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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