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!