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Sherry Birkin by straywind
Sherry Birkin
Another photo from early September of my China Sherry costume. It was nice to get another chance to use my toy shot gun as a costume prop! A big thank you goes out to Pan for shooting photos of me in a park area. I'm glad this costume got another chance to see the light of day! I'm not sure if I'll wear this again to another con in the future.

Harness and pouches by :iconthe-letter-jay:
Photo by :iconpanatthedisco:
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Princess of Tennis by straywind
Princess of Tennis
I really like this close-up shot from SolarTempest of the racket detail on my prop for my Tennis Princess Peach costume. I also like how this shot captures my wig. I'm so glad my wig didn't slip back during this shoot! My mock ponytail really didn't work so well with the heaviness of the wig, but it looks pretty cute in this photo!

The crown is nicely showcased in this picture. It's one of my favourite things about Cosplaying Peach. T-toast made the gems out of resin so the crown has a very realistic look to it. It attaches firmly to my wig using magnets.

Thanks to :icont-toast: for making my crown and brooch (as well as helping me paint the tennis racket).

Photo credit - SolarTempest
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Mario Tennis Princess Peach by straywind
Mario Tennis Princess Peach
SolarTempest posted his photos from various spring events so I have some lovely photos of my Tennis Princess Peach costume from when I debuted the costume at Anime North in May. I started sewing this costume in April and I finished it in May. It was meant to be a super simple costume, but I experienced a lot of setbacks. I definitely would like to avoid sewing knit fabric if I can in the future! It was really tricky and frustrating to sew!

The dress pattern was designed by :iconpanatthedisco: for a Go Go Power Ranger dress that she made. It was pretty perfect for Peach! I designed the collar and the white trim. The trim was made from white felt with heat 'n bond to hold it in place. I also used horsehair braid for the first time along the bottom of the dress to give it a bit of shape.

The tennis racket was a cheap racket from Walmart. My friend :icont-toast: helped me paint it and he made stencils for the crown. The racket is definitely the coolest part of the costume. He also was the one that made my crown and brooch.

The shoes were a real pain in the butt to paint, but I don't really have photos of the shoes. They really don't look that amazing, but they kind of complete the look. I'm hoping to get photos at a tennis court of this costume next time we have warm weather so that'll probably be in the spring of 2015.

I was a bit concerned about the wig because I did want to emulate the fact she has her hair up in a ponytail. The Arda Luthien is a long wig and it's pretty heavy so it's not meant to be tied back. Pan helped me clip it up, but the wig fought with me and liked to slip back. Thankfully I had it under control for the shoot that I did with SolarTempest.

This was a fairly fun costume to wear. It's pretty comfy and easy to wear when I plan to do a lot of walking. I wore this during the Nominoichi when I was on my feet for a few hours.

Photo credit - SolarTempest
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The fall season will be upon us in no time and things have actually been a bit busy for me lately. I know that I said I wasn't going to any more conventions this year after Atomic Lollipop in July, but I did actually go to Fan Expo for a day (Sunday of the con) last week. I didn't go to Fan Expo last year, but I was feeling a bit sad that I missed out on Otakuthon the week before and I decided to look over the Fan Expo schedule. I was curious what the con had to offer and I found some of the panels on Friday of the con piqued my interest.  

There were a couple of guest panels that I wanted to see, but I didn’t leave myself enough time to plan to go by the time I thought maybe it would be worth attending the con for a day. Instead, my awesome friend Pan was able to get a badge for me to attend the con with her on the Sunday so I could still check out what the con had to offer. I had found that some of my favourite local Halloween/horror artists had art booths at the con in Artist Alley so I spent much of the afternoon searching for goodies. I did find some nice jewellery pieces and one figure that I wanted to buy in the dealer’s area. I didn’t get a chance to check out any panels because I was only at the con for a few hours and the day went by in a bit of a blur. Fan Expo is one of the most commercial cons in Canada so the atmosphere is quite different from most of the cons that I attend. There were some impressive exhibits and I may consider attending the con for a day in future years.

Pan and I re-wore our original design Supergirl and Batgirl dresses. It was nice to get a chance to Cosplay again before the end of summer. Fan Expo used to signal the end of the con season for me and the start of back-to-school for the first several years that I attended the con as I went to Fan Expo for the first time back in 2001. The con has grown exponentially since then and there are a lot of negatives to the event. I definitely wouldn’t recommend getting a full weekend pass, but I can still see the benefit of attending Fan Expo for a day because of the large variety of genres that Fan Expo encompasses.

Besides Fan Expo, I got together with my friend Pan last Saturday and we took some Cosplay photos of each other in a park near our house. I decided to wear my China Sherry costume. I’ve been hoping to get some photos of my China Sherry costume from RE6 for well over a year now and with the guns involved with the costume, it’s sort of hard to find a space that’s secluded enough to work with for a photoshoot. The shoot with Pan was lots of fun and we got some great character shots. Thanks to Pan for spending the day with me! I took some photos of her as a Teen Wolf character and that was a neat experience. I’m not much of a photographer, but it was fun to try my hand at it.

Now that it’s September, the con season has truly wound down for me. I’m still hoping to do a couple of photoshoots this year. I was planning to do a Tennis Peach shoot as I still don’t really have photos of that costume, but the temperature is set to drop in the next few days and I doubt I’ll be able to arrange for a shoot before it gets too cold. I have a new wig for my Shinku costume so I’m hoping to set up a shoot for that costume. I have zero photos of Shinku that I truly love because the wig has always been a frustration for me (that and squinting in pretty much every outdoor photo that I already have). ~_~ Hopefully I’ll figure out a shoot for that sometime in the next couple of months.   

