|Time Taken :||2 weeks|
|I'm actually really excited about this. XD This is like the costume I once saw when I was 11 that eventually led to me cosplaying. So it's on the dream list.|
I got the fans whilst in America for $30 which works out at around £9 per fan. Had to buy, but they were a bit big so I cut them down with a jigsaw and made them pretty with acrylic paint. The flowers are made of foam and the decorations on them with straws, ping pong balls and beads. They were such a pain when I was gluing them on and I had to do a few repairs over the weekend (they weren't expo hall proof).
This was put together in a bit of a rush in the run-up to expo. ^^; It wasn't meant to be like that, but my motivation went walk about. XD
I did a lot of hand-stitching on this. The blanket stitch to be precise, a pain because it takes more time than the good old back stitch.
Ummm. Let me see...the truth? I pinned the obi in place. Literally took the meter of material wrapped it round and pinned it. Because I ran out of time. Ah well. I took time to dye the bow with some kind of gradient and stuff it so that a lot of people thought that I had a pillow on my back...>.>
The wig. Apparently looks more ginger than brown. That's what happens when you do things via eBay. I like it though. I'm crap at styling wigs so I just whipped it up into a ponytail and tried to make it look like it should, which didn't happen.
The shoes were last minute...but for £4 that's just fine. Final point of interest? I like the bit which the tassels are hanging off. It's made of 2 layers of felt and a layer of material, blanket stitched together and some paint. It held up well. :D
But most of all, I just enjoyed being Xiao Qiao again. Especially this costume. <3 It was nice to not be bound, in a corset or have a massive dress. But I guess the fans took the place of those things. It was comfortable. (y)