Hello my pretties, I hope everyone is well!

I recently got back from NemaCon and I've just about recovered from the weekend and the week of work I had as soon as I got back (why I didn't book it off I'll never know...).

Anyway, since I have lots to update you on, I'll split them into sections so you can skip over anything you don't want to read!

So, lets get started shall we? 

- NemaCon

I had a great first time at NemaCon, and as will all cons I wish it didn't have to end!
I tagged along with my lovely friends Melissa and Calum from DragonJacketPro who were kind enough to put me up for the weekend and it was great getting to spend time with them properly!

I also got to meet a lot of my online friends as well as some new ones, and apparently, some of my 'fans' who were really nice about my costumes ^.^ thank you guys!

On the Saturday I went as Alice, and Mel joined me as Oz - we were such a beautiful pair.
It was great to have a cosplay partner and everyone else seemed to like it too!
We masqueraded together, as well as getting some beautifully shot derp photos, because you cannot go to a con without them. Look out for them on Facebook ;)

For the Sunday I wore my SeeU costume, after finally managing to get the tangles out of the wig (although it's back in that state again... damn wind!).
I didn't stay in it for too long though, because I was cold and a little uncomfortable. So I changed into Alice's shirt and skirt before the closing ceremony, and for the after party.

The highlight of the weekend had to be watching Mel and Calum's performance in the skit competition. I'd watched them practicing a couple days earlier, but it was even more amazing on the day! Of course, they won. Ahh, so proud <3

Over the weekend they also myself and Kai to join their cosplay group, which we agreed to, of course and I managed to score myself some sexy LoZ figures and some art for my friend. Money well spent! (Y)

...Oh and we somehow ended up watching a burlesque show at the after party, we so weren't prepared for that!

I finally got around to updating the site again, hurray!
I got pretty lazy with it, so had quite a few things to add and update. 
Here's a quick list of updates so you can go and check them out.

Check out our video from the weekend, and don't forget to subscribe for more!
DragonJacketPro NemaCon Video (includes skit)

- Site Updates

I finally got around to updating the site again, hurray!
I got pretty lazy with it, so had quite a few things to add and update. 
Here's a quick list of updates so you can go and check them out.

- Photoshoot added to Alice
- Costumes updated: SeeU & Alice
- Shop cleared.
- Events updated.

There are lots of lovely photos of Alice for you to go and check out, and even a progress picture of the scythe, which I'm slowly working on.
Hopefully there should be more coming from NemaCon too, so keep an eye out for those.

The events list and information for Alice and SeeU have also been updated and SeeU has now been marked as retired. I'm tempted to re-make it in the future, but who knows.

I've managed to shift all my costumes with the help of friends, so my shop section has been cleared for the time being.
I may open up commissions for small items and tunics over the summer, but this depends on my free time.

Finally, I've also updated the event list as I've found myself planning quite far ahead with conventions as well as cosplays and groups! I've added some new events as well as moving recent ones to 'past events'.

At some point I'll be re-arranging the layout of the events page so that I can put more details about my cosplay and group plans, as I'll be in quite a few large ones over the next 12 months, but more about those closer to the time.

Newly added events are: 
- SunnyCon 2013
- NemaCon 2013
- May Expo 2013

I've also gotten rid of my original home page and that godawful list of updates.
From now on my blog will be acting as the home page, and I'll inform you of site updates via this to hopefully make things a little clearer and so that I'll actually start using the blog.

- Cosplay Idol

I'm sure everybody knows about this by now, because I post about it quite often (sorry guys!) but I'm a contestant in this years Cosplay Idol.

Voting for the qualifying round ends soon - on the 31st July to be exact.
That's just a month away, so not long left. 

Currently, I'm 4th and I'm over the moon that I'm still in the top 5, so thank you so much to everyone who has voted, however people are starting to catch up.

So if you would, please share ask your friends to vote and keep me there long enough to get through to the finals!

Vote for me here!

To vote, just follow the link and click either 'G+1' or 'Like' above the image.
Tweets do not count as votes and you can only vote once per IP address.
You can also vote for as many contestants as you like, you're not limited to one vote!

Thanks!
& well done if you read all of that.
Phew, I'm done, bye!

 
Today I finished Alice! It's brilliant to finally see it complete.
I've spent the past 3 weeks working on it pretty much every day and I've put a heck of a lot of work into it (far more than I have with other costumes anyway).

