Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

 After every convention, I have a lull in which I can’t get anything done, cosplay-wise. Part of it’s dealing with post-convention communication, and part of it’s the fact that I haven’t quite switched focus from the latest completed cosplay just yet.

 This works fine after conventions like NDK, but for summer conventions like A-kon it’s a disastrous frame of mind for me to get into because there’s so much to get done for the rest of the season.

 I have three favorite strategies to overcome this: two that I pray work, and the other I use in case of emergencies. The first actually involves going back and looking at the latest cosplay from a different perspective. There’s always something that catches my attention during the convention that I’d like to fix, and going back and doing that gets things started. From there, I start with a small but character-specific piece for the next planned cosplay. For example, I finished making Grell’s ribbon for his next costume.

 If neither of those work, then I revisit why I’m cosplaying that character in the first place. I’ll watch a few key scenes, daydream about fabric and color palettes, etc.

 Any other tips for getting back into a costume-making mood?

 Much love,



About greyrondo

My name is greyrondo. I've been a cosplayer since Fall 2006, and I've noticed that the best conversations I have with cosplayers usually involve the question, 'so how DID you do that?' So after studying costuming and making a closet's worth of costumes, that's what I'd like to help answer. Drop in and stay awhile whether you're a cosplayer or just a curious spectator; one of my musings is bound to be what you're looking for. If you have a question or something to say, leave a comment or contact me! I don't bite, I promise. View all posts by greyrondo

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