Building A Garage Kit

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have seen my adventures with a new hobby: Garage Kit building!

I attempted to paint one once and failed, so it went back in the box and into a cupboard… as most unsuccessful hobby attempts do. When I moved earlier this year, I unpacked the kits and thought I should try it again. This time, I was armed with YouTube guides and tutorials – my first kit turned out pretty nicely and before I knew it, I was in deep!

My latest video on YouTube is a video where I, a total newbie, attempt to paint a GK of Sumomo & Kotoko from Chobits – detailing the full process from start to finish! Check it out here:

I painted two figures at once for my second GK project (I know, I have no chill)! I really enjoyed painting these two and I can’t wait to start my next GK project.

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Cosplay Chatter on YouTube!

Ooooof. It’s been.. a while? 2020 has been a wild ride for everyone, and a lot of cosplayers – myself included! – have really struggled to stay motivated!

I managed to sew a few things at the start of lockdown, but it was difficult to keep the motivation going while I was stuck inside and while my weight fluctuated. So why not try something new?

Behold.. Cosplay Chatter on YouTube!


I had a bit of a break between January and now for moving, but I’m back at it and I have lots of fresh ideas for videos! Some of them will be informative, some topical and some just for fun! You can check it out with the videos above, or check out my channel Exelia!

Any suggestions for videos you have are welcome too! Don’t forget to like and subscribe for more! 💛

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Competitive Cosplay

Welcome to my introduction to competitive cosplay!

This entry is the first in a series on competitive cosplay, explaining what competitions are, why you would enter, and what to expect. Following entries in this series will cover individual competitions, rules and entry processes!

I am an avid follower of cosplay competitions and have previously represented in World Cosplay SummitClara Cow’s Cosplay Cup and European Cosplay Gathering. I am also an experienced judge.

Many of the competitions included here are hosted internationally, but there may be some cultural differences from the UK. If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved, read on!

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Cosplay: Level Up!

Following on from Cosplay: Getting Started!, here are my top 10 tips on how to level up in cosplay! These are the little things that will make your costumes look better and help your confidence soar!

No matter how long you’ve been cosplaying, these tips are designed to help anyone of any skill level. A few small changes can make a big difference to how your costume looks!

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What’s In My Makeup Bag?

Looking at other people’s makeup is one of my top guilty pleasures, so.. here’s mine! I pack a lot of makeup for cosplay – let’s see What’s In My Makeup Bag!

If you are unfamiliar with makeup, I recommend reading my dedicated post on Cosplay Makeup first! This entry is to show which products I like to use myself and take with me for events rather than as a guide.

None of the products mentioned here are sponsored. Everything I have listed was bought by myself, I have not been paid to recommend anything! If you are interested in anything listed here, I recommend you do some research on the products first and see what works for you!

My Makeup Bag

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Cosplay: Getting Started!

Hello! Welcome to my blog about cosplay! If you’re new to this hobby, cosplay is when people dress up as characters from your favourite comics, movies, games and more!

As far as hobbies go, cosplay is very diverse and has a lot of amazing aspects to it. It’s definitely one of those hobbies where you do you; it can be as casual or as serious as you want it to be. You’re totally in control of how you make the most of it and enjoy it.

Whether you’re a newbie, a curious parent or a seasoned cosplayer, this post aims to highlight some of the basics of cosplay and how to get involved!

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In Review: 2018

How was your 2018? I’m looking forward to 2019!

Outside of cosplay my life pretty much fell to bits this year, which in turn impacted my enthusiasm and productivity. But that’s how life goes isn’t it? The optimist in me thinks, “it wouldn’t be interesting if things went smoothly all the time!”, while the cynic thinks.. well, stuff I’d rather not repeat here. Hah!

Despite a rocky year, here are some of my cosplay highlights!


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Press Restart

Hello! Welcome to my blog!

If we haven’t met before, my name is Exelia and this is a little corner of the internet where I like to talk about cosplay! This website is finally back with a nice shiny update and lots of new content – I hope you enjoy exploring and reading everything I have to share!

My Profile is much more streamlined and the Costume Gallery has been completely overhauled. Each costume has a gallery to browse, with detailed Construction Notes Construction Galleries explaining material choices, techniques, personal critique and progress images. It’s not a complete portfolio of my work, but it’s a lot of it!

This Blog has also been updated! A lot of my older entries have been removed to tidy things up, so it’s looking a little empty right now. There will be lots of dedicated articles and advice coming soon – the kind I share at events during talks or panels, but in a handy permanent format to refer back to!

Event entries are retired. Costume Roundup entries have also been removed from the blog, as they have a new home in the Costume Gallery as Construction Notes!

If you have any feedback on the updates, please don’t hesitate to let me know! I’m always looking to improve my content and share my experiences in the best ways possible!

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Cosplay Life “Shopping in Tokyo”

Happy new year everyone!

Over the winter holidays, I helped my good friend Lauren with a new video project for her new cosplay-centric YouTube Channel, Cosplay Life!

The first project is an overview of Shopping in Tokyo. During a recent visit to Japan, Lauren captured some footage around different districts in different stores to highlight what is available for cosplayers, whether it’s buying premade costumes, picking up accessories or looking for supplies to make your own costumes – there’s a little bit of everything for cosplay enthusiasts covered!

Shopping in Tokyo is a four part series covering stores found in Akihabara, Nakano Broadway and two parts dedicated to Ikebukuro. Obviously, time will change what is available and which stores are open – but for the time being, hopefully you will find it helpful if you’re planning to take a trip to Tokyo!

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Exelia’s Guide to Applique!

Over on my Facebook page I asked if anyone would be interested in an applique tutorial, and you guys responded! So here it is!

I’ve used applique on costumes for years now, it’s one of my favourite techniques and it’s really satisfying to look at! Even though it’s time consuming I find it much easier than patterning and top-stitching bias for complex designs like those in the Tales of series. It’s easy to sew and when it’s done well it looks really clean, avoiding any fraying or uneven edges.

All of my sewing is self taught; that means if I can learn to do it, you can too! Applique isn’t hard, it just takes practice and patience. Hopefully this tutorial will help you get started!

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Cosplay Makeup

Cosplay is a huge, creative hobby, and cosplay makeup is something I’m really passionate about! Recently I’ve been able to dabble with some more interesting makeup, and figuring out how to style it for different characters is one of my favourite parts of putting a costume together.

I encourage everyone within the cosplay community to learn the basics of makeup – so here’s a short introduction about how it works and why it’s important to use it! All you need is a bit of patience, some basic products and the want to learn!

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WCS: Last-Minute Advice

World Cosplay Summit 2014 starts this weekend in Japan, and most teams will be flying out mid week! It’s a terrifying and exciting time if you’re taking part in the competition, so I figured I’d put together some last-minute advice for anyone taking part and is having a bit of a panic.

When I arrived last year there were a lot of things we were missing and locating them in Japan is tricky, so it’s easiest to make sure you’re well prepared!

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