This weeks Cosplay Friday, we have Pixie Cloud – a Washington State resident who makes her own cosplays by hand and without patterns!
Pixie is a talented cosplayer or in her own words “Costumer”, so read on to find out more about her!
Model Name: Pixie Dash
Q. What’s your name, and care to tell a bit about yourself
My name is Pixie. I’m 31 years old, married, and have a dog, a guinea pig, a turtle, and three fish! I’m a big scifi and comic geek, I love My Little Pony, and I have a degree in geology.
Q. I notice that you cosplay, how long have you been cosplaying?
I used to LARP WhiteWolf games in college, so I used to costume for that.. but it wasn’t quite the same as actually making costumes for cons and photoshoots. I finished my first ‘real’ costume in March of 2011. So about two and a half years.
Q. What got you into cosplay?
I really wanted to go to Emerald City Comicon, and a friend and I both decided to costume as X-Men. She dressed as movie-verse Storm and I dressed as Pixie from the more recent comics. It was our first time comic book costuming, and costuming at a con together, and we helped each other figure out our costumes.
Q. Do you have any modeling experience?
Not a ton. I did a runway shoot modeling a friend’s costume earlier this year, and I’ve done quite a few photoshoots for fun since then (both in costume and not).
Q. How has cosplaying changed your life?
It has become a huge part of my life. I find myself struggling to find time to do other things, because I’m constantly thinking of the next thing to sew and the next character to create. The artistic outlet is huge. I sew everything by hand, and I’ve taught myself so much over the past couple years. I’ve made a bunch of friends in the process. I also started a club with a couple friends, in which we not only costume together, but we do various charity events throughout the year. We work with MDA, Northwest Harvest, Make-A-Wish and other charities while wearing our costumes and bringing smiles to kids. I think this club (Sept of 2011 founding) was a huge turning point for me in my life.
Q. What does ‘Cosplay’ mean to you?
I actually prefer ‘costuming’. I’m in it for the craftsmanship more than actually walking around acting like the character, but other people will disagree with the terms. I think that ‘cosplay’ is a mix between roleplay and costuming. I probably do a little of both, depending on the situation.
Q. What are your plans for the future? Cosplay or Non-Cosplay.
I’m working on a Jedi costume and Rapunzel, both for ECCC 2014. I also have a busy life outside of costuming, so spending time with family and friends is a must, as well as just continuing to enjoy and excel at my day job!
Q. What’s your favorite cosplay so far?
My favorite actual costume would have to be my custom Star Wars bounty broker.
My favorite EXPERIENCE would be wearing ‘formal Princess Luna’ at Everfree last year. You can’t beat walking down a hallway and having people move out of your way and kneel as you walk past. Did I mention that one of the best parts about costuming is the interactions with all the awesome people? I’ve made so many friends through costuming. People are simply amazing.
Q. What do you think was your least favorite cosplay, if any?
It’s actually the only one with which I’ve won a costume contest, Rainbow Dash. It was only my second costume and honestly, one I don’t plan to wear again. I loved it at the time, though. And for the skill set I had at the time, it was a great costume.
Q. Do you have any plans to work with cosplay modeling or modeling websites?
Possibly! I doubt I would ever do anything professionally as my life is super busy, but I enjoy working with friends and I’m always up for modeling or photoshoots. I’ll be the first to come up with a creative idea for shots.
Q. Do you have any future cosplay ideas?
Once I finish my Jedi and Rapunzel, I’d like to make Elizabeth Swann (Pirates of the Caribbean), Squirrel Girl (Marvel Comics), Glinda (The Wizard of Oz), Anastasia (title character from the Warner Bros. movie), and on and on. It really never ends.
Q. How do you go about creating a cosplay?
I almost never use patterns. Most of what I do is coming up with an idea from scratch and enjoying figuring out just how to make something that looks like what a character would wear. Wigs, sewing fabric, and footwear are my basic essentials. Figuring out how to craft each one is the best part of making a costume. Though it normally just involves buying fabric and sewing for months. Pretty boring, right? I watch lots of Netflix.
Q. What materials do you use or recommend to others?
Sewing machines are fast, but sewing by hand gives you a certain amount of flexibility and precision that you’ll miss on a machine. I’m also a huge fan of Sharpie-dying wigs. I did that for my Rainbow Dash wig, and it was one of the best wigs I’ve ever made.
Q. Do you have any hints or tips for other cosplayers?
Have fun, and keep the drama at home! So many people get caught up in the ‘drama that is cosplay’. It’s not a competition and everyone’s entitled to enjoy themselves. Also, knowing up front that you will have problems with your costume is a key to success. Safety pins will be your best friend, in the event of a long con. After a bit of wear, you can start to figure out the quirks of your costume, but myself and most of the people I know tend to figure out the quirks through a trial and error process.