Sansa the Seamstress made Margaery’s Wedding Dress?

Hi all – Cheryl here.  I’m going to do something a BIT different and now that Game of Thrones is over I wanted to chat about something I noticed but only at the finale.  I’m totally geeking out over the finale, and Sansa’s Queen of the North costume, and the cosplay potential is amazing, and we barely saw any stills of the dress!  But read on for a new theory I have because it concerns one of my other favorite dresses in the series!

Sansa Sewing / HBO

Sansa has been shown as having been sewing and making her own dresses from Season 1.

Sansa says she made her dress / HBO

She even tells the queen that she made her dress.

Sansa’s crude roses / Image courtesy Michele Carragher / HBO

But in Season 1 is a certain dress with a rose neckline.   It’s been established she makes her dresses so it’s easy to extrapolate that she made this one for the tournament, especially because of her fascination with Loras, Knight of the Roses.

Margaery’s Gown / Image courtesy Michele Carragher / HBO

Fast forward to Margaery’s wedding.  The dress, covered in roses and embroidery, isn’t stated as made by Sansa or inspired by her.  But it’s clear that the relationship between Sansa and Margaery and Olenna has grown.

Margaery’s Gown / Image courtesy Michele Carragher / HBO

They met about what kind of person Joffery is, so it could stand to reason they met other times about the wedding planning.  Sansa’s dress making skills are much better, and the roses are delicately and beautifully executed.  So I believe that Sansa either made or was heavily involved in the making of the dress. We have not seen these roses before other than Sansa’s tournament dress, also inspired by the Tyrell house sigil of the rose.

Sansa’s wedding dress to Tyrion / HBO

Margaery’s wedding dress to Tommen / HBO

But Joffrey dies and Sansa leaves town, and her next dress is more influenced by Sansa’s previous wedding dress than the Tyrell rose themed one.

Dark Sansa / HBO

Now stay with me, as this is where it changes up. Sansa’s journey with Littlefinger brings her to the Vale, and the reveal of “Dark Sansa”.  In a bit that I did not notice, the fabric in the Dark Sansa costume is the same as the fabric in Margaery’s dress, dyed dark, like Sansa’s hair is dyed dark. (I’ll wait while you scroll up to see.)

Promotional Still / Entertainment Weekly

Here is a promotional still of Sophie Turner in Entertainment Weekly where you can see the leaf detail on the dress.

Still sewing / HBO

Sansa continues to have her needle serve her with making clothes for herself and Jon, and eventually leads her to the finale.

Queen of the North / HBO

Queen Sansa’s dress is made from the same fabric as Margaery’s wedding dress and the Dark Sansa Dress! To me, this means that this fabric is available to Sansa.  Perhaps it’s woven in the North. Combined with the roses and the fabric being on Sansa twice now in two powerful scenes, I believe that Sansa created Margaery’s dress.  Margaery’s wedding dress was always the thumbing of her nose at Cersei, and who better to help with that other than the silent protest of Sansa!

Michele Clapton, the costume designer, confirms the fabric is in all three dresses.  Of course, Michele is a genius, and so is Michele Carragher, the lead embroiderer whom we have interviewed for this blog before!

https://purplefloofs.tumblr.com/post/185005938917/ok-real-talk-here-sansa-honored-all-her-family


So what do you think? Did Sansa make Margaery’s dress?

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Con Crunch! is HERE!

Cheryl is pretty excited to announce a brand new 4 part web-series called Con Crunch is debuting today!


Produced by F+W Media, Cheryl was invited to help create a series about cosplay that would appeal to cosplayers of all kinds.  After much discussion, we all realized that every cosplayer goes through the “Con Crunch”, and thus the show was born! The show is generously sponsored by Brother Sewing Machines and RNK Distributing (who also makes our line of Sew Much Cosplay products!).

After casting a group of cosplayers in the Denver area, we set to filming in early April.  Now that the series has launched, we can’t wait for you to watch it.

Check out the trailer above and be sure to head over the link below to register by June 21, 2019 to be entered to win a 3D printer by RNK Distributing or a Brother Sewing Machine!

