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Intro/Friending Post [Mar. 6th, 2021|07:38 pm]
Hmm… I never bothered to make one of these types of posts since most of my entries are public but I noticed some people added me lately. Anyway…

Hi! I’m Lady of the Thread. I’m a crazy cosplayer and tend to ramble a lot about my cosplay projects and post photos here. The bulk of my entries relate to cosplay in some way so you might find this journal to be very boring if you're not into costumes. ^_^; I occasionally write fanfic although I’m much better at sewing. I also like mystery novels, needlework, and musical theatre. These other hobbies come up here once in a while but tend to not be mentioned much since few people on my friends list seem to be interested in them.

If you’d like to be added, please comment and introduce yourself and let me know how you found me. I’m pretty open to adding most people, as long as we share some hobbies and/or fandoms. ^_^

If you don’t comment and introduce yourself, I’ll just assume that you’re mainly interested in my cosplay posts and don’t care about being added back. ^_^; I don’t discuss personal stuff much so I rarely lock posts and all the cosplay and hobby stuff is public so anyone can read it.

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Going to Canada... [Aug. 5th, 2012|10:12 am]
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Wow, it’s been forever since I posted here and since I’ve really checked my friends page. But I haven’t got the time for a huge update at the moment. ^_^;;;

Any of the Canadian people here going to the Toronto cosplay picnic next weekend? Some of my brother’s friends from up there invited him and he asked if I wanted to go, too. So, I’m going to be in Toronto next weekend.

Will be taking the train up on Thursday and staying with relatives until Tuesday so I’ll have some time to visit with them and do some sightseeing. I want to visit the textile museum again while I’m there. I skipped the shoe museum last time since I’m not that into shoes. Is it worth going? Any other museum/sightseeing suggestions? Or anyone want to go see them together? Don't know when I'm going yet but Monday seems most likely; there's supposed to be dinner Friday and lunch Sunday with relatives so I'm not as sure about how my schedule will work out those days.

And for the picnic, I’m currently trying to finish up Valentine’s default outfit from Gankutsuou. Still need to finish the jacket, trim the bangs on my wig and do the scarf in her hair.
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Boston [Apr. 3rd, 2012|01:41 pm]
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Wow, I’ve been lazy about posting. ^_^;; Still haven’t even written about Katsucon yet but I think I’ll wait until after the weekend.

Anyway, Anime Boston is this weekend and it looks like I’ll be on my own this year; my brother had been thinking of going to PAX East but decided a few days ago to stay home instead. By the way, is anyone looking for a PAX badge? I think he’s trying to sell his. And he's reconsidering going now so I'm not sure what will happen.

Still trying to figure out what to pack for Boston other than Lia, which now has the missing panel added and a redone ruffle on the chemise. After Katsucon, I just wanted a break from sewing before going back to it. Haven’t started on another cosplay yet since the ones I’m more interested in would have taken a lot of embellishment and I didn’t want to rush. I did start sewing a dress out of a fun Japanese print fabric but don’t know if I’ll bother to try finishing it for Boston since it’s more of a summer dress and it’ll be somewhat cool this weekend.

Probably a couple of older costumes without really bulky pieces since Lia already has a quilted petticoat and I’ll only have one suitcase for costumes plus all the other stuff I usually bring to cons. So, no jellyfish dress since that plus Lia just about filled my whole suitcase for Katsucon. Might pack my D kimono or one of my Ryuuren costumes.
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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back [Feb. 13th, 2012|09:56 pm]
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Leaving for Katsucon Thursday morning and I’m so not ready. X_X The chorus from this describes my Lia progress pretty well:



It feels like every time I fix or solve an issue on the costume, something else breaks or another problem comes up. -_-X It’s almost wearable at this point but still needs most of the trim and I still need to cut shorter bangs into my wig. Don’t know if I’ll be able to get to covering shoes with leftover fabric to match.

Working at the Funimation booth for the Princess Jellyfish promotion 3-6 Friday afternoon and 10-1 Saturday morning. Come and make jellyfish dolls!

