Q: What has been your favourite cosplay?
Ooh, tricky. I don’t know which has been my ultimate
favourite but out of the few costumes I have made so far, ne of my
favourites was definitely Lina Inverse from
Slayers (which I did for
Minamicon 15, 2009). I loved cosplaying her because she was so
recognised - it was a great feeling. However, I also enjoyed
cosplaying Sara Trantoul from Castlevania which I made for the
Grand International Cosplay Ball in November 2008.
Q: Most memorable moment whilst cosplaying?
My most memorable moment is the
first time I wore rag doll Sally. On the same
day I unfortunately had to attend a family funeral
but, because I had drawn lines all over my face and
body to represent the rag doll seams, I didn't want
to have to wash them off because they had taken me
1.5 hours to draw - using eyeliner and hairspray!
So I just changed out of the rag dress and into a
black one for the funeral and travelled across
London on the tubes with the lines still drawn all
over me! It raised a few eyebrows that's for
sure! Needless to say my family were a little
shocked, too - but after I explained it to them
everybody was fine. In fact, some even said
that it was good that I gave everyone else something
to think about other than the sombre reason we had
Another one is probably at
Minamicon 15 when I was dressed as Lina Inverse
Slayers. I took part in the cosplay
masquerade and, as I was walking along the aisle, I
heard someone in the audience screaming 'LINAAAAAAA!!!'
at the top of their voice – they were obviously
really excited at seeing her cosplayed. That
made me smile.
Q: Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems
whilst making cosplays?
Oh yes – name me a
cosplayer who hasn’t experienced this!
Personally, I suppose I have miscalculated
measurements or things have stuck together when I
didn’t want them to (or not stuck at all).
Although I think one of the worst things was when I
was making Seung Mina’s top (from Soul Calibur II):
I cut and hemmed a simple lycra top to crop it, then
I sewed satin over it. Nice and simple.
However, I forgot that satin doesn't stretch – so
when I tried the top on again, it no longer went
over my head! I ended up cutting slits up both
sides and putting it on like a tabard and using
poppers and velcro to hold it in place.
Q: Have you ever regretted cosplaying?
Ooooh – that’s a strong
question. I have never actually regretted
cosplaying, but when things go wrong or I'm running
short of time - or can't find the things that I need
to help me - I often wonder why I am putting myself
through the stress of it all. Especially when
I have other hobbies that are not so stressful!
Q: Have you ever done group cosplay? If so how did you find
I have done group cosplay a couple of times – at
Amecon 2008 I masqueraded with three others to make a Soul
Calibur group, which was great, and at
Minamicon 15 I masqueraded with five others to make a
Slayers group. I enjoyed both experiences and I’m quite sure
I’d be happy to group again.
Q: What cosplays are you planning?
I’m currently planning Kiki from
Kiki’s Delivery Service and I have everything apart from the dress (kinda
need that!). I’m also planning Sheeta from the film
Laputa – although I haven’t started that yet. The reason for
these two is that they look cute and are not outlandish or fancy.
They’re nice and simple, which pleases me! I am also planning to
do Belldandy (refer next question) for
Q: Do you have a dream cosplay?
I have seen many outfits and thought ‘wow I would love
to do that’, but sadly I can’t remember who they are! I definitely
want to do a cat outfit of some sort - fur, whiskers, etc. That would be
great! Another cosplay that I really want to do is Belldandy from
Ah! My Goddess. I saw a tiny little picture of this
particular costume in a magazine and fell for it straight away (I
understand it’s her ‘evil’ outfit though – oops!, but that doesn’t
bother me as I just love the costume). Every time I plan to make
it, something else comes up so it seems to be one of those outfits that
will be done ‘at some point’ – hopefully I shall do it for
Q: Do you have one piece of advice that
you would give to cosplay virgins?
Don’t try and aim too high
unless you know 100% that you’re
capable of achieving it.
Be honest with yourself,
otherwise you’ll only let
yourself down and of course you
don't want to do that.
Start small and learn slowly;
others will help you all along
the way so don’t be afraid to
ask – we’ve all been there!
And make sure you are
comfortable with what you’re
making because ultimately you’re
the one who’s going to have to
talk about it to everyone
admiring it (oops that’s more
than one piece of advice... !).
Q: Do you have an account with the website
Cosplay island/other social networking sites?
Yes, I can be found on CosplayIsland as Lunar_Kitten. I am
also on livejournal, facebook, MSN, Skype and myspace. Crikey, I
sound like quite the socialite!
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