This week, Cosplay 101 is all about planning. It can seem a little daunting to begin cosplaying, but with the proper planning, it’s easier to see how the costume will come together. For me, budgeting is directly related to planning, so I’ll be discussing how I budget for costumes, too.
Planning is Your Friend
Budgeting is Your Wallet’s Friend
The Anatomy of a Costume
- Gather reference images and determine what pieces you will need. Even a simpler costume, like my Ramona costume here, has lots of pieces! Write down everything you will need.
- On your list, indicate: make, buy, or modify. In the case of Ramona, I was lucky to already have her boots and the shoelace I used for her necklace. I made her dress and star clip, and bought everything else.
- Research, research, research! This is where you will decide specifics. What material is best for your budget? Can you commission a tricky piece? How long will this method take versus that method? This is where I will scout for items I will need to purchase online, like wigs, contact lenses, and specific clothing pieces. You don’t need to buy anything yet! This will just help you figure out exactly how much work you have ahead of you.
- Based on this information, decide what takes priority. Items that take longer to make or that ship from overseas usually take priority for me – that ensures that I get these pieces before my deadline. You might knock out all the easier stuff first, or go by how expensive things will be. It’s all up to you!
- Take action! You’re done with planning – now it’s time to get to work!