Syaoran (Country of Japan/Nihon) - Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle


Worn at:

London MCM Expo October 2010
London MCM Expo October 2012

Volume 22 made me do it! (Funny how all these different things are making me do all these different cosplays!) But he looks so good in his Japan clothes X3

Fabric brought:
2 meters white cotton drill
1 meter black cotton
1 meter purple cotton

First time I've made nearly everything of a cosplay! The only part I didn't make the the black under top. Although that wasn't my original plan!

I first started off with the white Kimono type top. I brought a pattern from someone on CI for cheap and simply modified it to my tastes (i.e. I fused panels together and made it less "lady like"). I then put the pattern through a test run on some scrap fabric which went well! So I cut the pattern out of my proper fabric (the white cotton drill) and pinned it all together. And thus began my long ajusting process where I make sure it looks absolutely perfect on me before I sew ANYTHING. Once I had done this and actually sewn it together I then worked out the black bias binding. Me being me, I actually got the manga out and measured it and worked it up to my scale 8D This was then sewn on.

Next was the obi! I had trouble deciding what size the obi should be, I did the same thing as the black bias binding and actually measured and scaled it up from the manga... but it looked too small. I asked for opinions and made the choice to make it bigger and I'm glad I did! It looked better overall with the obi being bigger. The 2 ends came together at the back (where I hoped it wouldn't be seen too much) using hooks & eyes.

The boots were 3rd to be made! I brought a pair of boos from ebay but rejected them when they arrived because I deemed them "too girly". So I brought another pair which did come with an unexpected zip down the side (I had been looking for boots without zips) so I just had to make do and work around them. I unpicked alot of parts off the boots so that I could make them more fitted around my leg and removed the belt parts on the front. I sewed and hot glued it back together how I wanted it and shortened the zips. The finished product is what would be my base boots.
The boots covers were my first and I followed a tutorial I found on DeviantArt which was easy to follow and wasn't difficult. The boot covers were then hot glued onto the boots.
The spats were made in the exact same way as the boot covers, I found tutorials on how to make them online unnecessarily complicated. The only thing different from the boot covers and the spats is that on the spats you have 2 big holes on the toe and heel XD They also have a strap running under the arch of the boot to keep them in place. Lucky, I could fit my feet in and out of the boots without needing to take them off.

The trousers I had originally planned to buy. I looked in shops in town and on ebay. I thought I had found the perfect pair on ebay... but when they arrived I found they didn't match the whiteness of the kimono type top and they had a strange texture to them. Since I was running out of time I decided to use what white cotton drill I had left to make them. I took a friends advice at took apart an old pair of trousers for use as a pattern. I then cut the fabric out and pinned it all together... only to find that they were too small around my hips and crotch. I did, SOMEHOW, manage to save it and work around it. They did have to have a slightly larger than normal waist band to compensate. I made sure that the trousers were closely fitted to my legs like in the reference pictures.

The Red Crescent Moon was the last to be done. I brought some printer iron-on transfer paper awhile back and had lifted the crescent moon straight from the manga and edited it and made it suitable in Photoshop. I then printed several tests to make sure that it was the correct size and proceeded to print out the real version. It transferred fine onto the top, although in the wash the ink bleeded out slightly making the moon yellow around the edges in places. Thankfully no one noticed and perhaps I can remove the yellow parts eventually ^^

BladeyCakes posted on 24 July, 2009 - 11:03
8D I love this version! Cant wait to see!

Raye-chan posted on 9 August, 2009 - 19:12
Can not wait to see this ^.^

Lady Bahamut posted on 9 August, 2009 - 20:21
Thanks you two! This version may be done sooner than you think... ;)

Duo Maxwell posted on 15 December, 2009 - 21:45
Awesome i can't wait to see this finished your going to look amazing! ^^ I'll have to be your Sakura one day XD

InfiniteJester posted on 11 August, 2010 - 20:54
top is lookin awesome so far!

Duo Maxwell posted on 24 August, 2010 - 19:11
Looking great so far hun! Can't wait to see it! <3333 *___*

- posted on 31 August, 2010 - 17:32
Great work with the sword and the shirts coming along nicely. Don't worry i know that feeling when after you've finished and spent so long on a prop and it goes and bends or snaps >< But never the less, it still looks brill

BladeyCakes posted on 29 September, 2010 - 20:00
This is looking brilliant so far~ I love the shirt *A* and the sword looks amazing! Cant wait for more progress~

FrankieEstee posted on 16 October, 2010 - 21:35
sowqbdfebfd I'm loving the progress! I can't wait to see your Syaoran complete 8D

Ichigo-Chan posted on 16 October, 2010 - 21:41
Progress is looking good so far, I soooooo can't wait to see this at the Expo.

