shigures high school girl

Costume :Zhen Ji
Variant :2nd Player
Source :dynasty warriors 6
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2009

Costume Photos


She got left at the altar...

Now onto the crack shots =D

Complete! Well kinda...



Costume Information

Cost : £50 ish?

Hehe...Charlie showed me this and i was like OMG OMG OMG *dies* MUST COSPLAY
Even though I'm not a huge Dynasty warriors fan...soo prettyyyyy
*Hides* Don't shoot!

Yay progress XD

I LOVE CHARLIE (her laptop keyboards spazzy though >.<)

OOOH I have some wisdom! Gather round XDD
If you bleach polycotton, be careful not to burn it! Although it doesn't matter in this case because I'm lining it all anyway, the bleached stuff has loads of tiny little holes xDD You need to use neat bleach for it to work, but try and rinse it off about every 30-45 minutes, even if it isn't completely bleached, and then leave it a few hours before adding any more *nodnod*

Sewing bleached polycotton can cause it to disintegrate! Use glue instead *nodnod*

Expo was amazing success! Although I have the worst sunburn ever from that cosplay *shakes fist* And who knew clear bra straps still cause strap marks?
One day Fi shall send me the pics that she took ^_^ Then I'll upload, as they look much better than the progress shots XD


Yeah, I still want to improve this costume, I pretty much gave up on parts of it, maybe if I go to Miniami I'll re-wear it. And I don't have Zhen-Ji's clevage so the top went a bit misshapen LOL XD But it didn't fall apart, and I got compliments and asked for photos so yay me X3

And LOOOOL I'm waaay too smiley in all of my pictures >_> I swear there are SOME where i wasn't smiley XD

I plan to re-wear this NEXT May now, hopefully with Sky Chan as another DW character *pokes* ^_^


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Holy crap chocolate bear I know you'll look awesome, so pretty!! You can so pull her off so well!!
Goood luck! [Not that you need it]

by Charlie-Bear on Monday, 5 January, 2009 - 21:36
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Woooow it looks awesome so far! Great job Mottman! 8D Your gonna look fab~

by CrystalNeko on Sunday, 8 March, 2009 - 17:52
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ooooo pwetty Zhen-Ji is my fav character <3 keep up the awesome work!

by angel aiko on Sunday, 15 March, 2009 - 12:37
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Wow! It looks great so far!

by Brinny-Chan on Sunday, 26 April, 2009 - 13:56
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Good luck and excellent work so far :)

by Limegreenjelly on Sunday, 26 April, 2009 - 13:56
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looking nice, great work so far

by nanahara on Sunday, 26 April, 2009 - 18:47
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This is looking amazing! :D

by Manga Girl on Sunday, 3 May, 2009 - 16:16
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Very pretty x

by AmethystEyes on Sunday, 3 May, 2009 - 18:56
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Well hey there missy you're looking mighty fine!
I'm loving you're coat, I might have to have that for myself x]

by Charlie-Bear on Sunday, 3 May, 2009 - 19:58
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Thank look FANTASTIC!

by sjbonnar on Sunday, 3 May, 2009 - 21:53
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you where beautiful at expo ^^

by nanahara on Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 - 11:54
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I agree you looked so stunning *_* Really pretty C-bizzle! <3
I cant wait to see you re wear this and I shall definitly join you!
<3 <3 <3

by Charlie-Bear on Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 - 12:09
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You looked so pretty, you did a great job! ^^

by Kacela on Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 - 14:15
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looking good looking good ^^ excellent work shame i wasnt there to see you guys in these costumes

by Limegreenjelly on Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 - 15:50
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I love your Zhen Ji costume! You look awesome~! I have one more thing to say:
I'm sorry, it had to be said XD

by CrystalNeko on Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 - 18:00
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Thank you so much everyone, I'm so happy you like it ^_^
and CrystalNeko-you shall PAAAAY! Just cause you get no sunburn and amazing hair and hot guys, I'm sure there HAS to be some drawback to being asian XP (thats not racist right? XD)

by shigures high school girl on Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 - 18:13
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The costume is very pretty & I'm glad I got to see it in real life at the Expo.

