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Anime Expo 2014 Los Angeles - Death Note cosplay. His costume actually opened up for you to write someone’s name in it.

Photos by Jason at HandsInTheAir.net.

Featured Cosplayer 
rovenLST as C.C. from Code Geass

Photo By: TsukiLion

We talked with Roven about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:

What was the most challenging part of this costume? 

Roven:

The cosplay as a whole was really challenging due to the lackof experience I had at that time.Specifically the top part, which has a corset, was really hard.

I first thought of buying a cosert, cover it, and then add the other parts for the full top but it didn’t work, so I decided tomake my own.The problem is that if you want to make a corset, you need to have certainknowledge about measurements and patterns, unfortunately at that time I had ANY xD so it ended up looking very cheap :l

Another challenging part were the sleeves, since they have this crown weird shape, I did 3 rectangles and put a fusible interfacing inside so they could keep their shape.
Then i decorated it with lace and beads, this idea is fully credited to Fujiwara Kazuko’s costume 
http://silentcircus90.deviantart.com/art/The-Witch-and-Warlock-183842115
It was also my first time cutting a circle pattern for the sleeves

Someday in the future I might remake the entire cosplay trying to be as accurate as possible with the original design.

CosplayTutorial:

You mentioned that the skirt was “demolished” for use in another costume, do you reuse costume pieces often? What are the benefits of reusing or remaking costume pieces? 

Roven:

It happened with C.C. because I wasn’t satisfied at all with the outcome of the costume and it was also using too much space, so I decided to use that fabric and make a new one.

I usually use a lot fabric leftovers because I tend to buy lot more than what I will use, I make new costumes with fabric that I previously had from another costume. It is not the better option, because not always the material colour will match but hey, if you can save money with this, its OK I guess.

A benefit of remaking a costume piece is definitely see your own improvement.

CosplayTutorial:

What costume or costume piece are you most proud of?

Roven:

My Ion Fortuna cosplay! Is the most challenging thing I have ever done. I’m really proud of it, it took a while to get done, my skills improved a lot. It also 
made me able to see cosplay in a different way…

CosplayTutorial:

What would you say is your strongest cosplay skill? 

Roven:

I think is makeup, maybe.
My sewing skills are really bad, and I have never made a huge detailed prop so I think it will be makeup. 
I’m not like amazing but I know I’m better in make-up than anything else. I practice a lot and dedicate lots of time. For me that’s what makes the magic, it gives you the character´s expression, though I still believe I have to improve a lot more. 

CosplayTutorial:

What is your biggest cosplay pet peeve?

Roven:

This is a hard question, I have many ._.

I think the worst one is my messiness…, my room is always messy and I don’t even have space to walk, ahahha xD when I’m working in a costume, I make all this

mess and won’t fix it until the costume is done. Is really annoying, I should be more organized.

Love this cosplay? Let the cosplayer know! Follow her facebook page, deviantart and worldcosplay account and leave some comments!

Featured Cosplayer Miss Piratesavvy as Catwoman 
Photo By: Joits Photography
We talked with Lori about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:
You have a lot of comic book costumes, including other bat-villains such as Harley Quinn and Poison ivy. How did you get into comic books, and did that lead you to get into cosplay? MissPiratesavvy:
I grew up in a house where Star Wars, Godzilla, Batman (Adam West), were all normal things. So naturally when venturing to bookstores, I’d see my heroes and run over to the comic books section with my sister. That did lead me to cosplay because I wouldn’t have gone to any comic book conventions and discover this amazing world of cosplay!
CosplayTutorial:
On your page you mentioned that your mom is a superhero to you, has she helped with cosplay at all? You also mentioned she dressed up with you, did it take much convincing to get her to join you? MissPiratesavvy:
My mom has never personally helped me sew or make anything, but she will lend a helpful critic from time to time. Especially if something is too revealing haha. When we went to Comikaze, it did not take much convincing! My mom has always had a heart for the geek world and never had a problem expressing that part of herself, even when it wasn’t really as accepting as it is now. Starting with her R2D2 earrings…
CosplayTutorial:
Your catwoman costume looks hot! Temperature wise  Was it warm in the costume, or otherwise challenging to wear? MissPiratesavvy:
My Catwoman costume is surprisingly cool. I’ll even get cold in it when night falls. Probably one of my most comfortable outfits. Only challenging part for me were the heels. I’m not used to wearing heels so I do a lot of wobbling and tripping.
CosplayTutorial:
If you could cosplay anywhere in the world, where would you go?MissPiratesavvy:
If I could cosplay anywhere, it’d be Japan. Didn’t even have to think twice! 
CosplayTutorial:
I love this question because you can get all sorts of crazy answers: What is the weirdest or greatest question or comment a “normal” person has asked you while you were in cosplay?MissPiratesavvy:
There is a zipper over my crotch and up the bum on my Catwoman costume. A guy stopped me and said, “So that is a weird place to put a zipper. Is that how you pee or poop?” I started busting out laughing.

Love this cosplay? Let her know! Follow her facebook page and leave some comments!

