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    Fantasy costume with great kilt question

    So, I've been thinking up of different ideas for outfits to wear with a great kilt (along with my regular kilt.) for conventions, festivals and photoshoots, And one of them is a cosplay of my character from Skyrim (fifth installment of a series of fantasy role-playing video games). He's an Argonian (race of anthropomorphic bipedal lizard people.), Which means i'd be having a latex suit (or at least leggings) with a tail that'd be from around 15'' to 20'' in diameter which would either be facing down diagonally or straight down. The question i'm asking you guys is whatever I should make a great kilt out of really cheap tartan fabric and have a hole cutout or a silt in the back for the tail or if i could just wear a proper great kilt over the tail. And before anyone who's also happened to have played the game tells me, Yes i know that Great Kilts are unfortunately not part of Skyrim(though you could add them as a mod) I'm just taking a few creative liberties with my character.
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    Since it is a fantasy costume I would think normal conventions wouldn’t apply and you can do what ever you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CelticNerd View Post
    So, I've been thinking up of different ideas for outfits to wear with a great kilt (along with my regular kilt.) for conventions, festivals and photoshoots, And one of them is a cosplay of my character from Skyrim (fifth installment of a series of fantasy role-playing video games). He's an Argonian (race of anthropomorphic bipedal lizard people.), Which means i'd be having a latex suit (or at least leggings) with a tail that'd be from around 15'' to 20'' in diameter which would either be facing down diagonally or straight down. The question i'm asking you guys is whatever I should make a great kilt out of really cheap tartan fabric and have a hole cutout or a silt in the back for the tail or if i could just wear a proper great kilt over the tail. And before anyone who's also happened to have played the game tells me, Yes i know that Great Kilts are unfortunately not part of Skyrim(though you could add them as a mod) I'm just taking a few creative liberties with my character.

    I think Liam is correct and, since this is fantasy, you have an ability to blaze your own path.

    That said, thinking as if I were a lizard person, I would probably avoid wearing clothing that wraps around my tail as it seems like it could be uncomfortable. As such, I think I'd go with the kilt flowing over/around my tail. That will hurt the "swish" factor of modern kilts, but seems like it would not on a great kilt.

    Now you've got me considering all the things that would be different if I were a lizard person - cars, seats in general, beds, etc.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liam View Post
    Since it is a fantasy costume I would think normal conventions wouldn’t apply and you can do what ever you like.
    I’m pretty much thinking about what would make more sense in a mechanical or practical standpoint. But still thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalesLax View Post
    I think Liam is correct and, since this is fantasy, you have an ability to blaze your own path.

    That said, thinking as if I were a lizard person, I would probably avoid wearing clothing that wraps around my tail as it seems like it could be uncomfortable. As such, I think I'd go with the kilt flowing over/around my tail. That will hurt the "swish" factor of modern kilts, but seems like it would not on a great kilt.

    Now you've got me considering all the things that would be different if I were a lizard person - cars, seats in general, beds, etc.....
    Thank you, I’ll definitely keep that in mind.

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    I'll go technical here. A slit in the fabric (not completely cut to the hem) will allow for the protruding tail. I would include velcro on each side of the slit so the great kilt can be used at other times when not in your cosplay character. I would agree you should use a cheaper fabric and expect to change with the advances in your character's profile.

    I'd like to hear about and see the results of your decisions.

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    Argonian tails are not prehensile, if I recall correctly. From the point of view of donning and doffing the great kilt, a slit version would be entirely more practical than a hole for an Argonian. (Khajit might have an easier time threating their tails.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I'll go technical here. A slit in the fabric (not completely cut to the hem) will allow for the protruding tail. I would include velcro on each side of the slit so the great kilt can be used at other times when not in your cosplay character. I would agree you should use a cheaper fabric and expect to change with the advances in your character's profile.

    I'd like to hear about and see the results of your decisions.
    Funny thing is that I actually have a set of wool tartan fabric that I’m going to have made into a great kilt, I just don’t want to cut it and I don’t exactly make enough money to buy another set of proper tartan fabric to cut for my argonian character which is why i’d be using cheaper fabric. When I get the chance to make the cosplay i’ll definitely be posting pictures and info on here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octobrachium View Post
    Argonian tails are not prehensile, if I recall correctly. From the point of view of donning and doffing the great kilt, a slit version would be entirely more practical than a hole for an Argonian. (Khajit might have an easier time threating their tails.)
    I actually remember argonian tails moving whenever they sit down in oblivion and skyrim, But yeah, A slit would probably be more practical.

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    You probably already know about it, but there's a great forum for people building fantasy/sci-fi/etc costumes, The RPF

    https://www.therpf.com/forums/

    If you haven't already done so you might start a thread there. The people on that forum really know their stuff!
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