As I approach the later years of my cosplaying time of life (no matter how much i dont want to) Ive turned alot of my attention to Jays cosplay aspiration.
Being a reasonably talented mummy in the sewing and making department offers him the opportunity for a wider range of costumes for Halloween, parties, conventions etc. (I dont mean that to be big headed, honest! Its just one of my passions is making costumes)
He won first prize for his Fantastic Mr Fox Costume at school last year.
I have a whole folder full of costumes we have made, bought and thrown together at a moments notice, for parties and the such. I use the term cosplay because its true meaning is costume play, which all children have done at some point in their life.
Another one of my favourites was the schools how many spots can you wear? for children in need one year. Jay won this too.
We have bought our fair share of costumes too, and one of Jays favourites was his pirates of the carribbean Jack sparrow costume. I still think he made an excellent Jack sparrow.
SO now my attentions have turned to the next outfit he would like.
We have talked about spending the day at Manchester expo. Its a big event which covers, film, comics, and anime and Im still unsure whether or not hes old enough to go yet. I worry about the train journey and the crowds. But on the other hand I think he would really like it.
The costume he wants making?
Well he had other ideas ( a certain complicated character from D-gray man was still top of the list) but I explained it would be warm, and we would need to travel in alot of it so it had to be easy to wear.
His second choice was Fix it Felix from Wreck it Ralph
Actually a really simple costume to make and do, or so I thought.
Scanning over I made a list of items I would need
- Blue hat
- plastic hammer
- blue shirt
- rigger boots or similar
- tool belt
For the hat, hammer, tool belt and gloves I honestly thought our choice of not one, but 3 pound shops would allow me to take home at least one or two of these items….
Kids still play with toy tools don’t they? Not a single saw, hammer or belt in any.
I’m now left with a dilemma. I’ve bought the hat on eBay, pretty much £1 anyway so that’s done.
I’m thinking okay, he has jeans, so no need for those, and ill forgo the boots if necessary.
Just the hammer gloves and shirt. Asdas do pale blue school shirts so that’s easy enough.
Its just the darn hammer and a pair of gloves.
Ive had easier times looking for hard costume props.
Gah, such a pain.
So I’m left with checking out a few charity shops before giving in and coming up with a plan B.
I want to finish the costume even if we don’t go.
I’d love to hear any suggestions or ideas
Have you taken your child or children to Manchester expo?
Do your children costume play? If so, how far do you encourage it?
I love to read your comments xx
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