Costume :Gou/Kou Matsuoka
Variant :Ending/desert/fanart
Source :Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon 2014

Costume Photos

Set your heart free!

No unshakable days

We can reach it

Dive into our brand new blue

Today feels so free

Make Us Free


Give it your all

Following Our Hearts

Basking in the intersecting rays’ contrast

Feel so free today

Turnaround ref


Costume Information

I love Free! I got into it via a screencap blog and decided to watch the show itself and well...
It's actually amazing.

Gou/Kou is my favourite character <3 I've wanted to cosplay her for as long as I've been watching the series but I didn't think I'd suit her uniform.
It upset me that Gou doesn't feature in the ending sequence as all the pretty swimming boys got beautiful Arabian-style outfits and cute letterman jackets. Buuuut I found some gorgeous fanart of a potential design for her c:

I'm wearing this for the Friday of Expo if I end up going that day c: Mel was successful...

-Headscarf is catatonic chiffon with gold chiffon ribbon, blue/gold sequinned trim and gold pearl chain
-Top is aqua stretch with goldenrod satin borders and embellished with metallic chain stitch, gold pearl chain and beaded ribbon.
-Pants are harem-style pants made of red jacquard print fabric. Not sure exactly what type of fabric it is though! It's intended to be lining but it works well as a fabric in its own right. Thanks to crazedteensie for helping me with the pattern!
-Hipscarf is a royal blue velvet/satin mix. I doubled over a wide strip and sewed the beaded trim into the seam. I then added goldenrod thick trim and gold pearl chain before sewing the strip into a loop. The final trim, a goldenrod medium one to match the thicker one was added later as I didn't have the time. I then pinned up the right side, stitched it into place and attached the gold jewellery.
-Jewellery is all shop bought (mostly earrings) and then reconstructed by me. I used old necklace chains for the headpiece.

MCM Expo October 2013: This was suprisingly comfy and warm! I need to take in the pants a little as they kept slipping down but other than that, there were no major issues! Gonnna finish off that embroidery on the top for next time!

Kitacon 2014: Had a great time with the Free! group c: I completely forgot to fix up the top (mostly a lack of time), but at least my pants were a bit better fitting this time!

Design by:
Go check out their blog! They do amazing artwork (some of it is NSFW as a warning!)


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Yaaay! I can't wait to see this! :D

by MoonLily on Wednesday, 4 September, 2013 - 21:20
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This will really suit you! :D can't wait to see <3

by Freyarule on Wednesday, 4 September, 2013 - 21:22
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Your... your cute <3
Ahh such a cute version of Gou-kun!

by Littlegeeky on Wednesday, 4 September, 2013 - 21:22
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Aaah thank you everyone! I hope I live up to expectation <3

by TheStarlightFairy on Wednesday, 4 September, 2013 - 21:23
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Aaah you shall be the cutest Gou!!

by KiraraYumi on Thursday, 5 September, 2013 - 11:46
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Ahhh can't wait to see this! You're gonna be so adorbs!

by InfiniteJester on Wednesday, 18 September, 2013 - 23:16
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Ooh the design is so pretty and you'll look gorgeous! <3

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 19 September, 2013 - 20:35
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ahh, you look so beautiful!!
i'm really glad you like the photos and you just look fantastic <333

by electrospectrum on Sunday, 10 November, 2013 - 22:47
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Thank you <3
And THANK YOU for the photos <3

by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 10 November, 2013 - 23:02
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The photos look so pretty - looking forward to seeing this again at Kita!

by InfiniteJester on Tuesday, 18 March, 2014 - 11:38
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This looks so pretty! <3

by BlueberryTale on Friday, 4 April, 2014 - 05:53
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You cosplay this character beautifully :)

by Siouxsie James on Sunday, 6 April, 2014 - 09:22

This is a gorgeous costume and you look stunning in it. Great job! :D

by Pudding on Thursday, 4 September, 2014 - 21:24

To-Do List

TopLowIn Progress


So close (Posted 22nd October 2013)

Everything is done, except for the last few details on the top.
Gold embroidery thread is the devil incarnate.

Headscarf thing complete (Posted 18th September 2013)

After many hours of careful stitching, I have a headscarf!
Made from Catatonic chiffon.
I sewed gold chiffon ribbon, blue/gold sequinned trim and gold pearls around the bottom edge to make it look all pretty.

Shoes (Posted 12th September 2013)

Shoes happened! Moonlily helped me find them by offering advice c:

OOPS (Posted 6th September 2013)

So I may have already ordered a wig and bought some shiny swag.....