|Time Taken :||30 hours|
|Had a lot of fun making and wearing this, although the last minute wig substitution was a bit scary, and the circle cutout - who has a circle on their costume? I ask you!|
Boots were the most expensive part of this one, at £30. I just used duct tape for the black patches in the design, because I didn't want to wreck them. I think I got away with it!
I should probably address the obvious here, too - this is the first time I've done a con-quality costume for a character who's a very distinctly different race to me. I don't feel so shy about cosplaying Japanese characters, as I tend to pick Pale And Interesting types in any case, so at least I usually resemble the art - plus it's not like my people have a massive history of anti-Japanese sentiment, so I'm not particularly worried about offending people. I did actually work on an afro wig for Monica - I worked really hard on it, too - but when it came to tying off her hair twists the wig just started to look a bit off to me. It remind me of a child's rag doll when I looked at it. I just didn't feel like I could do a good enough job. If I'd been able to find a good-quality wig to start with, I probably wouldn't have had to tie off the twists, and it wouldn't have looked so odd.
Thanks to my Machine Man for her hard work with the coats - it was a hell of an effort we made, but it was great to do it together. No regrets. <3