|Cost :||Approx £35 (about 4/5 of the money spent was on the merchandise, damn! the currency exchange rate)|
|Time Taken :||3 hours (I think)|
|Since there is going to be a Midlands Expo in February, my friend will be cosplaying as Tadase in his school uniform & we thought it would be cool if I went as Amu in her school uniform.|
I didn't mind being Amu because I love Shugo Chara! and since I'm on a tight bugdet, I needed something fairly cheap. I already own the wig, shoes, white shirt and I can use my MisaMisa skirt, so all I need is the red tie, black cardigan and leg warmers. I have plently of black jersey fabric left from my live action Misa cosplay, so I will have no probs with money ^_^
Costume is finally completed, though I need to fix up a few things
|Leg warmers||High||In Progress|
|Eggs and guardian charas||Low||Complete|
Miki and Suu plushies (Posted 28th January 2009)
My Miki and Suu plushie which I won on YahooJapan Auctions have finally arrived through the post and they are so cute!!! Unfortuantely I lost the bid on Ran, but I will keep on trying & hopefully will get it before Midlands Expo.
Progress 85% (Posted 3rd January 2009)
I finally got a bag and humpty lock from YahooJapan auctions. Damn! the currency exchange because my cank balance is feeling the pain T_T
The bag is a pain because if I place it on the side of my hip, the black cardigan will have a hump and if I move it sligthly towards the right, it will push my tie to the right. I'll probably take all the contents out of the bag and flatten it before the expo to solve this problem.
Things to do
Finally good news from my friend. He finally brought all the materials he needs for Tadase, so he is going to start on his costume really soon!
Progress 75% (Posted 25th December 2008)
It's Christmas day and I'm stuck at home feeling broed, so I ended up working on my cosplays. Haha! sad isn't it?
Last weekend I went shopping with my friend in Wolverhampton and I brought a tie from Marks & Spencers for a bargin price of 98p! It states £5 on the price tag, but the lady at the counter charged me 98p. I also went into the Birmingham rag markets to buy fabric for the leg warmers & started to make them. Leg warmers are almost complete, I just need to do some hemming and also buy 2 small belt things. Finally I made a small red arm band using spare fabric from my Sakura Taisen bow and also made the white things at the end of the sleeves (can't get the proper word in my head) to add to the black cardigan using spare fabric from my Azumanga cosplay. Yey for spare fabric! my black cardigan was made using the left over fabric from my past cosplays.
Things to do
I am not sure how far my friend got with his Tadase cosplay, but hope he will get started soon because he made me do this cosplay for Febs Expo lol
(EDIT; I forgot to mention that I found my Azumanga Daioh shoes which my mum put away.... yey!)
Progress 50% (Posted 17th December 2008)
My friend will be happy to know that I already started working on my school uni Amu. I already own the white shirt, wig and skirt, so what I need is the leg warmers and red tie. The black cardigan was made by me. I had just enough black jersey fabric left from my live action Misa to make Amu's cardigan.
The wig was originally for my Lenna FFV cosplay which I planned for a while, but never even started on the costume, so I thought I'll use it for Amu. I had to cut the fringe since it covers my eyes & hardly could see a thing. Only problem is that I can;t style it like Amu's, if I attempt to tie it in a high side pony tail, it will show my hair underneath the net >.<" I might have another wig before the Expo because my friend found the perfect wig for Amu, but it was around £38 including shipping. Although I really LOVE the wig, I only have a budget of £20 T_T My friend did offer to buy the wig for me as an Christmas present, but I felt kinda bad because £38 is a lot of money. Anyway no matter how bad I feel, I think he will eventually buy it for me, so I may have a btter wig in time for the Expo.
I was planning to re-use the shoes from my Azumanga cosplay, but my mum put them away and she does not remember where they are, so I assume my shoes are lost >.<" .... grrrr... now I may have to spend some extra cash on a new pair of shoes!!! If I can't find the shoes by mid Feb, then I will go to the cheap shoe shop opposite my work place because all of their shoes ranges from £1-£40, I maybe lucky and find a pair for just a quid!
This Saturday my friend invited me to go to Wolverhampton to do some Christmas shopping... well, more like cosplay shopping, so I will buy the rest of the sources which I may need for this costume. I can guarantee this costume will be finished just in time for Midlands Expo, so look out for the cool and Spicy girl walking around the Expo!