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

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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.

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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.

Thanks, Diego, 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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Sew Much Cosplay™ at C2E2!

That’s RIGHT!  We will be at C2E2 in Cosplay Central, making our debut on the convention scene.  You will be able to get ALL of our products, direct from us, as well as demos.

C2E2 is April 6-8, 2018 in Chicago at the McCormick Place convention center downtown.

-Meet Cheryl and see her latest work.

-DEMOS of our product all weekend and if you watch a demo you get a free gift!

-We are running show specials all weekend and will have ALL of the line for you to see.

See our latest cosplays made using the line and introduce yourself to us so we can say hello!  Cheryl will be doing a panel on one of the days of the show, so be sure to check that out!

 

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Cosplay Conversation – Melanie of Fashion Fantastica

Name: Melanie
Location: Berlin / Germany
Website: www.fashion-fantastica.de
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FashionFantastica/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fashionfantastica/

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

I fell in love with this dress the moment I saw it on screen back in 2002. I like the prequels, especially for the costumes and this dress is just so romantic, I couldn’t help but falling in love with it. I started sewing in 2004. When I got better at it, I started gathering supplies for it, but got distracted by other things and never started. I hadn’t made a costume for quite a while (but never stopped sewing), when I decided to get back to it in the beginning of 2016. At first I planned to make it quick and cheap, but I just couldn’t do it this way, so in the end it took me much longer and costs me a lot more than I expected. Looking back, I am happy that I didn’t make it in 2004, because it wouldn’t turn out the way it did now.

How long did it take to make your Cosplay?

I started in January 2017 and finished in August.

What was your biggest challenge?

The colors and all the embroidery. I dyed everything myself and spend many evenings embroidering only the skirt and blouse…not to start with the corset.

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

As I mentioned before, I had planned to make it cheap. I didn’t had an actual budget, I just bought things when I got the money, stretched over a few months.  I would say around 300 Eur, maybe 400.

What special techniques did you use?

I did a lot of dying. I dyed the fabric step by step, the main fabric about five times. I also did a lot of embroidery. I used a chain stitch on the main fabric and several different stitches on the corset front.

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

The moment when I put everything together, to see that I had made it through and that I achieved a really good reproduction. I also got approved by Rebel Legion, an official Star Wars Costume Fan club. That made me really proud.

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

I would like to have even more embroidery on the skirt, but I also want to make more costumes in this life, so I compromised on this 😉

How often do you Cosplay?

I rediscovered the hobby for me last year and I wore my costumes  two times since than. For this year I have many more dates planned.

How many cosplay do you do?

Right now I have four planned for this year.

What do you want to make next?

I am currently working on another Star Wars costume and started the Wonder Woman Armour a few months ago.

Favorite cosplay moment?

Seeing the happy faces of a few children at our Local Comic con last year when I wore Padme for the first time in public.

Favorite fandoms to follow?

Star Wars, Lord of the rings, Marvel

What sewing machine do you sew on?

I’m a Bernina Girl. Most of the time I sew on a Bernina 350.

What materials do you like using?

I love fabrics with great textures, they can really bring a cosplay to live. Also silk, but sometimes I forgot about how much I love it, when I have to sew it 😉

What materials do you want to try?

I want to dive into leather works. I also started my first foam project recently.

What materials do you wish were easier to work with?

Silk 😉

What techniques are you dying to learn?

Digitizing embroidery designs

Thank you, Melanie, for sharing your gorgeous Padme cosplay! 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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Catch Sew Much Cosplay™ on It’s Sew Easy!

You can catch Cheryl of Sew Much Cosplay™ on It’s Sew Easy, a television program about sewing and making which is available on PBS.  That’s right, you can catch cosplay making right on your television!  The entire program is really great for all kinds of sewing tips, and we have been big fans of the show even before we had the honor of being asked to be on the show.

Cheryl makes two cosplay projects on the show this newest season (Series 1400), including making foam armor pieces out of our very own Hero Foam!  The other project is a steampunk skirt that converts from long to short using grommets!  That project is perfect for Ren faires, Steampunk, or alternate history versions of your contemporary cosplay characters.

Check this page to see if It’s Sew Easy is in your area, and if you catch the episodes, be sure to tell us!

