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Things have changed a bit for me as I have a chronic illness which has gradually worsened to the point I can barely walk at all. I am planning new costumes but it has to be thought about in at different way as I will be sat down either with my mobility scooter or in at wheelchair. I'm less able to make things but I atsbom planning Retsuko from Aggretsuko for the near future.

Old Profile: I would now consider myself an amateur at best in the world of Cosplay, but have extended my efforts through the years of experience and have gained a little more confidence with using my sewing machine too. My plans are getting more ambitious each time though I have to be reminded to keep it practical and not overdo the extras that I end up having to carry around.

I generally get the most enjoyment from cosplaying the lesser known or lesser loved characters. I will only go through the time and trouble to make/assemble/wear the costume of a character that I really adore or respect in some way, because that's my motivation. I want to share my love of the character/series and celebrate it.

At MCM London in October 2013, I remade a pair of my favourite costumes - Doki and Nabi from There She Is - to wear with my boyfriend. On the Friday evening, while at the show, he asked me if there was anywhere I thought good to get a couple of photos before the white of our costumes got inevitably greyer through the weekend. I pointed to a red wall nearby and handed the camera to our friend. As I put on the headpiece and looked towards him, he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand.
He proposed to me in the most adorably appropriate cosplay we had, and of course I said yes! Expo engagement. Not what I was expecting but it was wonderful.

Anyway, back to the cosplay, I'm planning a few more costumes now. 2014 will likely be more about Dragon Age, and maybe something else but I'm not certain yet. The impending release of Inquisition and our frequent sessions of tabletop RPG from Dragon Age leaves little room in my tiny mind for much else!

Last online 4 years ago

Poole, Dorset

Joined: 26th May 2010

Completed costumes: 14

Photos uploaded: 91

Progress journals: 7

Events attended: 9


Got the jacket, FoxHound patches, and put aside some trousers and black bands for knees to buy on wednesday. Also have the wig and a lovely toy wolf - need to make the heart to go above its head now :) the boots are sorted by my old Doc Martens which will look fine. Test shots will upload soon. Roll on EuroGamer!

For now, I won't be making or buying the gun. I know it's an iconic part, but I don't have the time or skill to make it and can't find a good PSG1 prop online :(

However, the awesome news is, I will be making an Otacon to come with me! :D WIN!

I started with some wire and the canoe helmet this morning. I've now got the basis of Nabi's headpiece done! So excited! It took a lot of work with pliers and wire cutters (I used them both so much my finger has a blister on it from them!) and a good deal of bashing, bending and generally forcing the wire to do what I wanted. I took photos of each stage for the costume album, but the one on here is the sort of half finished product at the end of today's work! Still a long way to go, but for Nabi the hard part is over! I'm hoping Doki will be easier, as I have a trick up my sleeve for her headpiece ;) watch this space!

I just found the shoes for £3 per pair, bargain! Just plain white flat shoes from *shudder* Primark. I also managed to sort the tops out by buying some white roll neck tops from work - with my staff discount this made them £3.50 each. I just need to cut off the roll necks from both.

Also managed to get a pink shirt from a charity shop for £4, the body will be too small for me but the collar is perfect so I'm thinking I'll cut off the main part of the shirt and sew the collar to the roll neck :D

Now all I need is Nabi's white trousers and a green scarf.....and then to make the headpieces.....AAAARGH! Will be starting them soon and taking progress pics throughout. Also need some white gloves, but it's looking good so far!

IF I have time, and that's a big IF, for May, I will be trying to make the original costume with a zentai suit and hood (to be modified with ears), will try spraying some boots yellow (or if that fails I have a backup plan) and buying some yellow gloves :D

My dad donated an old canoe helmet, so I'll be using this for the starting point of Nabi's headpiece. As they're expensive, the second helmet for my Doki will probably be a bicycle helmet or something like that. But I've decided to work on the Nabi head first, his cat ears and head shape are going to be the most tricky, and as my lovely boyfriend isn't here to try it on it's best his is the helmet we can easily adjust the size of.

Other than this, dad has also offered to donate glue and newspaper and help me shop for fabric and wire and help put it together. This is my first big project and I am officially TERRIFIED! But if it all goes well I'll probably be making some more adventurous costumes....

Found the perfect white skirt on ebay, less than £4 including delivery :) awesome! I've decided I want to try and get these finished for May 2011 MCM Expo. I'll be doing Chun Li one day, but this the other with any luck :D

I'm thinking the heads are going to be the most important part for me. I want to make fully modelled heads we can wear like helmets.

Idea 1 will be to use bike helmets as a starting point then use wire and felt to shape and cover the head and ears. My only concern is getting something that'll fit and sit comfortably for a lot of walking around, and working out how to see!

I'll probably start this sometime in December or more likely January when I have some small amounts of time off work. I'd really like to get the faces right for the costumes, and I'm terrified it'll all go horribly wrong. At least there's always the backup plan of facepaint and ears!

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