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Happy Monday! This is Kates. Guess what’s in two weeks? PAX Prime. Yeah, I know. And thanks to my obsessive husband and in-laws, we managed to land passes for all four days. Not the actual whole-con pass, because those were sold out in 6 minutes, but the individual day passes do the same thing.
Of course, I had to have costumes for all four days. And so did my husband, because he’s married to me. But as we are a poor young married couple, and we would like to be comfortable for most of Pax, I needed something that required minimal work and costed next to nothing. They had to be video game characters, preferably that complimented each other. And it had to be something Hubby loves, because it’s his first cosplay…well, other than the random costume parties I’ve dressed him up for.
Guess what Pax is hosting? A freakin’ Pokemon League.
So…Pokemon. X and Y.
I started my research. But as much as I love Serena’s outfit, I honestly didn’t want to make another dang skirt from scratch while I’m pulling my hair out over Aqua. Nor did I want to order another wig. I picked up X…and DUH! Customizable avatars!!
I’ve only found one cosplayer so far who’s done this. It doesn’t mean there aren’t others, but I’m kinda surprised that the whole world hasn’t beaten me to it. It is so simple, and so cheap!
The great thing about the wardrobes for X and Y is that most of these items are sitting in your closet already, so that’s where I started. Blue jeans—check. Aqua jeans—check. Knee-high black boots—check.
For everything else, I gave myself a budget of $20 and went straight to Goodwill. Guess what? I got 3 costumes for $18. :P
Those were already my jeans. Heh, my years working retail are showing through.
OK, technically after a handful of supplies, it came to about $23. Still.
The key to Goodwill shopping is to have an open mind. I knew there were a handful of shirts I wouldn’t wear, but otherwise, I just went through every section, looking for whatever would work. And when I mean every section, I mean every section. That white shirt is a Junior’s small, and I found it in the Women’s larges. Be brave and grab things that may be too big or too small according to the letter size, because believe it or not, it just might fit. And try things on. That shirt may only be $2, but that’s $2 down the drain if it won’t work, and the only way Goodwill takes things back is through donations.
You may have to alter things. I really, really wanted the blue parka with the orange sherbet tank. I wanted it like I want orange sherbet now that I’ve typed it. But for the life of me I couldn’t find a cropped hoddie/jacket that would work, so I got a grey zipper from Hancocks and I’m about to turn that blue pullover hoodie into a zip-up one. Also, that black turtleneck? Long sleeved. I’ve already chopped the sleeves off and hemmed them, and it’s ready to go. My hat? Just added a white ribbon. Easy projects, which was the goal, but it was work none the less.
My husband was not quite convinced, though. How were people going to know we were actually Pokemon Trainers? In order to pull this off, you have to have a few distinguishing factors. The first is the bag.
I’ve spent a lot of time at Hancocks this past week. Like, a lot.
That’s a $5 Old Navy computer bag from, you guessed it, Goodwill. Add some cheap $3 a yard blue rip-stop nylon, and some acrylic paint, and WHALA:
I wish it had been as easy as waving a wand, but I had to pull the front panel off to put the blue stuff on. Just the same, it wasn’t a crazy project. It was done in like, 2 hours, dry time and all. For my bag, I just looked for a purse that worked, and lucked out with that white strappy one.
The second factor is the hat. I found a blue ‘cycling’ hat while we were cleaning out the old theatre storage, but for everyone else, search for newsboys hats on Amazon. We decided to do the black beanie for my husband because his head is freggin’ huge. I got his from a rather questionable wig shop in the not-so-nice-district of town for $2, but I think you can find them for cheap right now at Forever 21. (BTW, if you want to do cheap piecing, Charolette Russe, Forever 21, and H&M are GREAT.) I painted the pokeball thing on it, and it is good to go!
The third is the hat accessory. To me, this is rather debatable, but it can drive the point home. I got a pair of sunglasses at the dollar store, and for any other ones I’ll make them out of left over foam from Aqua. Just hot glue a pin or safety pin to the back, and you’re good to go!
The fourth is Pokeballs. There are so, so many youtube tutorials on how to make these. I got foam balls from the dollar store so I could throw them at my husband and try to catch him. It hasn’t worked yet.
Last but not least, the Mega Ring. I kinda got the pieces…but I’m still working on that. I’ll get back to you.
Anyway, I hope this inspires some of you to go and experiment with all the costume options X and Y have to offer! If you do the slurpy dress, post pictures!!