Cosplayer Interview with Meltingmirror


Feeling fascinated about her Styria cosplay, we invite this cosplay talent to our interview. This is Meltingmirror. You may be inspired by what she shares below ;). Let’s begin.

1. Introduce yourself first of all.

Hi, I’m Meltingmirror, a Canadian cosplayer who has been making costumes for over 7 years. Cosplaying allows me to challenge myself every year by choosing costumes that forces me to learn new techniques. Interacting with cosplayers at conventions and online is another hobby of mine, and I especially like helping others solve their cosplay construction problems. Besides costume making, I am a student wrapping up my graduate studies.


2. It’s believed everybody is curious about how you succeeded to make your Styria cosplay costume. And would you like to make a simple introduction on this costume?

Styria was by far the hardest costume I have ever made since it required that I learn how to draft armour patterns and to experiment and improvise with new materials like Wonderflex and friendly plastic. I worked on it on and off for several months spending many hours on it. I have only worn it once and it is very uncomfortable to wear.

A lot of time was spent drafting patterns and designs to get it just right then getting them to fit snugly. I made a basic jumpsuit in action wear as a base for the costume and attached navy pleather for the top. The wings are gold painted pleather with a wire frame to make them stand up.

The armour pieces are mostly made with styrene and lined with foam (camping/yoga mats) and spray painted. The seat is made entirely of foam and shaped with wire then hand painted. The feet are made with styrene and plastic bottles.

Wonderflex was used to make the claws and all small detailing were made of regular and light sculpey. All the chains on the headdress was made by hand then spray painted gold.

The wheel is foam with spokes made of wire, straws, and pixie sticks.

The headdress is held on by one black strap under the face.


3. Is Styria cosplay your favorite cosplay work? How did you get the inspiration of doing this cosplay and also the costume?

Styria is my most impressive costume but not my favourite, because it was very uncomfortable to wear and I had to rush to finish it in time for a convention. My neck was very sore at the end of the day and it is hard to enjoy a convention in a costume like that because your movements are confined.

My cosplay friend Kudrel came up with the idea to cosplay the Shiva sisters. At first I thought she was crazy, but I warmed up to the idea because I liked the challenge and I wanted to test my skills. There were many times that I doubted whether I could make this costume a reality but I persevered and got it done.

My favourite costume, at the moment, is my Tia Dalma cosplay from Pirates of the Caribbean because it turned out to be an accurate representation and she is a fun character to play. There is something about playing a creepy character that is especially entertaining. Maybe I just like flashing my black teeth at people and getting surprised look.


4. Do you make your costume or buy them?

Making costumes from beginning to end makes me more emotionally attached to them. I make all my costumes from scratch and occasionally I use items from my closet. There is a great feeling of accomplishment when completing a costume and whenever I do not have a hand in every aspect of the costume-making process I feel off.

5. After finishing a costume, do you wear it to a venue to be watched by many people or do you simply take photographs? Which one feels more meaningful?

I usually make a costume with a convention in mind. The convention experience where people recognize your character, talk to you, hug you and take your photo is very flattering and I always look forward to it. However, I often gravitate towards costumes from lesser known series which means less people approach you. I also attend conventions with photoshoots in mind, my goal is to always have some photos I could use by the time the weekend is over.

I am becoming fonder of photos and photoshoots because you get to be the character in an appropriate setting. You get to see yourself as the character and you can easily experience the moment over and over again by looking at the photo. Online feedback is less personal than in person but I still find it rewarding.


6. When did you first cosplay? Have you ever met some difficulties while cosplaying?

My first cosplay experience was at a local convention that was in its first year. I decided to cosplay as Oruha from Clover, since we had the same curly hairstyle. The costume was a combination of plain clothes and fabric, it was quite disastrous. I had a great time at the convention and decided to attend the next year and the following. I was hooked.

There weren’t many difficulties when putting together that first costume since I managed to do it without sewing; however, learning how to sew and how pieces go together while drafting patterns was difficult to learn.

7. Since you are gifted in this performance art ;), is there any advice for cosplay beginners?

Understand the strengths that you have and use those to your advantage when cosplaying. Once you know your strength; be it woodworking, painting, sculpting, wig styling, etc; look for a costume that will help you showcase it. However, keep in mind your weaknesses, so that you have an opportunity to work on improving them.


8. Do you always go to cosplay conventions and take photos there? Which is your favorite cosplay photo and why?

I think conventions are a great opportunity to get photos of various costumes and with photographers you might not normally have access to.

My favourite convention photoshoot this year was with Eleventh Photograph at Youmacon 2011. We got some nice action shots of my Yoruichi Cosplay where I am jumping, kicking and punching, which suited her character very well. It was a good workout too.

