2015 Look Back

2015 has been perhaps a slightly odd year for me (which is funny, because I said the exact same thing last year!). Perhaps every year is a strange year. Regardless, it looks like I didn't achieve many of my aims from last year, oops! But the reasons for that are varied and I'm not going to get into it here =) Suffice to say, I don't feel bad about it.

So in 2015 I did a grand total of *drumroll please* 6 new cosplays! (Though, Edea barely counts, Splash Haru wasn't made by me and Lightning was half made last year but I wanted to include her anyway)

That's not many. At least, in my head I'd done more than that, but I suppose it's been a pretty quiet year really for me. The only events that I've been to, that I can remember now, are the London MCMs, Manchester MCM, Kitacon and a too brief afternoon at EGX. I suppose I just had my mind (and money!) on other things.

I think I always look back and wish I'd done more. More cosplays. More events. More competitions. More photography. Better sewing and props. More and better of everything. But alas, it cannot always happen that way.

2016 is going to be another strange year. There's a chance I may be moving in September and that's going to affect what I can do from then. So from January until then, it's all systems go to get as much done as possible. I can still attend events, I just don't know how much space I'll have for making cosplay. I'll let you know my proposed plans in the next post!

Hope you all have a very happy new year =)
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Lan Fan Progress

I've been working super hard in the last week or 2 to get everything finished for Expo and I'm on the last stretch now! I thought I'd go through all my Lan Fan progress today, she's |--| this close to being complete.

The references aren't great for her. Partly because half of them are manga, and for someone who wears mostly black and white, it's slightly difficult to tell what's what. The rest of the references aren't bad, but she's an annoying character who's outfit changes ever so slightly as the series goes on! I'm cosplaying her from right at the beginning, but luckily, I found this detailed reference breakdown on DeviantArt which is what I've mainly been working off.

Let's start bottom to top shall we?

For the shoes/boots I bought some cheap white pumps from Primark and made boot covers. These have yet to be stitched on to the shoes, but there's still time! You may be able to see some glue from my first failed attempt when the fabric was just too short to really cover the shoe. You live you learn.

The trousers were made with Simplicity pattern something? (remind me to add this in later!). This gave me the slight poof I needed. I didn't vary off the pattern, except to not bother with elastic in the legs. Since I'm wearing boot covers, ideally I want it to be as smooth as possible with no added bumps.
There's little to say about the wasitband, except that, you know, it exists.

The top underneath I had been planning to make from scratch, but frankly I've run out of time for that. So instead I'm just going to wear a long sleeved black top. It's baggy and mostly covered by the chest plate, so it'll do.
Speaking of the chest plate, hmm. Mine has space for boobs. Ideally it shouldn't, since Lan Fan is vaguely pretending to be male when you first meet her, so the chest should be flat. But circumstances the way they are, that isn't something I can achieve. Instead, I used the breastplate armour pattern from Kamui (thinking about it, maybe I should have used the male one instead!) to give me the rough shape. I used black leatherette and wham bam it was done. One of the things that bugs me is that in the refs, sometimes it looks as though the edges of the chest plate are bound and other times it doesn't. I've gone with not, if only to save time.

The armour is all craft foam covered in Worbla. I had quite a lot of fun making it actually, so I'd quite like to do a full armour project in the near future! I only used about 3 layers of wood glue to smooth it out, it may not be baby smooth but smooth enough I reckoned. I used a mix of silver spray paint and some normal silver paint to paint them (mainly because my spray paint ran out, oops, but it was left over from a previous project). I even bothered to weather them with some black paint, and they look so much better for it! Glad I did that and will continue to do so from now on.

The mask, ha! The mask. The mask is I suppose the reason why I'm doing this cosplay. Years ago (and years and years and years), I bought a cheap plasticy white mask from some art shop with the intention of using it for Lan Fan. I don't think I ever expect to use it as was, but I certainly didn't now. I used some air drying clay to build up the oddly square shaped nose and cut out the eyes and mouth. With this as a base, I used a large piece of Worbla to make the actually mask. I'm embarrassed about how bad the original chin looked - it was awful! So I had to cut it off and form a separate piece, which luckily all worked out in the end.
It got the same wood glue treatment as the armour and painted with acrylics. It's not the best paint job, I apologise, so just don't get too close!

