26th May 2014: One broken toe later.. Seriously wow! This is very unexpected. There were so many good costumes that would have been excellent EC competitors.
I’ve decided to give it my best and polish up this costume to the highest standard I’m capable of. After interrogating TheKillingDoll, I have some idea of what to improve.
1. A good performance
Performing is my weakest skill and performance is critical at this level. The judges’ suggestion was to watch as many cosplay performances as possible, especially for competitions like WCS and ECG, where performance is weighted at 50%.
2. Unfinished bits
Several parts of the costume are tidy but not fully finished. Examples are the tips of the butterfly bun, where the inside of the bun is visible, and the back of the armour plates (which were unpainted). Here, I would fill the bun with something so that the inside can’t be seen. Phil suggested there should be something on the back of the armour plates – maybe a nice lining or a coat of paint, or even a simple design. The judges at the EC finals will have 15 minutes to inspect the costume, and they will scrutinise every inch. I will re-inspect my costume critically and look for unfinished sections to complete.
3. The wave-patterned obi
Painting golden waves on polyester chiffon was an experiment, and I wasn’t happy with the result at all. Half the paint came off in the wash, and in many of the photos it looks considerably cheaper than the rest of the costume. I have decided to use goldwork for the waves on the bow obi (demonstrated by Monkey ‘Goldenmochi’ in her panel), and a Yuzen silk painting for the trailing pieces. The judges suggested the silk painting, while I wanted to do batik or resist-dye, and Yuzen silk painting is a perfect combination of the two.
4. The undergarments
I’ve got a habit of wearing clothes under my costumes just in case anything slips. I hate showing my skin in cosplay, and I’m very conscious of covering myself up. I was wearing a t-shirt and shorts underneath, but they were visible through the costume. I am going to attempt more traditional undergarments for the finals.
Somehow I managed to break a toe during my escapades at May Expo. Not sure when it happened, but I noticed it on Sunday. It's purple, swollen, and lumpy!