Q: What attracts you cosplay?
cosplaying is something that I can put my all into
and something that'll really challenge me.
From a young age I've always loved making things
like plushies, bags etc and the challenge of making
a whole costume is just kind of the next step
really. There's so many wonderful designs in
each series and it feels really fantastic when
you're able to bring that costume to life on your
own. I'm never happy with a costume unless
it's completely accurate so I can get pretty
stressed sometimes, but it's great when I've finally
finished something and can honestly say it's
completely accurate. Being able to display
your work to the public is a great feeling too,
especially when your costume gets recognised.
Another aspect I love is being able to completely go
against social norms for a time and not really worry
about what the others around you will think.
Society has such stereotypical views when it comes
to fashion, and it's nice to be able to ignore all
that and wear whatever you want for a few days.
Finally, it's something that's given me a huge
amount of confidence when I needed it most.
People want to take your photo, admire you and
compliment you just because you're dressed as
someone else, it's a huge confidence boost to have
someone you've never met before approach you and say
how much they love your costume and want a photo of
Q: What has been your favourite cosplay?
I think currently for myself, Belldandy (from Oh My
Goddess (manga) - ed.) is my favourite simply for the fact that I'd been
planning it for over a year and was finally able to get it done for
Amecon 2008. Making it allowed me to work with a lot of new
materials and create some great methods that I've applied to other
In terms of costumes I've made overall, my favourite is definitely
either Celestine or Zagato (from Rayearth - debuting at
MCM London October
Expo 2008). They're really beautiful designs and I really
feel I've done them justice. Celestine was a last minute change
due to not being able to get the right material for another costume.
With 5 days to go until we left for
Amecon 2008 I
worked flat out to get it all done. Zagato has been another last
minute costume thanks to problems with my student loan, it's taken about
a week to do due to having to remake the top but I absolutely love the
colours and design.
Q: Most memorable moment whilst cosplaying?
It's got to
be being recognised by Kari Wahlgren (voice of
Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura) while
cosplaying The Big Clow Card at
Amecon 2008. I'd been a little
disappointed that the signing with her had been
cancelled that day, as I'd missed the one the day
before. Walking out of the closing ceremony
she spotted me and recognised the costume. We
were able to chat for a little bit and she signed my
Q: Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems
whilst making cosplays?
Thankfully (*touch wood*) no costume has ever gone
horribly wrong while I've been making it. I never use patterns
when making things (I only go by my own sketches) so I have to be
careful with getting the fitting right. With Belldandy I had some
issues with the blue jacket due to the open back and adjusting the arm
holes. In the end I used a few strips of fosshape to stiffen the
back so it would keep shape and stop gapping. Aside from that my
most common problem is my sewing machine jamming because I've forgotten
to clean it out for a while!
Q: Have you ever regretted cosplaying?
honestly say I've never regretted it. I'm sure
my bank account could do without buying so much
fabric and wigs but I'll never regret doing this.
It's given me so much confidence and I've never done
so much travelling! If it wasn't for cosplay
and conventions I would never have met so many
wonderful people, especially my amazing partner
Q: Do your cosplays have a particular theme to
I really love to do costumes that are
rarely/never cosplayed or I feel have never been
done fully and accurately. As far as I'm aware
(from looking through a number of cosplay sites)
Emeraude and Zagato have never been done before, The
Big had never been done within the UK and the movie
version of Belldandy and Celestine are also rarely
done. Seras and Dark Walter (from Hellsing -
ed.) were something that I'd been hoping to do for a
while and the yellow version is so under done
compared to the blue anime version. Obviously I like
to do cosplays where I can also make a matching
costume for Jack so I like to look for couples or
characters from the same series.
Q: Have you ever done group cosplay? If so how did you find
Aside from couple cosplays, I've only ever been in
a group once for the first
Bristol Cosplay Night. It went ok and it was a good night
but I personally prefer it as just the two of us, it's too easy for
people to let you down and for things to go wrong when working with
large groups. I'd hate for that to happen if I'm putting time and
money into my own costumes for it. It's great meeting other people
from the same series at an event, but I know I wouldn't be happy in a
group unless I knew the people in the group would do their best on it.
Q: What cosplays are you planning?
In the recent future, I'm looking
at doing the battle version of Emeraude and the black robes for Zagato
and a special version of Sakura and Kero from Card Captor Sakura for
I've got pretty much the next two years planned out in terms of costumes
for events, but I'm sure that'll change as soon as I see a new series.
Q: Do you have a dream cosplay?
Until recently, Belldandy and
Emeraude were my dream costumes but right now I'm working towards Mateus
and Adramellech from Final Fantasy XII. It's going to take a lot
of money so I'm not expecting to do it anytime soon, hopefully I'll be
able to do them within the next two years though.
Q: Do you have one piece of advice that
you would give to cosplay virgins?
one thing I could say to everyone thinking about
cosplaying it would be; don't be afraid to try doing
things yourself and going that step further and
never let others stop you. I've done both
sides of cosplaying; both buying and making my
costume and I can honestly say it's easier to make
it yourself. Sure it's easy to go online and
just buy a costume, but how can you be sure it's
going to arrive on time, going to fit, or even be
accurate? I've seen so many people
disappointed because their costume hasn't arrived on
time or didn't fit so they weren't able to cosplay
with everyone else.
It's a real shame when people say they can't make
their own when they've never even tried, you never
know what your abilities are unless you try.
There's so many aids as well, so many people have
posted guides online and patterns can be bought in
pretty much any fabric or department store. If
you can get your hands on a sewing machine and some
fabric then have a play.
Challenge yourself! If you think a costume is
too hard for you, break it down into sections you
can handle. Hit the charity shops and see what
things you can modify into what you need. Most
of the time people are paying way too much for a
costume they can make themselves because they're
paying for someone else to make it for them.
If you're worried about your costume not being as
good as someone else's, don't be! If people are that
childish enough to bitch about your costume, or
criticise you because of your size, or how you look
then they're not worth your time. Ignore them
and continue doing what makes you happy!
Q: Do you have an account with the website
I'm currently on
and Cosplay.com as
SephNoir. I'm also on the majority of convention forums and
have my own commission
where I do wigs, props, accessories and many other things.
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