Doctor Mercy Cosplay

Doctor Mercy Cosplay – Overwatch on a Budget

Last week was one for the books with me! I attempted my first real cosplay, and pulled it all together in under two weeks. Whaattt? Yeah. I was exhausted, feeling gross, but at the end of the week, everything came together beautifully and was SO worth it! For baby’s first con, I decided to go with a doctor Mercy cosplay, because, well, I am wholeheartedly obsessed with that lady. The stress was worth it, and it all pulled together really nicely. So, here’s how it all pulled together!

As a novice cosplayer, I wasn’t looking to sew an entire dress or make armor or anything too complicated or complex. With the short time frame, and the fact that I wanted to be comfy, it was important that the elements were soft, easy to wear, and inexpensive. I knew I was going to spend the majority of the day on my feet, so I didn’t want to have to drag a costume around or feel too weighed down. I just wanted to be comfortable.

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Doctor Mercy Cosplay – The Halo

One of the most important parts of a Mercy cosplay is her halo! The halo is sorta iconic to her look, and if you aren’t going to have wings (I didn’t!) then you should at least have a halo! My halo was 3D printed by a friends, but there are tons of sellers on etsy that will happily make you the pieces to assemble yourself. Or, you can buy a finished model to eliminate some of the work.

 

Doctor Mercy Cosplay
My halo with my favorite Funko Pop figure!

Doctor Mercy Cosplay – The Jacket

A normal doctor’s jacket would suffice, but I chose to jazz mine up with a couple details from her armor in game! I chose the jacket below (click the image to get the link!) and it came quick with prime shipping. I’m truly not sure what I would do in life without amazon, for real.
For the suit details, I mocked up a couple designs in canva (a lifesaver of a program!) and used my cricut machine to cut red glitter vinyl out in the correct shapes. I am in love with my cricut, and if you are a big crafter, its totally worth the investment! Mine was purchased on prime day (keep an eye out for the deals!) and I have never looked back.

I had plans to add more details, but it turned out that the vinyl I had purchased for the other parts was not the correct type (sad!). So, for this time around, I kept it simple. Hopefully in the future I can step my game up just a little bit. 

Doctor Mercy Cosplay – The Wig

I’m not naturally blonde, or anywhere near being blonde (redheads represent!) so, this was the first time that I ever purchased and wore a wig! I struggled hardcore with this part, because I have gigantic and poofy hair, but I somehow managed to make it all work. Again, Amazon prime came to the rescue and saved me with some speedy shipping.

Thankfully, I have friends who are near pros at styling wigs, so they lent a hand and made this budget wig look really cute! It is a little more orange in tone than it appears in the pictures, but overall, it worked out really nicely and was a good first wig. It even came with a wig cap which was a serious plus for me. Once I had secured it with an entire package of bobby pins, it really looked nice, minus my hair sticking out in multiple places. Like I said, baby cosplayer here.

Doctor Mercy Cosplay – The Little Details

The little details really help to bring things all together, especially when you’re doing things as simply as I was. A few extra bucks can help to really make things pop!

For pants, I just wore a standard pair of black leggings, so I don’t have too much of a suggestion. Just wear your favorite pair and be comfy! I wore an ankle length pair to keep my ankles comfortable in the boots.

The boots above were what I wore! They’re on the comfortable side, but when you’re walking all day long, things usually get to be uncomfy. They’re not too expensive, and didn’t scuff up all day, score! Totally would wear these again with another cosplay or outfit because they are simple, basic, over the knee boots.

This turtleneck top is perfect for Mercy, but this is one of the softest tops I have ever worn, my goodness. It is soft, stretchy, and literal perfection. I’ll probably pick this up in more colors for winter because its one of the most comfortable things I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. Love. It.

I chose to wear this yellow stethoscope to bring some more yellow into the outfit, because that’s what Mercy really wears in game. Even though this was a fairly liberal interpretation, I wanted to pull in some sort of color in the sea of gray, white, and black. This was a super simple and easy way to do it, for less than ten dollars. Score!

Doctor Mercy Cosplay Completed!

Heroes never die, or something like that. Hah.

That’s all I did in order to pull together my Mercy Cosplay! I plan on doing a simple makeup tutorial type post soon, but didn’t want this one to get too long in general. That should be coming soon if there is any interest!

Do you like costumes, or dressing in cosplay? Have you ever done it before? Let me know in the comment section below! I can’t wait to hear all about it.

Lots of Love & Hugs,

NyanCon 2018 – Lessons Learned from my First Convention

This week has been one of the most exhausting that I have been able to remember in past weeks. Between school, work, writing, AND going to my first convention, I have been under so much pressure that it’s unreal. I had been to a lower key convention in the past, but this was the first time that I was completing my own cosplay, doing my makeup, contacts, wigs, all that. Low key terrifying. However; I did learn my fair share of lessons from NyanCon 2018, and I wanted to share them!

Heroes never die, or something like that. Hah.

Lesson #1 – It’s Okay To Be Yourself – NyanCon 2018

Seriously. Since I was young, I always had a hard time with showing my personality to people. I was always focused on making other people happy, and forgot about myself in the process. You will never make everyone happy with what you do, how you look or what you say. So, do what you want! Going to NyanCon 2018, it was just a ton of people gathered together being themselves 100%. And to me, thats always the most positive experience that you can get.

 

Lesson #2 – Making Time for Fun is More Important than You Think – NyanCon 2018

School, work, writing, and everything else can seriously start to wear on you after a little while. I find myself constantly struggling to make time for more fun, because, well, there is so much work to be done! But, a fun day can seriously help to reset your mind, inspire you to do better, and lift you up. I was feeling way overwhelmed, stressed, and drained. Spending a day with a ton of cool people, getting to dress up and just have fun seriously has left me feeling rejuvenated and ready to get back to work and give it my all. It is so tough to stay motivated all the time, and sometimes, you just need a break to do something that is fun!

 

Lesson #3 – Treat Yourself (Within Reason) – NyanCon 2018

Shopping. Lord, the shopping. There were SO many vendors and artists there, and so much shopping to be done! I am a biiiig shopper and seeing all the nerdy art was like overload for me. But, you can always go back and do another lap to see the vendors! Make an initial lap, see what there is, THEN go back and make your purchases. There always may be one big thing that you really want at the end of the day, and if you spend it all on the first few vendors, then you’ll be so sad! But, conventions aren’t every weekend, so saving up a little to spend doesn’t hurt either!

Allll the spoils!

I can’t wait for the next con to roll around (new cosplay plans pending soon!) and hope to share more of this world with you all.

Have you ever gone to a convention? What kind? Did you like it? Let me know in the comment section below!

Much love