And I don’t know what else I’m doing. Not sure if I have time to pack other stuff since I still have so much sewing to do.
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Happy Year of the Dragon! [Jan. 23rd, 2012|01:21 am]
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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

Katsucon is in less than a month and I’m finally feeling motivated to work on stuff again. Don’t have much planned for the con yet. I’m going to be helping with the Princess Jellyfish promotion at the Funimation booth on Friday and Saturday; it’s going to be my first ACP event and we’re supposed to be helping attendees make jellyfish dolls so hopefully, it’ll be fun. :-D I’m also trying to finish Lia’s Russian portrait gown from Le Chevalier D’eon. I started that one two years ago but shelved since it looked like I wouldn’t be able to reuse Ekaterina’s corset as I was planning. And I’m not sure what else I’m going to bring yet.

The past week and a half or so has been pretty productive. I made a mini hoopskirt to go with my jellyfish dress. (The shape reminds me a bit of a lampshade. XD) I originally wore the dress with a plain petticoat under my ruffled one but the weight of the pearls at the hem smooshed the petticoats down and made them not as poofy. The hoopskirt is a great improvement and I love the shape it gives the dress now! (This is what it was previously like for comparison.)

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I’ve also finished making the petticoat for Lia. I had it mostly done but needed to finish hand hemming the bottom flounce and gathering and attaching it to the rest of the petticoat. I also did a petticoat out of pre-quilted fabric to go under it. And I’m working on a new chemise now since the sleeves on the old one are too long and it would be easier to have the lacy ruffle at the neckline on the chemise instead of the actual dress. Then, I’m probably making a new strapless corset since the straps of my Ekaterina corset were showing past the neckline of my gown mockup. Will post Lia progress pictures next time.
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Dreamwidth [Dec. 30th, 2011|10:46 pm]
Finally getting to posting about that thing I mentioned the other day… I made a dreamwidth account:

http://ladyofthethread.dreamwidth.org/

If you have an account there, let me know so I can add you! I haven’t completely decided what I’ll do yet. I figure I’ll import this journal over there as a backup but I don’t know if I’ll move completely and I would at least crosspost. The new default commenting system isn’t a big problem with my personal journal since I’m using a S2 journal style and those comment pages have stayed the same.

It is a problem for large communities though since a lot of them used the default and needed subject lines, which were taken out of the new layout, for organization. I got back into roleplaying over the summer and the new layout has caused problems for the game I’m in and it’s moving to DW. I’ve been a lot more active on my characters journals lately, too, than this one and had one of them as a paid account for the extra icons. So, I’m going to be moving those journals over completely.

Even though I’ve had this journal for nearly 7 years now and have stuck with the site despite a huge chunk of my friends list abandoning it for Facebook and Twitter the past few years, service has really gone downhill this year with the repeated attacks and wonky notifications. :-/ (I never got the notifications for some of the people who requested cards this year and there’s no telling anymore whether a notification will show up when a comment is posted, a few days later, or not at all. There’s no consistency to it at all anymore.) And with the awful customer service and the rudeness of some of the staff lately (there were thousands of comments in the news posts telling LJ not to take out the subject lines and they were ignored), I feel “ugh” about the prospect of giving LJ any more money. I still like the format for posting entries (still have no interest in making a Facebook or Twitter) but I’m just frustrated with all the problems that have come up.


And no cosplay review this year. There isn’t really any point considering how unmotivated and uninspired I was this year. I only made 3 costumes: the second Ryuuren outfit, the jellyfish dress, and 1930s Nancy Drew. I didn’t really like any of my jellyfish dress pictures that much and I don’t even have pictures of Nancy at all since I didn’t get a chance to do a shoot before it got too cold. :-/
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Merry Christmas! [Dec. 25th, 2011|11:11 pm]
Just a quick post to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I have some other things to post about, too, but I'll save that for later in the week.
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Thanksgiving and a new project [Nov. 24th, 2011|10:42 pm]
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Happy Thanksgiving! We only had a few relatives over this year so it was pretty quiet.

