Cosplay plans

Ambitious

Every year cosplayers (including myself) post a hot list of a selection of costumes they want to focus on during the coming year. It is created out of enthusiasm and usually not super realistic. I’ll take my list from the start of 2017 as an example:

I was definitely ambitious and divided the list in sections of how easy or difficult they were.  Depending on the amount of work that a costume takes and the amount of detail a difficult costume can take several months to finish (let’s say 3-6 months). An easy costume can take a few days up to a few months (let’s say 3 months here).  Thinking about this rationally means that it is impossible to finish all cosplays in combination with the full time job that I have. 😉


Change of plans

Cosplayers are not always reliable when it comes to this type of planning. I’m one of them.  There are quite a lot of reasons why plans would change. 

  • The Cosplayer discovers a new series and wants to cosplay that
  • The cosplayer is invited for a group with a specific costume in mind
  • The Cosplayer plans a photo shoot at a specific locating that would be ideal for a specific other outfit
  • The cosplayer gets motivated by seeing other cosplays of a specific series
  • You name it… 😉

Changes of plans can happen at any time during the year. But this usually happens after a convention. Cosplayers motivate each other.  😉 It also happened to me in 2017. My plans changed mid – year quite drastically. 


Cosplay report

So what did I actually make?  Look at my report from 2017. I ended up making only 3 of my planned cosplays. On top of that I made 1 that was on my mid – year list. And 4 that weren’t on my list at all. Two of them are updated old cosplays. I guess my planning wasn’t very reliable. 


Plans for next year

Below are my plans for next year. I’m curious what I’ll end up with in December.  😉 What is your experience with planning? What did you plan for next year? Think about it. It might actually be similar to mine. 😉

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10 simple tips for Motivation in Cosplay

We all know that time that we feel motivated to create, and that time that motivation is completely gone. I see motivation in cosplay as a measure of how much you are enjoying your hobby. Are you motivated to make a costume? Are you enjoying to make that costume? If the answer to these questions is no, you probably need a nice boost. After I finished embroidering my 6000+ beads on my princess Serenity cosplay, my motivation was totally gone. Here’s what helped me through it, maybe it helps you guys too!

Here are 10 simple tips to try and get your motivation levels up and running again. 😉

  1. Watch / read / play the anime, movie, book or game that the character you want to cosplay is from. Love for a character is what makes you want to cosplay in the first place, reignite that fire! Listening to the music from the show or game also helps me a lot!
  2. Look at photos of other cosplayers who made the same costume as you want to make. This can be both inspiring and motivating.
  3. Even better! Talk to other cosplayers and motivate each other.
  4. If you really don’t want to work on one costume anymore… choose another one. 😉 There is no rule that says you have to finish one cosplay before starting another. Of course it’s nice if you have the discipline to finish both.
  5. Watch tutorial videos that can give you inspiration to work on your costume. You can apply the new knowledge that you got from the videos immediately.
  6. Watch cosplay competitions. I always get motivated after I watch competitions at conventions. 😀
  7. Organize craft-days with your friends. Being with multiple people is always more fun, and you can help each other too!
  8. Make different parts of your costume that aren’t similar to each other. First do some sewing, then some prop making… variation makes things more fun. 😉
  9. Go to cosplay conventions in old costumes. Getting positive attention in your old costumes can make you feel more motivated to make new costumes too. 😉
  10. Last but not least: Sleep! Sleep, rest, wait, and finally your motivation will return. Sometimes you’re just too worn out, and sleep always helps. That and chocolate. 😉

 

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My princess Serenity cosplay!

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Pattern Review Simplicity 1008

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Because I’m using a lot of patterns for Cosplay (and normal clothes) I will write my opinion on patterns that are for sale by pattern companies on my blog. I buy my patterns from Naaipatronen.nl, or in sewing stores in the Netherlands. I usually make US size 10/12, or European size 36/38. My sizes are the following (for size comparison): Height: 172 cm (5’7″), Bust 88 cm (34 inch), Waist 70 cm (27 inch), Hips 105 cm (42 inch). 
Pattern company: Simplicity

Pattern number: 1008

Pattern description: Game of Thrones style costume dresses

View made: View A

Recommended size by pattern: Size 14

Size made: Size 12

Pattern photo:


Instructions:

The instructions were clear, but I don’t think they’d be as easy to follow if you’re a beginner. Making the dress was easy and I love the clean and lovely way of finishing the inside of the bodice. The pictures were necessary with the explanation. How to finish the lining was not that clear after reading it just once.


Pattern quality:

The pattern quality is very good. All pieces fit well together. 
Pattern sizing:

As always the sizing’s fine as long as you make one size smaller. At least that’s the case for me. I did change the size a little though.


