My cosplay progress over the years:
For my first two years doing cosplay, I bought my costumes and hadn’t started working out yet.
After my summer convention in 2014 I made the decision to start weightlifting and to try and make my own costumes. I cheated a bit by tampering with regular clothes (blue Korra), but then dived into making costumes from scratch (green Korra and Fang). I still bought some pieces, but not the whole costume.
In 2016 I made my first almost entirely homemade costume, Rinkah. Chat Noir was pretty low effort, but he was my most fun cosplay to date and pieces of his costume prepared me for making my Rinkah costume.
In 2017 I finally tried foam for the first time and I think it came out pretty well.