Lady Bahamut

Costume :Kimihiro Watanuki
Variant :Artwork
Source :xxxholic
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2011

Costume Photos

3rd wheel


Watanuki is such a girl

Reaper!Watanuki strikes!

Insert title here!


Bound by time

Top details

Bottom details

Sleeve - finished 2

Sleeve - finished



Costume Information

Cost : £64.39
Time Taken : About 4 solid months of mostly hand sewing DX

This cosplay almost KILLED ME. Well, maybe I should say it almost killed my back! DX Because for some silly reason I decided that I would hand sew the gold detailing so that no stitching showed on the outside. Thus, this resulted in many months of me bending over, sat on the floor, hand sewing oTL Althogh I was really pleased with the end result so I guess it was worth it 8D Not to mention the difficultly I had in FINDING gold bias binding in the first place!!! In the end, I couldn't find any and had to make it myself.
The rest was pretty easy including the under-top, trousers and the earring. Although I did have to line the under-top and tousers (due to using polycotton, it was the most accurate we could get the lilac colour in!) which was a first for me.

After expo edit
Okay. I removed the emo post >_> But what I said about the wig still remains, I really need a new one that doesn't make my head look huge =/
The masq video is up, although I don't think I did well on stage on my own. I just forget everything I practiced when I get up there DX

Note to self: Practice facial expressions for masq's D8

This will be worn again some time in the future, especially considering that I didn't get many good photos of it =/ I think after all the effort and pain I went through for the cosplay, it needs a proper photoshoot (and a Himawari *COUGH COUGH*)


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WOOP my Watanuki! x3

by TheEmoEmu on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 17:08
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omg YAY! I luv artwork outfits that Watanuki wears! You'll look great in this! ^__^

by charlieparrot on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 17:36
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These look so pretty! You guys are gonna look amazing! <3

by KiraraYumi on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 17:49
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Watanuki Kun, do you want to have lunch with me

and Domeki.

by TheEmoEmu on Sunday, 27 February, 2011 - 21:12
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But... Can't I have lunch with just YOU Himawari-chan? D:

by Lady Bahamut on Tuesday, 1 March, 2011 - 19:57
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Alright then, just this once :)

by TheEmoEmu on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 23:43
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Ooh, I really love the colours and shapes in this design, I must get pictures when you complete it! =D

by Tsuchinoko on Friday, 3 June, 2011 - 21:30
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Me want to be your Doumeki.... Me must find a comissioner! :P

by mandi-taichou on Monday, 20 June, 2011 - 22:11
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I would love that mandi-taichou :D

by Lady Bahamut on Sunday, 26 June, 2011 - 14:30

Such prettyful artwork! Can't wait to see this =D

by Hannah-Kiwii on Sunday, 26 June, 2011 - 15:30

Lovvvve all cosplays from xxxholic!! Love this and can't wait to see some progress!!

by - on Sunday, 26 June, 2011 - 17:48
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Looking smexy, my Watanuki! ^_^

by TheEmoEmu on Thursday, 30 June, 2011 - 20:49
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I love this outfit so much - You make an excellent watanuki - I'm very excited to see this :)

by gaming_goddess on Thursday, 30 June, 2011 - 20:59
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Looks good so far! I totally went through the satin/ribbon situation~! Different versions of Yuuko and Watanuki but clamp sure love their gold trimmings!
Hope I get to see this complete in person!

by Natsumi on Monday, 25 July, 2011 - 20:40
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I am wondering why I NEVER commented on this yet after admiring all your progress pics on FB.

You always impress me with your Watanuki cosplays, so I expect this cosplay to be impressive too!

by Ichigo-Chan on Thursday, 28 July, 2011 - 22:56
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This looks amazing so far! 8D xxx

by Frederica la Noir on Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 - 21:22
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Thanks everyone ^^ Your support is helping me through the insane amount of hand sewing I'm doing XD

by Lady Bahamut on Wednesday, 10 August, 2011 - 16:11

It's looking so good!

by Hannah-Kiwii on Friday, 26 August, 2011 - 19:01
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Looking amazing I think it's obvious all your hand stitching has paid off it looks so clean and professional without the stitches showing! Can't wait to see this! Have you got the full set of characters? Would be amazing to see * - *

by Natsumi on Friday, 26 August, 2011 - 20:08
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I really need to steal your sewing skills *makes notes* All the gold details are so clean and neat.

