Costume :Da Qiao
Source :Dynasty Warriors 5
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo Oct 2009

Costume Photos

At the NEO Stand

Qiao Sisters

Da Qiao and Xing Cai

Xing Cai and Da Qiao

Da Qiao

Fans Progress

Da Qiao

Da Qiao


Costume Information

Cost : About £65-70
Time Taken : 2 months

My first big cosplay (majority made from scratch except for the stockings)
Worn to the London MCM Expo, October 24th 2009 ^-^

I will be re-making both the top and skirt for when I shall next be cosplaying her and also re-doing the design on the sash to make it more accurate.

Cost Notes~
Base Fans x2~ £11.19 (including P+P) from Ebay
Craft Foam A3 Sheets in White x12~ £13.18 (including P+P) from
Chinese Silky Satin in Ivory~ 4 and 1/2 meters~ £6.75 from FabricLand
Organza in gold (for side-skirt)~ 1 meter~ £1.99 from FabricLand
Organza in white (for headdress)~ 1/4 of a meter~ 50p from FabricLand
Plastic Hair Comb~ 39p from FabricLand
New Look Shirt Pattern~ £5.60 from FabricLand
Purple Metallic Tassles x12 (I'll only be using 2)~ £2.50 plus £1.50 P+P from Ebay~
Red Fabric Pen (for detailing on sash)~ £1.35 from Local Craft Store
Chinese Silky Satin in Royal Blue (for skirt)~ 1 and 1/2 meters~ £2.03 from FabricLand
Spanish Satin Bias Binding in Wine Red~ 2 meters (for collar and cuffs on shirt)~ 70p~ FabricLand
Organza Ribbon in Pale Pink (for cuffs on shirt)~ 30p from FabricLand
Red Thread~ £1.25 from FabricLand
Royal Blue Thread~ £1.25 from FabricLand
Invisable Thread (for veil)~ 55p from FabricLand
Solid Opaque Thigh-High Stockings in Red~ £3.76 plus £4.39 P+P from Sock Dreams
Red Chinese Print, Dragon Pattern (for vest-top)~ 1 & 1/2 mt's~ £7.27 from Rolls
& Rems
Gold Satin Bias Binding~ 25mts (On a roll)~ £5.50~ FabricLand
'Old Gold' Organza Ribbon (for sash and side-skirt edging~ 3mts~ £3ish from The Thread Emporium
Gems for shoes~ £2.50~ Local Craft Shop


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Wow, this will be amazing to see! Love DW (:
Good luck with it, can't wait to see progress!

by KamikazePenguin on Tuesday, 2 June, 2009 - 18:07
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should do this for october colzy ive got a dynasty warriors cosplay lined up now =)

by GraceyDarling on Tuesday, 2 June, 2009 - 19:12
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and you can borrow my game if you want cos ive got 2 dw5 and dw5 extreme legends (which is daves XD)

by GraceyDarling on Tuesday, 2 June, 2009 - 19:13
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Excellent choice. I can't wait to see more Dynasty Warriors love.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 2 June, 2009 - 20:21
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ohh i cant not wait to see this! your going to look so cute!!! damn we defo need some pics together when you get it finished!!!

by Kaka Extreme on Saturday, 13 June, 2009 - 10:32
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Thanks guys ^-^ I can't wait to get it started!
@Kaka: Thank You!! ^^ I'd love to get some pics with you!! XD

by Moonchild on Monday, 22 June, 2009 - 12:36

Wow! I can't wait to see this! Da Qiao is awesome
Good luck ^^

by goodbyeworld on Tuesday, 23 June, 2009 - 17:58
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by GraceyDarling on Thursday, 16 July, 2009 - 23:07
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by Sweeturk on Friday, 17 July, 2009 - 13:58
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I need one of those fans :D

by KrEid on Friday, 7 August, 2009 - 18:17

wow cant wait to see this! <3

by No thanks on Sunday, 30 August, 2009 - 04:27
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Aww you're gonna be adorable *_* I love the fans 8D
Cant wait to see more!

by Charlie-Bear on Monday, 28 September, 2009 - 09:32
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Looking great so far, i know it will all come together really well :)

by GraceyDarling on Thursday, 1 October, 2009 - 15:00
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Wow! (: The progress is looking awesome on this so far! :D
I love the material of the shirt it looks so nice. (:

by KamikazePenguin on Thursday, 1 October, 2009 - 15:41
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Your base fan is amazing!!!

