Cosplay Breakdown – Belldandy Research Log!

Now that Pax South is over and I’ve had a bit of a chill break, I’m itching to start sewing. Even though I have a list of cosplays I want to make, none of them are inspiring me enough to start on! I’ve been watching a lot of Katsucon footage, which is always my go-to for cosplay inspiration, and over the course of a few days I have concluded the following:

I couldn’t think of anything off the top of my head from any current shows/games, and I started to think back to the designs I loved from my first introduction of manga (CLAMP artbooks, ect). But, I started to get worried that those gowns I loved when I was twelve was just too “old school” and wouldn’t be recognized. Then, on a wildly productive and slightly non sober Monday night, the gears in my head started going crazy. She was the very first entry on my Dream Cosplay List and now, I’m about to make my thirteen-year-old self very very happy. I’m going to make Belldandy

I’m excited to finally chronicle an entire cosplay from start to finish, but first we have to make a plan!

Belldandy Goddess Cosplay Research

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My 2017 Cosplay Resolutions!

I’m only 3 days into 2017 and I’m still hyped about this “fresh start” feeling that only a new year gives me. A few days ago, I posted a generic Resolutions post about what I want to do overall, but then I started thinking about what I wanted to do cosplay-wise!  One of my overall generic resolutions for the year was to “make cosplays I’m proud of.” I want to take the time to make a few really outstanding outfits that are either really comfortable and durable to wear multiple times or push me outside my comfort zone. That being said, I figured this needed it’s own sub-list!

  • Work with Worbla – I bought a small amount of Worbla a while back, invested in a heat gun and really enjoyed playing around with the material! Crafts/props has never been my strong point, but I think Worbla is worth the money for how easy it is to work with. I have a ~secret crossover project~ for 2017 that I’m going to make just a little bit of armor for. 
  • Learn Draping – draping is where you pin fabric directly to a dress dummy and “sculpt” a garment! I learn visually and hands on, so while I’m not afraid to do math, just measuring out a pattern on paper is difficult for me. I can’t visualize it in 3D as well as I could on a mannequin! 
  • Invest In A Better Sewing Machine – not really a resolution, more of a “to-do!” I still use the first sewing machine I ever purchased when I was 18. It’s still in great working condition, but not as advanced as I wish it was! It’s time to upgrade!
  • Line My Garments – I take so many shortcuts so that the outside looks “perfect” while the inside looks horrible. Lining and taking better care of the steps I take when finishing my cosplay takes extra time, but I really need to do it from now on!

So there are my cosplay goals for 2017! I am excited to look back in December and see how well I did. What about you, any goals you have in mind for your cosplay plans? Let me know in the comments! 

Let’s Make A Cosplay! – Planning and Breaking Down Your Character’s Costume

Cosplay Research Prep!

Hello everyone! Welcome to my cosplay tutorial series – Let’s Make A Cosplay! Here I will try to write down all my tips and tricks I’ve learned the hard way over the years. All the things I wish someone had told me when I discovered this hobby!

So now that we’ve picked our cosplay project we’re gonna make, now it’s time to plan HOW we are going to tackle it! This is my favorite part of making the cosplay beyond wearing the final product!

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Let’s Make a Cosplay! – Choosing a Cosplay For Your Level

Choosing A Cosplay

Hello everyone! Welcome to my cosplay tutorial series – Let’s Make A Cosplay! Here I will try to write down all my tips and tricks I’ve learned the hard way over the years. All the things I wish someone had told me when I discovered this hobby!

For my first post in this series, I decided to start at the very, very first step – picking the character you want to cosplay! Sometimes it’s easy – you see a character, you fall in love and the choice is obvious. But what if you like the idea of cosplay, want to try it yourself, but maybe don’t know where to start? Let me help!

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How I Saved $60 On My Officer Jenny Cosplay

Hello everyone! I just got back from Animefest Dallas this past weekend, where I debuted a new cosplay – Officer Jenny! I’m really excited to have finished this one, especially with Pokemon Go on my brain. There were a lot of Pokemon related cosplays at this con and it was nice to have a cosplay that was always going to be recognizable and popular throughout the years. She is a classic!

A while back, I wrote up a blog post about saving money on cosplay – which has become my most visited/popular post! I didn’t want to just give advice blindly, so I told myself I would actually show you guys what I meant with the next cosplay I started. I feel like reading and seeing an example of something working can be really helpful!

So I tried my best to catch as many sales, dig up old gift cards and held onto every receipt along the way. I then put everything together in Excel and did some math. By using the suggestions I mentioned, I saved $59.17 on my Officer Jenny cosplay. Let me tell you how I did it!

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