My own alterations:

I didn’t like the tabs on the back so I omitted them and made the back darts larger. This made it an exact fit for me. I suppose it might be on the small side if you’re not very thin. So I’d recommend checking the size of your pattern with your body before you do this, unlike me who just went ahead and randomly made things smaller. I also made the dress shorter because I wanted to wear it to work. 😉


Fabric used:

Something cheap. The dark blue is synthetic, might have some cotton in it but not a lot. The flower patterned fabric is stretchy so I made that a double layer with my cheap blue fabric. So basically I bought fabrics of 1 Euro or 0,50 Euro per meter. 😉 The most expensive part was my zipper.


Conclusion:

Lovely pattern, nice looking dress and good sizing. Lovely silhouette. 


Photo of my finished garment:

Super Pinky Bright Red Lens Review

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Because I buy a lot of coloured contact lenses for cosplay and I always like to see reviews of others, I’ll review the contact lenses that I buy. I’ll post pictures, and a detailed opinion. I bought mine at Honeycolor.com. Shipping is always well done, and the package arrives in a reasonable time (one – two weeks). I’m very happy with their service. I always order one contact lens at -2 and one at -4. I can always see well through them.

Name: Bright Red
Price: $25,90
Brand: Super Pinky
Frequency: Yearly
Material: PolyHema
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Diameter: 14.8mm
Water Content: 45%
Available at: https://www.honeycolor.com/super-pinky-bright-red

Stock image:
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Colour:
The colour of these contacts is very bright, very beautiful. Even though they’re red, the design makes them look very natural. I’m very happy with these!

Coverage:
They cover my brown eyes perfectly. The diameter is very large as well, looks great!

Comfort:
As any other contact lens: no discomfort. I could wear them all day like I would my normal non-coloured contact lenses.

Comparison picture:
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Music release Teru no Uta

So I have debuted as a musical artist as well! I am now officially a singer with HAF Records. I am currently working on more Anime cover songs, but the first one is already out on CD! It is Teru no Uta from the movie Gedo Senki / Tales from Earthsea, from Ghibli studio. 😀

You can find it here! On
HAF Compilation Album #15 ~HANEDA INTERNATIONAL ANIME MUSIC FESTIVAL Presents~

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Pattern review McCall’s M7054

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Because I’m using a lot of patterns for Cosplay (and normal clothes) I will write my opinion on patterns that are for sale by pattern companies on my blog. I buy my patterns from Naaipatronen.nl, or in sewing stores in the Netherlands. I usually make US size 10/12, or European size 38. My sizes are the following (for size comparison): Height: 172 cm (5’7″), Bust 91 cm (34 inch), Waist 72 cm (27 inch), Hips 105 cm (42 inch).
Pattern company: McCall’s

Pattern number: 7054

Pattern description: Skirt in different variations
View made: View C
Recommended size by pattern: Size 14
Size made: Size 12
Pattern photo:

Instructions:

The instructions were super easy. It has very few steps and are easy to follow. Just sew all panels together, put a zipper between the two back panels, make a lining and finish the edges. Because I omitted the lining all together, it was even easier.


Pattern quality:

The pattern quality is very good. All pieces fit together well, and with the high-low skirt that I made, it’s very hard to make a mistake. 

Pattern sizing:

The sizing is fine, as long as you make a size smaller than they recommend. It’s the usual with patterns. However, I did take in 12 cm on either side of my waist, but left the skirt the same size at the hips. It was kind of what I was afraid of when I bought this pattern, the fit is great for my hips, but my waist is a lot smaller so the shape doesn’t fit. It’s not made for extreme hourglass figures like mine, but for people with a different shape it will probably be just fine. In any case, the seams are easy to take in.


My own alterations:

I left out the lining as well as the hook and eye, and I took in the side seams to have a better fit at my waist.


Fabric used:

95% cotton, 5% elastan. 


Conclusion:

Good pattern, pretty skirt, it’s just a little bit of work to make the sizing fit correctly. 


Photo of my finished garment:

Dark lines in faux leather Tutorial

Introduction

I know that sounds oddly specific. For my Arshtat cosplay I created dark embellished lines in my front-ornament. It was made out of fake leather covering a thin craft foam. I wanted the lines to have relief, and be dark. So this was the perfect way. Although it is very unforgiving. You cannot make mistakes! Gladly I made none. 😉

Below a photo of one of my cosplays I used a lot of paint on. Photo is by RE:PLICA’s MikoBura.

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How to make these lines:

Make sure that your piece is finished before you start. Draw pencil lines on your fake leather so you can see where you have to trace. Then: heat up a kitchen knife using a flame (candle or stove) and make a little test on a fake-leather covered piece of foam that is not your final piece. When you’re confident everything will go well you can start tracing. Be slow, be careful, and heat up your knife in between when it gets too cold. Make sure you have a bucket of water next to you so you can save yourself and your home when something goes wrong. Good luck! 😀