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I figured this is the year the world ended so I might as well get off of my butt an cosplay. I’ve wanted to cosplay for years but confidence in my sewing skills and never being able to make up my mind about a character/costume have always held me back.

Well I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few years working on my sewing skills and my ability to alter and draft patterns and I’m in a place where I’m really happy with the clothes I’m making.

This year I have two cosplay’s planned; Clara from Doctor Who and Ryuko from Kill La Kill.

For Clara this is the waitress outfit she wore in Season 9 episode 12 “Hellbent. The Ryuko look is her street wear look from the series. I figured both would be a good places to start my cosplaying journey. The have easy silohuettes and I have patterns I can use to create the looks I want.

I have a planner that I developed specifically for sewing that includes swatches from my fabric stash with yardage and a listing of my pattern inventory. It’s really helpful when I go to the fabric store so that I don’t pick up duplicate patterns or when I look at patterns I can flip through my stash and see if I have anything I might want to make the pattern with that’s in my current fabric stash.

I find that with sewing projects there are certain prep steps that make a project go a lot smoother me and I’ll like the outcome of the garment if I do them from the outset. I’ve been really happen with my last couple of garments since I got my new iron. It steams better and has more surface area so I get a really good press on my seams.

I’ve found some great resources to help me in preparing and planning my cosplays here are the links for anyone who might be interested.

Cosplay 101: Budgeting For cosplay
A great video that talks about the early planning of cosplay. Mangosirene’s whole Cosplay 101 series is really interesting

Is an app that can help you plan your cosplay by storing reference pictures, keeping lists for the cosplay you can check of as you finish parts of the costume.

Cosplay Planning Project sheets
From for those who like physical planners. I found pages 3 and 4 of the PDF the most useful in my planner.


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