Cosplay is a dream come true!

My Jem cosplay 2015 - homemade costume :)

My Jem cosplay 2015 – a homemade costume :)

If you’ve ever dreamt about being one of your favourite cartoon characters or superheroes, well let me tell you that cosplay is where it’s at! I’m not kidding, it’s so much fun – or should I say SEW much fun lol! I basically knew that I wanted to do a cosplay of Jem a long time before the comic convention in Winnipeg, and so whenever I went out I was always keeping an eye out for cosplay pieces. I found the pink shoes first so I picked them up on the spot – where else but at a thrift store! They are super comfy flats so I can’t go wrong with that. Something to keep in mind with any cosplay outfit is comfort as many times when you put something on you want to be able to wear it around for quite a while without getting sore or sweaty. Anywho, that started the ball rolling.

Then, I was on Amazon one day and I found out that someone was selling light up Jem earrings so I decided to get those in order to add to my look. You can’t be Jem without her special Synergy earrings after all. So I put in a pre-order for them, and had to wait a long time to get them as they were a popular item shipping from overseas. And basically they worked, my only complaint was that they were red and not pink. I may paint them one of these days.

Next thing I thought was, “I need a wig!” So I waited until Halloween season rolled around and finally they came out with some rock star wigs. I found the perfect one at Value Village so I snatched that one right up! Of course, no wig is perfect right out of the bag, so I had to spend an evening giving it a trim until it was just right. Now I’m no hair dresser, so I did the best I could within the time frame that I had. If I really wanted to make it perfect I would take it to a real hair dresser, but of course being on a tight budget, I decided this was good enough for now. Some people spend quite a bit on their cosplay and that’s fine if you can afford it, but DIY works for me so to each their own. :)

Last, but not least, I had to figure out the costume… um, yeah. The tough part. I knew that I didn’t want to go with the classic pink outfit that every store/cosplayer uses, so I searched through some Jem screenshots of different outfits and this purple top was one that I particularly liked. I think it’s unique and knew that I could probably sew it up pretty fast, which I did! I took one morning sewing it up without a pattern – basically just used one of my tops as a pattern for the top, minus one shoulder, then I made the skirt by wrapping some white fabric around my body, pinning it and sewing as I went. I had to sew it up in parts and trim but since it was jersey material I didn’t worry about hemming and I think it turned out fine. (I really like jersey for certain projects!) I kind of went with what flattered my figure for the skirt too since I gained a bit of weight the past couple years. And I think that’s what great about cosplay is that no matter your body type, you can make it what you want and need! I love being able to sew my own clothes, (still need lots of practice, but enjoying the journey), and that once I’m done, I have something that I can wear any time that fits perfectly!

So I wore my outfit to the C4 Winnipeg Convention and got quite a few people who enjoyed my costume and actually knew who I was which is always a bonus. :p Some really appreciated the fact that I chose an outfit other than the standard one to cosplay. And while I was at the con, I managed to find someone selling buttons of the new Jem comic and someone was able to burn into wood a pic of Jem, so I was thrilled. It’s pretty hard to find homemade stuff for her nowadays.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with how her costume turned out and would love to do more in the future. Here’s to more sewing projects in the new year!

Happy New Year & Bless you & yours in 2016!

*~Roxy~*

DIY Costume Closet

Whoever said you need lots of money to organize was wrong – because I just pray for stuff to use, and God provides the tools,material,and even the furniture to do it! Not kidding, but that is clearly a blessing to find everything I need for either free or cheap. And I realize this so I’m so thankful for everything. This time I decided that the boy’s closets were hindering them from seeing/using their multitude of superhero costumes, (yes, they’re fans too), so I thought to myself, “I should build them a costume closet.” I didn’t know how I was going to afford such a thing, but I knew that God would provide a means in some way. So I kept an eye online and noticed one day that someone was giving away an old armoire. I didn’t know what it looked like, but from their post online, it sounded like something I could use. So I arranged to pick it up with my hubby, and we drove out to their house to get it. It was missing the doors and pretty used looking, but that didn’t matter to me, I saw it’s potential so we happily took it off their hands. As we were driving home I was already imagining what I could do with it. I knew I had some caster wheels at home which I could put on the bottom, which is awesome so I could make it into a costume cart. And after seeing what some people did on Pinterest with similar furniture I was inspired. So I planned out a little what I was going to do with it, and set to work demoing it. I had to use a crow bar, hammer, and chisel, so I was ready for business. I’m sure the kids were wondering what I was doing hammering in the rec room as they played upstairs, but I told them I wanted to wait until I was done more to show them. Of course, that didn’t last long so they had to take a sneak peek here and there. This is what they saw:

So I managed after a while to pull off the back which was cut up anyways and to take a couple shelves out along with some annoying support pieces that had long staples in them. Then for safety I hammered down all the stapes in the pieces I removed which was a chore in itself, but I didn’t mind as it meant I was getting stuff done (I had been in a creative slump lately, so it was nice not to procrastinate). I also gave the whole thing a good wipe down to make sure it was sanitary as possible as it had been sitting outside at the other’s person’s house. And I took measurements for the fabrics that I had on hand which I decided to use to line the inside of it. I was a bit loose with the bottom fabrics on measuring, more like eyeballing as I knew that no one would really see this when covered by costumes. So I cut up some fabrics, (which I got for free from Arts Junktion btw), and started staple-gunning them down to the floor of the closet. Next thing I had to put the whole thing on it’s side, to lay down fabric for the inside sides, one at a time. I measured off some fabric, then decided to try putting a bit of tacky glue down the edges first, afterwards laying down the fabric on top and slowly pulling the fabric taut as I staple-gunned it down. After doing this on one side I determined the glue unnecessary, and so just used the staple gun by itself on the other side. I had my hubby drill some holes at the top where I measured out the closet rod would go. What did I use for the closet rod you ask? Why an old broken kid’s rake which I just sawed up to fit and then my hubby helped screw it in place from the outside. After the rod was in place, it was pretty much ready to test out, and I was excited to show the boys so I brought them down and they were happy about it too. To help organize the accessories I decided to put a couple big bins with handles on top of the closet too. And now whenever they want to play superheroes, it’s a lot easier to reach, (especially for my almost 5 year old), and they can clearly see all their costumes right in front of them. And I’m thinking, “Man, I wish I had this when I was a kid.”

Here’s the finished closet, (minus perhaps some future paint on the outside):

Lol! So if you’re in a similar predicament I encourage you to dream big, without worrying about the finances, and pray. God will provide, and inspire.

Blessings,

Roxy