It’s been a while since I’ve updated so here’s what I’ve been working on lately… Not a cosplay but a patchwork project. I’ve had a quilting magazine with a kimono-themed pattern sitting around for a few years. It’s called The Tea Ceremony and I started it a couple of weeks ago with Japanese print fabrics I’ve collected over the past couple of years. There are 17 pieces of fabric sewn together to make each kimono block. I still need to make two more of the small ones but want to buy more fabric first since I’m trying not to repeat the main fabrics. I also need fabric for the rest of the quilt; there are other blocks with teacups, lanterns and appliqued kanji. (Not sure if I’ll actually do the kanji that way though since in some cases, it would be appliqueing tiny irregular dots.)

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Happy Halloween! [Oct. 31st, 2011|11:59 pm]
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted so let’s see…

NYCC/NYAF was a couple of weeks ago. Huge crowds again and lots of walking in circles since I wasn’t much interested in shopping or guests. (The soles of my feet felt weird for a few days afterwards!) I probably spent about a third of the con just hanging out at friends tables in the artist’s alley due to not wanting to deal with the crowds and boredom. I think I only saw about 15 people I knew and never ran into some other friends in the crowds. I ended up helping neoangelwink and athena_chan sell hats for a while on both Saturday and Sunday since there wasn’t anything better to do.

On the bright side, I did manage to find a cute little Clara plushie from Princess Jellyfish. Only one dealer seemed to have them so I guess they’re pretty new. And I got a tiny clay figure of a Harvest Moon cow in the artist’s alley. It was only an inch tall so I was amazed the artist managed the miniscule details by hand! And it was kind of amusing that she wrapped it up for me in a tiny Chinese takeout carton. XD;



As a couple of you guessed, my new costume was Nancy Drew! More specifically, a vintage version from the original 1930 cover of the first book, “The Secret of the Old Clock.” I didn’t have time to do the clock and wouldn’t have wanted to lug it around such a crowded con anyway so I got an old fashioned magnifying glass with a wooden handle to carry around as a prop. Surprisingly, a few people did realize I was supposed to be Nancy Drew, including one of the guys at the Papercutz booth (company that did the Nancy Drew graphic novels) who recognized it as being from “The Secret of the Old Clock.” I didn’t really think anyone would get it since the cover has been redone a couple of times and the original isn’t in regular use anymore for the books.

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Unfortunately, I have no pictures of it yet. I didn’t bother to get pics of it at the con since the Javits is terrible for photo locations and I figured I could do that around Halloween, which would also give me time to do the props. But that didn’t work out since my brother was having midterms these couple of weeks plus he has a Saturday class and there was that snow on Saturday, too. (What the hell? It never snows here this early! o_O;) So, I ended up doing nothing for Halloween and only finished making the clock earlier today. :-/ It’s a fabric-covered box because I can’t build props. >_>; I also painted the pattern on the fabric for the blanket.

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And I'm still not completely sure what I'm doing... [Oct. 14th, 2011|12:13 am]
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So, NYCC/NYAF is this weekend. I have one new costume and I’ll wear my red Daphne dress since it’s simple but I haven’t decided for sure what my third costume is yet. (Yeah, that kind of reflects my enthusiasm level for this con. >_>;) Hopefully, I'll get to hang out with some people I haven't seen in a while though.

The new costume is actually a Western character and I think she’s pretty well known since she has been around in some form or other since the 1930s. But I don’t think anyone would really get it since her appearance has changed a lot over the years and I’m trying to do a vintage version from when she first appeared. Any guesses? :-D
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Birthday and NYCC [Sep. 30th, 2011|11:56 pm]
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Today was my birthday and my family went out earlier for a huge Chinese dinner with relatives. Lots of food!


Started ordering stuff and patterning out a possible new costume for NYCC. Haven’t bought fabric yet so let’s see if this actually gets done in time…

Does anyone still need to buy a 3-day pass for NYCC/NYAF? My brother has an extra that he’s trying to sell. He managed to get a press pass after he already bought a 3-day pass at Midtown Comics. And I already ordered mine so I don’t need one either.
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Mice ate my purse! o_O;;; [Sep. 24th, 2011|08:19 pm]
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Ack! We’re having mice problems again and they chewed through a purse I don’t use much because I forgot there was some chocolate left in there. O_O; They probably got into the house through the heating system and we’ve trapped four of them lately.


