F.A.Q

Question 1: Who makes your costumes?
Question 2: How do you make your costumes?
Question 3: Where do you buy your wigs?
Question 4: Where do you buy your contact lenses?
Question 5: Where do you buy your fabrics and materials?
Question 6: Can I commission you a prop/costume for myself?
Question 7: I'm making this cosplay group and I would like you to cosplay this character in it // I would like you to cosplay this character. Can you do it?
Question 8: Can I buy prints of your photos?
Question 9: How long does it take for you to make a costume? How much do your costumes cost?
Question 10: What is your favourite costume and less favourite costume? What costume gave you more pleasure making and which gave you less?
Question 11: Do you prefer cosplaying as girls or do you prefer cosplaying as boys?
Question 12: Do you have a dream costume?
Question 13: Who takes your pictures and where do you usually shoot? Do you own a studio?
Question 14: What equipment do you use to take your photos?
Question 15: Who edits your photos? Can you edit mine?
Question 16: How did you get into Cosplay and why? What was your first costume?
Question 17: Why have you not tried entering competitions like European Cosplay Gathering (ECG)?
Question 18: How do you afford cosplay?

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Question 1: Who makes your costumes?
I do! I started learning how to sew when I was around 4 years old; my grandma used to be a seemstress and since I spent most of my time with her, sewing was something we would do together to pass the time. When I started cosplaying back in 2010 I barely knew anything about patterning or making clothes, so my first costumes would either be 100% made by her or I would buy every piece from several stores. After my first cosplay year I thought I would do good on my own and ever since I'm the one who makes my own costumes :) The only commissioned costume that I own is my Ion Fortuna, made by my fellow cosplayer Leonor Gracias.


Question 2: How do you make your costumes?
I do my best to post here in my website WIP pictures and also construction notes of the costumes that I make. Since I don't have a lot of time sometimes it takes me longer to make them available and I apologize for that. You can find these notes/photos on pretty much every costume that I've made so far. To find them, access "My Costumes" and, if the notes are available, there will be a link on the costume's gallery. The only exceptions I open are for "closet" costumes or costumes in which I just made simple things (like a pair of pants).


Question 3: Where do you buy your wigs?
I buy most of my wigs at Amazon, from a store called Prettyland. They are German based and you can find them in pretty much every Amazon and also on Ebay. I really like the wigs because they're soft, thick and aren't shinny (which is a big plus already)! Here's the store at Amazon (UK) and also Ebay (Germany). Please note that for some characters I buy simple wigs and then I style them completely accordingly to the character (like, for example, my Machi wig).


Question 4: Where do you buy your contact lenses?
It depends on the type of contact lenses I'm looking for! If I want lenses that don't enlarge my eyes or with a more specific design, I buy them online at a store called YouKnowIt. They're not very expensive and are completely trustworthy. The store sells different brands, but the ones I wear the most are Funky Eyes and ColourVue. If I'm looking for circle lenses or lenses that enlarge my eyes, I buy them from a brand called InnoVision. They do sell online but since I can find them here in Portugal, I buy them at a store called Androm (I believe they now also sell online to other countries).


Question 5: Where do you buy your fabrics and materials?
I buy most of my fabrics at a store called Feira dos Tecidos, in Lisbon! They sell a huge variety and for a great majority of fabrics the prices aren't expensive. Sometimes it happens that I can't find what I need there, so I search in other stores or make the fabric myself (though this is uncommon). I also buy lace, ribbons, zips, sewing thread, etc in these stores. As for materials, I try buying where I can, but mostly at chinese stores and bricolage stores!


Question 6: Can I commission you a prop/costume for myself?
Maybe. This has always been a very complicated issue for me. I don't mind making costumes for other people (depending on the difficulty obviously), and I've even made some costumes/costume parts for friends for free, but I usually don't have much time and lately I have no time at all. Even so, if you're interested in a commission you can talk to me about it and we can try making a deal, but it all depends on how available I am at that moment.


Question 7: I'm making this cosplay group and I would like you to cosplay this character in it // I would like you to cosplay this character. Can you do it?
To me one of the best things in Cosplay is cosplaying with other people! I love groups and every chance I get I try doing cosplays with my boyfriend or cosplay with my friends. However, unfortunately I've had bad experiences with groups before, which make me think twice about joining one. Unless you're a really close friend of mine, I will only join your group if the anime/manga/game/movie/whatever is from something that I like or interests me (if it's an original group and if I like the concept I may also join). As for characters, if you have a suggestion of a costume I should do, please dont hesitate in telling me! Due to lack of time/money I usually only cosplay things that I like, but if the costume is really pretty, who knows? It might even get me interested in something new!


