Kairi (Pink Zipper Dress) - Kingdom Hearts II



Planned for a KHII group cosplay with CosplayIsland member (and actual UK resident) Fishyfins, and fellow American Lord Zasz. Should be debuted at Anime Detour 2010, in Minnesota, US.

I've finshed the costume part, although I may go back and tweak a couple things, such as remaking the bracelets and repainting the zippers (they lost a lot of their spray paint in the sewing process).

-The dress was made by heavily adapting an existing pattern. The zippers were originally black, but spraypainted silver. The dress is fully lined, I didn't want it to be see-through.
-For the bag and belt, I made my own pattern out of butcher paper, and sewed it from car upholstery fabric. Later, I cut up a cereal box and tacked it to the inside of the bag, to keep it from being floppy. The snaps aren't functional, merely glued on. One of the straps of the belt ends in hidden velcro, so the belt can be easily removed.
-The hood was made on it's own from an existing sweatshirt pattern, and later sewed into the halter top's strap.
-The shoes were purchased as all white hi-top sneakers, then colored with markers and spraypainted to match the original design. I had regular shoelaces at first, then switched them out for black ribbon. The black ribbon looks better, but slides off the legs too easily.
-The white halter was made off the top of my head without a pattern. Pretty simple, just sew a tube, put lace around the top, and attach the strap and hood. The fabric is double lined and extra stretchy, so it's very forgiving.
-The pendant was handmade from Fimo, then painted with a pearly nailpolish and topped with hi-gloss spraypaint. Silk cord and clasp found easily at my local beading store. The bracelets were purchased, although one had to be spraypainted blue. I may switch them out for handmade ones, friendship-bracelet style.

The hardest part was probably the dress, adding the zippers in threw off the dress' finished dimensions considerably, and it took a lot off adjusting in the end to make it fit.

Debuted at Anime Detour 2010 in Minnesota, USA.

SherlockHulmes posted on 12 July, 2009 - 01:10
Very cute Kairi indeed! A few people forget some her details which can be a little disappointing, but you've really nailed this one. Great job! :D

Mungojerrie posted on 12 July, 2009 - 12:13
Your Kairi is so awesome! I really love the colour you chose for the dress.

MoonLily posted on 12 July, 2009 - 12:57
Holy colour match Batman!! XD This looks perfect!! ^_^

Fishyfins posted on 12 July, 2009 - 17:36
GOGO KAIRI!!!! Anime Detour is gonna rock! hopefully my KH2 Riku will do your Kairi justice. it really is fantastic! great work :)

negativedreamer posted on 18 July, 2009 - 15:09
you make a great kairi!

timpey posted on 31 July, 2009 - 01:21
very nice kairi the dress looks perfect ^^

HotshotShan posted on 31 July, 2009 - 01:35
Beautiful Kairi, that wig is the bomb!

Darkiekun posted on 28 January, 2010 - 11:52
Hell yes you are a awesome kairi! Love the outside shots :D Hope to see this for real one day!

CrystalNeko posted on 20 April, 2010 - 08:44
Impressive keyblade!! The overall costume looks perfect and so accurate too!

Creative-Stitches posted on 20 April, 2010 - 09:24
that keyblade is amazing! Costume looks great to ^^

Mangamad posted on 3 August, 2010 - 22:52
Coolness. ^o^b

callmemilo posted on 2 October, 2010 - 10:26
probably the most kick-assiest kairi i've ever seen! great job

InfiniteJester posted on 10 February, 2011 - 19:29
stunning Kairi!

Miku Hatsune posted on 22 February, 2011 - 07:52
You should win award!

sjbonnar posted on 27 May, 2011 - 07:45
This looks adorable and I LOVE the keyblade!

Fix Length of Halter Strap
Weave Better Bracelets
Re-Spray Zippers
Make Keyblade
Fix Part on Wig
Flip Halter Strap

Total cost: £0.00