This simple, easy to follow two-step guide will show you how to cosplay. Are you ready? Okay, here it is:
1. Pick a Character.
2. Wear the Costume.
I told you that it was simple! You don't have to win awards or costume contests in order to be a cosplayer. You want to cosplay? Put on a costume....boom, you're cosplaying. Let's take a bit of a closer look at cosplaying though. Instead of looking at 'how to cosplay' lets take a look at the process of cosplay. Where do you start?
1) First you need a character! The character you choose to cosplay has no limit! A Character from your favorite video game, anime, movie, hell create your own character if you want. You're not restricted by fandom or even gender.
2) Your next step is pivotal: Will you be making it yourself, or commissioning someone else to do it? Commissioning work from other artists doesn't make you any less of a cosplayer just remember that. While some people like to make their entire costumes themselves, others either can't or choose not to. Regardless if you are outsourcing for your costume, or creating it yourself, be prepared financially. Depending on the character you choose, the more elaborate the design, the more expensive the cost.
3) a. If you're going to have someone else create your costume you need to find someone with a good reputation and make sure that you get accurate measurements taken. For the money you are going to be spending, you want to make sure that not only is the quality up to par, but also that everything fits correctly. Simply asking around in a few cosplay groups on Facebook can give you some solid recommendations as to who to get in touch with, and who to avoid.
b. If you are making everything yourself you need to make sure that you have accurate measurements also, as well as all of the materials you'll need to make everything. I always sketch out my design first, that allows me to make notes of how to put things together if something isn't clear (and what materials I need for something), I also notate the amount of pieces the entire costume consists of (example for my Lady Deadpool i added up the bodysuit, both boot covers, both gloves, mask, ponytail, belt, pouches, guns, holsters, bananas, black arm & leg bands, katanas and scabbard). It sounds like a bit much but that helps me to keep track of just how much stuff is included in one costume.
4) If you're having someone else make your costume, the hard part is over for you. Once your deposit/payment and measurements are in, if they don't need anything else from you, you just relax and wait for them to tell you what's up. If you're doing it all yourself, time to hunker down in your craft room and prepare for loss of sleep! Now comes the fun part! Cutting and measuring and sewing... oh my! My favorite part of creating costumes is the sewing aspect. I love sewing. Depending on what your costume is, you can either buy a pattern, use clothes you have as a pattern, or alter current clothes to make your costume. Along side sewing, whatever prop(s) you'll be using can either be made before or after the main costume. Props are a whole different blog post that will be going up soon more than likely, as I have been working on several props lately.
5) Adjustments are usually my next step but some people don't even have to do that. If you get it close to perfect then all you have to do is go wear your costume. But if you're like me, you have to alter things here and there and try not to have a melt down in the process. Maybe that last part is just me. If your cosplay was made, this is probably when it is delivered to you. Either way, now is the time to wear your costume with pride!
Cosplay is such a fun hobby, and it is all inclusive. Cosplay is for everyone regardless of their race, gender, weight...none of that is important. What is important, is you loving your costume and having fun in it!
lotsa love to ya!
Von is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!