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Some Progress and laziness

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11 more days.  Only 11 more days until I leave for Sakura-Con.  I feel like time keeps slipping out of my fingers, and I still have so much to do!

Fortunately, the Mercury dress is complete save for hemming.  I’m so happy it’s finished, but goodness it was difficult.  I’m seriously thinking of swapping dresses with another member of the group since I’m not completely sure I want to wear the dress after everything it’s put me through.  ~_~  That and the design is kinda awkward for well endowed females.  >_<

If all goes well I should finish Toki and Mercury today.  Toki just needs the belt and head wrap while Mercury needs the shoulder gems made and attached and dress hemmed.  I need to find a good pair of heels for her too.

Child Rydia is coming along well too.  Most of the pieces are almost, if not, complete save for minor detailing and beading.  Hopefully, I can finish most of her today except for the leotard beading which I may finish on the way to the con. Hopefully, I will have it complete beforehand.

I haven’t even touched Chie, Shiemi, Sheryl, or Akari.  Thankfully, I have all the fabric I need for each of them.  Chie, Shiemi, and Sheryl shouldn’t be too difficult to complete.  *crosses fingers*  Chie mainly just needs a pleated skirt and jacket.  Shiemi needs a pleated skirt, embellished tie, and modified shirt.  Sheryl needs a red dress with gold necklace and maybe white jacket if I can find the right style at a low price.

Akari on the other hand is a different story.  If I don’t sleep for the next week it will be due to her and Chie’s jacket.  Thankfully, I have experience making her underdress.  The reason I’m not using the previously made underdress is because it mysteriously went missing.  I seriously have no idea where it is. ;_;  That and I wanted to remake the underdress anyway.  Overall, her ensemble shouldn’t be difficult to make though it will be time consuming due to the detailing and shoes.  I have no idea how I’m going to make them.

To sum up this frantically typed post, I have a lot to do before Sakura-Con and probably won’t be sleeping much until then, if then.  A note to the wise, never wait until the last minute.  It’s not worth it.  Always plan ahead what you need to do and how it will take to do so.  It’s never fun scrambling to finish costumes before and/or during the con.

So Much to do Before Sakura-Con

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31 days left until Sakura-Con, and I still have so much to do!  Fortunately, Toki is nearly complete.  The kimono is complete and the belt, head wrap, and shoes are on the way.  Unfortunately, most of my other projects are far from complete.  Nevertheless, they are coming along well.

In the Amano realm, Yuna and Child Rydia are still in the process of completion.  I’m beading both projects now and have a way to go before either is finished.  The obi for Yuna is taking about as long as I figured it would, but I will be so happy when I finish.  On the other hand, Child Rydia’s skirt is nearly beaded.  All the bronze beads are attached though the green beads have yet to be added.  I have not started on the bodice beading but that may change in the next day or two.  The design is finalized so I just need to start beading.

Even though the Amano cosplays keep demanding my time, I made progress with a few other cosplays as well.  Chie and Yukiko are currently in progress and Nanako’s dress is complete.  I pleated most of the skirt for Yukiko but must wait for more fabric before it and Chie’s skirt can be finished.  Fortunately, I made headway with Yukiko’s sweater and Chie’s jacket.  The jacket is patterned for the most part and the sweater is in the beginning stages.  It promises to be beautiful.  I even have a wig for Chie in the mail!

Sadly, my other cosplays are lagging.  I have not started Princess Mercury, Shiemi’s skirt and tie still have not been touched, and Akari is a pile of fabric.  I have not even begun Amano Tellah, General Iroh, Princess Saturn or Princess Jupiter.  Regardless, the dress for Princess Mercury is almost patterned, and I found a good shirt to modify for Shiemi so I have not been entirely unproductive with these cosplays.

Unfortunately, I had to drop Dragon Kid from my list since her wig would not arrive in time.  I hope to complete her hero version later this year though I may make and wear her ending casual outfit for Sakura-Con if I finish the garment and find a wig in time.

Preparing for Sakura-Con is very different than preparing for Fandemonium or Anime Oasis.  It takes more time and effort since I won’t be able to stop at home to pick up anything I forgot.  That and I have never tried to make as many cosplays for single convention before.  I have most of the money for the room and am working to get a bit more before the con.  It would be great to have a bit of spending money for trinkets and maybe a professional shoot.  That would be awesome!

I really hope that con will be worth everything I’ve poured into it.  I would hate to get there and the con be a bummer after all the time and energy spent to prepare.  Despite my slight nervousness,  I’m excited to see what happens, especially since this will be my first out-of-state con and time to see a few friends in person.  Better get back to work before too much time passes!  Until next time!