Any tips for newbie cosplayers? I'm sorta still starting out and find making patterns and choosing fabric to be overwhelming. I really want to make great cosplays of difficult characters like the ancestors for example but I know I should probably start off smaller ;~; I thought I'd ask you guys because you make the most amazing cosplays and I literally look up to you..
- Stay within your skill range! 90% of all cosplayers (including ourselves) mess this up at least once or twice. Even though the desire to make a huge, complicated cosplay or a super fancy dress or a detailed, tailored coat may be strong, it’s important to step back and look at what you can realistically make. Even experienced cosplayers have a tough time with difficult patterns and hard-to-sew fabrics, and it’s going to be both faster and easier to try them until you have a few costumes under your belt.
- Give yourself lots of time. This is always important, but even more so when you’re new to cosplaying. It’s extremely common to mess a few things up and have to start over, so be sure to budget that in. Starting two months before a con means that you can work a little at a time, and adjust accordingly if it looks like your project is taking longer than you thought it might.
- Remember that lighter fabrics aren’t always best. Cheap, light fabric like broadcloth or thin quilting cotton may be tempting because of the price and colors, but they aren’t always appropriate. When choosing your fabric, look at your reference art and think about what sort of weight and shine you need. Is it a heavy jacket? Is the skirt soft and flowy? What sort of fabric have you seen these kind of clothes made of in real life? When in doubt, google can be helpful.
- Don’t be afraid to combine patterns. Cosplay outfits are weird. Oftentimes you won’t be able to find a pattern that matches your cosplay exactly - but if you’re too new to draft your own modifications, try looking for multiple patterns that each have an aspect of your design. For instance, pattern 1 may have the dress you need, but pattern 2 has the right collar. Splicing them together will give you something closer to what you’re looking for, and will become easier to do over time.
- Find a sewing buddy! Cosplay friends are great not just for hanging out at cons, but for motivating and helping each other with your sewing work. Working together can keep you on track and focused on your project, but also provide a second opinion if you get stuck or aren’t sure how to put something together.
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