Let me just start by saying that I love the art of Cosplay! However, when it comes to sewing skills and costuming…well I kinda stink at it. I know I cannot be the only one that lacks certain skills, so I thought I would give a bit of introduction today on some things I have done in the spirit of cosplay while I continue to work on my costuming skills!
This is my TARDIS dress. It is not handmade, but I really suck at sewing. I wanted to have things to wear to conventions, so this was one of the first dresses I purchased. I am learning to sew, but I am also finding that places like Torrid (where I got this dress) and Hot Topic have some great cosplay starters. Plus, if you keep an eye on sales, you can get them fairly cheap! This dress I did not alter, but if you are finding something pre-made, you can always alter it for the look you are achieving.
For me, this one was about feeling “Sexy.” If you are not a Whovian, you will not get the reference, and I will cry for your soul. This dress is just fun and has a built-in pettiskirt. I feel like a princess when I wear it. I found a headband that lights up, and of course, I have my own sonic screwdriver to complete the look. I also have a little something I can hide, push, and make the sound of the TARDIS. I did an impromptu photo shoot with this one, and I have worn it to a couple cons. I have hopes to add onto it one day, but for now, I pull it out every once in a while when I want to feel pretty and geeky!
One of the most important things to remember when cosplaying is to have fun. If you have a small budget, the kind of outfit I am wearing might be the perfect start. If you cannot sew but want to have something nice, this also works. You can always add onto your costume. If you want to make something and be elaborate, that is totally awesome too. Just don’t ever listen to anyone that says the cosplay has to be a certain thing. The beauty about cosplaying is to take something you love and turn it into expressive art you wear! Recently, I have been working on a Steampunk Kylo Ren. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen it this fall. I plan on posting more about it in a future post. Right now, I am working on a Sailor Moon family cosplay and a Mabel from Gravity falls as well. I am hoping to have one of them ready for Steel City Con in April.
Cosplay is fun. Cosplay is art. Cosplay is for everyone! If you cosplay, I would love to hear what you are working on in the comments below, and don’t forget to share!