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It's been a while since my last update and it was both an eventful and yet quiet end to the year. I had a goal of actually working on costume things over the holiday break and I ended up being moderately productive. I’m working on modifying the pattern that I used for my Sakura Haruno blouse for the shirt and under shirt for Madoka Kaname’s school uniform. I’ve been working on a mock so I’m hoping it will come together. Wish me luck. I’m cobbling together a few patterns to try to make this work. I know I’ve mentioned wanting to do this costume for the last few years so we’ll see if it actually happens for 2017! I'm kind of hoping to get this costume done for Toronto ComiCon in March. If that doesn't work out then I can still aim for Anime North.
I visited with Ammie last month. I haven't seen her since the summer of 2015 and I've really missed her in 2016. We usually Cosplay together from series like Sailor Moon and Resident Evil and she's a great Cosplay partner. We discussed some costume ideas. I might try to go to the Sailor Moon celebration event next June and finally Cosplay as Super Sailor Chibi Moon to match with her Super Sailor Moon costume. I've had Chibi Moon (a present from her) ready to go for 3 years now so it would be nice to finally wear it. (^^);;
We exchanged Christmas presents and Ammie gifted me a Wendy Darling costume from Disney's version of Peter Pan. She made it to match with her future Peter Pan costume. It's a super cute dress! I really didn't think I could look nice in an empire waist dress, but it's really pretty. I need to let the seams out a bit and get a wig, but I'll definitely be wearing that as well this year. Such a fun surprise costume!
I did attend the Holiday Fan Days Show back in December. I didn't Cosplay so I don't have photos to share from that. I did have fun checking out the vendors area and seeing some friends. I got a photo with Santa, some Storm Troopers and Darth Vader. Just your average holiday snapshot! XD I did a bit of shopping and bought some fan prints and a cute Vulpix Pokemon plush. I topped off the evening by having dinner with some friends at Jack Astor's. It was a nice way to start the holiday season!
I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and a wonderful New Year's Eve! The holidays were pretty relaxing for me. I got a couple of weeks off of work which is why I finally started on costume stuff, but I spent the first week off sick with a cold so I haven't achieved as much as I would have liked.
I do have a lot of costume plans for this year. Definitely finishing up Dilandau and I'll wear it for a shoot at least. I've already mentioned Wendy and Chibi Moon. Madoka will hopefully finally get done by the end of spring. I also have a silly costume project that Pan and I plan to get done for Anime North. I'm still waiting for the new wig and skirt that I ordered for Hermione so I want to Cosplay her again in 2017 for sure. Seems like 2017 will really make up for the fact that I've been slacking off at Cosplaying and making new things over the last couple of years. (^^) Hopefully I'll also get photos of Sailor Mercury, Saki, my Inkling Kid and Celia too. That might be expecting too much but even getting photos of two or three of these older costumes would be making great progress. It'll be nice to get through some of my costume backlog so in late 2017 and into 2018 I can approach making costumes with a clean slate. I am looking forward to this being an exciting year! Let's see if I can accomplish some of my goals!
Summarizing my convention and Cosplay experiences of 2016, It's been a few years since I've had a busy con schedule for the year. Ever since I stopped going to US cons in 2012 and travelling to Montreal for Otakuthon in 2013, I haven't been attending a lot of events. Mostly I would go to Anime North and Atomic Lollipop, but in 2016 Atomic Lollipop was cancelled. That left a gap in my con year. Anime North went pretty well last year. It was a big improvement over 2015 when I was sick for part of the con. The Nominoichi (despite being a sauna) was a lot of fun and I sold a big chunk of what I brought. It was a really hot year overall so it was bit tough to Cosplay. Still, it was a nice con. Last year was the first year that I attended Fan Expo for multiple days since 2011. It was also my first time volunteering at the convention and working the masquerade. That was a fun experience especially since the masq wasn't too long. It was nice to see how the backstage worked and how everything came together to make a great show. I also attended the JCCC and Anime North's Halloween event and Fan Expo's December con (now called the Toronto Fan Days Holiday Show). It was like a blast from the past attending those events because the last time I went to a December con or a Halloween event at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre was practically a decade ago. Both events were great. I didn't Cosplay for the Holiday show and I remixed an old costume for the Halloween event, which was a nice choice.
