Costume :Honoka Kousaka
Variant :Snow Halation
Source :Love Live! School Idol Project
Progress :Complete
Worn At :AmeChibi 2015

Costume Photos

Snow Halation

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Costume Information

Cost : £118.25
Time Taken : 23hrs

I aimed to get this done in two evenings for a Winter shoot but I ended up taking three evenings as I forgot how slow I was at sewing, oops!
Snow Halation isn't my favourite costume but because it's Winter and at the time this was one of the more Wintery ones out there, we made this! Normally I'd make my costumes a lot cheaper but as we had to source everything from the same source online so that we could match, I had to use more expensive suppliers rather than the local FabricLand.

Berniebear was a right babe and created the pattern for the tops and waistcoats for all of us! We had pattern making teams for each group of outfit variation so that we could match and Bernie was happy to be team waistcoat/shirt!

The top was a simple blouse pattern with no sleeves and the peplum was a 3/4 circle skirt, made from ivory duchess satin. I think looking at it now, I could have made it a half circle skirt but I was running out of time at this point. Because of the way the ruffles had to be sewn on, the fastening is actually velcro and the buttons were hot glued on (because I was running too low on time for hand sewing...). I hand gathered the ribbon by measuring three times the amount I needed and ran two straight stitches down the edge and spent a while pulling thread, whilst watching a lot of TV! The trim on the peplum was sewn by first sewing on the back layer of the bias binding, then the ribbon, then top stitched the bias binding to finish. I originally did the ribbon first, then the bias binding but this came out looking awful so I had to unpick it all.

The waistcoat was made from ivory bi-stretch and is double layered to use as lining, it was rather thin regardless. The fur was sewn on much like bias binding - hand sewn to finish, I think it looks a lot neater than top stitch. The blue detailing is double layered and hand sewn on, as well as the gold buttons.

The skirt was made from duchess satin, the same as the blouse. It's a pleated circle skirt with 3" width for each pleat, 4" between the two layers and a zip at the back. I pleated the two skirts together so that they'd drape in the same way together, only the bottom layer has horsehair braid sewn in the trim so that it controls both layers.

I hand made bias binding out of bi-stretch for all of the trim.

The tie was made from cotton drill which was double layered with interfacing inside. The ribbon was just top stitched on.

The gloves I bought off eBay, they were over the elbow ones which I cut down.
Socks were from eBay.
The fur for the gloves and socks aren't attached, they're just sewn tight enough to hold them both in place over the top.

The shoes were from eBay, most of us got the same so that we could all match!
Belt was from eBay.

The wig was bought from Taobao, it's the second Honoka wig I bought because the first one didn't suit my face shape.

The rose was made from the same ivory duchess satin used in the costume, it's not a very nice fabric to make flowers out of but it's only one so it was fine. It burns rather than melts so I had to be super careful and on the ball, something that was a struggle at 3am in the morning! I used my standard method of cutting out circles of different sizes with slits in them, melting them over a candle and then hot gluing them to finish. I glued this onto a black mini crocodile clip as this was all I had at the time and hot glued the feathers onto it.
The little pink bow is clipped on with a hair clip.

I probably won't wear this too often, it's incredibly uncomfortable because the shoes are too small for me, so I'll only wear it out for photoshoots or if people want a group!


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So cute and it's fantastic that you have such a large group!
Kudos for braving the Marble Arch outdoor shoot in winter.

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 15 April, 2015 - 09:39

Shopping List

1m pale pink bi-stretch£3.91Bought
35mm blue satin ribbon£8.59Bought
1m ivory bi-stretch£3.91Bought
10x gold buttons£4.00Bought
Knee high socks£1.99Bought
4m white fur trim£23.90Bought
4m ivory duchess satin£25.12Bought


Wig styled (Posted 18th December 2014)

I made the flower using my usual candle method! (Tutorial on my cospage, I'll post it in the main description aha)
I hate burning duchess satin however, because it's not really great for flower making but I wanted it to match the main fabric, argh!!

I had some leftover feathers from Princess Tutu so I glued them onto the flower which is glued onto a hair claw that I had kicking around (I really liked that hair claw too but it's from Primark so I can buy another...)
I want to buy some proper feathers for the three that stick up at the top. I didn't have time to make the pink bow either so that will be a future thing for my next rewear...

Finally cut and styled the wig, it was pretty long before!

Full Costume (Posted 17th December 2014)

It's done enough for shoot purposes...

There's no waistband on the skirt (I ran out of white thread hahaha!), the tie needs remaking as I top stitched it together, I need to finish the waistcoat (I left my blue fabric at my parents' house so I can't finish it, borrowing Bernie's for the shoot!) and tidy up the peplum attachment of the shirt on the inside because it pisses me off that that is literally the only part on the inside of my costume that's messy XD

Time Taken: 15hrs (two evenings)

Shirt III (Posted 17th December 2014)

Collar added!

Shirt II (Posted 17th December 2014)

Ruffles sewn on! I changed my ruffle technique for each of the sides so they're not symmetrical, because I clearly wasn't thinking LOL (one is two rows of thread and the other is single... I was running out of thread!!).
Both are hand pulled ruffles though, it took so long D;

Shirt I (Posted 17th December 2014)

Made a start on the shirt and waistcoat! The fur is just sewn on the lining so far, I need to hand stitch it at the top for neatness when I get the chance! (I just folded it over to look like it's done haha)

Skirt II (Posted 6th December 2014)

Hand made the bias binding from bi-stretch. This skirt takes up so much, arghhh!!! I ran out towards the end of the top layer so I had to dash off to cut out a few more strips, tack them onto the end and then continue sewing.

I top-stitched the bias binding because I'm a bad person and I have Uni work to do, it already took me 4hrs to get this far so if I were to hand sew the bias binding like a good person then it'd take me forever ahahaha xD

This is why I don't enter competitions anymore :P

Time Taken: 4hrs

Skirt I (Posted 5th December 2014)

Pretty boring progress, sorry! It's just a standard circle pleated skirt, each pleat being 3" wide.

I took a before and after shot of inserting horsehair braid to show the effects it can give!

I just need to buy a zip, sew on a waistband and sew on the bias binding I'm about to make.

I think I was half asleep when I was cutting the fabric for this skirt because the top layer has like 5 different panels because I derped up and originally cut out a load of panels for half the skirt, so then I had to cut out another full circle for the other half because I was cutting multiple panels to save on fabric but I used it up anyway, oops!

Time Taken: 2hrs