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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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January 13th, 2018
We're into the new year now and I'm not going to lie, as much as I enjoyed taking a break from sewing, over the last couple of weeks I've found myself daydreaming about potential costume options to start working on in the next few weeks. It was actually hard. I've pretty much crossed off all my dream costumes from my wish list so I was kind of left thinking what now. That's when the new Card Captor Sakura Anime came along. I was actually considering making a battle costume of Sakura's from the original series. CCS is a series that I grew up with and is about the only series from my younger years that I really loved that I haven't done a costume from. That's not exactly true, my first ever costume was Li Syaoran from the series. Since that was baby's first costume, though, it wasn't exactly the most well crafted thing. It was almost entirely made by my mom and was from the days before wigs, contacts, binding and makeup so I don't really have many photos of it that I care to share. XD Syaoran is still one of my all-time favourite characters. I'm not much into Cosplaying as male characters anymore so now I'm interested in Cosplaying as Sakura instead. I was following news of the new series when I came across a splash image for Sakura in her new school uniform which shows many angles of it. The perfect Cosplay inspiration. It appears her skirt is a wide box pleated skirt and I had a lot of fun making the box pleated skirt for Madoka last year. I'm also thinking that the pattern that I used for my Battle of the Gods Bulma costume can work for her blouse with some alterations.
Over the last few days I started ordering materials for the costume. I have an undershirt collar coming in the mail along with buttons, a slip, mary jane shoes and a wig. I have a ton of black fabric leftover from my old Halloween Witch Rei costume that I can use for the blouse. I just need to get white fabric for the skirt, more red bias tape and a black zipper, but the costume should be pretty affordable and hopefully with two other recent school uniforms under my belt, I can get it done in just a few weeks. My aim is to get it done for March Toronto ComiCon or for Anime North. If everything I ordered shows up before March, I'm hoping that I can get it done fairly quickly. Hopefully I'm not cursing myself to mess up adjusting the pattern pieces, but I'll cross my fingers that it works out. (^_^)
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December 27th, 2017
It's almost the start of a new year! It's been a pretty busy holiday break. Between finishing Christmas shopping, baking cookies and actually celebrating Christmas on Christmas Day, I haven't really had much time to take it easy. It's calmed down a bit since Christmas, but I seem to have caught a minor cold so I'm dealing with some tiredness and sneezing. Just what I needed for my holiday break. ~_~
Christmas went pretty well. It was a big change this year dealing with my first Christmas without my mom, but I didn't dwell too much and I had a nice time with my family. It still felt like a piece was missing and that void will never truly be filled, but we made the most of the day and made some nice memories. I still have new years to look forward to and hopefully this cold will be over by then. With how cold and snowy it's been lately, it's not like I'm going out much. >.<
Looking back on the year in terms of Cosplay now that we're mere days away from the start of 2018, it was all about quality over quantity this year. I handmade 3 costumes: Madoka Kaname's school uniform, a Wacky Inflatable Tube Man costume and Kagome Higurashi's school uniform. 2 major costumes and one silly side project. I was pretty ambitious this year. That Madoka costume has been on my to do list for several years and was really a dream costume. It was extremely daunting to take on, but I actually did it. I've always underestimated my sewing skills because I'm pretty weak at patterning, but I was able to adapt several commercial patterns to make Madoka work and it really felt like an achievement to finish it. The Wacky Tube costume was a silly side project with Pan that we tackled over a few meet-ups. It was purely for fun and we had a great time with it. It's a great memory for a year that's been marked with a lot of hardship and struggles. That's why making Kagome was a bit of a turning point for me. The fact that I worked on it just a few weeks after my mother passed away and I used the costume to help me cope, was useful for the grieving process. The costume was a bit of a legacy as I originally Cosplayed as Kagome back in 2002 and the costume was my second ever costume. It was 90% made by my mom and 15 years later I tackled the costume again on my own. It felt like a torch passing moment and going forward I'll continue with my mom's legacy through my sewing as she was the one who taught me everything that I know. Without her I wouldn't have been able to pick up the hobby.
In terms of costuming events, it was a fairly busy year. I attended the Toronto ComiCon in March for the first time in nearly a decade. It was nice to have another winter event. It was where I debuted my Madoka school uniform and it had a great reaction. Anime North was busy as usual and marked the last time I was able to get a hotel room for the con. Going forward I'll have to make arrangements later on or commute each day. I'm still bummed about that, but it is what it is. The Nominoichi was another highlight. I enjoyed participating for the 4th year. It's my big chance to sell a lot of Anime and Manga goods and lighten my load so I can fill up the space again. LOL Anime North is always my big con for the year and I had a good time. During the summer I attended Fan Expo which sadly fell a week before my mom passed. The con was a bit bleak because things at home weren't great, but it did lift my spirits. I was able to get a great projection system from AtmosFX for my Halloween decorations which I'm obsessed with now and the Wacky Wavy Inflatable Man costumes Pan and I made had a big reaction. I rounded out the year with the Anime North Halloween Festival at the JCCC and the Fan Expo Holiday Show. I debuted Kagome at the Halloween event and gave it a fun test run. I re-wore an old Lolita outfit with Madoka at the Christmas event. Got some fabulous photos of the outfit. It was fantastic working with Elemental Photography when I wore Lolita Madoka. I had a great experience shooting with Kris Byers at Anime North to get some beautiful photos of Madoka. Hopefully next year I can get more private shoots done of my costume photo backlog. Hoping for photos of Dilandau, Sakura Haruno and Super Sailor Chibi Moon for sure.
