I’ve been spending time in the evenings slowing chipping away at the embroidery for my Yuuko Ichihara spiderweb kimono. So far I’ve finished about 3/4 of one of the sleeves, which means I still have another sleeve, the body of the kimono, and my obi left to do (good thing I’m not wearing this until February).

I’m using plain white 6 string embroidery floss and a split stitch for all of the web detailing. The thing that eats up most of my time isn’t even the stitching, it’s that I have to keep moving my embroidery hoop or switching sizes because of the layout of the webbing.

I’m working on a female version of Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle for Rhode Island Comic Con in November. I’m doing a “female” version mostly because I plan on reusing my Magik wig rather than buying a new wig. I plan on making a slightly more “frou-frou” shirt for under the jacket and I’ll be wearing tights and shorts rather than pants, but otherwise the costume will look pretty much like it does in the movie (I hope).

I spent the afternoon drafting up a jacket pattern and starting to work on my shirt. I still need to tweak the diamond design for the front of the jacket before I cut my fabric, but otherwise I’m pretty happy with how things are looking.

I made a Launch costume a few years ago to cosplay with a friend who wanted to be Dragonball era Bulma. I wore the costume for a few hours and managed not to get any pictures of it, so I decided to wear it again last Sunday for GraniteCon.

Top and “socks” are made from milliskin spandex, the gloves and shoes were altered, the belt and hair bow are made out of scraps of red Casa satin, and the shorts I purchased off of eBay.

Photos by: Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art

Official photos of my Sansa Stark season 1 dress from this years GraniteCon! Photos are in order from the beginning of the day, through the costume contest (I was one of four judges), and then the last one is from after the contest and after my zipper split. Pictured in the last shot with me is my good friend mhysacosplay who took home Best in Show with her incredible Daenerys Targaryen costume.

I put a lot of work into the detailing on this costume and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I’m hoping to replace the zipper with a better one sometime soon so that I can get some pictures in an outdoor setting. We’ll see if it happened before fall/winter hits here in NH or if I have to wait until the spring.

Photos by: FirstPerson Shooter, Rodrigo Ramirez Photography, and Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.

So the costume contest for GraniteCon this weekend ended up taking up 99% of my Saturday and I didn’t take any pictures of myself in my Sansa dress. I did have a few photographer friends snap some pictures, so hopefully I’ll have some nice pictures of the costume soon. I also got to have the opportunity (with one of my best friends) to have my picture taken with the Game of Thrones cast members who were media guests at the show (Podrick, Loras, Asha/Yara, Syrio, and Pypar)!

Close up of the completed neckline detailing on my Sansa Stark dress for GraniteCon this weekend. #cosplay #gameofthronescosplay

Close up of the completed neckline detailing on my Sansa Stark dress for GraniteCon this weekend. #cosplay #gameofthronescosplay

I recently realized that I haven’t uploaded any photos of past costumes that I’ve done, so I guess that’s what I’ll be doing for Throwback Thursdays every now and then. I figured I’d start with one of my favorite costumes ever: Naomi Armitage from Armitage III.

I wore this for Anime Boston 2012 and won Best in Show with my two cosplay teammates. I’m really proud of the craftsmanship on this one and Naomi Armitage is one of my favorite female anime characters ever (because she’s totally badass). If you’ve never seen the movie or the OVAs, then do yourself a favor and look them up because it’s an awesome story.

Photos by: Nate Buchman Photography

I didn’t make as much progress on my Sansa costume this weekend as I needed to, which means I’ll be slaving away after work this week in order to get it done for next Saturday. Rosettes for the collar took up a stupidly huge amount of time, but I’m pretty happy with how they all turned out. I’m a little “meh” about the overall fit of the dress, but I’m hoping that’s because it’s not hemmed or ironed. It is fully lined because of the embroidery and the fraytastic suiting grey fabric that I used.

Still to do:
Detail the neckline
Hem the bottom
Tack down the leaves (every tiny little one)
Make the dragonfly necklace
Tweak the styling on my wig.

It’s a little late in the week, but I just found out that my Sailor Moon costume was featured in Comic Alliance’s “Best Cosplay Ever - This Week” along with a bunch of other phenomenal costumes.

That’s 2.2 pounds - 13,780 feet worth of black and white embroidery floss right there (plus a regular sized skein for reference). I might be more than a little crazy for deciding to embroider and entire kimono and obi. Progress on Yuuko starts (hopefully) in approximately 2 weeks.

Now that I’ve finished embroidering my Sansa costume, it’s time to get set up for my next embroidery project, which will be Yuuko’s spiderweb kimono from a xxxHOLiC chapter title page. I got some help from my ridiculously talented artist friend artofsararichard with sketching out my spiderweb lines and painting some billowing smoke on my under kimono. The embroidery process will probably start after GraniteCon is done and will likely take a REALLY long time (but I’m not planning on wearing this until Katsucon 2015 so I’ve go plenty of time).

I finished the embroidery on my Sansa Stark dress earlier this morning, but I didn’t get around to taking pictures until this afternoon. I haven’t embroidered anything in a long, long time; but I’m pretty proud of how this turned out. Next I need to put the lining into my dress and then add the zipper and neck details. I also need to figure out a good (but quick) way to tack down the leaves on my ribbon vines. I’ve got one more weekend to work before GraniteCon, so I’m sure it’ll be a busy one.

I finally got to see the photos of my Sailor Moon costume shot by Robbins Studio Photography and Fine Art and they’re awesome!

I’m still not 100% happy with some aspects of my costume, particularly my mask and my wig, but I really love how everything looks all together. I definitely plan on wearing this costume again in the near future and hopefully I’ll get the chance to take even more awesome photos.

Here are a couple of “behind the scenes” pictures from when I helped judge the costume contest at Boston Comic Con a few weekends ago. I was lucky enough to be able to judge the contest with two other awesome cosplayers - Stella Chuu and Leeleethebunny Cosplay and we were lucky enough to have a lot of wonderful entries (deciding who to give awards to was TOUGH).

I’ve been doing more judging at comic shows in the New England area over the past few years and I’ve had a lot of fun with it so far. I really enjoy competing still, but I tend to do that at anime cons (since those are the type of flashy competition costumes that I’m drawn to). I’ll be judging again in a few weeks at GraniteCon here in Manchester, NH and then I’ll be judging again at Rhode Island Comic Con in November.

Photos by: Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art

Started my embroidery this afternoon and I managed to get all of the green stem stitch down on one side. I still need to go back and add some silver stitches in addition to filling in all of the leaves. The colors in the pictures are off due to the flash, but unfortunately the ambient lighting where I’ve been embroidering isn’t as bright as the light in my usual workplace.

I also realized this morning while sewing my vine ribbon down that I placed mine so that the leaves face up, where as on Sansa’s “official” dress the leaves face down. However, the leaves on Sansa’s dress as also part of the fabric, rather than additions to the fabric, so I’m claiming artistic license (especially since I had to mostly guess about the placement of all do the vines too).