Language barrier. Uncertainty. Limited word-of-mouth potential to tap into. Inability to locate nearby craft and fabric shops with a quick Google search.
Despite these hurdles, I persevered, and made a pretty kickin’ Halloween costume, if I do say so myself. Here’s what I discovered, so that you too many take up the challenge next year (or anytime cosplay is called for)!
As a hagwon teacher, I needed a costume for my school’s two-day Halloween event. I wanted something that would work equally well around children or at a bar, that wouldn’t cost a fortune, and that I could put together in a foreign country. (Although as it turns out, any costume becomes trickier in a country where Halloween isn’t a big deal at all.)
I already had a Finn the human-coloured shirt and pair of shorts, and my sewing skills are at a solid proficiency level. I found a pattern for a Finn hat and backpack and decided to tackle making my own costume pieces. (I certainly wasn’t going to come across specialty pre-made ones here).
If you’re wondering, ‘Who’s Fionna, Holly?’, then do look up episode 3×09– The Adventures of Cake the Cat and Fionna the Human. These gender-swapped characters exist in an alternate universe of sorts. 🙂
My first fabric stop was the Gwangjang market- but navigating racks of miscellaneous fabrics without a working comprehension of Korean proved challenging to say the least. I ended up with a chunk of nice cashmere fabric. It’s sitting unused in my closet, waiting for me to figure out what to do with it!
Fortunately, I lucked out when I discovered Dongbaek Hwabangmungu- a specialty crafts shop located right in my area! They had felt, velcro, cotton batting- and everything else one might need for craftin’- buttons, glue, glitter, oh my!
The store is located near Dongbaek station, in a complex found across the street from Emart. It’s in between the two main buildings, to the east of the man-made lake. If you’re a prospective crafter in the area, please do get in touch- it was quite tricky to locate craft supplies and I’d be happy to help you find this place!
Emboldened, with felt and thread in hand, I tackled my sewing project gleefully- watching a LOT of Adventure Time as I dutifully cut, pinned, and sewed my pieces together.
End result? Well, a lot of the kids knew who I was. “Pinn! Pinn!” they exclaimed. I can hardly expect small children to distinguish between Finn and Fionna, and adorably, there is no “F” sound in the Korean language, hence their mispronunciation.
The Halloween party was a huge hit with the kids.
Oh my glob! I call it a success.