Con Crunch Episode 1: This Girl is on Fire!

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Dragon Con Wrap Up!

Wow!  It’s taken us a few days to recover from Dragon Con 2018, but we are sew excited to have met so many of you there!

We had a wonderful time meeting so many cosplayers.  Cheryl had not been to the show in 15 years! But it has not changed very much except in size.  Dragon Con has always had a large costuming aspect and even 15 years later, events like the Masquerade and such were still going strong.

Close to 90,000 attendees visit Altanta GA every year for Dragon Con.  One of the things we kept hearing is that everyone was so (sew?) happy that there was a cosplay supply company at the show.  Well, that was really awesome to hear, and we are more than happy to oblige.  Thanks to our pals at Famore Cutlery (the ScissorMan), we were thrilled to be there!

Our team did not get many opportunities to leave our booth, but we did rush over after the vendor hall closing one night to visit the Cosplay Museum.  We were in awe of the amazing cosplays we saw displayed there.  I don’t think we could have taken enough pictures of the amount of detail and love our fellow cosplayers put into their work and this was an amazing thing to see at the show.  It was well worth our tired feet and hot, sticky weather walk from the convention center to the hotel where the Museum was housed.  We really don’t know how some of you do it in costume at this show!  Atlanta weather can be really brutal sometimes.

One of the most important things we do at the show is to help fellow cosplayers with repairs.  From busted shoes, to straps that came loose, to frayed and stepped-on hems, we really enjoyed meeting you and helping you make your cosplays whole again!  We were able to sit and chat with many of you while you got your repairs, and we hope that we sent you on with information and education.

Big thanks to everyone who came by to visit us at our booth and we hope to see you next year.  Ashley, Clarissa, and Cheryl had a lovely time meeting you! Sign up for our email and be notified when we will be in your area next!

 

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Sew Much Cosplay™ at Fanboy Expo in Knoxville TN!

Join us at Fanboy Expo in Knoxville TN, June 29th to July 1st in 2018.  We will have all of our Cosplay creation materials on hand.  Get a demo of any of our products, as we would love to show you just how amazing the Sew Much Cosplay™ collection really is!

We will be at the Expo in Booth H1501. We hope to see you there!

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Cosplay Conversation – Casey Renee Cosplay

Tell us about yourself:

Name: Casey Renee Cosplay
Location: Atlanta, GA
Website: caseyreneecosplay.com
Facebook: Casey Renee Cosplay
Instagram: caseyreneecosplay
Twitter: @caseyreneecos
Other: Twitch.tv/caseyreneecosplay

Special thanks to Alexandra Lee Studios for photos.  You can reach her at:
www.alexandraleestudios.com  www.patreon.com/aleestudios
www.instagram.com/aleestudios  www.facebook.com/Alexandraleestudios  www.twitch.tv/alexandraleestudios

Tell us about your cosplay. What was your inspiration?/why did you choose this character?

This is my Rococo Belle costume, it is my own original design of Belle in the 18th Century made back in 2015-2016. I was inspired by historical dramas that I loved watching while crafting as well as Disney. Ever since I was little Disney has been a form of inspiration in my artistic life and as an adult the inspiration continues.

How long did it take to make your Cosplay?

Rococo Belle took over 450 hours of patterning, sewing, beading, wig styling, worbla, foam, wiring and love. At the time this was the hardest costume I have ever made and is still the costume that has the most “wow” factor.

What was your biggest challenge?

At first, constructing the garments was the biggest challenge, getting the proportion right, the fit right etc. But once I finished those and moved onto Lumiere that was by far the hardest thing for me. I knew very little about LED’s and wiring lights before this costume and I opted out of buying some tools that would have made soldering much easier, needless to say it took 10 hours and 4 attempts just to properly wire Lumiere and get all three of his lights to flicker when he was turned on. Even though I struggled I learned a lot and I am hoping to apply that to future costumes.

What was your budget? Approximately how much did you spend?

The initial budget for this costume was $300 and I spent all of that, then a year and a half after it was “finished” I made some upgrades that cost another $100 so I spent a total of $400 on this costume.

What special techniques did you use?

