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Welcome to my Cosplay home on the net. My name is Rebecca (aka Stray Wind online). I've been Cosplaying since late 2001. I love the fellowship, challenges and creativity involved in making costumes. My forte is Cosplaying from survival horror video games as well as characters from Anime and games that I grew up enjoying. Since I began Cosplaying, I have worn over 80 costumes and I've attended over 75 conventions and major events. Cosplaying is an exciting journey and I look forward to future projects and events as my journey in the world of Cosplay continues.
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March 17th, 2018
Super quick update. I should be at the con right now, but last night ComiCON posted on Facebook that they were sold out of advance Saturday passes and they were encouraging attendees who wanted a Saturday ticket to come after 2PM to purchase a day ticket. Having read that, at nearly midnight last night, Pan and I decided to postpone going to the con today so I will be attending ComiCon tomorrow. Sadly, a friend from out of town still went today and was able to easily get a Saturday ticket at the door at 11:30AM this morning so the con was being a bit alarmist with their social media posts. It doesn't sound anywhere near as crowded and frustrating as I expected today so I'm super disappointed that I changed my plans. We pre-purchased Sunday tickets so we're locked in. I have rescheduled shooting my new Sakura costume with Kris Byers to tomorrow so I should still have costume photos in a few weeks. Hopefully I can get a few pictures on my phone tomorrow. Still looking forward to seeing some friends and shopping so despite the setbacks, I'm looking forward to a fun con Sunday.
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March 15th, 2018
My Sakura Kinomoto costume is thankfully done now! It's finally finished thanks to Pan stopping by tonight to trim my wig. I can't thank her enough for her help. I had to spend a few minutes reshaping the ahoge in the wig as well because I forgot that in the new Anime her hair antenna point to the back instead of to the sides. XD I also spent some time today adjusting a couple of buttons and cutting out a clear card for a prop. It's taken so long to get to this point. At least it's felt like a long time. All things considered, this was actually a pretty quick costume for me. It took nearly two months, but most evenings I only worked on it for half an hour or an hour and sometimes I took a couple of days off from working on it. I was kind of worried when I went to try the finished costume on about how it would fit, but it looks really sleek and nice. This is despite the fact it took me like 8 tries to finally get the pleats in the skirt figured out. In the end it was a fun project and I'm so glad that I got a chance to finally Cosplay from Card Captor Sakura. I can't wait to dive in and follow the new Anime. It's great to see so many classic series getting revivals right now.
Now I'm pretty excited for March Toronto ComiCON this weekend. Definitely looking forward to celebrating the fact that winter is nearly over and it's time to gear up for con season. I don't really have any major plans for the con but I'm excited to see some friends and check out the Artist Alley. I will be doing another shoot with Kris Byers of Sakura. It was lovely working with her last year on Madoka photos. I've been working on the write up for the costume so I'm excited to post the costume page when I get some photos of it. (^^) I will be attending the con for Saturday only, but I'm looking forward to having a fun day. :3
March 6th, 2018
I meant to write periodic updates here while I've been working on my Sakura Kinomoto costume. Instead I found myself spending a lot of time away from the computer sewing and not much time near my laptop. My Sakura costume is about 80% done now. I'm putting the finishing touches on the skirt now (fixing the pleats and adding snaps to close it up). It's been a journey getting Sakura done. The blouse is mostly done too. It just needs to be hemmed and to have the patch added to the shoulder. The tie is done as well. I had to adjust and recalculate the pleats on the skirt like 8 times. I even completely finished the skirt before going back to the drawing board because it looked really bad on me. The problem when you're dealing with really wide inverted box pleats is that they tend to open up as they flare out at your hips. Since I'm not a child, my hips really push them open so trying to manage 4 pleats like Sakura has looked laughable on me. My friend Pan eventually convinced me to compromise and now my finished skirt has 6 moderate sized pleats. It's not accurate, but it doesn't look as silly on me. I had to take artistic liberties with it, but for the sake of appearances, it was the right choice. I started with a rectangle piece so maybe pleating a circle skirt would have been better. I used up so much fabric that I didn't have enought to redo it. Maybe down the line I might try again, but the current skirt looks nice enough. Only issue is that I'm going to ignore the lace she has under the skirt. Still can't tell if that's supposed to be a seperate crinoline. I did buy a crinoline skirt, but I'm concerned that pairing up a crinoline skirt along with shorts will be too bulky under my skirt.
I'm pretty happy with how the blouse is looking, though, and the tie looks pretty cute. It was quite a bit of work to get everything together. Yet again I faced a costume that looked pretty simple to begin with, but somehow I faced a ton of pitfalls. The skirt should have taken like 3 hours to make from start to finish but instead took more like 15 hours over the course of three weeks. I still have to tackle fixing up the wig that I bought for the costume. It needs some styling. Still planning to wear this to MTAC so we'll see if I finish it up in time.
