What got you into cosplay?
I decided early in 2008 that I wanted to make a Victorian dress, and that I wanted to attend Youmacon that year. So I merged the projects.
What was your first costume and why?
The day dress Emma wears near the end of book 7, because I had patterns that were similar and I loved how it was elegant, but simple, in keeping with her personality. Plus I didn't yet have the skills to tackle her Second Act apron.
What is your favorite costume and why?
At this point, the aforementioned one. I still have to work on the apron and a ton of other stuff for the Second Act maid uniform, but I drafted its skirt with a period 1895 tailoring book and I'm pretty proud about it.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Possibly a CLAMP costume or something else. I'm not very good at minuscule detail work yet (beading, lace insertion, etc.) so I will be waiting a while before I tackle anything way advanced. My Victorian costuming skills do come in useful for cosplay sewing, though.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I have two memorable (and funny) cosplay moments from Youmacon 08, in my Emma cosplay.
At one point I got separated from my friends and was looking for them. I walked down the lobby stairs to the ground floor, with my skirt fanning out behind me. A group of girls at the bottom of the stairs saw me and exclaimed, "We love your dress!"
To which I said, "Thank you."
Their response: "OHMYGOD IT'S A GUY!"
The next day I was in line for the masquerade and had to leave to use the restroom. I passed a few girls in the masquerade line next to the restroom, and they yelled as I reached the restroom door: "WAIT THAT'S THE MEN'S ROOM!"
...."Yeah, I know." XD I heard them laugh with "Ohhhh"s of understanding as the door shut.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Ohayocon 09, but none others yet!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yes! I won best in the Novice class for my green Emma dress at Ohayocon 09 and am extremely proud of it (not in a snobby way, just in a "Oh my God I never win anything this is so incredible I must be dreaming" way. :)
My favorite anime
Victorian Romance Emma, xxxHolic, Chrono Crusade. More to be added as a get the chance to read more!