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Posts: 4,572 2/28/09 4:44 P
Cosplay for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convention in July: Tsunade is OUT.
My son was right. I have a hernia as a result of the nasty, unexpected surgery I had last year. I was hoping that as I lost weight it would become less obvious. My son thought that as I lost weight it would become MORE obvious, because I'd have less fat to hide it. After losing another 10 pounds, I can see that he's right. Now I look fat AND 8 months pregnant! Another 10 pounds and I'll probably look ready to give birth on the convention floor!!
That isn't going to work well with Tsunade's outfit with the big sash around the waist.
I won't be having surgery on the hernia before the convention for two reasons: 1) The surgeon wants to do it laproscopically and says my weight is an issue. He'd like me to lose another 40 pounds first, and says it's fine if that takes 2 years. If he has to finish the surgery by cutting me open, that's 6 weeks of recovery, compared to 1-2 weeks. 2) After the nasty 2008 surgery I'm swamped with medical bills and can't AFFORD to add to them this year.
So... I'll be fat AND look pregnant for the convention. Any costume ideas that will work with THAT??
LadyTroll's idea of the Millennium Earl would probably work. Any other ideas?
Thanks, ~ Pam
Edited by: EX-WIMPIE at: 2/28/2009 (16:45)
Posts: 4,572 2/2/09 1:28 P
I'll be happy to share my experiences and any pics!
Most of my friends DO NOT get the whole anime thing (or conventions either). They gently allow me to HAVE my interest, but look like they're fighting the urge to bolt from the room if I start talking about it in any detail--so I don't.
The only way I can manage to have the $$$ to go is to save up and have room mates to share the hotel cost. This year is really tight, money-wise, but since a convention is also the only vacation I get, I really want to be able to go to ONE! If we'd gone to the Anime convention, we probably wouldn't have gone to the Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention. Turns out we were lucky the Anime hotel was filled, because the Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention has guests of honor that we REALLY want to see!
Posts: 79 2/2/09 8:57 A
Well keep us updated on what you decide and def post any pictures you can! I can't afford to go to any conventions this year, so I am going to enjoy your experience! (if you don't mind!)
I don't know about other sci-fi/fantasy conventions, but ours, Convergence, devotes two rooms to around-the-clock anime viewing and has the occasional anime panel as well. So we get a number of people who do anime cosplay during the convention. I won't look out of place going as Tsunade.
What is tempting me though, is this year's theme is "the funny side of sci-fi." They'll have as guests of honor the people from "Cinematic Titanic", who are all people from "Mystery Science Theater 3000." In keeping with the theme, my son suggested additional costumes of him in a jumpsuit as Joel or Mike, and me making a Tom Servo costume. That would be a fun challenge if I had the time and money.
But I definitely want to do Tsunade. If nothing else, I won't die from heat wearing the costume!
Posts: 79 1/29/09 8:24 A
Oh no! That totally stinks!!! I think you would have done really well as Tsunade!
I guess you could try at the Sci-fi convention. I have never actually gone to anything but anime conventions so I don't know what they have at the Sci-fi/Fantasy ones.
Alas, we couldn't get a room at the hotel for the Anime convention in April! So we're not going.
However, I think I'm still going to go as Tsunade to the Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention in July. There's a lot of anime cosplay there, although my son suggested that I dress as Colin Baker Doctor Who to his Patrick Troughton Doctor Who...
Posts: 4,572 1/18/09 2:19 P
Thanks! That costume took FOREVER to make; I think it took at least two months to make (not constantly, of course) and close to a month to come up with the design. I decided I wanted a "plushie Dalek" instead of the hard, metallic-style Dalek, with as much mobility as I could manage. I had to design everything and redesign when initial ideas didn't work as well as expected.
I crocheted the eye stalk piece and the plunger for the plushie effect, and I had to hand-make all the pom-poms on the "skirt" because no one manufactured blue pop-poms big enough. The costume is in three pieces (although the head and mid-section connect with velcro): I knew it would be hard on my neck & shoulders if the entire costume hung off my head. I can get my arms out as needed, I can pick up the "skirt" to climb stairs or fit in crowded elevators, I can sit, and I can lift a black mesh piece in the head to see better, eat, or smoke (I still smoked then). The lazer flashes, the earbuds are lit, and the inside of the eye stalk glows & changes colors.
I was a super star at the convention, and I will never be able to come up with another costume that draws as much attention as long as I live! People with me grumbled that they went out for a smoke, came back 15 minutes later, and I would have managed to move 20 feet with all the picture-taking. I got a standing ovation when I enter a Doctor Who forum, and they burst into delighted laughter when I bowed to acknowledge their applause. Children followed me everywhere, even if they had no idea what I was.
Sorry, that's more than you wanted to know, but that Dalek is my crowning achievement, so I tend to get carried away.
Posts: 79 1/18/09 8:34 A
I do really like your Dalek costume. I love DrWho! (My old screen name on here was DrWhoo08 until something happened to my account!). How long did it take you to make that costume?
