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How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby AMBERISSEXY on Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:50 am

GOSH EXPO IS NOW SO CLOSE, YEAAAAAAAAAAH.
I AM SITTING BORED IN ITC AND MY EXITEMENT HAS REACHED RIDICULOUS LEVELS AFTER BROWSING THIS SITE FOR AWHILE.

I WAS JUST WONDERING ABOUT EVERYBODIES COSINGS FOR COSPLAY OUTFITS...

I'M DOING BATTLE ROYALE THIS YEAR WITH A FEW FRIENDS AND HAVE MANAGED TO GET MY RAW MATERIALS FOR ONLY £14 EACH, LAST YEAR MY HYATT (OF EXCEL SAGAS) WAS UPWARDS OF £40. WELL ANYWAY... I WAS JUST ASKING MYSELF WHAT IS TOO EXCESIVELY EXPENSIVE WHEN MAKING YOUR COSPLAY?
ANY THOUHTS??

LOVE AND EXITEMENT, AMBERX YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYX

*EDIT*

Hi, I changed the name of the thread as we need a topic for this and it's already started in an off-topicish manner. So, basically, discuss how much you spend on costumes!

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*End thread hijack*
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Postby Bunni on Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:59 am

Lmao! hee hee you think £40 is expensive most of my costumes are about £200 >.< even my cat girl was insanely expensive and there isn't much of it, the wig contributed some what to the cost but it is amazing quality ^^
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Postby sjbonnar on Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:00 am

It's really hard to say. I've seen professionaly commissioned costumes go for upwards of £400 so...yeah LOL and the Master Chief costume that Oz owns wasover £1000 from what I hear.

It's all relative to the costume and how much money you have. Me personally, I'd never pay over like £150 for costume parts. But again, depends on what the costume is.

Cosplay as L for like, a tenner LOL
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Postby faramon on Mon May 07, 2007 1:17 am

Costume £68
Wig £15 ish
Bokken £12

the look on any annoying person face as you crack there skull in a cosplayesque style, while posing for the cameras...

...

Priceless


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Postby Crazedteensie on Mon May 07, 2007 8:58 am

My sister got the entirity of her Kagura costume for £5 XD

Well, except for the plushie, which I'm making now and the material cost a few pounds for that.
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Re: SO EXITED, GAAAA.

Postby Fruitsato on Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:20 pm

Cosplaying is expensive. xD Especially when your lazy.

£80 chii dress + £20 post packaging, And £25 shoes. D:

Then theres tickets, money to spend at expo, food, train money....

Really hurts your bank account. xD
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Re: SO EXITED, GAAAA.

Postby picklesofdoom on Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:12 am

Fruitsato wrote:Cosplaying is expensive. xD Especially when your lazy.

£80 chii dress + £20 post packaging, And £25 shoes. D:

Then theres tickets, money to spend at expo, food, train money....

Really hurts your bank account. xD


But its soooooo worth it =^_^=
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Re: SO EXITED, GAAAA.

Postby Adziu on Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:52 pm

Here's a thread back from the dead.

Ripe to be moved to the appropriate section!

I'm a cheap-a*se when it comes to cosplay. I try and do everything with the cheapest possible materials. It just seems wasteful otherwise!
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby sjbonnar on Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:02 pm

There we go. Moved into cosplay and costuming and edited the title and content.

Dicuss to your heart's content LOL

I think it depends on my costumes. My Jiraiya one started out pretty cheap but with all of the stuff I've gotten for it now (Geta, Rasengan-like thing, Frogs, a better wig etc.) the amount kinda went up ^_^' At least it wasn't all at once!
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Re: SO EXITED, GAAAA.

Postby picklesofdoom on Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:24 pm

Adziu wrote:Here's a thread back from the dead.

Ripe to be moved to the appropriate section!

I'm a cheap-a*se when it comes to cosplay. I try and do everything with the cheapest possible materials. It just seems wasteful otherwise!


Me too. I try to get things for as cheap as I can unless I really really have to pay more and its not possible to get cheaper elsewhere.
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby Fullmetal_Dani on Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:57 pm

I thought itd be cheaper to make my cosplay, but its turning out to be just as expensive ;_;
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby sjbonnar on Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:56 pm

It depends on what you're making. As Tom and I recently found out, feathers are EXPENSIVE LMAO

Some costumes are cheaper to buy online, but it'll probably be lower quality fabrics etc.
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby picklesofdoom on Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:31 am

sjbonnar wrote:feathers are EXPENSIVE LMAO


Not unless you chase pigeons or stalk seagulls. :D
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby Odd-One-Out on Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:51 am

Depends whether you know how to shop around or not!

