Alien: Captain Dallas Jacket Cosplay

For years I have wanted to have a bash at proper cosplay. Since I once shared a house with someone who did it (the wonderful EJ Sephirayne, who was recently featured in Neo magazine) I wanted to give it a go, but a few thing held me back.

First off, I don’t know how to sew. I wouldn’t know where to start making anything. So recently I bought an old sewing machine and once my back is better I’m going to learn how to use it. As for making bits, well my partner has been making bits and pieces restoring militaria for years so he can help me.

Secondly, and nowadays this is the main issue, I’m not a small girl. Until recently I was a UK size 18/20 (US 14/16) and weighed just over 17 stone (about 110kg, or 242lbs). I get married in, omg, two weeks, so in January I went on a diet and started exercising, and I’m down to 15 stone (95kg, or 210lbs), and am a UK size 16 (US 12), I’m 5ft 8 btw. So I’ve done well, but I still have a way to go, ideally I’d like to be a UK size 12 (US 8), but I’ll be happy if I just get to size 14, as even at my slimmest I always had, ummm, a larger chest. Anyway, what I am trying to say is I have seen pretty negative stuff said about larger cosplayers, and I won’t lie, it put me off. But now with my new found confidence that has been developing with my weight loss I’ve decided what the hell. As much as I’d LOVE to Cosplay Batwoman (Kate Kane, you are amazing!) I’m not THAT confident, but I’m going to make a start.

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