|Because, damn, those are some fine outfits.|
I basically want a reason to always wear these costumes. So much derpy fun, so much bling, SO MUCH FABULOUS.
Everything else (Posted 11th April 2012)
I've sewn a black band onto my yellow polo-shirt for a slightly bargain-basement Rikkai shirt effect; the scarves draped over the front aren't quite thick enough to hide the stripe's absence otherwise.
The hat is all done (some of the sequin trim I used on the jacket, plus about 2/3rds of a lilac feather boa and some hat pins). It looks pretty magnificent. Pez did Yagyuu's hat (which involved stretching it to fit over her wig!).
Niou's wig got some more fluffing, and Pez cut her Yagyuu wig, and then I actually ended up cutting+curling my Yukimura wig so I could lend it to someone who will be joining us for PoT funtimes at Kita.
Pez made power wrists for us all!
Everything else was purchased from eBay and at most mildly tweaked.
Coats (Posted 10th April 2012)
Well, I made two pimp coats for this (one for me, and one for Pez-as-Yagyuu). We're in cheap-cheap-cheap mode so we didn't pay out for velvet, and the only thing that looked about the right texture and in the right colours was velour. Conclusion: never working with velour again oh god. Stretch fabric is the devil; I knew this but somehow thought it would be fine with lining, and I was wrong. And something on the red velour actually provoked an allergic reaction until Pez reminded me I hadn't pre-washed the fabric, sigh.
Still, they're done (finally) and they hang *sort of* alright-if-you-don't-look-too-hard with the lining in, and that'll have to do because I don't think there's much I can do about them without starting over. Hopefully the shiny bling will distract, anyway. Mine has many, many sequins plus about a furlong of feathery draping, and Pez's has a collar (which *does* sit okay) and much blingy gold trim.
Wig (Posted 26th March 2012)
The base for this was a Ash wig from Coscraft, plus some extra wefts left over from another Ash that Pez butchered for her Black Jack wig.
Since the Myu has actual wigs, attempting to mimic that meant that I had a pretty good idea of what was needed (a nice change from trying to interpret anime spikes!). We were out of silver-white wigs I could use, so any possible dilemma of colour was easily resolved. The only really irritating thing for this was the fact that Niou's crown (where the hair radiates outwards) appears to be nearly at his front hairline; I actually made a new crown and sewed it on like a toupee, and moved wefts around to make the old one less obvious. There are extra wefts sewn into the whole rear part, so that the spiking there works.
The wig base isn't actually long enough for the rat-tail to just be integral (alas); there is a big weft of hair sewn into the rat-tail to give it enough length. On Pez's suggestion, I shifted the rat-tail's placement more to one side because Masa always flips the end of it over that shoulder anyway. It has a bit less movement than I'd like, but it looks good.
The spiking was actually pretty easy - first I gave as much volume to the roots as I could (much hair-spray, hairdryer, and some judicious back-combing). Then there is LOTS of hairspray (it's fine; most wigs I'd feel bad for saturating but it seems perfectly in-character for Niou) and spiking the tips.
Most of the 'finish' of this will be on-the-day, once it's on my head; I'm also putting a hat over most of this so it mostly won't be visible. :D I still care!