Sewing Friend

It’s been nice to actually sew again, and one of the best parts has been spending extra time with my kitty. Usagi has been my sewing companion for the last 16 years now. She’s moved through four houses and four different sewing rooms with me, and through it all has always wanted to check in and see what I’m doing while I’m costuming. Even though she can be a thread-eating, fabric-stealing pain sometimes, I love that my little old lady still likes to come to my sewing room and hang out while I work.

Cat sitting on sewing supplies
Keeping me company and sitting on my patterns, as usual

Ambitious Projects and Bad Ideas

I used to go to anime conventions and cosplay at least twice a year. Between adopting a child and everything else that’s been going on, I haven’t actually made a costume for about two years, outside of throwing something together for Halloween. I’d like to get back to sewing and costuming, and since I’m not the type to ease back into a hobby (a.k.a. a dumb person), I’ve decided to go straight for the most bat-shit crazy option I can think of.

For those of you unfamiliar with animated vampire films of the early 2000’s, that is Carmilla from Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. I am a huge fan of the Vampire Hunter D light novels, and even though Carmilla does not actually appear in them, I have wanted to do a costume from the series for a while, and hers is amazing.

Seriously though, I’m not sure what I’m thinking taking this on as a restart project. The wig alone is the stuff of nightmares. And that dress defies physics in the way only an anime outfit can. But, you know, I guess I’ve had worse ideas than this.

Time to dig up my swatch book and see what I need.