Tumblr!!!! Sorry, I got a query and it won’t let me reply publicly, but I don’t want to “out” the sender in case they don’t want to be known 🙂

9. Something cosplay-related that you will never do (eg. crossplay, cosplay from a certain series)

Hmmm.. Won’t vs can’t… I tend to not try and go near any real world social issues when in costume with no performance art related to it. I’ve been political in the past with theatre and that’s one thing, but not with costume. Too much room for misinterpretation.

People make assumptions as it is, I don’t really want to give more reason 😉

23. The cosplay you put the most effort into?

Hmmmmmm… I suppose my blue wool Cleves ensemble, though it’s not cosplay. This gown required me to not only find all the portraits I could by Barthyl Bruyn and all the unknown artists of the time and place, but then compare them to woodcuts and then also read some 16thC journals in the language of the time, as well as peer reviewed journals about other housebooks (lists of what was bought and when and how much it was). And then to use the contemporary tailoring manuals find similarlities of construction even though they are totally didfferent styles. Then look at the same information before and after the dates to find a logical pattern of change.

I do not do historical costuming by halves. Same level of research goes into patterning and constructing my Victorian era gear. I don’t use patterns I use the same guides as the professionals of the time.

But for the Blue Cleves gown I was doing a lot more Masters level research. I even nearly bought archival microfilms as the only way to get some info!