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Dec 02 2015

Cosplay Spotlight: DreamKitty Cosplay

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DreamKitty Cosplay, this is your week in our COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!

1. Why do you cosplay?

I cosplay because I want to wear the characters’ clothes. Lol. I love the designs that some characters have and I want them. Unfortunately, I can’t just walk down to the mall and buy a ballgown and a suit of armor, so I need to make it myself! I enjoy being able to personify my favourite characters. 🙂

2. What was your first cosplay?

My first cosplay was a Rogue from Ragnarok Online. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and had never sewn before making it. For a first time cosplay, it wasn’t terrible – but I DO look back on it and cringe. Lol.

3. Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?

Because I’m in school half way across the country right now I’ve purchased one cosplay, and I’ve been sponsored for a couple. I generally tend to make all my cosplay, but I don’t see any problem with purchasing a cosplay if you have your heart set on it. When I’m making a cosplay I’m kinda all over the place with my timing. I’ve finished a cosplay in one day before (Toph and Belle) and I’ve spent months on others (Princesses Garnet and Serenity). It just depends on the amount of disposable income and time I have. (I’m super impatient so I generally will try to blast through a cosplay in a weekend though!)

4. Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

Hands down, its Toph! That cosplay was one of the fastest cosplays I’d ever made and its definitely the most comfortable. I love it to pieces and I’ve worn the heck out of it. I love the reactions I get from people when I wear it.

5. Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?

Video Games for sure. I LOVE armored cosplays and am just starting to get into them this year. Games like World of Warcraft, Diablo and Aion really inspire me to give armor a try. I tend to get inspiration from basically everything though. I’ve kinda fallen prey to the cosplay curse of thinking “OOOH I want to make that!” everytime I see something pretty or cool.

6. Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?

Measure twice cut once. No really. Just do it. I wasted a full jumbo sheet of worbla because I thought I could just crank out my armor with no patterns. (spoiler alert: I couldn’t) Be prepared to fail, and learn from it. It’s part of the process to fail and learn. Its what makes cosplay fun! ALSO, if you are a lady person and you are crossplaying: for the love of all that’s holy GET A BINDER and DON’T use tensor bandages! When I crossplayed Prince Zuko I wore 3 sports bras and 2 rolls of tensor bandages…they rolled down and nearly crushed my ribs. I had bruises for weeks. Not fun.

7. Are there certain characters that are easier to cosplay as than others?

Characters that I have a history with, or a real love for I find easier to cosplay. Simply because I…”know” them. I dunno, that’s a weird way to put it. But like, if I’m comfortable with the character I have a much easier time cosplaying them.