Recently got back from Otafest 2014. Now to lightroom all the things and then I will upload. Got some great pictures of Quark, some ridiculous pictures of Mikasa, and barely any of Alice cuz ugh Sunday no energy to take photos (also it was rainy and grey). I'll do a shoot for her sometime this summer as I just finished the skull for the back of the dress (yes it lights up - I'll be posting a brief tutorial for it later) and built a pepakura vorpal blade - credit to JouzuMania for the pattern.
I did enter Alice into the Otafest Cosplay Showcase and placed Runner-up Journeyman again this year (as I did for Tsuruhime last year). But this year Yaya Han was a judge, which was actually quite nice because she really places emphasis on good sewing skills (more my forté than prop-making). Also she flipped my seams and asked for a photo (yah I know she loves the Alice games; I've seen her Red Queen cosplay and was like oh shit maybe I chose the wrong costume to enter woops, but I guess it worked out for the best).
Now to do some much-needed everyday sewing (I have a shit ton of dresses to take in cuz I'm disproportionate) and then start on fem-Noiz for Athon.
After that, I decided instead of just oggling over it for eternity, I'm gonna take the next year to build/sew this Tsukiji Nao design of Anri from Adekan. I've found that rather than doing many less-extravagant costumes and having trouble finishing them all on time, I'm going to instead focus on one or two costumes and do them very thoroughly, prop/weapon and all. When I completed Tsuruhime and her bow I just felt the most satisfaction I ever have in a costume and hence, it's my favourite one to wear. I'd like to keep that feeling.