Thestarlightfairy Cosplay is a true sewing master, there’s no sugar coating that. You could argue that being a hotshot with fabric is nothing new, plenty of cosplayers can wrap their sewing machine around their little finger. The craziest thing about Thestarlightfairy is that 90% of her work is hand sewn. Yes, you read that right, but I’d forgive you for not believing it when you see the incredible caliber of her work.
Favourite food: garlic bread or broccoli
Who or what first inspired you to start cosplaying?
When I went to my first comic con about 12 years ago, I was just blown away by all the amazing costumes people had, and I wanted to be able to inspire people too. Even now I’m constantly inspired by what people are able to create, it seems to be that no character design is out of a cosplayer’s reach!
What would you say has been your most challenging costume to date?
Agitha! There are so many elements to her, and I massively underestimated how long I would need to make her outfit (I learned the hard way that con-crunch is never the answer, haha!) There are a few things I’d like to sort out but I learned a lot from making her, and she’s ended up being one of my favourite costumes. Agitha made me use the skills I’ve gained over the years in different ways. A close second is Madoka, solely because of the mad undertaking that petticoat ended up being. I’d say never again, but I actually enjoyed making that ruffle monster!
Do you have a dream cosplay you’d like to work towards one day? Can you use anything you learned while making Agitha or Madoka to help you?
My current dream cosplay is Glinda the Good from the Wizard of Oz (or her Wicked dress). I think what I’ve learned from Madoka will definitely help with Glinda, especially achieving that level of poof! The things I learned about Worbla and what shiny paints do and don’t work on it while making Agitha will hopefully help with the crown and wand.
What would you say is your favourite part of the costume making process?
I think my favourite parts of the cosplay process are the planning (like where you fall in design-love and start working out how you’ll do which element), and that moment you put the whole costume on together with the wig and make-up and there’s that wonderful thrill of “I made this from a pile of fabric and stuff”. If a costume has embroidery, that’s my other favourite bit.
If you could give someone new to the world of cosplay any advice, what would it be?
My advice would be to cosplay what you love! Cosplay is all about showing how much you like a character and/or a design by bringing it to life, so you’ll have much more fun doing things you enjoy!