The wig started off as a ponytail wig from Coscraft. I haven't used the ponytail clip in, just the existing hair. I used a hair doughnut bun...thing...what are those things actually called? And copious amounts of pins to make the bun. It's not perfect, but most of the time it should be hidden behind the hood.

The hood! The great masterpiece. It's a tunnel of fabric. That's is. Nice and simple.

Is that everything? I think so. Should be fun to wear. I'll probably bring her out again next year, with the additions of the top home made and making the shin armour (which I decided to skip this time, oops?)
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MCM Comic Con October 2015!

Sorry for the slight delay in this week's post! I've been trying to finalise my plans for the upcoming MCM. Doesn't look like the weather is going to be very nice, especially on the Friday, which has given me pause to think!

But I can now confirm these plans - sort of.

Friday: Panty - Panty and Stocking
Saturday: Lan Fan - Fullmetal Alchemist
Sunday: Thief Edea - Bravley Default

Originally on Friday, I was planning to cosplay Jibril from No Game No Life. I didn't quite get it finished for Kitacon this year, so I wanted an excuse to finish it. But with the weather looking a little rainy, I didn't fancy walking around with only one shoe on! Though not much better in terms of coverage, Panty is a cosplay I've been meaning to do for a couple of years, but have never quite managed to get round to doing it. This time I'm going to take it easy and buy a dress. I already have shoes and jewellery from when I planned to do this at Kitacon 2014. If I wake up on Friday morning and the weather is completely awful, I may end going in civvies that day.

Lan Fan is another cosplay I've been wanting to do for years, and I've finally got the chance to with an FMA group that's been organised by Nomes =)

Edea I'm talking along to show some Bravley Default love, though unfortunately I'm missing the main group on Saturday as it clashes with the FMA one!

Should hopefully be a good weekend though. Looking forward to seeing lots of my friends and meeting lots of new people at the Square Enix Collective meets each day.
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Photoset: Officer Jenny

Bonus post time!

Character: Officer Jenny
Series: Pokemon
Photographer: Alucard Photography (The-Last-Quincy)
Location: Kitacon 2015

Also ft. Ickle as Nurse Joy!

Click on an image to see a bigger version!

I haven't shared any progress from this cosplay because a) we were initially keeping it a secret and b) it was such a simple cosplay it hardly feels worth it! But if anyone is interested in see some of the WIP shots of this and how I constructed it, please let me know =)
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Edea, er, Progress!

It hardly feels fair to call this progress when it's quite a simple cosplay! Nonetheless, lately, I've been working on Thief Edea from Bravely Default. I chose this cosplay partly because I had limited time to make something before EGX.

I used an old hoody I had (from a previous cosplay of Prussia from Hetalia) that had been lying around. I cut off the bottom and removed the pockets, then sewed the bottom back on higher up so I'd still have a nice finish. I used the cut off piece to make the hood a bit longer - it was definitely too short to start with! It's not perfect, but it'll do =)

The giant padlock was made of 3 layers of camping mat foam that I had lying around, worbla'd and primed with wood glue then spray painted. I didn't pay a lot of attention to the finish as I might normally, but I figure most people wouldn't notice ;)

For doing the designs on the sleeves and the hood, I decided to try something new.
I used some interfacing on the reverse of my fabric as it was stretchy which makes it difficult to satin stitch on to - see last image for the difference between using it and not! I could have used an embroidery interfacing, but I had normal interfacing to hand and it made them almost like patches so that was fine. I started with a straight stitch to draw out the pattern which makes the fabric less likely to wobble as you satin stitch. I then used a narrow zigzag stitch to do the design properly. I did this from the back, which isn't perhaps ideal as you can't tell how it's going to turn out, but it was the best option for me at the time.
I cut around the stitching and used a straight stitch to stitch each 'patch' into place. Ideally, I'd have probably wanted to use something like heat'n bond, but time was short and I wanted to get these done in time for EGX if nothing else!

Both the keys and sleeve design (I assume they're meant to be locks?) were done in the same way. The locks took me about 40 minutes of work, the keys a little longer, simply because of the more fiddly design. Overall, I'm happy with them and they look much better than simply painting the design on. Actually quite pleased with how the embroidery turned out, last time I tried something like this it was a bit of a disaster! I suppose the design and the fabric make a world of difference.