Bought my badge for NYCC/NYAF last week but still feeling blah about it. Don’t know if I’m making anything new. There still isn’t really anything appealing to me and the con itself doesn’t really inspire me to put in lots of effort, considering the crowds and lack of good photo locations. :-/ Many of the things I have on my possible cosplays list would take too much embellishment for me to do in three weeks, take up too much space, or be really random for this con. (Like one of the things I was considering earlier this year was Harvest Moon cosplay but a farm girl would be extremely random considering it’s more NYCC than NYAF these days.) Plus, I feel like I need to lose weight too since I gained some over the past year or so. ._.;
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Mid-Autumn Festival [Sep. 12th, 2011|06:05 pm]
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Happy Mid-Autumn to those who celebrate! I actually got this picture from a Chinese-themed Metlife ad but thought it was cute. Snoopy having mooncake with his bird friends. :-D

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Tea disappointment [Sep. 8th, 2011|10:15 pm]
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Labor Day weekend wasn’t too eventful. My family had a barbeque on Sunday, which is rather rare. (Our grill lives in the garage almost all of the time and only gets dragged out about once a year. We finally used the last of the bag of charcoal which was well over 5 years old!) But it was just us so it was quiet.

Monday was a bit of shopping. Hadn’t been to the mall for a couple of months and I was kind of surprised to see a Teavana store had opened there. The only one I’d seen before was the one in the mall at Anime Boston and that mall was quite a bit more upscale. I’d been tempted to get some tea at the con this year based on the samples they had in the store but had resisted since I rarely take the time to brew loose tea. So, I thought this might be a good chance to get some although it’s expensive. My initial excitement didn’t last though.

The tea I was interested in was rather pricey so I only planned to get the smallest amount (2 oz.) but I hadn’t realized it was a blend so I had to buy 2 oz. of each of the teas. The second tea in the blend was only about half the price of the first so that wasn’t too bad. But I basically had a 16 oz. tea canister pushed on me for an extra $7, too. I’d never bought any of their tea leaves before but I had gotten some as a birthday gift from ngmaster a few years ago and it came in little bags and I remembered seeing it measured into bags for other customers at Boston this year. When the salesgirl poured it into the tin, I thought it was just for mixing the two teas before bagging it but nope, they expected me to buy the tin, too. So, I ended up spending over twice as much as I was originally expecting and getting a huge tin (about 4” diameter and 8” tall) that’s only a quarter full and that I don’t have room for in the kitchen so I wasn’t completely pleased when I left the store. -_- They told me I could bring the tin back when I wanted to buy more tea but it’s so big it would be annoying to haul around. I had been thinking about getting 2 oz. of another of the less expensive teas also but after the tin thing, that didn’t happen. (From the comments on a post I found on a tea blog afterwards, it seems the salespeople at the chain have a reputation for being pushy.) Bah. I think if I want to try other Teavana teas, I’m just going to wait until I’m also buying gifts and can put together an order big enough for free shipping through the website. At least, the tea that I got should last quite a while since I doubt I’d brew it more than a couple of times a week.


And NYCC/NYAF is only a bit over a month away but I’m still feeling unmotivated to work on anything cosplay-wise. :-/ It never was one of my favorite cons and I wasn’t a fan of the huge crowds last year. Large costumes just aren’t practical since it’s so crowded and the location isn’t great for photos so there’s nothing I would be super excited to make for it. I also feel rather out of the loop since hardly anyone posts regularly to LJ anymore and that’s not really helping my blah feeling either. Still trying to figure out if there’s anything I want to bother making for the con. Meanwhile, I’m trying to reorganize my beads/jewelry supplies.
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Huh, that was an earthquake? o_o; [Aug. 23rd, 2011|10:43 pm]
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I was in the living room earlier today when I felt some faint vibrations and noticed the leaves on the potted plants shaking. I actually thought it was just construction since there’s been quite a bit around the neighborhood. The thought of an earthquake did cross my mind since I looked out the window and didn’t see anything obvious going on outside but I was like “Nah, we don’t get earthquakes here.” I didn’t realize it really was an earthquake until my father called a bit later and asked if we felt it too!

