Tip Tuesday #76
Some costumes are extremely limiting, some are not limiting at all but you want to find out your limits before the convention! Can you sit in the costume? Can you walk? Can you bend over? Can you pee?
If your costume does limit you, see if there are changes you can make to accommodate wearing it around the convention. For example: pieces of armor can be made removable through straps, veclro or snaps.
If your costume limits your ability to see, walk or remove the costume make sure you are bringing along a cosplay handler to help you out!
IF A CORSET IS PART OF YOUR COSPLAY AND YOU ARE NOT ACCUSTOMED TO WEARING A CORSET, wear one around in your every day life for a few days before the con. It’ll give you an idea of how uncomfortable you’re going to be, and will get your body used to being in that desired figure. Also, if you’re wearing a longline corset, make sure it’s not so long that you can’t comfortably sit down. Seriously. Your pelvis will thank you about three hours into the con when your feet have about had it with all the walking around.
thank you for your wise words they will not go unheeded.
Also, think about where you are going to put your crap. I have a strict “NOTHING” over the shoulder rule. If I sewed it, I don’t particularly want to repair it over something stupid like a metal clasp leaving a rust stain or a purse pulling on and tearing a funky sleeve. Sew in a pocket, make a matching wristlet, etc. Utility belt, ftw!!
If you chose the uncomfortable shoes, don’t be a jerk about wearing the uncomfortable shoes. Achy feet make for grouchy cosplayers, don’t put your friends through that. Yeah, those stilettos looks a lot better, so maybe save them for your photo shoot, not the day you planned to walk the convention floor and have fun with your friends. That guy wants to take your photo, but your feet hurt too badly now to even stand, so you chew his head off for even asking. Smooth.
Practice things you don’t know how to do!! Don’t be a needy cosplayer. Never put on fake eyelashes before but are convinced they will perfect your costume? Practice with them. Your friend is nice enough to help you, but unless they went to beauty school and volunteered their time (weren’t asked), chances are, they have much better things to do. The same is true for wearing wigs, applying makeup, styling hair, etc! Being self-sufficient makes for a good time and is much more efficient.
Lastly, accept that SOMETHING will go wrong. Something will break, tear, not sit how you wanted it to, etc. With this in mind, have a backup plan. Bring safety, super glue, a sewing kit, and hot glue. But most importantly, DON’T LET THIS MISHAP DISTRACT FROM HAVING FUN!! You worked hard on your costume and there’s a good chance nobody will even notice, even if they do, cosplaying takes guts, skill, and patience and you should be proud of what you’ve accomplished.