|ARIA.. what is there to say, ever since I picked up the first volume of it, I loved it for the beautiful art, simple story and varied characters. And I still do love it so.. *looks around to see endless ARIA merchandise stacked in room* >_>|
I cosplayed Akari back in 2005 when the series was still tiny and the anime hadn't been announced yet, where only 1 other person knew who I was! Boo. ARIA needs so much more love damnit.
In any case, this was a lovely simple cosplay, and the easier of the two uniforms to make. The winter uniform's my favourite but I do regret not making the summer one for a summer convention - it was really hot in the heat even though it was white and really breatheable.
The dress was taken off a balldress I had in pretty much the same shape, and worked really well. It was really simple to make, aside from small things like placement of the symbols and suchlike.
The cape was made from a pattern and caused no end of bother.. it was nothing like we'd ever made before, and it really slowed making the outfit down. It had to be double-layered, edged, fitted and God knows what else, and it still didn't turn out that great - it's huge on me, it doesn't fit to my neck and it kept swirling around when I was walking!
The glove was bought, it was a plain white medical glove. But it's not like anyone would've noticed it was missing the symbol since pretty much nobody recognised me anyway. The hat was bought too - it was a hat from the army&navy store I picked the decorations from, covered the bottom with blue and then attached my "ARIA" patch to. The patch only had the 2 lines and the "A" sewn on though, sewing bits of ribbon onto a hat isn't the best way to do things - the fraying is awful. Thank God COSPA released official patches - the awfulness of the last patch will be amended for the next time I wear this..
I like this cosplay, and will happily wear it again when I find the time to - hopefully the summer uniform, and hopefully where more people will recognise me ;)