I learned and used several different hand sewing stitches, especially for the beads as well as more math than I could have ever imagined. Getting the watteau pleats in the back of the dress was a pain and broke my brain for an entire day but was so worth it in the end.

What was the most satisfying about making this Cosplay/What made you proud?

The most satisfying part of this cosplay is probably the shoes, footwear is typically painful for women and also just hard to make accurate and I made some stellar shoes that really helped to sell that this costume was from the 18th century.

If you had to remake this Cosplay, what would you do differently?

I actually have plans to remake this costume, the first thing I am looking at is more historically accurate fabric choices, beading details and really pushing the silhouette to align better with the time period.

How often do you Cosplay?

For me costume making is my full time job, whether I am working on commissions or making someone on stream for myself. The actual act of wearing costumes I would probably say is once or twice a month. I dramatically cut back on conventions to focus on building my costume making business so I only go to about 6 conventions a year now but I do photoshoots in between so I get to dress up more.  

How many cosplay do you do?

Last year I made 19 costumes for myself, a couple of them were only worn of an hour or two and some of them were worn for over 50 hours.

What do you want to make next?

I’m currently working on Amethyst from Sakizou to debut at Twitchcon in October, I predict the build to take between 600-800 hours (I’m over 100 hours in and maybe 10% there). On the side I am also working on a Goddess Ariel costume I intend to throw underwater for a photoshoot at Colossalcon. I’m also always making myself new clothes to wear or outfits for vintage parties like the Gatsby Garden Party I will be attending in May.

Favorite cosplay moment? 

My favorite cosplay moment was probably Phoenix Comic Con 2016, I broke my foot 3 weeks before the convention and had intended on going by myself until the brake so my Mom volunteered to go with me. She had never seen me in cosplay before or been to convention and to see the joy on her face every time a person asked for a photo or wanted to talk with me about my costume really made me happy. She even cried when I won first place in the master category at the masquerade that night. It was incredibly rewarding to share this part of my world with her.

Favorite fandoms to follow?

Disney, anything Victorian Gothic, Historical dramas, and some Marvel and Dc, I kind of fell out of the comic book collecting when DC redid their universe in 2016.

What sewing machine do you sew on?

My two main machines are my Bernina 801 sport and my Singer Heavy Duty 4423 my serger is the Brother 1034D I am clearly not brand loyal.

What materials do you like using?

Sewing and fabric manipulation are by far my favorite but I also like using Smooth on Resin, Worblas Finest Art (black is my go to) and if I am going to use foam I would do with TnT Cosplay supplies but I rarely do foam crafting.

What materials do you want to try?

I actually have some sewable foam on my “to buy” list sitting on my desk so I would say that’s at the top of my list of things to work with. Also I would love an embroidery machine to level up my sewing game.

What materials do you wish were easier to work with?

Hmmm, thats a hard question to answer because all material gets easy to work with once you have the right knowledge to work with it. I guess if I had to say I would say that I wish rhinestones were easier to apply. I recently bought the HotFix tool to apply 10000 3mm rhinestones to a dress and the tool seems to hate to work properly.  

What techniques are you dying to learn?

I’m in the process of learning tambour embroidery and crochet for my current project but my next venture would be to learn millinery, I’ve always found Derby hats to be lovely and I would love to make some myself.

Thanks, Carey Renee, for sharing your cosplay and photos with us! Want to be featured on our site? We would love to show your cosplay to the world!  Check out our Submissions page and send us an email! 

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Cosplay Conversation – Chris “Papa Bear” English

Tell us about yourself:
Name: Chris “Papa Bear” English
Location: Chicagoland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/papabearcosplay/
Instagram: @papabearcosplay
Twitter: @papabearcosplay
Other: Cosawesome.com
Cosplay Affiliations: Cosawesome studios, Chicago P.O.C. Cosplayers, Costumers With A Cause, We Are Cosplay

Photography By Noah Smith and Rick Drew

Tell us about your cosplay. What was your inspiration?/why did you choose this character?
Hellboy was my inspiration because I loved the film and connected with him looking like a tough guy but deep down he is just a big softy, and I really felt like I could do the character justice.

