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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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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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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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This X Men group was put together at Starfest, a sci-fi con in Monterrey, Mexico! I love all my fellow mutants, they all looked so awesome!

The cast from left to right:
Psylocke (Uncanny X-men) - me
Storm (Uncanny X-men) - Alechan
Professor Xavier - Plonch
Phoenix - Tersa
Gambit (Xtreme X-men) - Brian

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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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This easy quick spandex comic book costume was inspired by Greg Horn's beautiful artwork.
Construction-wise there is nothing much to report except that making the head band thing without any seams required some creative patterning.
My boot covers are chunky heeled instead of flat because I was actually able to keep things like my cellphone inside them! There was nowhere else on the costume to hold necessities and I would rather be inaccurate on my feet than say have an extra pouch at my waist XD.

The sais are fun to pose with.

Much thanks to Brian Boling for taking pictures of me at San Diego Comic Con 2008!
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Somehow I never uploaded this picture to any of my portfolios O_o

Costume: Psylocke or Betsy Braddock from Uncanny X-Men
Made and worn by me
Photo by Antonio Ortiz

Taken during Starfest in Monterrey, Mexico, where I was a Cosplay Guest in 2007.
I love that the seemingly miss-framed arm in the background belongs to Professor X, and you can kind of see the wheel of his chair. Adds a storytelling element to this photo :D

You can see more photos of this costume, read about how I made, and see photos of the whole X-men group we had, on my website: [link]

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I love Resident Evil and 4 was my favorite. I love the mystery behind the Ada Wong character and her unusual relationship with Leon S. Kennedy. For a convention in Mexico last November I decided to make this costume to go along with Brian's Leon [link] because RE is such a hit there and I knew we'd be able to geek out with everyone. XD

As for the construction - I pulled this costume together in couple of days and am not entirely happy with it. I used a matte satin for the dress, which is partially lined (to the hips) and top-stitched. The designs were hand painted on and the outlines are embroidered, and the dress laces up with eyelets in the back. I couldn't find red eyelets and didn't want to stick with the chrome ones, so I hand bound all the eyelets in burgundy thread. The gun is a modified airsoft handgun with laser, and t he holster should be temporary until I either decide to re-make the dress or just learn to deal with it. I found the shoes after trying on a million pumps that were all too big, and added the criss-cross straps. The wig was ordered off eBay and then cut by me and I made the scarf out of black chiffon.

Photo by Brian Boling [link]
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I was never that happy with my Black Cat costume so I made a new one!
The wig is the only thing I kept from my old (all of 3 months lol) costume, everything else had to be re-made.

The bodysuit is the biggest change of course - after sewing it in wet look spandex and seeing how it photographs, I really wanted to go for the comic book painted on look, like in Mark Brooks' iconic Black Cat paintings.
In my opinion, the best way to achieve that effect is through Latex. So I altered a latex bodysuit that I purchased pretty heavily into Black Cat's signature costume, with the super low collar, front zipper with o-ring, and the arm and leg fur pieces. I used feathers this time for the fur strips and I really like the look of it. Much more than my old costume.
I made new claw gloves and collar with my own pattern and wore super high platform boots this time, because you have to be in platforms while wearing Latex! It's the law lol.

The mask is also new, only because my old one broke during transit :(. With Brian's help, I made this mask out of Silicone and it's softer and molds better to my face.

The photos were taken by Ng Master www.ng-master.com at Dragoncon. Thank you so much for the shoot!
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