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Your new Cosplayer of the Month: Lucky Grim.
Tell us the first time putting together a cosplay piece.
I am a third generation seamstress and a second generation costume maker. I’m pretty sure growing up I had the best Halloween costumes out of all the other kids thanks to my mom’s need to flex her skills. Although that was in the time we called it costuming not cosplay. I didn’t try “cosplay” until later when I checked out anime conventions, and it’s been a long time since then. A very early costume I made on my own was the school uniform from the show Vampire Knight. I’m pretty sure I used more math making the box pleated skirt then I ever used in high school. Also whoever invented the buttonhole foot for the sewing machine is a saint. I couldn’t afford a wig at the time so I just colored my hair with box dye, it took forever to wash out. I still have this uniform in my closet to remind me of where I started.
When it comes to your cosplay, what are the types of characters you’re drawn to?
I’m drawn to characters based on both their attitude and design. There is no way I could spend so much money and time recreating a character I didn’t like or not relate to. Also because I see cosplay as a challenge the costume design has to be aesthetically appealing to me while being a difficult build. I’m not saying every build has to be a giant ball gown with tons of details, there just needs to be something for me to achieve, whether it’s makeup, wigs, armor, sewing, etc.
What do you hope to achieve through cosplaying?
My earliest memory is falling asleep to the sound of my grandmother’s sewing machine as she hemmed dresses and pieced quilts. I learned the art of sewing from my paternal grandmother and my mother, and now I proudly continue teaching this fading art to the next generation. Honestly once cosplay came into vogue sewing became popular again and there is now a huge renaissance for the traditional crafts that before only had maybe a handful of people in the world that could do them.