I currently work in childcare and have done so since I was 18, where I've gained my NVQ lvl 2, lvl 3 and am now a Forest School Leader.
Internet is awesome.
I haven't had a great deal of experience when it comes to making costumes.
AmeCon 2007 saw my first attempt at making (which was really buying a few bits and pieces and altering them eg. dying a dress from white to pink), whereas now I have my own sewing machine and know how to use it I'm slowly making more of my costumes!
Crimson Whirlwind from Romeo x Juliet was my first costume, worn at AmeCon 2008, which had a bit of help from a friend. My second costume was Fye's white outter coat, from Tsubasa, which I had no help with at all!
I've been a cosplayer/convention attender since 2007 ang regularly go to AmeCon, AyaCon and the Midlands Expo.