Next week will be the Anime Convention in my area. Around this time is the time that all the real work for costumes goes down. Every year for the past couple of years I've been making costumes for my friends but all the work gets put off until the very last minute and this year is no exception. Since I have nothing to show yet for this year, I thought I'd put up some stuff from last year.
Last year was a pretty good year for cosplaying because we had a pretty good group and a good idea for the cosplay. A bunch of my friends agreed to go as a group from Avatar the Last Airbender and since I was making the costumes from scratch, I decided to dictate that they'd go as the Fire Nation set of the costumes so I could reuse a bunch of the colors.
By the end, my mom, my room mate and I ended up making five costumes in the last month. We were lucky that we had two sewing machines and often times were making full use of them both. It was pretty crazy with super late nights in the last week.
The pants were all made kind of like pajama pants with elastic waist bands and some had elastic on the bottoms to hold them up. The tops were pretty generic tops too with only some of them being slightly more complicated with the gold edging. I used binding tape for the gold and the maroon parts. I think the most difficult top was the Prince Zuko one because I had to add the gold in the middle of the maroon (second from the left). The armor was a heavier fabric with interfacing to make it stiffer. It came out a little bulky but had the overall look that we were going for.
The characters are from left to right: Azula, Zuko, Sokka, Katara, and Ty Lee
Set up for picture:
It came out looking pretty good overall, I think, but by the time we went to the convention, all I wanted to do was to sleep.