Wearing her for the first time at a con was at first completely nerve-wracking. I’d never worn a costume that revealed so much and felt incredibly self-conscious of myself while I was wearing her. Not to mention I decided to make her in the middle of December for a winter convention; definitely, not my smartest costume decision, but weather conditions are always the last thing on my mind when I set my mind on a costume.
The costume, aside of course from the brooch, boots, and gold shoulder cord, was made completely from spandex. Even the belt was made from spandex! I wanted to make fabric choices that I felt would work in a real scenario if she were to actually be a real hero. From spandex scuba for the bodysuit to velvet spandex for the cape, I wanted to make my cosplay perfect in my eyes. I made so many mistakes in making her and there are so many things I wish I had done differently, but with only having one year of sewing experience under my belt at the time, I was so proud of how she turned out. The costume was my pride and joy.
The costume went over incredibly well at the convention. Wearing her around, I felt so much confidence in myself and how she had turned out as a whole. I felt like a real superhero. Honestly, this costume has been the one that I’ve been remembered for the most. Every chance I would get, I would throw it on, even if at my own home. Seeing myself in it drove a new-found confidence in myself I had never known about before. It gave me a new drive to keep furthering and pushing myself in crafting, and to keep pushing myself to improve even further.
Cosplay as a whole has completely changed my life for the better. I discovered cosplay about ten years ago, and it’s helped me through so many of my struggles. I was always bullied in school growing up, being told I would never amount to anything, or I would never really have a future; all because I was different from everyone in my school. I was a girl who liked video games and anime in a small farm town; I was different from everyone else. Cosplay was an escape from the bullying. It’s completely changed my life around for the better, and honestly, I can’t see my future not having cosplay in it. As long as I can keep improving and be a hero for just ONE person, my job is done. I’ll never let anything stop me from doing what I love, or from improving myself and my future.
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