Anyone who knows me or reads my blog will know that I love a bit of fancy dress. Coming up with the idea, putting the pieces together and choosing the make-up to go with it (and then blogging about it, obvs) all get my creative juices going. However cosplay wasn't a hobby that was on my radar until recently, despite my love of pop culture and fancy dress making it a hobby that would seem quite fitting.
I watched Pokémon as a kid and have been re-watching it recently (I never owned Pokemon cards though as there was a BBC report on kids mugging each other over them and my parents wouldn't allow them ha!). I know it's a big thing in the cosplay community to cosplay as a character you're a big fan-girl of but for the sake of my very first cosplay I picked Misty as it's a pretty straight forward costume to do.
A lot of the other cosplays I've seen of Misty are literally a yellow vest/denim shorts/red suspenders combo, but because I'm a perfectionist I decided to add in the details. I spent a Saturday handcrafting my own Togepi (that afternoon at #hillaryscrafternoon did come in handy!) which I'm proud of as I couldn't find any tutorials online and had to work out how to do it myself (it included a lot of un-stitching and re-stitching...). I also made my own pokeball keyring from clay I found in the Art Store on Queen Street and I'm impressed it lasted the whole day (I had seen some on Etsy but my savvy-spending senses reminded me "Morag, you could so make that yourself"). I added the yellow felt details onto my shoes with double sided sticky tape so I wouldn't mark the shoes and could wear them again (they did cost me £10 - I'm getting my moneys worth). And then I threw on a red sports bag as my handbag for the day.
I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I could have left it at the basic shorts/vest/braces mash-up where people would at least 'get it'. But I had people come up to me and tell me they loved how detailed the costume was. I went out that night (free entry at Kage in costume!) and bumped into another Misty but someone came up to me later and said mine was better ha!
Do any of you guys cosplay? Or will any of my Glasgow followers be at Glasgow Comic-Con?