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Day one of recovering from Edmonton Expo…
I was so busy, I hardly took any pictures over the weekend! I didn’t buy many things, but I did do a lot of walking. I’m still sore, haha. I just wore lolita on the Saturday, but I cosplayed Merrill on Sunday. I almost wish I cosplayed Merrill on Saturday instead, there were so many Dragon Age cosplayers!

The Dragon Age Inquistion panels were really nice and I was surprised that they released some new info and images exclusively at the con (at the time)! The Mass Effect panel was a bit more of a Q&A than anything which I was a bit sad about, but it was still enjoyable! I had a lot of conversations with people from Bioware, including Fernando Melo and many others. I really liked how they were so approachable and really liked listening to fans blabble about what they’re excited for and what they love about the series.

I finally met Teadrunktailor! She is so friendly and nice, haha. I think I may have met her before at Calgary Expo, but it must have been very brief or something. Her Dragonlance cosplay is amazing! I’m still so impressed by the construction. I’m just blown away by how crisp and well done the seams and weathering are! I wish I had a chance to see her Loghain close up so I could see the details with that one, haha. 

I also met Listlesswarrior,who is so sweet! Her Anders is just wonderful and she was so fun to chat with! Her costume had so many little things that made it perfect, including a Ser Pounce-a-lot!! The staff was also very neat and looks so identical to the one in game! 

I found it very funny that the three of us cosplayed three of the most misunderstood characters in the series, haha. Later on the Sunday I had a photographer completely go crazy over my Merrill costume. I’ve never met anyone else who loves her that much! He offered a free photoshoot, which I am so happy about. I can’t wait to see the photos! I really enjoyed meeting everyone new and seeing old friends as well! I spent almost all of Sunday with my babes Liz & Emily, which I will gladly do again, haha. (Can’t wait for Calgary Expo!)

I thoroughly enjoyed this weekend. The con was much nicer and hugely improved since the first year, but there is still a lot they can improve on - namely the artist alley and weapons/prop policy! I think next year I may just go exclusively on the Saturday but we’ll see.

I just realized now that I haven’t shared this photo from a photoshoot months ago! I was a huge derp and completely forgot my elf ears for this shoot, so I guess this is an AU where Merrill is human? I really need to work on fixing this costume for this weekend.

Character/Series: Merrill / Dragon Age IICosplayer: Palaven Cosplay [Tumblr] [FB]Photographer: Richard Gagne Photography [FB]

I just realized now that I haven’t shared this photo from a photoshoot months ago! I was a huge derp and completely forgot my elf ears for this shoot, so I guess this is an AU where Merrill is human? 

I really need to work on fixing this costume for this weekend.

Character/Series: Merrill / Dragon Age II
Cosplayer: Palaven Cosplay [Tumblr] [FB]
Photographer: Richard Gagne Photography [FB]

One more shot of my Usagi cosplay!

Series: Sailor Moon 
Usagi Tsukino: Palaven Cosplay
Photographer: Sukidesu

My Usagi wig’s buns exploded, and without the right items to repair it, I had no choice but to buy a blue wig from the vendor’s hall. Instant Ami cosplay!

Series: Sailor Moon 
Ami Mizuno: Palaven Cosplay
Minako Aino: Sukidesu
Photographer: 2sosmia

Had so much fun at Animethon this weekend!

I was Usagi for Saturday and some of Sunday. I couldn’t help it, I had to have a little fun with the ladies at Starbucks.

For some reason today, I got really nostalgic over my second ever cosplay. Philia Felice, Tales of Destiny. I made this forever and a half ago and thank god my skills have improved since.

It’s really embarrassing to look at, but at the same time I’m really proud of my past self for how well the belt turned out as well as my first try with applique! (and fabric dye but that never turns out well for me)

I’m thinking about remaking this costume again. I’ll actually be able to do it proper too, haha.

I was practicing for my Merrill cosplay ask blog and oh my gosh, my cat is a twisted creature.

Just finished editing all my Animethon photos. I really wish I had got my dress finished, it would look much better than this one, haha.

asukalangelysoreuterus:

I found a Jolene, check out her AWSOME wig #cosplay #animethon #jjba

This is me, haha. I’m still so happy you liked my wig!

Like a step by step of how I begin my costumes?

First things first, after I chose my character I gather as much references of the character as I possibly can. Full body shots from every angle and closeups where I need them.  I’ll use Isabela as an example.

After that I try to split the costume into layers or pieces. For Isabela I’d split it into her dress, her boots, and then everything else.  Then once I figure that out, I try to find any pattern or tutorial online. You can find some free online, or for purchase either online or at physical stores. Some patterns you have to modify to match the character better, at that point I’d probably ask for some help from someone who’s been sewing a bit longer. You could even put two patterns together to make one design. Since I’ve been sewing for so long, I draft my own patterns, but I could never expect anyone new to sewing to do that. For Isabela, if I didn’t make my own pattern, I’d use the top of this pattern, and the bottom of this one, but I’d modify it a little bit.

At that point I’d either buy some really cheap linen or use any scrap fabric like curtains or tablecloths around the house to make a ‘practice’ copy of the costume. Just to make sure you understand how the pattern works or see any areas you have to make smaller or larger.

After doing the practice one, and after figuring out what/if you need to change it, then do the ‘proper’ one with the fabric for the real cosplay

For the boots there are a ton of bootcover tutorials online, or you could modify boots but that’s a bit more expert. For the rest of it like the armor bits I’d look online for tutorials.

After doing all that and sewing it all up, I run around the house for one day to do a ‘trial’ run and see if I need to repair or strengthen any parts of the costime.

Does that help at all or??