Archive for the 'Cosplay' Category

See you in mid-November

October 25th, 2014 by Cat

I finished one of my October goals! If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen it already, but here is my most recent cosplay. It is Rhyme from the DS game, The World Ends With You :)

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I’m pretty picky when it comes to accuracy when making my costumes, and probably even more so on simple ones. It’s easier to spot mistakes when it’s so simple looking! I decided to sew and dye the shirt myself because I couldn’t find an existing one with the proper fit and color to alter. I also sewed the shorts and hat. If you’re interested in the construction details, please see my cosplay blog!

Work has been pretty busy lately because we were coming close to a release date. Every time I thought things were going well, something would come up and change that. We also ended up doing a night release that started at 8PM and ended at 11PM. (Fortunately, we’re able to do these remotely from home now.)

Even though it’s Saturday night, I checked in a code change because it bothered me that I broke one of the builds. Fortunately, I do these things because I want to and not because I feel pressured to. Our work has flexible schedules that allow us to figure out what works for us (within reason). I know not all industries or jobs can do this, but when it comes to software developers in a tech company, I really feel like this is the way to go.

People who like to work in the mornings can come in early and then leave early. People, like me, who are not morning people can come in later and leave later. I mean, if I were forced to come in early, I would sit there being unproductive because I’m too tired to think. Instead, I can come in when I feel fully rested and get a lot of work done.

There are days where I don’t work the full 8 hours either. If I’m at a good stopping point or have hit a wall, it’s better for me to start fresh the next day with a clear mind. Then there are days where I work extra because of a deadline, so it balances out. Because of this flexibility, I don’t feel frustrated or bitter if I work after hours.

But, I still tend to be a workaholic. I read an article that said many people are afraid of taking vacation because they’re afraid of work pile up afterwards. This is pretty much me, especially since I’m a team lead. I don’t check in code during a vacation at least, but I still check and respond to work email because I want to keep on top of things.

And so, I have the next two weeks off from work, and I should treat it as such. I’m taking a break from work, blogging, and most things online. I’ll still be on Instagram so feel free to follow me and see what I’m up to. See you in a few weeks!

October is here

October 2nd, 2014 by Cat

It’s October! This is probably my favorite month of the year because of a few reasons:

1. The weather starts to get cooler. People living in colder areas might laugh at me (and have already), but it’s finally dropping to the 80sF which is pretty amazing for us here in Texas.

2. It’s our anniversary, both of them actually. My husband and I began dating on Oct 29, 2005 and were married on Oct 9, 2011. We’ve been together for quite a while now :D

3. Halloween! I don’t really celebrate it anymore, but any holiday that celebrates with costumes is pretty great for cosplayers. Oh the sales!

I made it a goal to finish a couple things before October. One was to finish the Elsa costume I was commissioned to make for a friend’s 9-year old daughter. It’s done now, and I think she likes it :)

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The other was to do and finish a paid photoshoot. I know I said I needed a break from photoshoots, but this was a non-cosplay one with someone I enjoy working with. She just needed some photos for a job application, so we did a short shoot, and I was able to return the photos the next day.

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What I’m up to, #4

September 14th, 2014 by Cat

What I’m sewing

The last time I did one of these entries, I mentioned that a coworker commissioned me to make an Elsa (Frozen) costume for his 9-year old daughter. Since then, I’ve ordered fabric swatches, took her measurements, drafted a pattern, made a mock-up, ordered the fabric, and then adjusted the pattern. So much prep work!

Now I can start on the real thing. I don’t have much progress yet, but my goal is to finish the whole thing this month.

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I’m also looking into making a couple costumes for myself. After all, stores are already preparing for Halloween, so now I can tell people I’m buying fabric for a costume and not look like a weirdo ;)

(By the way, since this entry is so photo-heavy, the rest will use thumbnails that link to the full image.)

About 5 years ago, I cosplayed from the game The World Ends With You. I made Neku, Beat, and Shiki costumes for myself and 2 friends. Now I’m thinking about going back to TWEWY again to make a Rhyme costume. If I ever make a Joshua costume later, then I will have made all 5 main characters!

The second one I’m considering is Misao from Rurouni Kenshin. My coworkers have been tossing around ideas for a group cosplay, Rurouni Kenshin being one of them. It reminded me that I wanted to make a Misao costume many years ago and never did it.

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