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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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Photo by Paul Tien
I love overhead shots like these, as long as you make sure the photographer is standing closer to your head as opposed to your feet. In this case, the contrast of black on white emphasizes the silhouette of the figure, and I love that the only popping color is my skin. The masked eyes also contrast the sensual yet relaxed pose. Even while Black Cat is chilling out, she is a mystery ^_-...

Black Cat costume made and modeled by me
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Last two Deviations of RE4 for a bit, I swear!
There were too many great photos from the Ljinto shoot to not share.

I love Resident Evil so much and this is my favorite character pairing - Leon Kennedy and Ada Wong!
I made both costumes, and it's Brian as Leon, and me as Ada. The photos were taken at Anime Weekend Atlanta.

Thank you again Ljinto for the wonderful photos!

Other photos from the same shoot:
"RE4 - zombie attack" [link]

"Hang on, I'm coming for you." [link]

"RE 4 - Unwilling Goodbye" [link]

"Resident Evil 4 - Leon and Ada" [link]
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This was such a lucky incident! During the Resident Evil shoot with Ljinto at Anime Weekend Atlanta, two fully made up zombies happened to walk past and we stopped them and asked for a few minutes of their time. They were a part of a Netherworld promotion at the event.

Thank you Ljinto for the wonderful photos!

(Ada Wong costume made and modeled by me)

Other photos from the same shoot:

"Resident Evil 4 - Leon and Ada" [link]

"RE4 - Ready for action" [link]

"Hang on, I'm coming for you." [link]

"RE 4 - Unwilling Goodbye" [link]
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... I've been waiting...

LOL Yes, I decided that my Teaser pic for the new costume I made will be cheesecake!

Black Cat from "Spiderman" comics - I know, every cosplay girl has this costume. But I've always liked Felicia Hardy's character and the simple yet stunning design for her. Plus, I got a thing for cat burglars. So why not?

This costume made from scratch by me. I debated for a while on what material to use (pvc, pleather, lycra...) and ended up settling for comfort, keeping my insane summer convention schedule in mind. So I went with wet look spandex and created the bodysuit as well as matching gloves and boot covers. I also made the collar with the chrome tag. I wanted everything to be the same material for an overall streamlined look. I cut up fur and sewed them to the bodysuit by hand, though I am not too happy with the look of it so that might change soon.
The wig came from a China seller on Ebay <3, and the mask is latex.

I wanted to originally make this for Florida Supercon next weekend, but my hands were hurting so badly from working non stop for weeks on products, that I needed a break. So I decided to take half a day to sew which is a very relaxing activity for me, and made Black Cat in time to wear for Fanime for photoshoots.
This photo was taken by Paul Tien - thank you!


(And yes I am aware that I'm super pushed up in this photo.)
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Felicia is awesome! I made the white fur suit and styled two wigs for her - blue and pink. These photos were taken in LA (yeah, there were stares) in the summer of 2008, where I wore the pink wig and red contacts.

The suit: I altered the strategically placed fur bits in the design to bra and panties for more coverage and modesty. After doing so think I like the result more than the strips of random fur XD. Quite a bit of hand sewing was required for the fuzzy parts, especially around the fingers and feet.

The paw gloves and feet, like everything else, were created from my own pattern, built over a pair of clear boots. The clear heel gave the illusion that I was standing on the balls of my feet like a real cat! It was the fundamental element I based this entire costume around.
I sculpted three sizes of claws and Brian from Bountyhardware.com [link] cast them in plastic. They have holes drilled into them so I simply sewed them onto the gloves.

The wig: This pink wig started out as my Bubblegum Angel wig, as layered mid length wig. but I spent a couple of hours teasing the hell out of it until it was nice and poofy. I also added a ton of extensions to the back so the wig would be waist/butt length.

Photos by Geoffrey Nicholson
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Photo by Kyle Johnsen [link]
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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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I am such a huge Lodoss fan T_T.. why don't they make shows like that anymore?

This costume is actually NOT made by me. It was created by my friend Cat of sewinggoddess.com [link] as a commission for one of her customers. She asked me to pose in the costume for her portfolio.
The dress itself is made of silk and she painstakingly made and painted each piece that made up the neck collar. The whole costume was gorgeous and I felt honored to model in it.

The only things in the photo made by me were the plastic elf ears :)

Thank you to Maboroshi [link] for the photos!
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