Cosplay Interview with Lt. Commander Ritchie (Ms. November 2011)

Thank you for being the November 2011 photo on the J LHLS Cosplay Calendar!

What’s the name of your character in the calendar?

Sheryl Nome

What’s the source (manga/anime/whatnot) of this character?

Macross Frontier

What inspired you to cosplay this character?

She has so many beautiful outfits, and I love to sing and I love her duo-toned pink and blond hair!

Could you tell us a little about how you made the costume?

The skirt is a full circle skirt and the bow is completely attached to it. About seven yards of fabric went into the entire skirt and bow alone. The bow is held up by a wire frame and that makes it completely posable! The pattern I used for the top was modified from the pattern for an evening gown. The purple puff of fabric in the front was hand-sewn in, same with the white laces on the front. The shoes used to be a pair of platform Mary Janes, but I kinda attacked them with a box cutter to make them look like Sheryl’s very crazy white shoes.

What names do you do cosplay under?

Fashwiing and Lt. Commander Richie. I don’t use the second one as much.

If this is an alias, what inspired it? If you use more than one alias, what inspired them?

Fashwiing I got simply from needing an AIM screenname, and I used the first thing that came to mind. Lt. Commander Richie is a combination of the rank of my favorite Star Trek character and the first name of one of my favorite cartoon superheroes.

How long have you been doing cosplay?

Since the middle of 2007, really. But I’ve been dressing up as anime characters since 4th grade for Halloween and costume parties.

How did you get interested in it?

I decided I wanted to go to a convention in 2007, and then decided that I would cosplay to it because I thought that that was what everyone did. Turned out that not everyone cosplays to a convention, but it was too late by then and I loved it too much.

Are you in any cosplay groups or clubs?

Kinda? Ish? I have friends that cosplay and I occasionally have groups that I hang with, but I don’t really have any concrete and coordinated groups that I belong to and make costumes for.

What conventions do you go to?

I go to Kumoricon and Sakuracon right now, but I kinda want to go to Akicon and MEWcon this year and maybe Fanime next year.

What’s attractive to you about these conventions?

Hanging out with friends, participating in events, maybe meeting special guests and going to panels.

Do you have a cosplay story — happy story, horror story, uplifting, artistic story — you can share with our readers?

Kumoricon 2010! I was in the Cosplay Contest, and I was listening and waiting for the announcing of the winners at the end. I’d just spent a good three hours in a small Green Room sitting through skits and cracking jokes with a bunch of friends, but I was scared that I wouldn’t end up getting what I set out to win. They didn’t call my category and I didn’t think I had won, and it kinda hurt. But then, just as they started saying the words ‘Best in Show’ it kinda hit me, “Oh my god no. No!” and they called my name for Best in Show. That was the best feeling I think I’ve ever had in a very long time. It took me hours to come down off that high.

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to get into the cosplay scene?

Always know what you’re doing when you start a costume, and never start anything that you don’t know if you can accomplish. Start simple and go big.

Are there any links you’d like to share with our readers?

For any new cosplayers out there, here’s a few great places to get wigs and other supplies!
www.amphigory.com (order your wig on a Sunday, they put out orders to their suppliers only on Mondays!)
stores.ebay.com/cosplay-wig/ (a Chinese wig seller, but the wigs get to the US usually in about two weeks exactly)
www.patternsoftime.com (historical clothing patterns! So many useful patterns.)
And as always, amazon.com and ebay.com are good places to find both supplies and specific pieces of costumes!

Thank you.

Photos: Lt. Commander Richie by Thomas Good; the white outfit with the swords is Captain Juushiro Ukitake from Bleach; the black and gold outfit is Father Vaclav Havel from Trinity Blood; the black outfit with the boots is Lenalee Lee from D.Gray-man. Click on the images for larger versions. I’ve no idea who the photographers are on the other three. If these are your photos, please leave a comment so you can be properly credited. Thanks. ED

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