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Hello 2016!

2016 is here and a new year means new costumes! In 2015 I only completed 6 costumes;

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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.

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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!

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Costume Gallery & CCCC!

So it’s been a while, but at last the blog has a nice gallery addition! I decided a while ago to add a small portfolio of sorts of my costumes to showcase. If you would like to see the gallery, you can access it from the Costumes tab along the top and see any costume details by clicking any of the thumbnails.

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As far as costuming goes, in October myself and PopcornKuma entered the qualifier for Clara Cow’s Cosplay Cup at MCM London Comic Con with Prince Sakura and Princess Syaoran from Cardcaptor Sakura, and to our surprise, we won! So next June we will be jetting off to The Netherlands to represent the United Kingdom at AnimeCon which is pretty exciting!

Our qualifier performance was based on the school production of Sleeping Beauty from Volume 5 of the manga, which you can see here;

There was a lot of work involved in the costumes and performance, and I’m really happy with how the set came out. The audio was also done by myself and I play all 7 roles (not like you can tell from my accent anyway, hah!). It was really fun to work on and I hope you enjoy the performance!

For AnimeCon we have a lot of ideas for what we should do for the finals already. Some of them are pretty energetic and it’s going to be a blast! I can’t wait to meet the other entries, and to finally get to see what kind of event AnimeCon actually is!

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March & April Musings

March and April have passed, and once again little old blog has dust on it. But I’m starting a new job soon, which will hopefully give me more structure so I might have more time for this poor thing soon!

The past few months have been a little busy: in March I was a guest at Newcastle Film & Comic Con! I did a couple of panels and was a judge on the Sunday. As said for Sunderland Comic Con I’m not really used to Comic Cons, but it was an amazing event and I loved being a part of it. The event was so busy and so alive, it was great!

Myself and Jen Tate delivered a panel on Sewing & Patterning for Cosplay, banging our heads together and giving some advice on how to get started with cosplay sewing. It was actually really fun to do, and we had great feedback from it! It always feels odd doing a panel on something I’m not a particular expert in, but hopefully people found it useful and at least a little entertaining. I also helped present a WCS and International Cosplay panel with Aranel, explaining how to get into competitive cosplay and what competitions are like. Both panels were on huge subjects!

Across the weekend I wore Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura and Mahiru Koizumi from DanganRonpa 2, both nice breezy costumes for a light weekend. Sakura was fixed up from last year and Mahiru was new, but I only had to make the dress and tie, which were both pretty easy. It was nice not stressing over costumes for once!

With the nicer spring weather coming in too I had shoots for both Sakura and Mahiru recently! I’ll likely post a full gallery soon, but for now here’s a diddy preview:

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Photos by Arphrial & Felixize

So what’s up next? At the moment I’ve been madly working on Estelle from Tales of Vesperia for the upcoming Tales of Ambassador competition at Japan Expo in July. My original plan was to do Ludger Will Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2 referred to in my last post, but the costume on me just.. looked bad. Like, really bad. I had good feedback but I have a very curvy shape and just wasn’t confident in wearing him correctly, so I’ve swapped to a nice curvy character instead.

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The costume was basically done, though, so my boyfriend will be inheriting it and wearing it instead. I can always wear Elle with him, anyway, and I’m glad it’s not going to waste. The costume was tailored ridiculously and I’d be sad if it went to total waste. I still have a few things to finish (bags, trousers, wig) but that’ll be all done in time for Japan Expo.

For Estelle, I’m hoping to complete her and get a shoot for her soon, giving the costume a good test wear and also to get some new cosplay cards printed in time too! At the moment the costume is about 70% done, but it’s been a huge project so that’s nowhere near finished.

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As with Alisha last year, it’s been a huge test of patience to make this costume properly. The most important thing to me was finishing the dress off nicely: I didn’t want any messy edges, so I’ve been handsewing the trim in place and finishing with mitered corners. Me and handsewing aren’t the best of friends, so it’s been tricky, but the result so far is pretty good. It’s also been bloody hard to pattern, but I think it’s looking pretty good and not too “floppy” which is a common problem with this costume.

In case you couldn’t tell, me posting is procrastinating on working… or something. Heh. I’ve also been working on updating some of this blog too, updating the costume list and adding a gallery, so stuff is happening, it’s just not all that obvious.

Til next time blog, hopefully with more Estelle progress to come!

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Sunderland Comic Con & Beyond

So errr, February came and went, and now it’s mid-March.. sorry blog!

February was a lot of fun, with a guest appearance as a judge at Sunderland Comic Con for their first event! While I’m not a huge comic buff it was a really cool event and tons of cosplayers turned up for it. They had some great guests, signing sessions, drawing classes and sets going on and it was a really nice different atmosphere from the sort of anime-centric events I’m used to. I was there as a judge alongside Felixize, with Aranel and Leolarua on the Cosplay Team!

Seeing as I’m not a huge comic book fan, I decided to pull together a nice, laid-back costume and went as Minnie the Minx from The Beano! I grew up reading all sorts of British kids comics every week, so there was nothing better. I’ll admit I added a cutesy aspect to her (mostly for the wig), but it was a nice change to wear something so casual!

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I also wore Jude Mathis on the Sunday, but his selfies are much less interesting so let’s stick with Minnie.

This month is going to be hectic too, for a few reasons: firstly, I’m moving house at last! Our current flat is riddled with mould and I’ll be glad to see the back of it. Secondly (and thirdly, I guess) I’ve been busting my butt to try and finish Ludger Will Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2 in time for another guest appearance: this time at Newcastle Film & Comic Con! I’ll be there with Felixize and Aranel again, this time with Isamiaella and Jen Tate too! I’ll be helping run some panels and sticking around to talk to you lovely lot.

Ludger is coming along nicely, but I’m not super confident wearing him. I had a bit of a lull a few days ago when I tried everything on and it didn’t look “right”, but I’m going to try and put some fixes in so it looks better on me. So far I’m planning on remaking the trousers, restyling the wig and adding some shaping under the costume itself, in a vain attempt to make myself look more like a man. Which probably won’t work, but I’ll give it a try.

‘Til next time bloggeroonie, ’til next time!

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Photoset: Alisha, Tales of Zestiria

Tales of Zestiria came out in Japan today!! This is the first Tales of game I’ve ever imported on launch, and I can’t wait to get to know the characters and world better. The designs are all absolutely gorgeous, and the world looks amazing too.

I took some photos of my Alisha earlier this month, so here’s a nice photoset. The location was perfect – the game has a medieval fantasy theme, so we adventured to a castle for the photos. Alisha is a knight, after all!

Photos by Felixize

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