Cosplay wise, 2016 was a pretty productive year, especially considering I only made one costume (Bulma's Battle of the Gods dress) in 2015 (and I didn't really get around to fixing up and re-wearing Dilandau in 2016 after debuting it in 2015). I worked on my Inkling Kid costume from Splatoon early in the year. It was mostly store bought clothing with some alterations, but it was fun working on the little details like the writing on the shirt and the mask. My friend Sierra did an amazing job on the hair tentacles for that. I debuted the costume at AN and it was really well received. Plus it was a great costume for the sweltering heat of the Nominoichi. My big costume for the year was Sakura Haruno from Naruto Shippuden. It looks like such a simple costume, but trying to get a decent fit on the shirt and make the skirt was really tricky. I spent the tail end of winter and most of the spring finishing that costume for Anime North. In the end I'm pretty proud of it and it was great to wear (even though the boots were murder on my feet). XD
My other two costumes for the year were Barbara Gordon's casual outfit from DC Super Hero Girls and Hermione from Harry Potter. I made Barbara's costume over the course of the summer for Fan Expo. Sadly the outfit was too obscure for people to recognize at Fan Expo. It was a pretty comfy costume besides the wig, which was super not comfortable. I had fun getting photos of that from Amanda and I love Barbara so I enjoyed Cosplaying her again. I do dream of one day Cosplaying Batgirl properly! My final new costume, Hermione, was mostly just a re-wear of my old Harry Potter costume. Pan and I bought new Gryffindor sweaters at Fan Expo to upgrade the look and I borrowed her Hermione wig. It was nice to have something warm to wear at the Halloween event.
I also did a wonderful shoot of my Shinku costume in early October with Amanda so I made a small dent in my Cosplay photoshoot backlog. Hopefully I'll have more luck getting photos of some of my older costumes in 2017!
That pretty much covers the year. At least I'm already starting off the year with sewing. That definitely bodes well for 2017!
Greetings! I’ve been on a “hiatus” from Cosplay for the past few months. I did finally pass my final road test that I took at the end of November so after that I took a break from costume work in December. Since the Christmas holidays, though, I have been working on some costume projects. My hiatus has pretty much only been from actually wearing costumes I guess. I finished my Splatoon Inkling Kid costume back at the end of January. Granted that I didn’t really have a lot to work on for that costume. It was attaching the tentacles to the wig, creating and sewing pink stripes onto the shorts, making a mask and adding lettering detail to a shirt. It should be a pretty comfy costume to wear and the construction process was fairly smooth.
After I finished that costume, a few days later, I started brainstorming for other costume options for the year. My Madoka school uniform costume is on the backburner. I'm definitely going to make it for Anime North 2017 though. I've been putting it off for too long so I'm setting that as a goal that I want to stick to. For costume options for this year, I looked through my list of favourite characters and I landed on a bit of a throwback. I'm currently working on a Sakura Haruno costume from Naruto for Anime North. I'm going to be making her Shippuden outfit. The costume seems a bit out of left field at this point, but I have Cosplayed as Sasuke in the past along with an Anbu and Haku. I've always liked Sakura, though. I don't think she gets enough credit for her awesome abilities. I figured the costume shouldn't be too difficult and it should be fun to wear on Saturday of AN and to various cons in the summer.
I'm almost done modifying a mock of the shirt. I'm using an old New Look Juniors pattern that's for a Chinese style blouse. I finally found a pattern brand that actually works with my petite frame! Too bad the pattern line has been discontinued for years so I can't find more patterns of that type! I picked up this pattern probably a decade ago and I re-discovered it as I did a pattern inventory. It needs a bit of work, but I'm hoping that I can work out the kinks! It has a great fit for the overall shape that I want. I've already finished modifying a pair of boots so the costume is definitely happening. I also already have material purchased for the costume and a wig so once I actually get the sewing done, the costume will be good to go without tracking down any more materials. I'm hoping to get the shirt done this month and hopefully at least start patterning the skirt. Adding bandages to the shorts, modifying gloves and making armbands shouldn't be too difficult. Wish me luck! I hope the fabrics that I'm working with prove to be easy to sew! I'm hoping to get the costume completely done by early May.
I'm still amping up to tackle another year of the Nominoichi at Anime North. I have plenty of Anime figures, video games, old wigs and other random Anime goods that I'm looking forward to selling. Every year I figure that I'll finish with the Nomi because I won't have much stuff left to sell in a future year, but I'm always surprised by how many old goodies that I dig up that I'm willing to part with. I've been trying to ease back on collecting figures and goods these last few months, but I still buy or pre-order the odd thing. A collector's collection is ever evolving! Anyway, at the moment I'm gathering the items, taking stock of their condition and taking photos for a pre-sale listing so that's been keeping me busy on the side.
