I got more compliments than flaws pointed out in the one craftsmanship contest I entered. The judges were impressed with my draping skills and the fact I have an embroidery machine. (I entered a Steampunk bustle skirt/pirate outfit I made myself) Basically, those 2 things showed the passion I have for costuming that goes above and beyond my competitors. I find that judges are looking for details and things that set you apart in a good way. They're not supposed to pick on loose threads or imperfect painting. They want to ask you how you did it, or what you learned when making your costume.
FanExpo - fem!Iron Man Mark VII (99% complete - The Iron Man Armor Project
), Steampunk something (90% complete)
Atomic Lollipop - raver!Sailor Mars; Non-Novice Craftsmanship Award for Steampunk Airship Pirate
Polaris - Starfleet command officer
Anime North - Lacus Clyne, Steampunk Airship Pirate, raver!Sailor Mars
Steampunk World's Fair (NJ) - Airship Pirate
STEAM: Pushing for education focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math