Mina was only the second costume I did for any form of competition. I loved her design in LXG, especially this particular coat, and felt like I looked enough like Peta Wilson to pull it off. Right after coming back from my first CostumeCon, I set off to create this beauty.
I was especially attracted to the coat, which was no easy feat at the time because there was not much in the lines of patterns that are similar to it (nowadays, there is a Truly Victorian pattern that is a LOT closer than the Matrix pattern I started with!). Finding buttons was the hardest part, I needed about 40 total at the time to cover the ones that were on the coat (36 total, I believe) and a few spare in the event of loss. But with the coat came the various other parts of the outfit that would have been below, including her white shirt, skirt, and waist cincher.
Another repair hiatus on this one..the shirt and skirt especially due to various forms of abuse over time. The coat has taken some as well, but the damage has added to the charm of it, oddly enough, and has not been difficult to repair by hand. Also, the coat has had many opportunities to be worn outside of events (and has had a few request from more mundane folks requesting commissions..unfortunately, commissions are not something I do!).
Company Award-San Diego ComicCon: Best Costume Inspired by Horror or Other Dark Genres, presented by Lynn Perry