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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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Summer recap

September 6th, 2014 by Cat

It’s nearing the end of summer, and as someone living in Texas, I cannot wait for the temperatures to drop. I’ve had a pretty eventful summer so far though, so I thought I’d look back on how I spent the past few months :)

Unexpected Trip

I originally had no big trips planned for the summer. Since my husband and I don’t have kids and we’re both software developers, we don’t have to follow the school schedule for vacation time. We tend to pick off seasons to travel instead.

But well, if your work wants you to go to London, and they’ll cover expenses… it’s hard to refuse ;) So, I went to London for a week in June. I only had to work 3 days there, so my husband tagged along to sight-see during the rest of the time. Read about it here or view photos here.

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The Rift

August 28th, 2014 by Cat

Gaming has come a looooong way from when I first started. Though I played some games on the computer early on, the NES was when I really started my gaming hobby. This was when I was very young (I don’t even remember how old), and I’ve been keeping up and watching games change since then.

I remember how loading up Super Mario 64 for the first time on my N64 just blew me away. If you look back on it now, the graphics are pretty bad, but prior to that, I hadn’t played a game with 3D graphics. City of Heroes was another big one for me because it was my first MMO. I had to get used to the fact that I was surrounded by random strangers whose faces I’d probably never see.

Now there’s another milestone in my gaming life. We’re now the owners of an Oculus Rift, DevKit 2!

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My husband put in an order several months ago, and we just got ours recently. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a virtual reality (VR) headset. There’s multiple parts to it. It connects to your computer, which is what’s actually running the game. There’s a camera to track your head movement. Then there’s the headset itself, which has a small screen for each eye.

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Your head acts as the game’s camera. If you’re playing in first person, when you move your head, you are actually moving your character’s head. Walking around is still done by keyboard/mouse or gamepad.

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