You don’t have to paint yourself which is messy / time consuming and can rub off over the course of the day
Consistent color and can be painted to add dimension
You can glue or sew pieces directly to the morph suit
Some have a prominent logo on the butt
May not fit properly because it is not tailored to your form
It is made to be skin tight, so it may not have enough room to support altering your shape. For example, you may want to construct Val’s chest out of foam, to be worn under your bodysuit, so you appear to have the same proportions as the character. A custom bodysuit could be tailored to allow for this shape underneath.
Note: People with penises will want to wear a dance belt underneath to prevent the shape from being visible.
Welcome to the hobby! Breaking up a cosplay into manageable parts is a really great first step, you’re off to a great start!
This is my process for breaking down a costume:
Print out a picture of the character or draw it out
Look at all the parts involved in the costume and break it down into major parts: Wig, Contacts, Makeup, Vest, Shirt, Pants, Belt, Socks, Shoes, Prop, Etc.
Look at your major parts and break what you need to down into minor parts. For example Makeup: Blush, Lipstick, Mascara, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow. Or Vest: Base Vest, Lining, Embroidered Design, Custom Buttons
Next, you want to start planning out how to achieve each part of the costume. This takes some research. This is my research process:
Google for pictures of the character and save them to a folder on my desktop. I try to get at least one good front, back, and side view.
Google for pictures of other cosplayers and see what they did well. I also save their pictures to my reference folder
Look up tutorials for things I don’t know how to do, or things that I am not 100% sure about. I save links in my bookmarks.
Go to a fabric store and look at fabrics in person, seeing what will work for the character. If I have a fabric choice in mind or want to do preliminary research, I may look it up online.
Look through sewing pattern books in-store and online
Check out thrift stores, local stores, and online stores to see if there are clothes I can alter for the costume
Research other materials, tools, techniques and references as needed
As I build my knowledge base with research, I start building out my costume plans. Looking at the Vest: I might find the sewing pattern in-store or find a drafting tutorial online. I might reference an embroidery tutorial to add the details. I might research fabrics online and purchase them at the store.I might research and find out that the best way to do the buttons within my budget is to sculpt them out of bakeable clay. So I write this all down on my printout, so I can build the plan and refer to it as I go.
You don’t have to have the whole plan right away! You might know how you will tackle a few aspects and have to research or experiment as you go. The initial breaking down process is to help make this as easy for you as possible. A whole costume is intimidating, one part of a costume is easier.
I did a very very rough version below, to help you get started: