Cosplaying

Costumes and costuming are a recent obsession of mine. I’ve always loved dressing up, but after I went to my first Comicon and saw how a simple costume can bring a favorite character to life for the people around you, and how enthusiastically they respond to seeing that character, I fell in love with the art of cosplaying.

For each new costume that I tackle,  I am going to add a new page with pictures and details on how that costume was made, along with its approximate cost. I am not handy with a sewing needle at all, and no that’s not being modest. It’s fact. But I still love to get as creative as I can. For me, assembling costumes from scratch means purchasing pre-existing pieces of clothing, accesories, etc that were probably never intended for use as part of a costume. I try to challenge myself to compare prices and find the very lowest price that I can get. This means that Salvation Army and Ebay are my costume BFFs.

I am a huge fan of Rule 63, and you will see it frequently if you follow my cosplaying. Rule 63 is a nerd rule that floats around the internet, and it goes as follows:

RULE 63: “For any given male character, there is a female version of that character.”

This rule is my excuse to cosplay as any character at all, even ones that are not in my gender, by making female versions of their outfits. On that note- I believe that cosplaying should be something that people of all races, shapes, and genders should be able to enjoy- just put some extra creativity into making the costume play up to who you are. Trust me, you will get many more compliments for the extra creativity and it will make you feel awesome.

I try to keep my costumes as loyal to the original design as I can, but I allow myself creative liberties, too. I usually try to sum up the essence of a look: in that character’s memorable scene, if you could only think of one thing that sums up their image, what would it be? Sequins? Cape? Leather? Finding a character’s signature costume look and emphasizing it can really capture the essence of a character even if you don’t have a 100% screen/page accurate outfit.

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Following is a list of characters (in no particular order) that I would like to someday cosplay as:

  • Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd)
  • Robin (1966 Batman TV series) {Rule 63}
  • Coraline (Coraline- the movie)
  • Disney Princesses: Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel [DONE], Merida, Anna, Elsa [DONE].
  • Harley Quinn (Batman: The Animated Series)
  • Harley Quinn (Batman: Arkham City)
  • Jack Skellington (Nightmare Before Christmas) {Rule 63}
  • Sally (Nightmare Before Christmas)
  • Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
  • Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Morticia Addams (The Addams Family)
  • Batgirl (1966 Batman TV Series)
  • Lydia Deetz- red wedding gown (Beetlejuice)
  • Lilly Munster (The Munsters)
  • Talky Tina (The Twilight Zone: “Living Doll”)
  • Eyzma (The Emperor’s New Groove)
  • Jessie (Toy Story 2 and 3)

 

For the characters that I have already cosplayed, please see the individual tabs.

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