Back in 2004 my boyfriend, at the time, and friends of his were going to Otakon. We drove from Wisconsin to Baltimore and it was a blast! I was a little overwhelmed because it was my first convention and it was huge! I wasn’t prepared for all the walking and all the people. I didn’t talk to other people besides the people that I was with, but the whole vibe was open and friendly. I remember staring at a few cosplayers wondering what the costumes were and why they were dressed up so. We decided to go to the L’Arc~En~Ciel concert and I was hooked on J-rock from there on out. I didn’t attend another convention again until quite a few years later when friends dragged me to Anime Central 2007.
My cosplay journey didn’t start until 2013 when I made my first Lolita design. For years I didn’t know how to sew nor did I have access to the tools. This all changed by chance when I started working for a sewing machine company, Husqvarna Viking. I was surrounded by all these awesome seamstresses that would answer any questions and cheered me on as I learned.
My first competition was at Daisho Con in 2014 and by then I was hooked on all things cosplay. I’ve entered many masquerades and won a couple of awards. I met my husband at ACen in 2010 and it wasn’t even a question if we could cosplay together, more like what would we cosplay! After having our son in 2018 we’ve just stared planning family cosplays.
Cosplay is a journey to create something fun and interesting. To be a character that you love and be with people you love. It’s something that can change your thinking with design and make you grow as you learn new techniques.