by Zelda on Monday, 5 October, 2009 - 23:51
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Fabulous progress on the fans and great work so far, this will look beautiful when finished ^_^

by ElegantAura on Saturday, 10 October, 2009 - 23:49
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Awwwww the fans look so pretty, cant wait to see the whole thing ^_^

by tousen_218 on Saturday, 10 October, 2009 - 23:54
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looking amazing ^^ your dads done such a good job on the fans :)

by GraceyDarling on Sunday, 11 October, 2009 - 10:23
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Wish I could see this in real life. To bad I will not be able to go in october :(

by ellygirl on Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 - 14:46
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this is lookin beautiful, can't wait to c it finished at expo ^^

by Kacela on Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 - 17:59
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Thanks for the comments guys ^^ Really hope it will all look okayy despite not being totally accurate ^^'

by Moonchild on Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 - 18:14
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wauw looking great! :)
you must take pictures this weekend, I want to see the whole picture!
It must be lovely :)

by ellygirl on Thursday, 22 October, 2009 - 14:23
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Your costume is very pretty and you did an amazing job on the fans

by Ichigo-Chan on Saturday, 30 April, 2011 - 20:01
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So purdy *_*

by TheEmoEmu on Sunday, 24 July, 2011 - 21:56
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Thanks for all the lovely comments again guys ^^ I MUST remake this one day!

by Moonchild on Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 - 13:19
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This looks so fantastic. Can't believe I failed to comment on the finished costume.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 18 July, 2014 - 16:16

To-Do List

Fabric, Patterns etc. (Bought)HighComplete
White Under-ShirtHighComplete
Vest TopHighComplete
Sash & Side-SkirtHighComplete
Giant FansHighComplete
Stockings (Bought)MediumComplete
Shoes (Bought/Altered)LowComplete


Progress Going slow but good ^-^ (Posted 10th October 2009)

Well progress has been quite slow on this >_< Mainly due to the fact that I was only able to afford fabric half way through last month and Only got the sewing machine back a few weeks ago >_< But its all going good ^-^

The white shirt is almost complete with the exception of the collar and need to sew on some fasteners.
The skirt now just needs a waistband and for the zip to be sewn in. Iv'e also decided I will but cutting and shaping the bottom to how she has hers as Its more accurate that way and I think will look better on me ^-^
Iv'e done all of the hanging peices, flowers etc. out of craft foam, they all just need to be painted and attached.

I decided for the fans to completly remake the paper part just from paper so it will hopefully be lighter and also easyier to paint. My dad will be doing most of the painting due to my fail art skills XD He started one today and I love them already!

My stockings also came a few days ago which is good ^^ Thier a little too red for my liking, I would have prefered them slightly darker but couldn't find any so they will have to do. Also bought some flowers for the headdress and now that I finally have paint will be able to finish it ^-^

I finally bought some chinese fabric for her vest top as well so shall be starting and finishing that over the next week. Then will just need to make her sash and side-skirt which won't take long at all. Then need to cover the shoes I have in fabric which is last on my to do list lol

I KNOW I KNOW Theres like 2 weeks till expo which is a very short time but I don't go to college and unfortunetly still no job so every day leading up to expo ^-^ IT WILL BE FINISHED IN TIME!! :D or i cry...

Fans Progress~ 29/08/09 (Posted 29th August 2009)

AH Finally some progress ^-^
Well I ordered some craft foam last week and started work on the flower blades during the week but only finished today as have had the downstairs part of our house upside-down due to decorating so has been difficult finding space >_<
So the flower blades for the fans are nearly complete, I just need to paint them and attach them to the fans ^_^ (Though I may cut some card to go behind them for extra support)

I also finally got to go fabric shopping last wednesday (due to having no money for the past few months this has all been pretty much on hold T_T) They didn't have everything I needed in stock but I managed to get a pattern for the shirt, 4 and a half meters of Chinese silky satin in 'Ivory' (for the shirt, sash and side-skirt), 1 meter of 'Gold Butterscotch' Organza (for the side-skirt) and a quarter of a meter of White Organza (for the veil on the headdress)

Iv'e also been looking for some shoes online and may have found some ^-^
I also ordered some purple tassles for the sash XD

Due to not having the sewing machine at the moment i haven't been able to start anything eles T_T But I should hopefully have it back by the end of next week~
Untill then I shall be finishing the flower blades, headdress and other bits on the fans ^-^

Da Qiao's Fans =) 15/07/09 (Posted 15th July 2009)

I found some fans on ebay a week back and managed to get them =)
They cost me £11.19 altogether including P+P and arrived today.

I may replace the paper-part with a lightweight fabric as they are a little heavy and im slightly worried that being made from paper thier more prone to tearing >_> but apart from that I love them! Thier bigger than i was expecting so may be a more accurate Da Qiao that I thought I would be!

After I decide weather or not to replace the paper-part I shall attempt to paint them (I say attempt as my dad will probably end up helping!)and also paint the handle and spokes in gold. I'm also going to make the gold 'flower-blades' and the bits that hang from the handles out of craft foam but still need to decide on how to attach them to the fans so that i'll still be able to close going to be quite difficult >_> but still XD

I shall post progress pictures once iv'e started painting them~