Making these costumes takes some super technical skills. It's not like you just sew a cape and call it a day. What is this process like?
It’s a fun but arduous process! I’m a terrible seamstress so I tend to stick to characters that mainly wear armor and weapons. The process starts the same way as jewelry with detailed sketches and gathering materials. Most of my costumes are from a popular online game called League of Legends (the game boasts an impressive 27 million players playing daily, making it the most popular game in the world), and many of their characters are beautifully designed. Gender is irrelevant when cosplaying, and in fact most of my costumes have been of female (“gender-bent”) versions of male characters.
All of my armor is made from worbla, a German manufactured thermoplastic that becomes malleable when heated to high enough temperatures. This makes it ideal for armor because it can be bent around limbs and holds its shape once it cools off! Other than that, there’s a whole lot of uninspiring work that goes on behind the scenes... lots of painting and sewing and fixing to make sure the armor looks like it’s effortlessly attached to the body. A lot of velcro and fishing wire goes into these costumes to make sure they don’t fall apart.