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10 things NOT to do when preparing a cosplay

  1. Do not attempt to take on too much at once. Yes, it may seem really cool to make a working chainsaw out of craft foam and paper but it is practical? Probably not. Will it stress you out to no end? Absolutely. Start small and work your way up that way you can avoid mistakes and stress.
  2. Do not start your cosplay a month before the event you need it for. I promise you that unless you’re staying at home and not working or going to school or having any kind of a social life it isn’t happening. Especially if you’re ordering your costume, you need to make sure it fits properly and looks the way you want and if not you need to have the time to fix it or return it.
  3. Do not buy a fabric just because of the price. Whether you’re trying to keep things as cheap as possible or want the best fabric out there and are prepared to spend hundreds of dollars on just the fabric do your research! I promise you the cheapest fabric is not the best, if you’re looking to save money shop the sales or use coupons! And I also promise you the most expensive fabric is not the best. If you’re at Joann’s or a place like that ask the ladies at the cutting counter what they recommend. I used to work there and I promise we prefer helping people out than having to do returns on fabric you no longer want!
  4. Don’t panic. If you feel yourself getting worked up step away and do something unrelated. If you allow yourself to get into a panic your work will suffer.
  5. Don’t think you have more time than you do. I recommend starting a cosplay at least three months before you need it. This is for simple cosplays. IF your cosplay is more complex or you have less time on your hands you need to start much sooner. Thinking that a week will be plenty of time is a huge mistake. Things come up and you more than likely will get sidetracked.
  6. Don’t feel guilty. It’s very very common for you to feel guilty about spending time and money into your cosplays instead of giving it to your family or friends. Don’t feel bad about it. You need to do something for yourself once in a while.
  7. Don’t overthink it. This is supposed to be fun and creative, don’t overthink what you’re doing just feel your way through it.
  8. Don’t feel like you can’t do it. All of us doubt ourselves. The most important thing is to remember that we’re all different and not one of us is better than another. We’re all at our own skill levels and we all look different. That does not make you any better or any worse than anyone else.
  9. Don’t go spending crazy. Even if you have a ton of money, make yourself a budget or you’ll regret it. I usually tell myself for an easy cosplay no more than $150 and for something really really complex no more than $350. Now, please remember for me that’s just for the fabric. The shoes wigs and other accessories have their own budget depending on what they are.
  10. Don’t forget the PLAY part of cosplay. The whole point of this is to be able to be someone you aren’t and to have fun with it. Sitting around in a costume all grumpy and pouty isn’t fun. Get some sleep the night before and don’t forget to enjoy yourself!
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One thought on “10 things NOT to do when preparing a cosplay

  1. Also don’t give up. I can’t Count the number of times I’ve been halfway through making a costume and thinking this is absolute crap and ready to scrap the whole thing and then it turns out great

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