I ordered a new wig and boots for my Sakura Haruno costume. Things have changed in terms of costume accessories for sale since I made my costume a couple of years ago. I was able to find a cute wig that's a better colour and has a nice widow's peak which looks so much better than my original Sakura wig! My original wig was super heavy on my face because it was thick. The hairline on this wig looks really great for the character. I know I've been posting for weeks that I plan to make boot covers for Sakura. I even bought some spandex and sandals, but I noticed pre-made character specific boots you could buy look really nicely fitted. The sandals I had were kind of bulky and it seemed like a lot of trouble to go to when pre-made ones look pretty sleek and accurate. I was starting to dread working on the sandals so that's a load off my mind. They definitely weren't selling these particular boots back when I made Sakura or I would have bought them then for sure! XD Hopefully they turn out alright when I get them in a few weeks. I'll post here again when I finish my new Sakura Kinomoto costume. I'm crossing my fingers that everything works out.
February 15th, 2018
Just a quick update after this website's hiatus. I totally forgot to pay to renew my domain. Oops. I try to pay for two or three years at a time and I was paying manually and this time it totally slipped my mind that I was due to pay for my domain renewal. Guess it was only down for a few days and thankfully no harm was done. I set it to auto renew so that shouldn't happen again.
My laptop had a meltdown a week ago and I had to get help reinstalling Windows so technology wise, things have been on the fritz for me. Thankfully all my files were recovered so I didn't lose my website files. Lately I've been staying away from my computer working on sewing. I've really been trying to focus on at least working for an hour a day on my Sakura Kinomoto costume. I actually have all of the materials now. The wig, school patch, shoes, buttons, undershirt and slip arrived. The wig could use some work. I bought a prestyled wig because I liked the colour and it arrived with the ahoge pointing the wrong direction. I had to try to soak and scrub out the layers of hairspray glue so I can restyle it. Still need to tackle trimming it so we'll see how that goes.
The blouse is getting there. It still needs the cuffs, the school patch, the buttons and hemming, but it's mostly little things left besides the cuffs. I'm currently working on the skirt to decide the hem for the shirt. I have the skirt cut out, hemmed and the red ribbon added. I'm trying now to decide the best way to add the pleats, but the skirt is nearly half done. So slowly, but surely I'm making progress on the costume. Still quite a bit to do, but I'm hopeful that I'll get it done for March Toronto ComiCon and it'll be set for Anime North as well. If things go according to plan then the skirt and blouse should be done by the end of the month and then I can work on the tie. Crossing my fingers that everything works out and that life stops throwing distractions my way!
January 31st, 2018
It's almost the start of another month and I've been super busy lately. Deciding to start working on a new costume (Sakura's school uniform from the new Card Captor Anime) has really added weight to my days so I'm finding myself feeling a bit frantic these last couple of weeks. I was able to go fabric shopping last Friday with my friend Pan and I picked up some white cotton fabric for the skirt, cuffs and tie of the costume. It's actually the same fabric that I used for Kagome's shirt. It was the nicest opaque white and for the best price in the fabric district. Hopefully it'll make for a nice pleated skirt! The green fabric for Kagome's skirt was the same type of material and it worked out alright so it should make for a nice skirt as well.
I cut out the black fabric that I had for the blouse last week and I started working on it. I currently have the main part of the top together and I'm working on the facing for the collar line. I still need to figure out the sleeves. I had to play around with the sleeve hole patterning when making the actual version of the blouse so I'm hoping it'll work with the sleeves when I cut the sleeves out. First thing is first, I need to finish the facing and add the zipper in the back. So far the blouse is coming along alright. I just hope that my buttons, wig, shoes and undershirt show up before March Toronto ComiCon! I should be on track to finish it by then if everything arrives.
My wonderful friend Amanda finished editing her shoots from the Fan Days Holiday Show last month and she sent me copies of the pics of my Lolita Madoka outfit. I love how they turned out! We took the photos in a beautiful hallway in the nearby Delta hotel. The curtains there were pretty and soft and she even got some cute pics with my plush Kyuubey. It may not be an official outfit, but it was tons of fun to Cosplay as the character again! You can check out the new photos here
Hopefully I'll update here again in February as my Sakura costume starts to come together. I also picked up fabric last week to make new boot covers for my Sakura Haruno costume so I'll have that to work on as well in the coming weeks. I should be plenty busy when it comes to sewing well into March and after that the madness of prep work for the Nominoichi begins again!
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