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First of all, we're well into 2017 now and I've actually been quite productive in terms of my Cosplay goals for the year. The last time that I updated here I had just started working on my Madoka school uniform costume and although it took me 3 months, I just finished it on the 17th. I did debut the costume at Toronto ComiCon and I'm so happy that I finished it and with how it turned out! I do have a full costume write-up on my website. I didn't do a shoot although Pan took some photos of me on my phone so I have some photos of the outfit on my website as well. 

My main reason for updating here is that I'm noticing that over the last few years things have become quite quiet here on DeviantART. General activity has really dropped off. DA was my main way for sharing my costume photos and convention plans socially and I'm curious if anyone has any suggestions for other places that would be great sites to share costume pics and what not through social media. What platform is best? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Something else? Not that I'm planning to abandon DeviantART, but I'm wondering if I should join some other site too. I know Facebook is pretty popular, but I've avoided joining that site even on a personal level. Is it worth it for Cosplay? I'm not sure if there are enough people left here to give me a good idea of what's best, but I would appreciate any input on this. I'm like a dinosaur when it comes to joining social media sites. XD

I'll update here later with a bit more about Toronto ComiCon and my thoughts on finishing Madoka, but I would love to get some advice about social media platforms first.
Haruno Sakura
Another photo from Anime North last year of my Shippuden Sakura costume. I haven't really posted many photos of this costume. I am hoping to do a shoot of it this year if my friend Pan makes Shippuden Naruto. I would love to get some outdoor character shots. This was really my big costume for 2016 as it was a painstaking process to get this costume done. I spent quite a long time working on the blouse to make sure the fit was nice and the collar worked out. I still can't believe the zipper turned out so nicely! I was so worried it would look wonky.

I'm really proud of myself for sticking with this costume and getting it done. My memories about the little triumphs I made working on Sakura are definitely helping me get through my Madoka school uniform that I'm currently working on!

Photo by conARTISTS
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Inkling kids - Splatoon
I never posted a photo of my Inkling Kid costume from Friday of Anime North last year. XD I actually don't really have many pictures of this costume. Just a series of similar "hallway" shots from stef2101. It's a bit hard to make out some of the details, but this costume was super comfortable to wear for the Nominoichi at the con. The Nomi was a sauna last year! I really hope things are more bearable at AN 2017. It was a great costume choice for a hot con and the outfit was really recognizable.

Also featured in this photo is my friend :icont-toast:. He helped me make my headphones and he made his own Splattershot. His prop work is phenomenal! I made my mask, modified a pair of shorts and made the letter detailing on the front and back of the shirt. My tentacles for the wig were made by Sierra. She did an amazing job on the detailing! I'm really happy with how the tentacles matched with my wig.

Hopefully this year I'll actually do a shoot of this costume during the summer. My Inkling Kid costume is definitely part of my photoshoot backlog. I did mean to wear this costume again last year before the end of the summer, but I didn't attend as many events as I anticipated. Also, putting the black makeup on around my eyes takes quite a long time. XD Makes it difficult to casually wear the costume and change given that I look like a raccoon when I take the mask off. 

Photo by stef2101
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It's been a while since my last update and it was both an eventful and yet quiet end to the year. I had a goal of actually working on costume things over the holiday break and I ended up being moderately productive. I’m working on modifying the pattern that I used for my Sakura Haruno blouse for the shirt and under shirt for Madoka Kaname’s school uniform. I’ve been working on a mock so I’m hoping it will come together. Wish me luck. I’m cobbling together a few patterns to try to make this work. I know I’ve mentioned wanting to do this costume for the last few years so we’ll see if it actually happens for 2017! I'm kind of hoping to get this costume done for Toronto ComiCon in March. If that doesn't work out then I can still aim for Anime North. 

