I recently had the opportunity to receive a costume from cosall.com!
Full disclosure: It was sent to me for free so I could do a review, but I'm gonna give you my honest opinion, good and bad, so you can decide whether or not it's somewhere you'd wanna buy from!
You guys probably know I usually make all my costumes, but I am a firm believer that cosplay is for everyone, whether you wanna sew, buy, or borrow your costume. So for those of you who do buy costumes, hopefully this review will help you decide if you want to buy from Cosall.
The costume that I requested was Peggy Carter's uniform from the first Captain America movie. I've always been in love with this costume and this character, but sewing a tailored, military-style suit was never something I really had any interest in, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
It shipped in just ten days, which actually really surprised me, I didn't expect it to be that fast. The packaging was really sturdy, and the costume was also inside a plastic bag to protect it from any possible shipping damages.
The costume comes with a blouse, a skirt, a jacket, and two belts — one for the skirt, and one to go outside of the jacket.
The blouse is made out of a pretty shiny fabric, which is accurate to the character, but might look cheap in flash photography regardless. The fabric also wrinkles very easily — but luckily it's concealed under the jacket if you're wearing the whole costume, so as long as you give the collar a quick iron before wearing it, you should be fine.
I was actually really, pleasantly surprised by the fit of the skirt. It's rare for me to find a skirt that fits well at my natural waist and also fits well to the rest of me. It's also very sturdily constructed. It has an invisible zipper that zips easily, and a button closure. The belt loops are all on there really well, and it's notched at the back for easy movement.
The fabric on both the skirt and jacket is a thick, textured wool, which makes it a little itchy, so you might want to consider wearing a slip underneath it. It's also pretty warm, so be prepared for low breathability if you're wearing it in hot weather.
The actual construction of the garment is great — it's actually fully lined! There were only two issues with the jacket. First, Peggy has a gold pin on each lapel. To recreate this, Cosall has just sort of messily sewn on some little shapes cut out of metallic gold fabric. It looks fine from afar, but if I were going to wear this to a convention, I would pull those off and replace them with actual pins, maybe from Etsy or Ebay.
The other problem with the jacket, which is really common on department store clothes too, is that one of the buttons has already come off. If you're going to be wearing this costume for a long convention day, you might want to go through and secure all the buttons first, so you don't risk losing one at the con, which would be a pain in the butt. Or pain in the button, if you will.
The fit of the jacket is pretty good; it's a little broader in the shoulders than I would've liked, but I think that's more an issue of my body than the costume.
First of all — I'm dumb, and I swapped the two belts. From the image on the website, you're supposed to wear the wool belt on the outside of the jacket (which makes... absolute sense, since it matches the fabric). Just keep in mind that the belts are switched in my photos.
The belt that goes over the jacket is well-made from the same fabric as the jacket and skirt, has a metal buckle, and the belt holes are made with metal eyelets, so they're sturdy and won't stretch or tear. The belt that goes through the skirt is a dark brown pleather, and it's easy to pop new holes in if you need to in order to adjust the fit. Neither belt has one of those moveable loops to secure the tail, so you may need to pop a clear elastic on there depending on how it fits you.
Overall, I was impressed with the quality of the costume. There are a few things I'd modify if I were going to wear it to a convention or do a serious photoshoot with it, but overall the final product is way easier than sewing your own fitted military-style suit, and the pricing is great and way cheaper than commissioning someone!
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