1) If someone at commissions you for a costume, how much lead time do you need or want? The amount of time I take for a commission depends on the amount of detail on the costume. I’m still new to taking commissions so I require a few months of preparation. I like about a 3 month buffer to be safe and it gives me time to make alterations if need be.
2) What inspired you to start making costumes? I began cosplaying about three years ago when my coworker showed me her costumes and introduced me to the community. I’ve always been a crafty person and my parents enrolled me in sewing lessons when I was young so when I found out there was a way that I could mix that with my love of comics and anime, I was hooked.
3) Outside of Cosplay, what are your interests? Outside of cosplay, I like to keep up on psychological findings. I have a degree in Psychology and enjoy data entry so I try to keep up on new studies. I’m also known to binge watch a whole anime series and spend eight hours straight playing Tera Online.
4) What is your primary method of funding your projects? I have a full time job at a local grocery store that helps me pay for all of my crafting though I take on side projects here and there to try and make a few more bucks. I’m tinkering with the idea of selling some stuff on etsy and at conventions.
5) What is your number one anime of all time? My number one anime? Oh that’s so hard. If we want to go by rewatches then probably Soul Eater but if we want to go by amount of merch then Madoka Magica or Sword Art Online.
6) What is your favorite material to work with? I prefer sewing projects over armor pieces so fabric is definitely my favorite to work with. I really like stretch cotton. The fabric I used on my Harley Quinn pants is my all time favorite fabric that I have worked with. It is so soft and so easy to work with.
7) What is your favorite convention globally speaking? I’ve only attended conventions in the PNW sadly though I hope to begin expanding out. One of my dream conventions is Colossal Con. But outside of Washington, I really enjoy Kumoricon. It’s a bigger con with the closeness of a small con.
8) What is your favorite local event? My favorite local event is Ba-con, hands down. Everyone is the sweetest and I love that I make new friends every year. I get the chance to talk to the most people at Ba-Con and I get excited every year at seeing it grow.
An older project of mine was to sample the various alternate flavors of Dairy Queen’s Dilly Bars. https://www.dqfansurvey.com/ is where you send the 19 digit code you find on your DQ reciept. BUT ONLY WITHIN 3 DAYS OF PURCHASE. After you enter it online and fill out the survey, you are given a code number to write down and that number is good for 30 days. Show up with receipt (with or without another purchase) and you can choose between classic, sugar-free, cherry, mint chocolate, butterscotch, and Heath bar bit covered. For the purposes of this article, I’ll be focusing on the ones more recent than the classic one you probably know.
Heath Flavor: The Heath Dilly bar was just little bits of Toffee outside of the regular Dilly bar comma but other than that it’s just old-fashioned Dilly bar so unless you really like coffee, I would skip this one. I could barely feel them they look tiny and easy to miss outside of there relatively moderate numbers, and it was so cold out I certainly couldn’t taste them.
Butterscotch Flavor: Saving the best for last. While artificially flavored, the butterscotch taste in the outer shell seemed very authentic. I noticed that some of the nutrients one of them giving nutrients the one besides calcium, was 2% higher in butterscotch than it was in cherry. The ice cream should be the same, so all that’s left is the topping. Interesting not only the tastiest, it might also be the most nutritious. Although the sugar-free coating bar should be the healthiest.