30 December 2016

2016: A Year in Review

At long last this horrid year has finally come to a close despite all the crappy things it has put us through! Unfortunately I didn't accomplish as much as I had wanted to, and most of the things I did do I'm not completely happy with, but I thought this would be the perfect time to reflect on all the new projects I worked on this year and the new skills I learned along the way.

The first few months of this year were pretty slow-going. In January I actually got a lot of work done on Kyoko Sakura's jacket from the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica.


Unfortunately what I made turned out to be waaayy too small and I had to re-do everything. Currently the jacket sits in my room half-done. This project has been ongoing for the past two years and yet I still haven't managed to finish it! Finishing this will definitely be one of my big goals for the new year!

At the beginning of March I finally had the opportunity to properly shoot my Nonon costume at a super small local con with one of my best friends. (Photo creds to Guiness Cosplay!) I'm very satisfied with these photos and I think at this point I am perfectly okay with retiring that costume and possibly selling it to a new home.


I spent a lot of time working on my unidolized Magician Umi Sonoda costume from Love Live for Anime Boston at the end of March. I completed it in time, but many parts were rushed and I am overall very unsatisfied with the outcome. I plan on remaking the jacket at some point, as the original one that I made is nowhere close to the quality or shape that I would like it to be.


After that disappointment, I finally got started on what was arguably my best work of the year, which would be my Ladybug costume! Though it's a pretty simple design, I had a ridiculous amount of fun making her, and I also got to learn a bunch of new wig techniques! Check out my in depth construction write-up of this costume over here.



(Photography by Chris Goss)

Around the same time as Ladybug, I made a steampunk version of Buttercup from the popular Powerpuff Girls. (Original design by Buttlesworth!) Though I like how the robot hand came out (made from craft foam, Worbla, and googly eyes!), I'm not exactly excited about how the whole costume turned out. I didn't sew anything for this, just pulled some matching clothes from the closet (as well as my Big Sister boots!).  I wore this with a group to Connecticon in July, but unfortunately we still have yet to get photos back!



Also for Connecticon in July, my friends and I did a casual Punk inspired fashion group of the girls from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Though none of us actually made anything for this group, it was a ton of fun.


At some point in the year it hit me that I had yet to do a costume from my favorite video game of all time: The Legend of Zelda. At the time I was very motivated to do some version of Link, so I started out with making his infamous sword: The Master Sword. Unfortunately, I didn't get much further on that project than completing the sword (that'll have to be a project for this coming year!), but I did manage to make the sword into something I can say I'm quite proud of. A full write-up of this prop can be found here.


Early on I decided I wanted to make Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Halloween. and by early on, I mean August. Though not all details for this costume are included (I plan to add them later this year), I really like what I came up with in only two days! (Did I mention I also wore her to a super small meet up in august?) I still need to weather everything as well as make shoes and get a wig, but I like what I've got so far!




For my all time favorite con, Another Anime Con in October, my best friend and I decided to enter the masquerade with a skit and one of our dream costumes from one of our favorite animes: Ouran High School Host Club. Though the outfits were pretty simple, they came out pretty well and we even ended up winning a judge's award! Construction notes on my Haruhi costume can be found here.



(Photography by Chris Goss)

For AAC in October, I also cosplayed Pidge from the new Voltron remake! This costume was super easy and fun to make, but it was a bit too simple to justify a post of its own! (It was just a lot of color blocking!) I had a stupid amount of fun wearing this along with my friend who was dressed as Hunk!


That about settles it for 2016 projects! Like I mentioned before, I'm not overall pleased with my projects from this year, but I'm determined to do better in this new year!