I say go for it! If you want to gain an inch or two you could always wear heel inserts in your shoes. :)
WELCOME TO HEATHER’S GUIDE ON HOW TO START THE COSPLAY STUFF! *confettis*
Step 1) What shows do you like? What shows do you really like? What shows do you like enough to commit to spending time/money on making an outfit for a character in that show? Let’s say you like Pokemon. You really like Pokemon. So you decide to cosplay from Pokemon.
Step 2) What characters in that series do you like the best or do you feel the most connection to? Pick a character you like. Let’s say you picked Brock.
Step 3) What is your sewing/crafting skill level? If you’re a beginner you might want to try finding articles of clothing similar to Brock’s at Goodwill, Value Village, etc. that you could use as-is or modify slightly to fit the character. Or you could look up commissioners or ready-made cosplays on ebay, etsy, taobao, etc. to buy from. Or you could be a go-getter and SEW EVERYTHING YOURSELF RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING! WOAH! YOU ARE HARDCORE! GOLD STAR FOR YOU!
Step 4) Let’s say you’re sewing and putting everything together yourself because you’re that hardcore. You’re going to want to get a good wig. I would suggest against Party City/Hallowe’en wigs because they look and feel cheap and fall apart and tangle horribly. Try looking on Ebay for better costume wigs (kanekalon fiber wigs are better quality than party wigs) or you could shop from places like Epic Cosplay Wigs or Arda Wigs for really nice, high-quality, long-lasting wigs.
Step 5) You’re going to want to get all your materials and patterns. Simplicity Patterns I find are the easiest to follow no matter your skill level and you can find patterns for basically any type of clothing. You’re also going to want fabric. Joann’s, Hobby Lobby and Hancock fabrics are good choices if you live in the US and Fabricland/ville for Canada because they offer tons of deals and specials that can save you a lot of money.
Step 6) Plan your time and how long you’re going to need for your cosplay versus how much time you actually have. If you’re going to school or work full-time don’t plan on spending a bazillion hours a day sewing because there will be days where you’ll just want to do nothing or play videogames or read a book instead. I tend to do most of my work on weekends since I work full-time so I plan the number of cosplays based on the number of free weekends I have.
Step 7) Make your cosplay! Try not to procrastinate! Or cry! Or bleed on anything!
Step 8) Go to the con and wear your cosplay! Rock it! No matter your skill level or whether you bought or made your outfit, confidence is what will make or break you. If you’re moping in a corner because you think everyone will judge your Brock then there’s no fun in that. But if you’re like YEAH, I’M STOKED AND I’M AN AWESOME BROCK! That’s exactly what you’ll be! Confidence! Super important!
Step 9) Go to a gathering (if there is one for your series) and meet tons of other cosplayers and LEARN FROM THEM! Collect all the senpais! Become a senpai yourself! BECOME A COSPLAY MASTER!
Step 10) Feel awesome and have a super awesome first cosplay and make tons of new friends!
I hope this sort of helps. I just consumed a TON of caffeine so I apologize if my writing is sort of all over the place. Also as a tip it’s always more fun cosplaying for the first time with a friend or a gang of friends. Cosplaying for the first time by yourself is 100 times more nerve-wracking but having something with you makes everything more comfortable and fun and acts as insta-confidence!