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Finally! Felicia studio photos! I've been waiting for years to do a proper studio shoot with this costume.

Character: Felicia from Darkstalkers and Marvel vs Capcom video game series (CAPCOM)
Costume made and modeled by me
Photo by Benny Lee (EmanonDesign) :iconemanondesign:

I have to admit that even after dressing up as Felicia a good dozen times in the past few years, she is still one of my absolute favorite characters to cosplay. The costume was fun to create as well but because it's white and I made it back in 2005, I really need to re-do it. A few days before the photoshoot I was hired for the second time to be the official Felicia at Capcom's Fight Club event in New York, and I remade some of the bits on the suit for that night. I'll have a new set of paws, ears and tail soon, when I find time to sew after Dragoncon. But for now it was awesome to take advantage of the studio set up Benny has to get some shots of Felicia. I'll be posting more pics in the next few days, and you'll see why I have so much fun cosplaying this incomparable catgirl!!

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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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More Felicia studio photos, since I got all of them back now! I've been waiting for years to do a proper studio shoot with this costume - gallery update on my website coming soon!

Character: Felicia from Darkstalkers and Marvel vs Capcom video game series (CAPCOM)
Costume made and modeled by me
Photo by Benny Lee (EmanonDesign) :iconemanondesign:

I have to admit that even after dressing up as Felicia a good dozen times in the past few years, she is still one of my absolute favorite characters to cosplay. The costume was fun to create as well but because it's white and I made it back in 2005, I really need to re-do it. A few days before the photoshoot I was hired for the second time to be the official Felicia at Capcom's Fight Club event in New York, and I remade some of the bits on the suit for that night. I'll have a new set of paws, ears and tail soon, when I find time to sew after Dragoncon. But for now it was awesome to take advantage of the studio set up Benny has to get some shots of Felicia.

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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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Today is my last day in Tokyo - I woke up way too early as usual (damn time difference!) so have some more pics! It`s raining anyway so we will have to take it easy today... :(

Anyway, this is Omi Gibson as Julia and me as Faye Valentine, Cowboy Bebop.

First of all, I`ll just say that anyone looking for boobilicious Faye will not find her here. When I changed into the costume at the Toshimaen park and the adorable cross-playing changing room girl saw me, she immediately stopped me and let me know that I was wearing too little clothing. Especially the *breasts* had to go away lol. Naturally I had to come to Japan and cosplay in something too scandalous for the public *facepalm*. Thank Goodness they were able to compromise with me and let me walk around and take photos still. I just had to cover up with the red shirt and my long overcoat and flip my collar up so there was no more cleavage.

For an American con, I will re-style the costume to have more accurate T & A. lol

Construction info: My costume was uber rushed, I made in about a day right before I left for Japan. The top and shorts were easy enough to sew but I had the hardest time hunting for boots! Seems white boots are entirely out of style at the tail end of winter/beginning of spring. I did not have time to order them online either. I ended up using a pair of old knee boots I`ve had for years and creatively turned and tucked until it looked ok. *dies*

I also had a *fun* time styling and cutting the wig in the hotel bathroom the morning of the event, where I rigged a wighead out of a towel wrapped ice bucket. LOL. The original wig I got for Faye completely sucked and did not work, so I actually bought a wig in Tokyo (Thank Goodness for cosplay shops) and cut it here. Because I had the extra blah wig, I sewed both together for extra volume so I had super big hair XD. The hairline was made using the same technique as my Carmilla hairline. I was scared it wouldn`t dry in time so I got up at 6am to make it and hit it for a long while with the hairdryer too.


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Character: Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop)
Coostume made by Yaya
Model: Yaya
Photo was taken at Sakuracon 2011 by Paul Tien, thank you!

Since the year is full swing, I can finally share the photo that I submitted to the 2012 Cosplay for a Cause calendar for month April! Thank you everyone who supported the calendar and helped us raise over $30,000 USD to donate to the Japanese Red Cross!!!

I thought Faye would be a great character to be included in the calendar because Cowboy Bebop was such an influential and iconic Japnese animation series, between the storyline, animation quality, MUSIC BY YOKO KANNO, character development... and Faye is one of anime's all time coolest female characters.
The costume itself was fairly easy to put together, I sewed the top and booty shorts, cut and sewed two wigs together to create the signature Faye hairstyle, and altered the remaining pieces such as boots and red shirt.