by Ichigo-Chan on Saturday, 27 August, 2011 - 15:14
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Amazing progress! :3

by Plasticsharkattack on Saturday, 27 August, 2011 - 19:07
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Looks lovely!

by Telly on Tuesday, 6 September, 2011 - 21:13
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by Manticore on Saturday, 10 September, 2011 - 19:53
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awesome work so far <3!

by Kouji on Saturday, 10 September, 2011 - 20:05
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Thanks everyone, I'm doing my best to make it as good as I can ^^; Although I had to look up what that meant Cpt. Wakka 8D

by Lady Bahamut on Saturday, 10 September, 2011 - 20:24

Amazing, the bias binding looks so neat and perfect *-* Looks forward to seeing more progress :D

by Sakurastar123 on Thursday, 15 September, 2011 - 20:14
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this is looking so epic gem :) like nat said defo hunting you down 4 piceys lol

by angelic-cat15 on Sunday, 18 September, 2011 - 19:32
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your costume looks great.

by Elle on Tuesday, 11 October, 2011 - 05:59

Yay you finished! I hope to find you on the Saturday, I want to see this in person :)

by Sakurastar123 on Tuesday, 25 October, 2011 - 20:41
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You looked really awesome in this! <3 The cosplay was such high quality that I was in awe! Can't wait to see your next one! =D

by KiraraYumi on Monday, 31 October, 2011 - 16:01

So pretty and shiney and awesome
I keep saying it but your construction is incredible. I wish I could sew like you T_T

Keep up the good work!

by Hannah-Kiwii on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 21:42
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This looked really nice, yes do wear it again for another event soon! ^^

by Tsuchinoko on Sunday, 6 November, 2011 - 17:25
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I think I remember seeing you - this cosplay was really well done ^^

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 6 November, 2011 - 17:30
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I really love this clamp artwork and once again you pull watanuki off spectacularly. Really gutted I didn't get to see this but looks so brilliant :D

by gaming_goddess on Monday, 7 November, 2011 - 21:52
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I'd seen your show on stage during mcm expo on Saturday! You are very adorable Watanuki :3 !

by dreamhunter707 on Monday, 7 November, 2011 - 22:33
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All that handsewing was worth it! The outcome is fantastic, so neat!! You make an amazing Watanuki x)

by CrystalNeko on Saturday, 12 November, 2011 - 15:59
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You were absolutely amazingg!! :D I adore this outfit & you did brilliantly onstage! Great job!!! ^___^

by charlieparrot on Saturday, 12 November, 2011 - 20:46
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Using bias binding for the details worked really well and it's so neatly done. This is one sharp costume, very impressive :)

by Amy-Lou on Thursday, 17 November, 2011 - 12:52
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Thank you very much everyone :) It makes me happy to know that people liked it ^^;

by Lady Bahamut on Tuesday, 22 November, 2011 - 16:58
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Amy just linked me to this to show how I could do details with bias - so impressed! I can't imagine how fiddly it was, but the bias works gorgeously and the overall effect is brilliant :D I love this!

by Delusional on Sunday, 8 January, 2012 - 17:19
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This looks great! The details are so neat! ^^

by Tsupo on Friday, 20 January, 2012 - 19:58
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So beautiful well done!!!

by Darkiekun on Saturday, 2 March, 2013 - 20:18

To-Do List

Put gold bias binding onto sleevesHighComplete
Sleeves (jacket)HighComplete
Put gold bias binding onto the jacket HighComplete
Buy fabricHighComplete
Make jacket/top... thing XDHighComplete
Make gold bias bindingMediumComplete
Make under-top MediumComplete
Line trousersLowComplete
Paper templatesLowComplete
Wash and iron entire cosplay (once complete)LowComplete
Shoes LowComplete
Ear ringLowComplete
Line under-topLowComplete
Give the wig a bit of a touch-upLowComplete

Shopping List

White cotton drill - 2 Meters£9.98Bought
6 beads£0.75Bought
MORE lilac thread£1.55Bought
MORE Lilac polycotton - 1 Meter£2.50Bought
Lilac lining - 3 Meters£6.00Bought
Gold paint£1.99Bought
Metallic sewing machine needles£1.89Bought
Liliac thread£1.45Bought
18mm bias binding maker£5.49Bought
Lilac polycotton - 2 meters£5.00Bought
Black cotton - 1 Meter£2.69Bought
3 packs of red statin srting£3.15Bought
Gold Satin 1 meter (for bias binding)£1.80Bought
Gold metallic thread£3.05Bought
1 button£0.25Bought


The earring (Posted 6th November 2011)

I'm very late on writing this! Very sorry!

