I'm still considering whether or not I will get a certain cosplay that many of my friends are wearing, but I'll decide that later ^^
2. Itemized Lists for Each Cosplay + Costs
Please, nobody add them up. I know what it all costs. Trust me, I know. My wallet already feels the pain hahahaha.
3. Which Items Will Take the Longest
For me, the cosplays that will take the longest are all the Nozomi ones, because I'm ordering them from Taobao and shipping can take a while! The shipping time can be just a few days, but I also have to account for manufacturing times, so I'll want to order these at least 3 months in advance to give enough time for any problems.
4. Where You Will Buy Things From
Things I don't need to order:
Tifa - undecided (yikessss)
Kitty AKB - @angelipon is making it for me!!! <3 <3 <3
Casual Nozomi - buying separate pieces and altering them myself! (or buy here, or here or here)
Realistically, I can wait until the beginning of December to order because Katsucon isn't until mid-February, but I plan to order before the end of October so I have plenty of time to make sure nothing is missing!