How long did it take to make your Cosplay?
Hellboy was my very first cosplay, and my very first attempt at cosplay so I put it together in a day with store bought items, and things I had around the house. Over the course of time I kept revamping it, so long story short it’s taken me years.

What was your biggest challenge?
Just understanding the nuances of costuming and what it takes to put together a costume, it was more difficult than I thought.

What was your budget? Approximately how much did you spend?
Not knowing anything I spent a good deal of money testing products, makeup, plastics, and foam, tools so I would say close to a thousand.

What special techniques did you use?
I wouldn’t say its anything special unless you count playing and ruining materials until something good happens as special (laughs).

What was the most satisfying about making this Cosplay/What made you proud?
It was satisfying just finishing something from nothing, and I was proud to have dedicated myself to something.

If you had to remake this Cosplay, what would you do differently?
Nothing at all, I have learned so much from this cosplay and I wouldn’t change a thing.

How often do you Cosplay?
I find myself cosplaying at least once a month right now, but that can jump up to two or three times.

How many cosplay do you do?
Right now I have about 20-30 costumes I think.

What do you want to make next?
There are so many I would be writing a novel!

Favorite cosplay moment?
Anytime I can cosplay with my daughter those are usually my favorite moments.

Favorite fandoms to follow?
Cosplay is my favorite thing to follow, watching different people from all over the world create new and exciting things. I really enjoy all things DC, I also like some anime.

What sewing machine do you sew on?
Currently I don’t own one.

What materials do you like using?
I like using foam more than anything.

What materials do you want to try?
I would love to try use various fabrics more often.

What materials do you wish were easier to work with?
For me electronics is like kryptonite.

What techniques are you dying to learn?
Would really like to learn to sew better.

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Cosplay Conversation – Kathy Skirmont

Name: Kathy Skirmont
Location: California, United States
Website: http://kay-dee.net/costume/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KayDeeCollectionCostumes/
Instagram: kathykaydee
Cosplay Affiliations: Rebel Legion, 501st Legion, Captain America Dancing Girls, Avengers Initiative

Tell us about your cosplay. What was your inspiration?/why did you choose this character?
This is my recreation of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion tightrope walker (Daisy de la Cruz or she’s also been more recently called Sally Slater). She is seen in one of the stretching portraits when you first enter the attraction. I love attending Mickey’s Halloween Party, and this looked like a fun one to put together for the event. I also love doing group costumes whenever possible, so this opened the door for friends and family to choose other characters from the Haunted Mansion.

How long did it take to make your Cosplay?
I worked on this costume on and off for over a year. It took me a while to find materials I was happy with over the summer, so I missed my original October deadline and had to finish it the following year. In all, I worked on it full time for roughly 5 to 6 weeks the first fall, and finished it up in roughly another 4-5 weeks working intensely around the clock the following year.

What was your biggest challenge?
Hand painting the silk skirt took a lot of trial and error with a variety of materials.

What was your budget? Approximately how much did you spend?
I honestly didn’t create a budget, I just went into it buying the materials I was happy with going all out to make the costume with silk fabrics. Luckily, I have several go to discount fabric sources. I lost track of the spending between trying out different silk paints on test yardage of my silk, etc. Between the custom dyed shoes, wig, parasol, and all the fabric the costume is easily well over 500 dollars.

What special techniques did you use?
Silk painting, recovering a parasol, staining & finishing wood, wig construction & styling.

What was the most satisfying about making this Cosplay/What made you proud?
I feel like it was seeing the entire look come together that made me proud, and I was very happy when cast members at Disneyland said they felt my costume looked better than their official appearance character for the parks.

If you had to remake this Cosplay, what would you do differently?
At the time I made this costume there were not fabric print shops that would print on silk for me. They have since expanded their selection of fabrics so I’d re-visit having it all professionally printed rather than struggle with hand painting. I was also unhappy with the method I used to add wefts to the back of my wig to create a center part, so I’d try a different method if I were to remake my wig.

How often do you Cosplay?
Roughly 10 times per year, more if you count each day of a convention as a different opportunity to wear a different creation.

