~Updated~ Cosplay Survey!

I did this survey a long, long time ago, so I thought I'd give it another go!

• Who did you first cosplay as?
Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket

• When and where did you first cosplay?
Holiday Anime Faire (Fremont, CA) in 2005

• When and where was the last time you cosplayed?
NorCal Spring Gathering

• Who have you cosplayed as in the past?
Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)
Amaterasu (Okami
Chi (Chobits)
Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
L Lawliete (Death Note)
Mihael "Mello" Keehl (Death Note)
Misa Amane (Death Note)
Mario (Super Mario Bros.)
Triela (Gunslinger Girl)
Pikachu (Pokemon)
Ho-Oh (Pokemon)
Villager (Animal Crossing)
Koffing (Pokemon)
White Mage (Final Fantasy I)
Miria Harvent (Baccano!)
Franziska von Karma (Ace Attorney: Investigations: Miles Edgeworth)
Yoko Littner (Tengan Toppa Gurren Lagann)
Galvantula (Pokemon)
Clyde (Pac-man)
Swimmer Girl (Pokemon)
Cat Girl (Original)
Marionette (Original)
Ninja (Original)

• Who is your favourite person to cosplay as?
Ho-Oh. Not really a person, but whatever.

• Who do you REALLY wanna cosplay as?
So. Many. Things.

• How many of your friends cosplay?
Uh. A good amount, haha.

• Have you ever walked around in public in your cosplay outfit?

• Have people in public ever recognised you and asked for photos?
Yep again!

• Have you ever made your own cosplay outfit?
I make a majority of them.

• When and where did you first learn of cosplay?
At my first anime con, Comic Arts & Anime Teen Expo (CAAT) (Fremont, CA) 2005

• What did you think of it then?
Cool, looks like fun!

• What do you think of it now?
Ugh, so much work. Still fun though!

• Where do you usually cosplay?
Conventions and gatherings

• Have you ever done a cosplay skit on stage?
Hmm. Once a long time ago, but it was pretty embarrassing. Not because I don't like performing, just the skit itself was embarrassing.

• Have you ever won a prize for said skit?
Never for a skit, but I've won awards for construction.

• Do you plan your cosplay outfits waaay before you're meant to wear them?
Well yeah, otherwise they'd never get made.

• Have you ever been to a convention and cosplayed?

• What is the best thing about cosplay?
The creativity and social aspects.

• What is the worst thing about cosplay?
The elitism and cattiness that comes with any hobby, especially a visual one like cosplay.

• Why do you cosplay?
I think I like the creativity and problem-solving skills the most. Plus, getting stopped for photographs at cons makes me feel like a celebrity. All in all, it's just good fun.

Cosplayer Features!

I've been wanting to do this for a while, but I kept forgetting, so I'm doin' it! I want to feature cosplayers on my blog! I want to feature any and all cosplayers, just ask, and I'll feature you, regardless of how long you've been cosplaying and whether or not you make your own things or buy them. I know I don't have a ton of followers, so this isn't going to get you a lot of publicity, but I feel that things like this are good for the cosplay community, so I'd like to contribute!

The only "prerequisite" if you wanna call it that, is that you've completed at least one cosplay and attended one event with it. Otherwise message me (on Facebook) with the following:
  • Name + Cosplay Alias (if you have one)
  • At least one photo of any of your cosplays 
  • Any blogs/profiles/websites you'd like to have linked
  • Favorite cosplay-related social network
      - Facebook, Tumblr, etc. counts if you use them for cosplay 
  • Favorite cosplay with photo 
  • How long you've been cosplaying 
  • Favorite thing you've made
      - If you dont make things yourself, disregard this
  • How long you've been sewing/crafting
      - Again, if you don't, disregard this
  •  Favorite place to buy cosplay things
      - Ebay, Taobao, Amazon, etc. count, as well as cosplay-specific sellers
  • Favorite event(s) (1 - 3)
      - If you've only been to one, what was it?
      - Do you prefer gatherings or conventions?
  • A few pieces of cosplay advice relevant to physical cosplays
- Ex. sewing tips, buying tips, makeup tips, etc.
  • A few pieces of advice relevant to the social side of cosplay
      - Ex. How to meet people, how to handle anxiety at events, body image, race, etc.
  • A cosplay or event-related anecdote or two (three, max)
      - No longer than 5 sentences per anecdote, please
      - I might not use all of them, so please tell me which is your favorite
      - Can be about something that happened at an event or while crafting/shopping
      - Can be funny, scary, sweet, inspiring, etc.
  •  Any final thoughts 

I might message you back with follow-up questions, and I'll send you a link to the feature when it's finished. The plan is to post a photo here on my page with a link to the blog post in the description. I might also post the features on Tumblr maybe? Let me know if you'd prefer for me to not do any three of those things (post of Facebook, Blogspot, or Tumblr), and I'll only do the ones you're okay with.

