin their children's halloween costumes like this. At least practice on scrap cloth first)

-Figure out what elements of the costume are essential, and what parts can be "faked" without too much trouble (ie., having an actual watch is a very nice touch, but not strictly necessary--just the watch chain from a belt loop and pinned to the inside of your pocket should suffice. And, don't stress over the automail limbs if you don't have the time/materials to make them--Ed wears long sleeves and pants because of it)

-Improvise with household materials (again, already stated, but it's a REALLY important money-saver)

Don't know if this really helped or not, but I figured a restatement of the important facts wouldn't hurt. ^^ Good luck!
∫ 悟り♥ d♥: Babies [pengiesama]absentaserpis on August 26th, 2004 11:43 pm (UTC)
Figured I'd give my tips too. Since the first cosplay I made was Edward as well.

I agree with everyone else about starting early >> as that was my biggest problem in the end ^^; And house hold items help as well. Costumes might as well suck up whatever funds you think you have for a convention *but it's so much fun and so worth it*

I would have started with the wig but if you dun need one then your lucky as heck XD I envy you like the shape-shifting sin. The two jackets I actually found as patterns. Butterick number 3989 is absolutely perfect for the red jacket though... Just hem the bottom to the necessary height. Yes that is a boys costume and yes that is Harry Potter but seriously... Just get the bigger of the two sizes and your good... the extra big of room is nice too since you'll have other layers on underneath.

The other piece of advice I think I just might live by. If you have to line the black jacket use white ribbon!! Don't mess with a whole bunch fabric that you'll just have to hem to make look halfway decent. Ribbon is so simple, it doesn't fray and it takes two quick straight stitches to attach.

Finally if you have any problems with sewing... or just figuring something out (my first hurdle was just learning to read the stupid pattern) ask the people at Joann's or where ever you might get your fabric and stuff. All the people I've ever met there were unsurprisingly sewers themselves. And quite goods ones at that. If you can make the trip, bring the garment in and they should be more than willing to help you out.

Last thing now I promise. For the crucified snake on the red jacket... there are countless ways to do that. I've seen people skimp on it but it's an important detail imo... it's the symbol of the whole series really. Since your just begining I recomend simple iron on print paper. I believe you can buy it at any place like Staples or Office Max. Find the symbol in black and white... I can upload one of mine if you need it... and then resize it however you see fit, reverse it (since iron on process mirrors images I belive ^^;). And test it on a piece of regular paper before printing to the iron on >O just cause the stuff is too much to waste.

XD okay that's all really *hides under a rock* but really I didn't run into too many problems for my first time so I hope you don't either :D and most importantly have fun and be proud that it'll be something you made yourself. XD I'm probably all sappy for thinking so but that was my favorite part of my costume. I wish you much luck :3
Zranazrana on November 25th, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC)
I just recently made a HUGE long post about how I made Automail for my costume. Just check back in the last coupld days worth of posts for that, even it those are crappy instructions--if I do say so myself.

For boots, I painted the ones I got at Goodwill with a red trim. THe buckle thingie he has one them, I used key rings and chopped up a belt (but another black leather looking strips should do) and some black elastic (on the part that goes on the bottom of the boots so I could take them off the boots--AND get my foot in them by having that bit of give).

I found a pattern by butterick that worked really good for the jacket EXCEPT for the split down the middle.