2016 is here and a new year means new costumes! In 2015 I only completed 6 costumes;
Most of my costumes this year were stupidly easy. Mahiru, Chikane, Anise and Genis were all made quickly and weren’t too challenging, or at least, weren’t super stressful to make. I also made Himeko to match Chikane for my babe Yuka Cosplay and we wore them together at Japan Expo in Paris!
Estelle was a big mistake for me and pretty stressful, but I won’t go into that here. Sakura was also a bit of a challenge, but I loved making her with PopcornKuma as Syaoran! We won a trip to AnimeCon with Clara Cow’s Cosplay Cup which is pretty awesome and I can’t wait to take part in the finals. The biggest learning curve with costumes this year was making The Sword Card for Sakura, because I’m awful with props and it took me weeks of working on and off and really tested my patience!
I also started two more costumes, Ludger and Ramirez, but both were dropped. Ludger didn’t suit me very well at all and Ramirez was meant to be for ECG, but I chickened out before entering and dropped the project. I’m hoping to redo parts of both of them this year, but time will tell.
So what else awaits in 2016? Well, so far these are my costume plans! I’m not sure how many I’ll manage, but it’d be nice to at least get a few of them started.
All of them are kind of moe, which is much closer to my comfort zone. A lot of them have been on my “to do” list for years, so it’ll be nice to finally get some of the smaller projects I’ve been shoving aside sorted this year. The characters are as follows;
🌟 Shallotte Elminus (Atelier Shallie)
🌟 Alisha Diphda (Tales of Zestiria) – “After Episode” and “Default” (remake)
🌟 Marth (Fire Emblem)
🌟 Umi Sonoda (Love Live!) – “Valentines Parade”
🌟 Mahoro Andou (Mahoromatic)
🌟 Taruto (Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto)
🌟 Shia (Pita-Ten)
🌟 Leon Magnus (Tales of Destiny)
For events I’m still unsure of what I’ll be attending; I’m hoping to make it to Dokomi (Germany) and I’ll definitely be at AnimeCon (Netherlands), but I’d also like to make it to Japan Expo (France), EGX (UK) and some local events too. It’s actually kind of nice not having many solid plans for once though – it means I don’t pressure myself to finish things as quickly, so I stress less when working. Yay!
Here’s to a productive and happy 2016 for us all!