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! 

Everything I Can’t Wait For In 2017 + Resolutions!

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone! 2016 has been....interesting, to say the least. It was a bit of a letdown for me overall, I'm trying to think of good things that happened and I'm just reminded of all the bad things of 2016. So instead, I'm going to make a list of all the things I'm looking forward to - plus some personal resolutions at the end!

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PAX South (Jan 27-29)

Last year I meant to go to PAX South in San Antonio for the first time - but badges sold out! All the conventions I'd ever been to you could buy badges the day of, so I was not prepared for badges being limited for PAX. (Instead, that weekend I started this blog! One good thing in 2016 so far) I'm excited to go to a convention that is not centered on anime and Japanese trends, but more into games and demos! 

Game of Thrones Season 7 (Summer 2017)

Alright, so I just finished the GoT Telltale PC game - boy, was that a stressful way to unwind from work. Stressful but addicting! It really got me hyped about the world of Westeros again. Normally new seasons start in April-ish, but with a lot more winter-y scenes needed, they're going to film longer and air the next season in summer 2017. I. Am. Ready. I still get goosebumps when I think about the big moments of last season and I'm really excited to feel that adrenaline rush on Sunday evenings. 

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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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Reviving Your Passions After Surviving Your Late 20s

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2016 has been a weird year. Just about everyone I know has been in some sort of a funk - they are overworked, underpaid, still haven't found the right opportunity to start working on their dream project. Life has been throwing way more obstacles than predicted. A lot of the sparkle and wonder we had in our early 20s is now hard to hold onto.

Being a 20something is completely different now than it was for our parents. I'm almost done with my 20s and felt for a long time that I failed to do anything worthwhile because I was not on the timeline I imagined I would be. I felt like I was still stuck in the "late teen" stage of my story. My 20s weren't a complete waste - I graduated college, reached a weight/fitness goal, fell in love, chased after dreams that didn't succeed (but at least I tried!). I don't know about everyone else, but I always thought by my late 20s I would be settled. I would have found whatever it was I was meant to do. My life would be set, the work would be over, and everything would be easy.

And then it wasn't. And I was bummed out that nothing was going "to plan" for a while. A lot of things I wanted to happen didn't.

Then, something amazing happened a few weeks ago. I stopped caring about timelines. And got started getting back on my feet.

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