by Ichigo-Chan on Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 - 19:04
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Your Zhen-Ji was marvelous! ^_^

by Lisu-chan on Wednesday, 27 May, 2009 - 13:28

To-Do List

Line coat with the orange materialHighComplete
Figure out how the frick to make the fastenings on her coatHighIn Progress
Buy gold thread and sew ribbon around coatHighIn Progress
Buy gems for the headdress, and figure out how to attatch it to my head XDHighPlanned
Figure out how to dye lace orange to make the other headdressMediumPlanned
Get random orange fluffy things and attach to shoesMediumPlanned


I'm running out of titles...Ribbon sewn on (Posted 3rd May 2009)

I sewed on LOTS of ribbon XD I started out handsewing it, but gave up after only doing about 25% in 2 days. So i caved and started machine stitching it instead. Some of its gone a bit puckered and weird, but theres not much I can do about that without ripping loadsa stuff XD I also sewed the ribbon on the choker thing, but it blocks out almost all the purple, plus being about 5 times the size of my neck. oops XD

Wooa! More stuff XD (Posted 26th April 2009)

I actually did more work on this costume! i was considering giving up (again) but i'm glad i didn't! So i lined it, and just generally made it nicer ^_^ Heres a crappy phone backshot, the (slightly) less blury shots i'll put on costume pictures XD

Yeah I did more work! (Posted 11th April 2009)

So I was thinking of stopping this...I'd messed up the coat pretty bad and stuff. But then I was like...hmm I may as well just do a liiittle bit more, see if it works XD And it looks better already ^_^ Now I just have to line it (with some really pretty fabric I found that is actually nicer than the coat fabric itself but shh XD) and sew 1000000M of gold crap on and I'm done :) And do the headdress and the armwarmer things as well XD But hopefully I can be about 80% by the end of the holidays? ^_^
And I can NOT sew in a straight line LOL it is actually funny! My hand sewn stuff looks like the footsteps of a drunken ant :D

MOAR PROGRESS YO (Posted 8th March 2009)

V-bear helped me with the headdress octopus thingy as well, le woot!

<3 Chaaaarlie

Yay progress XD (Posted 8th March 2009)

Charlie [Special-pleb] helped me paint the pattern on the skirt today yaaaaay!
I <3 Vanilla bear

Bleaching is fun (Posted 1st March 2009)

I was bleaching the bottom of the coat today. Its fun :DDDD and it worked pretty well, theres only a bit of purple left, i was really suprised at the result.

As special pleb said, looks liek brains! om nom nom :D
I'm sure you totally needed that pic...hehe

Bought material + some sewing :) (Posted 20th February 2009)

Went to Trago Mills today, bought loooooads of stuff :) I couldn't find any yellow, which is what i was going to use and dye it, so i ended up getting purple, i'll try using some kind of colour stripper or bleach or whatever...I also got some reaaaaaaally pretty orange material for lining it, :)
And then I started sewing...
So i cut out three main pannels for the coat, two long ones and then one shorter one to make it backless. I sewed them together sewing machine messed up. Which is why I don't have a picture, because it currently looks hideous o.O Plus I cut it waaaaaaay too big so I have to fit it. I also cut out the material for the armwarmers :) Might post a pic soon...

I HAVE SHOESIES :) (Posted 1st February 2009)

Hehe i bought some shoes, split the cost with Fifi, so that was awesome. I'll post a photo here when i can be bothered xD

Dress 80% done (Posted 11th January 2009)

I made the black dress today, it was way easier than i thought it would be to make it backless. I made it out of the failed Shia underskirt, which probably says a LOT about how short it is...but hey, its accurate, and i can use lace to cover up the original hem which is super-screwy XD All I have left is to sew lace down the middle of the front, and its done :)