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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
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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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

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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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ruffscorp Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
nice works, keep it up..
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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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