SAILOR MOON X KILL LA KILL
It was actually by my fiancé! We had seen some really cool fanart for it, which helped inspire the idea. I personally thought the fanart was too heavily leaning in the Kill La Kill direction though, so I used my concept art background to create a design for the mashup that was more balanced and was something that not only I felt comfortable wearing, but was actually feasible to make. It wasn't really too hard to make, but I just had to make sure I took my time. I'm not very good at rushing and most of my costumes take forever, so I gave myself two months. The main struggle was creating the shoulder armor pieces, so I reached out to a cosplayer Cheebang. She has one of the best Satsuki cosplays I've seen and her advice on how to make the armor parts was super helpful.
The reception I got at DragonCon was crazy! From the moment I left the hotel I was stopped and people absolutely loved it. In all honesty, it is definitely my most successful cosplay to date and I've never been asked for my photograph so many times. I think people could appreciate it because not only was a pretty good balance of sexy and badass, it was also very unique. The photoshoot with AMP cosplay was amazing as always. Ever since I found him for my Supergirl shoot I've stuck with him. He's super nice, easy to work with, and gives great guidance!
When the initial trailer for Overwatch came out I thought it was an animated movie trailer! The characters looked so cool and I instantly knew I had to be Widowmaker. I started and finished the cosplay before the game was released so I was working off of very limited concept art. I had to do a lot of guesswork, and spend a lot of money because it was my first time making armor, bodypainting, and sewing anything from scratch. So I had to go through a lot of trial and error and throw many passes on stuff away.
I wore it to DragonCon of 2015 and no one knew who I was lol. The game wasn't out yet so only like 5 people knew who I was cosplaying. So all in all, the reception was just ok. I put it on the shelf for a while (because it was a huge hassle to wear to a convention). When the game actually came out and people fell in love with the characters like I did, I decided to finally do an actual shoot for it - almost a year after I made the costume. The pictures took off since now everyone knew who I was. I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go in with the photoshoot, but Dru (AMP Cosplay) had a vision and I just rolled with it!
This one was interesting because I did not expect it to be as well received as it was. I originally wanted to do it honestly because I just wanted a simple superhero costume. Something that wouldn't take long and was a character I actually liked. I hadn't seen a whole lot of new 52 Supergirl cosplays, so I took a shot at it. One thing that I noticed missing from a lot of female superhero costumes that I saw in male costumes was the use of dye sublimation suits to show muscle shading. Instead of just sewing one from blue and red fabric, I ordered a custom pattern from GunHead Designs. I advised him to use darker colors to feel more "real" and less cartoony, and I wanted the man of steel pattern over top to add more texture and depth to the costume. From there I got it printed at fabric on demand, and custom cut the leotard myself. To add dimension I made sure to use different fabric on top of the pattern for the red and gold parts, as well as made a dimensional "S" to go on my chest.
The shoot with Dru actually came before the convention. I knew for a fact I wanted a very Kansas/childhood Clark Kent type of feel, so I did some research and found a relatively nearby farm that was absolutely perfect and used to photoshoots. With some Google searching, I found Dru and fell in love with his images. I sent him an email detailing my costume and my vision and he was totally up for it! It was hot, the grass was itchy, and there were bugs, but it looked perfect on camera. It was our first shoot together and he perfectly understood what I was going for. What can I say? The pictures came out amazing and we've been working together ever since! I've received some backlash on choosing blonde hair for the costume, but Supergirl is blonde so I did the best I could to be accurate. The first con debut was MomoCon, and by that point the costume was relatively known about by some others. I got amazing feedback and was so happy people were nice. I was super nervous because it was my first time cosplaying a character that didn't match me in skin tone, but the positivity I got was astounding.