Lady Bahamut posted on 17 October, 2010 - 14:06
Thanks guys! ^^ I'm working hard on him!! :D

PapercutPerfect posted on 21 October, 2010 - 20:08
Looks fantastic!

Sakurastar123 posted on 21 October, 2010 - 20:28
Loving the costume and the boot covers look really good for your first ever attempt ^-^

KiraraYumi posted on 2 November, 2010 - 00:59
You looked awesometastic! <3 Your cosplay was really well made, well done!^^

charlieparrot posted on 2 November, 2010 - 21:46
You looked fantastic!! Great Syaoran (and way cooler than ANY Jedi! XD) Your poses are simply epicness! :D

KiraraYumi posted on 3 November, 2010 - 21:37
Those photos are brilliant! *__* You pose very epically, I hope you know that!

Lady Bahamut posted on 4 November, 2010 - 13:24
Thank you both very much ^^;

Duo Maxwell posted on 4 November, 2010 - 15:57
You look so awesome~!~!~! <3

Ichigo-Chan posted on 4 November, 2010 - 21:17
Your Syaoran cosplay is full of awesome-ness and I'm glad I got to see this over the Expo weekend. Can't wait to see any other Syaorans you have planned.

Sakurastar123 posted on 6 November, 2010 - 21:08
Haha, glad to see that pic on here! This costume looked so awesome in person!

zabuza89 posted on 14 February, 2011 - 21:06
that sword XD

Anonymous posted on 20 June, 2012 - 18:02
I love your sword!! Did you do it by yourself? or did you buy it?!

Lady Bahamut posted on 20 June, 2012 - 18:33
It's a bit of both. A friend made the wooden base and then I put all of the details (foam) on it :)

Carmina posted on 7 November, 2012 - 14:19
Loving seeing the photos! It is a very cool costume :)

Modify boots (ALOT!)
Make spats
Get pattern for sleeveless Uwagi (I think thats the name for the top!!)
Buy fabric
Make Uwagi
Make trousers
Make obi
Buy black strechy top... thing
Make boot covers
Finish the sword scabbard detailing!!!
Buy Boots
Modify pattern
Cresent moon
Long sleeve stretchy top
Fabric transfer paper stuff

Total cost: £0.00

26th October 2010

Red Crescent Moon

I have now put the red crescent moon onto the top! ^^ I used transfer paper that I had brought awhile ago. I followed the instructions to the letter and it came out okay! ^^ Although I don't think the Moon is exctly... striaght when I wear the top >_< I swear it was when I ironed it on DX But never mind, it's not like it changes position and size in every picture, EH?? CLAMP!?!? I also, somehow, accidently made some marks with the iron (I think it came off the iron?) on my nice white top DDX I hope it comes off! I will attempt to get it off tomorrow as the instructions for the transfer paper did say not to wash it for 24 hours XD And my mum doesn't want to get it wet untill those 24 hours have passed XD

24th October 2010

Trousers done!

Good god. I had absolutely NO IDEA that trousers were so hard to make! And here I thought they were easy!! :S I took apart a pair of trousers that I dont use anymore to use them as a pattern. I cut out the fabric, pinned the peices together and such... only to find I had cut the entire thing too small >_< I did though, SOMEHOW, manage to save it. JUST. But to compensate I have had to make a slightly larger waist band. You won't be able to see that anyway XDD It's not the tidiest pair of trousers in the world, but they are my first and I haven't had alot of time to be careful with them like I normally would have ^^;

21st October 2010

The spats

Spats are such a silly name aren't they? It sounds like I'm spitting on people or something 8D ANYWAY! I did what I said I would and made the spats the same way as the boot covers but I simply cut off the areas I didn't need. I then hemmed those areas and the top (which was made slightly longer than the top line of the boot to cover up the white of the boot cover!). I added the strap to go under the bottom of the boot to keep it in place. And that was it! XD Took me the entire day, but it is done 8D But I then ran into another problem: The trousers I had brought from ebay were not what I was expecting >_< I'll learn my lesson from this now and stop buying trousers from ebay ¬_¬ So! I've been forced into making them myself. I have taken apart another pair of trousers that I never wear so that I can use them as a pattern. At the moment I have cut out the fabric and pinned it together. Hopefully I'll finish them tomorrow or in the weekend.