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Cosplay Conversation – Danny Doyle

Name: Danny Doyle
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Instagram: @thephantomb
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tombcosplay/
Twitter
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTChRDXliNHmgfzFaucl2ZA

Photos by Fairy Luna Photography

Tell us about your cosplay. What was your inspiration?/why did you choose this character?
Undertale was such a silly and fun game that really sparked my interest. As someone who is part of the LGBT+ community I saw Mettaton almost like a sort of drag persona which really appealed to me as I have been very interested in the drag scene and have considered becoming a performer some day. It was a fun/funny character that I felt very connected to and wanted to try my hand at, and thus my Mettaton cosplay was born!

How long did it take to make your Cosplay?
Overall, my final product was created over the course of two years. I started in late December of 2015, mostly working with makeup tests and wigs changes, until I decided to make the armor…out of craft foam. While I greatly enjoyed the first product, I knew I had to change it, so in May of 2017, three weeks before Momocon, I made the EVA foam armor, which was a huge challenge! I did about 8 makeup tests and I change MTT’s makeup every time I do it.

What was your biggest challenge?
The armor build was probably the hardest for me to overcome, I didn’t have a heat gun or even contact cement, and I was running on fumes from work and school. The armor was difficult to bend and form, but eventually I got it where I kind of wanted, and now it’s my first EVA foam build that I’ve accomplished!

What was your budget? Approximately how much did you spend?
The boots themselves were VERY expensive, but a very good friend of mine bought them for me for Christmas in 2015, which set me on the course to finishing him. Overall, I believe I’ve spent about $90 on him, for foam, body suit fabric, and a wig, and eventually replacements for this newest version. I don’t really have a budget for a good portion of my Cosplays (though I probably should), but I generally try to keep it under $100 if I can. (Shoes are my biggest weakness)

What special techniques did you use?
I don’t really have any “special techniques” since I wing it 98% of the time with my cosplay, but I got really good at individually hot gluing every single gem onto the chainsaw!

What was the most satisfying about making this Cosplay/What made you proud?
Probably the chainsaw I made, it came out beautifully and everything I had envisioned for it came to fruition which really made my whole cosplay blossom. It’s also really nice to run my fingers along when I’m feeling anxious at conventions, and keeps me calm, which is a huge bonus!

If you had to remake this Cosplay, what would you do differently?
I would DEFINITELY remake the armor, find a way to attatch it all differently so that it can break down for travel, either that or I need a heat gun and some contact cement to really keep it together and make a true piece to amaze. My biggest goal when I do remake him is to make the pauldrons sit higher and shorter for more convenient Hall movement at cons.

How often do you Cosplay?
I am a regular cosplayer, I try to do a new look or character at least once a month, with a retest of makeup or costume changes every other week, if I can get around work.

How many cosplay do you do?
Currently, I have 10 completed cosplays, 1 in the works, and another two planned for the new year.

HIM from Powerpuff Girls

What do you want to make next?
HIM from the Power Puff Girls!

Favorite cosplay moment?
Any time I am dressed as Raven from Teen Titans at a convention, children will come up shouting for “Raven”. I get the chance to talk with them and take pictures with them. I always try to give a message of strength and kindness any time I talk with them because of how important it is for them to grow up knowing that lesson. Parents always thank me after, and it’s always very sweet to me. (I’ve held so many children on my hip in cosplay! Haha!)

Favorite fandoms to follow?
Overwatch, Miraculous Ladybug, The Adventure Zone, Welcome to Nightvale, Teen Titans (DC Comics ), Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, Harry Potter, Legend of Zelda, LOTR, and several more.

What sewing machine do you sew on?
Singer Simple 3232

What materials do you like using?
Craft foam, instamorph, and resin

What materials do you want to try?
Worbla would be amazing to work with!

What materials do you wish were easier to work with?
EVA foam and Resin

What techniques are you dying to learn?
Practical sewing techniques and pattern making!

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Cosplay Conversation – Wandering Rabbit Cosplay

Name:  Rebekah, AKA Wandering Rabbit Cosplay
Location:  Denver, Colorado
Facebook: facebook.com/wanderingrabbitcosplay
Instagram: @wanderingrabbitcosplay
I’d just love to say first how I got into cosplay! When I was a kid, my mom would sew all my Halloween costumes, no matter how obscure the request. She was just as excited about me dressing as a renaissance princess or a Spanish conquistador. She was an original “trekkie” (Star Trek fan) and we eventually shared a love of sewing and nerdiness. I always loved sewing costumes, but after she passed away in 2010, I got much more involved in cosplay. I think in a way, challenging myself and making creative nerdy things is my way of making her proud.
Tell us about your cosplay. What was your inspiration?/why did you choose these characters?

