Because I’m going to be joining two or three of my girlfriends next month in dressing up as one of the original Sailor Scouts and driving up to New Jersey for AnimeNext! :) Imagine my excitement at the thought of frolicking around a convention center as one of my favorite childhood characters. <3
The Sailor Moon series and I go way back. I remember waking up super early in the morning as a kid just to be able to catch it on television. My best friends and I even role-played our favorite characters and pretended to save the world during recess when we were six years old. And although I loved all the Sailor Scouts, Mars was always my favorite because she had such a strong personality. Her transformation and attack scenes made me want to be her even more!
But because I didn’t think I would have enough time to make a costume, my friends and I all ordered our respective uniforms from the Azure Costume website. I didn’t mind spending the $50 because it was way cheaper than anything else that was similar on the internet. Some costume makers were even charging $200+ for the outfit. >.<; So I really had high hopes for this.
But when it arrived in the mail the other day, I was devastated to find out how unflattering it was on me. The website offered free custom tailoring, so I provided them with my measurements. But the actual costume itself didn’t look as pleasant as the photo above. ;_; Where do I begin? The red fabric looks cheap and shiny, both of the bows fell off almost instantly, the white fabric is practically see-through, and the skirt is way too long. Additionally, the v-shape at the hip rides way too high and makes my body look like that of a sumo wrestler.
Perhaps my expectations were way too high for a cheap, handmade outfit from Hong Kong? Either way, I have a few solutions for the current problems. First, I definitely have to iron the whole thing out. Every part of it is incredibly crumpled, and perhaps added to my initial reaction of “OMG IT’S SO UGLY!!!” Second, I really need to hem the skirt to a more appropriate length – I’m going for sexy, not grandma-chic. :P After that, I have to sew the bows back on with more than just a few weak stitches. (I can’t believe they were so careless!)
And because I’ll be wearing slip shorts underneath the costume, I’m probably going to take a tiny safety pin to keep the v-shape in a lower position. Besides that, I know of nothing else to do to make it look more flattering on me rather than spend the next few weeks attempting to lose more weight. ;___; There goes all my dreams of looking as fantastic as these ladies:
Despite my disappointment with the current state of my costume, I’m still optimistic about AnimeNext. I know my friends and I are still going to have a great time. :D Because isn’t that what matters the most? <3
On a final note, even after over 15 years of leaving my Sailor Moon fandom behind, this scene still gives me chills of nostalgia. Until next time! ^.^