I posted a montage picture on the page a while back which showed lots of different aspects of the costume.
Since that image I added buttons to the costume, diamonds to the hair and laces and I shortened the red and gave it a border. 


Now I'm sure I've missed nothing! 
I'm proud to say I've included all the details I could find, but if you spot anything I've missed please do let me know!

Anyway, I wont be posting any photos of the costume, sorry! :P
I'm going to save that for the proper photoshoot shots which I hope to get at the meet next week. I'm hoping to get some really good photos out of this, so look out for those!

~ Lex
 
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My Alice wig arrived! 
I adore it, and I keep wanting to wear it, but it get tangles so easily, so I have to leave it be until the meet.

I love everything about this costume!
The design is so pretty and half of it is stuff I'd wear in everyday life, and those gloves feel sooo nice to wear!  I'm so excited to get it finished, because I know I'm going to love wearing it.

Anyway, since the wig turned up I've been working frequently on the costume, or as frequently as materials will allow. 
I thought it was time to post a progress dump since I've actually done quite a bit. 

So far I've managed to put together the bow, gloves and skirt as well as a mock-up or test of the red coat.  Unfortunately I ran out of red fabric while making the mock-up so it only had one sleeve. I know what I'm doing though, so it doesn't matter that it only has one. 
Finished bow, Version 1.
Sewn detail on gloves.


Today, my shirt turned up too, I've been meaning to get a shirt anyway for interviews/work and such so I figured I might as well use it for this costume rather than making a separate one.
I tried it on with my skirt and bow, as well as with the mock-up, so that I could see where I needed to adjust the pattern when making the real thing. You can see below that I lined where I want to extend or change parts. I also re-made the top of the bow earlier, but have no photos yet. If you have any pointers please comment!
Shirt with coat and bow.
Planned pattern alterations.
(Click for larger image)

I'm really happy with how it's going so far, originally, I thought this would be really tricky, but as I've been working I've found out that it's actually pretty easy and not much different from my other costumes in terms of construction.
Apart from the bow... that's proving to be pretty tricky to make it look good and be the right size. I'm still not happy with it.

The actual fabric I will be using for the coat was delivered yesterday, and I'm waiting for a dressmakers mannequin to turn up tomorrow, so I'll be getting straight to work on it, and will hopefully have the majority of it finished by the weekend (bar buttons and zips which I still need to pick up!).

The boots I'm modifying have yet to turn up, I just hope they'll turn up in the next couple of the weeks and not after the meet...

Anyway, I've rambled on enough, you can find more progress pictures on the costume page:
http://www.thelegendoflex.weebly.com/alice.html

You can also post comments on costume pages now, so if you want to, please drop a comment on there.

Thanks for reading,

~ Lex
 
Hey guys!As you might have noticed I moved my website and changed the layout of it.
I decided to change the website builder I was using because I was having quite a few problems with it. Hopefully this one should be much better.

There have been a few changes to the content since the move. For now I've dropped the Art and Furry Ones pages. They're still there, but they're empty, because for now I'm just going to focus on the costume stuff.I don't really have the time or patience to set up the other pages properly.

I've also added a Sales and Commissions page, because I have a few things I need to shift, more retired costumes and wigs will be added soon too! Commissions aren't open, but I'm hoping to open them for simple things soon, so keep an eye out if you're interested.

As well as this I've added an F.A.Q because I often get questioned about where I get materials from and how I make things. Please check it out if you have any questions, and submit some more for me if you have anything to ask, thanks!

I recently started work on my Alice costume too, and I'll be posting plenty of progress photos for this, which can all be found on the costume page. So far I've just made the bow and the base for the scythe while I'm waiting on materials being delivered, but it should be getting updated pretty regularly.

I'm hoping to have Alice finished for June for the cosplay meet. We've got a big Pandora Hearts group going which I'm planning to be a part of, it's exciting!
If she's not done for then, I'll have to wait until October to debut her at the MCM Expo.

While I'm on the subject of Expo, I just booked the hotel for that! My first Expo in London, I'm really looking forward to that, and to meeting many of my southern cosplay friends!

That's about all for now. Remember, I'll be using the main page to post the most recent site and costume updates so you can quickly browse that page for new things to check out. I'll try to update at least every week.

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Lex