I’m not even into anime, manga and games enough to have much idea of what most of the people at Manifest were dressing up as… but from my own dabbling with cosplay I know to some extent how much time, effort and money goes into these costumes. There’s so much creativity involved – not only are you sewing something for which a pattern mostly likely doesn’t exist, but often translating something impossible into reality (think Super Saiyan hair, or Cloud’s Buster sword).
I actually pulled off a cosplay of my own, though nothing as sophisticated as some of the ones I got to take photos of! I was Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender on Friday and Saturday, and wore a lolita inspired outfit on Sunday.
We had a bit of a group going, although by that time we were running out of light and it was difficult to take many decent photos!
I have so much to learn about sewing and pattern making – this is the first time I drafted my own patterns, and although I’m pretty happy with the results it took a LONG time altogether. I really don’t know how people manage to put together those hardcore outfits!