Here I will post Tutorials on how I make different costume’s. I’ll go into props, materials and so much more.
However, I am NOT a master. I’ve been doing this for over 10 years and I’d still say I’m an amateur. There is ALWAYS more to learn, many different materials, techniques and designs to get to a costume. Each one has a different price point and style.
However, some basic starting points:
If you want to start making your own costumes, look into joining a costuming Society. There are many around the country, and they can give really good advice.
Try to get a machine you can afford, but remember you have to live with it. READ THE MANUAL. Do research online. For most costumes you are going to want something that can do a Straight stich, a zig zag stitch, and you may want a couple of extra feet types to help you out too. A foot that will work with the type of fabric you are using.
When you get your fabric, make sure you get thread that goes with it, and use a needle in your machine that works with the fabric. If you are using a pattern, make sure you get a fabric that WORKS with that pattern, and cut the fabric the way the pattern says. Fabric is very different depending on how its cut and which way it is sewn, so you might have something that seems to match but it pulls or twists or has other problems.
I learned a LOT of how to use my machine, thread, needles and how to cut fabric from Sew it Out Loud, a podcast by the SewHere Studio. They are a great source of information.
If you want to make props, there are a million different materials and tools you can use. What you want to buy first totaly depends on the type of prop you want to make, and the style you want to make it in. You can use craft foam, expanding foam, warbla, resin casting… There are A LOT of different ways to go with this that I do wish to go into later on.
So for props, I would recommend doing some research. I like to go to Cosplay Tutorial for ideas and alter things. Or even just wander through the hardware store to see what looks like a part of what I want to make. Paint changes many things.
I have so much to say, way to much for one spot.
OH! another great source if you have a smart phone is the Cosplay Amino App. It is a great place to work with other cosplayers/costumers on techniques, WIP’s and so much more.