16th October 2010

Boot covers

I think they came out REALLY well! I was so worried about doing the boot covers but they don't look too bad ^^; I followed a tutorial I found on DeviantArt which just simply involved drawing around the boots and sewing the 2 halves together. I came them a little bit of an iron and then they were then hot-glued onto the boots! I can't say they're perfect; They're a bit wrinkly in places, you can see the white fabric parts under it left over from the sem and it's slightly creased in places. But they're lessons learned for next time! Just the spats to go! I think I'll ignore the tutorials I have been looking at and make them the same way as the boot covers... I finally brought the printer ink as well! Well, actually, my brother did. But I've still got it 8D So the red cresent moon will go on the top this week.

14th October 2010

Modification of boots done

My poor fingers will take awhile to recover DX Okay, so you can see the stages these boots went through. I first unpicked belt things and got rid of them, unpicked the zips part-way down and unpicked the back so that I could make it tighter around my leg. Once I had done all that I then made sure they were the right height and cut them shorter. I then cut the zip ends shorter and put little drops of hot glue at the ends so that the zip didn't fly off at the top XD The ends were then all tidied up and I began work on the back. i cut parts of the leather off and simply hot glued the back up and re-sewed it in place. And that was it! XD Simple but took a long time and killed my fingers at the same time. Now for the boot covers and spats... XD

29th September 2010

Boot work begins!

So after the disaster of me buying boots from ebay and finding that I didn't like them since they were very girly, I brought another better pair! They do have a bigger heel but I dont have the time or money to be fussy anymore, so it'll have to do! XD These boots do need ALOT of altering done to them before I can even thick about the boot covers though! They came with an unexpected zip down the side (I was specifically looking for boots without zips on them) so I'm now having to work around it. The boots need shortening in length and be made more fitted around my leg. Since these boots are leather I feel a bit about destroying them so much XD But it must be done! It's very hard work taking them apart in places they seem to be held together by thread AND glue. It hurts my thumbs. ALOT.

23rd August 2010

Finishing off the sword

Since I've nothing else to do right now, I've been adding more details and finishing off the scabbard of R!Syaoran's sword! I've added the "wings" that extend down from the guard, made the scabbard shorter because of that and made it pointy (actually, my dad did that since he hacked it off with a saw!) like it is meant to be. I'm now in the middle of doing the detailing of the bottom part of the scabbard by the pointy part. I need either some more clay or maybe fimo so that I can make the little gem/jewel things that are inserted at the pointy part of the scabbard. Good job I have my nice shiney Tsubasa artbook as a great reference 8D

11th August 2010

Top: 90% complete

I've finished the top and the obi now. I am unsure as to whether the bigger obi looks correct either >_>;; Oh well, if it really annoy's me when I'm wearing it I can always fold it over XD I brought some fabric transfer paper stuff for the cresent moon but I currently don't actually have any colour ink... and I don't fancy spending out on any either XD So I'll hold off on that for the time being. I'm searching for a suitable pair of boots and I will start looking for trousers soon too. So not much making for this now, mostly looking XD

5th August 2010


Syaoran likes his iPod! 8D So! I've been making ALOT of progress this week due to the fact I've been confined upstairs because we have builders down stairs ripping up floor boards XD I've fine-tuned the shape and I have hemmed the bottom and the sleeves. I then made the black bias binding and have sewn it (rather neatly as well for me I might add) around the inside edges. The obi does need to be a bit bigger though... I will be un-picking it and doing that next!

29th July 2010

Fiddley part done (for now!)

Okay, I have now gotten the general shape to what I believe is correct! It is all pinned in, but I won't be sewing it in place just yet. I want to make the obi first and see how it looks with it. Only then will I sew it XD

23rd July 2010

Base top done

WOW! I have been working fast, at least for me! XD I've cut out and altered the pattern, had my little test run on my scrap fabric which seemed fine and have now cut out my proper fabric and pinned it all together! In only a week! A new record for me~ Now for the fiddley part where I make sure it is all perfect DX

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