Archive for the 'Cosplay' Category

Beginner Cosplay Tips

September 22nd, 2015

With Halloween coming up next month, I thought this would be a good time to do an entry on beginner cosplay tips :) People often tell me that they’d love to cosplay but think they’d be bad at it. Well, that’s pretty much everyone starting a hobby for the first time, isn’t it? (Trust me, I didn’t know how to sew at first, and my first few costumes were pretty terrible.) You’ll never get anywhere in a hobby if you don’t try it!


If you are thinking of cosplaying, I really do recommend making your own costume, even if it’s not great at first. Here’s the benefits:

  1. It feels really good. It’s just an amazing feeling to finish a costume and then wear it. Also, when people compliment you, you know that they’re complimenting your work, not someone else’s.
  2. I frequently cosplay characters that aren’t well known, which means their outfits probably don’t show up in premade cosplay shops. I can choose what I cosplay without caring what’s in stores, and I save money because I don’t need to commission it.
  3. You learn many useful skills! I can alter and repair my clothing now!

Of course, there’s the cliche tips like, keep practicing! Start small! No one’s perfect at first, etc etc. Definitely those too, but let’s get into some cosplay-specific ones :)

Look into premade patterns

There are many companies that make premade sewing patterns, and it’s less intimidating than trying to draft your own pattern. You probably won’t find one exactly like the outfit you want to do, but the key is to find one that is close enough and alter it from there.

I used a premade pattern for the following cosplays, and you can see that they don’t look exactly like the patterns I used. I had to alter all 3.

Chell’s didn’t need that much altering. I basically changed the fit to be a bit baggy and added stripes. I altered every piece of the pattern for Zia’s though (see this entry). Even after that, I still found the pattern worth it because it gave me a good starting point.

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AnimeFest 2015

September 8th, 2015

I’m back from a weekend at AnimeFest in Dallas! Three coworkers and I drove up on Friday morning and came back on Sunday. This was the most fun I had at a con in a while. I think it’s because I was able to both cosplay and do cosplay photography. Usually it’s just one or the other. When I only cosplay, I get bored part-way through. When I only do photography, I miss the fun of being in cosplay.

I wore two costumes at AnimeFest! Phi (Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward) on Friday and Sunday, and Rhyme (The World Ends With You) on Saturday. Both are my newest costumes that I haven’t worn at a con before.


Some great memories from the weekend:

Seeing online friends

I was able to meet up with Michelle again! This time I did a photoshoot for her, though unfortunately I was busy with other shoots so I didn’t get to hang out with her afterwards. Still was glad we could meet up!

I met stereometric for the first time and did a shoot for her too! She followed me on Instagram earlier this year for my cosplay photography, and I followed her for her figure photography. I’m hoping we can do this again at another con!

And I ran into other cosplayers I’ve photographed for in the past which is always great :D

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What I’m up to, #5

March 22nd, 2015

It’s been a while since I did one of these entries! It’s mainly because I haven’t used my sewing room in several months. I just haven’t been motivated to work on anything new.

However, on Friday, I cleaned my sewing room, and then yesterday, I helped a friend with a small sewing project. I think that gave me the push I needed because I’m itching to start on a new sewing project now.

What I’m Sewing

I’m finally going to turn this fabric into some curtains for our game room:


I bought it last year at the same time as the green fabric I used for our guest room curtains. I just procrastinated on making another curtain because they are soooo boring to make. Fortunately, they’re easy to make. It’s just not very exciting ^^;;

Then I’m going to work on a couple new cosplays. I’ve mentioned these two before, which are Phi (Zero Escape) and Misao (Rurouni Kenshin). Both are fairly easy to pattern and make, so I hope they won’t take me too long!

Oh, and it’s been a while since I showed my sewing room. Some of you might remember when I gave my sewing room a make-over a couple years ago. Here’s how it looks now! It’s pretty much the same, but the walls are filled in now, and I have a cutting mat to work on the floor.

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