For those who asked, CFAC is not doing a 2013 calendar but we are hoping to produce another one in the future. I am however offering a self-produced 12 month cosplay calendar for 2013 :)

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My last cosplay of 2011! Litchi has been on my to do list since the first arcade game was imported to the USA at Planet Zero in Houston a few years ago!!! I was lucky enough to be in the area and was one of the first people to try my hands at it. Litchi's design and fighting style with the staff was instantly my favorite. I also really approve of girls in glasses. AND I love pandas, and she has one hanging on her head. It was love at first button push lol.

Character: Litchi Faye Ling
Costume made and modeled by Yaya (moi)
Photography by the talented Elysia of Fenyx Design :iconfenyxdesign:

Costume construction:
In order to translate the design of this 2-D video game character into a real life costume, I knew that I needed a lot of silk. I found this gorgeous deep red silk in the LA Fabric district for the jacket and skirt/tail and paired it with a golden yellow silk brocade for the trim. I made my own bias tape with the gold brocade and used a red Asian brocade for the lining of the jacket/skirt. For those new to making bias tape, it's really simple and can add an interesting detail to your costume if you use fun fabrics. Just by doing a quick google search you can find tons of tutorials on this technique, with photos or video. For example, here is a simple tutorial on how to make your own bias tape: [link]
And how to sew bias tape on! [link]

As usual, I created my own patterns for the garment by drafting them on paper, measuring and chalk drawing on fabric, draping on my mannequin, and altering base patterns heavily., I serged/sewed everything on this costume, making sure it is tailored to me and fit properly. All the garment pieces are lined and finished with a hand made binding.
I altered the jacket design a tad because on the character design it's loose and cut very low. Since I was already going to show a bra, I didn't want the closure to be way low on my torso, so the jacket swoops in underneath the bra and closes via hook/eyes. That's also why I have an extra set of buttons in the front, it would have looked weird just with one row.

After making the jacket and skirt, I tackled the boot covers, which are built over a pair of wedge boots that I completely butchered. I made a pattern by tracing around the boots and created the boot covers with matching silk fabrics. I even lined the boot covers because loose seams drive me nuts.

I chose a decorated bra from VS instead of a plain one because my costume has some texture to it and is made with pretty luxurious fabrics. I thought it would fit the overall look better.

I also styled the wig, with consisted of a lot of razoring and shearing of the bangs into the asymmetrical style, and butchering two long hair falls to make the floor-sweeping ponytail.
I made the ying yang hair piece with a variety of lightweight materials that were laying around my house and hand painted it carefully.
The panda was so much fun to make, and super easy. I even had all the fleece and stuffings laying around already. The leaves are made from left over taffeta from my Peacock costume, and I embroidered them.

The glasses were very carefully taken apart, and, after dremeling off the top bridges, put back together.

Last piece to make was the fighting staff which I didn't want to be too tall, since it's already a pain to carry around. So it's just a few inches taller than me when I'm wearing the boots. It breaks down into three pieces for easy transport and is made from a pvc pipe.

You can see a video collage from Ikkicon with Riddle and me where Litchi is featured here: [link]

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I got to cosplay in Tokyo yesterday! There was a cosplay event at the Toshimaen Amusement Park and I participated in a new outfit I made - Faye Valentine, Cowbow Bebop.

I have wanted to cosplay Faye for a long time but waited until I could do it right and be in the right shape for it. Ended up, I did rush sewing this costume for the Japan trip, because a friend pointed out that Tokyo would be perfect for Faye photos, and it is a simple and small costume to transport. So yeah, with Megacon stress and Japan planning, I knocked this out in a day and styled/cut the wig, which was almost waist length, the morning of the shoot in the hotel room. Without a wig head. LOL

Of course we did NOT get to take city scape photos because the cosplay event was in a remote amusement park lol, but I had a huge amazing surprise waiting for me there so it more than made up for that.

The lovely Julia with me in the photo is Omi Gibson, my favorite Japanese Cosplayer. I have followed her work for many years and was lucky enough to meet and cosplay with her. We were supposed to meet earlier this week but the fates were against it. I am sooo happy that we managed to get together yesterday. She also completely surprised me by showing up in a Julia costume! She had asked what I was bringing but I did not know it was to coordinate with me!

It was raining for a few days this week and we got really lucky with the weather yesterday. While it was brisk and windy, the sun was out and the lighting was beautiful. We did a lot of photos with multiple photographer friends of Omis and I hope to be able to share some of them in the near future, too.

Thank you to Brian for this shot!