I started off with the circular part as I thought it was the center peice of it. I cut out a circular peice of foam that I thought was the right size and then looked VERY carefully at the reference artwork. I could make out that the large pattern in the artwork was also the pattern on the circular part of the earring. So... me being me and wanting to be accurate, I printed it out (to the right size that my peice of foam is) and engraved it into the foam with a PIN oTL Once I had done that, I painted it red and then painted the gold pattern on, again, with a PIN. oTL

The rest was pretty simple. I got my red satin string, added the 3 beads, then made the bow (used glue to make sure it wouldn't come un-done) and the tassel (again, used glue to make sure it didn't come apart). Street-Angel kindly sent me some spare clip-on earring bases (THANK YOU <3) which I painted red then attached to the string. DONE!

Trousers finished (Posted 17th October 2011)

The trousers are done! Hurray!

I used the same pair of picked apart trousers, as a pattern, that I had used for my Nihon!Syaoran cosplay. But unlike last time, this time I made sure I had PLENTY of sem line/fabric to work with XD

I've made them "flowy" much like the rest of the cosplay and they are fully lined, because the polycotton is so thin!

Although I did mave one little problem that didn't become apparant untill after I had made them... they are longer than the main jacket. Yes, I could shorten them, but I can't because then you can see alot of the shoes (and my socks) and the whole thing looks silly. Although people have told me that it doesn't look bad as it is so... I'll just leave it alone ^^; Although I really should have thought of that earlier >_<

And since the trousers are finished, I was able to complete the under-top. So now all of the sewing is finished! HURRAH!!!

Now all that is left is the earring~

Update: Trousers and earring (Posted 10th October 2011)

Right. So the trousers are in progress. The base and lining are all sewn and ironed (for the only reason that it's easier to put them together that way!). And I've just sewn the zip in, so now I need to make the waist band.

I've tried to make the trousers "flowy" like the rest of the costume, I just hope I've succeeded in doing so and not made them too "baggy". I will find out when I them them to the right length!

As for the earring; I've made the circular part out of foam so that it remains light-weight. I then engraved the details onto it (with a pin!), painted it all red then painted the details gold (also with a pin!) 8D I have all the other components for the earring ready for when I actually get to putting it altogether.

About 70% complete (Posted 1st October 2011)

Okay, so this is what is done so far. What is left to do...?

1. Make the trousers
2. Finialise the length of the under-top once the trousers are done
3. Make the earring
4. Decide what to do about the shoes I've brought

Yes, about the shoes... I brought traditional chinese shoes (they're also known as "kung-fu" shoes I think) but I dont like the huge white sole on them =/ I'm considering making them black, but I will wait untill I have made the trousers first and see how it looks altogether.

...I hate shoes >_<

The collar (Posted 1st October 2011)

Oh dear, how I hate collars. Made in my usual way and still not getting it right

*head desk*

It'll have to do >_>

Under-top sleeves (Posted 17th September 2011)

I actually made these some time ago, but never sewed them properly untill now because I didn't have the lining for it.

I hope the sleeves are "dangly" enough XD I don't want to make them TOO long because I don't want too much of my arms showing and... they'll probably get dirty from food I may be eating on the day 8D So I'll probably leave them at that length. It looks about right according to the reference anyway.

Bias binding complete! (Posted 17th September 2011)

Never again. It took me about 2 weeks to do all the edges! oTL

I've yet to do the other side of the poppers/fastenings. I will do it when I can be bothered to put my binder on ^^;

Since I haven't got anything new to show... (Posted 31st August 2011)

...I thought I'd show you what it looked like on the inside!

I go through a certain process when sewing all this down by hand and no sticthing showing. I first sew down exposed black sections (that haven't got any bias binding on them) right along the very edge so that the overlapping gold bias covers it up. There are 2 sections I need to do this on that you can see in the picture (the parts with the black thread). I also secure the ends of any bias that are going to disappear under other sections of bias.