Featured Cosplayer 
Miss Piratesavvy as Catwoman 

Photo By: Joits Photography

We talked with Lori about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:

You have a lot of comic book costumes, including other bat-villains such as Harley Quinn and Poison ivy. How did you get into comic books, and did that lead you to get into cosplay?

MissPiratesavvy:

I grew up in a house where Star Wars, Godzilla, Batman (Adam West), were all normal things. So naturally when venturing to bookstores, I’d see my heroes and run over to the comic books section with my sister. That did lead me to cosplay because I wouldn’t have gone to any comic book conventions and discover this amazing world of cosplay!

CosplayTutorial:

On your page you mentioned that your mom is a superhero to you, has she helped with cosplay at all? You also mentioned she dressed up with you, did it take much convincing to get her to join you?

MissPiratesavvy:

My mom has never personally helped me sew or make anything, but she will lend a helpful critic from time to time. Especially if something is too revealing haha. When we went to Comikaze, it did not take much convincing! My mom has always had a heart for the geek world and never had a problem expressing that part of herself, even when it wasn’t really as accepting as it is now. Starting with her R2D2 earrings…

CosplayTutorial:

Your catwoman costume looks hot! Temperature wise Was it warm in the costume, or otherwise challenging to wear?

MissPiratesavvy:

My Catwoman costume is surprisingly cool. I’ll even get cold in it when night falls. Probably one of my most comfortable outfits. Only challenging part for me were the heels. I’m not used to wearing heels so I do a lot of wobbling and tripping.

CosplayTutorial:

If you could cosplay anywhere in the world, where would you go?

MissPiratesavvy:

If I could cosplay anywhere, it’d be Japan. Didn’t even have to think twice!

CosplayTutorial:

I love this question because you can get all sorts of crazy answers: What is the weirdest or greatest question or comment a “normal” person has asked you while you were in cosplay?

MissPiratesavvy:

There is a zipper over my crotch and up the bum on my Catwoman costume. A guy stopped me and said, “So that is a weird place to put a zipper. Is that how you pee or poop?” I started busting out laughing.

Love this cosplay? Let her know! Follow her facebook page and leave some comments!

Featured Cosplayer 
Bossbot
as Princess Serenity from Sailor Moon

Photo By: Stephane Laroche

We talked with Bossbot about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:

You’ve been cosplaying since 2005, that’s quite awhile! You’ve probably seen a lot of changes in the community and the hobby itself. What change has had the most influence on you?

Bossbot:

The change that’s had the most influence on me would have to be the uprising of “elitism” as most like to call it. I’m somewhat of a veteran cosplayer now, having gotten into the cosplay scene when it was still relatively fresh. However, over the years I’ve seen a definite downward spiral in the community, though it hasn’t influenced my in a very negative way. The downhill trek has actually encouraged me to become better at what I do. The thing I see most people forget, and it’s really unfortunate, is that everyone starts somewhere. I certainly don’t expect to master anything overnight, and neither should anyone else.

CosplayTutorial:

What is the weirdest thing you have used to create a cosplay piece?

Bossbot:

The weirdest thing I’ve ever used to make a cosplay piece, huh? I’d have to say glass baubles for my FFVII version Tifa cosplay. I don’t have very many pictures of it, but for the “bumps” on her armor (both elbow and shoe) were made using those flat back glass things you find at the dollar store, bottoms of vases, that sort of thing.

CosplayTutorial:

I noticed you take commissions, do you find the experience of making a costume for yourself is different from making a costume for someone else?

Bossbot:

The experience is definitely different, especially since that person isn’t right there for a fitting. Each person’s body has certain measurements, and while I can get as detailed a list as possible, there’s just nothing like fitting it to the actual person.
(Anecdote: Case in point, I made a halloween costume for a former coworker of mine, it was a really nice pirate costume. Well, she gave me her measurements and I made it. Great, right? Well no, it actually almost fell off, she was drowning in it!! I triple and quadruple checked her measurements, but something was still wrong. I ended up taking the entire costume in to my measurements and go figure, it fit! I still to this day don’t know what happened.)

CosplayTutorial:

You have the "open book" cosplay badges on your facebook for Tailoring and Wig styling so I am guessing you have some great advice for both crafts. What are your number #1 wig styling and tailoring tips?

Bossbot:

My #1 wig styling tip is PATIENCE. The biggest mistakes I ever make on wigs are 9/10 caused by rushing. Take your time, go slow, and if you’re not sure on something, stop and take a while to research it or ask. You can never learn too much.

My #1 tailoring tip is always make things just a little bit bigger than you think you need. You can always take a garment in, but you can never let it out.

CosplayTutorial:

I see that some of your hobbies include singing, writing and painting, do you bring any of that into cosplay? Either for construction, competition or otherwise?

Bossbot:

Whenever I don my Ariel costumes, I periodically burst into song! As for writing, I haven’t yet incorporated that into cosplay, but I have painted my fair share of designs on my costumes and props. I haven’t yet brought any of these talents to competitions, but I think if I do go on stage, I’ll definitely have to sing in my pink Ariel dress.

CosplayTutorial:

Anything else you’d like to add?