Other things I will add to the feature:
  • My favorite cosplay of yours
  • My favorite cosplay piece/item of yours
  • My favorite picture(s) of your cosplay(s)
  • Things that I find interesting on your cosplay profile/website/etc.
If you don't want me to do one or more of these, please let me know if your first message!

I also don't know how frequently I'll post these, so I'll reply to your original message letting you know I got it, and then just wait patiently while I write things up, please. :)

Frozen and Snowflakes and Glitter and Stuff!

Oops, I haven't posted since February~ Ah well, it happens. SO! I've been working on a cosplay of Elsa from "Frozen"! I'll be making her ice dress because, well, it's pretty. Like really pretty, it's all sparkly and stuff. Plus, pretty much every other dress had embroidery on it, and I just didn't feel like doing embroidery after I did all that beading on my Ho-Oh cosplay.

I'm trying to make this cosplay using only the money that I won at AoD, and I think so far, I've been doing pretty good. I had a problem with buying way too many sequins for a while, but I think I finally settled on which ones I'm going to use. I'm also re-using a wig that I already had.

Wig & makeup test
I had to restore the wig, since it's old and was in such bad shape. It was very time-consuming, but so worth it. I'll be doing it on a couple of my other wigs, and I'll take photos and post a step-by-step of what all I did, but really it's all stuff that you can find online. I also have to re-style the wig because I braided it too loosely, but it really wasn't hard at all. I've been able to do a French braid since I was in Jr. High, and I've been able to do an inverted braid for about as long, so all I had to do was combine them. Since I have to restyle it, I'll do a tutorial too, since a lot of people seem to be having trouble with Elsa's hair. I haven't decided if I'll add extra wefts for thickness, since the wefts I have are too dark (I might be able to hide them though), and I'm being a cheapskate.

Wig styling

As I mentioned, I had/have a sequin/rhinestone/glitter problem:
So sparkly~
These are the sequins I decided on
and there's 1,200 of them
and I bought three bags
For the shoes, I'm being extra lazy and uncreative. I bought nude pumps and am gluing snowflake-shaped fabric to the toe and heel. It's not perfect, but hey, it works. (It's not completely glued down in these photos, I had to but different glue.)

corset mockup

For the dress, I'm essentially making three separate pieces to get the right shapes I want, and then I'm sewing them together to get the smoothness and flow that I want. This was my first time making a corset, so I made a mock-up first, which went surprisingly well. The corset will having boning in it, but I'm saving it for close to last because I don't want to have to work around the boning when I put everything together.

Dress so far
needs to be ironed better, I know
it doesn't fit the dress form
also the light is super harsh
I made the sheer top part, but I kind of wasted three hours on it and it can't be used, so I had to scrap it. I'll be trying again with a different fabric. Since I couldn't get new fabric right away, I started working on the cape, which is both the most fun and the most tedious so far. I started out by shaping and hemming the bottom. Since the fabric I'm using is mesh, I put a strip of scrap fabric between the fabric and the hem so the thread could catch it better and it wouldn't get torn up.

Snowflake patterns
The large circle on the bottom is where another
large snowflake will go,
the pattern is on a separate piece of paper.
The snowflake in the top right is messed up
and dumb, please ignore it.
For the snowflakes on the cape, I'm using a very fine, white glitter and a backing of the same fabric I used on my shoes. I started out by tracing the cape (well, half of it), and drawing all the snowflakes I wanted on it. There are some extra in the photo because I messed up drawing a couple of them. In total, there will be six small snowflakes, one large one, and a half-snowflake at the top. I haven't decided if I'm going to do snowflakes down the sides as well, partially because I just noticed them about twenty minutes ago, and partially because I don't know if I have enough time/materials. I'll just do all of the other ones first and then see where I'm at.

After I had my patterns done, I rough-cut a piece of my backing fabric (which I messed up doing, but I'll recover), and set it behind my cape fabric, on top of the pattern. Since both the cape and the backing are very sheer, I can see straight through them to the pattern. Then I used a paint brush to dab fabric glue inside the lines of the pattern and cover it with glitter. I used a dry, flat brush to push the glitter around and make sure everything was covered. I'm going to have to take the whole thing outside and shake the loose glitter free when it's all dried, and I'm not looking forward to it. There's already glitter everywhere, and showering does not get rid of it! After it's dried and shaken off, I'll cut the backing fabric to the shape of the snowflakes so only the snowflakes will be thicker than the rest and will stand out more! I've only done half of the top part so far, but it's pretty much turning out exactly like I expected, and that's pretty exciting!
Extra messy edges because the glue is drying
Pretty much every step of this cosplay is extremely time-consuming, and I've been procrastinating, only working a few hours on it every day, and I want to wear it this weekend! Oops! Better get to work on it!