This thing that has now taken me almost 2 years to complete could very well be the bane of my existence, but my love for this character and determination to stick with cosplay as a new hobby has been what's kept me from giving up. "Version 0.9" of this costume got to make its debut at Otakon 2012 with its major flaws nearly ruining that weekend for me, though two months later the very same crappy ensemble won me a contest at a local(-ish) minicon/party. Regardless of the positive reception this costume's received I'm still redoing almost every part for the "official" debut of its completed form... whenever the hell that will finally be. OTL
Some of the reasons why it's taken me so long to finish this costume (to a satisfactory product) include the obvious fact that I've never sewn or constructed garments before I took on this project, being just as new to fabricating accessories with plastic (which is why the glasses themselves have been an additional slice of hell), and how I had to draft my own patterns from scratch for the entire uniform--the pants were hardly any problem at all, but the shirt (who knew mock-turtleneck collars would be so damn complicated!) and the tunic, which I now affectionately call the "black sack of hell," both proved to be incredibly difficult to get right, sacrificing a great deal of time, material and sanity with every failed attempt... One thing is for certain though with having toiled away on this manifestation of my insanity is that it's been quite the learning experience.
Best Craftsmanship, Delaware Anime Society Halloween Minicon 2012