Mew Ichigo from Tokyo Mew Mew
Event(s): Anime Los Angeles 2017
This is a costume I wasn't super happy with, but wore anyway. It's not bad, but definitely not as nice as I would have liked.
I patterned the leotard myself, but, because of the way the fabric I chose worked and the way my sewing machine was reacting to it, it didn't fit the way I had intended. It was my first time using stretch vinyl, and I've grown to understand it a lot better now.
I considered styling a crazy snake hair wig, like she has in the show, but ultimately decided it would be better to go for a natural look in order to stay comfortable. I had a friend help me make the curls a lot crazier than they were and she eventually borrowed the wig for a crazy curly haired costume of her own, haha.
The day of the con, we attempted to paint me white and my body was just not having it, so I settled with being flesh-tone. We didn't stay in the costumes long, but it was fun while it lasted. I just wish I would have gotten a few more pics and posed better! But hey, I'm always learning!
Photo by David Ngo - 2017