A.K. Wirru (left) and Giorgia Costumes (right) at SMASH! 2019

Gamers Classified recently attended SMASH! Sydney’s Anime and Manga show. This was a three day event featuring gaming, shopping, competitions, karaoke, workshops and panels. Gamers Classified attended the World Cosplay Championships, Competitions, and Cosplay Panel featuring Giorgia Costumes and A.K. Wirru. Giorgia is a Perth-based cosplayer who has been designing and wearing cosplay costumes since 2003. She has won several cosplay competitions and was last year’s WSC champion representative. A.K. Wirru is a Sydney-based costumer, cosplayer and model. He has been an active cosplayer for 10 years and is this years’ WCS champion representative. Gamers Classified regulars might remember our previous interview with A.K. Wirru regarding his Cosplayer of the Year nomination at the inaugural Australian Gaming Awards. The presenters spoke on a range of topics including the importance of patterns in cosplay costumes. Don’t worry if you missed the panel because Gamers Classified took notes.

A. K. Wirru as Odin from Final Fantasy XIII. Photo by Lark Visuals

The Benefits of Costume Patterns

  • Make a mock-up to see what the costume will look like before you cut into expensive fabric.
  • Patterns let you see how the costume will move, stretch and crease as you wear it.
  • Patterns let you change things as much as you need to.
  • If you’re buying a pattern, buy one to fit your measurements, not your dress size.
  • Build a costume which looks good on you and fits your unique body. Patterns allow you to design something that is tailor-made for your body.
  • It’s important to have a good relationship with your body. Your measurements are just numbers. They only serve to help you design a tailor-made costume. They are nothing more.
  • Make sure your costume is functional. You should be able to walk in it and be able to use the bathroom while wearing it. Your pattern allows you to notice and change movement impediments early.
  • If you want to perform a skit in costume, think of the skit first and then design the costume around the skit. Use a pattern to create a costume which has the necessary functionality for your skit.

What do you think? Are there any other advantages to making a pattern before making a costume? Let us know in the comments section.

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