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Creating the Character Costume by Cheralyn Lambeth

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Chapter 1Pre-Production—Whatto Know Before BeginningYour Costume

Before you can begin to build your costume or cosplay, you'll want to pinpoint just what the purpose and intent are behind your creation. Will it be a quick one-time project for a Halloween party or other fun event? Or an accurate period piece for an historical re-enactment? Or perhaps an original fantasy-style costume for a television or film production? Whatever your purpose behind your costume creation, there will be common construction techniques and materials you can use to build almost any type of costume/cosplay you might want, and those will be outlined further on in this chapter.

Figure 1.1 A mass-produced Santa suit, available from an online Halloween costume supplier. ...

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