How many cosplay do you do?
I have over 35 costumes.

What do you want to make next?
That’s always changing! Currently I’ve been preoccupied with making running costumes which I don’t actually qualify as cosplay.  Perhaps I’ll eventually get around to creating a Can-Can dancer from Moulin Rouge, a Biker Scout from Star Wars, or a new Victorian dress for the Dickens Fair. Most likely it will be none of the above and some new inspiration that has not hit me just yet!

Favorite cosplay moment?
I have so many! One highlight was dressing as Princess Leia at Skywalker Ranch for the Course of the Force event. That was a surreal moment. I also enjoy marching in parades like Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, and the annual Dragon Con parade in Atlanta, GA with our Captain America USO Dancing Girls group.  Any time children or families are thrilled to see me dressed in character at hospital visits or conventions is special as well.

Favorite fandoms to follow?
Star Wars, Marvel, and most things related to Disney.

What sewing machine do you sew on?
Viking Designer I

What materials do you like using?
It honestly depends on the project. I use polyester duchess satin for many costumes because it has a durable weight and good hand that is easy to sew with. You can hand wash it to really scrub it clean, and it has a duller look to it that is more like natural silk than shiny polyester.  For Victorian historical garments I like silk taffetas and dupioni when I can find it for a good price. I also tend to use a lot of sequin mesh fabric.

What materials do you want to try?
One day I’m sure I’ll delve into a project where I learn how to sew things like neoprene, and get better with sewing stretch vinyl. I’d like to become more proficient in leather working as well, I just need a project to inspire me.

What materials do you wish were easier to work with?
Silk charmeuse and silk velvet.
Some day it could be useful to learn how to silk screen so that I’m not limited to hand painting or iron on vinyl.  And perhaps some day I’ll find a project that introduces me to creating armor-like items with materials like Worbla and EVA foam.  All of the armor costumes I see at conventions are so amazing, but the fandoms they often come from (video games, anime, fantasy) are not ones I have a passion for. I find I have to be crazy passionate about having a specific costume before I spend all the time and money learning a new technique.

Thanks, Kathy, for sharing your cosplay and photos with us! Want to be featured on our site? We would love to show your cosplay to the world!  Check out our Submissions page and send us an email! 

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Cosplay Conversation – Katy Gross

Lady Three from Drakengard

Name:  Katy Gross
Location:   Wisconsin
Facebook: Timeline Cosplay
Instagram: butter_the_furrett
Twitter: seungmina56

Photos by Nicholas Cruz Cafaro – https://www.facebook.com/NickCafaroPhotography

Tell us about your cosplay. What was your inspiration?/why did you choose this character?

.hack//sign – Tsukasa:   .hack was one of my first anime that I watched.  I enjoyed it so much and really wanted to cosplay the character.  It was also one of the first few anime I bought, and I was excited to own all of it.  I don’t remember now if I related to the character a lot or not, but it’s still one of my favorite cosplays of all time.

Drakengard – Lady Three:  This was… the cosplay that saved me from giving up cosplay.  Around the time of 2016, I was going downhill in a big bad way.  Depression was sinking in and I was giving up on a lot of things.  Then I saw one of my favorite youtubers playing Drakengard 3, and in particular the DLC about the sisters.  I saw Lady Three and something in my brain clicked.  Something just fell into place.  I HAD to cosplay her and I had to do her outfit.  I began gathering materials, items, figuring out how to do her as quickly as I could.  For Anime Milwaukee 2016 I showcased her first version, and then I completely remade her for Sabakon 2016 and Daisho 2016.  I tell everyone that this character literally saved my desire to cosplay when I was in such a slump.  Not everyone gets that lucky.

Tsukasa from .hack//sign

How long did it take to make your Cosplay?

Tsukasa – It didn’t take me long to make this.  I found everything at Goodwill, painted a sweatshirt and made the hat out of felt and Kleenex box tops.  I got lucky on the boots too, and just had to add a button to close one of them.
Lady Three – I made it twice over 2016, so it took me the whole of that year for it.  I did special fabric for the second version as well as investing in worbla and wood scissors.

What was your biggest challenge?

