My 9- and 11-year-old-girls took their first stabs at cosplaying while at King Richard’s Faire in Carver, Massachusetts. What is cosplaying? It’s a hobby for those who love creating costumes. The people you see dressed up in knights and princess costumes for a Renaissance faire or superheroes and villains at pop culture conventions are all a part of the cosplaying world.
I wasn’t sure if cosplaying was just a phase for my girls, something that would be cool for a moment but that would lose its luster over time. Turns out, they were even more committed to the idea the second time around, and it was fantastic!
I should preface this post by saying that my kids hate clothes shopping, especially my oldest. I’m sure that will change someday, but right not it’s the worst fate in the world when I take them to buy new clothes. They’d rather eat broccoli. Yeah, it’s that bad.
So, when they found out that we were going to King Richard’s Faire for the second year and both of them gleefully started planning the next parts of their costumes, I was surprised. Adding to their outfits was on the tops of their to-do lists, followed by watching the jousting. Who doesn’t like a little jousting?
The Fun of Costumes
My oldest daughter had purchased a little peasant skirt and blouse the first year and wanted a corset to add to her outfit. Did I mention that she’s only 11-years-old? This posed a problem as she doesn’t quite have the figure of a buxom wench and I do not want my little girl looking like a buxom wench yet, or ever.
We went to one shop where they were completely unhelpful and actually said they had nothing that would work. My daughter was not discouraged and, although sad, marched right on into the next shop, Heart’s Delight, where a woman helped her find the perfect corset for a young girl, not a tavern wench. She looked adorable and couldn’t have been happier.
My little one had a capelet from the previous year and decided that she was going to be a hunter. Her first step was to purchase a furry tail as a hunting trophy. She clipped it to her front belt loop and now has plans to add more each year. She also purchased a little leather bag for her belt because she decided that would hold bait to trap animals.
I’ve never cosplayed unless you count wearing a costume at Halloween, so watching my kids fall in love with the hobby lets me live vicariously through them. They’ve already made plans for next year’s purchases that involve chainmail belts, arrows and quivers and are planning on getting me and their Dad into the act, too. I don’t think I’ve had this much fun at the ren faire in years!