My Twi’lek takes shape!

This has been something I have wanted to do for so long but I was always weary about wearing the lekku – there was always that voice in the back of my head telling me that I couldn’t and shouldn’t do it – but I took a huge leap and ordered some latex lekku from the amazing blast.fx on etsy (if you’re looking for lekku seriously check them out!)

So I drew up some designs while I waited for my lekku to arrive. This after all isn’t based on a character – it’s my own design!

I like that this whole costume can be added to and developed over time! It’ll be constantly changing, new clothes, new props…its so exciting!

So I’m going relatively simple with the design – a sleeveless jacket, leggings with detailing and a vest top with detailing. As I have tattoos on my arms I’m opting for an arm wrap that will reduce the awkwardness of trying to cover up tattoos with make up!

It wasn’t long before my lekku arrived and of course I had to give them a try on! First time wearing them it felt tight on my head – like a pressure all around my head – I am sure it is something you get used to – it was just something I wasn’t expecting.

I got myself some make up – went for water activated for now I have the mehron and moon creations in teal – they are very similar and both will be used to add a bit of dimension! Then its just playing around with eyeshadows for the rest of the detail!

I was really happy with the first attempt – there are some tweaks I will do in the future – tidy it up a bit – but for the first attempt at doing anything like this I was happy with how it went!

I have made a headband as you can see – it’ll do for now but I am not happy with it, it could be a lot neater stitching wise and I am thinking off adding something to it to make it more interesting, I am thinking of adding some goggles…

I have got my footwear sorted – just some chunky chelsea boots – comfortable and they will look pretty close to in universe footwear. I have also started 3D printing my blaster and other props.

This one will be a work in progress for a while, but its going to be wearable while I add props etc.

I will update some more soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

My Cosplay Beginnings!

Well here I am taking a huge step and beginning my blog/website to document my cosplay journey! It’s a big step for me for a few reasons, the first being I am a shy person and suffer with anxiety so being this open about things doesn’t come naturally to me. But over the last few years my confidence has grown to a point where I am ready to start my documenting my cosplay journey!

I’ve always been a bit of geek!! And I am proud of that fact. I love gaming, Batman, other DC comics, Star Wars (to name just a couple things!!)…and I have always been amazed at the cosplayers I have seen online. But my anxiety got the better of me and I had decided that cosplay wasn’t for me because of my size, because I’m shy, because I don’t know how to sew!

Obviously, I don’t feel like that now and that is in part down to the fact that I started my strongwoman (a fabulous sport where we lift awkward heavy things for fun!!) journey in 2019 and the confidence that gave me started to churn the wheels of thought to costumes. After some long drawn out conversations with myself and my husband, I decided to take the plunge. I thought why not just do it, make a Star Wars costume from scratch! Use the process to learn new skills and in turn improve my confidence even more and let the real me shine through!

What I have learnt so far is my anxiety was messing with me because it doesn’t matter who you are, or your size or skill level – cosplay is for everyone!

So my first costume was started February 2020 before the world got locked down, and here I am nearly 18 months later and I am so close to finishing part of my resistance pilot costume – the more I complete the more excited I become!! I can not wait to get this finished!

I have definitely caught the cosplay bug and already have far too many cosplans! But I am going to take it slow, do little bits and pieces to learn the skills, get used to the materials and make some absolutely awesome props and things in the process!

so welcome to my general ramblings and cosplay journey – thank you for taking some time and I will try to update this regularly with updates!! Don’t forget to follow my cosplay, PT company and personal page on Instagram to get more updates on all things strength and cosplay!

Finally, I am completely new to all this so I do ask that you bear that in mind when having a look around and most importantly be kind!

Stay Strong!

Until next time….

Helen