You guys... I'm scared that I'm falling out of love with cosplay. It's been a fun and exciting part of my like since I was maybe 13 or 14, and I'm in my twenties now. I'm trying to get excited about a character design, any character, for this year's project(s), and I just can't find anything. Anything I do have any interest in making, it's pretty much western stuff from movies and TV shows. I consider how I'd make it, start tallying up what I need (wigs, foam, fabric, etc) and it just sorts of hits me that it's expensive and I feel like giving up. I started one relatively simple cosplay that I thought I would make in like a week, and it took two do-overs to realize the sewing pattern I got was just fucked. Now I feel like I wasted a ton of fabric and time and effort and I'm kind of burned out, even though now that I found the problem, I could probably knock it out in a couple days, with the practice that I've had remaking this one piece of clothing.
It also doesn't help that my con social group has split itself twice over, over some stupid couple deciding to break up and make people pick sides, and then those sides picked sides, and ugh.
I don't want to give up on cosplay and crafting, it's given me so much joy and pride in previous years. I've attempted some pretty difficult costumes the last few years and been pretty successful, I think. I also might just be burned out as fuck because I just finished a four-year degree in two years and am going straight to grad school. Plus, I got finally diagnosed with a super shitty chronic painful disease this year, too. Has anybody else ever run into this wall? Ugh.