Thinking of cosplaying against body type, my favorite cosplayer at an anime convention was the big, burly man in his late 30's dressed as Cardcaptor Sakura. He...seemed less than comfortable in his costume. My theory is that he lost a bet.
Tsunade is still the front-runner for my costume choice. But actually, yes, I do want to hide myself that much. If it weren't so hot, my Dalek costume in my Spark profile is my favorite type of costume.
Posts: 79 1/15/09 9:27 A
Oh....hmmm....do you really want to hide youself that much! I'm sure you have seen all the different kinds of people that are there and they all look good no matter what size they are! I think it is so much fun to see all the costumes! I am pushing for Tsunade, but do what makes you feel the best!!
Tonight I was thinking of the hiding myself aspect for a costume, and I had an idea I could always cosplay as Necozawa from Ouran High School Host Club...
Posts: 4,572 1/9/09 11:50 A
I was just going to ask you how you made your costume--and you anticipated my question!
I have a kimono pattern for a costume that never happened for me (although I did use pieces of it for the Shaoran from CardCaptor Sakura costume I made for my son.) And I already have black capris--those are my "shorts". Hey, with your instructions, I'm halfway there!
Our convention is the first week in April in Minnesota. We missed last year because I was recovering from surgery, but they're supposed to have moved to a larger hotel to accommodate the crowd. I don't know how warm or cold it will be in this new hotel, but in the old hotel we were so packed that normal-sized people roasted in any kind of warm-ish costume and people with props had trouble moving about. I got some nasty comments about my Go board costume because people would stop to look at it and the hallway would become instantly impassible. (Yeah, that was my secret plan in wearing the costume--disrupt sluggish traffic flow.)
I'd assume that I could go without lining the jacket based on past crowding and the added warmth of my weight. I could also use a heavier weight fabric.
Posts: 79 1/9/09 9:19 A
Thanks you! I was looking through your pictures and I think you look really pretty even when you were a Go board!
You should definitely do Tsunade and if you are going to make the costume it is really easy. I used a kimono pattern I got at the store to make the green jacket (I just shortened it) and I used the same pattern to make the inner shirt (only a size smaller, no sleeves, and short). I did put a lining in the green jacket because the convention was in Jan in Ohio and I knew it was going to be cold. Then I found capris and shoes at the thrift store. Oh, and I used a red felt circle and felt marker to make the symbol on the back.
Those are all awesome suggestions! Yes, I love Naruto and Bleach, and Tsunade, Jiraya, or a squad captain would work. I'd feel too old to play Chouji, but the weight fits. I like Chouji too. I'm not too skinny to play the Millenium Earl (darn) and that costume might not be too hot...
Right now I'm leaning toward Tsunade. Although I'm too fat for Tsunade, I'm the right age and at least she isn't skinny. S_LO_15, you look great as Tsunade!
*sigh* There aren't a lot of overweight, older female characters. I'm also open to cosplaying as someTHING instead of someONE, like I did when I was the Go board from Hikaru no Go.
Posts: 79 1/8/09 6:04 P
I didn't even thing of Tsunade or Jiraya! Those are good ideas! I went as Tsunade to one convention, that pic is on my Sparkpage. Her jacket is very good at hiding what ever you want and you can show as little or as much cleavage that you want
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you could try the millenium earl from Dgray man , but you're too skinny LOL!and maybe that would be hot too. from naruto- tsunade or jiraya, they're not young , they're not skinny. i think you would need a wig for jiraya 9he's one of my favorites too), but tsunade is perfect-you're blonde , the costume is simple and you won't be hot. and i agree with Steph , a captain from bleach will do-biakuya , the one with the flowers kimono,ukitake , the lady from 4 th division or maybe you prefer a hollow lol!. you're too pretty for ganju.i also can think only at men characters but they're more interesting than the girls
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Posts: 79 1/8/09 8:26 A
A prinny would be cool, but I agree that it would be hot. Do you watch Naruto or Bleach? From Naruto you could be Chouji, but he is a male character. As for Bleach, all the captain have those robes that would hide anything and you could be either a male or female captain. I've always wanted to go as one of the captains from Bleach.
I'm looking for cosplay ideas that will work with my appearance for an anime convention in April. I'm fat (278 pounds) and 55. I'm told frequently I look at least 10-15 years younger than my age, but no one is going to mistake me for a young thing in her 20's.
I've cosplayed as Kaede from InuYasha, the Go board from Hikaru No Go, and the Laughing Man from Ghost in the Shell SAC.
I'm considering a Prinny costume from Disgaea, but I'm worried that would be really hot--especially with all my weight. My son has suggested Princess Hinata from X, saying that her flowing robes and hair would hide my weight concerns--personally, I doubt it. And that's all the ideas we have.
I would prefer a costume that doesn't cover my head completely for heat reasons. I would also prefer not to look ludicrous, which means no cosplaying as a cute, skinny, 15-year-old girl, but humor is fine.
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