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Kairi - Kingdom Hearts 3


 


Reference: https://photos.app.goo.gl/zQGetk2LAX125sUA6

KH3 excitement inspired me, I really liked this design and decided it was about time I did another Kingdom Hearts costume (not sure how much Pixie Yuna counts though, and aside from that I’ve never done any KH costumes).

I bought the pattern from AnhCosplay on Etsy. I Iove sewing, but am less enthusiastic about drafting patterns and endless iterations to try to perfect them, so having a lot of the work done for me was ideal. Despite having a custom pattern for a change, it was still only a starting point. I made a mock-up to adjust the fit, proportions and figure out construction. My approach did diverge from the pattern at times:

I adjusted the front yokes quite a bit to make the black sections larger and to create inset corners for the accurate pink outline there. I added the ears to the hood, these were a little tricky since I wanted them to look accurate enough when the hood is down, but also to stand up and look ok if I put the hood up. I figured out a suitable shape and lined it in pink. I also had bias binding instead of facings to finish the armholes; black pleats at the hem rather than a ruffle; and the black pleats and plaid ruffles meet at the centre back without a pink panel as is at the front. Rather than make a top to go underneath I just added pink ruffles to the neckline of a white vest top I already had.

The dress fabric is pink and black canvas from Minerva Crafts. I ordered a bunch of samples of pink fabrics and this was the winner. Not only was the colour right, but I thought the canvas had the right sort of weight and texture. Because I liked that texture, rather than be sensible and use up some black fabric from my stash, I ordered some of the canvas in black as well. I also used some black leatherette that I already had for the front yoke, belt, piping around the hood, zip facing, epaulettes and pockets. I used the black canvas for the pleats at the hem, the hood lining and anything else that didn’t call for the leatherette like lining the pocket pieces and a facing around the neck opening.

The seams and topstitching were important to me since they’re so prominent in references. After a several tests I decided on purple topstitching thread which somehow was what I liked best. I think the purple ends up looking similar to the colour of the shadow caused by a seam in the pink fabric so it was a good match while still allowing the stitching to stand out. The canvas frays a lot so everything was overlocked. I’m not great with precision so the topstitching was a good test – the scary part was topstitching on the leatherette pieces where I’d only get one shot at getting it right!

I knew the plaid fabric would be a sticking point but very quickly there were a lot of resources out there and I made it easy for myself by buying the fabric and buttons from the Dangerous Ladies. The fabric maybe isn’t quite what I'd have done myself but I’m happy to accept it as it is when it was so much better than trying to paint or otherwise create my own. My only quibbles are that I’d have liked the stripes closer together on the armhole trim and it was a little awkward to piece the fabric together to create 3 rows of ruffles for the hem; not sure if that was just me or if the kit was only intended for 2. Flounces also might have been preferable but the convenience of pre-made fabric definitely outweighs any little niggles like that.

The buttons were certainly perfect. After I figured out their placement, I scratched up the backs a bit to add grip and glued them to the dress using Araldite.

The chunky zip is from dynamic_perversity on ebay and I just bought a pink invisible zip for the side seam locally. I had a lot of trouble finding a suitable belt buckle and eventually bought one from Macculloch and Wallis then made a belt from leatherette.

The wig I was after was out of stock so in time for Minami I found one on Amazon which is always a risk, but it turned out to be fine, only needed a little straightening, and only cost £7.99!

The boots are from ebay. I thought at least the soles were a good match and the straps go well with the design. It seemed like it would be a lot of work to make a completely accurate bootcover so this was a good compromise. All I did was to add the accurate strap and buckles across the front. I bought the buckles for the outside of the boots (the ones with tangs) on ebay and the buckles for the inside were ones I already had. I removed the slider they had then handstitched the strap on to them. I was also able to sew this end in place to the boot since the upper fabric was supple enough to easily sew through, but for the other end I glued it in place with Shoe Goo.

The cuff for the left wrist is silver leatherette and a I bought the studs and buckle on ebay. I did the innermost line of topstitching before setting in the studs since I wouldn’t be able to get the sewing machine foot close enough afterwards, then did the second outer line of stitching after I lined it. I chose felt for the lining to ensure there’d be a decent layer covering the prongs of the studs.

I bought a suitable necklace from an Etsy seller, LostToThePoppy and swapped the chain for a leather cord.

It was challenging to figure out the bracelets on the right wrist, even after taking as many cutscene screenshots as I could I’m not entirely certain of it. I liked Koumori no Hime's (https://www.koumorinohime.com/single-post/2019/02/10/Kingdom-Hearts-3-Kairi-Cosplay-Tutorial) interpretation of the pink beaded bracelet so I followed the same tutorial (http://blog.consumercrafts.com/jewelry-main/beaded-diy-wrap-bracelet/) and did my best to knot the ends accurately and add a large faceted bead and star charm at the closure.

The other bracelet is more simple – it’s pearl beads with a single star bead and a few other beads either side of the star which were my best guess at accuracy. I wanted to use elastic cord for it but the cord I had was too wide to fit through the beads so I had to use non-stretch thread which unfortunately means I had to include a clasp.

Amy-Lou posted on 22 March, 2019 - 00:01
Really cute and nice detail on the bracelets!

20th March 2019

Jewellery

I bought a suitable necklace from an Etsy seller, LostToThePoppy and swapped the chain for a leather cord.

It was challenging to figure out the bracelets on the right wrist, even after taking as many cutscene screenshots as I could I’m not entirely certain of it. I liked Koumori no Hime's (https://www.koumorinohime.com/single-post/2019/02/10/Kingdom-Hearts-3-Kairi-Cosplay-Tutorial) interpretation of the pink beaded bracelet so I followed the same tutorial (http://blog.consumercrafts.com/jewelry-main/beaded-diy-wrap-bracelet/) and did my best to knot the ends accurately and add a large faceted bead and star charm at the closure.

The other bracelet is more simple – it’s pearl beads with a single star bead and a few other beads either side of the star which were my best guess at accuracy. I wanted to use elastic cord for it but the cord I had was too wide to fit through the beads so I had to use non-stretch thread which unfortunately means I had to include a clasp.

This was one of these projects where I was coming home every day to loads of different little parcels since I was getting some of the beads from one source, others from somewhere else, buckles off ebay etc. etc. and I must have spent ages hunting all of these components down!

20th March 2019

Cuff

The cuff for the left wrist is silver leatherette and a I bought the studs and buckle on ebay. I did the innermost line of topstitching before setting in the studs since I wouldn’t be able to get the sewing machine foot close enough afterwards. I did the outer line of stitching after I lined it. I chose felt for the lining to ensure there’d be a decent layer covering the prongs of the studs. This photo was taken before lining.

20th March 2019

Dress

I bought the pattern from AnhCosplay on Etsy. I Iove sewing, but am less enthusiastic about drafting patterns and endless iterations to try to perfect them, so having a lot of the work done for me was ideal. Despite having a custom pattern for a change, it was still only a starting point. I made a mock-up to adjust the fit, proportions and figure out construction. My approach also did diverge from the pattern at times - as shown here, I adjusted the front yokes to make the black sections larger and to create inset corners for the accurate pink outline there.



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