It's been a few months since I last wrote a journal entry here. It's still a couple of months until con season really heats up and I'm getting a bit anxious. In my last entry I mentioned that I was going to start working on my Madoka school uniform. I did make a mockup of a blouse over the Christmas holidays using the pattern I had, but after getting help with fit issues from my friend Pan, we really couldn't get the pattern to work out. I put that costume on hold until I can work with Pan on the costume in April. Not 100% sure if it's doable for AN, but we're going to give it a shot. We had a pretty brutal winter here in Toronto, Canada so I had a lot of trouble getting motivated to think about and work on costumes.
I did pick up a costume idea in early January. After the holidays I set my sights on Cosplaying Bulma's DBZ: Battle of the Gods costume after seeing gifs of her from the movie on Tumblr. Gonna have to track down and watch the movie later. I picked the costume because it's like her red dress from the DBZ series, but she's wearing not so complicated boots. Pan helped me get fabric for the costume in late January and she also lent a pattern to make the dress. I just finished all the sewing parts of the costume a few days ago. I only had to make a simple dress and a scarf. I also ordered, received and painted boots. The costume is pretty much done now, but I don't have my wig yet. Still, it's nice to have finished most of a costume and I'm looking forward to wearing it to Anime North or Colossalcon. I also bought a scouter for the costume so I'm looking forward to wearing that. Bulma is one of my favourite characters so it'll be fun to Cosplay her again.
Ammie is currently working on my Dilandau costume with the aim of getting it to me at Anime North. I have a wig and a tiara for the costume already. I'm commissioning my friend Adrien to make Dilandau's sword for me and I just ordered boots for the costume so I hope everything comes together for the con. Dilandau is my ultimate dream costume. It's been on my dream costume list since 2002 so it's going to be awesome to finally Cosplay him!
It's actually going to be a super busy spring and early summer for me. Besides preparing for Anime North by making Madoka as well as organizing for the Nominoichi at AN, I was asked recently to be a bridesmaid for a friend's wedding in late June. I can foresee a lot of fun events as well as sewing days coming up in my future.
The only other costume I currently have planned for this year is a summer version of Usagi's school uniform. It's just the blouse so that should be a lot easier to make. I'll probably work on that in July or August once my schedule clears up. I'm not even sure what other costumes I may make this or next year for that matter. I've worked through all my major costume dream ideas. Not sure if this might spark the slow road to my eventual pull back and semi-retirement from Cosplay. I definitely want to refocus my life with ambitions of more general travel and home ownership in the next few years. I might ease back on Cosplay to point of making maybe one or two costumes in a year if I work on things at all. At the moment I have quite a few costumes to look forward to and plenty of costume favourites I'm looking forward to wearing again. I'm pretty proud of what I've accomplished in the last few years and how far I've come.
Not so sure about travelling for cons after Colossal this year. The dollar has become so weak lately that I'm actually regretting deciding to go to Colossal. Probably won't return to a US con for the next year or so after my trip in June. I just hope the Canadian dollar evens out in the .90 cent range in the next year or two.
Anyway, hopefully it'll be a fun year! I hope working on Madoka doesn't drive me up the wall. I love the uniform design so I hope I can do it justice! Looking forward to Cosplaying with Pan! :3