Well, it was crazy, I probably wouldn't do it again, but it was worth every minute of stress.
I'm having a hard time remembering it all, but basically, I got done all that I could on the cape on Thursday, packed up the fabric for the green undershirt, the sash, and the craft supplies to make the armor, and threw it all in the car. We rushed to get everything packed, but even then we had to make a few return trips to the townhome to get forgotten items. Once we got to the hotel, we all settled down and I started to work on the final touches to Parker's wig. (turns out I didn't need to since our schedules clashed, so I put it aside). Then Byakuya and Aizen's players from bleach_mu
came to the room to get their commissions. Helped them with that, and got paid. Yay! That money pretty much got me through the entire con. I still owe them each $5 in change though. ;;
Only got a little bit of work done on cosplay that night, such as cutting togabitoion
's Donna wig, had awesome chinese food, played apples to apples, and then I crashed. The next morning, got up early and worked on some stuff, then we all went to breakfast in the lobby. Ran into another Doctor, and then found Pablo as the 10th Doctor. That was fun. After that, we went back to the room, and I am drawing a blank as to what happened next. I think we debated about when to get our badges, because the lines were still freaking long. I changed into Kunio, and we found the line, then decided to get food first, so we went to subway. Stood in the line for a while, got our badges, and then I went back to the room to change and finish my costume. Spent from Friday afternoon until 7:30 am working on finishing that damn costume. I think somewhere around midnight, togabitoion
and I both cracked, because she was so hyper that she couldn't stand still while I pinned parts of my costume to her, and when I scolded her, she just started cackling like a mad woman. *dies* The neighbors thought we had lost it. Somewhere in all of that was a catfight and punched boobs, but we were laughing so hard that there were no hard feelings. It took a good 10 minutes for all of us to stop laughing, but I think we needed that. I also cut sandkarasu
's wig that night. Don't let me handle a blowdryer when sleepy. ;;;
I finally had my breakdown the next day, after ALL of it was finished. I'd like to say that I've gotten much better at staying calm while I'm working. When I'm making something, I get in this groove where I know I just have to keep working, and the less I say to people, the less stressed we all will be. I've learned a lot from how badly it's taken when I panic in past years, so I only got upset maybe once in the past week. But... it all built up, and when we went to the Video Games World Record meetup, it was so hot and claustrophobic and being told how long it would take (not to mention me being bitter over all the special attention 'Dead or Alive' was getting) was making me pissy. I worked really hard all week because I wanted to have our costumes done in time to get photos as a group, and most of the day had been wasted already. In retrospect, I acted like a spoiled child, and I'm horribly embarrassed and ashamed. Especially since everyone else felt shitty too, they were just better at not showing it. I'm glad you're ok, togabitoion
In the end, however, I guess it was kinda worth it. We had 697 people at the end, and I even got on camera (I was NEVER so grateful for a mask in all my life, to hide my tears), and managed to calmly state what game I was from, before freaking out again. ;;; At that point I just wanted out of there because crying in front of 400+ people is never fun.
Later, we went back to the room, munched on food, made sure no one was dehydrated, and ran off to the cosplay contest. For doing a walkon, I'm really happy we managed to get 3 poses turned somewhat into a skit-like performance. We didn't even get to rehearse aside from showing each other what we'd do, and watching each other for timing. Even though I had no periforal vision, I managed to bow at the exact time sandkarasu
did too! XD And I believe Will made some sort of motion at that exact moment too, so it all looked well timed. Yay for miracles! When it was over, we visited with some other cosplayers. I'm so happy with how everyone's turned out! You guys all looked great! I'm really sorry I couldn't hang out, but when I got back to our room, apparently I crashed so hard on the couch sitting partially upright, that no one woke me until bedtime, when it was only to drag me off of it so they could pull out the hideaway bed. I slept about 10 or so hours, I think.
Sunday we woke up and packed, cleaned, and um... got stuck in elevators/separated/or otherwise waited a lifetime just to get downstairs. I HATE A-kon's elevators. HATE. And some fucker had to pull the fire alarm and get some of us separated. I accidentally packed my Blblanc pants in my suitcase, which was already packed into the car, so I had another panic attack in the room, and had to run downstairs to get the valet to find the car again. Fortunately they were wrapped up in my other costume, so I got them finally and we all got ready and went to have our photoshoot. We goofed off in the skybridge by the plaza for a while, until rubyredrose
was able to meet up with us. Your Freya mask is AWESOME! *__* Then she went to change, while we all abused Will in his Alba costume, and Alba and Weismann kicked Campanella while he was down. XD Skypirate got some photos of us, and then when Katie got back in her Leonhardt costume, we went to the mall to get food. Then I found everyone else I had missed all weekend! Yay! Got to chat about stuff, and I promise I'll get you guys some pics of the characters from the game if you want to join us at another con! We'll be cosplaying from this game for a while.
I was kinda afraid that we wouldn't be able to get photos in the plaza because it's stupid government property now (What a WASTE of good architecture! UGH.), but at least they let us get some by the fountain. I wanted to stand next to the white marble hall sSO fucking badly. Motherfuckers.
Excuse my french. I am VERY upset over that.
Anyway, we still got some good photos, and then we finally went outside to the cancer survivors park, and got pictures there. Blblanc tried to steal the giant marble, but it was too heavy. Alba found it very interesting to research. Blblanc found Alba's pockets very interesting to research! :D Weismann and Leonhardt had a fancy dance, before he went back to being emo and died. Oh, and Campanella was smug and creepy. c_____c I'm not going near that kid again.
Then we went home and had burritos.