It's still a little outside of the convention season. I am a bit excited for getting out and about with conventions again. I haven't Cosplayed or been to any sort of Cosplay event since Fan Expo last year. This year I definitely want to get some photoshoots done. Dilandau is still on the agenda and Sailor Mercury and Super Sailor Chibi Moon too. Dilandau still needs a bit of work. I'm going to be working with my friend Adrien soon on fixing up the belt. I kind of put that on the back burner until now as well.
I am very excited for Anime North. I'm definitely going to be wearing my Inkling Kid costume probably on Friday of the con and Sakura Haruno would be my Saturday costume. I would consider bringing something else like Dilandau or Super Sailor Chibi Moon, but I'll see how ambitious I feel about costume changes. Friday is going to be super busy with the Nominoichi and Saturday always goes by way too fast! Sunday is my casual day so I try not to Cosplay so I can take in the dealer's room and artist alley quickly before they close for another year. I'm even hoping to make the trek over to Doll North this year. Anime North is definitely a con that you want to have a game plan for!
I am debating about attending more conventions this year. Another one day of Fan Expo is likely and if APOP is at the Science Centre again, I will most likely give it another shot for this year. I would like to go to one other con. I've heard whispers about the potential of a new con called YetiCon so I'm looking into that and with the dollar still being weak, I am highly considering taking another look at Otakuthon. Again, it's all very much up in the air, but I would definitely like to do something exciting this year so we shall see! I do like that I have started working on costume projects so hopefully the enthusiasm and energy will carry forward into the rest of the year!
Anime North is over for another year and I’m kind of glad it's done. I spent a lot of April and May stressing about costume plans and organizing my goods for the Nominoichi. I would say I'm enjoying a lot of free time now, but I caught a nasty case of the flu during Anime North that got worse in the days following the con and I’m still getting over it now. I haven’t been this sick in years! I've been battling dizziness, sneezing, fever, coughing, nausea and even laryngitis. I’ve never had laryngitis before, but my voice was almost totally gone last Friday and Saturday. It’s getting a bit better today. Needless to say, it's a good thing Colossal was cancelled for me! I doubt I’ll be back to 100% by Thursday when I was supposed to have left for the con. Not that I’m still not a little sad that I couldn’t go. I hope everyone that’s going has an awesome weekend!
Getting back to Anime North, it was still a good con this year, but getting sick did put a huge damper on the weekend. Things went really well on the Friday. I wore my Bulma DBZ: Battle of the Gods costume and had a lot of fun with it! Not too many people recognized the costume, but it was super comfy! It's just too bad it was quite cold that day! I had to wear a jacket when I was outside and a sweater.
The Nominoichi went wonderfully for me this year. Pretty much every reservation was picked up and I loved talking with people that were passing by. I sold about 90% of what I brought and I was quite impressed that I sold a lot of the little things like small plush items, jewellery and DVDs that I brought. I sold all the Nendoroid items and almost every Figma and I only have 2 plush toys left. I was so impressed that I only had about 1 box worth of items left. I made just over $1,200 and I can’t help, but start to pick out what items I might want to sell next year. XD For every one figure that I buy now, I feel like I should sell one or two just to even out the space concerns. Anyway, it was wonderful to see so many of my treasured items go to nice people!
Saturday of the con didn’t go so well. Ammie gave me my Dilandau costume on Friday night, but I just felt really off trying to wear the costume on Saturday. I battled with dry eyes and I had trouble feeling comfortable wearing contacts. I also had a sore throat and I was sneezing. The uncomfortable contacts was the primary reason I changed out of Dilandau after just a few hours. I didn’t realize I was starting to get the flu. The costume looked really cool! I appreciate Ammie's hard work on the outfit pieces and the amazing work Adrien did on the sword! Wish I had photos to share, but I just wasn’t feeling comfortable enough to get photos of the costume. There isn’t much photo evidence of Dilandau. Ammie is such a sweetheart and offered to help me tailor parts of it and I definitely want to wear the costume again when I’m at 100% and I can put my heart into it. Maybe for Anime North 2016 I can organize some sort of Escaflowne group. I know Pan want to Cosplay as Merle. (^_^)
The rest of the con from mid-afternoon Saturday until I left mid-afternoon Sunday was pretty chill. I was able to buy some nice Madoka Magica and Sailor Moon fanart. I also found some Halloween related art pieces including a cute pumpkin brooch that I got from the crafter’s area. My favourite purchases of the weekend were gashapon Sailor Moon miniature wands that I got from another seller at the Nominoichi, another Kuma Crafts Sailor Moon necklace and I was finally able to complete my DC Ladies trio by buying the Kotobukiya Bishoujo Supergirl statue from a vendor in the dealer's room. Got a pretty good deal on it given that it goes for over $100 sealed online. She now stands proudly with my Wonder Woman and Batgirl.
