|I decided to do this costume for a friend's upcoming Breath of Fire IV group at October Expo. I had done Fou-Lu from the same game previously, and cosplaying Ryu will be pleasantly different; he's more happy-go-lucky, more chillled and the like. I was/am being helped immensely in this costume by my friend Melissa Joy (SlimDefinition), who did the fabric components, as well as helping me scout out most of the components also.|
The components of the costume were assembled from various places, mainly Ebay, though. The top was a women's t-shirt with the square-neck sewn over and the sleeves cut to give it that rugged look I used to associate with Fred Flintstone..heh. The trousers are Thai Fisherman's Pants (very comfortable to wear!) The shoes are pumps that will be painted purple, and the sword is a wooden Bokken used for martial arts, that will be painted and a tassel attached to the end of the handle. The arm warmers and weird "stirrup socks" are still being made. We also made a little pouch to attach to the sash that will serve as the "belt".
Very much looking forward to wearing this one! Always been a big fan of Breath of Fire IV, and while I never thought I'd cosplay Ryu, there's something about his personality that I'm gonna enjoy trying to replicate!