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First photos of a new costume I made for Ikkicon. I found this artwork piece by mangaka Carnelian and fell completely in love with the design!
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It's Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier, but as an adorable pirate girl! I happened to have very similar over the knee lace up boots, as well as 2 yards of deep purple Madonna velvet and black leather on hand, so I decided to push back my other cosplay plans to make this costume.

Construction notes: I started out by serging strips of magenta organza together, then hand ruffling the lengths and making a multi-layer ruffle skirt with them. I used the same organza to make the top and scalloped edged ruffle sleeves. I adorned the top and skirt with sequin trim because I thought it would be very Sheryl lol.
The captain's coat was fun and annoying to make. In hindsight I used three of the most difficult to work with fabrics on one garment, what was I thinking? The coat is velvet lined with two-tone taffeta, with all the black leather trim home made and carefully sewn on. I modified a pattern heavily and drafted parts of the coat on myself. It is reinforced with an extra layer of material inside, and boning.
The gold buttons have anchors on them which I thought was cute. I then made the ascot and garter belt, and covered a $5 Halloween felt pirate hat in black pleather left over from another costume. I also happened to have a nice beaded gold trim and purple and lavender feathers to embellish it with. The heart was kind of last minute put together and I may redo it in the near future. I did find some time to finally make Sheryl's microphone out of a mish mash of materials. Figuring out the braiding was interesting lol.

All in all, the costume came together in about 3 days of work and I am pretty happy with it! The colors are so cute together and I love my pirate hat. I am taking off the bows on the coat because they cover up all the arrow trim I spent so long making and stitching on. Definitely plan to wear it again soon, and do a location photoshoot!

Thank you to Brent LaVelle [link] for the studio shots!
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Preview shot of a new costume I made for Ikkicon. I found this artwork piece by mangaka Carnelian and fell completely in love with the design!
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It's Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier, but as an adorable pirate girl! I happened to have very similar over the knee lace up boots, as well as 2 yards of deep purple Madonna velvet and black leather on hand, so I decided to push back my other cosplay plans to make this costume.
It came together in about 3 days of work and I am pretty happy with it! The colors are so cute together and I love my pirate hat. I am taking off the bows on the coat because they cover up all the arrow trim I spent so long making and stitching on. Definitely plan to wear it again soon, and do a location photoshoot!

Thank you to Brent LaVelle [link] for the studio shots!
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LOL this costume. I had a long weekend over Christmas with not much to do so I decided to pull together two new costumes with fabric that I had laying around at home. Whilst gathering materials from my several fabric bins, I realized just how much unused treasure I still have!

This cosplay is of Urd, from the classic anime Ah! My Goddess. Many anime girls have little Christmas outfits and I already had the wig for Urd (I've been planning another costume of hers for a while). The design is based on an outfit Urd wears in one of the episodes, but I changed it a little bit to fit my taste in fashion and shape. For example, the neck bow in the design is green and ack I really dislike the green/red color combo, so I changed it to red. And I made flare sleeves instead of gloves because I often have to handle money and sign things at cons, so gloves would have been annoying.
100% of the materials were found at home - the red velour is left over from my Scarlet Witch cape (I loved being able to use up all the scrap!) and the white fur was acquired at a clearance sale ages ago. I even had the boots already from another sale.
Costume constructed in a day over Christmas weekend (after much lint rolling the excess fur off the velour). I made a self-lined corset, top stitched and reinforced, with boning and eyelets for lace up, drafted a pattern for a three panel skirt and flare sleevelets. I also made a matching Santa hat and hand stitched the fur trim onto all the hems.

Photos by Brian Boling at Ikkicon over New Year's weekend in Austin, TX. I thought it was still season appropriate and the hotel still had holiday decor out!

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I made this Dawn costume based on Joseph Michael Linsner's "Cry for Dawn" comic book series for Dragoncon 2009, and only had the chance to wear it a couple of times so far. Since I spent so much time creating this costumes, I thought it would be nice to wear it to Anime USA 2010 just to get another wear out of it. Of course most people didn't recognize me since Dawn is an American series and I was at an Anime con, but I had fun taking photos in it anyway!
Thank you LJinto for taking the time to shoot with me, this is my favorite shot from our set!

For more info on the costume and how I made it, visit this link. [link]

If you're interested in ordering feather wings like the ones in the photos, visit this link. [link]

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New costume debut! The theme is my original design of the Absinthe Fairy - and it's been on my to make list since 2004.
I got a hold of some Absinthe from the Czech Republic back in 2004 and have really enjoyed this delicate yet powerful green drink since. The myth is that when one drinks enough Absinthe, not only will one be intoxicated, but hallucinations can occur as well - hence "chasing the green fairy".

I've always wanted to do a photoshoot with this theme so finally, now that I have the costume, this may happen soon.

The outfit itself was made from 90% of materials and supplies I had at home already - after all, I've been collecting materials since 2004 lol. All the jewels and beads are glass, I picked them up on a China trip a while ago. I made all the patterns for this costume and spent 3 days on creating the whole thing, only because I didn't have any more time allotted for personal costume making this month. Hence the outfit is a bit rushed and there are some things I'd like to change/add on for the future.

