1) Real clothing. It is worn like all the clothes in your closet. It's lined, it breaths, it's comfortable and fits correctly.
2) Fake it. For those who have less skills/time/budget the outer shell of the outfit just needs to look right. The inside could be duct taped together, sewing lines are painted on, etc.
Today I'm here to show you some shortcuts I used in creating my Suigitou cosplay.
Instead of creating a choker necklace with the same fabric and trim as the coat, why not sew it right onto the jacket similar to a collar. This helps prevent it from twisting and turning, which happens a lot when you move around. This keeps the front bow centered always, and you never lose the small jewelry piece.
Back to the shirt worn under the jacket. Like the front piece, let's fake the sleeves. I created sleeves that stick out from the opening of the jacket arm sleeves. What's great about this is instead of creating a full shirt sleeve, you have none of the bulkiness that comes with the extra fabric, and my arm continues to look smooth and slender.
Here's an example of the top as you can see, without knowing you would never have known that my inside shirt wasnt a shirt at all.
There are black roses on her boots, and I tried to hot glue the flowers on, but the vinyl surface just wouldn't stay place. I was hesitatant to even do any gluing as it would end up ruining a perfectly good boot. I found that I use stretch elastic for the roses and wearing much as one wears a stretch elastic bracelet. Because all the colours are black, no one really notices the stretch elastic on the outside of the boot. And even if they did, they dont know it's not actually part of the design.
Yay, photos in the snow.