Elfia 2018 Haarzuilens – Warrior Rapunzel

To join a group of Disney Warrior Princesses, who all gathered about a year ago with the idea of having the Princesses wear armour, I created and improvised this Rapunzel Warrior Costume, based on a Roman style Gladiator girl. The headdress was needed to hide the faulty wig border as I didn’t have a large budget and still wanted to make something that looked fashionably okay – that wig looks nice like this but it’s rather small on the head.

Now to start a cosplay like this is nice but I stumbled upon many unforeseen complications. Such as: don’t start a cosplay while you’ve just given birth. Your shape can vary till over a year after. Also, don’t be too ambitious. With a baby toddling around, reviews to be written and a new job I just didn’t have as much time to create something as I had wanted. also, make it comfortable. I have a League of Legends armour lying around here somewhere which I really wanted to wear, but had commissioned around the time of me giving birth. The problem is, it looks beautiful but you can hardly move in it. And with a baby, you guessed it, you need to be flexible and able to move around a lot!

So this improvised Rapunzel came to be. Unfortunately our appointments with photographers as a group went astray, so not many pictures there. But I’ve learned a lot and am excited to start on a next (not too ambitious) costume. Here are some of my favourite images, and a thank you to anyone on the Amino app for giving me 400+ hearts on this.

 

Photos in order : 1) by Erik Vrijsen, 2-4) by C-Flash Ninja)  5) by the Librarian, 6&7) by Terryawan, 8)By The Vigilante

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Shagal Cosplay Castlefest 2017

After missing a few years, today was Castlefest, dressed in this handmade dress of Sarah Shagal from The Fearless Vampire Killers (or pardon me but your teeth are in my neck), also now a musical called Tanz Der Vampire. As a child I loved this old Polanski film. I still wish to improve the costume and hope to gain some good photos with it one day. It was a joyful day. Thank you all for the ‘gezelligheid’.

Tybalt and Mercutio Musical cosplay

One moment you’re a princess the next… well…… yesterday Cherry Cosplay and I had a little photoshoot as Tybalt Capulet and Mercutio Escalus from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Of course we imitated the Musical version of Roméo & Juliette and our costumes are based on John Eyzen Officiel as Mercutio in purple and Tom Ross Officiel as Tybalt in red.

We’ve had so much fun with these characters, enjoyed all the musical versions we got to see, and are still rooting that one day the musical will return to our tiny little country in whatever form. We just enjoy it that much. That being said, we both wanted to do something else with our hair and since we use our own hair for these characters…. well, we wanted to do a photoshoot last year but Mercutio was pregnant at that time…  So it had to be postponed.

Now that we have nice images of our costumes, details and some video material we can finally move on to new cosplays.  Yay! Oh mind you, next weekend I want to have my Sarah Shagal costume from Tanz der Vampire/ or Fearless Vampire Killers finished to wear at Castlefest. Wish me luck!

Library Princesses

Reading to an audience of children? Bringing them poems? Well, it’s what we set out to do at Hillegom Romantique.

Along with Selena’s Costumes, who was dressed up as Merida, we were part of the entertainment for the day and sure to be said many children came up to us to talk to us. Some even attended the festivity just to see one of us, which is quite an honour. Although we didn’t get to read much of our stories, which were borrowed from the library and all of a romantic nature, we had lots to talk about and were shown baby brothers and sisters and were part of the celebration of a girl’s birthday. isn’t that nice?

Merida got to show off her bow and arrow skills to the enjoyment of all the children (who also got to give it a go). It was a very nice and joyful day.

 

Below: a small article in Dutch published on CosplayWijzer about the event:

 

 

 

Annie – League of Legends

Annie LOLTrying cosplay with an 8 week old baby? For a long time it was undecided whether we’d be attending Elfia in Haarzuilens this year. Mostly because I was due to give birth

at the start of march, but the little one came two weeks early and thus we decided to take the leap and take the little one with us. This means that, of course, he had to be dressed fittingly. And hey! I’d bought Willow Creative’s Annie costume which she sold just a few months ago. As she’d been on my wish list, in that particular design, I couldn’t resist.

I believe we can say it was a succes! I really do love this costume and am very happy I fit it (even when I wasn’t fully back into my old shape after the birth). I also bought the teddy suit one size bigger for my baby boy, so I can wear it again when he’s growing (and it’s just fun to dress him up in it on colder days and have people think I’m wandering around carrying a teddy haha).

 

 

Imagicon & the task of judging at a cosplay compo

RS Molog Fotografie October 15th I had the honour to be a judge in the cosplay competitions held at Imagicon, a small but very cosy convention in the Netherlands, Ede. Along with Gambette Cosplay and Mr J’s Fortress of Fun I had the task to pick two winners for best costumes and two for best act.

And yes, I forgot all my cosplay plans for this year and unfortunately had to cancel a few of my princess reading appearances as well as my guest appearance as Elsje & Roodhaar which had been planned for Brabants Stripspektakel in Veldhoven because I’m pregnant! And very happy to be so, but it does complicate wearing certain costumes (as I quite quickly wouldn’t fit in them anymore). I chose to appear as a character many will recognise by the hair – which was Harley – and modified a comfortable dress I’d made for the occassion.

You might think that being a Pregnant Harley is unconvenient…. But we actually had a blast during the Cosplay Dating Show, which is an improvised dating panel in which all the characters on stage pretend to be looking for a partner. I secretly hope someone recorded the round with the Joker looking for his date because it finally allowed me to abuse my pregnant state when his first question was “I heard you all prepared a rhyme for me?” and I was proud to improvise the two lines “Je bent misschien wel een vrind, maar ik draag je kind!” as angry as I could. (Translation: You might be a friend but I carry your child). Needless to say the Joker did pick Harley in the end, although reluctantly, and distracted her by pointing at the sign of Batman so he could run off as fast as he could. As Vanne I don’t know how far he got, as Harley I’m pretty sure he didn’t make it out of the theatre,

As to the judging, I’ve written down my experiences in a text as shown below (although in Dutch).

It’s very exciting to be a judge at a convention. To write about it is quite a challenge. In this next item about a Dutch Convention called Imagicon I write about my experience at the con as a judge, the cosplay dating shows that were being held and the cosplay competition and contesters. The quote of the article reads “There were only winners on stage” as everyone looked beautiful during their skits at the competition. I sincerely enjoyed the day and can’t wait for the next convention.

Cosplaywijzer at Imagicon

Photo/Article is found on cosplaywijzer.nl

 

 

Some more photos with 1) the Ghostbusters as I caught them on their way out. It’s a tradition to take a photo with them whenever I walk into them. 2) Two of the contestors Cherry Cosplay & Jessa. 3) While taking a photo and being pregnant you should always expect your fellow judge member to bomb it… especially when he’s dressed as the Joker.

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Magic Fair @ Limbricht

 Rainer BoyrichLast Sunday, Asha Cosplay and Cherry Cosplay and me attended the Magic Fair in Limbricht. Because of the weather we changed our original plans and went dressed as Daenerys (GOT), La Mort (Romeo et Juliette musical), and Tinkerbell (Peter Pan). This photo was taken by Rainer Boyrich. Thank you Rainer!

Our original plans had been the Romeo et Juliette costumes, I believe, and as I’m writing this (afterwards) I can say the change was a good idea. It was so dreadfully warm! But we had an amazing day and met many, many lovely people and photographers.

And one more by Fairyangelphotos.

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