Tsukasa –  The hat actually.  And the wig.  I had to remake both twice.  The wig used to be a goodwill wig, and it lasted me for years.  The hat I lost in 2013 at Anime Milwaukee and remade it to fit my head better.  I still had materials left over from the first time.

Lady Three – The worbla armor.  I had never worked with worbla before, and it was exactly what I wanted to make my armor out of and it turned out fantastic.  I had to mold, shape, glue, paint everything.  From making the cast to the foam to the worbla then, it was quite a challenge.  I spent a lot of late nights trying to get everything just right.  The second biggest challenge was the scissor blades.  I had carved and traced smooth foam into the right shape and sanded it down to the right level.  I was really happy with how those had turned out and in my ignorance; I had decided to spray paint them.  I didn’t know what would happen and they melted beneath my eyes.  I was surprised I didn’t cry, and I had a week to remake a pair which I made out of foam board and painted, and weren’t as nice but not too shabby.  The third version of the scissors were made of wood, which I then sanded, painted, drilled a hole and put in a post so they opened and closed.  I lovingly refer to it as my child.

What was your budget? Approximately how much did you spend?
Tsukasa – At most, $30 bucks.  Most of it was from goodwill so I didn’t do much sewing.

Lady Three – I didn’t have a budget for this one and as I made two versions of it, I ended up spending a lot more than I thought I would.  I think between the worbla ($86 jumbo sheet), special silk fabric ($80) and everything else I probably spent around $400 overall on this.

What special techniques did you use?

Tsukasa – If hot glue and simple painting was a technique, then this is it.  I didn’t do a lot to get it to look how I wanted.  It was a pretty simple cosplay all things considered and I make a lot more advanced looking ones now.

Lady Three – Working with worbla was a first for me.  I rather enjoyed every bit of it.  I’d sit there with a heat gun working on shaping and molding and watching youtube, it was rather soothing.  I didn’t really use any special techniques but I watched as many tutorials as I could before I began so I at least had basic knowledge on what to do with the worbla as I was heating it up and shaping it.

What was the most satisfying about making this Cosplay/What made you proud?

Tsukasa – I enjoyed it immensely.  It felt good to wear it (first time was in High School to school actually), and it was warm and comfortable.  I was incredibly proud of the hat.  When I wear it nowadays I like tickling people’s nostalgia.

Lady Three – The armor made me so happy with how it turned out.  Seeing it come together on me for the first time I just could barely contain my excitement.  It was a learning experience on how to walk in it but I LOVED it.

If you had to remake this Cosplay, what would you do differently?

Tsukasa – I’d make everything from scratch this time and make the staff.  I didn’t do that this time but I’m still in love with how I did it.

Lady Three – I’m going to be remaking it, and adding embroidery to the dress, bellowing out the skirt for some more twirl and potentially making the arm armor, which I didn’t before as I was worried about being able to move.  I might also have to remake the leg armor as my body has changed a little bit and it was shaped to my legs as they were two years ago at this point.

How often do you Cosplay?
I cosplay all the time.  Or as often as I can.  I used to go to only a few conventions but I’ve expanded my range and gone to photoshoots and meet ups.  I’ve been at this for about 18 years but I’ve really only gotten heavily involved in the community the past two years and I really feel at home.  Last year I think including small cons made it to about 8 conventions, this year I might be at around 10, give or take what my schedule allows or what people want to drag me to.

How many cosplay do you do?
I do a lot.  I have about 30ish outfits that I can choose from, though I can’t fit into all of them anymore.  Working on remaking and upgrading some of them.  A lot of them are obscure characters or horror characters and I love all of them.  I have Sae Kurosawa from Fatal Frame 2, Reika Kuze from Fatal Frame 3; I have Sachiko from Corpse Party and Fran Bow from Fran Bow.

What do you want to make next?
I have a full body armor build planned as well as working through the costume materials I’ve been sitting on for years, including Magic Knight Rayearth and I have a Pokemon Go/Sailor Moon crossover group for Acen 2018.  I’m sitting on so much of a stockpile it’s incredible so my goal is to work through those.  I also want to make a Ballgown pokemon Gijinka.

