21 Oct 2011
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YAAAAY! Halloween is here! But like every year, I end up making costumes for others and barely have enough time to make my own. Ha. I thought this would be a really good time to show what I've done in the last four years in Toyama's Halloween Party at Banana's in Uozu City. Epic, drunken fun with what... 6 hours all you can drink and dance. That was and still is one of the BEST parties of the year. Ever. (Although I am no longer there). Just for the "all you can drink for 6 hours" alone. Though I'm not a big drinker, I do enjoy seeing fellow monsters, zombies, and Mr. Peanuts tumble over each other and vomiting into the Japanese gaijin ditch. Hah. Wait... I did that one year too so I shouldn't be laughing. The stories, make-out sessions, drama, and scandals that ensued... good times. :)

I actually don't have a picture of my first Halloween in Toyama in 2006. I think some people no longer remembered me being the dreaded/hated/loved/lifesaver 2006 TOYAMA TEAM TEACHING HANDBOOK! YES. I WAS A BOOK. With pages. It's the edition that is light pink with white lettering. So if you guys have it in your work desk, that's me! Wish I had pics of it but wasn't popular or sexy enough to warrant people taking pictures of me. LOL. I had markers so people can actually flip through me to write stuff in there. I kept that costume for three years until I finally moved out to my new apartment.

Anyway, this was 2007's remake of my SUN outfit from my college fashion show collection. The orange is the SUN outfit (2005), obviously. I used the same pattern for the skirt but remade the top into something more corset-ish. Turned out really fun to wear ... but it was hard to tell people what I was suppose to be. Can't I just be cool looking, damnit? My friend told me I should be a "French Courtesan" --- trying to categorize me. lol. I only wore it once unfortunately. It's now in Japan's dumpsters somewhere. Took me about a whole day to make it and I reused old curtain fabrics. At the party, I had to carry my train around. Booo!

In 2008, I went as a random anime girl with silver hair. I upped it with cat makeup. :P I wish I would have gone as Harley Quinn cuz my boyfriend at the time was the Joker. That would have been super hot. I was already in the color scheme. I had to alter the costume cuz it was too boring. I took in the seams on the shirt to fit better on me and I gave the skirt some lifts so you can actually see the cute red underskirt on it. Plus made it shorter so looked like it fitted me better. I didn't make this costume btw... bought it and then altered it cuz  I never go "as is"... haha. 

In 2009, I went as a mermaid. This took me literally a very short night. I didn't even make a pattern out of it. Sat my ass on the fabric and cut around... took in where I needed, put in a zipper and that was it. That's my actual bra. Haha. I got most sexiest at the party and got a lame hat that the host probably got at the dollar store... Here's me and my friend Anita, who also made her own costume. It's wicked. And the second picture is of a cute pirate chic trying to cut me open. Inspired by the music video by The Lonely Island "I'm on a Boat" w/T-pain. My bf at the time was dressed as one of the sailors. Haha. 
And finally my last Halloween in 2010 in Toyama... I actually put in more effort this year. Tried to go all out on Dagger/Garnet from FF9 and I am damned proud of it. My jacket was ballin'. It was a rush job though and there are many things I would fix (baggy front?!). I'd definitely put more effort into improving it when I make another one, for sure. And I didn't have time to make the shoes or the gloves. :/
The hood was EPIC! I figured out a way to make it big and structured. :) More pics cuz it's awesome. Can you guess who the other characters are?
Sadly, all of these costumes are no longer with me. I know I know.... I should have tried to bring them over but I just simply did not have any more room in my luggage. It's alright though, I can always make better versions. :)
That's all for now. I'm not sure what I'm going to do this year. Maybe just be lazy and go as a lolita. I'm currently commissioned to make a ziggy stardust costume and Strider. I'll try to remember to take pictures of the process... Until then. I will try to post more often --- been in a little bit of a dry spell since coming back but I think my juices are starting to flow again, thanks to meeting new people here. Hurray!


by Kathy Ly on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 21:37

yay! Your costumes are always colorful and amazing! Even if you say it took you 'short' hours and sat on your ass and cut fabric around yourself. Not everyone can say they did that for their costume! Woot! Goooo Vannie!!

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by Van on Sat, 10/22/2011 - 00:14

Thank Kathy! Halloween is fun -- one of the most fun part is trying to get/make things up at the last minute, lol. Then people get too drunk to remember what you wore. Haha. XD

by Anita on Sun, 10/23/2011 - 22:42

Awesome to read, how is Cali treating you. Can't wait to see what turns up this halloween. I already have an idea of what I'll be doing.

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by Van on Sun, 10/23/2011 - 22:49

Hey Anita! Cali is treating me very well. :) I'm excited to see what you come up this year too! I still have not yet decided.. Haha!