At first my project was simply about learning how to sew. I’ve been a cosplayer for some time now and I really enjoy every part of it. Cosplaying is so many little things that people can do. It can be prop making, makeup, sewing, acting and so much more. And at the start of this project i knew I wanted to get more of these skills under my belt. I though March madness would be a perfect opportunity for this. I had done makeup, prop-making and wig styling already so I knew I wanted to try sewing. I’ve loved the movie Anastasia since I was a baby and I knew I wanted to try to make the most iconic dress from the film. It was a real challenge learning a new skill on my own. I didn’t take any classes and I had very little experience with sewing. But my ambition and efforts guided me along the way.
But then the pandemic hit our city. I felt so restrained and separated from my passion. I couldn’t ask for much help, i couldn’t go to fabric stores and I had no idea where my project was going. Not only did the confusion of the situation hit me but also I realized how isolated I was! And that is when my sewing machine broke. The sewing machine was a MAJOR part of the dress creation process. How was I supposed to sew more that 8 yards of fabric without a sewing machine!!! This is when my project changed. My goal was no longer creating a perfect dress to wow everyone with its accuracy and quality, but it was to persevere during this time where the world is turning upside down. I knew that this dress wasn’t going to be perfect, but I would do my best. And that is what March madness is all about.