What Akira neglected to mention was that I actually didn't get my own sewing machine until 2009 as a graduation present for myself >> I've been cosplaying since 1999, but I've really only been making my own costumes in the past four years or so. There are still a lot of techniques and methods that I need to learn, and hopefully this will be a good documentation of what works and what doesn't.
My past costumes include Kodoma from Ah! Megamisama (Katsucon 2000), Finn Fish from Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (2000), Hawkeye from Full Metal Alchemist (2005), Twilight Princess's Zelda (2007), Tifa Lockheart from Advent Children (2006 to present), Soifon from Bleach (2009) and Xianghua of Soul Calibur II (2010).
In my spare time, I knit, make jewelry (commission-able!), read a lot of novels and work in a lab. I'm also the resident caffeine junkie and owner of a fluffy white cat who is the bane of a black costume's existence.
We also have two satellite members who also attended Otakon with us just last weekend, and they will also be attending Otakon 2011 with us. Nave cosplayed with us for the first time as Kilik (SCIII), and Kitaku is also a newbie cosplayer with St. Tail (St. Tail), Aerith (FFVII: Advent Children) and Misa (Death Note) under her belt.
2011's costuming will be an ambitious year for us. I hope to enter into my first costume contest next Otakon with Tomoyo-hime of Tsubasa.. now I just need to check the rules to see if I qualify as a novice or a journeyman >>