Planning to go visit neoangelwink tomorrow since I haven't seen her new place yet. Will bring my cross stitch to work on while she and athena_chan do faces on their hats.
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Saiunkoku Group Pics [Aug. 21st, 2011|10:57 pm]
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I’ve been meaning to post pictures from the Saiunkoku group at AnimeNext for a few weeks but I’ve been lazy and I’m only getting around to it now. ^_^; neoangelwink was Shuurei again and kitsunesqueak joined us as Eigetsu. athena_chan was busy in artist’s alley but dressed one of her friends in her Ryuuki costume so we could have the whole group.

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Rain and Cross Stitch [Aug. 19th, 2011|09:50 pm]
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Yikes, that storm on Sunday… It rained all day, I think I heard 7-8 inches, and the basement and living room have new leaks to prove it! -_-

Here’s what I’ve been working on lately, the cross stitch piece I started last year. The blue dress is the part I’ve done over the past few weeks.

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And finally, the end of the cosplay meme, which everyone else finished like a month and a half ago… >_>;

26. Any unfinished costumes? Will you ever finish them?
A few. I have a half-finished Ritsu kimono but I’m unlikely to ever finish it since I’m not really into Fruits Basket anymore. There’s also an original stained glass fairy which has the dress done but no accessories; not sure when I’ll finish it since I don’t know when I’d have a good chance to wear it. And I started on Lia’s Russian portrait gown from Le Chevalier D’eon last year but it got put aside; I think I’ll try to finish that one for Katsucon.

27. How many wigs do you own? Which is your favourite?
I haven’t done an exact count but probably 20-25. No real favorite. None especially stand out since I don’t have any wigs in crazy styles.

28. Where do you work on your cosplays and where do you store them when they’re done?
It depends on what part I’m doing. Patterning and cutting fabric gets done in the living room since my sewing room is somewhat small. I usually do machine sewing in the sewing room and then hand stuff in front of the computer while watching stuff. And they get stored in a closet when I’m done.

29. What is your favourite cosplay item? (eg. a pair of shoes, a wig)
Hmm… I’ve never really thought about favorite individual items. I guess my Petshop of Horrors plushies. T-chan is especially fun although it’s been a long time since I’ve brought him along to a con.

30. Describe cosplay in three words. No more, no less.
Many hours crafting
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More of the meme [Aug. 10th, 2011|10:33 pm]
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Still not that much of interest going on here. I’ve been working a bit on cleaning and organizing. And I’ve gotten back to the cross stitch piece I was working on last summer. Went book shopping last week since Borders is liquidating and picked up a bunch of crafting/sewing related mysteries. (Really disappointed to see Borders go since it was the most convenient place for me to buy books locally and had better sales; although there are more Barnes & Noble stores around the city, they’re further out of the way compared to the places I usually go in the city) Some of the older series I was reading have slowed down or ended and it’s been quite a while since I’ve really started following any new mystery series so I’m trying some more recent ones out.


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Not much going on... [Jul. 26th, 2011|08:37 pm]
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Hmm… It’s been quite a while since I posted. I’ve been enjoying a break from cosplay stuff since AnimeNext and I guess I just don’t have much interesting to post about when I’m not working on costumes.

Otakon is this week and my brother and his friend are going. I am not.

Otakon has never been one of my favorite cons; I don’t like the location and Baltimore in the middle of summer is just terrible for the types of costumes I tend to do (long with lots of layers). I know a lot of people like it but I just seem to have terrible luck whenever that con is involved and last year was the last straw. :-/ 2006: was okay but very expensive since I missed the con hotel blocks and I didn’t find it that impressive for such a large con. 2008: missed the hotel blocks again, my shoulder got sunburnt waiting outside in the registration line (and I never get sunburnt!), my father and I got caught in a hailstorm on the way home plus I got carsick (also a rare thing for me). 2009: didn’t even go and still got burned; I’d booked a room through the housing bureau in case but we decided to do a family vacation instead and I canceled several days before the deadline. Still got charged for one night by the hotel and had to call my card company to dispute it. -_- And last year… Well, see below under “worst cosplay memory.”


