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Long time no post! I actually don't have a heck of a lot to say because I haven't actually been to a costume event or con since the summer. XD I've totally been neglecting my hobby. In ways I'm kind of sad about it, but in other ways I'm kind of happy because it's nice to take a break from how intense the hobby can be.

I honestly haven't done much sewing and costume work in these last few months. I focused most of my energy and attention in the fall into my Halloween display at my house in October. I did get a pattern to alter for my Madoka school uniform and I began to make a mock-up with alterations for the blouse. I haven't been able to find the motivation to get out my sewing machine, though, so I've made very little progress. I did get some fabric last weekend with Pan for making my own front bow and hair bows and my wig came in the mail a couple of weeks ago. Very underwhelmed by the wig as I expected it to be more pre-styled for Madoka. It's basically a long bob with hair clips. The hair clips are fine, but the bob is super long so it needs a lot of trimming. I also still need to find nice triangular trim for the bottom of the blouse and the cuffs. So I've made a minor bit of progress, but I'm in a bit of a rut. 

This was a very light year for me in terms of Cosplay. Possibly the lightest year since I first started Cosplaying in 2001. I only made 1 costume this year (Tennis Princess Peach) although I did wear a couple of other new ones (Snow White Lolita and Usagi's school uniform) and I finally got photos of the China Sherry costume that I made last year. I think I meant to do more, but it's just been tough to find motivation. Maybe it's the fact that I've been Cosplaying for so many years nonstop that's catching up with me. Slowing down a bit isn't necessarily a bad thing either. I think I just find it hard to connect with people and feel connected to cons and the Cosplay scene now. It's a whole new generation of con-goers and there is a very different approach to both costuming and conventions these days. I just need to figure out my place with it or just step back a bit. At the moment I'm sort of stepping back. Not sure if that will continue in 2015. I am still looking forward to Colossalcon and I'm already brainstorming for organizing more things to sell at the Nominoichi at Anime North. Hopefully I'll be able to Cosplay Dilandau from Escaflowne at AN. That certainly would get me excited about costuming again!

I did have some fun con experiences this year. Doing the Nominoichi at Anime North was very time consuming and stressful, but I really loved interacting with people and it was fun to find new homes for some of the Anime goods I really enjoyed and took care of. I had fun wearing my Princess Peach ballgown again too! It's still one of my biggest Cosplay achievements. Atomic Lollipop in the summer turned out to be a really reinvigorating experience. I loved the venue! The Science Centre is so much fun and the crafting events were really relaxing and social. I even enjoyed going to Fan Expo for the Sunday. Fan Expo has become a real beast of a con, which sucks in a lot of ways, but it sure is a nexus for con attendees, artists and Cosplayers in Toronto.

I'll post again when I get more work done on Madoka or if I make plans to go to a con or work on something else. I have 2 weeks of vacation from work for Christmas this year that just started, and I'm hoping to actually get some work done on Madoka. I'll cross my fingers that I'll be able to clear some clutter and I can get the mock-up done for the blouse.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season! Wishing everyone all the best in 2015! It should be an interesting year!
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!

Long time no post! I actually don't have a heck of a lot to say because I haven't actually been to a costume event or con since the summer. XD I've totally been neglecting my hobby. In ways I'm kind of sad about it, but in other ways I'm kind of happy because it's nice to take a break from how intense the hobby can be.

I honestly haven't done much sewing and costume work in these last few months. I focused most of my energy and attention in the fall into my Halloween display at my house in October. I did get a pattern to alter for my Madoka school uniform and I began to make a mock-up with alterations for the blouse. I haven't been able to find the motivation to get out my sewing machine, though, so I've made very little progress. I did get some fabric last weekend with Pan for making my own front bow and hair bows and my wig came in the mail a couple of weeks ago. Very underwhelmed by the wig as I expected it to be more pre-styled for Madoka. It's basically a long bob with hair clips. The hair clips are fine, but the bob is super long so it needs a lot of trimming. I also still need to find nice triangular trim for the bottom of the blouse and the cuffs. So I've made a minor bit of progress, but I'm in a bit of a rut. 

This was a very light year for me in terms of Cosplay. Possibly the lightest year since I first started Cosplaying in 2001. I only made 1 costume this year (Tennis Princess Peach) although I did wear a couple of other new ones (Snow White Lolita and Usagi's school uniform) and I finally got photos of the China Sherry costume that I made last year. I think I meant to do more, but it's just been tough to find motivation. Maybe it's the fact that I've been Cosplaying for so many years nonstop that's catching up with me. Slowing down a bit isn't necessarily a bad thing either. I think I just find it hard to connect with people and feel connected to cons and the Cosplay scene now. It's a whole new generation of con-goers and there is a very different approach to both costuming and conventions these days. I just need to figure out my place with it or just step back a bit. At the moment I'm sort of stepping back. Not sure if that will continue in 2015. I am still looking forward to Colossalcon and I'm already brainstorming for organizing more things to sell at the Nominoichi at Anime North. Hopefully I'll be able to Cosplay Dilandau from Escaflowne at AN. That certainly would get me excited about costuming again!

I did have some fun con experiences this year. Doing the Nominoichi at Anime North was very time consuming and stressful, but I really loved interacting with people and it was fun to find new homes for some of the Anime goods I really enjoyed and took care of. I had fun wearing my Princess Peach ballgown again too! It's still one of my biggest Cosplay achievements. Atomic Lollipop in the summer turned out to be a really reinvigorating experience. I loved the venue! The Science Centre is so much fun and the crafting events were really relaxing and social. I even enjoyed going to Fan Expo for the Sunday. Fan Expo has become a real beast of a con, which sucks in a lot of ways, but it sure is a nexus for con attendees, artists and Cosplayers in Toronto.

I'll post again when I get more work done on Madoka or if I make plans to go to a con or work on something else. I have 2 weeks of vacation from work for Christmas this year that just started, and I'm hoping to actually get some work done on Madoka. I'll cross my fingers that I'll be able to clear some clutter and I can get the mock-up done for the blouse.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season! Wishing everyone all the best in 2015! It should be an interesting year!

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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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:iconkiara-valentine:
Kiara-Valentine Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
...we have similar tastes :P! :D
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straywind Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
You have some awesome costumes! Thank you for the watch!
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Kiara-Valentine Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
thanks to you again! :blowkiss:
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Joeycrick Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Halloween, Miss Straywind! :iconpinkiechickenokplz:
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straywind Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Thanks for the greeting! I spent most of Friday decorating my porch and front yard so the setup and take down was a long process. Had a lot of fun despite it being cold and rainy.

I hope you had a nice Halloween! :3
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Joeycrick Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to hear you had a great Halloween! I made an attempt at a solo 2-player run of Time Crisis 4, using two standard PS3 controllers and with the difficulty set to Very Hard (which is what I normally play on). Simply put, it was an utter trainwreck. :icontwilightblushplz:

I also beat Resident Evil 3's Hard Mode for the first time (mostly played it out of frustration from watching a godawful playthrough of it on YouTube :iconrarityfacedeskplz:), and I bought Demon's Crest off the Wii U Virtual Console. It's a game I've been itching to play for quite some time, and I'm enjoying it so far.
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AceOfStCanardKLy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014   Artist
Go Gemini =, it's your b day! :iconpinkcakeplz:
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straywind Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Thanks for the birthday greeting!
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DoctorEvil06 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
happy birthday!
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