The next step is to start researching! This can be time-intensive even if you generally know what you are looking for, but even more so if you don’t, so here’s a few pointers. Often, research and costume breakdowns (as described both in the panel linked above and in the section below) go hand-in-hand, since you may need to research what something is before you can come up with any sort of plan for it.
– Get your references in order. If the costume is from a live-action property, you may get lucky and find information from the costumers or from other fans who have seen the costumes in person (or spent the hours watching the series or movie so you don’t have to). If the costume is from a video game, see if models of the character have been released or ripped. Some game companies also put out cosplay guides these days with breakdowns in them! If the costume is from a 2D animated property, see if character reference sheets have been released. These should show all angles of the character in order to keep the artists on model as they draw.
– Look for tutorials or WIPs posted by other cosplayers of the same outfit. This doesn’t always exist,
Hello! My friend wants me to make her an Aaravos (The Dragon Prince) Cosplay, and theres quite a bit that I’m having a hard time figuring out. I relise that with cgi there’s more opportunity for fun clothing effects, but i cant seen to match up any of his outfit parts, like the sheer fabric or the open shirt that somehow merges with the closed long skirt. Do you have any advice on where i should start?
I see what you mean about the top half and bottom half not seeming to line up. It isn’t that they don’t line up, it’s that the garments are made out of a fabric that doesn’t exist.
The open shirt seems to be long and continue down into the sheer part on the bottom as a single garment. The purple garment appears to be a separate skirt. While you can find (or dye) sheer fabric that goes from white to black in a gradient, you aren’t going to find fabric that goes from sheer to opaque in a gradient.
Hello! I’m considering cosplaying Cassius from GranBlue Fantasy and I have all the layers to his outfit pretty much planned except the very top layer (the purple and black one). I’m not quite sure how the fabric falls or if it’s sewn or multiple pieces, it doesn’t crossover, and the game doesn’t have a back view. Do you have any suggestions for how I could research fabricating such a robe? Please and thank you!
Oh, JRPG-style clothing designs with few references. I will do my best. (I do a lot of this kind of thing for my own cosplay work, and often just have to shrug and make something up)
The garment seems to be based on a robe design, only it’s half a robe (sleeve + half the chest + bottom drape). The black robe is a separate garment underneath, which you can see on the left part of the first image – the purple part seems to stand away from the chest (and the black part) just above the sash in the middle. The black robe underneath contains the god + decorations on the chest and gold , decorations underneath, while the purple seems to be edges in thin gold trim. The problem is that the part above the sash and below the sash don’t seem to line up.
This is what I would do: get some fabric and try draping this on a form. It can be you or