For an upcoming con (anime/cartoons/general pop culture focus, walk-on only competition, fairly small con, if that matters), I would like to compete with a costume that I'm making nearly 100% of, but the main piece of the costume is about 3 years old. This is the costume
; the bunnysuit as the base is the older piece (from another cosplay and modified with the fur), and the rest is new for this costume.
Would this impact my judging in any way? Everything is something that I've made, and I drafted the pattern for the suit and sewed it from scratch, but I'm not sure how to answer questions about how long it took me to make, how much it cost, etc., since I have no real way of estimating that from so long ago. I'm also not sure how thorough I was in taking progress photos of the suit itself, though I've been taking progress photos for the rest of the costume. I'm also a little concerned that the suit might have some signs of wear that might reflect poorly on it.
Is it frowned upon to enter a costume that uses a piece taken from an older costume, even if I made everything? The original costume was never entered in any contests, so I don't have to navigate the problem of re-entering that costume that's won awards. Is there anything I should keep in mind when entering a costume that uses an older piece? Any advice on how to estimate things like time spent on it, since that's a very common question to be asked and I have no idea how long I spent on the bunnysuit vs. the rest of it that's new?
(As a related but separate question, I've also considered, off and on, competing with a costume that is about 5 years old, but fixing a few of the issues with it. I'm entering the above costume regardless, but in case I do decide to enter the 5-year-old costume at a later competition, would that be frowned upon or otherwise detract from my score, since the entire costume is about 5 years old? I'd be a bit nervous because my skills have hopefully improved in the past 5 years, so I've never entered it anywhere for that reason.)
Thank you! :]