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Photo by Oscar Chang of Divideby0.com [link]

Costume designed and made by me.

I really love how these photos turned out. I thought it would be cool to do a classic old film damsel in distress shot, with harsh shadows and ominous lighting.
In under a minute, Oscar rigged up this set up and it was perfect! I was all ready to shoot some Aliens!

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New costume photoshoot! I made a 2nd version of the Space Girl outfit a little while ago from scratch - with an even more retro design, bodysuit and high collar and all. I got a new wig and gave it a beehive lol, and grabbed a mic set from Target. My gun is the only thing I used from my old costume.

I wore this outfit at Fanime (or better, after Fanime ended on Monday) to do a photoshoot with Oscar Chang of Divideby0.com [link]

He took me to this amazing lit wall in the hotel and we pulled up various furniture pieces, and Oscar used his lighting skills to set up these images. I just love them!
The one on the left is my favorite. We did some variations on the chair and I called it my Captain Kirk impression lol.

Thank you so much for shooting with me, Oscar!

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Photo by Oscar Chang of Divideby0.com [link]

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Oscar's lighting really made this shoot - we kept laughing at how 70's cheesecake it looked. But it was so appropriate for the theme and subject. And I happen to love pastel shiny :).

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Photographer: Kevin Stewart

Model/MUA: Yaya

Kevin and I took over the laundry room in a condo building for half an hour and got these adorable shots. I designed and made the corset, as well as did my hair and makeup. Yay pink!
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Have more Sheryl *spams*! Actually I love this outfit. It's so cute and colorful!
The design is from the 2nd Opening song, "Lion" - I made the bodice which is lined and boned, as well as the skirt and accessories. Sheryl's skirt is a simple circle skirt but I added two layers for my stage performance. I really like it this way.
The flower on her collar is supposed to be red, but because I had to match it to the other outfit I wore on the same night, I kept it purple.
I didn't wear gloves because I had to mess with velcro behind my back as well as hold a microphone at the same time so I made a rose wrist cuff instead. I also left the rose hair piece on to match.
The close-ups shows Sheryl's signature earring that I made, for which I ran all over the place finding the right beads for ugh.

Photos by lovely Jaina Solo! <3 Thank you so much!
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I loved the movie "Perfect Blue" and Mima was such an easy costume to make and to wear around.

Construction notes: This costume came together easily enough, but I had a hard time at first deciding what color scheme to go with. In some scenes, the dress looks light pink with hot pink layers, but that would have been way too pink, even for me O_O. Instead I went with the promotional pictures and made the costume white and pink, with hot pink bows/red shoes. The top of the dress is boned and tailored to me, and I hand-gathered the layers to ensure they ruffled evenly and as per reference. Instead of making the garters out of the same fabric as the dress, I opted for lace, to give it more a lingerie look. The wig was interesting, as Mima's hair is so choppy in the movie. I ended up cutting and styling the hell out of a random black layered wig I found locally. I already owned the shoes, gloves and thigh highs. I got lucky and found a $5 microphone which got cut up and repainted for Mima.

Photos taken at ikkicon 2010 by Pete Ortega. Thank you!
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... and stalker victim! Poor girl.
I loved the movie and this was such an easy costume to make and to wear around.

Construction notes: This costume came together easily enough, but I had a hard time at first deciding what color scheme to go with. In some scenes, the dress looks light pink with hot pink layers, but that would have been way too pink, even for me O_O. Instead I went with the promotional pictures and made the costume white and pink, with hot pink bows/red shoes. The top of the dress is boned and tailored to me, and I hand-gathered the layers to ensure they ruffled evenly and as per reference. Instead of making the garters out of the same fabric as the dress, I opted for lace, to give it more a lingerie look. The wig was interesting, as Mima's hair is so choppy in the movie. I ended up cutting and styling the hell out of a random black layered wig I found locally. I already owned the shoes, gloves and thigh highs. I got lucky and found a $5 microphone which got cut up and repainted for Mima.

Photos taken at ikkicon 2010 by Pete Ortega. Thank you!
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I am so fond of the Dead or Alive games lol!

As for Christie, well I never thought of cosplaying her actually, but after doing a swimsuit shoot in a white wig, an overwhelming number of friends and fans told me how much I reminded them of Christie and suggested her as a cosplay to me.
And with Dragoncon 2008 coming up, I thought it would be the only con where I'd fit in wearing such a skimpy costume haha... so, perfect timing to go for it.

I am really proud of how this costume turned out, given the circumstances. I was in the middle of moving, so most of this was sewn on the floor of my place as everything including tables and chairs was moved out already. I also boxed up all of my notions and sewing supplies so everything for this costume had to be purchased under time restraints, and then it was just me and my sewing machine + teflon foot. I got a great 4-way stretch vinyl and made all the straps and the bodysuit with my own patterns. I covered a random teal bra I found at Marshall's with the same vinyl and used three different sized sets of buckles and two sizes of studs to embellish the outfit. The gloves are my favorite - I patterned it out with the criss-cross straps, sewed everything together and added the D-rings also. Lastly I made the stretch vinyl garter straps, and attached fishnet fabric by hand sewing it to the according areas of the bodysuit. The fishnet stockings, studded wrist cuffs and earrings were purchased.

The photos were taken by Brian Boling [link]

Christie is such a cool mysterious character, I totally want to make another of her outfits. Maybe one of the ones safe enough to wear at all cons, not just Dragoncon lol.
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This costume is based on the "Witchblade" Series 2 Action Figure "Armor Sara Pezzini", sculpted by Clayburn Moore.
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I've had both the red dress and black dress figures for years now but never thought to cosplay Witchblade until my friend Meagan VanBurkleo told me about the Witchblade through the Ages group she was putting together for San Diego Comic Con '09.
I had been swamped all year with work, up until the weekend before - Otakon - and didn't think I could get anything done for the group. But when Meagan told me I could borrow her boots/wig/gloves from her costumes, and I realized that I had 90% of all materials needed on hand, I decided to go for it.
So on Tuesday night of Comic Con week I started making the Witchblade glove and face pieces, with what I had laying around like gems, glue, paint, foam.... I stayed up till 7am, took a 3 hour nap, then ran out to buy the one thing I needed and kept working on the glove till dinner time when I had to start packing for my flight out to the con the next morning! I was so lucky to find an old red PVC dress I've had for years, altered the hell out of it by hemming it shorter and using the excess to make shoulder straps and the collar piece, and changing the cut of the dress.

At SDCC on Saturday I met up with the girls, and all 7 of us, posed for photos at the Top Cow booth for an hour. It was so much fun to have the different Bearers together in one place, and everyone at Top Cow were so nice and generous. We all got signed books by Marc Silvestri.

I will post group photos when we get them back, for now these are some quick shots Brian Boling snapped Saturday morning.
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