Hopefully Edea will be coming out again at October Expo, but frankly, with the hoody done, there's not much else to do! Really it's just making a belt with some bags and I can dig up the other pieces from elsewhere =)
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So hey, I'm back! And this time, with every intention of posting regularly =) I might relax the schedule for the moment, whilst I get back into the swing of things. However, even if it's not often, it should be regular. Today, this is just going to be a bit of a quick post, to mention my cosplay and convention plans for the rest of the year.

First up, we have EGX, which I'll be going to on Sunday 27th only in order to support all the ECG peoples (it was also the only day they had tickets for when I decided to go!). I am going to take my camera and hopefully come back with enough video footage for a CMV and hopefully a few photoshoots thrown in as well, but we shall see what happens with that.

Cosplay wise, I'm hoping to make Edea from Bravely Default in her thief job. I say hoping, because it's less than 3 weeks away and I haven't started, but then, it should be a fairly simple cosplay to pull together so let's hope that all goes well! Somewhat annoying, it's practically impossible to find pictures of the job outfit online! So I cannot promise on the accuracy of the cosplay, although I will spend quite a bit of time staring at it in-game of course.

Then, as always, at the end of October is another MCM, which I will be going to for 3 days for a change - well 2 and a half since I have to work Friday morning! Plans for that are still fluctuating a little, but tentively we're looking at Jibril from No Game No Life on Friday, Lan Fan from Fullmetal Alchemist on Saturday (with a group) and Edea on Sunday. I'll announce confirmed plans a little nearer the date =)

And then for the rest of the year? I'm not entirely sure! Hyper Japan and MCM Birmingham are on my horizon, but I honestly don't know yet whether I really want to go or not. Whether there are more events for me or not, post October, I am hoping to make a good start on the many plans I have for 2016 =)
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Things have been a little - okay a lot - quiet on the blog front recently. Primarily I'd like to put this down to trying to organise my wedding, which happens in just over a week! The plan is to come back in full force after the honeymoon, so keep an eye out =)
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Incoming Comic Con!

MCM Comic Con is now less than a week away!I hope everyone is managing to finish those last minute details on all of their cosplays, I know I am ;)

Every year I say to myself, I won't leave things to the last minute. I have been better this year, much better in fact, but I probably could have done more earlier in the year. Still. I have nothing major left to finish, it's just little details and finishes, which makes me feel okay about the whole thing.

So what am I wearing I hear you ask? (Okay, maybe not asking, but I'm telling).

I did post this on my Facebook page a few weeks back, once I had decided, but I thought a reminder wouldn't hurt.

Saturday - Jibril from No Game No Life
Sunday - Lightning (Midnight Mauve garb) from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Friday I should also be there, but only as a photographer. Depending on the weather, I'm also planing to do some photography on the Saturday as well =)

Hope to see some of you there! =)
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Sometimes It's Good to Give In

Stay with me here whilst I explain.

I always intended to make my bridesmaid dresses. I didn't like the idea of spending £50-£100 per dress (and I have 4 bridesmaids), plus since I can sew, it just made sense to use that skill. Somewhat of a no-brainer.

However, when it came to work with the fabric I'd chosen, I really started to regret it. It was the most difficult fabric I've ever had the misfortune of working with. It was so fine and so slippery. Cutting it out was a nightmare. Sewing it wasn't great either.

I had hoped to finish them in a day - not altogether an unreasonable aim for 2 seamstresses. After one day we'd cut out the bodice pieces and start to sew a few of them together. After a couple of hours on the 2nd day (2 weeks later), we realised it just wasn't going to work.

I didn't want to stop.

We spent some time looking for alternative dresses online. I couldn't bring myself to stop sewing unless I knew I had an alternative. Luckily, after about an hour and a half of searching, we managed to find a dress in the right colour and for a good price - in fact, it was about 1/3 of the price I was expecting to pay!

Comparison of the fabric (right) and the bought dress (left) - colours are slightly off
It was a hard choice. I want our wedding to be everything we want it to be. I don't want to have failed in one area. I'm someone who likes doing things myself. But at the end of the day, I have 3 months. And in that time I'm expecting to go to 3 conventions. Obviously, the wedding is far more important, but I also have a million and one other things to think about for it. Making the bridesmaids dresses with this fabric, would probably have been the most stressful thing. I wouldn't have found it fun. There's a good chance they wouldn't have looked great in the end.

