As soon as I saw the gender swapped Scott Pilgrim designs by Jemma Salume, an unstoppable urge to cosplay a girl version of Scott Pilgrim wormed its way into my brain and would’t let go. I thought it would be such a fun twist to cosplay my favorite character’s counterpart. I even designed outfits for myself as “Scout” Pilgrim and my partner as “Ramone” Flowers, partly based on Jemma’s art and partly based on pieces I already had for each character. Then, my partner decided he didn’t want to deal with cosplaying in the summer, and I put the plan on hold.
When A-Kon rolled around this year, I realized I had no new costumes, and I was feeling pretty bummed out about it. Then I remembered — I basically already owned everything I needed for Scout! I went to work creating the sword, then texted Joss about my plans and we threw together a duo costume in an afternoon.
I won’t get into the details of Joss’s Ramone, but basically: The wig is from an Ike (Fire Emblem) cosplay; the goggles, vest, pink shirt, and hammer are mine from my closet and other Ramona cosplay; the hoodie is from Joss’s closet; and the pants/boots are from Joss’s Klavier cosplay. It’s a franken-cosplay — but it turned out super cute!
- Wig: Mermaid Beachy from Lockshop Wigs
- Shirt: Amazon
- Parka: Thrifted (Search for “military parka faux fur”)
- Shoes: Amazon (Not at all canon, just my own sneakers)
- Wristbands: Amazon
- Sword base: Ebay
- Sword heart: EVA foam, glue, and paint, attached with athletic tape
- Red bass guitar: Borrowed from my boyfriend, but I think this one is the same
The best part about this costume is how much of it is simply from my own closet or stolen from my partner’s Scott Pilgrim costume. The wig, shoes, and jeans all came from my closet, and the shirt, guitar, and wristbands from my boyfriend’s closet. Initially I planned on purchasing a wig and styling it like Ramona’s hair (messy! short!) but brown. My practicality won out in the end and I went with a wig I already had — worn in a sassy side ponytail, because it just felt right. The only item I purchased was the parka, oddly enough, which isn’t even a “necessary” item for the costume. (It was certainly too hot to wear it at the actual convention.)
The Power of Love sword was the only piece I made by hand. I took a wooden practice sword and spray painted it silver. I wrapped the handle in white athletic tape. The heart is made of two EVA foam pieces glued together then painted, then I attached it all with the athletic tape. This was actually really simple and fun to make!
To make the costume more feminine, I pinned my partner’s too-big-on-me shirt in the back to look more like a babydoll tee. I also picked skinny jeans over my usual boyfriend cut to keep the outfit more streamlined. I wish I could pretend the pink shoes were a conscious choice, but honestly, those are just the only sneakers I own!
My favorite part of gender-swap cosplay is interpreting the character as a different gender and visualizing how you think their personality would translate.
The only thing I’d change about this relatively simple costume? All the props I brought! Who needs a sword and a guitar? I wish I had chosen to bring one, not both — it ended up clunking up my luggage and I didn’t even use the guitar except to take quick photos.