I did just get shoot photos back from Otakuthon last year, the Cosplay Picnic and APOP so I’m really happy to have so many lovely photos to share. I’m finally working my way through my backlog of costumes that I need photos of and it’s nice to finally be catching up with things. Thanks to all the wonderful photographers that I’ve been working with in the last few years! It’s always such a triumph to see nice photos of a costume that I poured lots of blood sweat and tears into!

Resident Evil 6 Sherry by straywind
Resident Evil 6 Sherry
Finally, well over a year after I made it, I have some photos that showcase my RE6 Sherry costume. It's a cool time to be jumping back into the RE fandom with the announcement of Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Revelations was a pretty good game so I'm pumped for 2! Looks like I'll be poking Ammie to be Claire and I'm considering Cosplaying Barry's daughter Moira. (^^) I can't wait to hear more about the game.

Anyway, I started working on this costume in December 2012 and I finished it in February 2013. I wore the costume at Anime North 2013 for a few hours around the time of a Resident Evil panel that I was participating in as a panelist with a RE6 Cosplay group. Sadly we never really did a shoot of our costumes and we nearly had a full cast of all the main characters from the game.

My costume was made up of mostly purchased clothing that I heavily altered. I bought the blouse and I took it in, shortened it and I converted the sleeves from full length to 3/4 length. I got a belt that I cut back and the pants were also full length. I cut them down and used the excess material to make the fake back pockets and the 2 cargo pockets. The scarf was made by my friend :iconammiechan:. It was part of my Edonia costume that I just re-used for China Sherry. The coolest parts of the costume were the leather pieces and they were all gifts from my friend :iconthe-letter-jay:. He custom made my shoulder harness to fit my measurements. The harness was the major reason why I didn't make this costume as soon as RE6 came out because it's hard to make a harness and I'm way too petite to properly be able to wear commercially made ones. He did an absolutely amazing job on the harness. I'll post more photos of the costume on my website and the photos from behind really show just how cool the harness is. He also made my back pouch and my holster. (^^)

These photos were taken during a private shoot last weekend in an area not too far from my house. I know the game is set in June and in a heavily urban area in a Chinese city, so photos in a park in September don't really scream China Sherry, but it was great getting a chance to wear the costume again and get some nice shots of the full outfit. Hopefully one day I'll get some photos with my friends in their awesome RE6 costumes.

Thanks to :iconpanatthedisco: for taking photos of me! We took turns photographing each other as she was wearing a Teen Wolf character costume. The photos may not be professional, but they do a nice job showing off the costume details.
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The fall season will be upon us in no time and things have actually been a bit busy for me lately. I know that I said I wasn't going to any more conventions this year after Atomic Lollipop in July, but I did actually go to Fan Expo for a day (Sunday of the con) last week. I didn't go to Fan Expo last year, but I was feeling a bit sad that I missed out on Otakuthon the week before and I decided to look over the Fan Expo schedule. I was curious what the con had to offer and I found some of the panels on Friday of the con piqued my interest.  

There were a couple of guest panels that I wanted to see, but I didn’t leave myself enough time to plan to go by the time I thought maybe it would be worth attending the con for a day. Instead, my awesome friend Pan was able to get a badge for me to attend the con with her on the Sunday so I could still check out what the con had to offer. I had found that some of my favourite local Halloween/horror artists had art booths at the con in Artist Alley so I spent much of the afternoon searching for goodies. I did find some nice jewellery pieces and one figure that I wanted to buy in the dealer’s area. I didn’t get a chance to check out any panels because I was only at the con for a few hours and the day went by in a bit of a blur. Fan Expo is one of the most commercial cons in Canada so the atmosphere is quite different from most of the cons that I attend. There were some impressive exhibits and I may consider attending the con for a day in future years.

Pan and I re-wore our original design Supergirl and Batgirl dresses. It was nice to get a chance to Cosplay again before the end of summer. Fan Expo used to signal the end of the con season for me and the start of back-to-school for the first several years that I attended the con as I went to Fan Expo for the first time back in 2001. The con has grown exponentially since then and there are a lot of negatives to the event. I definitely wouldn’t recommend getting a full weekend pass, but I can still see the benefit of attending Fan Expo for a day because of the large variety of genres that Fan Expo encompasses.

Besides Fan Expo, I got together with my friend Pan last Saturday and we took some Cosplay photos of each other in a park near our house. I decided to wear my China Sherry costume. I’ve been hoping to get some photos of my China Sherry costume from RE6 for well over a year now and with the guns involved with the costume, it’s sort of hard to find a space that’s secluded enough to work with for a photoshoot. The shoot with Pan was lots of fun and we got some great character shots. Thanks to Pan for spending the day with me! I took some photos of her as a Teen Wolf character and that was a neat experience. I’m not much of a photographer, but it was fun to try my hand at it.

Now that it’s September, the con season has truly wound down for me. I’m still hoping to do a couple of photoshoots this year. I was planning to do a Tennis Peach shoot as I still don’t really have photos of that costume, but the temperature is set to drop in the next few days and I doubt I’ll be able to arrange for a shoot before it gets too cold. I have a new wig for my Shinku costume so I’m hoping to set up a shoot for that costume. I have zero photos of Shinku that I truly love because the wig has always been a frustration for me (that and squinting in pretty much every outdoor photo that I already have). ~_~ Hopefully I’ll figure out a shoot for that sometime in the next couple of months.   

I did just get shoot photos back from Otakuthon last year, the Cosplay Picnic and APOP so I’m really happy to have so many lovely photos to share. I’m finally working my way through my backlog of costumes that I need photos of and it’s nice to finally be catching up with things. Thanks to all the wonderful photographers that I’ve been working with in the last few years! It’s always such a triumph to see nice photos of a costume that I poured lots of blood sweat and tears into!

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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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