Archive for the 'Cosplay' Category

What I’m up to, #7

November 3rd, 2015

It’s been a while since I did one of these entries! Though, that’s mainly because I’ve been either really busy or uh… really lazy. For those new to this series of entries, I give an update on what I’m up to for each of my main hobbies. Starting with…

What I’m Sewing

It’s already been two months since I last worked on a cosplay! I didn’t even realize it’s been that long since my last convention. I’m currently planning my next cosplay, which is Tashigi from One Piece.


I’d like to do both of those outfits, starting with the Alabasta one. Right now I’m in the research phase and have done a quick sketch to take note of all the details before I start drafting the pattern. (In case you missed it, I have a “beginners cosplay tips” entry which talks about patterns for cosplay.)


This will be my first time cosplaying from a mainstream Anime! It’s not that I’m hipster about it or anything. It’s just most mainstream Animes are way too long, and I end up giving up part-way through. One Piece is the exception. Even though it’s over 700 episodes so far, I’m actually caught up with it and am still following it!

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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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