As most of you know, Comic-Con is just around the corner and for me that means it’s cosplay time! Now, to be honest, this is the first time I’ve ever cosplayed at Comic-Con. I’ve been going now for almost a decade and I always wanted to dress up as my favorite characters but I was way too shy!
But life is too short to be shy! I don’t want to live in fear anymore. And Cons are the most welcoming, supportive events for people who love all things nerdy and dress accordingly. What helped me was to have a partner in crime. I’ve teamed up with one of my very best friends Faith (a.k.a. F.M. Sherrill the amazing author of Ivory!) and together we’re going to wear a different costume every day of the con.
A crap-ton of sewing!
I swear, I’ve been sewing every day for the last three weeks. And it’s not just costumes I’ve been making, it’s themed bags to go with them! For our Captain Mal cosplay I made us both Serenity bags! I had to make up my own pattern and believe it or not it took a lot of math to figure it out! But I think they turned out pretty well! I even did a time-lapse of the entire process:
I know it sounds like I’m complaining, but sewing actually relaxes me. I’ve been doing it since I was seven. Even then I made costumes for playing with my friends. My mom would give me old sheets, I’d bring out the RIT dye and make my friends and I clothes so we could pretend we were in Narnia or finding the Sword of Shannara. Technically, my first cosplay lol!
Wonder-Con this year was my first time cosplaying in public. Faith and I made Tardis dresses and girl versions of the 9th and 10th doctor. I admit, I was scared at first, but after a few minutes of getting over my nerves, I actually had fun! A lot of fun! And I thought, why was I so scared to do this?
I even did some original design work this year like making Shadowhunter outfits from The Mortal Instruments book series. I wasn’t sure if they would turn out, but they ended up looking cool! Here’s a sneak peak of one of the hoodie boleros I made!
So now I’m hooked! Faith and I are even going to be starting our own web show on thestream.tv about the cosplay world. We go as 2NerdGirls and we’re so excited!
But in the mean time…
I only have 2 more weeks to sew, so I have to get back to it!!
Can’t wait to post the pics!
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