|Cost :||£163-ish so far|
|Time Taken :||Time spread over 20 days|
|Komugi was finished for Aya Revolution and was amazing to wear!!|
Since Halko Momoi was one of the guests of honour, I wore it for her Q&A panel on the saturday morning and it was recieved very well; after the panel she stopped me for photos and we got loads together! Then at her signing shortly after I had my plush Mugimaru signed :)
Altogether this outfit has the most parts of any outfit I've ever made or worn, and despite this I remembered everything on the day and wore it from morning til around 11pm at night! Despite wearing so much stuff at once it was light and comfortable and I definately intend wearing it again!!
I also found a figure of Komugi in the dealer's room with the perfect cosplay-sized syringe included, so for the latter half of the day I carried that around with me too! It fit perfectly in my Komugi bag and added to the ever-expanding list of props and pieces for this costume, haha!
My only criticism was that the fingertips of my gloves ended up turning pink from the lipstick I was wearing. That stuff rubbed off something terrible! I'll have to find an alternative for rewearing.. the colour was perfect, though *__*
Because I'm a loser and have yet to see ANY Komugi cosplayer list how they made their outfit (and with so many pieces.. it's difficult to make, believe me!), I've annotated every bit of the costume as to how it was made. Hopefully this will be helpful for other cosplayers, komugi or otherwise, to see how it all came together!
All prices listed are estimates of what was spent rounded up. I've tried to explain how things were made as best as possible chronologically :)
- Necklace (£6 to make)
The first thing that was finished for Komugi over a year ago. I bought a large green button and used some old Gaia angel mini wing hair clips I had in a drawer for the wings. They had to be cut down to fit behind the button so the back is a bit of a shambles, but from the front it looks great! The actual necklace bit was prebought and attached with a ring.
- Bag (£10 to make)
The bag was quite easy, took a lot of time but overall was simple to do. I used backing plastic for pelmets on curtains supported around a 5-DVD Box to get the right shape. It was then glued together and covered in white foam. The grey pieces and red cross are all foam too. The strap is made of blue grosgrain ribbon and is glued directly on the box :) and the front closed with velcro. Sadly by the end of the convention since I was using it as a bag pretty much the entire thing fell apart, but now I know how to make it I'm intending remaking it with fabric instead of foam and magnetic clasps so hopefully it'll last more than a day!
- Wand (£12 to make)
The wand was made with: waste pipe, plastic tubing, foam, a premade bow, sculpey, pompoms, a wooden bead and a kid's play ball. Pretty much everything was easy to do once it was cut down and customised and a lot of glue was involved to keep it in place. By the end of the convention the orange ball on the top of the heart came off and a lot of the markings were scratched, but it lasted the day and will be easy enough to fix up for the future!!
- Shoes (£20 to make)
The shoes were built on a base £10 pair of shoes from New Look. They were built up with funky foam, a lot of tape and a lot of time and patience. When they were secure enough I then made covers for the built up boot shapes and covered them in the same fabric as the dress and fleece and felt details. They were difficult to do and took 4 seperate night's work, but they look great and really made the outfit. When I rewear Komugi I do want to remake them with pleather bunnies and things, though, and build them up more so they're more accurate to her actual boots :)
- Socks (£9 to make)
The socks were fun and time consuming, but very easy to do, surprisingly! I bought a white pair of socks and some dye and dyed them to match the colour of the strap of the bag. The stars and moon detail were all cut out of yellow, orange and black felt and kindly sewn by hand by Shido to make sure they were perfect when worn :) then ribbon detail was added around the top! They looked excellent and they're by far my favourite part of the costume, and thanks to the wonder that is sock glue they didn't fall down at all.
- Tail (£2 to make)
The tail was made from a large circle of faux fur and wadding, then handsewn to the bow on the dress.
- Mugimaru (£7 to make)
Mugimaruuuuu!! The best prop in the world! He was made quite easily considering he was my first plushie without a pattern; he was made up of basic shapes and improvised.
His body was made of two large circles of faux fur sewn together then stuffed with wadding and polystyrene beads and his tail was made from a smaller circle and wadding. His ears were made from faux fur strips, stuffed then curled and sewn together and then sewn inside the top of his body. His hands and feet were just small pieces of fur with wadding. His face is just felt pieces sewn on by hand, and the fur surrounding was trimmed to make it clearer, and finally, his hat and bow were made from fabric I had in the house and hand sewn on.
- Bow (£0 to make! Everything in house!)
The bow for Komugi's butt was made with a huge piece of white fabric in the house. The bow was made from 1 stretch of fabric and the tails were seperate, then joined with the middle tie. The tail was then sewn over the middle tie and attached to the dress!
- Name badge (£1 to make)
The namebadge was easy enough to do. I used the back from an old badge I had glued to a piece of thick card with "Komugi-chan" written on it, then pinned to the strap of the bag in the right place! :)
- Syringe Pen (£2 to buy.. just a small prop, lol)
I got this from eBay. Nuff said!
- Gloves (£6 to make)
The gloves were a white pair of medical gloves from boots with the white pointed cuffs attached. The points were sewn with zigzag and then cut around to stop it from fraying. The bangles were bought and then glued over the seam where the cuffs were attached. It made putting the gloves on difficult, but it also meant they were kept on pretty much all day!
- Wig (£28 to make)
The wig was customised from a wig from cosplaywig on eBay. It was cut down to the right style, a bob with a braid and the excess hair from the bob was wefted to bulk out the braid properly. The weft was then sewn in and the wig was sprayed to dye it darker with FW Acrylic Ink in "Pearlescent Magenta". I was worried it wouldn't take but it took nicely, and while it's not as dark as I wanted it, it turned out a very pretty pink colour and looked great with the rest of the outfit!
- Dress (£24 to make)
The dress was started over a year before everything else and only needed the hook and bar fasteners, buttons, cuffs, bow, tail and wings sewing on. It was pretty easy to finish and once everything was sewn on it looked great; the only thing I didn't like was the wings, but with the pompoms sewn on it looked great. The dress is made from a soft suedette-style fabric, and the cuffs were made with thick interfacing and white fabric with the buttons sewn on. The wings were made from fleece and the pompoms were made with the same faux fur and wadding as the tail and Mugimaru. The dress was lovely and light and so comfortable!
- Petticoat (£2 to make - everything but a zip was in the house!)
The petticoat was made really easily from white fabric. The points were zigzagged around the bottom to match her petticoat the same as the gloves were. The zip was attached at the side and it was just the right length to poke out under the skirt of the dress when worn! It looked great and took no time at all to make.
- Panties (£0 to make and modify)
The panties were disturbingly a gift from Frazzy when she returned from Japan. I requested them for under Komugi in case of pantyflashes and wore them over my own underwear and tights with Mugimaru's face sewn on the butt to complete them XD
- Hat (£34 to make with 6 failed attempts.. but done!)
The hat was trial and error.. I had many attempts with the ears up, but none were supportive enough so I went with a floppy-eared version instead. I think despite not having the massive ears it looked pretty good, and nobody seemed to complain or anything. I'm still going to try make a pair that stand up on my head, but for now and for casual wearing I think the floppy hat turned out pretty cute. They were made entirely from fleece, and the front nurse's panel was made with fleece around two sheets of foam, a felt cross and buttons!
I'm intending rewearing Komugi at some point and doing her Hyper Deluxe version too sometime. I can't wait!!! *____*