Being jobless and underage for a job ANYWAY, I manage to make my cosplays by hunting around the local market- they have some fantastic deals and cheap yet quality items.
Zips are 50p, fabric is £1-2 per square metre, props like gloves and such are £2 for a pair, etc.

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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby Adziu on Sat Jan 26, 2008 1:43 pm

Mmm, I need me some of those fabric prices.
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby sjbonnar on Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:58 pm

Odd-One-Out wrote:Depends whether you know how to shop around or not!

Being jobless and underage for a job ANYWAY, I manage to make my cosplays by hunting around the local market- they have some fantastic deals and cheap yet quality items.
Zips are 50p, fabric is £1-2 per square metre, props like gloves and such are £2 for a pair, etc.

<3 my town :3


You can get prices like that in markets around London. I was pretty impressed that Elsa could get 3 metres of PVC for under £5 and 3 metres of Leather for less than £7.

You're right in that shopping around is the best LOL Feathers, GOOD feathers, are not that easy to find LOL
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby CrystalNeko on Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:33 am

3m of leather for less than £7? O_O Now THAT'S why I call cheap! I wish where I lived there were a load of fabric market stalls! TT_TT All we get are little food stalls every now and then! D8

My costumes USED to be cheap as I did a lot of closet cosplay [w00t! XD]... But I'm moving on from closet cosplay now... and realized just how expensive cosplaying really is xD;; I mean Sakura is already coming up to around £50! TT_TT Without mistakes that is... Garnet has cost a fortune due to the numerous amounts of wonderful mistakes I've made on a simple accessory xD. I try to keep it under £50 for each costume... clearly that's failing though! XD [Garnet and Haine are ALLOWED to have a budget of £100 though... Only because I treat their costumes special-y xD]

And wow zips for 50p? I neeeeed to go to your town! XD That's so cheap! Unlike the rip off zips which are around £2-5! XD;; Apart from the odd sale for super long zips for £1... But I don't need a super long zip unless it's for mascots... and I'm not doing a mascot til around Oct time T_T [Unless I change my mind and instead of doing secret cosplay for JapEx I do a mascot instead]
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby sjbonnar on Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:17 pm

£2 for a zip O_O That's a ripoff!

And yeah, we were pleased about the leather! It's for her Morrigan cosplay because she's gotta make a corset and make two pairs of demon wings LOL It was awesome ^_^
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby Adziu on Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:28 pm

So where are these excellent markets? Shepherd's Bush certainly doesn't yield such bargains.
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby Manga Girl on Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:27 pm

It varies for me how much I spend for each costume, I think Pharaoh Atem was my most expensive XD
I get my fabrics from a shop in Lewisham & I get my other materials from Turtles in Croydon like foam, wire, paint etc ^_^
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby Odd-One-Out on Sun Jan 27, 2008 3:36 pm

Coooome to Northampton for cheap bargain zips that don't break as soon as you fasten them on 8D

Northampton and M ilton K eynes (why is M K banned, like B irmingham is?!) have some excellent markets - these are all I have witnessed so far =(
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby Menchipewpew on Sun Jan 27, 2008 5:16 pm

Best market for cheap and quality fabrics I have been to so far was in Albania lol. Zips are about 30p and you can get 3m of leather for £2 something. :P Not to mention that if you go just before they shut they give you lots and lots of fabrics and bits and bobs for free! Probably not worth going to another country for but if you just happen to be there keep an eye out lol.

On topic, the most I have spent on a costume so far is £300.
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby CrystalNeko on Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:29 pm

Gah! Everyone is lucky with all these cheap zips! I have to re-use the majority of my zips as... well I don't particulary like being ripped off xD;; Unless my previous zips are well-off colour-wise

And M ilton K eynes is probably banned as there's a convention held there in May this year... Same reasom as B irmingham. And gah! I live no where near Northampton or M ilton K eynes! D8
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby Odd-One-Out on Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:50 pm

C ollectormania is banned, well well no surprise.

Seriously though, it's not like anyone will want to advertise those conventions as we all know Expo is the PLACE TO BE SEEN 8)

Blimey, zips for 30p!
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Re: How Much Do You Spend on Costumes?

Postby Rox on Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:32 pm

This is going to be the most expensive costume/expo in general so far. I've already spent:

£30 for wig/wig cap/delivery
£20 for boots
and almost £8 on feathers. Yeah.. They were really nice feathers, though.

And that's just so far. I still need to get the pens for wig-colouring, make up and all the materials for the main body of the costume. Add to that the ticket price, £30+ for the train, spending money and my share of the hotel fee, and I'm pretty much screwed. :D
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