19th September 2011: First time out. Wore the kit to one of our local meets,(the Leeds Cosplay Group), and because it was a group event rather than a con I took my good katana, mainly for the sake of photos. Obviously a sharp sword can never go to a public con. Anyway I have looked up some detailed pics online to post with this set of pics. For those interested it is a Paul Chen Practical Pro Katana, which I bought some few years ago.
Wearing the rest of the kit for an afternoon focused my mind on some alterations I now need to make to various bits. A deeper body seam in the Hakama, and more defined pleats ,a better back Himo ( waist tie), and a better Obi sash to go under the Hakama, white or black, still researching that. Also some nice trad style accessories, like inro, netsuki and a shingen bag. I think I will be adding to this for some time, not really needed for cosplay I know. More for my personal satisfaction.