Welcome to Day 1 of C2E2 Week! For the next few days, Nerd•ily will play host to several incredible guest writers for the occasion. In today’s installment, we have the wonderful Sadie Geerligs of Sadie by Design. Sadie is a cosplayer and YouTuber who competes, judges, and fights crime on the side. All of her information will be available below, so make sure to show her some love and visit her sites. Enjoy!
Con Crunch Crazies–by Sadie
There comes a time in every cosplayer’s life when they experience con crunch. I’m not saying it is a necessity, but I do feel like if you’ve NEVER experienced it that you are doing something wrong. As this is crunch time for all you lucky people going to C2E2 this weekend I thought I’d share the pros and cons of con crunch by relating to some personal experiences for all of you. The good. The bad. The ugly. Here it is.
I’m going to use Cinderella as an example here. Believe it or not, aside from gathering materials and cutting the pattern/fabric out, I made this costume in about 12 hours. It shocked even the cosplay judges when I told them that. That one came together very nicely under pressure. What is good about the con crunch?
- Under pressure. I’ve always done really well performing under pressure. Cinderella came together so beautifully in a time crunch.
- Victory Dance. When you finish just in time you’re so happy you could die that everything worked out afterall.
- That’s it. Those are really the only positives I’ve been able to come up with here…
Not everything can be considered victories. Before people read this next bit thinking that I think these cosplays were a failure I want to clarify that is not the case. I’m going to use the cosplays I made for myself and a friend at Valhallacon 2015 as an example for all the reasons con crunch is the truest of evils.
For Valhallacon 2015 my friend and I did Maleficent and Briar Rose together at my request. This would have been great if my travel schedule for work hadn’t pushed all of the time to work on these to one week. That’s right, I basically made both of those costumes in ONE WEEK! They looked great right? What’s wrong with that?
- Health. Between my full-time job and making those cosplays I was averaging about 3 hours of sleep a night.
- I could hardly have real conversation during the con because I was so sleep deprived.
- We didn’t stay for the second day of the convention because I was too exhausted to enjoy myself
- Quality. I started cutting corners to make ends meet on these costumes. Here is the current state of these costumes…
- The Maleficent cape was mostly held together by hot glue, and is now in pieces in my cosplay room.
- The scepter looked great, but could have been made out of stronger material. The claw holding the orb fell apart before we got home.
- My corset was held together with safety pins. I threw it away after the convention it was such crap.
- So many more issues with these costumes…
- Crazy. People literally thought I was losing my mind that week.
- My boyfriend, bless him, stayed up and helped me through it instead of letting me sit in my own madness, but there have definitely been better weeks in our relationship.
- I couldn’t focus at work because I was so stressed about how much I would be able to get done when I got home.
- This point is the most important. This crunch made me lose my passion for making costumes. Let’s discuss that in more detail.
My last con crunch happened in July 2015. I didn’t sew another costume in 2015 as a result of burning myself out so much. Cosplay is my passion. It is my hobby that I hope someday I can do all the time. I almost ruined it for myself by biting off so much more than I could chew. Sure, sometimes, most of the time, I’m lucky enough to have photographers who hide all of my mistakes, but think about how much better it would be if I take the time to do it properly. I’m finally back at my sewing machine, and of course, have two costumes to finish for SC Comicon in three weeks.
For those of you out there heading to C2E2 this weekend, and crunching away… Good luck, and con crunch responsibly.
Hey! Don’t forget to show us those cosplays you’ve been crunching so hard on here! We want to see them!! Have some tips on how to avoid con crunch? Leave a comment below!
Nerds, don’t forget to give a little love to Sadie by checking out her sites. Here is a full list of where you can reach her. I’m sure she’ll appreciate a visit!
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Tune in Wednesday for another guest post by the awesome Jordandené! See you then!
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