Favorite cosplay moment?
This one is easy.  It was Sunday of Anime Milwaukee, 2015, and I was walking around as Morgiana from Magi.   There were two kids who all of a sudden went, “MORGIANA MORGIANA!” and they ran up to me with their mom.  They were dressed as Ali Baba and Aladdin and they were so happy to see a Morgiana and I got my pic with them.  That made me feel amazing to make those kid’s day.

Favorite fandoms to follow?

The Adventure Zone is actually one of my favorite fandoms to follow because everyone in it is so nice, and I’ve been getting into Ancient Magus’s Bride and am in love with the characters.  My obscure fandoms are Fatal Frame and Valkyrie Connect and I do love those with all my heart.  Also Monster Hunter, it’s amazing and I’ve made a few friends through it and it’s such an awesome game.

What sewing machine do you sew on?
I have a Brother machine.  Its old but it works really well and I’m happy to have it.  I sometimes have borrowed my Grandmother’s simplicity sewing machine as well, which has a lot more sewing options and a touch screen layout.

What materials do you like using?
I love Worbla.  I really do.  Worbla is amazing to work with and I love making armor.  It’s really sturdy and I enjoy it.  Prepping it with wood glue and painting it, it was amazing to watch it all come together and once its together its really sturdy and feels a bit like armor, though it isn’t metal.  I also love just sewing basic cotton, watching the pieces come together into something magical.  Gathered skirts are really time consuming but I enjoy every step of it because they have such nice flow and I just like watching them move.

What materials do you want to try?
I haven’t worked with fur yet in a major capacity but I will be making a big tail this year so I’m excited for it.   I also want to experiment with some other kinds of foam and worbla just to see how they all function.  I also really want to get more into LED lights and make things glow.  I love to light things up.

What materials do you wish were easier to work with?
Stretchy fabric.  Sewing stretchy fabric is such a pain to work with.  I have a basic grasp on them but I still find myself having trouble with them no matter the outfit.

Thanks, Katy, for sharing your cosplay and photos with us! Want to be featured on our site? We would love to show your cosplay to the world!  Check out our Submissions page and send us an email! 

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Cosplay Conversation – Diego Alberto

Tell us about yourself:
Name: Diego Alberto
Location: Aurora,IL
Website: Www.diegoalbertophotography.com
Instagram: Diegoalbertphotography
Cosplay Affiliations: Fox Valley Cosplayers on Facebook

Tell us about your cosplay. What was your inspiration?/why did you choose this character?

My inspiration is and will always be superheroes. Occasional I do choose a character from the anime genre. I’ve always dreamed of being a superhero ever since I was a little boy, to this day I continue that dream. Now I have photoshop that makes this dream become more realistic.

How long did it take to make your Cosplay?

I don’t know how to sew, so normally I tend to buy all my outfits.

What was your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge has to be Money, normally don’t have that extra expense to buy or make my outfits for the next project.

What was your budget? Approximately how much did you spend?

I try to maintain a budget around 80 dollars. Normally I buy everything I need after Halloween, which everything is half off.

What special techniques did you use?

I’m also a photographer, so other techniques I tend to use is photoshop.

What was the most satisfying about making this Cosplay/What made you proud?

Well actually looking like the character from my show/comics. My photoshop skills are improving and making me proud at the moment.

If you had to remake this Cosplay, what would you do differently?

Finalizing my look, it’s all about learning and growing in life. That was my best or budget at the moment, no way I would go back and change anything. Just continue to make my talents better.

How often do you Cosplay? 

I normally do two photo shoots twice a month.

How many cosplay do you do?

I own around 6-7 outfits right now.

What do you want to make next?

The next character I would love to portray would either be Batman or Captain America.

Favorite cosplay moment? 

Being able to use photoshop to finalize all my looks to actually resemble a comic book.

Favorite fandoms to follow?

One person I love to follow is @itlookslikekilled

What materials do you want to try?

My next move will be to use makeup

What materials do you wish were easier to work with?

At the moment, makeup

What techniques are you dying to learn?

Following more intense makeup, like using makeup for special effects.

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