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Developing Cosplay Creation Skills

Most cosplayers have wondered what it would be like to create their own cosplay costume. After all, store bought cosplays can have many downsides and don’t hold the same personal value as an outfit created by hand. Over the years I have had trouble with finding cosplays in my size, are sturdy enough to LARP (live action role play) in, are affordable, look as authentic in real life as they do online, etc. However some people, like experienced cosplayer “Wing”, know the secret to having a great cosplay is to make it yourself. Background in fashion and over ten years of cosplay creating experience, Wing teaches cosplay making at Resobox. While observing one of Wing’s cosplay classes for beginner’s I learned that creating your own outfit is sometimes cheaper than buying one from a store, will fit you well when completed, and the fabric can be as strong or weak and as thick or thin as the creator would like. The power to control the cosplays details and dynamics is in the hands of the creator.

Wing’s cosplay-making classes are run Saturday afternoons and evenings at the Resobox – with beginner, intermediate, and advanced level courses offered. Beginners learn the amazingly intricate skill of pattern making, giving students the ability to create cosplays that can’t be found in stores and/or to create new interpretations of cosplays already in existence. This class also focuses on learning sewing and sewing terminology, and making fabric choices. More advanced courses include learning to do detailed stitching/embroidery, accessory making, and much more.

While observing the beginners cosplay class I picked up a few sewing essentials: 1) Never pull fabric through a sewing machine. Your hand should be guiding and directing the fabric only. Forcing the fabric even a little will result in puckering. 2) Reinforcing – called “back tack” – the beginning and end of a stitched line is important to the integrity of the cosplay. Use the sewing machine to go back and forth over the end and beginning an extra time. 3) Pattern making is a complex process that is made easier with tracing paper and patience. 4) In case of a cosplay mishap during a convention one should always carry a few safety pins and/or thread and needle. Every cosplayer experiences a wardrobe malfunction eventually!

Any great cosplay will have someone asking “Where did you get that?!” With a few classes from Wing, you could be proudly replying “I made it myself!”

—– Reported by Melissa Perrier

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RESOBOX, Inc.
41-26 27th St., Long Island City, NY 11101
TEL: 718-784-3680 | www.resobox.com

 

Intermediate student, Raymond, explains the master plan for his costume by presenting the patterns he’s created.

Tools such as a tracing wheel, tracing paper, and rulers are vital to pattern making.

Push pins are a simple and efficient way to make fabric remain as desired while sewing and designing.

Remember: Never force the fabric through the sewing machine. You will make your fabric pucker and your job more difficult.

The best part of any learning experience is getting it right! Practice and patience makes perfect.