|Time Taken :||5 months on and off|
|Never before has a costume left me with so many bruises. Leather is NOT comfortable against bare skin. I enjoyed wearing this all day but there are some improvements that need to be made. However, this cosplay found its way onto 4chan and was NOT flamed. I consider that an achievement!|
-I cannot take credit for the leather work (the armour, leg and arm guards) as they were made by my wonderful friend who makes LARP armour. It's a shame those were the best bits of the costume but due to time constraints and stupidity, I could never have made them myself.
-The skirt pattern took about 4 days to paint on. I was meticulous tracing out images on cardboard and painting around them (the pattern is on both sides of the skirt). The one mistake I did make was that the flowers should have been about 2 inches further in, but overall I'm very happy with it as it looked all pretty!
-The leggings and tabi socks were dyed. Not being a skinny size 6 person, the leggings didn't look great and the fact that I hadn't dyed them heavily enough made that worse.
-The belt and belt pouch were bought separately but the colours matched almost perfectly. The studs were made from sculpey and superglued on.
-I made a blue belt but it snapped two nights before the con and I had no access to a sewing machine. The lovely Aka-chan who cosplayed Date Masamune (unf!) made one for me though and now it is mine :)
-The choker was pre-bought and the insignia made out of sculpey clay.
-The sandals were bought at Primark and really should have been black, as I didn't have a photo with me at the time and was working from memory
-The wig was bought from a seller on ebay and required only a tiny bit of cutting and styling
Improvements: I did make shoulder guards but they were made of rather flimsy meshy material and were falling off immediately. I'll need to find some elastic so that they stay in the right place but they should be doable. More importantly, I need to redye those trousers as everyone thought I was going commando.
|Leggings and dye||£6.99||Bought|
|Gold fabric paint pen||£7.44||Bought|
|White tabi socks||£3.99||Bought|
|Red fabric (1m)||£9.99||Bought|
|Blue tights (for belt)||£1.50||Bought|
|Belt w/ pouch||£9.99||Bought|
|Dye for tabi||£2.88||Bought|
Completion (Posted 28th March 2011)
Wow, I have been neglecting the journal here! Everything was pretty much brought together in the last fortnight in between writing a dissertation so cosplay island has kind of been forgotten!
Getting there (Posted 1st March 2011)
So, most things have arrived now :D
Collecting and poverty (Posted 3rd February 2011)
Argh, I'm still at the 'collecting materials' stage and this is already costing over budget D': Definitely not good when I've got a dissertation and employment to worry about.
So far, I have collected: gloves (to be modified), belt (minus the belt pouch), tabi, wig, necklace materials, fabric paint, elbow guards and red fabric. I have been having trouble finding the right coloured trousers and belt pouch so will have to keep trawling shops and the internet.