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Omi Gibson as Julia and me as Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop while we were cosplaying at the Toshimaen park on Saturday. I love this shot because the lighting is so nice and we look so in character!

First of all, I`ll just say that anyone looking for boobilicious Faye will not find her here. When I changed into the costume at the Toshimaen park and the adorable cross-playing changing room girl saw me, she immediately stopped me and let me know that I was wearing too little clothing. Especially the *breasts* had to go away lol. Naturally I had to come to Japan and cosplay in something too scandalous for the public *facepalm*. Thank Goodness they were able to compromise with me and let me walk around and take photos still. I just had to cover up with the red shirt and my long overcoat and flip my collar up so there was no more cleavage.

For an American con, I will re-style the costume to have more accurate T & A. lol

These images were taken by Brian Boling, however we had 5 other photographers shooting photos at the same time. Trying to pose for 5 cameras and not being able to communicate at all due to the language barrier was fun lol. Omi is such a fantastic and natural model that I just tried to play off of her poses and she did the same thing with me. The worst was not knowing which camera to look at lol, but we still managed to pull off some great shots I think.

What really blew my mind about Japanese cosplay is that most of the cosplayers were there to do private photoshoots of each other and many had tripods and used the self-timer to do photos. How they can get the angles right is beyond me. The non-cosplay folk are not fazed in the least by us and no one really took photos of another group. You just stuck with your own little crowd. That being said, I totally gawked at all these beautiful costumes and cosplayers all day. They were all gorgeous and perfectly made up!!!

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Gah, I got so many amazing BlazBlue photos that I can't stop posting them! Hope I'm not boring you guys.

Character: Litchi Faye Ling
Costume made and modeled by Yaya (moi)
Photography by the legendary Maboroshi of RisingSun.net [link]

These images were taken during Sukoshicon in Destin, FL - the con was right next to the beach!!! Of course we had to take advantage of the beautiful weather and scenery. Mab's photography is not only vibrant and vivid, but he also has an innate sense for great composition and an unmatched way to capture a moment. I wanted to do a few action fighto poses and of course Mab always makes me look more badass than I am lol.

Costume construction:
In order to translate the design of this 2-D video game character into a real life costume, I knew that I needed a lot of silk. I found this gorgeous deep red silk in the LA Fabric district for the jacket and skirt/tail and paired it with a golden yellow silk brocade for the trim. I made my own bias tape with the gold brocade and used a red Asian brocade for the lining of the jacket/skirt. For those new to making bias tape, it's really simple and can add an interesting detail to your costume if you use fun fabrics. Just by doing a quick google search you can find tons of tutorials on this technique, with photos or video. For example, here is a simple tutorial on how to make your own bias tape: [link]
And how to sew bias tape on! [link]

As usual, I created my own patterns for the garment by drafting them on paper, measuring and chalk drawing on fabric, draping on my mannequin, and altering base patterns heavily., I serged/sewed everything on this costume, making sure it is tailored to me and fit properly. All the garment pieces are lined and finished with a hand made binding.
I altered the jacket design a tad because on the character design it's loose and cut very low. Since I was already going to show a bra, I didn't want the closure to be way low on my torso, so the jacket swoops in underneath the bra and closes via hook/eyes. That's also why I have an extra set of buttons in the front, it would have looked weird just with one row.

After making the jacket and skirt, I tackled the boot covers, which are built over a pair of wedge boots that I completely butchered. I made a pattern by tracing around the boots and created the boot covers with matching silk fabrics. I even lined the boot covers because loose seams drive me nuts.

I chose a decorated bra from VS instead of a plain one because my costume has some texture to it and is made with pretty luxurious fabrics. I thought it would fit the overall look better.

I also styled the wig, with consisted of a lot of razoring and shearing of the bangs into the asymmetrical style, and butchering two long hair falls to make the floor-sweeping ponytail.
I made the ying yang hair piece with a variety of lightweight materials that were laying around my house and hand painted it carefully.
The panda was so much fun to make, and super easy. I even had all the fleece and stuffings laying around already. The leaves are made from left over taffeta from my Peacock costume, and I embroidered them.

The glasses were very carefully taken apart, and, after dremeling off the top bridges, put back together.

Last piece to make was the fighting staff which I didn't want to be too tall, since it's already a pain to carry around. So it's just a few inches taller than me when I'm wearing the boots. It breaks down into three pieces for easy transport and is made from a pvc pipe.

You can see a video collage from Ikkicon with Riddle and me where Litchi is featured here: [link]

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