It feels wrong. Some part of me feels that I've let down anyone that I told I was going to make them. It's stupid really, because no one else was telling me that I had to make them, that was just the voice in my own head. It's hard to know if I've done the right thing. Come the wedding day however, the 4 bridesmaids will look stunning because they're gorgeous girls, not because of the dress they're wearing.

True colour of the original fabric chosen for the dresses
It's not giving up. It's giving in. I think there's an important difference there. I've chosen not to make them now, because I know it makes more sense. And because I know making them would cause a fair bit of stress that I could do without. I'm giving in to the easier option, not giving up something that was too hard.
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Wining a Giveaway

At the end of last week, I was lucky enough to win a giveaway hosted by the lovely Freya at The Dressmaking Diaries for a £10 voucher for Minerva Crafts! Thought I'd write a little quick post about what I decided to get.

I had said I would get some quilting fat quarters as I've love to start making quilts. When I started having a better look at the site, with the actual intention of buying something I realise 2 things.
1, I very recently bought some things from these people on ebay, I hadn't made the connection before! But I think it was just some stabiliser for embroidery, so nothing fancy.
2, I suddenly remembered that some friends of mine got me a crochet book for my birthday last year. I'll be honest, I have never crocheted in my life. But if I've got the book, I'd love to have a go and learn yet another new skill.

Turns out crochet hooks aren't all that expensive, so I was able to choose a few fat quarters as well!

So currently sat in my basket are
It may strike you that I would be unable to get all the above for just £10, and you'd be right. I decided I wasn't far from getting free postage, so added on the single fat quarters (because space). I then still had 45p to go, so bought the remnant scraps. Go figure that I'd choose something at the end that cost £5. Oh well, I'm very happy with my choices. I don't know exactly what I'm going to make yet, aside from the ninja of course. I'm excited to find out though! Unfortunately, it may have to wait until after the wedding, we shall see.

I'll be sure to post up progress as and when I use these things =)
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Tainted Gloves: Part 1

I think we first need to establish one thing about making gloves; they're the spawn of the devil. I don't think I've ever come across someone who's enjoyed or found it easy to make them. You have to work with very small seam allowances which makes them hard to sew, but the smallest deviation from them can easily make the fingers not fit or give you gaping holes.

If you can, I'd suggest buying gloves. However, if you're entering a big competition, you might not want to have a bought element to your cosplay. And sometimes, you need to match some fabric you already have. In the latter case, you might be able to commission someone to make them for you, but if you're unlucky like me, and need gloves that both match your fabric and are for a competition, you have basically no choice but to make them yourself. Thankfully, there is one way to avoid most of your troubles, and that's by using stretch fabric.

Seriously. It's somewhat impossible to make gloves without using a stretch fabric (and if you've managed to make them, then you're a better sewer than I). Whether it's 2-way or 4-way, even a small amount of stretch can forgive a multitude of sins when sewing. If using 2-way, you need to be careful to have the stretch going the right way - across your hand side to side, not up and down fingers to wrist. There are essentially 3 ways to make gloves.

Using 4-way stretch
If you can use a 4-way stretch fabric, things are actually pretty easy for you. You just need to lay your fabric flat, 2 right sides together, draw around your hand and sew round that line. It's that simple really. This also works pretty well if you are making fingerless gloves, though you do have the difficulty there of somehow hemming the tops of the fingers as getting such small curves into a sewing machine can be a nightmare. Tab of Kaos Kostumes has a great tutorial about making gloves from lycra here, if you want some pictures and a bit more detail.

If you want to make a pair of gloves with proper gussets, it's possible to make your own pattern. You need a latex glove of some description and then you wrap some strong tape all around your hand. You'll then need to draw the lines on (down the side seam, between your fingers for the gussets and round your thumb), cut it on those lines and you have a pattern that should perfectly fit your hand! I'll be honest, I tried this once, and it was the worst glove I ever made. The pattern pieces were slightly off and it ended up making the whole glove a bit wonky. Nevertheless, that doesn't mean you won't be able to make it work. I don't have a specific tutorial to suggest, but a quick Google search should bring plenty up.

Commercial/Printed pattern
Turns out, this is my preferred way to make gloves (if I ever get it right). Until I wrote this post, I'd never actually seen a commercial pattern but I've now seen a Vogue pattern for gloves. What I like to use though, is this tutorial, with a printed template for gloves. Now if we assume I actually managed to get my stretch going the right way round, this is pretty easy to follow and gives a nice shape to the gloves.