I then begin the process of sewing all of the gold bias down, which I simply sew through all the layers apart from the top one.

But me being me, I inist that even my hand sewing is as neat as possible, so excuse me while I go shoot myself oTL

Bias binding 70% complete

Bias binding progress... STILL! (Posted 26th August 2011)

NEVER allow me to hand sew this amount of bias binding EVER. AGAIN. Okay?! DX

The picture shows the progress of both the top and bottom swirls and as you can see, many, MANY pins are used. Good job I brought more or I never would have had enough =/

Apart from this picture, I have also now sewn the bias down the inside edge and have begun to do the bias that goes around the neck. So I estimate that I've sewn about... 60% of the bias binding?


Change of design (Posted 18th August 2011)

I decided to change the design on the cosplay. Well, maybe "change" is the wrong word >_> I'm adding a swirl in (mirroring the top one) at the bottom and since you can't see what it looks like at the bottom anyway, I think this is acceptable 8D

I just thought that Watanuki had a rather plain design compared to the others and needed something else on his costume ^^;

This will mean more work for me though in terms of hand sewing DX

Arm detailing (Posted 9th August 2011)

Or, as I've been calling it so far: arm "thingy" 8D Such technical terms~

I started out by putting the bias binding onto the black section (which wasn't easy when it came to those swirly bits, I can tell you) before attaching it to the sleeve. Once I'd sewn most of it down (I'd left some sections un-sewn so that it could fold around the sleeve base) I cut the sleeve base to the right shape. Millions of pins were then used to attach the arm thingy in exactly the right place 8D The bias binding I hadn't already sewn down, I sewed down first followed by making sure every part of the arm thingy was secure and wasn't going to fly off!

ALL of this was hand sewn D8 And hand sewn in such a way that no stitching shows on the outside. It nearly killed me and I still have another sleeve and all of the other black parts to go oTL

Bias binding (Posted 25th July 2011)

I've spent so much time on this and its killed my back several times D:

So, I am making bias binding the "proper" way with the gold satin, but it was made very difficult that this satin was particularly stretchy (is satin generally stretchy? I've not used it before now. I thought maybe it was because I'd brought really cheap satin) and not cut straight. Still, I have struggled through these issues and cut out all of the strips with my new scissors(!) and sewn most of them together.

It is now a big pile of... satin XD I will start ironing it into shape next!

A little update (Posted 14th July 2011)

Been awhile since I've updated!

I have been working on the cosplay but I don't really have anything new to show for it ^^; I've gotten all of the black parts to a size that looks good to me, but in the end I couldn't find a nice gold bias binding. So I'm going to make it from gold satin! A new thing for me XD I brought a bias binding maker thing from ebay to help and some metallic needles and metallic gold thread to match the satin. I'll begin making it on Monday!

As for the under top and trousers I brought lilac polycotton from Fabricland (It's IMPOSSIBLE to get lilac in cotton and at a sensible price) which is a really nice colour :) But since it is polycotton, it is terribly thin D: And so I will be lining it, another new for me XD I've cut out all of the peices for the under top and found that I hadn't brought enough fabric! I don't have enough left for the trousers! Oops! oTL

In a change of plan... (Posted 1st July 2011)

...I've now decided to have 2 splits (both at the sides, obviously) because I've seen a video on youtube of this same cosplay and I think it's a much more sensible idea XD It allows me to move much more freely and I think it gives the cosplay a more... elegant feel? XD At least I think that's the word I wanna use >_>

I've also made the base sleeve and made slight alterations to my original paper pattern I was going to use for the black/gold detailing! It's now much more symmetrical *nod nod* Now if only I could find some gold bias binding that isn't a horrible brown colour... DX

Starting off with the jacket (Posted 24th June 2011)

I've had alot of time this week to work on this since my mum was on holiday and I was home alone XD

Since this jacket (I'm not even sure I want to call it that, but what else do I call it??) is similar to the 3D Land one, I've tried to learn from my mistakes I made on it. So I have done my best to make this jacket more fitted (and I'm using 2 darts on the back instead of 1), not have HUGE arm holes and I will actually have the shoulder of the sleeves ON my shoulder oTL So far it's been going well! Since I can't see how far down it goes from the only reference, I've decided to make it really long, down to my ankles! 8D

I also love the split on the side XD Such a man Watanuki :'D