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.

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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!