Bossbot:

If I had one thing to add, it would be “don’t be afraid.” If there’s a costume you want to do, don’t hold yourself back because someone told you that you couldn’t do it. I never would’ve made it where I am today without taking risks, without learning or without trying. Take your skills into account, if there are gaps, fill them. As an open book cosplayer, I am more than willing to help and I know many others who are as well. We all started the hard way with Google, and that method still holds true, but there’s nothing quite like asking a real human being for help. So don’t be afraid, do what you love because you love it, not because of anyone else’s nay-say.

Love this cosplay? Let the cosplayer know! Follow her on facebook and leave some comments!

Featured Cosplayer 
odire-san as Ester Blanchette from Trinity Blood.

Photo By: ocumagnus

We talked with Odire about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:

There are a lot of little details involved with Trinity Blood outfits. What was the most challenging part of this costume for you?

Odire:

Yeah! There is a LOT of details on it; even the simplest design is complicated. For me, the most challenging with this version of Esther was the skirt specially those blue designs. With a mold I have to paint every single design, one by one. It toke me almost a week just with that and in the end I couldn’t finish it because I ran out of paint. Also the armor was a challenge too ‘cause I didn’t do that before. I look on the internet a lot of tutorials and also ask my friends how to make something like that. I think those two things were the most complicated for me.

CosplayTutorial:

You mentioned this costume was a year of work, is this the longest you have spent making a cosplay?

Odire:

Well yeah, it took me a year… a lot of money so I did little by little. Also with the time limitations, thanks to my work and the collage, it took more than expected. It’s the longest one I have made. Trinity Blood have a lot of details everywhere. I spend months seen images, other people’s costume, all just to have much reference to start with. 

CosplayTutorial:

 You mentioned that this was your first photoshoot, how was the experience? Anything you learned from it?

Odire:

Yes, it was. I have a lot of fun. Trying to find and make the right posses for the photos. Helping my friends with they’re costumes. Even if at the end of the day we get tired it was REALLY fun. I hope to have more of it.

CosplayTutorial:

You also draw and have a lot of your drawings on deviantart. Do you find that drawing helps you with cosplay at all? 

Odire:

Yeah, I stared my deviant for the sake of it but now there’re more things I want to try. It helps me a lot. Every time a start with a project I draw the whole costume, front and back and them every single piece separate. Also, if the costume has a design that can’t be find in a fabric (like the skirt of Esther) it’s really helpful. Of course that doesn’t mean that is necessary but it’s really helpful.

CosplayTutorial:

Any idea what you’ll be making next? 

Odire:

That’s hard to say. I have a lot of characters in my “wish list”. I prefer to keep that a secret. All I can say is that I’m working on two costumes right now; for a event on my country. A gijinka and a character from Tsubasa Chronicles Reservoir, but that’s all. 

Love this cosplay? Let the cosplayer know! Follow her on deviantart, worldcosplay or her personal blog (in spanish) and leave some comments!

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Featured Cosplayer
Kurai Of Anagura as Queen Nehelenia from Sailor Moon

Photo By: xx-lil-xx

We talked with Kurai about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:
Okay I have to start with this quote from the image on deviantart: ” I worked 7 wigs to one wig that you see now.” Wow that is a lot of wigs! What did you use all seven wigs for, and was it heavy? 

Kurai:
I used 5 150cm wigs and 2 75cm wigs. I sewed the second and part third wig into the first basis wig, with the 4th and the leftover of the third I enlonged the whole wig. I glued strand after strand together with clear silicone to achieve the typical Sailor Moon length 

The 5th wig became the pigtails.
One of the shorter wigs was used for the Odangos and with the last wig I sewed the parting on top of the wig.
All in all it was very hairy and the wig weighs around 1,5kg :)

CosplayTutorial:
You mentioned that you worked with *LilyMilkshake and ~Naousuke to make this costume, do you prefer to collaborate or work on your own?

Kurai:
I actually like to work alone with people xD I just love it to have people around me while working (mostly on the phone), but nobody’s allowed to meddle with my work unless I ask for their opinion.

Nothing’s more fun than partner or group cosplays! You’re never alone when you meet problems or difficulties and wearing the cosplay is just ten times more fun than alone :) 

Especially with my partners here it was really great. Whenever I felt down they cheered me up and also vice versa.

CosplayTutorial:
Do you have any rituals, superstitions or traditions for cosplay or conventions? 

Kurai:
I always need a decent amount of background noises. Most of the times I play cartoons or sitcomes in the background (like Avatar the Last Airbender, Scrubs, Young Justice) or talk to people on the phone. I also tend to talk to my sewing machine, my glue gun or my scissors. I have the feeling that without a mutual understanding between me and my tools no cosplay can be done! And we all know the frustration if your sewing machine won’t do what you want it to do!

CosplayTutorial:
You represented Germany at the European Cosplay Gathering last year, that’s really impressive! How did you prepare for the finals? Do you have any tips for cosplayers looking to compete in masquerades or other contests? 

Kurai:
We represented Germany in the Finals 2013, so I can talk from experience.

I made myself a very strict schedule. Every evening after work I would at least work for 2 hours on my finals cosplay and on wednesday the whole evening. 