So it was overall a busy year. A sad one, but there were glimmers of brilliance to the year and some great success stories. I'm definitely excited to start off a new year with a clean slate. Not actually sure what I'll make next year though. I want to re-wear Sakura at AN as Pan plans to make Naruto to match with me. My friend Kevin has promised to fix up his Inuyasha costume to wear with my Kagome costume so I'm excited for that. I still have to wear the Wendy costume from Peter Pan that Ammie gifted me. Dilandau and Super Sailor Chibi Moon will definitely see the light of day next year... so it's already a pretty busy year. Just need to think what I want to focus on for sewing.
I have been working on some sewing projects this holiday season. I just finally finished swapping out the invisible zipper on the skirt of my Kagome costume. It should fit me better now. I finally finished wrapping my bow. I just need to tie the string. I need to create some arrows to go with the bow. Pan and I also still need to style my wig, but it's not a huge rush. I'm currently trying to create a base from some sandals to make boot covers for my Sakura Haruno costume. My old boots were SUPER painful so I'm hoping boot covers over sandals will save my feet. Hopefully I can get a test version done this week so I can buy black spandex to finish them soon. Usually at this point I would be sewing a new costume, but inspiration hasn't really struck me. Hopefully I'll figure something out in the next month or two. Sewing during the winter is a really productive way to pass the time.
2018 is shaping up to be an interesting year. Looking forward to another Nominoichi at Anime North and this year I'm hoping to attend the Sailor Moon Celebration event. Seems they'll be utilizing the Science Centre as part of the con so that's really exciting. Been meaning to go to that for years so hopefully the stars align so I can go this time. Otherwise my con schedule is pretty much the same as last year. Might pass on the Halloween event though. It was a little bland this year.
Kris Byers Photography
snapped a few lovely shots of me at the Fan Days Holiday Show a few weeks ago. Honestly, I'm floored by how nice they are! I added them to my costume page so you can see them here
. Hopefully in the next month or so I'll get the photos from my shoot with Elemental back. Looking forward to seeing how those turned out.
I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and wishing everyone all the best for a fun New Years and a wonderful 2018! I can wait to kick off a new year!
December 12th, 2017
The Toronto Fan Days Holiday Show has come and gone. It was a pretty casual event. A great chance to do some Christmas shopping, but this year I'm already pretty much done my Christmas shopping so I mostly browsed. My only purchases were a cute little plush strap of the planet Saturn and a Christmas Pokemon Center Alolan Vulpix plush. I'm still addicted to Pokemon Center plush toys! It all started at last year's Holiday Show when I first saw and bought the Pokemon Center Vulpix plush. Now I have 6 more Pokemon Center plush dolls. XD Thankfully I've covered most of my favourite Pokemon at this point so besides special holiday ones for Christmas or Halloween (mostly Halloween honestly) I can probably steer clear of them now, but maybe my addiction will not be swayed! They're so well made and cute!
I did end up having the energy to wear a costume on Saturday. I wasn't sure I would. Getting into the Christmas spirit this year has been quite taxing and difficult with the death in my family, but spending quality time with friends has been lifting my spirits. I did wear my Sailor Lolita outfit again. It's been over 6 years since I last wore it so I was a bit nervous about how it would fit, but thankfully it was fine and looked nice. I was hoping it would look good with my Madoka wig and it did look quite cute. I got a few compliments on the outfit and some people even recognized it as being for the character. Sadly I didn't run into any other Madoka Magica Cosplayers. It feels like Madoka is fading on the Cosplay scene. I did get a chance to do a shoot with my friend Amanda over at the Delta Hotel. I'm looking forward to seeing how those turned out because the preview shots looked quite pretty! I spent most of the day hanging out with my friends Pan, Adrien and Kira and Pan and I even stopped to get a photo with Santa and a legion of Star Wars characters. It was a really fun day. Before heading home Pan and Adrien took some photos of me and Pan at the little Union Station Christmas display, which was really nice. At that point I was wearing my winter coat, but it looked flattering with the wig and Lolita outfit peeking out so I've added a few photos of that to the Sailor Lolita outfit page. It's all an original character outfit choice so why not. (^_^) You can view the photos in the updated costume page here
. The photos from my shoot with Amanda should be coming in the next few weeks.
So that concludes my Cosplay events for the year. 2017 feels like it went by both painfully slowly and yet super fast as well. It seems like just yesterday it was early October. The last few months of any year always melt away. Before I know it the holidays will be here! Definitely somber this year, but I'm looking forward to spending time with family and friends and kicking off a new year.
