Continuing on from last week’s horror theme (if you didn’t catch it, check out the link at the bottom of the article) we have Pancake Mix Cosplay! Now don’t go thinking we just have a “rinse and repeat” of our previous horror cosplayers, Pancake Mix has more variety than you can shake a stick at, which is one of the things that makes them so good!
Location: Texas, USA
Favourite food: spaghetti! Although I’m quite partial to milk bubble tea.
What first inspired you to start cosplaying?
I moved schools in my junior year of high school and made some new friends who were really into cosplay. I had been to conventions a few times before as a casual attendee, but it wasn’t until I met them that I got REALLY into it. They needed an extra person for their group, so I happily obliged! At first all I could do was thrift store pre-made pieces and hand sew small outfits together, but over time I picked up a sewing machine and started learning from my grandmother how to do a bit more! Without my friends and my grandma’s motivation, I don’t think I would have gotten into cosplay like I did.
What’s your favourite part of the costume making process?
When I was younger, it used to be the dressing up part! I always loved Halloween, so getting to dress up as your favorite character was the best. Now-a-days, I prefer the actual planning process. Since I found my calling to monsters and more horror-based costumes, the real fun comes from “can I bring this monster to life!” A lot of my go-tos involve really bizarre headpieces or strange props. So when I pick something to make, I do a lot of drafting and planning on how I could feasibly wear, walk around, or even see out of the thing. You’d be amazed how often I have to stop and tell myself, “will this fit through a doorway?”, so before I even start building I have to consider its size and weight. If I’m going to a far away con, then transportation is the third issue. After doing this for 10+ years, you start to learn what works best!
Speaking of bigger builds, what would you say has been your most complex costume so far?
I would have to say my Winter Lantern from Bloodborne has been the most complex I’ve done so far. The head itself weighed about 15 pounds, and required a PVC rig that connected to a makeshift back pack (that I wore over a corset, and under the dress of my costume.) I had to make it look like the head was floating, but couldn’t keep all that weight on my actual head/neck. So the PVC rig helped distribute the weight across my upper body instead. I could only see out the bottom, so I needed several cosplay handlers to walk me around, and at least 3 people to help get it on and off for short breaks. It was a super ambitious project that I did in 3 weeks and would NEVER suggest anyone do that on such a short time crunch ever! It certainly wasn’t a perfect costume, but I was really proud of that build. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my friends offering their advice and literal time to help put it together. Whether it was painting in my garage at night in the cold, or helping me take it on and off for practice. I’m very thankful for everything they continue to put up with for my sake.
Do you have a dream cosplay you’d like to work towards one day? Could you use anything you’ve learned while making Winter Lantern to help you?
I have a couple upcoming costumes like the Red Nun from Remothered, or Mother Ghost from Crimson Peak, that could certainly use a combination of what I learned from Winter Lantern and others! But as far as dream costumes go, I’d love to make Beauvoir (Simone) from NieR Automata. It definitely has the size, the odd head shape, and delicate details that would require me to reeeeally plan everything out. There’s also some new techniques I’d get to learn, which is exciting to think about! I’m never quite excited to wear these heavy costumes in the middle of a Texas summer, but it hasn’t stopped me yet.
If you could give any advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?
I suppose I would say to not be afraid of using cheaper materials if you’re trying to make a big costume. There are some really nice materials out there but you don’t have to jump to the most expensive thing right away! Sometimes you can find work arounds that save you money without breaking the bank on working with something you’ve never used before. For example, a lot of my earlier big mascot and monster builds used foam pool noodles as the base! They’re cheap and abundant during the summer; easy to use, light weight, and became a perfect learning tool for working up to stronger materials. Even now I still try to find cheaper alternatives when making my monsters. Paper maché, craft foam, poster board, hot glue – all those things you probably used for arts and crafts in grade school, still work really well for some cosplay elements! You can still aim big by starting small.