It was nice to see some friends and relax for much of Anime North. The only things keeping me going on Sunday, though, were an antacid, a Tylenol Cold and Flu pill, throat lozenges and a gravol. I'm glad I didn’t get seriously sick until Monday, but it’s too bad I had that cloud hanging over me during AN. I’m already looking forward to next year and hoping it’ll be better. Pan battled the bonanza that is reserving a hotel room at the International Plaza Hotel for 2016 and won so we have hotel space for next year.
Next up for this year is Atomic Lollipop! Gonna put working on new stuff on hold for a bit as June is really busy for me with wedding stuff I'm helping out with for my friend. I'll dig up some fun costumes to wear for APOP and we’ll see where else I go from there. Madoka’s school uniform will happen, but I'll probably hold off on debuting that until AN 2016.
There were a couple of guest panels that I wanted to see, but I didn’t leave myself enough time to plan to go by the time I thought maybe it would be worth attending the con for a day. Instead, my awesome friend Pan was able to get a badge for me to attend the con with her on the Sunday so I could still check out what the con had to offer. I had found that some of my favourite local Halloween/horror artists had art booths at the con in Artist Alley so I spent much of the afternoon searching for goodies. I did find some nice jewellery pieces and one figure that I wanted to buy in the dealer’s area. I didn’t get a chance to check out any panels because I was only at the con for a few hours and the day went by in a bit of a blur. Fan Expo is one of the most commercial cons in Canada so the atmosphere is quite different from most of the cons that I attend. There were some impressive exhibits and I may consider attending the con for a day in future years.
Pan and I re-wore our original design Supergirl and Batgirl dresses. It was nice to get a chance to Cosplay again before the end of summer. Fan Expo used to signal the end of the con season for me and the start of back-to-school for the first several years that I attended the con as I went to Fan Expo for the first time back in 2001. The con has grown exponentially since then and there are a lot of negatives to the event. I definitely wouldn’t recommend getting a full weekend pass, but I can still see the benefit of attending Fan Expo for a day because of the large variety of genres that Fan Expo encompasses.
Besides Fan Expo, I got together with my friend Pan last Saturday and we took some Cosplay photos of each other in a park near our house. I decided to wear my China Sherry costume. I’ve been hoping to get some photos of my China Sherry costume from RE6 for well over a year now and with the guns involved with the costume, it’s sort of hard to find a space that’s secluded enough to work with for a photoshoot. The shoot with Pan was lots of fun and we got some great character shots. Thanks to Pan for spending the day with me! I took some photos of her as a Teen Wolf character and that was a neat experience. I’m not much of a photographer, but it was fun to try my hand at it.Now that it’s September, the con season has truly wound down for me. I’m still hoping to do a couple of photoshoots this year. I was planning to do a Tennis Peach shoot as I still don’t really have photos of that costume, but the temperature is set to drop in the next few days and I doubt I’ll be able to arrange for a shoot before it gets too cold. I have a new wig for my Shinku costume so I’m hoping to set up a shoot for that costume. I have zero photos of Shinku that I truly love because the wig has always been a frustration for me (that and squinting in pretty much every outdoor photo that I already have). ~_~ Hopefully I’ll figure out a shoot for that sometime in the next couple of months.
I did just get shoot photos back from Otakuthon last year, the Cosplay Picnic and APOP so I’m really happy to have so many lovely photos to share. I’m finally working my way through my backlog of costumes that I need photos of and it’s nice to finally be catching up with things. Thanks to all the wonderful photographers that I’ve been working with in the last few years! It’s always such a triumph to see nice photos of a costume that I poured lots of blood sweat and tears into!