We interviewed Marie-Claude Bourbonnais before she attended Tampa Bay MegaCon Halloween weekend 2016. She talked with us about her experience as a professional cosplayer and the biggest projects she’s tackled so far. Along with her backstory and how cosplaying has become her full-time job, she gave her fans three essential Tips and Tricks for cosplaying.
By Marie-Claude Bourbonnais
To the people who want to start making costumes, I have 3 very basic tricks that I think are very important, even if they look simple.
The first trick is to choose a character that they like to start with. It almost sounds stupid, but it’s really easier to stay motivated when you work on something that you like. If something in the costume goes wrong, at least you will be motivated by the love you have for the character.
The second trick is to start by a simple costume, finish it, then move on to something more complicated. Very basic trick, again, but believe me, if you start by an ambitious project, you may get discouraged and you’ll never want to build anything again.
The final trick (and technical one) is to always make a mock-up before making the real, final costume. A mock-up is like a prototype, a ‘fake’ costume done in a cheap fabric only to see if your pattern is alright before cutting the pieces in the real fabric. Yes, it’s long and it costs something to use fabric that you will later throw away. But a pattern is never perfect on the first try. Even I always, always make many mock-ups to see how my new pattern looks like when I wear it and I always have adjustments to make to my pattern before I finally cut the pieces in my final fabric and start to sew the real costume.
This is, by far, is the best advice I can give to any costumer. And good luck with all their projects!