Every year I set goals for myself and my hobbies. Cosplaying is no exception. A day ago I realized that I forgot to outline all of my cosplay goals in my previous post “A New Year, 2011”. So I’m going to go over the goals I mentioned in the previous post and add the rest of the ones I forgot. Mind you, these are not New Year’s Resolutions, these are just goals that I hope to accomplish for cosplaying this year.
First on my list of goals is to make at least three new acquaintances this year. This can be at cons, the fabric store, or on my way to a photo shoot. Either way I want to meet more cosplayers and costuming enthusiasts.
My second goal is a singular goal with multiple sub goals that correlate to whom I will cosplay this year. Granted some of my cosplays will not fit into one of the sub goals, but the goal of this goal is to make new cosplays, learn new skills, and have fun doing so. That said, here’s the next goal, its sub groups, and possible cosplays that correlate to each.
Second on my list of goals is to make at least four to five new cosplays. Notice I said at least. Knowing my love for sewing I will probably exceed this goal by the year’s end. To make this goal easier to attain I made sub goals for each cosplay. These sub goals will make it easier to choose cosplays as well as help me learn new sewing and cosplaying skills.
My first sub goal is to make a cosplay that utilizes at least four intermediate to advanced sewing techniques. I chose this goal because I want to learn more about said sewing techniques. I want to get better at sewing since it is the basis of most, if not all, cosplaying. I already have my cosplay chosen for this sub goal and have gathered most of the needed materials. It is Maria Ross from Fullmetal Alchemist.
My second sub goal is to make a cosplay based on a literary character. I chose this goal because it is an adequate challenge. I don’t know for sure who I’m going to cosplay, but right now I’m planning on Countess Meliara Astiar from Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith. It’s one of my favorite books and Mel is one of my favorite characters. Since there is no artwork in the book, I’ll have to design an outfit for her if I choose to cosplay her. I only have tentative plans on this goal, there are no pictures to share at the moment.
Third, my sub goal is to make a cosplay that incorporates some kind of armor. In addition there have to be two types of armor used. I made this goal more complicated because I want to try my hand at the new armor techniques I’m learning. I’m anxious to see how I’d do at making foam armor though I haven’t got the second type of armor making process worked out yet. I’ll decide the second method to use after I choose the cosplay to base it off of.
Fourth on my list is to make a cosplay using fabric with a moderate to high spandex content. This is were Sango and Raven come in. I have to decide between the two for whom is going with this goal. Though now that I think about it, I could just use Sango for goal three and Raven for goal four. That’s perfect!
So for goal three I’m going to make Sango from Inuyasha in her Demon Slayer outfit. I’ll use the foam armor for the body armor and shin guards and a different type of armor for the shoulder, elbow, and possibly knee guards.
I might even make her kimono if I have the time and money.
Sub goal five is to make a cosplay with a newly learned skill that does not apply to the rest of the sub goals. I chose this goal because I wanted to use one of my new sewing skills I’m learning, machine appliqué. For this sub goal, I chose to make Akari Mizunashi from Aria the Animation. I’m working on her currently.
My last sub goal is to make a cosplay from a modified or self-drafted pattern. Knowing how to draft patterns is a very helpful skill to learn since most cosplays don’t have prescribed ready-made patterns. Right now I know how to modify pre-made patterns. For this project I chose to make Sophia Forrester’s Vice Captain Uniform from Last Exile.
Depending on how long I have till cons and fair, I might use Vorfeed from Lost Universe for this project. I’m already working on Vorfeed, and most of what I’ve made is from a modified pattern. It will be a while till I am able to make fully original pieces without the aid of an outside pattern source.
Third on my list of goals is to attend at least one new con. It is an ongoing goal that will continue till I either I stop going to cons or run out of new cons to attend, which ever comes first. Either way, I am excited to see what cons I’m able to attend this year. There are three local cons that I know about so I’ll stick to the local cons this year. It should be really fun. I can’t wait to debut my new list of cosplays too!
Thank you so much for reading this humungous post.