My first few cosplays were terrible. Each one was made the night before the convention day. I thought “They’re simple. I can do it in no time.” My Friday cosplay (though it was a rather simple) took me from 10pm-5:30am. My Saturday cosplay; 10pm-4am. Both fell apart by the end of the day. My Sunday cosplay never even happened because I didn’t have time to even finish the shirt. By the way, I had to wake up no later than 7am to get to the con.
Pulling all-nighters on a cosplay is not a great idea. It is very unlikely you will have time to add important details when you rush the construction of a prop or outfit. You’ll attend the con exhausted from the lack of sleep and that ruins the fun.
- Start your cosplay at least 4-6 months ahead of time. Even if you are buying for a cosplay, 6 months is sufficient time for the creator to sew and ship your cosplay with time to spare. If you are buying anything online, you have time to return or exchange items.
- Work on your cosplay during down times or when you are bored. Sewing one day, adding detail for an hour another day, sanding a prop another day. This guarantees progress in the long run.
- A complete cosplay makes a happy cosplayer. You’ll get a full night’s rest and there will be no worries if your makeshift cosplay will fall apart.