so gearcon was fun back in early july. the photos are finally ready, which you can see below. for my very first steampunk convention, I had a lot of fun. my costume was mostly from older clothing I took apart and refashioned into something more steampunk/neo-Victorian. I will definitely be adding at least one steampunk convention to my line up of events to do in a year.
kumoricon is coming up very soon so I am in maid squad overdrive as I try to iron out the last of the details and getting the rest of my team up-to-date on convention policy and yojimbo training. this year is the first time I have had more veteran maid squad staff than newbies so I am feeling much better than previous years on how things will run this year. I am doing another kimono/hakama outfit for maid squad. this time I will be making the kimono and painting the design myself to reflect perfectly to kumoricon (clouds and autumn flowers on a navy blue fabric). I will also be hosting an obi tying workshop again, this time in two different sessions with 1.5 hours to teach kimono wearing cosplayers and enthusiasts.
the only curveball I have had so far is learning that the dark alice in wonderland ball is not in late September but in mid August... well crap, I haven't even begun making my outfit for that yet. I know what I want to do, but thought I could tackle that project after kumoricon was over. I will be doing my own version of the mad hatter with a more straightjacket type outfit and a really unconventional top hat... I was hoping to have the hat made by my friend jesse (midnight armor), but he's booked with a couple more conventions before he has the time to take on my commission for the hat. that means I will be attempting to make my own hat with some millinery supplies and a lot or trial and error.