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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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Game Musings: Tales of Xillia 2

So this is a cosplay blog, but I figured it’s a blog and I might as well use it! As a lot of you will know Tales of Xillia 2 came out in the EU on August 22, and I wanted to shove my thoughts somewhere. I’ll try keep this as spoiler-free as possible.

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I really enjoyed the original Xillia last year and as a huge Tales nerd I wasn’t going to pass up playing the newest addition to the series. I’d heard from friends who had already played it in Japanese that it was a bit.. different, with a much darker theme and more adult story. I kind of took it with a pinch of salt, but from the beginning I could tell it was much less sugarcoated and dandy compared to other Tales of titles, which was a really nice change, to be honest.

After finishing the game last night it almost felt like somebody close to me had died. I sat and stared as the end sequences continued and felt a horrible emptiness. It’s not often that I play games that end up with no magic ‘everything is alright!’ option, so it was a bit somber to play a game that didn’t have one. I mean, everything makes sense, and everything is justified, but it didn’t make it any easier to finish the game.

I still have a lot of unanswered questions, which are probably shoved away in sidequests I didn’t quite finish, but otherwise it was a really fulfilling, interesting story. I had a lot of little things figured out early in the game but it didn’t make it any less enjoyable.

The odd thing for me was that Xillia 2’s ending reminded me of the time I first played Tales of Symphonia. Mithos was one of my favourite characters through the game, and knowing I wasn’t able to save him was hard. I guess it’s a good testament to how great the characters are in each game, though, and how fleshed out each character’s story can be.

Now I’ve finished my first playthrough, I’m probably going to go straight into my second for answers! Oh and playing through the game fully hasn’t exactly helped with my want to cosplay more characters.. if anything it’s only made the list longer!

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