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!Β 

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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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 $59.17Β on my Officer Jenny cosplay. Let me tell you how I did it!

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Cosplay Breakdown – Casual Asami Sato (Book 2)

Wooooo!~ I am *SO* excited to finally start writing out how I make my cosplays – what patterns I used, the fabric I bought, and all the behind the scenes tricks I figured out! This is probably one of my favorite cosplays I’ve ever made – I love Asami, her color scheme, the jacket is really comfy and cute, and I think it’s one of the highest quality cosplays I’ve made thus far (it’s become a regular that I bring to almost every con, which I never did before!)

This outfit isn’t seen as much as her action motorcycle jacket outfits, but it always looked like something I would wear in my everyday life. The only thing I really needed to make from scratch was the jacket, and that isn’t so hard! I tried to take as many WIP shots along the way so anyone else making this exact costume can see my thought process!

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