My tips would be: make a plan. And follow this plan. Make a list of things you want to do today, writing it done works magic. Take all the good vibes from your friends you can get, the support of them and you cosplay partners it what can drive you through the hardest of trials. Train your skit until you’re 100% sure you can do it on stage.
And most important of all: start early xD

Love this cosplay? Let the cosplayer know! Follow her facebook page or deviantart and leave some comments!

Don’t be afraid to ask other cosplayers for advice! Someone who has already made the costume can tell you what to avoid and what worked which saves you time, stress and money. I always suggest including other cosplayers when gathering references so you can see what they did that you like, but you can also keep them in mind when you get stuck. Most cosplayers will be happy to share their secrets if you ask nicely :)

Don’t be afraid to ask other cosplayers for advice! 

Someone who has already made the costume can tell you what to avoid and what worked which saves you time, stress and money. I always suggest including other cosplayers when gathering references so you can see what they did that you like, but you can also keep them in mind when you get stuck. Most cosplayers will be happy to share their secrets if you ask nicely :)


Featured Cosplayer

Little Finch as Mitsuru from Persona 3

We talked with Little Finch about their costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:
How did you get into cosplay?

Finch:
I got into cosplay by mistake, actually. I did a Chun Li costume for Halloween one year and then I found out that Anime North had a costume contest, so I decided to wear it.

CosplayTutorial:
What did you find the most challenging part of making this costume?

Finch:
The most challenging things about this costume were the pintucks and the hem of the shirt. The fabric was difficult to work with so the pintucks took a lot of assistance and a lot of correction. You can’t see it in the picture since Mitsuru’s shirt is always tucked in, but the shirt has a curved hem, which is also a little tricky. This was my first time doing one.

CosplayTutorial:
What is your number 1 cosplay tip for beginners?

Finch:
My number one tip for beginners is to remember that cosplay should be about having fun! Whether your fun comes from creating costumes or bringing the characters you love to life, that should be the first thing in your mind. Also remember that the internet can be a cruel place, so try not to let harsh criticism stop you from doing the things you love (I’m still getting over this part, actually)

CosplayTutorial:
One unique thing you do for your friends and fans on facebook is create in-costume signs with people’s names on it. That’s such a fun idea! What sparked that idea and how long have you been doing it for?

Finch:
The pictures I take for people were inspired by a fellow cosplayer, ThatAsianPerson, who introduced me to the concept of ‘fansigns’. I like it because it gives my page a kind of personal and interactive aspect. Since I’m all about character in my cosplay, I pick different fonts for each character to give them a different feeling. My Saber ones are from last March and they were the first ones I ever did, so I guess I’ve been doing it for about a year now.

CosplayTutorial: 
You’re also one of the host/butlers of the Knave of Hearts cafe. How is that experience similar to and/or different from cosplay?

Finch:
Knave of Hearts is a great project to be on, since it’s just a bunch of friends doing what we love. It’s very similar to cosplay for me, because we all play original character within the cafe so I’m dressing up and playing a role, which is exactly what I do when I cosplay. There’s just more responsibility, obviously, since we have to make sure our events run smoothly, but we all manage to have a good time as well.

Love this cosplay? Let the cosplayer know! Follow their facebook page or tumblr and leave some comments! 

Featured Cosplayer
Little Finch as Mitsuru from Persona 3

We talked with Little Finch about their costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:
How did you get into cosplay?

Finch:
I got into cosplay by mistake, actually. I did a Chun Li costume for Halloween one year and then I found out that Anime North had a costume contest, so I decided to wear it.

CosplayTutorial:
What did you find the most challenging part of making this costume?

Finch:
The most challenging things about this costume were the pintucks and the hem of the shirt. The fabric was difficult to work with so the pintucks took a lot of assistance and a lot of correction. You can’t see it in the picture since Mitsuru’s shirt is always tucked in, but the shirt has a curved hem, which is also a little tricky. This was my first time doing one.

CosplayTutorial:
What is your number 1 cosplay tip for beginners?

Finch:
My number one tip for beginners is to remember that cosplay should be about having fun! Whether your fun comes from creating costumes or bringing the characters you love to life, that should be the first thing in your mind. Also remember that the internet can be a cruel place, so try not to let harsh criticism stop you from doing the things you love (I’m still getting over this part, actually)

CosplayTutorial:
One unique thing you do for your friends and fans on facebook is create in-costume signs with people’s names on it. That’s such a fun idea! What sparked that idea and how long have you been doing it for?

Finch:
The pictures I take for people were inspired by a fellow cosplayer, ThatAsianPerson, who introduced me to the concept of ‘fansigns’. I like it because it gives my page a kind of personal and interactive aspect. Since I’m all about character in my cosplay, I pick different fonts for each character to give them a different feeling. My Saber ones are from last March and they were the first ones I ever did, so I guess I’ve been doing it for about a year now.

CosplayTutorial: 
You’re also one of the host/butlers of the Knave of Hearts cafe. How is that experience similar to and/or different from cosplay?

Finch:
Knave of Hearts is a great project to be on, since it’s just a bunch of friends doing what we love. It’s very similar to cosplay for me, because we all play original character within the cafe so I’m dressing up and playing a role, which is exactly what I do when I cosplay. There’s just more responsibility, obviously, since we have to make sure our events run smoothly, but we all manage to have a good time as well.