There are of course probably a multitude of other ways to make gloves, knitting for example. You'll probably have to try out a few methods to see what works the best for what you want to do. Next week, I'll give you some detail on how I've actually managed to make my gloves and some of the problems I've had, so you can hopefully avoid them yourself. =)

Have you ever made gloves before? Do you think you ever will?
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Sewing Projects

My attitude towards cosplay and sewing has changed within the last year or so. I'm much more pro 'doing things properly' than I used to be, you know, taking the time to finish off your seams, that kind of thing. And I think it's proved - at least for me - by winning a judge's award last year, for my Midnight Mauve dress which was the first cosplay I really took to heart 'doing it right'. And just before I go on any further I would like to say, of course there is no real right or wrong way to do cosplay! But I think putting that extra care and attention in really makes all the difference.

Even more recently, I've found myself following various sewing or crafting blogs and is giving me loads of ideas of things to make. I've still got some cosplay things to do for Kitacon, but I'm going to try to weave in some other non-cosplay sewing. It might be that I don't have time to do any of these until after the wedding, but a girl can dream! Here's a few of the ideas I've seen lately that I'm planning to make for myself.

Flora dress - By Hand London
This is one of the first things I came across on my sewing blog venture. I love both the lace and the asymmetrical hem so I'll probably make it much like you see in the photo!

Carolyn pyjamas - Closet Case Files
Because who doesn't love a comfy pair of pyjamas? Plus, I like the idea of doing something a little different. I'd never need to make pyjamas for cosplay.

Vogue pattern V8766
I really want to introduce more dresses into my wardrobe, and frankly, the lace spoke to me again.

Vogue pattern V8877
Surprise surprise, more lace. I have a thing for lace clearly. I just like the contrast of it against the solid fabric.

Messenger Bag
I saw this after having though about getting a new bag, so why not make it myself? I'm very tempted to make this out of some leatherette I have lying around, but if not, I love the combination of grey and yellow here.

Work in Progress Bags
Something I've actually made a start on! I love finding new ways to store my cosplay, and I will eventually find a way that sticks. But I love the idea of being able to hold all the bits and pieces for one specific cosplay together. I have a WIP one of these at the moment which I'll finish soon. Eventually, I'd like to have enough bags to hold all my work in progress cosplays (so that's probably about 5 at any given time) and then some smaller ones for smaller projects or travelling.

Hopefully I'll get some of these done in the next few months, and I'll of course post up my progress.

Apologies for the lateness of this post as well. To make up for it I'll do an extra one next week, how about that? =)
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Ickle Photoshoot Teaser

Last week I trekked off to Holland Park with Ickle to take some photos of her Sandplay Miku cosplay. The weather was a bit cloudy when we arrived, but it started to brighten up after an hour or so!

I mainly wanted to practice my photography, so we weren't looking for a specific quantity of shots - not that that's a great thing to aim to in a photoshoot anyway. But it meant I spent some time playing around with settings, not all the photos are ones to keep but it should mean the ones we get are even better!

I'm not sure when I'll get time to go through and edit these properly. I've got a really good base to work from, as it were, so I want to make sure I give plenty of time to making them look as good as they can be. Katy is, of course, as gorgeous as ever, I just want to play with the colours and lighting a bit.

I also took my steadicam along, and we got a few shots, but I've decided videography just isn't for me. At least, I can't juggle it alongside both photography and cosplay. So I shall be selling my steadicam.

Hopefully we'll do this again! Next time I think with Shiro from No Game No Life =)

Have you ever done a photoshoot outside of a convention or event?
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Fang Progress

I've got a few makeup basics/tutorials up my sleeve, but I thought I'd go ahead with something a bit easier to blog about today, plus I haven't shown any cosplay progress in a while =)

Fang is a cosplay I've wanted to do for a while. Any remaining love for XIII that isn't given to Lightning is pretty much all on Fang. I always intended to do her 'properly', in that I wanted to make her sari like an actual sari. I've changed the way I think about this now since this isn't a competitive cosplay and I should just have fun making it, which involves making life slightly easier for myself.

Without flash
I was a bit iffy on choosing my fabric, I wanted something with a sheen or shimmer rather than pure cotton. I'm not sure I'm 100% happy with my choice. Don't get me wrong, it's lovely fabric, I just think the colour is slightly off! I bought 100m of 4inch ribbon because that annoyingly that was the cheapest way to do it. I've started drawing and painting the design on but plan to spread this out over a longer period as I'm not in a particular rush with this. I've also got 2 different sizes of gold ribbons to sit either side.

