Costume :Erika Karisawa
Source :Durarara!!
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2010

Costume Photos

Shizaya Fangirl

For The Love of BL

Erika Wig

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Costume Information

Cost : £LOTS. =__=;;
Time Taken : Just begun!

I love Erika!! I can relate to her so much xD Her and Walker have been some of my favorite characters throughout (otaku love!!), and the manga-torture-scene just settled it for me - I HAD to cosplay her!!

On an interesting note; Erika will be my first ever female cosplay 0.0!!


Well. THIS cost a TOTAL BOMB, considering how simple this costume is... OTL;;; All because of my n00bishness.

I wanted this specific shade of grey, and they didn't have it at my fabric store... So I decided to buy some fabric, and just dye it. Well. I spent an awful lot of money machine-dying it, then REdying it using handdye... Only to realise the fabric just wasn't gonna take to it >__>;; So now I have a load of off-whiteish-greyish fabric in my attic that I can't really use for anything because it's such an awkward colour and won't dye OTL;;;;;;;;;;;

In the end, we drove up to another fabric store, where I found some lovely fabric in the right colour >__>;;;

That is one thing I really love about this hobby though - it seems every time I make a new cosplay, I learn something new. I think that's pretty great :3

(I also learned that I suck at making hats... *cringes at her failhat*);;;; I wouldn't say this is a favourite cosplay of mine... It's a little uncomfortable to wear, plus, I generally feel more comfortable being a sexy bishie guy/cute little boy xD Girl cosplays are weiirrrddd D: (Though I do have more planned orz;; ) I don't mind too much though, because I feel like Erika is my bro or something xD I can be myself wearing her~

Thanks to Pip btw for the awesome photos!!! ILY♥


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Fantastic job on the wig styling, it looks great!

by Amy-Lou on Friday, 16 July, 2010 - 17:21
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that wig looks brilliant, and wooooo XD on doing a Durarara!! cosplay

by nanahara on Friday, 16 July, 2010 - 18:28
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Wahh, thankyou o///o! I really appreciate the feedback!

ieehehehee xD It's so full of win, just HAD to cosplay from it!!

by SockFish on Saturday, 24 July, 2010 - 22:14
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I LOVE that wig!! Very good job on styling it!!

by CrystalNeko on Wednesday, 4 August, 2010 - 23:37
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:D iee thankyou!! I'm glad you think so~ It still needs a bit of work ¦D;;

by SockFish on Wednesday, 4 August, 2010 - 23:41
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Oh what a cute wig! Really suits you!

by kiichan on Wednesday, 4 August, 2010 - 23:41
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o///o Wahh, thankyou!! I do really like the colour actually... I'm thinking of dyeing my hair a few shades darker >:3

by SockFish on Wednesday, 4 August, 2010 - 23:43
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Ahhh you're going to make an adorable Erika! *_*

by MoonLily on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 00:46

I LOVE THIS!! you make the most amazing Erika <333

by - on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 01:31
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You're such an adorable Erika!

by ember329 on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 07:45
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Uwaaaaaaaaaaah! The wig looks so purdyyy!!! Those contacts make you look so different D: DRAMATIC CHANGE! *flails*

by Freyarule on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 13:34
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Thankyoooooooou!!! *O*<333 And ikr?? I want some blue ones for my Roxas cosplay omg xD<3

by SockFish on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 19:28
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:O DOO EEET! then you can have Roxas' blue eyes of LIKE BRIGHT BLUE :D <3

by Freyarule on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 21:33
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Wahhhhhg YEAH!!! 8DDDD *goes shopping for pretty blue circle lenses* It'll be magical!!

by SockFish on Friday, 6 August, 2010 - 20:06
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Stephuuu!! *o*

You actually really suit dark eyes and the wig so much!

Omg I'm gonna fangirl ye when you finish this >w< XD

It'll be awesomeeeeee *o*

Uwaaah~ (and woo for making a practical cosplay bag! its a good idea man!)

by SilverSheik on Saturday, 7 August, 2010 - 20:09
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Pipppuuuu!!! ;o;<3

Fwahh thankya! >W< (=3=' I forgot to get boxdye the other day... but I do srsly want my hair this colour...)

Lololol fangirling a fangirl? xD OMG Lets go fangirl any izaya/shizu's at expo!! *squee*

(ohohoho~ Cute and convenient, amirite? xD)

by SockFish on Sunday, 8 August, 2010 - 00:38
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ahh my daughter you look so pretty!!
I am so jealous of your awesome -_-"

by Xigalicious on Sunday, 15 August, 2010 - 21:24
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And you know it's hereditary ;D

by SockFish on Sunday, 15 August, 2010 - 21:50
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Man, I actually can't wait to see the completed costume xD It's gonna be so awesome =D

by NetCeer on Saturday, 23 October, 2010 - 22:49
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Fantastic job bringing Erika to life!

by Petchy-mon on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 03:49
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Incredible Job on this *0*

by FruityKyuubi on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 07:26
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This is looking so great! <3 Erika is awesome~ its great to see someone cosplaying her ^^

by x-Blade-x on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 11:05
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Hnnn thanks you guys ;////; You're making it worth all the money I wasted due to being a n00b :'D
I'll have some more pictures uploaded soon!♥

by SockFish on Friday, 4 February, 2011 - 02:49
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Yay for Dollars cosplay! :D You make a wonderful Erika, I think your wig is really lovely!

by Ino on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 01:05

wow this looks amazing O.o

by xLaviChii on Tuesday, 5 April, 2011 - 09:36

To-Do List

Buy WigHighComplete
Buy ShoesHighComplete
Buy Fabric PatternsHighComplete
Buy FabricHighComplete
Style WigHighComplete
Buy DyeHighPlanned
Sew HatHighPlanned
Sew SkirtHighPlanned
Sew TopHighPlanned
Dye FabricHighPlanned
Sew BagMediumComplete
Buy ContactsLowComplete


Death of the Dye... (Posted 11th August 2010)

...Oyy =___=;; So after 3 goes, and nearly £50 worth of Dylon, the fabric is STILL a pale-off-white. It just didn't wanna dye AT ALL. Which is highly annoying x__x;; But it's been a learning experience xD And has made me UBER determined to finish this cosplay D8< IT WILL BE DONE. So I'm-a go to the big fancy abakhan in wales, see if they have anything there... And try the fabric shop in bham too~! I need to go down there for Captain fabric anyhoos o3o;; Gawddamnit Erika, you and your awkward charcoal grey outfit >8C

Progress? (Posted 4th August 2010)

Whelp, the wig has been styled (just needs some touchups), the bag has been made, the contacts and the shoes have both been purchased... I have all the patterns and fabric needed to carry on. I just need to buy this darn dye *__*;; I'm putting it off because I don't know exactly how much I need... and that stuff is expensive Dx;
Well, I'm-a measure up the patterns tomorrow before I go to pips, so I'll have the knowledge and can order away... Then I'm off 8D!!~~~<3

Wig!! (Posted 14th June 2010)

Well, I just ordered the wig - officially begining this cosplay!!

I had some debate with myself over colour, and decided to go for a darkish brown - not too dark or black however!! Cause I like the contrast of colour~~<3

I spent many hours (when I should be revising) trawling ebay for a suitable wig >.>;; In the end, I decided to go for SouthPanda-8, cause Pip ordered her Barma wig from there and it was lovely :3 I just hope the colour isn't too light >.>;; I can darken it with FWink I suppose o.o

It's curly (therefore longer), so I had enough hair to plait ^^ Also, I can re-use it for lolita outfits :D!!

*squee* Can't wait for it to arrive!! I miss wigstyling xD