9. What do you think are the good and bad aspects of cosplay?

I find this hobby has allowed me to meet a lot new people and make more friends than I could imagine. There are so many skills that I have learned that can be used in everyday life. I am now the go-to person in my family for any sewing related repairs.

It can get frustrating at times when a costume is not coming together as planned. It is best to just step back, relax and tackle it another time rather than makes mistakes you might regret.


10. Are you interested in any cosplay contest? Since we are also holding some cosplay or other themed contests in each month, which motif do you mostly want to see?

I like contests and enter them regularly. I think there should be more contests for some over looked cosplay categories like original costumes or interpretive costumes like Giginka’s. These costumes have just as much and sometimes even more effort put into them since the cosplayers have to come up with the design themselves. I can really appreciate the hard work even though I have yet to make an original costume for myself.

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Li Syaoran Dragon Knight Holster Tutorial

Well, it’s been a while since I posted anything on here, and now I come bearing a new tutorial! This one will be for Li Sayoran from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle in what has been called the Dragon Knights. I have been working on this as a commission and when I started making the holster, I thought I would make a tutorial on it in case anyone else ever wanted to tackle it.

So, here’s our reference:

Now, onto the work!

I used orange light weight vinyl and a hunter green medium weight upholstery vinyl.

Step 1

Make your pattern. My customer gave me some dimensions for the gun he was making: 4″ wide at top, the sides 1.5″ wide, 8″ tall, and tapering down to 1.5″ at the bottom. I knew I didn’t want to have too many seams on this since Syaoran’s looks pretty smooth in the picture. So I decided that there would only be one seam in the center back. So I had to do some math: for the top, I needed it to be 4×2 and 1.5×2, which equaled 11. Then I added 1/2″ for a seam allowance on each edge, bringing my total width at the top to 12″. Then I measured it out at 10″ tall, allotting the 1/2″ seam at the bottom and a little extra at the top. After that, I measured for the bottom to be 1.5×4=6. Then again, adding the 1/2″ seam allowances to both sides, bringing me to 7″. I then tapered my lines to meet from top to bottom. After that, I sketched the curve around the top since his holster doesn’t just go straight around. I then cut that curve out, using the heavy vinyl as my template, sketching half on the back of the orange vinyl, then, flipping it and sketching the other half. I did this twice. Once that was done, I used the green vinyl template to cut out the piece that would be the decoration on the holster.

Step 2

Cut out two holster pieces in the orange vinyl. You will want two because one will go to the inside as a facing. This serves a few purposes: 1) none of the white backing on the vinyl will show, and 2) since I’m using a thinner vinyl, it will give it a little more strength.

Step 3

Cut out the desired shape in green vinyl, position it (using some sort of adhesive since you don’t want to pin it…holes in vinyl don’t close back up) and applique it down. That will eliminate any of the white edging from showing around the green vinyl. I just free-handed the piece off of what you can see on Syaoran’s holster in the artwork.

Step 4

Time to make the flap. I cut two, 2″ wide pieces that were about 6″ long (you might or might not need it this long, I was just making sure I had enough). Then, mark the center and evenly sketch out the rounded edge. Stitch down both long sides with a 1/2″ seam and around the bottom edge right on your line (blending from the 1/2″ seam to the line as you work) in one long, continuous seam.

Step 4.1

Turn the flap right side out and top stitch 1/4″ from the edge. Also, make a thin tube of the orange and turn it right side out. This thin piece will go next to the flap and be sewn into the belt to hold the holster on.

Step 5

Mark where you want your flap and belt connector piece to go on the side without the green piece. Then, put those pieces to the right side, making sure that the bottom of the pieces is lined up with the top of the holster, or else your flap and connector will end up on the inside and will be useless.

Step 6

Turn the facing to the inside and top stitch all the way around the top edge to hold everything in place. Then you are going to want to stitch up the side seam using a 1/2″ seam. Turn right side out. (Note: Don’t be a moron like me and accidentally put the piece that will go into the belt seam behind the flap…that makes it hang awkward and now I will have to do some hand sewing on the finished piece.)

Step 7 (Finished Holster)

Last thing you want to do before moving on to your belt is to put a button hole in the flap that goes over the side to hold the gun in place and put a nice gold button on there to hold it shut. Later on, you will add it to your belt. I might add that to the tutorial later, but the belt is the easy part, the holster, not as much. I will also update in the future with the full, finished costume once the customer wears it.

