Confessions of a First Time Cosplayer

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I’ve cosplayed as the Eleventh Doctor, but for whatever reason, I feel like my femme Spike Spiegel was my first legitimate cosplay. I can now proudly call myself a cosplayer, albeit, with only one cosplay in my bank.

girlgonegeek_TicciRockabilly_sketchSit down, grab a cup of tea and I’ll tell you my cosplay story… It starts off with a major dilemma. I can’t sew for sh*t. Which is what always held me back. I felt like I wouldn’t be a “real” cosplayer because I can’t make my costume from scratch. But after a few months of deliberation I said “Eff it!”. I decided to be Spike Spiegel from my favorite anime series, Cowboy Bebop. With my Femme Eleven and now Spike, I find that I really enjoy crossplay and I might just make it my thing.

Since this would made from scratch (by someone else), why not femme it up and make it my own? I looked up a few rockabilly pin-up designers on Etsy and discovered TicciRockabilly. I loved her designs and contacted her about making my custom femme Spike cosplay. The sketch she came up with was better than I imagined!

The outfit wouldn’t be complete with a few accessories of course! I bought fake cigarettes and fake gun at Halloween Adventure. I also ordered some cute revolver earrings from Girl Props for only $2. It’s the little things. I tried two different green hair sprays to give my black hair the green highlights Spike has but it didn’t look good, so I went with a sleek and classic look instead. Femme Spike wouldn’t have messy hair in my mind, especially wearing a dress! Also not sure how she’d be able to Jeet Kune Do, but that’s besides the point.

It was down to the wire (literally the first day of New York Comic Con) but my outfit was finally complete and ready to make its début. People seemed to love it and I had a blast posing for photos! I now know why people love cosplaying so much. It made me so happy and I can’t wait for my next cosplay!


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13 thoughts on “Confessions of a First Time Cosplayer”

  1. Dave - October 31, 2013 12:00 pm

    Nice! Question is…did you act in character! :)

    1. girlgonegeek - October 31, 2013 1:25 pm

      Barely, I was too busy fangirling at the con lol.

      1. Dave - October 31, 2013 1:27 pm

        hehehehehe…nice! Well, maybe the next go-round!

  2. ErskWords - November 2, 2013 8:37 pm

    Oh snap, is that Faye?

    1. girlgonegeek - November 3, 2013 7:45 pm

      You mean in the picture with me and Spike, yup!

  3. Paul Shuster - November 3, 2013 4:26 pm

    One of the great things about Nightstalkers(Vampire) is the female alternate versions of all the characters:

    That’s what your outfit made me think of…

  4. Miranda - December 5, 2013 3:51 pm

    Very cool! I’ve never cosplayed before, but I really want to. I have the same hesitations about not being able to actually make my own costume. Perhaps I’ll do it someday!

  5. TK - January 30, 2014 2:11 pm

    You’re cosplay is so great! I love reading about these experiences because I’m looking to do my first cosplay this year. So happy to know I’m not the only one cosplaying who can’t sew.

    1. girlgonegeek - January 31, 2014 10:18 am

      Thank you and good luck! Who will you be?

  6. Gabbi Alva - April 30, 2014 9:44 pm

    Amazing! You were so good at the outfit XP I can’t sew either XDD

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  8. Spike Spiegel - January 20, 2015 12:23 am

    This cosplay was utter shit

    1. girlgonegeek - January 20, 2015 4:49 am



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