Question 8: Can I buy prints of your photos?
YES! In fact you can buy autographed and non-autographed prints of my photos! As of right now I do not have an online store, but I'm still selling them! I sell prints of all the photos that are currently on the 'My Costumes' gallery, so if you're interested please don't hesitate to contact me!


Question 9: How long does it take for you to make a costume? How much do your costumes cost?
It really depends on the costume. I've done costumes in 3 days and costumes in half a year. It really depends on the difficulty and how much free time I have to work on it. The same goes for money. I usually try having a budget but sometimes it happens that I go over it and spend a lot more than I expected. I have cosplays that cost me less than 10€ and cosplays that cost more than 200€.


Question 10: What is your favourite costume and less favourite costume? What costume gave you more pleasure making and which gave you less?
The eternal hard question! I honestly don't have just one favourite, I have several and for different reasons. I usually get too emotionally attached to my costumes so it's really hard for me to pick one and call it my ultimate favourite. I love them all too much!

As for what costume gave me more pleasure making, it's definitely a tie between Nagisa (for the amount of detail and construction work), Machi and Madara Uchiha (both for the things that were going on in my life at that moment), but maybe a bit more between the last two. I don't have one costume that I had less pleasure making, but the more "boring" costumes are the ones where I mostly just do simple things.


Question 11: Do you prefer cosplaying as girls or do you prefer cosplaying as boys?
This is actually a hard question, but I guess I have to say I prefer cosplaying as boys (crossplaying). To me cosplaying male characters has always been more challenging because of my facial and body structure. Since I have big cheeks and I'm a bit chubby, it's harder to pull off male characters that don't look like shotas, and I like that challenge. But with all honesty, I love cosplaying both girls and guys. The only type of character I don't seem to be very into is the "cute schoolgirl" type.


Question 12: Do you have a dream costume?
Yes! My dream costumes are Rem (Death Note), Mistral (Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance) and Feitan - Pain Packer version (Hunter x Hunter). I cosplayed Rem in 2011 but because I barely knew anything about techniques and making props, I'm not really proud of how it came out and there are a lot of things I could have done differently. Someday I do plan on remaking it, though.


Question 13: Who takes your pictures and where do you usually shoot? Do you own a studio?
I've been photographed by many people, from close friends to college colleagues and family members! Even though I'm in college studying professional Photography I have never been photographed in cosplay in a real studio (I plan to though!). Just like photographers, I shoot in several locations! I usually try to find the perfect place for each character and make a shoot there. When I have the chance and if I find a good place, I also shoot during conventions.


Question 14: What equipment do you use to take your photos?
At the moment I use a Canon 600D with 18-55mm lens and also 50mm lens. Before 2013 I used to work with a FujiFilm Finepix s2100HD.


Question 15: Who edits your photos? Can you edit mine?
I edit my own photos! There are some exceptions but I always state when I'm not the post-producter. If I have time it would be a pleasure to edit your photos! :)


Question 16: How did you get into Cosplay and why? What was your first costume?
I have a whole section on my website/blog about this! Please check the 'Me and Cosplay' page!


Question 17: Why have you not tried entering competitions like European Cosplay Gathering (ECG)?
Mostly because of money. I don't have a lot of money, and unfortunately neither does my family. At this moment it's hard for me and my family to be able to have money for everything that's necessary and even though I put cosplay above a lot of things, I just can't afford the money that goes into competitions like ECG. Maybe someday when my financial situation gets better, I'll participate!


Question 18: How do you afford cosplay?
Like I stated in the answer above, at this moment it's hard for me to afford cosplay. Everyone that is close to me knows that I have an immense passion for cosplay and I sacrifice a lot of things (mostly my sanity) to be able to keep making my costumes, but even so I have been forced to slow down this past couple of years. During highschool I used to work during my afternoons giving tutoring, but ever since 12th grade - and now college - I just don't have time. At that time I afforded cosplay mostly with the money I won, but right now I afford it with the allowance my parents give me. That comes with the sacrifice of almost never buying new clothes, eat out, go on trips, or buy new stuff for me. Most of the money goes for my costumes and what doesn't is for college stuff. I try to slowly put together some of it so once in a while I can buy myself something and give other people gifts for their birthdays and Christmas.

2 comments:

  1. ommg! ican't breath. Saw your cosplays photos . Like I am adore youu soo much- /internally screaming/ . . omg do you take any comissions? I would really love to suggest my fav character I will cosplay- /)/// would really love to buy the wig of machi- advauydau Smiley heart ADORE YOU OMHHH

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    1. Hi! First of all, I'm so sorry for the late reply but I haven't been able to be here at all!
      Thank you so much omg! *O* It makes me really happy to know you like my costumes so much! Thank you so so so so so so much!

      Unfortunately right now I'm not taking any commissions, I'm sorry :c But thank you so much for considering commissioning me! I'm glad to know my work is appreciated <3

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