Love this cosplay? Let the cosplayer know! Follow their facebook page or tumblr and leave some comments! 

Featured Cosplayer:Kritzelkatze Cosplay as Undine from Tales of Symphonia 
Photo By: greencat
We talked with Kritzelkatze about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:My what big ears you have! How did you go about making the ears? Kritzelkatze:The ears were actually quite the experiment xD Once again, craft foam proved to be a cosplayer’s best friend: since I had no experience with other methods, I tried out the first crazy idea that popped into my mind, glued three layers (back, front and thickened upper edge) onto each other and tried attaching them to my own ears with spirit gum for fitting. They didn’t come off too easily, and even though I still felt their weight after I had taken them off, it was comfortable enough to stick with it and cover them in paper maché. Then I just had to paint them and add some light and shadow to create the 3D illusion.
CosplayTutorial:Why did you choose a bodysuit over just bodypaint? Can you share some pros and cons?Kritzelkatze:To be honest, going with a full bodypaint never occurred to me. I wasn’t even sure my partial paint would survive an entire day, save a weekend, at a convention - especially if you wanna be able to greet friends with a hug without ruining their outfits ^^ Sewing a suit also meant the purple tattoos had to be painted on only once, cutting the get-into-costume time to roughly 2-3 hours instead of at least twice as long. Also, the con was in spring, and I almost froze to death even with my corsage underneath. Which brings me to another reason to decide for a suit: I feel a lot more comfortable when I can manipulate my body shape a bit and don’t have to worry about sucking in my stomach all the time  It took two helpers to get into the suit though since it stretched just enough to serve as the second skin I wanted it to be. And of course, the fabric’s edge became more visible as the paint did rub off a bit over time. Still, the benefits did outweigh the drawbacks by far and it was the right choice for me.
CosplayTutorial:On your facebook you mention that cosplay allows you to tackle “a few big challenges every year.” What was the biggest challenge for making this costume? Kritzelkatze:
In this case, getting it done at all I guess ^.^”
I had never before been that close to just say “screw it”. So much went wrong and many tedious things had to be re-done until time and even my patience ran out, but a friend’s comment (“The Doctor and Rose told me it’s gonna be brilliant!”) saved the day. I mean, after that, how could I not pull myself together and do everything in my power to finish it? ;D However, the character design intrigued me right from the start because I could try many new things: an unnatural skin color, figuring out how to get that water-like flow into the skirt, sewing a bodysuit for the first time, creating the ears, making and painting a water sword… it all made me want to do it so much, and in the end, I’m very proud that the hard work did pay off =3.
CosplayTutorial:And the last question is just a bit of fun. How would you finish this sentence? “You know you’re a cosplayer when…” Kritzelkatze:Good question! You know you’re a cosplayer when you enjoy your time in costume and get curious stares from strangers because you look out of the ordinary! After all, it’s a combination of costume and play, thus being a character for a day and displaying your love or admiration for that character while meeting other fans and making new friends is what makes cosplaying so special. No matter if you have the time and skill to create an elaborate costume or pick a less complex one to simply have a great time with friends, at the end of the day, for each and every one of us it’s the same kind of passion, isn’t it? 

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Featured Cosplayer:
Kritzelkatze Cosplay as Undine from Tales of Symphonia 

Photo By: greencat

We talked with Kritzelkatze about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:
My what big ears you have! How did you go about making the ears?

Kritzelkatze:
The ears were actually quite the experiment xD Once again, craft foam proved to be a cosplayer’s best friend: since I had no experience with other methods, I tried out the first crazy idea that popped into my mind, glued three layers (back, front and thickened upper edge) onto each other and tried attaching them to my own ears with spirit gum for fitting. They didn’t come off too easily, and even though I still felt their weight after I had taken them off, it was comfortable enough to stick with it and cover them in paper maché. Then I just had to paint them and add some light and shadow to create the 3D illusion.

CosplayTutorial:
Why did you choose a bodysuit over just bodypaint? Can you share some pros and cons?

Kritzelkatze:
To be honest, going with a full bodypaint never occurred to me. I wasn’t even sure my partial paint would survive an entire day, save a weekend, at a convention - especially if you wanna be able to greet friends with a hug without ruining their outfits ^^ Sewing a suit also meant the purple tattoos had to be painted on only once, cutting the get-into-costume time to roughly 2-3 hours instead of at least twice as long. Also, the con was in spring, and I almost froze to death even with my corsage underneath. Which brings me to another reason to decide for a suit: I feel a lot more comfortable when I can manipulate my body shape a bit and don’t have to worry about sucking in my stomach all the time It took two helpers to get into the suit though since it stretched just enough to serve as the second skin I wanted it to be. And of course, the fabric’s edge became more visible as the paint did rub off a bit over time. Still, the benefits did outweigh the drawbacks by far and it was the right choice for me.

CosplayTutorial:
On your facebook you mention that cosplay allows you to tackle “a few big challenges every year.” What was the biggest challenge for making this costume?

