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|Cost :||About £160|
|Guilty Gear has loads of cool designs that I've been looking at for a while. Yuka is planning a group for Aya so, after some umming and ahhing, I decided to actually go ahead and try I-no. She's weird and funky, if a bit slutty, and she has an amazing hat.|
The big challenge will be working out how to do the top so it retains some accuracy without risking indecency...
Mmm... leather (Posted 18th July 2009)
I've pretty much patterned everything out and started cutting into the leather, which made me pretty nervous. I've had to order twice as many skins as I initially thought because I forgot about the sleeves and the hat will require two to cover both sides of the brim, but it's worth it because it smells so amazing!
I've also made the base of the hat using fine mesh wire. I'm aiming for a very organic looking hat so the bendiness of it is ideal. I've also split it into two parts as I have a cunning plan for the inside ^_^
Note to self - pinning leather is extremely difficult and bends pins a lot. I have special needles for the sewing - but are there special leather pins?
Boots #2 (Posted 6th March 2009)
Boots arrived 2 days after ordering ^_^
I was aiming for block heel red platforms as that's the closest to what I-no actually wears, but they have proved rather difficult to find without shelling out over £100 on pure leather ones. If I were likely to wear them for anything except this costume, I'd have considered it, but thigh high red platform boots aren't *really* my everyday style.
Anyway, £30 pleather boots with a slightly more stiletto-styled heel should do the job. They certainly make me tall enough, and the added stretch of the pleather means they're pretty easy to get on and off, even with my huge muscular calves. I'm going to use real leather on the rest of the costume so I'll just have to hope it matches well enough.
Because of the height of the boots, many people will be at approximately eye level with my bust, so I'll have to take extra care in constructing the top so that nothing escapes...
My boyfriend, who is far more skilled with props than I am, has kindly agreed to make me a nice, light, consafe guitar, quite possibly containing actual guitar components. Star :)
Boots (Posted 2nd March 2009)
It occurred to me the other day that between the platform boots and the hat, I will be over 6 feet tall in this costume. That'll be interesting to say the least - thankfully I suspect most of my I-no activities will be outside!