FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How old are you?
I'm a witch.
What's your job? What do you do?
I'm the HBIC at Vault 16 in Santa Monica, CA.
What's with the 'Fallout Mom' nickname?
It's just a nickname that started from a friend a few years ago and sorta caught on, I think his exact words were 'because you're always organizing the gatherings and looking out for everyone' so there ya go (I also tend to be the 'mom friend' in whatever group of friends I'm in). I don't know why some think it's something super serious and think it means I'm some know-it-all in the community or something. I just thought it was cute, that's all!
How long have you been cosplaying?
I've been cosplaying since 2007, and Anime Expo that year was my first con experience.
Do you make your own costumes?
Unless otherwise stated, yes. I enjoy (...HA) the entire costume construction process from planning to adding the finishing touches, but sometimes it's also nice to buy a premade costume and not worry about all of that. All of my active cosplays have construction notes, if there's a cosplay progress log available on my blog it'll be linked!
Do you do commissions or sell costumes?
Thanks for your interest but I don't do commissions, and I no longer sell any of my old costumes either.
When will you post new cosplay content?
Sure, when you wanna sponsor a costume for me. I only do this as a hobby, so as long as I'm the one putting my time, money, and effort into it, it'll be done on my watch and no one else's.
Can you share your jumpsuit pattern?
NOPE. I've spent the past few years perfecting my pattern and there was a lot of work put into it. I don't share any of my patterns anyway, as they're tailored to my measurements.
How can I get started with cosplay?
This is such a loaded question LMAO but honestly doing Google searches is going to be your best bet, there are SO many great tutorials and cosplay books these days, not to mention a better, and wider selection of materials to work with! Getting into the hobby is much easier than when I first started, you just have to take the plunge and go for it, and if you don't feel comfortable making your own cosplays? eBay, AliExpress, and Taobao have you covered for pre-made costumes, just make sure to do your research!
Can you do a tutorial for 'xyz' thing?
Maybe! But I won't make any promises, there's so much I want to do but making tutorials is sooo consuming with little to no pay off. It's worse with YouTube videos, because that's even more time consuming with all the video editing involved lol
Do you have a P.O. Box?
Yes! E-mail me for info! You don't have to send me anything fancy, I'd be more than happy to receive letters and postcards from around the world!
Do you have a store/shop where you sell your crafts?
I stopped for a lot of reasons. Everything and anything I make now is purely for personal use only, I'm not open to sale or commissions. Thanks for your interest though!
Do you sell cosplay prints?
No. I'm really not interested, and there isn't enough of a demand.
Do you have a Patreon?
No. I'm not interested for a variety of reasons, I've also never expressed ANY interest in making one and don't ever plan to start.
Do you work for (insert company name here)?
I'm an affiliate for a few sites, but no, I don't work for anyone if anything I'd like to think they work for me. *wink*
Did you get (insert merch item here) for free?
I always disclose this information, I really don't know why some are under the impression that I get sent all this shit for absolutely free. Also, it's never really 'free' because it does come with strings attached, and they're generally getting a better deal out of it. I still buy a large, and I mean very large majority of whatever's in my collection, have been doing it the past several years and will continue to do so.
How do you afford all of this?
It's not your business so don't worry about it lol
How come you won't respond to my DM?
I check it when I can, but honestly can't respond to everyone as my time and energy is limited. I get so overwhelmed with notifications as it is whenever I open Instagram. I also don't use my DM for chatting as I'd rather keep that sort of thing to my Discord server, less chaotic and easier for me to keep up with.
Can I ask you a question?
You just did. Seriously though, don't do this. I get you want to be polite but it makes me EXTREMELY ANXIOUS when people do this, so just get right into it and ask your question. I will generally answer as long as it's nothing inappropriate or something that can already be answered by reading my post descriptions.