Cosplay Starter: Level One
Updated: Sep 26, 2019
So you're wanting to start cosplaying, but have no idea where to start? You've dressed up for Halloween a time or two but want to take it to the next level right?
Here's a few things you need to think about when deciding on a cosplay- if you'd like to learn or have it created for you.
A lot of the costumes you see at conventions that are extremely advanced are either created from someone else, or they've been sewing/crafting for many many years to get to that level.
Cosplay is NOT cheap. You can expect to pay $200 to $5,000 depending on how detailed and extravagant you want it.
People that buy there costumes need to do their research on the person that is designing it for them. It's best to make sure the person will communicate with you, and even send you pictures throughout the entire creating process . PLEASE keep this in mind, the seamstress that designs your cosplay cannot make the costume for $50 bucks. This is a hand-sewn process that can take up to a few months ( depending on how extreme the costume is). You have to be prepared to pay for the materials, labor cost, and whatever else the seamstress offers in their entire price.
Costumers that want to create their own costume need to take a few things into consideration. If you're starting out and it's not immaculate, don't beat yourself up. You're learning. It takes practice to get up to champion level cosplays. You have to set aside money for all the fabrics you'll need. It can take months to years to get the costume complete ( it all depends on how detailed you want to go). You need to make sure you have all the right equipment for making your costume. If it's a more in depth costume, you may need worbla, eva foam, or some other type of material other than fabric.
For example the Queen Amidala costume pictured here, it took her six to eight months creating the robe, dress, headpiece, and wig. She did win in the cosplay contest at Star Wars Celebration. She's been sewing since she was a little girl, so she's got a few years of practice.
Just to show a little about my cosplay journey:
Back in 2012 I took a few things out of my closet and threw together a Mara Jade Outfit from the expanded Universe in Star Wars.
Now I've been sewing since 2015 creating cosplay's and learning. Now i'm making my own designs!
Also enjoy this Rogue Universe Freebie for all you cosplayers out there!