However I think I am pretty good at solving my own costume issues at low budget costs.
I will mention the two I did this year for examples.
This year I am planning on having two costumes. This is not because I feel like showing off, rather, it is for practicality. My first costume will be only on for a few hours because the kimono that it mostly consists of was soooo expensive and is so delicate that I only want to wear it as long as needed to get some good pictures. This costume will be Yuuko from xxxHolic. Even though I do not have the body type, I feel like no one really does so it doesn't matter. I've got the kimono which I know she would wear, am going to have to find a long black wig (not hard), and I already have my trusty pipe fox. I own geta to match already and am all set there.
The mechanic that I had to figure out for that costume though was the pipefox to kimono interface. Normally I have very large safety pins that go through my bra straps and into the pipe fox and out again. It's all neat, hidden and secure so I don't have to worry about him while I shop and walk about a Con floor. But because I am going to wear him with the kimono, I do NOT want to put pins through it. So instead I bought a set of 10 extremely strong rare earth magnets on amazon for $5. I sewed a single magnet into its own little cloth pouch. I then attached two to the underside of the pipe fox where he normally sits. The other two I attached to the shoulders of the slip I plan to wear under the kimono. This way he is really only magnetized through the kimono to my shoulder, and since each magnet can hold ~8lbs a piece I think he will be just fine. And no damage to the kimono. :)
The second costume is like the first but different. Once everyone has Oooed and we have photos I plan to change into a different kimono and lose the wig. This other kimono was 10 times cheaper, not kidding. And I can wash this one. So new kimono donned, I can add a simple headpiece and be instead... a Persocom! So today's challenge was to make some persocom ears for myself. I found a pattern, (do a google search and you can find many) bought two pieces of craft foam ($1) and took out my hot glue gun. Took me about 30 minutes to cut, assemble and glue the pieces. In retrospect I am not sure the pattern I used was the best, but it worked ok. I did tweak it a bit and might make a second pair, but for now they are great.
|Two finished ears and the headband.|
|Purple is a cone shape glued into the top. Folded it around to fit closer to my head.|
So instead I glued a bobby pin on a bit of fabric to the inside. I found a cloth headband nearly the color of my hair and once I put it on and comb my hair right, you can't see it. Then I use the bobby pins to attach it to the headband and volia! I did use a bit of spirit gum to keep the bottom snug to my face as well.
|Persocoms can have blue hair right?|
Other Costumes I have been mulling over:
Natsuki's Oz Avatar from Summer Wars
Chyrpi the Kenku
Fiona and Cake
An earth kingdom from A:TLA person with Pentapox
Yukino Miazawa from His and Hers Circumstances
Rule 63 Barfolomew from Spaceballs