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Does dressing up as a famous Movie/TV/Anime/Game character get your rocks off? It’s pretty obvious that you’re a cosplayer then. Nothing charges you up then stepping in the shoes of that favourite character of yours. Cosplaying is an art form and it does take quite a bit of effort.

However, all that effort leads to satisfaction when you finally show up at a convention in all your impressive cosplay glory. With that in mind, we’ve compiled five tips every Cosplayer should have whenever they’re headed out to a convention. If you’re a vet, you’d know them already but it still doesn’t hurt to refresh yourself. And if you’re a newbie, well burn them into your brain. So pick up that that sewing kit and lets gets get a-cosplaying

 

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1. Make sure your costume is fully prepared way ahead of an event

Yes, this is what last minute work can do to your costume.
Yes, this is what last minute work can do to your costume.

All of us have been guilty of this at some point. It’s important to start your projects early (like, 3 months in advance at a bare minimum) so you won’t find your hands burned/bleeding/glued together the night before the con. Sure, sometimes it genuinely can’t be helped but it never hurts to start early whenever you can, especially if it’s something complicated. You seriously don’t want to be still finishing up that complicated sewing work or wig work the night before an event or convention. You’ll just end up with something sad looking or worse, incomplete.

Also don’t forget to figure out how to bring your stuff with you. It’s fine if your costume can be fitted into a suitcase or a coat cover but your more complicated projects might need a couple of boxes to bring over.

Being prepared for unexpected costume hiccups wouldn’t hurt either so you will want to assemble a repair kit. It can consist of basic things like scissors, sewing material, glue and maybe a roll or two of duct tape in-case things go sideways during the con. If you’re not alone and have a saikang/helper/entourage it’s even better, as you can get them to help carry your loot.

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Occasional writer, gamer, artypants and owner of about seven+ years of craft related battle scars, she lives only half anchored in reality while still trying to figure out how anti-gravity anime hair works.