As for the pieces I did make - the wings were sized to fit inside a suitcase and I'm kinda glad they are small enough so I can maneuver easily at a busy convention environment. They are fabric over a wire frame, and embellished with sequins, crystals, glass beads and scattered LEDs that light up a nice Absinthe green. In these shots the lights blend in but I hope to post some darker shots soon where they show up better.
There are also LEDs in the cage for the skirt, and fiberoptic lights in my hairpiece.
The underbust corset/bra are made of layered fabrics that I texturized with various stitching techniques and they are also beaded and embellishd with feathers.
The collar piece and wristlets, and shoes all match as well with similar adornments.
The skirts are made of many layers of fabric pieces that I did a rolled hem on. My serger was getting super hot by the last piece lol.

Photos taken at Fanime 2011 by Paul Tien. Thank you for the quick turn around on the shots!
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LOL this costume. I had a long weekend over Christmas with not much to do so I decided to pull together two new costumes with fabric that I had laying around at home. Whilst gathering materials from my several fabric bins, I realized just how much unused treasure I still have!

This cosplay is of Urd, from the classic anime Ah! My Goddess. Many anime girls have little Christmas outfits and I already had the wig for Urd (I've been planning another costume of hers for a while). The design is based on an outfit Urd wears in one of the episodes, but I changed it a little bit to fit my taste in fashion and shape. For example, the neck bow in the design is green and ack I really dislike the green/red color combo, so I changed it to red. And I made flare sleeves instead of gloves because I often have to handle money and sign things at cons, so gloves would have been annoying.
100% of the materials were found at home - the red velour is left over from my Scarlet Witch cape (I loved being able to use up all the scrap!) and the white fur was acquired at a clearance sale ages ago. I even had the boots already from another sale.
Costume constructed in a day over Christmas weekend (after much lint rolling the excess fur off the velour). I made a self-lined corset, top stitched and reinforced, with boning and eyelets for lace up, drafted a pattern for a three panel skirt and flare sleevelets. I also made a matching Santa hat and hand stitched the fur trim onto all the hems.

Photo by Brian Boling at Ikkicon over New Year's weekend in Austin, TX. I thought it was still season appropriate and the hotel still had holiday decor out!

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Full body shots of the Female Wizard costume I busted butt on for Dragoncon 2010. From the video game "Granado Espada", the character design for the Wizard was the first image I saw from the game and it immediately drew me in. I've been planning to make that outfit for a few years and when I had a month to craft and sew before Dragoncon, I decided to just go for it.

Reference artwork from the game: [link]

This costume and the Ame-Comi Wonder Woman definitely took up most of my time in those 4 weeks. The Wizard has a lot of weird bits and pieces to the design and while looking at the reference, I kept discovering more details O_o. It was a fun and interesting project to work on but also frustrating at times. Lots of hand sewing and unconventional crafting involved, such as the necklace/choker thing, the belt thing, and the feathered sleeve caps. A lot of design elements that were simple drawn lines for the artist became time consuming hand stitching and fiddling for me, the cosplayer lol. I must have used over 20 yards of rattail trim alone on this costume lol.

I still have a few tiny details to tweak and add for a future con but it got done enough to be wearable at Dragoncon so yay.

Thank you JLinto for walking over to the beautiful Sheraton pool with me for these shots.
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Photoshoot with Pete Ortega at Ikkicon 2011 - thanks for the lovely shots!

Costume made and modeled by me
You can read about how I created this costume on my website here: Sheryl Nome - Macross Frontier
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Close up of the Female Wizard costume I busted butt on for Dragoncon 2010. From the video game "Granado Espada", the character design for the Wizard was the first image I saw from the game and it immediately drew me in. I've been planning to make that outfit for a few years and when I had a month to craft and sew before Dragoncon, I decided to just go for it.

Reference artwork from the game: [link]

This costume and the Ame-Comi Wonder Woman definitely took up most of my time in those 4 weeks. The Wizard has a lot of weird bits and pieces to the design and while looking at the reference, I kept discovering more details O_o. It was a fun and interesting project to work on but also frustrating at times. Lots of hand sewing and unconventional crafting involved, such as the necklace/choker thing.

I still have a few tiny details to tweak and add for a future con but it got done enough to be wearable at Dragoncon so yay.

Thank you Anna Fisher for the lovely portrait shot.
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Happy Halloween! I wore this costume last night to a party and got these shots in this morning, so it seemed appropriate to share.

Photos by Darkain Multimedia [link]

Costume made and worn by me at Dragoncon 2010. I am a HUGE Firefly fan and have wanted to dress up as Inara for years. YEARS! Finally for D*C I got a group together and chose to make the red dress from the Episode "Train Job". I used over 5 yards of red dupioni silk on this outfit - so pretty and luxurious. I altered a pattern for the main dress and drafted my own patterns for the sleeves. The dress is serged and lined of course. I ordered three gold jewelry belts from ebay (those are hard to find!) and made them into one. It was nice to be able to use my own hair!
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