I’ve been attending NY Anime Fest, which then became NYCC, for years. Through those years, I’ve had the privilege to watch the con grow and evolve. A good indicator of con success, is how long you can wait to buy tickets. For NYCC 2014, 3-day passes sold out in 20 minutes. In 2013, I’m pretty sure the window was something along the lines of 2-3 hours. I’m glad the con is enjoying its success, even though with success comes a certain amount of growing pain (as demonstrated by the controversial online ticketing system this year!).
In the past 3 years I’ve gotten into sewing, and costuming. Each year my costumes become a little bit more advanced, and the construction techniques have steadily improved. The first costume I made without my mother’s help disintegrated the second time I tried to wear it. Now, with the help of my serger, I can make outfits that can stand several years of use.
My main costume at NYCC 2013, was one that showcased all the sewing and crafting techniques that I’ve learned over the years. I was Queen Amidala from The Phantom Menace, the outfit from the senate scene. I constructed an elaborate (and heavy!) headdress, hand-beaded and pleated the gown, and drafted a pattern from scratch for the robe. It wasn’t perfect, but I was pretty proud of the result. On a whim I entered it into the Wikia Live costume contest, and won crowd favorite. I was elated.