If you’re like me, you probably want to cram as many costumes into a convention weekend as possible. Or maybe, you don’t make that many costumes, but still have trouble keeping track of what cosplay tasks you’ve finished and what you still have to do. For most of my costuming career, I’d usually scribble my cosplay to-do lists on random pieces of paper. Then I still have a hard time remembering all the pieces of my costumes when I go to pack! How much does it suck to get to the con, only to realize you forgot the gloves for your Harley Quinn costume so you have to wear white ones instead (true story)? Fear not!
I recently discovered this app Cosplanner; and I’m kind of in love! Available on both Apple and Android devices, Cosplanner lets you put all your cosplay plans in one place – what costumes you want to make, what pieces you want to buy, what pieces you want to make, estimated costs, and even has room for reference photos!
On each costume page, there’s room to list the components you have to buy and what you want to make. For example, I have the listing I made for my partially complete B’Elanna Torres above. Next to the little suit icon is a person icon, and clicking it will allow you to add reference photos (below).
Don’t have a smartphone? Prefer to write your ideas on pen and paper, or keep your cosplay plans in a binder? Check out cosplayer Cicia’s Cosplay Printables, which are super similar to cosplanner – but you can print them out!