Kritzelkatze:

In this case, getting it done at all I guess ^.^”

I had never before been that close to just say “screw it”. So much went wrong and many tedious things had to be re-done until time and even my patience ran out, but a friend’s comment (“The Doctor and Rose told me it’s gonna be brilliant!”) saved the day. I mean, after that, how could I not pull myself together and do everything in my power to finish it? ;D
However, the character design intrigued me right from the start because I could try many new things: an unnatural skin color, figuring out how to get that water-like flow into the skirt, sewing a bodysuit for the first time, creating the ears, making and painting a water sword… it all made me want to do it so much, and in the end, I’m very proud that the hard work did pay off =3.

CosplayTutorial:
And the last question is just a bit of fun. How would you finish this sentence? “You know you’re a cosplayer when…”

Kritzelkatze:
Good question!
You know you’re a cosplayer when you enjoy your time in costume and get curious stares from strangers because you look out of the ordinary!
After all, it’s a combination of costume and play, thus being a character for a day and displaying your love or admiration for that character while meeting other fans and making new friends is what makes cosplaying so special. No matter if you have the time and skill to create an elaborate costume or pick a less complex one to simply have a great time with friends, at the end of the day, for each and every one of us it’s the same kind of passion, isn’t it?

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Featured Cosplayer: 
Moguai as Princess Zelda from LoZ: Wind Waker

Photo By: Rocke4

We talked with Moguai about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial: 
How did you get into cosplay as a hobby?

Moguai:
When I went to my first convention I was 16 and I fell in love with the people who were wearing that “super cool costumes”, I made a few questions to them and I started in cosplay that same year, wearing an Inoue Orihime cosplay from Bleach (It was sewed by mi grandmother) thanks to a friend that use to do cosplay earlier than me, but I had to leave it due to University and once I finished, I came back to cosplay one two years ago.

CosplayTutorial:
How do you choose what characters to cosplay?

Moguai:
I choose characters from games or animes that had been important in my life, and of course if I see a pretty one, I like to investigate where they come from, thanks to that I’ve discovered a lot of new stuff.

CosplayTutorial:
What was the most challenging part of your Princess Zelda costume?

Moguai:
The most challenging thing from my Zelda cosplay has been the crown, because it`s not a full head crown but a tiara and the challenge was to make it stay in the head without falling down and I really wanted it to look realistic, with no elastic on the head or else; but in the end it looked great ^^.

CosplayTutorial:
What is the weirdest or greatest question or comment a “normal” person has asked you while you were in cosplay?

Moguai:
When I was wearing my Princess Peach cosplay a group of 5 boys came running to hug me and one of them told me: “You’ve been my sexual fantasy since I was a kid”… that made me feel dirty XD. It also happened that I uploaded my Princess Peach’s pictures and a “person” commented on one of them “what do you wear under the cosplay? I answered as normal as I could but he insisted to know piece by piece what was I wearing under… weird people XDDD

CosplayTutorial:
If you had unlimited budget and unlimited time, what cosplay would you want to make?

Moguai:
If I had unlimited budget and time I would definitely work on Samus Meroid armor, that is one of my dreamed cosplays, with leds and mechanichal parts, I would be awesome to wear that, a real dream come truth. Maybe one day, who knows ^^!

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Featured CosplayerTurtleen as Mondo from Dangan Ronpa
Photo By: Amaleigh Photography
We talked with turtleen about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial: Wow that wig! How did you accomplish the pompadour? Turtleen:There’s a paper towel roll sewn into the crown of the wig (http://i.imgur.com/qzoKBTm.jpg), after curling it, I arranged strands of hair around the roll and used plenty of freeze spray and hair glue! It held up fine that way originally, but the wind at Anime North was pretty crazy, so emergency bobbypins had to be added, and I’d definitely recommend using them in the first place because of that!
CosplayTutorial: There is also a lot of detail on the coat, how did you do the designs? Embroidery? Turtleen:Yup, it’s embroidery. I’m lucky enough to have a machine that can do custom embroidery designs, which I planned to use for it (this is how the designs look on the program for it http://i.imgur.com/MNzZ0BK.png). But it’s an old machine and so the hoop is small and it turned out being too much work to break up the design and line it up every time for the dragon and oni on the front and sleeve. So instead I ended up printing off the vectors I made and using those as a template to go over with the built-in embroidery stitches (http://i.imgur.com/ho1WV5S.jpg). While the kanji on the back didn’t look right using the program, so I wrote them on with chalk and did the same.
CosplayTutorial: How much time did you spend on this costume? It looks like it took awhile! Turtleen:Wow I don’t even want to try to add it up, but definitely over 100 hours. I know the oni on the front of the coat took nearly 20, I was in some sort of haze for most of the embroidery on the back, but I spent most of my waking hours for about a week doing that. It was a dark period in my life, spent chained to the sewing machine. The saving grace being having the fridge right beside me…
CosplayTutorial: How do you choose what characters to cosplay? Turtleen:My biggest concern is how much I like the character! I’m an actor so how well I can portray their personality for pictures and such is also definitely really important, but if I like them, I probably feel confident in that area! Normally how well I suit them in appearance is something I think about too, but if I like a character enough, as you can see from Mondo, I don’t care too much. He’s over 6’ and extremely muscular…I’m 5’2”, pretty babyfaced and just…no muscle at all. The character gets bonus points if the costume looks like it would be fun or a challenge to make, or if I have friends to do a group cosplay with me! On the other hand, I’m uncomfortable with showing my stomach, so I’ll only do something with an exposed stomach if I can change it a little to fix that.
CosplayTutorial: If you were stuck cosplaying one character for every con from now on, who would you choose? Turtleen:That’s a really tough question! Can I do different versions? Mondo’s wig has taken a beating by now so I’d like to make a new one, but he would definitely be up there! Beatrice from Umineko no Naku Koro Ni is a lot of fun too, or Waver from Fate/Zero, solely because I have the most fantastic Rider to bum around with! I’m also currently working on Shakespeare from Fate/Apocrypha and being from a town famous for its Shakespearean theatre and a huge fan of theatre and Shakespeare in particular, that’s like a culmination of my entire life, so if I’m allowed to finish it before being forced into one costume forever, that might make up my mind… I’m sorry, this isn’t really an answer, oops.

