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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!

Sakura Con Cosplays

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It’s official!  I’m going to Sakura-Con!  Woot!  It will be my first out-of-state con so I’m excited yet slightly nervous.  Of course, I’m planning a few new cosplays.  I would like to finish five or so before con.  It would be great to get a lot of photos while there since the locations are so varied and often perfect for characters from larger cities/ metropolis settings.

For my list, I chose characters that I either enjoy or go with groups, often both.  Even though the list is quite long, it is doable for the most part.  As time goes one, I’m sure the list will dwindle, but for now here it is.

To start off, I would really like to finish my Amano Yuna.  She’s been a dream of mine and it would be a great joy to cosplay her, especially at so large a con.  If I conplete her on time, I may enter her in the cosplay contest.  In addition to Yuna, I would really like to finish Amano Child Rydia.  She is another character I have liked for a long time and would greatly enjoy cosplaying.  Further more, there may be a few Final Fantasy 4 cosplayers with whom to take photos.

Next, I am finishing and taking Akari.  Regardless of if I find a group or not, I would love to cosplay my favorite character and get photos of her by the sea.  It would be a dream come true.  Along with her, I want to make and take Toki from Princess Mononoke.  There is going to be a good sized Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli group, and I have wanted to cosplay her for a long time.

Princess Mercury in her silver millennium dress from the Sailor Moon manga is another cosplay I really want to bring.  Mercury has always been my favorite sailor scout and her silver millennium dress was one of the first cosplays I wanted to make.  In league with Mercury is Chie from Persona 4.  Chie was a character I loved even before I started playing the game and watching the anime.  There are plans for a semi large scale Persona 4 group that I’m a part of which makes this cosplay even more exciting.

The list doesn’t stop there.  Along with the above, I want to make and bring Dragon Kid from Tiger & Bunny.  This cosplay would be a part of a planned group/photoshoot.  If I have time, I would like to make her casual ending outfit as well.  Also, I plan to make Shiemi’s school uniform for a Blue Exorcist group.

Hopefully, I will finish Kasumi’s loyalty outfit from Mass Effect 2 in time to bring.  I greatly enjoyed her character in the game and would love to cosplay her there. If I finish her in time, she is another prospect for the cosplay contest.  Susukihotaru from Otome Youkai Zakuro is another cosplay I would like to bring given enough time.

Finally, if I have time I would like to bring Kari from Digimon Adventures.  She was my favorite character from the original series and there may be a small sized Digimon Adventures group.  I may bring Saria from Ocarina of Time as well since she is one of my favorite Legend of Zelda characters.  Ok.  I promise that’s all.  I told you the list was long.  ^_^

In addition to making new cosplays, I’ll be bringing a few previous ones as well.  These will mainly be for photoshoots and may or may not make appearances at con.  So far it looks like I’ll be bringing Vorfeed, Sheryl’s snowman/premiere dress, Miwako’s pink and black sweater outfit, Nora (if I can find her shoes), Temari (if the wig still fits), and multiple steampunk outfits.

I’ll be helping a few friends with their cosplays as well so needless to say I am going to be busy for a while.  I really can’t wait to see how this whole ordeal turns out.  It’s exciting to be going to new place yet the prep work is going to be crazy.  ~_~  Here’s hoping it’s worth it.  ^_^

I’ll be posting more in depth posts about the cosplays mentioned here as time allows.  Hopefully, I’ll have some progress to report as well!   Until next time!