Tips for beginning cosplayers: how to start

From one beginning crafting/sewing cosplayer to another, here are some tips to help you out if you’ve got no clue what to do. These are just tips of course. They aren’t facts or rules.
I’m just sharing my experiences.

Songstress Rikku

Note the mistakes in my costume. Had a lot of fun regardless of mistakes. Don’t get me wrong! Photograph by: Yuna:

How to start a making a cosplay

Choose your cosplay wisely.
Choose a cosplay that challenges your skill level, but isn’t too complicated. Easy and challenging cosplays can both be fun: a cosplay can look extremely easy, but still be pretty challenging. For example, I had huge troubles with making Songstress Rikku. It looked pretty easy: a coat with darts, boot covers, gloves, and a headband. However, it really wasn’t.
More importantly, choose a cosplay that you like a lot! If you have a cosplay that isn’t too difficult and that you like, then you will enjoy your time making the cosplay. Of course, you’ll have to face many frustrations. So, be careful, too many frustrations might lead to giving up.

Research the costume
You should study the costume. Research a lot. A freaking lot. The internet is vast with many tutorials, patterns and information. How to seam. Which fabric to use with what. How to work with different fabrics and materials. Good research might save you from certain errors and mishaps. Trial and Error Basically, you might make zero mistakes or you might make many. Trial and error is the way to go and the best way to learn in my opinion. Forgive your rookie mistakes. If you’re following a tutorial, realise that your skill level is not the same as the tutor’s skill level. So, your work might not look the same as theirs.

Cherry on top
I always like it when a costume is worn with a wig, lenses, makeup, and maybe even some props if the character has them. It’s a lot of  fun and frustration to style wigs. I bought cheap scissors from Ebay and also bought cheap wigs from Ebay, because styling expensive wigs scared the crap out of me. You don’t have to do any of these of course. If you dislike wearing wigs or lenses, then don’t. Don’t force yourself.

Social media
Basically, be prepared for craptards to crap and ignore them.

That’s it. Don’t force yourself to do anything with cosplay. It’s a hobby.

There aren’t any rules.