QUOTE(Skyler Elric @ Aug 1 2005, 06:33 PM)
QUOTE(Envy's lil' miniskirt @ Aug 1 2005, 07:30 PM)
There should be threads there. I've seen them. It's alittle confusing at first but you'll learn your way around.
Go to the forums.
>ok, i'll try
Well...I can't really tell you how to make Ed's costume, because it's so complicated. I can't really say "insert tab A into slot B and there you have it". I can, however, give you some solid general costuming advice.
Step 1) Go to a thrift shop. Look around and see if you can find clothing that resembles Edward's. For example, find a pair of black pants, some black boots, a black tank top, a brown belt. If you can find a black jacket that looks like his, get it too. Otherwise, proceed to step 2.
Step 2) Go to a fabric store. JoAnn's Fabrics is a good one. Ask for the pattern section, and then look through the pattern catalogues until you find patterns that resemble Edward's jacket and overcoat. Buy them, on sale if possible. (You can also buy patterns by browsing on eBay.)
Step 3) Once you have your patterns, go to the fabric store and pick out fabric to sew the jacket and coat. Here are my biggest DOs and DO NOTs for fabric. DO check out the sales--you can get really nice fabric for excellent prices. DO NOT buy only cheap cotton or satin--if you use cheap fabric, your costume will be hard to sew, fall apart easily, and look droopy and bad. DO ask the salesladies for help because they know all about fabrics of every kind. DO NOT spend more than five dollars a yard or so, if you can help it. And, finally, DO check carefully on the back of each pattern to see how many yards of fabric you need, and what sort of "notions" (buttons, zippers, etc.) you will need.
FINALLY) Get a sewing machine. Borrow one if you have to, and ask someone for help who knows how to sew...try family friends or your grandmother. They might also be able to help you adjust the patterns to make them more like Ed's clothes if you show them a picture of him. Sew the jacket and overcoat.
LAST TIPS) You can buy good wigs on eBay. (I like the "Wildcats Wigs" shop myself) or at www.amphigory.com or other online wig shops like Katie Bair (at www.katiebair.com Katie will also style the wig for you, which is expensive but very high-quality styling) Also, if there is a store near you that prints Tshirts (the kind of place where you would buy school shirts or shirts with your company logo ironed on), take the Flamel Cross to them as a life-size printout or a file on CD and get them to iron it onto the back of the jacket. They'll know how. If they're a good store, they won't charge more than ten dollars to do it.
I hope that helped! That's also advice you can use for any cosplay project, anytime. Good luck!