And I still need to finish this meme which most people were done with weeks ago. >_>;

16. Do you belong to any cosplay groups? If so, what are they?
Not any formal ones. Once in a while I get to do groups with friends which is really nice since a lot of my cosplays are from rarely cosplayed series! ^_^

17. What events have you cosplayed to?
Lots of conventions. AnimeNext and Anime Boston have been the ones I’ve been to most regularly. Also MangaNext, Otakon, NYAF, Costume Con, Anime North, and Katsucon in various years. Plus some non-convention events like Sakura Matsuri.

18. What is your best cosplay memory?
Hmm… I don’t know if there’s a single thing I can pick out. In general, I think I’ll say getting to have groups for the series I love since as I mentioned above, groups are somewhat rare for me. I’d love to have people to cosplay with more often!

19. What is your worst cosplay memory?
Otakon 2010. -_-X We thought she was getting better but my grandmother went back into the hospital two days before the con, which was too late to cancel the hotel without a penalty and we had all pre-registered. Then, I called the hotel a couple of hours before we left and found out they had overbooked and moved us to another hotel. And I had specifically booked that hotel since I had pictures in mind I wanted to do there so that wrecked nearly all photo plans. I was pretty upset with that on top of everything else going on and knew before we even left the house I knew I was never going back. So, I didn’t want to be there that much and was crying in the hotel room Friday night after calling home and finding out they had a scare with my grandmother that day. I highly doubt anything could ever top this as my “worst con ever.” If it had been just me, I’d have just completely canceled plans after my grandmother went into the hospital the first time shortly after AnimeNext 2010. But my brother and his friend wanted to go (they’d never gone before last year) and my father was taking the weekend off to drive down there with us.

20. Have you won any cosplay awards?
Yep, quite a few! Except for a presentation honorable mention at Costume con a few years ago, my awards are all for craftsmanship since that’s my thing rather than performing.

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I'm slow with this meme... [Jul. 11th, 2011|08:01 pm]
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Already posted this on ACP last week but haven’t gotten around to putting it up here. Here’s the jellyfish dress from Kuragehime. Still need to properly finish it up since I ran out of time to do the accessories for AnimeNext but I’m not in much of a hurry since I won’t be going to another con for months. I sort of want to replace the wig since it’s kind of thin at the top but I don’t think there’s really anything else waist-length and wavy or curly in lavender. (It’s the Showgirl wig by New Look in Purple.)

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More of the cosplay meme… I think most other people finished it up already. ^_^;;

11. Something cosplay-related that you will never do (eg. crossplay, cosplay from a certain series)
Cosplay from a series I dislike. For me to cosplay something I have to like the series, even if I’m ambivalent about the character. I’ve done a few costumes where I loved the series but didn’t especially care about the character because I liked the outfits over those worn by my favorite characters from that series.

12. Your cosplay idol.
Um, I don’t really have one person in particular. I feel a bit out of the loop with what people are making these days since not that many post regularly on LJ anymore.

13. Your cosplay specialty (ie. something that seems to apply to a large amount of your cosplays, it could be a specific series, or a common feature in their appearance, such as glasses)
I guess there are a few answers to this. I’ve done a whole bunch of Count D costumes plus other Chinese style costumes. And construction-wise, I’m usually doing linings or seam finishes. To a lesser extent, I also tend to do a lot of detail work like applique and hand painting.

14. Your cosplay-making habits (eg. singing while working on cosplay)
Hmm… I tend to do handsewing like hemming or sewing on snaps and buttons in front of the computer so I can also watch stuff while working.

15. Your least favourite thing about cosplay
Probably the preparation work like gathering supplies (there are times when I feel like I go into store after store and there’s nothing that I like) and altering patterns and cutting fabric. I tend to work better once the stuff is cut out and I start sewing but getting started on something is sometimes hard for me.

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