|Time Taken :||A few weeks|
|A costume started for Retro Minami 2009 and finally appearing at Minami 2010. I did manage to finish it for the new Oxford Circus Crossing opening ceremony in London (Nov 2009) which was a fantastic day to be part of and great fun. |
Otherwise I've been waiting for the lovely Delusional to finish her matching Yuzuriha costume so we can debut these as a pair :)
I love this costume because it's such a simple bold design with subtle little details, so really comfy to wear...and I love Arashi!
Oxford Circus Crossing (Posted 13th November 2009)
I got to wear this for the new Oxford Circus Crossing opening ceremony! The event organisers bizarrely thought to ask for cosplayers to hold the ribbons as the crossing is a common design in Japan so the whole ceremony has a Japanese theme (spot the taiko drummers on the left).
We had to get up ridiculously early and it was freezing cold, so I'm so glad this costume has lots of layers and a long wig. Overall a strange but fun day out with lots of lovely people :D
Special Occasions and Finishing Touches (Posted 8th November 2009)
Added the rivets to the sleeves and laced them up with the same silk cord used in the wig. The only thing left is to add the red threading down the front of the white skirt.
I wanted to be able to transport this costume safely so I've used poppers to attach anything that wouldn't fold easily like the obi bow.
Sashes (Posted 7th May 2009)
The obi is the same cotton as the skirt. I had to buttonhole each strip so the velvet ribbon could weave through. Took the cheating route and ran a thin layer of glue over the end of each cut to stop it fraying :)
I tried out different methods of getting the line down the middle of the ribbons, and found the best way was to draw it on with a pen/pencil (pen looked too stark on the beige). Sewing onto the ribbon or glueing/sewing two thinner ribbons together warped the ribbon which looked awful.
Fail (Posted 26th March 2009)
Having my last week of cosplay stolen by germs, I won't be bringing Arashi to Minami :(
In bonus news I finally finished that damn pleated skirt and found it was too big, so most of the pleats were cut off!
More Bells (Posted 4th March 2009)
I finished my arm ribbons :) The hawk bells are so much fun!
Kimono/dress thing is well under way, just need to decide where to fold back the edges of the drape. I bought the velvet ribbon for the obi details. Urgh, I hate buying trimmings from London shops, I feel as though my wallet's been gutted, but I couldn't find the right width on ebay.
Fashionata (Posted 24th February 2009)
I have finished the cropped turtle neck. It's the most unflattering piece of clothing I have ever made! Thank goodness it'll be mostly under the kimono.
I've just realised that my dummy looks incredibly manly with the photo cut off there, how am I supposed to fit anything XD
Pleating my soul away (Posted 6th January 2009)
After 4 hours of pleating I have half a skirt! Hopefully I can do 4 hours tonight and finish it off :)
Looking at the unhelpful pic I decided this was a full skirt rather than skirt hakama (which will also give a flat waistband under the obi). I am going to swap the pleating directions so all pleats are towards the centre as they would be on hakama, I think this will look more balanced.
Received Fabric (Posted 29th December 2008)
I've bought enough red cotton-drill to make sails for a ketch. Huge thanks to Lex for finding me a pattern for hakama, the sheer amount of fabric in those pleats is scary!
I should be able to save money on the rest though, as I'm sure I have maroon, fawn and white cotton-esque fabrics left over from old costumes :)