Misty Cosplay

Since I started playing Pokemon Go! over the summer I’ve wanted to dress up as Misty for Halloween. :3

As stated previously with my Vanellope Cosplay I am not interested in sewing an outfit from scratch and much prefer to piece one together using real clothing items not costume items. Misty was super easy to do because I decided to go for the inspired look instead of being exact. I got red suspenders and a Togepi plush on eBay, a golden tee from Target and then used shorts and chucks that I already own and my own hair instead of a wig. It was easy, only cost me $20 and I still had children recognizing my character so wins all around! 😀 😀 😀

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Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

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Happy Halloween! 2015

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Happy Halloween!

This year is the last year my brothers are trick or treating, so I had to get in on the action!

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Vanellope Von Schweetz Cosplay

I had the Nightmare before Christmas soundtrack playing the entire time we were escorting my brothers and their friends around the neighborhood! x3 So much fun!

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My Halloween Loot

Hope you enjoyed your Halloween even more than I did!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Pour Some Sugar on Me! Sugar Rush Vanellope Cosplay

It’s that time of year again! Youmacon 2015 is right around the corner and for us convention hopefuls it is preparation time to pull together the outfits that we will don for the occasion. This year I have decided to attend as the adorable spitfire Vanellope Von Schweetz from the Disney film Wreck-it Ralph.

My declaration to my con companions: I am not a seamstress, and this is not the year I become one.

Being against sewing my own outfit has posed an issue with achieving the Vanellope look. As a consumer, I am at the mercy of online merchants to have something that may resemble what I desire. Items that are in trend can be found in plenty. Specific styles of workable skirts? Not so much. Specific colors of hoodies? Keep looking pal. After hours of various keyword combinations, I finally decided on the following four items to be the base of my cosplay…

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Once these items arrive, other more creative and fun details will be finalized such as hair accessories, shoes, and clothing modifications that will make the outfit so Vanellope. 😉

Reason behind my choice: Vanellope is an overcomer. She was constantly told that she was a “mistake” a “glitch” someone without a purpose or place to truly call home. Once she saw Ralph’s medal hanging from the tree branch, hope sprung anew in her chest and she believed in herself and got someone else to believe in her too – even if it was just to get the medal back.

In the grand scheme of things, learning to drive a race car took Vanellope a very short period of time but it was a pivotal moment in her development as she had to have the courage to believe, shut out the negative voices that were keeping her down, and try.

Can’t wait for the packages to arrive! x3

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Youmacon Day 3

Today my brother and I went back to Youmacon for more enjoyable purposes. There were a few comic panels that I wanted to attend however we missed the first one (due to misplacing my badge) so we wandered over to the dealers room for a look see. 🙂 

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Little Kuriboh!!! 😀

After a little while, who did we see up close and personal? Little Kuriboh!

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The poster of awesome!

My brother and I got to shake his hand, exchange a few words and got him to sign a poster!!! SQUEEE!!! XD XD XD

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Soul Eater wall scroll

Afterwards we stopped at a few more booths and couldn’t resist purchasing the giant wall scroll of Death the kid! :3

By this time it was about time for the next panel and we snapped a few good cosplay shots on the way. 🙂
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Stein and Miss Marie – Soul Eater

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An awesome Link and Zelda cosplay!

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Merida – Brave

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Mario and Luigi

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Dark Magician Girl – Yu-Gi-Oh!

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Maka, Stein and Spirit – Soul Eater

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Jack Frost – Rise of the Guardians

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Webcomic Panel with Fred Gallagher – Megatokyo

The webcomic panel was laid back and quite enjoyable. Most of it was a Q & A and I found my head nodding a lot with their responses – I knew exactly what they were talking about.

Overall, my brother and I enjoyed ourselves immensely and we just might come back to Youmacon next year. 🙂

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Youmacon is in full swing my friends and I am in the thick of it! My sisters helped pull my outfit together at the last minute – which is why there hasn’t been any more cosplay posts… >_>; Overall I’m satisfied with the final product and definitely makes me feel like I am fully participating! 

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Me at my booth at Youmacon 2013 (Table 114!)

Youmacon is so exciting! After being in the Artist Alley for eight hours my sisters and I packed up the table early to see the Little Kuriboh Panel (the guy who does Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series) and got to see a never before seen episode of Cr@psule Monsters! It was so funny!!! My absolute favorite part of the panel was when Little Kuriboh would answer questions from members of the audience in the voices of Malik, Yami and Tea. XD Yep he voices them all!

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My Lovely Assistants! Kiki and Chihiro – I mean Maru and Nina :3

There are so many new things to see, many more people to meet and definitely more pictures to be taken! So if you’re in need of something to do, come on down to Youmacon at Cobo! Everything Anna will be back tomorrow!

Cosplay Plans: Phase 4 Part 2

Sailor Collar

Yes! More progress has been made!

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Ready for ironing

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Using the seam gauge and a piece of soap for marking

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Twill tape basted on. Nina even mitered the corners. 🙂

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My not-so-straight sewing on of the twill tape. T^T

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Pinning the front and back pieces together.

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Sewn, trimmed and pressed!

“…I’m not resewing that.” My words to my sister Maru when we realized that we forgot to add the darts in the shoulders of the collar. The pattern online didn’t call for it, however we had added it to based on how the paper pattern was acting and the fabric was behaving in a similar way.

To do the darts properly, I would need to tear out all my stitching sans the twill tape. Since I personally don’t like how close to the edge my twill tape ended up being… I would want to redo that as well. So no. No. No, No. NO.

I know a lot of cosplayers wouldn’t hesitate to tear it out but since I’m such a n00b with sewing, Youmacon being only a month away, having a full time job as well as rushing to finish convention stock this is not feasible. Each sewing appointment has to accomplish something and this is a relatively minor point when the rest of my cosplay isn’t done. As my sister pointed out, who is really going to look at the squiggly stitches? They are going to have a lot more interesting things to look at.

So yay! Progess!

Cosplay Progress

Slowly but surely!

Cosplay Plans: Phase 4 Part 1

Sailor Collar

Today I started my Sailor Collar with the help of my sister Maru. When I attempted to draft my own collar pattern a few weeks ago it was an epic fail so Maru found a basic pattern and modified it to my specifications. 

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Left is a sketch of the original diagram and the right is the modified diagram.

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I used newsprint paper for my pattern and followed along with the measurements specified in the diagram. A ruler is a must!

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After I cut out the pattern Maru had me try it on for size. The neck hole was too small so she added an extra half inch to each side.

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Modifying the pattern

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We discovered that it still wasn’t laying right, so we rounded the back and added darts in the shoulders.

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Pattern complete! Almost time to start cutting.

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Marking placement for the pins

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Snip snip!

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Totally stoked! It’s starting to look like something!

Sadly that was all I had time to work on today, but I’m so happy to have it started! 😀

Thanks for reading!

-Anna ♥

Cosplay Progress
I know I’ve been skipping around with my cosplay but it will come together. Really. No foolin’. ^^;