Q: What has been your favourite cosplay?
Oddly enough, Feena from Grandia.
Grandia was one of my favourite games growing up (overtaking
Final Fantasy VII in the "favourites" stakes), so doing a cosplay
from it was my little hommage to it. The reaction I got wearing it
is going to stick with me until I'm old and grey I'm sure. Its not
overly complicated, or flashy, and its from a game that the younger
generation know nothing about, but its special to me. So I think
thats why its my favourite.
Q: Most memorable moment whilst cosplaying?
I have a
couple...one that leaps out includes Feena again.
Amecon 2008, I had been agonising all
weekend about wearing it because it was so
revealing. On the Sunday morning I decided to
stop wussing out and just wear it, and I am glad I
made that decision. From the minute I walked
on campus I had people squealing 'omg its Feena!'
and people asking for my photo or hugs, or saying
how rare it was to see a Grandia cosplay.
I was amazed, over whelmed and ultimately very
touched by the reaction I received that its
something I always think of if I feel a bit down.
Another one occured at the
MCM London Expo,
May 2007. On the Sunday I was wearing the
first cosplay I'd made entirely on my own which was
my first version of Rydia. I didn't expect any
one to recognise me and was just going about my
business when I heard a 'RYDIAAAAA!!!' from down the
corridor and saw a Fire Emblem cosplayer
bounding towards me! It was a wonderful
reaction! It really made me feel good about
myself, so I'm eternally grateful to that cosplayer
for doing that (and also stopping himself before he
ran into me <3)
Q: Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems
whilst making cosplays?
Oh... do you have a life time?
My sleeves for Rydia took me three months. Just the sleeves.
I'd never made anything like them before so it was a learning curve.
The sleeves themselves were machine sewn, but the ribbon lining down the
edge was hand stitched into place and the sleeves were two metres long.
I was a slow hand sewer, I'm a lot faster now.
I've had dresses getting eaten up by my sewing machine because I'd
applied too much pressure to the pedal. Also I've had the needle
ping off in the middle of something, thread snapping and me not
The biggest problem I have is just getting general shapes right. I
don't have a natural ability to make costumes just by eye. I have
to think about it, or use a pattern, and the first time I did, I got so
confused I gave up. However, after making failed attempt and not
very good attempt after each other, I decided to give them another go
and decided the best way to use a pattern was to use the shapes and your
common sense. It makes like easier!
Q: Have you ever regretted cosplaying?
I don't think
I've regretted it. I've had times when I think
'I can't believe I'm spending X amount of money on
something I'm probably only going to wear a few
times', but moments like that don't last long.
Its the sense of satisfaction putting the finished
product on that gets rid of any would be regrets.
Q: Do your cosplays have a particular theme to
I don't think they do. My sister once
said I have a green theme because Rydia, Sailor
Jupiter and Feena all contain green in some way, but
I do cosplays that appeal to me or are special.
Like any Aeris Gainsborough costume I've done or
plan to do is because she is my favourite female
character of all time. Same with Rydia - she's
another favourite character because she's a very
strong female role model.
Q: Have you ever done group cosplay? If so how did you find
I... haven't done a group yet, now I think about
it. As most of my cosplays are fairly obscure. However I'm
involved with fair few groups over the coming year. I'm Xianghua
in a Soul Calibur group at
MCM London Expo May 2009 and
Ayacon 2009. I'm also Eternal Sailor Jupiter in an Eternal
Sailor Moon group at
Ayacon 2009 and
MCM London Expo October
2009. I'm hoping to get a Grandia group and a Final
Fantasy IV group set up at some point but I don't mind if it doesn't
Having not actually cosplayed in a group situation, I don't really have
the grounds to comment on how I found it, but watching other groups it
does seem like its a lot of fun! It gives more opportunity for
group dynamics and poses for photographs! Plus when you're in a
group you meet people you wouldn't necessarily meet the rest of the time
and make more friends that way!
Q: What cosplays are you planning?
My current list consists of (and
hopefully where I intend to wear them):
Aerith from Final Fantasy Tactics (Minamicon 15)
Alchemist Rikku from Final Fantasy X-2 (MCM London Expo
May 2009, Ayacon 2009)
Eternal Sailor Jupiter from
Sailor Moon (Ayacon 2009,
MCM London Expo October 2009)
Rydia Drake from Final Fantasy IV (this will be my third version)
Xianghua from Soul Calibur III (MCM London Expo May 2009,
And these are ones that have no place or convention/expo yet or I'm
planning for fun:
Princess Ailish (Sudeki); MeiLin Li (Card Captor Sakura);
Huntress (Ragnarok Online); Priestess (Ragnarok Online);
Stalker (Ragnarok Online); Princess Garnet (Final Fantasy IX);
Super Sailor Mars (Sailor Moon); Kanonno (Tales of the World:
Radient Mythology); Aerith Gainsborough (Final Fantasy VII);
Aerith Gainsborough (Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core); Refia (Final
Q: Do you have a dream cosplay?
I'd like to do Aerith's default
and original design. But do it well - really well. Which is
why I'm not even attempting it until I feel my skills are good enough.
Q: Do you have one piece of advice that
you would give to cosplay virgins?
say to start simple. Don't leap in head first
with a really challenging costume; no matter how
much you might want to do it. Start fairly
easy and go from there, then attempt the harder ones
when you're more comfortable.
Q: Do you have an account with the website
My personal cosplay website is
I'm also on Cosplay Island as Silver and
Coscom as Silveritis
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