Well, it's official. If you're wearing a wig, MCM May's gonna be warm! Anyway, about the cosplay:
Jumpsuit/Scarf: No problems here. Given this was the first big test of my machine-sewing fu, this turned out better than I hoped. The scarf was okay too, but probably could have done with being longer in order to make it easier to put over my head twice.
Gauntlets/Gloves: If I'm gonna rewear Teepo, then these will likely need a lot of work, if not remaking altogether. With how rigid they ended up becoming after having to use stuff that wasn't gesso, the gauntlets were pretty ill-fitting as a whole, running up onto the bottom of my palms. The gloves themselves were as simple as grabbing the first thing I found that was the right colour. In hindsight, not the best move. In future, I should get some in a more form-fitting material.
Boots: The black "cuffs" were fine, but the silver braces simply couldn't hold up to a day of walking about. Given that the boots were actual boots instead of simple boot covers (which I haven't learned how to make yet), they were going to be inherently problematic due to how irregular wellies are as a base (as some "anime-style" boots often rise high up the shin and have no laces). This meant that the foam I used had no stable platform on which to get stuck, regardless of what glue I used and, as people might have noticed by the end of Saturday, they'd all either fallen off or been taken off by me 'cause I'd just given up with them. The silver section'll likely be just painted on until I learn how to do a better solution.
Sword/Scabbard: The sword was pretty much an example of "I know the blade doesn't look very sword-like, but if it's not being whipped out that much, it'll be fine" The scabbard was fine... except for me having a derp moment and trying to paint over accidental gold spray from painting the golden bands with the wrong type of paint. Which got onto the bracers during the Expo over a month later. So I'll probably wash that off. As for the blade, I might be able to chop it down to a more blade-like shape, then reprime/sand/paint the exposed sections. But that'd mean making another scabbard or somehow making the current one fit.
Armour: Oh, where to begin, you velcro-ridden problem child? By the end of Saturday, a third of the velcro was trying to make a bid for freedom, the paint/gesso was cracking at the edges from all the flexing and, while it sounded like a good idea in my head, having a two-layer, front-fastening breastplate was way more work to put on/take off, especially when combined with everything else. I'll likely be redoing this for the future, and having it as a rear-fastening single layer job. That way, the front will be a continuous piece as I originally wanted it to be and it shouldn't be as cumbersome. Perhaps I'll work on the area around the shoulders too, as the armour was somewhat limiting on my arms.
So, all in all, there were a lot of things which I could've done better but, for my first big self-constructed cosplay project, it went a lot better than I originally hoped. Of course, if that could stop my mind from choosing the centre of a masquerade stage to suddenly go blank, that would be great. But we can't have everything, right? But, the hell with it. It was worth it to hear someone shout out, "You were awesome, Teepo!" on my way back to the hotel. I knew I likely wouldn't win anything in the actual Masquerade, so that in itself - combined with the fact I actually signed up and did it - was a victory.
And, for rightfully saying my first bash at the Masquerade would be fun and not fraught with failure, thanks Princess Derpy! ;)