Construction of my Maka costume began in April of 2011. The first version (no black coat, only half finished shoes, and no scythe) debuted at A-Kon 2011. Later the shoes were disassembled then reassembled allowing them to be more durable than before.
The completed version (minus the scythe) debuted for A-Fest 2011. This is the version that won second place in the novice division for the Hall Cosplay contest.
The 1000% complete version (scythe and all) was unveiled at A-Kon 23. The boots took a beating, but other than that, it's all great. The scythe weighs 3.4 pounds, but it feels soo much heavier than that.
Total cost as of May 2012: $220
Anime Fest 2011: Hall Cosplay - Division Novice - Second Place