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Featured Cosplayer
Turtleen
as Mondo from Dangan Ronpa

Photo ByAmaleigh Photography

We talked with turtleen about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial: 
Wow that wig! How did you accomplish the pompadour?

Turtleen:
There’s a paper towel roll sewn into the crown of the wig (http://i.imgur.com/qzoKBTm.jpg), after curling it, I arranged strands of hair around the roll and used plenty of freeze spray and hair glue! It held up fine that way originally, but the wind at Anime North was pretty crazy, so emergency bobbypins had to be added, and I’d definitely recommend using them in the first place because of that!

CosplayTutorial: 
There is also a lot of detail on the coat, how did you do the designs? Embroidery?

Turtleen:
Yup, it’s embroidery. I’m lucky enough to have a machine that can do custom embroidery designs, which I planned to use for it (this is how the designs look on the program for it http://i.imgur.com/MNzZ0BK.png). But it’s an old machine and so the hoop is small and it turned out being too much work to break up the design and line it up every time for the dragon and oni on the front and sleeve. So instead I ended up printing off the vectors I made and using those as a template to go over with the built-in embroidery stitches (http://i.imgur.com/ho1WV5S.jpg). While the kanji on the back didn’t look right using the program, so I wrote them on with chalk and did the same.

CosplayTutorial: 
How much time did you spend on this costume? It looks like it took awhile!

Turtleen:
Wow I don’t even want to try to add it up, but definitely over 100 hours. I know the oni on the front of the coat took nearly 20, I was in some sort of haze for most of the embroidery on the back, but I spent most of my waking hours for about a week doing that. It was a dark period in my life, spent chained to the sewing machine. The saving grace being having the fridge right beside me…

CosplayTutorial: 
How do you choose what characters to cosplay?

Turtleen:
My biggest concern is how much I like the character! I’m an actor so how well I can portray their personality for pictures and such is also definitely really important, but if I like them, I probably feel confident in that area! Normally how well I suit them in appearance is something I think about too, but if I like a character enough, as you can see from Mondo, I don’t care too much. He’s over 6’ and extremely muscular…I’m 5’2”, pretty babyfaced and just…no muscle at all. The character gets bonus points if the costume looks like it would be fun or a challenge to make, or if I have friends to do a group cosplay with me! On the other hand, I’m uncomfortable with showing my stomach, so I’ll only do something with an exposed stomach if I can change it a little to fix that.

CosplayTutorial: 
If you were stuck cosplaying one character for every con from now on, who would you choose?

Turtleen:
That’s a really tough question! Can I do different versions? Mondo’s wig has taken a beating by now so I’d like to make a new one, but he would definitely be up there! Beatrice from Umineko no Naku Koro Ni is a lot of fun too, or Waver from Fate/Zero, solely because I have the most fantastic Rider to bum around with! I’m also currently working on Shakespeare from Fate/Apocrypha and being from a town famous for its Shakespearean theatre and a huge fan of theatre and Shakespeare in particular, that’s like a culmination of my entire life, so if I’m allowed to finish it before being forced into one costume forever, that might make up my mind… I’m sorry, this isn’t really an answer, oops.

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Featured Cosplayer
Anthy Michaelis as Seth Nightroad from Trinity Blood

Photo by: Goku Abreu

We talked with this Dominican cosplayer about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:  
Wow! There is a lot of frills and details involved in this cosplay, what did you find the most challenging part of making this?

Anthy:
Well, the hardest part in most of the Trinity Blood cosplays is figuring out the costume! Most of Thores’ designs are smashingly beautiful, but very complicated to understand. The lucky part is that there are lots of illustrations of Seth and cosplayers that have made the costume, that makes it easier and one does add its own details to it. Besides that, the other most complicated part is the breastplate (Im working on a tutorial of it) I had to make it twice because the first time I didn’t feel satisfied at all with the result.

CosplayTutorial:  
A hat, wig, contacts, cape, stockings, armor … how long does it take you to get into this costume?

