Halloween is coming. I know I sound like a broken record because I’ve mentioned the upcoming holiday a million times already, but it’s just a fact. You have nine days left, and though that’s cutting the possibility of making an elaborate costume close, it’s still doable. Given the tight time frame, it seemed like an ideal time to share an article by Hayley Williams on Kotaku. She took on the task of making a Shyvana ensemble from League of Legends in three weeks for PAX. She had just started playing the game and wanted to join in with her friends doing League cosplay, plus Deerstalker Pictures was making a cosplay video.
She pulled it off but had to scramble at PAX to finish the costume. She learned from her experience and shared the following advice:
The best way to approach last minute costumes is to go into it with the knowledge that you will most likely not finish this costume. The important thing is to know instead what parts you have to finish, and what parts are optional. Make a list, from most important to least important, and imagine that the last third of the list is not going to get completed. Is the costume still worth wearing at that point?
Usually props are one of the lowest things on the list — a costume is a costume, after all, and any weapons or accessories tend to be secondary. Some props can be strategic cover for a half finished costume, however — a large shield for example, which is usually quite quick to make, and can be held in photos to hide any rushed parts of the costume underneath.
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