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Couple Cosplay Contest – Setsu and Yuuki

Couple Cosplay Contest

Couple Cosplay Contest in February

Setsu and Yuuki

Bio of the Cosplayers:

Name Setsu Yuuki
Gender Female Female
Nationality Japanese American China
Deviantart takaaa aitsuito
Self-introduction of the Cosplayers We have been into cosplay for a while now, and met thanks to it! Both of us really enjoy cosplaying the characters and series that we love, and try our best to portray them well♥ Thank you for looking, and hope you like it! ^^

Cosplay Performance of Setsu and Yuuki’s:

Setsu and Yuuki

Comments from the Cosplayers: Our Cendrillon cosplay is probably one of our favorite that we’ve done together so far~ ^^ Miku worn by Yuuki, Kaito worn by Setsu, photo thanks to Constance.

Setsu and Yuuki

Comments from the Cosplayers: Ao no Exorcist, Rin by Setsu, Yukio by Yuuki, photo by Constance again~.

Setsu and Yuuki

Comments from the Cosplayers: Kuroshitsuji: Sebastian by Yuuki, Ciel by Setsu

Setsu and Yuuki

Comments from the Cosplayers: Hakuouku Shinsengumi Kitan: Okita by Setsu (costume by Yui), Chizuru by Yuuki, photo thanks to Tanpopo.

Setsu and Yuuki

Comments from the Cosplayers: Sinbad by Yuuki, Judal by Setsu


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See all the participants here below:

Mason Monds and Shaina Glinski Suok Jiuan and Jeslyn HiiNero and LuceCosplayMaleny Intharath and Esmail MehrinfarTako and PeterrSyren and KirilJess L-S and Nick TNatsu and SaikeElena and Marco

Are you also interested in joining this cosplay contest? Click here to see the rules and details! Couple Cosplay Contest Also check out our Retweet contest!


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Couple Cosplay Contest – Who Take Over the Lead Now?

Couple cosplay contest themed on the Valentine’s Day was launched on Feb. 1. It will end on Feb. 28. Winners will be announced on Feb. 29. Everybody is welcomed to join in. So, how to join? See details here. So far, 24 couples have already joined in.

This article focuses on the current situation of the contest. So, who take over the lead at present? Below are top 10 participants. Everybody, just play up :D!


Top 1: Tamago & Ataito, 562 votes.


Top 2: Mason Monds & Shaina Glinski, 383 votes.


Top 3: Kathy Lor & Da’veena Davis, 286 votes.


Top 4: Fed & Fuecchan, 216 votes.


Top 5: Deanna Lee & Theda Lee, 213 votes.


Top 6: Natsu & Saike, 165 votes.


Top 7: Elena & Marco, 98 votes.


Top 8: Michelle Garcia & Nathalie Martinez, 71 votes.


Top 9: Syren & Kiril, 61 votes.


Top 10: Francesca Aliberti & Guglielmo Zamparelli, 47 votes.

As email we sent to you and also the article published here before, we had already updated the prize. There will be 3 couples winning out finally. See details here. Now, mobilize your friends to vote for you. Or get extra votes via your photo with the placard or articles (just remember to email your photos or articles to Otherwise, we cannot count votes for you :().

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Cosplayer Interview with DenikaKiomi


The talented girl, showing us the breathtaking Pandora Hearts Sharon Rainsworth cosplay, accepts our interview today. Thanks, DenikaKiomi ;)!

1. Since cosplay becomes more and more popular, how do you think about the good things and also bad things on this performance art?

Cosplay as any art takes a toll. It’s a bad thing. Cosplay needs a lot of money, time and nerves. But it has also a good side. You turn into the character, understand his world and act as in theatre. You live another life.

2. Do you consider yourself a “cosplayer” year round, or only when participating in certain activities?

I think myself a cosplayer all the year as I make all the costumes by myself and this work reminded me constantly who I am ^^.


3. Going to a venue with many people to watch you in costume and simply taking a photograph, which one is more meaningful?

I like more venues with lots of people. They can appreciate your work seeing de visu. It can’t be conveyed by a photo.

4. Is the creation of the costume or characters more valuable than the actual acting or vice versa, or is it a mix? As well, how much of the do-it-yourself mentality is admired? If someone just bought their whole costume, are they still a true cosplayer?

I think they are the parts of the work. You make a costume, then perform. I can’t single out one thing. You can cosplay once, but in such a way that you will be remembered forever. I think that those who buy costumes are not cosplayers. I can’t understand their idea. How can you call a costume yours if you haven’t done a thing in it? *–*


5. Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?

Yes, I have. But I have a lot of advice. However, if you ask just one, I want to say that the important thing is to listen to your heart and believe in yourselves.

6. Which contest theme do you mostly want to see at

Mostly I want to see the contests on Final Fantasy. These are my favorite games. I didn’t cosplay on the final fantasy, and I’d love to see pictures of the participants.

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