I realized that my costumes are usually still works-in-progress the first time I wear them. You won't know what works and what doesn't until you test it out in public.
The reason I thought you might be being sarcastic is because you see a lot of snarkiness online. I wouldn't be surprised if somebody DID making a mockingly sympathetic comment as a way of telling me that I need to grow a thicker skin. Some people get waaay too much pleasure insulting strangers online.
I'd love to see pictures of the Ranmao commission. Is it really that much more expensive to ship to Hawaii?
Franziska von Karma (Ace Attorney series- older and younger versions)
Lyn (Fire Emblem/Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Raine Sage (Tales of Symphonia)
Grell Sutcliff (Kuroshitsuji, butler outfit)
Rose Bride Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena, need new wig)
Twilight Sparkle's Gala Dress (My Little Pony: FiM)