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|Time Taken :||40 hours considering all the remakes...|
|This costume has been through 3 attempts now. My first version worn at AmeCon 2004 is most definitely retired. I decided to remake it when I found a cheap pair of purple boots, and that costume was worn at AyaCon 2005. For a gun mage group at AmeCon 2007, I finally completed the costume properly - adding the silver bits to the boots, and I also chose to replace the blue sections of the skirt with a more accurate colour. So it only took me a few years in the end... Ashe wore the costume at AmeCon 2007, and also at Japan Expo 2008. So almost all the photos are of her!|
Since my starting point was the purple boots I found, I had to choose fabric to match my boots, and unfortunately, my only choice was non-stretchy stuff. Ironically, I eventually ended up making bootcovers anyway - the silver parts are stretch pvc, which worked out nicely. I fitted the top closely, using plastic boning to keep the hole in the back in shape. The design on the front is pieces of felt hand sewn on. My gloves are an armwarmer section and a pair of short gloves which I dyed to the same shade of purple. That got around the problem of non-stretch fabric and spared me from making gloves!
The skirt took a lot of planning. The blue and purple sections are sewn together forming one layer and it’s lined in purple for accuracy. If I had draped the skirt in sections, the interior layer would have been blue, and Yuna's is purple inside, so I didn't want to do that. I was also concerned the multiple layers might not stay in position well, so I was happier sewing it all together. The designs are painted on, I think I need to make them slightly more obvious though since they seem to have got lost in photos.
I made the necklace is made up of lengths of dowel rod and wooden beads sprayed gold. The hairtail had rolled up fur fabric inside for padding, then lengths of red straps twisted around it. It safety pins to the top collar; attaching it to the wig pulled it back too much.