I visited with Ammie last month. I haven't seen her since the summer of 2015 and I've really missed her in 2016. We usually Cosplay together from series like Sailor Moon and Resident Evil and she's a great Cosplay partner. We discussed some costume ideas. I might try to go to the Sailor Moon celebration event next June and finally Cosplay as Super Sailor Chibi Moon to match with her Super Sailor Moon costume. I've had Chibi Moon (a present from her) ready to go for 3 years now so it would be nice to finally wear it. (^^);;

We exchanged Christmas presents and Ammie gifted me a Wendy Darling costume from Disney's version of Peter Pan. She made it to match with her future Peter Pan costume. It's a super cute dress! I really didn't think I could look nice in an empire waist dress, but it's really pretty. I need to let the seams out a bit and get a wig, but I'll definitely be wearing that as well this year. Such a fun surprise costume!

I did attend the Holiday Fan Days Show back in December. I didn't Cosplay so I don't have photos to share from that. I did have fun checking out the vendors area and seeing some friends. I got a photo with Santa, some Storm Troopers and Darth Vader. Just your average holiday snapshot! XD I did a bit of shopping and bought some fan prints and a cute Vulpix Pokemon plush. I topped off the evening by having dinner with some friends at Jack Astor's. It was a nice way to start the holiday season!

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and a wonderful New Year's Eve! The holidays were pretty relaxing for me. I got a couple of weeks off of work which is why I finally started on costume stuff, but I spent the first week off sick with a cold so I haven't achieved as much as I would have liked. 

I do have a lot of costume plans for this year. Definitely finishing up Dilandau and I'll wear it for a shoot at least. I've already mentioned Wendy and Chibi Moon. Madoka will hopefully finally get done by the end of spring. I also have a silly costume project that Pan and I plan to get done for Anime North. I'm still waiting for the new wig and skirt that I ordered for Hermione so I want to Cosplay her again in 2017 for sure. Seems like 2017 will really make up for the fact that I've been slacking off at Cosplaying and making new things over the last couple of years. (^^) Hopefully I'll also get photos of Sailor Mercury, Saki, my Inkling Kid and Celia too. That might be expecting too much but even getting photos of two or three of these older costumes would be making great progress. It'll be nice to get through some of my costume backlog so in late 2017 and into 2018 I can approach making costumes with a clean slate. I am looking forward to this being an exciting year! Let's see if I can accomplish some of my goals! 

Summarizing my convention and Cosplay experiences of 2016, It's been a few years since I've had a busy con schedule for the year. Ever since I stopped going to US cons in 2012 and travelling to Montreal for Otakuthon in 2013, I haven't been attending a lot of events. Mostly I would go to Anime North and Atomic Lollipop, but in 2016 Atomic Lollipop was cancelled. That left a gap in my con year. Anime North went pretty well last year. It was a big improvement over 2015 when I was sick for part of the con. The Nominoichi (despite being a sauna) was a lot of fun and I sold a big chunk of what I brought. It was a really hot year overall so it was bit tough to Cosplay. Still, it was a nice con. Last year was the first year that I attended Fan Expo for multiple days since 2011. It was also my first time volunteering at the convention and working the masquerade. That was a fun experience especially since the masq wasn't too long. It was nice to see how the backstage worked and how everything came together to make a great show. I also attended the JCCC and Anime North's Halloween event and Fan Expo's December con (now called the Toronto Fan Days Holiday Show). It was like a blast from the past attending those events because the last time I went to a December con or a Halloween event at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre was practically a decade ago. Both events were great. I didn't Cosplay for the Holiday show and I remixed an old costume for the Halloween event, which was a nice choice.

