Welcome back for another installment of My Fangirl Life Cosplay! Yay! These are my favourite posts to write.
Today I’m going to share my very first cosplay: Oswin Oswald. I thought I blogged about this already, but it turns out I was only remembering a tumblr post I wrote two years ago! So here I am to update and share it with you today.
This outfit has been worn numerous times and always with a number of compliments. Usually Kris accompanies me as Amy and recently KG put together a Rose cosplay, so we do this in a group… like always! I may be close to retiring this one now, but before I do, I’m going to share how I turned myself into Oswin Oswald from Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks.
As I already mentioned, this was my first cosplay, which means it was before I taught myself how to sew! I was new to the cosplay community and relied on the help of others in locating all the items I needed.
Clara’s sneaker wedges have become incredibly popular since Asylum of the Daleks. You can buy a pair at almost every shoe store, but finding a red pair is a little more difficult. I bought mine online from ebay. At the time these shoes were little expensive, especially to ship them here, but totally worth it!
I bought a pair of knee high white socks with red stripes from American Apparel to wear with the shoes.
The perfect dress was a little harder to find. The dress needed to be red with ¾ length sleeves and be nice and tight with a side v-neck collar. I found a link to the perfect dress via embelievableDIY (her Clara cosplay video was a godsend!). The dress I bought is no longer available, but if you’re looking for it now, my advice would be to keep checking ebay. Things are posted regularly and I’m sure there’s one out there that will work. Any simple red dress with 3/4 length sleeves would do excellently.
Before I began constructing my belt I found these pictures of Clara’s ACTUAL belt for reference photos. This was so incredibly helpful!
My belt was put together after a couple stops at Thrift and Dollar Stores. I bought a thick black belt with a silver clasp at a Thrift Store. At the same time I purchased a black mens wallet, a small black change purse, an old rectangular black remote and what I assume was a pedometer. At the Dollar Store I bought silver clamps and S-shaped clips and a long telephone cord. And to finish off the base of the belt I bought a chain from Home Depot.
I took everything home and started crafting. I covered most of my purchases in black or silver duct tape and added some decorations with sharpie. I made duct tape loops around the belt to attach everything. The loops made it easy to slide objects on or off and to rearrange things. Next I planned how I wanted everything organized and slid things into place. The gaps between the four large objects were filled with clips and clamps. When I was done I threaded the black cord and chain through the belt to connect everything.
Most importantly, to make a Clara belt you need your whisk! I had my whisk attached to the chain so I could easily take it off and pose with it. My final Clara accessory was a pair of oven mitts. This pair was black and red from Walmart. They were attached via one of my Dollar Store clips (these have provided great storage for random papers and my sonic screwdriver).
My belt was quite busy but I’m extremely glad it was. Most cosplay belts you see have only a couple objects on them. Clara’s belt is full and I’m glad mine is too. The belt is best worn on a bit of a slant right around the hips.
No Doctor Who cosplay is complete without a sonic screwdriver. I, of course, had Eleven’s screwdriver. I bought mine online from Amazon, but you can now find them almost anywhere.
I have naturally dark hair, with long bangs, which I could easily push to the side. I curled my hair for the event, probably more than Clara’s hair ever is but I like my hair curled so I went all out. My hair was accessorized with a nice red rose clip I found at Claire’s.
Then it was time for photos