With flash. Actually a much better representation of the colour
As for the rest of it, I made a small tank top out of some spare black jersey I had lying around although I have yet to slash the back (you can just see it in the above photos). Though it's very simple, I'm pretty pleased of how well it fits. I'm probably going to buy some shorts rather than make them since you don't even see them! (This is one of the previously mentioned ways of making my life easier).

I went bead shopping last weekend, only to find out that all the bead shops in London close on Sundays. How annoying. Instead I'm buying online which I will likely do soon. As for the boots, I plan to buy some cheapish sandles with a small heel and then make boot covers. I've got plenty of brown leatherette lying around, so that'll be easy.

It's nice to have a simple cosplay for a change.
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Moving into 2015

I'm not much of one for making new year's resolutions. I feel that if I want to change something in my life, why wait until the new year? It just so happens this year that me finding a good time to start changing things has coincided with the new year as I have finally stopped being quite so busy! So this is what I'm planning to do or achieve this year, some of which are new aspirations and others more recent ideas.

Start writing my game 
When I finished my degree and started looking for a job, I managed to come up with the idea for a game I wanted to write. I even did some very basic code in Java that I took to an interview! But since then, I seem to have been far too busy with work and cosplay and life to do anything more about it. So I'm determined this year to actually make a start on it. I have the main characters, and a rough plot, so I think I'm at a good point to start writing some code as practice =)

Get fit and improve skin
Honestly, this is something most people want in life! I started going to the gym once a week last year, it wasn't much but more than nothing. Then I got busy again and stopped. So I am going to start doing more exercise again. I don't even particularly care what exercise it is, as long as I'm doing some! This isn't an explicit attempt to lose weight, though I do hope that's an nice side effect. And then, related because it's my body, I want to clear up my skin a bit more. I've started wearing makeup on a daily basis, and I'm pretty sure that's had an effect, so I want to reverse that!
Incidentally, it would be nice to be a bit thinner and have better skin by my wedding!

In terms of cosplay, this year is a little bit light. I only have 3 plans of things to make up until August, with a potential 4th if I get them done sooner than I expect, which is probably unlikely. After then, who knows. I don't know what cons I'll attend so I can't really plan the cosplays either! I do know that I'll be attending Kitacon, so essentially that's what these plans are for.

Finish Midnight Mauve 
What I did of my dress I did very well, but, after talks with the judges, there are a few things I want to redo and then there are things, like the gloves and weapon, that I need to finish. This is probably my top priority as I'm hoping to enter this in Eurocosplay later in the year! I'll try to get up progress of this as I go.

I've wanted to do Fang for a while, finally found a chance in my cosplay calendar to do her. Should be wearing her with my friend, Captain Kurfuffle, as Vanille. I'm also kind of excited to have a cosplay that's predominantly not sewing! I mean, I love sewing and that's the core of cosplay for me, but it's nice to have a break from the sewing machine now and then.

Okay, so obviously I can't really tell you much about this one, except I'll be wearing it in a pair with Ickle! I don't tend to like people announcing secret cosplays, I usually think it would be better to not say anything. But it's torturing one of our friends that they don't know what this is!

So that isn't the end of it. The lovely Yuka has sent me her old Mami cosplay. I started making this myself but never seemed to have the drive to finish it. I need to alter it in a couple of places as she's a little bit smaller than me, but hey, maybe if I lose some weight it'll be okay. Definitely looking forward to finally wearing it though!
The 4th cosplay I'll make if and only if I have the time and get everything else finished first, is XIII-2 Lightning. I'm not great with armour, but I'd like to learn, and I'm probably going to enlist the help of Nesabi who makes damn awesome armour! In return, they've asked me to help them out with some sewing.

Last but not least, I want to work more on my photography this year! I still have unedited photos from Kitacon last year. I really need to get on that. And then I want to organise some shoots outside of conventions, cause I tend to be pretty bad at taking photos to be perfectly honest. I still have my steadicam to use as well, so we'll see where this goes.
And in a vaguely related way, I need to update my Facebook page a bit more! There's some old stuff I can upload, but I also need to just share more in progress stuff I think.

And that's all. Though it's rather a lot....wish me luck!
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