Anthy:
In fact, the most difficult part of dressing up and playing the character is… The makeup, for the process of looking like a vampire, and that I’m dark skinned. I remember that for the event and the shoot, we lasted approximately one hour and a half between applying make up and the lenses. After that stage, is so easy, it was only hard for the stockings, because the laces of the shoes were sewn/pasted on the stocking while I was wearing them, haha! In the rush of going to the Con, it was like two hours and a half.

CosplayTutorial:  
You’re from the Dominican Republic which, like a lot of the Caribbean, celebrates Carnival. Do you dress up for Carnival or take inspiration from the colourful and detailed costumes?

Anthy:
Yeah! I’ve participated on the country’s carnival, it is held on february, we have one coming up! We had a small group of cosplayers then, we all went to march on different series cosplays. But I haven’t had the opportunity to make some carnival inspired costume yet, they are indeed very detailed.

CosplayTutorial:  
If you could cosplay anywhere in the world (either at a con, or for a photoshoot) where would you want to go?

Anthy:
One of my cosplayer dream is to go and participate on the USA Katsucon and the Japan Expo on Paris. Those two are the conventions that catches more my attention for the quantity of international cosplayers that attend them. But I would like to go to other conventions and even participate on some contests and panels.

CosplayTutorial:  
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us!

Anthy:
Again thank you so much for the opportunity! im very honored and happy!

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Featured Cosplayer
BenaeQueen as Clockwork Droid from Doctor Who

Photo by: Chris Gampat

We talked with this American cosplayer about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial: 
When I first saw the episode I loved the clockwork droids and wanted to cosplay them, I thought they were creepy in such a great way! What made you decide to cosplay as a droid?

BenaeQueen:
I’ve been wanting a creepy villain Doctor Who costume for a while, specifically a Weeping Angel. However, I just don’t have the space in my tiny apartment to craft such an intense costume or even to store it when not in use. 

While looking over my collection of costumes, I stopped on my Marie Antoinette dress and was bummed I hadn’t worn it in a while. I put a LOT of work into that costume - using historically accurate patterns and even hand sewing a lot of it. Letting it sit in my closet unworn was a waste of all that time and energy. I was thinking about how to re-purpose it when the idea struck me to use make a Clockwork Droid out of it. This meant I didn’t have to make an entirely new gown, just a mask, wig, and jabot for the bodice. I had meant to do it for Dragon*Con 2013, but I ran out of time while finishing some other costumes up. Instead, I finished it for NYCC 2013 for the (quite large) Doctor Who costume photo shoot.

CosplayTutorial: 
Was it tough to see in the mask? How did you accomplish the entirely dark eye holes?

BenaeQueen:
It isn’t really, you just get tunnel vision since you can only see straight ahead. Luckily the mask is attached to a headband under the wig and just flips up to walk down stairs or get some air. I used a single sock that had no mate (laundry mishap) and stretched and glued it tight over the eye holes inside. I can see out of it well and make out friends’ faces.

CosplayTutorial: 
What did you find the most challenging part of the costume?

BenaeQueen:
Construction wasn’t really a challenge, wearing it was. Since I had originally made this to be a period garment, there are a LOT of layers involved. There is a chemise top, pocket hoops, stays, knee high stockings, the heavy silk under skirt, and then the heavy silk “robe” over top. With all of that is the jabot over the décolletage with its layers of ruffles, a wig cap to keep my hair in line, the wig over that, and then the mask (which has no ventilation besides the nose and eyes). The whole thing takes almost an hour to get into. I really only last about an hour in the costume before I was ready to take it off from the heat.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BenaeQueeCostumer
Cosplay.com:  http://www.cosplay.com/member/101584 

Like the mask? Read the tutorial to make it here.

Featured Cosplayer
TsukiLion as Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier 

Photo by: bleulilo

We talked with this Dominican Republic cosplayer about her costumes and the hobby, read the interview below!

CosplayTutorial:  
I know wearing regular shoes around the con can wear on your feet but hose heels are pretty high! Any tips for cosplayers who wear high heels during a convention?

TsukiLion
I’m such a mess walking on high heels actually haha, but it’s true that many characters “requires” them, I think I’d say, try to sit once in a while so you can rest your feet and even taking the heels off!…then again when you feel better…suffering begins again! hah

CosplayTutorial
You also cosplayed an awesome Alexiel from Angel Sanctuary and a variety of other characters, how do you decide who to dress as? 

TsukiLion:
Thank you so much ^//^…I think I just fall in love desperately of a character haha, I love the ones who has beautiful details or simply a badass personality, I used to chose the very sadist type of character but I think it may vary, but most of all, I just love them [in all ways].

CosplayTutorial
What’s the best part of cosplay for you?

TsukiLion:
The friends you make! You may be shy or feeling so understimate, but whenever you take the courage to cosplay the people that reach to you it’s amazing.

CosplayTutorial
If you had unlimited budget and unlimited time, what cosplay would you want to make?

TsukiLion:
The one that comes in mind right now would be Alice [white version] from the Shibamoto Thores Artbook “Scissors Crown”…I bet we all know hence I mentioned Thores it’s just a crazy amount of details but gorgeous characters!

CosplayTutorial:
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! 

TsukiLion
Thank you again for the opportunity ^^

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