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3 Things to Keep in Mind When Designing Your Cosplay

3 Things to Keep in Mind When Designing Your Cosplay 800 533 Lisa Sitwell

Cosplayers are fans of popular culture characters, like Superman, who love to dress as these characters at fan conventions, like a Comic-Con. If you’re about ready to attend your first Comic-Con as a cosplayer, here’s what you should keep in mind as you finish your costume for this cool event.

Make Your Materials Match the Weather

When you first begin your cosplay adventure, you may decide to buy a ready-made costume. Many cosplayers do, and there are companies that specialize in making cosplay costumes. However, the drawback to these costumes is that these companies usually won’t make them individually by each order, which means if you’d like your costume to be made of wool for a fall or winter Comic-Con, you’ll have to make it yourself. While this may take a great deal of time and effort, it’ll be worth it in the end. By making your costume’s materials match the weather, you’re ensuring that your cosplay experience will be pleasant no matter what time of the year it is. You’ll be warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and ready for rain.

Watch Your Feet

For most cosplayers, Comic-Con is serious business. They always want to look camera-ready. After all, there is always someone who wants to pose with a great Ironman or Wonder Woman lookalike. There are a couple of ways to make this happen. First, cosplayers should regularly check their hair and makeup to ensure that they’re always camera-ready. Next, they need to watch what they put on their feet. Slipping and falling, particularly on hard convention room floors, can have serious consequences. This includes serious injuries that could take them out of the game. When you’re preparing your costume for Comic-Con, make sure you can move around easily and safely in it.

Sometimes You Have to Sit

Making your first costume can be a bit intimidating. This feeling comes from inexperience and a lack of planning. While you can’t change the level of experience you have, you can at least address the planning aspect of costume making. You’ll want to breakdown the costume’s different components and, in the process, really think about what kinds of tools and materials you’ll need to make each portion of the costume. Once you know this, you can buy the materials and lay them out in your workspace: don’t skip this part. If you lay everything out ahead of time, you’re less likely to realize (too late) that you don’t have everything you need to finish your cosplay costume.

The word “cosplay” is a contraction of “costume + play.” That’s one of the reasons why fans love this form of dress-up, it’s an opportunity to play in the costumes of their favorite characters. When you’re getting your cosplay outfit ready for your first convention, you should remember this above all. Cosplay is intended to spark your sense of play. All of your costume preparation will be worth it if you keep this in mind.

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