Kei Lin Sama

Costume :Yuuko
Source :XXX-Holic
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Amecon 2012

Costume Photos

Pipe (Redkun's photoshoot)

Cheeky smile (Redkun's photoshoot)

Reclining on a bench (Redkun's photoshoot)

Relaxing on the window ledge (Redkun photoshoot)

Stepping through an archway (Redkun's photoshoot)

Yuuko ref


Costume Information

Cost : £122
Awards : 1st prize (masquerade)
Time Taken : 1 month approx.

A challenge to myself to put a simple costume together with care, attention to detail, and good planning. I made the costume in one month and set myself a budget of £120 for new materials, including shoes and wig.

My main objective was to make something that people would recognise!


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I absolutely LOVED this costume! Your an awesome cosplayer O_O

by Siouxsie James on Thursday, 16 August, 2012 - 21:06
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I love this, it is absolutely stunning. The detail in the cloud patterns is beautiful and I adore the fabric choices! Also the wig and headpiece are fantastic, great job all round!! :D

by JustPeachy on Thursday, 16 August, 2012 - 21:17
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Yuuko!! <3 This cosplay is gorgeous! Never enough xxxHolic cosplay out there, so it's wonderful to see some~ Especially when it's this good! Great work~

by x-Blade-x on Thursday, 16 August, 2012 - 21:29
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I was so impressed with this cosplay, one of the best Yukos I've seen. The outfit design is very detailed and you've managed to make it so well and really suit the character, too. Thanks for letting me take some pictures at the cosplay photography panel, it was nice chatting with you ^^

by Tsuchinoko on Thursday, 16 August, 2012 - 21:44
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Beautiful. You've done an excellent job on all the detailing. You should be very proud!

by Speckles on Thursday, 16 August, 2012 - 22:39
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You were amazing, well done for winning! Was lovely talking to you ^^

by Koiice on Thursday, 16 August, 2012 - 23:43
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This was a jaw-droppingly beautiful cosplay. I loved this and it was greT MEETING YOU AS WELL :D

by j_mercuryuk on Friday, 17 August, 2012 - 01:02
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This is stunning and so beautifully made. I love the accuracy of your cloud designs and how much care and effort clearly went into the costume.

by Angelphie on Friday, 17 August, 2012 - 11:18
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So beautiful and those clouds really pop even from a distance!

by Amy-Lou on Friday, 17 August, 2012 - 11:42
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Quite possibly my favourite costume from the event, thank you for letting me get a closer look at that gorgeous stitching and painting! A thoroughly well-deserved 1st place, your masquerade performance was really elegant as well.

by Mighty Odango on Friday, 17 August, 2012 - 12:02
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o: This is so gorgeous!! I love the amount of detail that went into this - it's so beautifully constructed and you look stunning :)

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 18 August, 2012 - 10:02
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Wow, this looks so gorgeous!

by WhiteWraith on Saturday, 18 August, 2012 - 11:46
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Oh wow, you're an amazingly good Yuuko! The cosplay looks epic and you pull it off so well :O

by Lady Bahamut on Sunday, 19 August, 2012 - 14:11
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Gorgeous cosplay, you suit the character so well :3

by kunoichi-me on Sunday, 26 August, 2012 - 19:14
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Congrats on the showcase! I loved this cosplay, so beautiful!! <3

by Freyarule on Sunday, 26 August, 2012 - 21:15
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So amazing glad i saw you at the posing panel! hope everything went well on stage! xxx

by alienqueen on Sunday, 26 August, 2012 - 23:35
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Gratz on the showcase!! ^^ well deserved! C:

by Siouxsie James on Monday, 27 August, 2012 - 09:14
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Stunning work!

by eternal_aranel on Monday, 27 August, 2012 - 11:10
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You make a beautiful Yuuko.

by Carmina on Tuesday, 28 August, 2012 - 12:57
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This is such a gorgeous cosplay, and well-deserved winner of the Amecon masquerade.

by ShadowofShinra on Tuesday, 28 August, 2012 - 14:47
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Wow, thanks everybody for your kind words! Thank you to whoever recommended me for the showcase. It was a lovely surprise and it's really made my week!

Thanks also to Amy-Lou for telling me progress photos can be added to the journal page - I didn't know you could do that!

by Kei Lin Sama on Tuesday, 28 August, 2012 - 21:12

This was so gorgeous :D Congrats for the showcase!

by madmazda86 on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 - 07:29
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Told you this was gorgeous! I wanted to congratulate you at Amecon but couldn't find you on the sunday, I hope you had a fantastic rest of the weekend.

by KhaosKreator on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 - 11:10
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This is such a beautiful costume. You looked so stunning. Congratulations ^^

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 - 23:53
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You're perfect Yuuko :)

by dreamhunter707 on Friday, 31 August, 2012 - 20:08
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Really liked the detail on this costume. Congrats on the win.

by theKillingDoll on Sunday, 2 September, 2012 - 11:39
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I'm so gutted I missed this at Ame! You make the perfect Yuuko and all the detail in this outfit is just incredible. The colouring in the clouds are just gorgeous!

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 3 September, 2012 - 14:47
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I was one of the judges for Amecon and I'm seriously still blown away by how much was put into this costume. It's a piece of art!

by Chibi on Sunday, 26 May, 2013 - 23:35


Belated progress pics - Kimono clouds (stage 2 - painting) (Posted 19th August 2012)

Stage 2: trace the designs onto a white poly/cotton poplin with a tailor's chalk (colouring crayon works just as well).

The paints are Dylon Fabric Paints. I mixed the colours with Dylon Shade Creator, which gives a purer and finer shade than you can achieve by mixing the colours with white paint. If two colours are mixed with white paint (e.g. red, blue and white to create lilac), it tends to become murky.

After painting and drying overnight, the colours were fixed by ironing as hot as the fabric would allow (test it first!).

Belated progress pics - Kimono clouds (stage 1 - sketching) (Posted 19th August 2012)

A few people have asked how I did the clouds.. The techniques were a bit unorthodox, but here goes..

Stage 1: sketch the designs onto paper versions of the garment panels, making sure the drawings match up at the edges of each panel.

Belated progress pics - corset (Posted 19th August 2012)

This is what the corset looked like before I assembled it. Unusually for a corset, it doesn't have any bones - it only has vilene in the lining to keep its shape.

Of course, because it was made quickly and cheaply, it didn't turn out as well as I hoped. Cutting corners doesn't pay!

Costs of new materials bought (Posted 16th August 2012)

Here's what happened to the £120 budget for my Yuuko Ichihara costume.

I thought I'd keep a careful track of the materials and accessories I bought for this costume. The list doesn't include materials I had already in my bits box - thread, fastenings, wire, duct tape etc..