2014 was the year of the plunge neckline and the year of the Cosblog. I'm glad I was able to make my return to writing thanks to a little inspiration by my buddy Calamity. Now if only I would get motivation to do more videos....
It was a productive year: more costumes, more conventions, more blogs, more group cosplays, and more masquerades (judging and competing). It was overwhelming at times - flashback to 4 conventions in 8 weeks with 4 new costumes - but it was a great experience.
Other milestones include:
My first original costume - the Earth Dragon
My first animated Disney costume - Cruella
My first light up prop - Sharla's rifle
I'm surprised I was able to accomplish this much in a year. I always try to learn new tricks and techniques when I pick my costumes. This year I tackled: feathers, bead work, decorative knotting, leatherworking, airbrushing, sewing sequins, and heavy wig styling.
What I learned from these costumes:
Total: Approx. $1,800 CAD
I'm doing my tally slightly differently this year. Normally I just add all the money spent on anything costume related and throw the number here. Instead I'm adding up the cost of projects completed this year, and I'm not including the costs of incomplete or future projects.
Three years running ColossalCon has been my favourite convention to attend. I just have too much fun hanging out with my friends in a waterpark. Renting a villa made the experience even sweeter.
Read the full con report here, complete with Vines.
Forward to 2015
Although I do not purposefully set out to pick a theme for the year, things always seem to fall into place. 2014 was the year of the plunge, although I may have 2 more plunge dresses to complete next year to wrap up the collection. 2015 will be filled with Evil Queens, because I love me some villains and they often have the best outfits. So far I plan on making Ravenna, Regena (if I can find the fabric), and Queen Beryl.
For a full list of my upcoming events and confirmed costumes you can visit my "PLANS" page.
MeltingMirror's Cosplay Blog
Learn more about my experiences in the cosplay world, from conventions to photoshoots and everything in between.