I am hoping to fix Kagome over the holidays and Sakura so I can start fresh with making costumes in 2018. Still debating about my Cosplay options and I don't have my heart set on any particular characters to Cosplay so maybe I'll try to spend some time over the holidays brainstorming Cosplay ideas. I'll try to update again at the end of the year or start of 2018 regarding my thoughts on the overall year in terms of my costumes and convention experiences and plans for next year. It was a fairly productive year and I'm pretty proud of what I was able to do. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!
December 5th, 2017
It's been a while since my last update. This Saturday is Fan Expo's Fan Days Holiday Show. I'm planning to attend it although the colder weather that's coming up and a TTC partial subway shutdown is really putting a damper on my plans. I haven't really been working on Kagome. Originally I was considering wearing that costume again but with the weather I didn't really put too much effort into fixing up the costume. I don't exactly feel inspired to wear a long wig and a short skirt now that it's cold. The wig still needs to be styled and I still have to swap out the zipper on the skirt. I did buy a new zipper, but the colour still isn't a perfect match so I'm debating about waiting to change it until I can get a slightly better zipper. It really shouldn't be a hard fix. Just a couple of hours for the wig and skirt, but I've been enjoying a break from sewing. I'll probably aim to get it done over the holiday season hopefully along with some boot covers for my Sakura Haruno costume. I still need to get black spandex fabric for that. I don't think I'll be sewing any new costumes over the next couple of months, but maybe I'll work on a Sailor Moon costume when spring gets a little closer (if I find fabric) for the Sailor Moon Celebration event. I think that might be my big costume for the year (if I find inspiration to sew that is). XD
I do think that I will Cosplay on Saturday. I'm thinking about wearing my Sailor Lolita outfit with my Madoka Kaname wig. When I finished Madoka earlier this year, I kept thinking that wig would probably look super adorable with that outfit because it has such a flattering fit and a cute design. Haven't really tried them together, but hopefully it will look nice. If not, I'll probably just attend the event dressed casually. It's really just a chance to shop, but if I do wear the Lolita outfit I may book a shoot with my friend Amanda for fun. The event does have an Artist Alley so that's a plus and I can see some of my friends so I think it'll be a fun afternoon and a nice way to kick off the holiday season. (^_^) After the event I'll post about experience here and if I do a costume shoot I'll be sure to update the Sailor Lolita outfit page and add photos in the coming weeks.
November 4th, 2017
I was able to go through the photos that I took during the Anime North Halloween Festival a week ago and I found a few highlight photos of my new Kagome costume that I could share here. Keep in mind that the costume is still a work in progress. I'm still making my bow and arrow prop, my actual wig needs to be styled and I need to fix the zipper on the skirt, but it was a pretty good test run. I added a costume page for my new Kagome costume which you can find here
. If you scroll to the beginning of my costume gallery, you can see my original Kagome costume from 2002. What a difference 15 years makes! I'll always look back fondly on my original Kagome costume because it was one of my first costumes and my mother helped me out so much with it. It feels great to re-make the costume, though, and really improve the design.
Halloween was earlier this week and I'm still recovering a bit from how hectic the day was. Pan and I decorated the front of her uncle's house in a very child friendly area. We spent about 3 and a half hours decorating (and about another hour and a half taking everything down) but we had a great afternoon and evening. We saw tons of trick or treaters. We probably gave out over 300 pieces of candy and we saw some adorable and creative costumes both handmade and store bought. Star Wars, Marvel (Hulk and Thor in particular) and animal themed onesies were popular costumes this year. I used my new AtmosFX projector, the Jack o Lantern Jamboree DVD in conjunction with 3 uncarved pumpkins to create a really cool display among a little graveyard. The DVD creates faces on the pumpkins which are animated and can talk and sing. We mystified quite a few kids and parents. One little kid dressed as a lion would not leave the display and sat for about 20 minutes watching the pumpkins sing. His dad kept trying to get him to leave, but he was glued to the display. It was adorable. XD It was a lot of work to move my decorations to a new location and I had to scale back my display, but it was a great neighbourhood that was really invested in the holiday. Better than my own area. It was just a shame that it ended so abruptly and fairly early. We had a huge rush of kids just before 8PM but after they left, the neighbourhood was quiet and every other neighbour had turned off their lights and gone inside. Everything ended so quickly, but it definitely was a really nice location to celebrate Halloween.
Next up is the December Fan Expo Holidays Show. I may re-wear Kagome to it. That's my big goal for the month. I would like to buy a new zipper for Kagome to fix the skirt and I want to work with Pan to style my wig. After that I need to make a new pair of boot covers for my Sakura Haruno costume. I'm hoping boot covers over sandals will be more comfortable. I also would like to trim my Sakura wig. I'm not sure if I'll get Kagome fixed in time for the Holiday Show but we'll see. Otherwise, I'll probably fix it up and wear it to March Toronto Comicon. Not sure if I'll sew anything else over the winter break, but we'll see. Right now I'll probably do some video gaming. I have to tackle the stack of games that's been building up un-played since the summer....
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