Cosplay wise, 2016 was a pretty productive year, especially considering I only made one costume (Bulma's Battle of the Gods dress) in 2015 (and I didn't really get around to fixing up and re-wearing Dilandau in 2016 after debuting it in 2015). I worked on my Inkling Kid costume from Splatoon early in the year. It was mostly store bought clothing with some alterations, but it was fun working on the little details like the writing on the shirt and the mask. My friend Sierra did an amazing job on the hair tentacles for that. I debuted the costume at AN and it was really well received. Plus it was a great costume for the sweltering heat of the Nominoichi. My big costume for the year was Sakura Haruno from Naruto Shippuden. It looks like such a simple costume, but trying to get a decent fit on the shirt and make the skirt was really tricky. I spent the tail end of winter and most of the spring finishing that costume for Anime North. In the end I'm pretty proud of it and it was great to wear (even though the boots were murder on my feet). XD

My other two costumes for the year were Barbara Gordon's casual outfit from DC Super Hero Girls and Hermione from Harry Potter. I made Barbara's costume over the course of the summer for Fan Expo. Sadly the outfit was too obscure for people to recognize at Fan Expo. It was a pretty comfy costume besides the wig, which was super not comfortable. I had fun getting photos of that from Amanda and I love Barbara so I enjoyed Cosplaying her again. I do dream of one day Cosplaying Batgirl properly! My final new costume, Hermione, was mostly just a re-wear of my old Harry Potter costume. Pan and I bought new Gryffindor sweaters at Fan Expo to upgrade the look and I borrowed her Hermione wig. It was nice to have something warm to wear at the Halloween event. 

I also did a wonderful shoot of my Shinku costume in early October with Amanda so I made a small dent in my Cosplay photoshoot backlog. Hopefully I'll have more luck getting photos of some of my older costumes in 2017!

That pretty much covers the year. At least I'm already starting off the year with sewing. That definitely bodes well for 2017! 

Alice Game

Another shot from the Rozen Maiden shoot that I did back in October. We had quite the detailed setup. A chess board and the accompanying tea set definitely screams Rozen Maiden to me! It was nice to resurrect one of my older costumes for more photos. Shinku has such a fond place in my Cosplay history.

Thanks to Elemental for the photo!

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First of all, we're well into 2017 now and I've actually been quite productive in terms of my Cosplay goals for the year. The last time that I updated here I had just started working on my Madoka school uniform costume and although it took me 3 months, I just finished it on the 17th. I did debut the costume at Toronto ComiCon and I'm so happy that I finished it and with how it turned out! I do have a full costume write-up on my website. I didn't do a shoot although Pan took some photos of me on my phone so I have some photos of the outfit on my website as well. 

My main reason for updating here is that I'm noticing that over the last few years things have become quite quiet here on DeviantART. General activity has really dropped off. DA was my main way for sharing my costume photos and convention plans socially and I'm curious if anyone has any suggestions for other places that would be great sites to share costume pics and what not through social media. What platform is best? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Something else? Not that I'm planning to abandon DeviantART, but I'm wondering if I should join some other site too. I know Facebook is pretty popular, but I've avoided joining that site even on a personal level. Is it worth it for Cosplay? I'm not sure if there are enough people left here to give me a good idea of what's best, but I would appreciate any input on this. I'm like a dinosaur when it comes to joining social media sites. XD

I'll update here later with a bit more about Toronto ComiCon and my thoughts on finishing Madoka, but I would love to get some advice about social media platforms first.

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Rebecca P
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I'm Rebecca, a Canadian Cosplayer without much artistic talent aside from some minor skill with hand and machine sewing. I love attending pop culture conventions and have been going to conventions in the Toronto area since 2001. I love to travel although I don't do it very much. I also love the themes and atmosphere of Halloween. October is one of my favourite times of the year because of the holiday. My love for Halloween has spilled over into the everyday as I enjoy watching horror movies and playing survival horror games. I work full-time as a general game designer/office assistant at an indie video game company that makes iPhone/iPad apps.

Current Residence: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Favourite genre of music: Rock, Electronic
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Happy Birthday, Straywind! Hope you had a fantastic day! :iconpartypinkieplz:
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Thanks! I appreciate the comment! It was fun!
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Happy Birthday! :3
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Thanks! (^_^)
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Happy Beeday Rebecca P. Straywind!
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Thanks so much! I had a nice birthday!
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Happy Birthday!!!Have your cake and eat it too Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D 
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Thank you for the birthday wishes and for the cake! :3
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:iconbummiesplz:Happy Birthday! Have your cake and eat it too
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