Photo by Zero Serenity / https://www.facebook.com/ZeroSerenityCosplay/

I love picking characters that are unique and interesting, both visually and in personality! Villain, hero… Doesn’t matter to me as long as they have something I find unique. Which is why I may be a glamorous princess one day, and a drugged-up murderer the next.
A lot of cosplayers have long to-do lists and “cosplans” for years in advance… I have trouble with that. I don’t really have a process to choose my characters, rather, I tend to wait for inspiration to hit. I never know when a character will catch my attention!
How long did it take to make your Cosplay?
On average, I would say a few weeks. If I am in a hurry, I could make one in a week… My Jane dress took 4 months of continuous work.
What was your biggest challenge?
I try to challenge myself differently with each cosplay, which means it’s really hard to say which challenge is the biggest. For Jane, I learned how to do hand beading. Vogelein was my first try making wings. Kuranosuke helped me learn new sewing and makeup techniques. Wirt was a fun challenge in learning how to really look like a boy. I have even learned how to hand-dye fabric.
What was your budget? Approximately how much did you spend?
Well… I try not to think about that! I always buy my materials with coupons to help keep costs down, and I am always cost-conscious, but cosplay is always a pretty expensive hobby.
What special techniques did you use?
What was the most satisfying about making this Cosplay/What made you proud?
If you had to remake any of your Cosplay, what would you do differently?
When sewing things yourself, especially when you don’t have a serger, it’s always hard to avoid exposed raw seams. Even if they are on the inside and you’re the only one who knows they’re there, it feels unprofessional. I’m always trying to use new techniques to make my costumes more polished, both inside and out.
How often do you Cosplay?
I cosplay as often as possible! I try to get to local conventions when I can, and I try to attend local get-togethers and photoshoots.
How many cosplay do you do?
I’m not necessarily the most prolific cosplayer out there. Each of my cosplays take time, so I only make a few per year.
What do you want to make next?
My good friend is a huge Yugioh fan, and she told me about a newly-released set of cards called the Weather Painters. I absolutely fell in love with Weather Painter Rainbow, with her beautiful multicolored hair, interesting design, and cool props! So even though I haven’t actually played the card game in years, I’ll probably make Weather Painter Rainbow my first cosplay of 2018.
Favorite cosplay moment?
Really, it’s any moment with kids. When I dress up like a jellyfish princess, or a fairy, or just anything eye-catching, the kids just love it! When the little girl turns to her mom, like “Is that a real princess?” and I get to interact with them, knowing that I was able to make their day a little more happy… It makes all the hard work worth it.
Favorite fandoms to follow?
Given my obvious love of cosplaying indie game characters, I’m big into following the gaming scene… I’m always watching gaming news, LetsPlays, Twitch streams and such. I also love anime and Marvel, and I try to stay on top of all the new content.
I also have a lot of fun watching fandoms that I’m NOT in. Like the Supernatural, Dr. Who, and Homestuck fandoms are a lot of fun to watch. A lot of creative people are in those fandoms, and they get entertainingly emotional about those characters.
What sewing machine do you sew on?
Nothing special, just a “Singer Talent” model machine. I would love to have the professional results of having a serger machine… But in the end, I know I can get great results, even without the best equipment.
What materials do you like using?
I love the look and feel of matte satin, and I love the variety of colors you can get with plain cotton. In my experience, the more fancy materials tend to be harder to work with. I like the reliability of simpler materials.
…and I HATE glitter tulle. It looks good, but makes such a mess!
What materials do you want to try?
It’s a bit pricey, but I would love to experiment more with worbla, and take my prop-making skills to a higher level.
What materials do you wish were easier to work with?
Synthetic hair! Wigs are so hard to learn to style and maintain, but they are so important to pulling off a finished cosplay.
What techniques are you dying to learn?
Jewelry making, probably! Being able to make unique pieces of jewelry is really necessary for quite a few cosplays, but working with clasps and closures and things can be fiddly and difficult to me.
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