Throwback Thursday! Sakura Kinomoto from CCS

Still to this day, this version of Sakura is one of my favorite costumes! Cardcaptor Sakura is one of my other absolute favorite Anime series and I love so many of her costumes (I have made 3 from CCS and one from Tsubasa). This was my DREAM Sakura costume. The costume is her Princess outfit from the play they perform in the second CCS Movie. I premiered this costume at Katsucon 2009 and then wore it again to Anime Boston 2009.

The motivation to make it back in 2008/early 2009 was simply that I found the perfect fabric on clearance… for $15 a yard! Why so expensive you ask? It is 100% Silk pearlescent taffeta. I got it from one of the textile suppliers I use when I make bridal gowns. Lets just say, this fabric was “payment” for making my sister’s wedding gown… my parents were buying the fabric for her gown and let me tack on 7 yards of this gorgeous taffeta on them. It was amazing.  I actually used the same fabric in Ivory for my sister’s gown.

So once I had the fabric, I got right to work on the dress and wings. The sewing was relatively simple but there was a pretty clever panel in the back for inserting the wings. The neckline was interesting to figure out,  I ended up using horsehair braid in it to keep it standing up like that! There is also horsehair in that huge hem. This costume probably has the biggest skirt I have ever made as well, it was a gathered full circle skirt with a train!

It was also my first time ever making feathered wings. I was pretty pleased with how they turned out! I even made that signature CLAMP “swirl” out of feathers on the base of each wing!

Hailo cosplayed as Syaoran with me and we made a Kero-chan suit for Mark to wear! That Kero-chan suit may in fact be one of my greatest costuming achievements! I love it so much!

Photos were from Katsucon 2009 and were taken by Leonard Lee and Mark Baker.

Throwback Thursday! Hitomi Kanzaki from Escaflowne

Decided to start posting my TBT on here as well and its TECHNICALLY still Thursday, I know I am cutting it a bit close… I’ve been trying to do this regularly over on my Facebook Page, but thought it might be fun to share here as well!  This week I chose to feature my Hitomi Kanzaki costume that I made back in 2007 and then wore to Katsucon 2008.  Escaflowne is probably my favorite Anime series and I was super excited to finally get around to cosplaying as Hitomi. I worked so hard on that jacket all the way through the second half of 2007. I had just taken a tailoring course in college and decided to make her jacket using proper tailoring techniques. It was made from a felted wool suiting and lined with some kind of fancy suit lining that I am forgetting the name of. I made all the patterns myself and it was quite a complex pattern create her collar. I probably spent around 25-30 hours on the jacket alone. The pendant was made by my friend Diana (from Bejitaballz Cosplay).

Dandelionswish and I are trying to find a time when we can do new photos of my Hitomi and her Merle costumes! Hopefully soon!

I only really have two photos of this costume. Both were taken by Mark Baker at Katsucon 2008. Hailo cosplayed with me as Van. She made her whole costume.

A Year’s Worth of Updates!

Yes, its been almost a year since I last post on this website. I have had quite a few other things on my mind, and have mainly been updating my Facebook Page. I have returned to school to study Nutrition Science and have been working on a complete overhaul of my career. That doesn’t mean I have not been cosplaying though! I actually feel like this past year, I have created some of my best costumes!

I became OBSESSED with cosplaying from the artwork of Japanese artist, Sakizou. I made two costumes for myself and made the corset and some accessories for one for my friend Brittany, a.k.a. Dandelionswish. I am planning a photo shoot of Dolce later this fall with my good friend Beth (Ryoko-dono) as Macaron! I am also trying to pick another Sakizou design to cosplay next year!

I did a few new photo shoots of “Shieldmaiden” Eowyn at Katsucon 2013 and FINALLY made Eowyn’s White Wool Gown which I wore to Dragon*Con last weekend! The White Wool gown is a costume I have been planning for years! It felt so good to finally be able to make it! I have to thank Dustin Leitzel, Joseph Chi Lin, and Alex Reynolds for getting such lovely photos of these two costumes!

About a month ago, we celebrated the 10th annual Upstate New York Cosplay picnic! In honor of its 10th year, I chose to wear my Goddess Umi costume since I wore Celestial Umi to the very first picnic! It is Throwback Thursday after all, so here is a photo from 2004 of Celestial Umi alongside a photo of Goddess Umi from this year’s picnic!

My next convention will most likely be New York Comic Con. I will not be there all weekend as I have work and school, but I will most likely show up and cosplay SOMETHING on Sunday! After that I will be attending Long Island Doctor Who, a brand new convention dedicated, obviously, to Doctor Who. I will be wearing my Femme Eleventh Doctor and a Clara costume! By the way, check out the aforementioned Femme Eleven and the rest of the Doctor Who ladies at Dragon*Con!

Thanks for reading! I hope I am much better about updating this website this year than I was last year!

AnimeNEXT Photos & Summer Plans

AnimeNEXT happened! I wore my new Umi and Nurse Joy costumes! I had a great time with my friends, who made every minute of the convention worth while!  The Magic Knight Rayearth and Pokemon photos were by Tim Colose and Jeremiah Bird.

I have a lot of commissions scheduled for this summer, so I will be sewing constantly. My next event is the Upstate NY Cosplay Picnic in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 18th. I try to go to this event every year because I helped get it going back in 2004! The photo locations are beautiful and a lot of very nice people attend!  I plan on making Skyward Sword Zelda or Mami from Madoka for the picnic.

My next convention is Dragon*Con! My favorite convention of all! I just booked my plane tickets and finally decided on my costume line up! I am planning on bringing 4 costumes, 3 of which will be brand new!

  • Eowyn’s White Wool Gown – I have actually been working on this one for a while, hardest part will definitely be the metal belt that I have to make! Otherwise it is essentially the same pattern as the Coronation gown and will be pretty easy to make.
  • Bollywood Carbuncle – A group of my friends have designed and are creating Bollywood designs based on Final Fantasy summons, look for us in our Saris and Sparkles!
  • Thor inspired Gown – A fan designed gown inspired by Thor’s costume. Fully sequined gown, right up my ally!
  • Starbuck – Fixing up and re-wearing my Starbuck costume from BSG. Didn’t get any photos of it last year and I aim to remedy that!