Taokaka - BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger





That's about it.

I started work on this costume about three weeks before Ayacon and finished sewing it in about nine days, following a drastic last-minute change of fabric. I was sewing on the way down to the convention and for most of the Thursday night, and only finished in time for Friday with the help of a very dear friend.

The patterns in this costume aren't that complicated, which I was very grateful for. The GIANT PAWS were the first things that I made, and contain about 750gms of fluff each, making them much like big cuddly pillows. I cannot use my hands at all in this costume, which made it entertaining when I was trapped behind the "pull" side of a door.

Most of the costume is cotton drill and felt. The material for the face screen was found in a remnant bin. I don't know what it is, but it was a perfect screen: my visibility wasn't reduced by much and I still had a very good field of vision.

The hood took a lot of effort to get right, and usually isn't as neat as the photos show. The shape is kept with some craft foam and a little interfacing, though I'm thinking of getting wire to ensure a more consistent look.

The giant braids were made by chopping up and gluing together two long (but not long enough) blonde wigs, and thus do not look that great. I don't recommend this idea to anyone.

Improvements that I wish to make before the next convention include improving the support in the hood, getting better braids (with better ribbons) and making a better, bouncer tail than the one I made in a rush. There's also a bunch of little improvements I'd like to make here and there that aren't significant but would improve it from a critical standpoint.


nanahara posted on 6 August, 2009 - 19:03
don't know who this character is but it looks awsome ^^

Jojo_nexuz posted on 6 August, 2009 - 20:00
finally, A taokaka. It sucks i can't go aya. :(

Odd-One-Out posted on 17 August, 2009 - 21:03
Beautiful paws ;O

CrystalNeko posted on 17 August, 2009 - 21:32
I LOVE the giant paws!!!! Awesome costume~

Ice-climber posted on 17 August, 2009 - 22:50
I saw you at Aya. It was a great costume! Shame there wasn't Litchi around.

Kaka Extreme posted on 17 August, 2009 - 23:30
OMG i didn't even know this was you!!! man i had walked past you s many times! this looked just epic!!! awesome job!!!

Kacela posted on 18 August, 2009 - 11:35
this is just the coolest thing iv ever seen ^^

nanahara posted on 18 August, 2009 - 14:21
such an awsome cosplay, this is brilliantly done XD

Amy-Lou posted on 18 August, 2009 - 14:44
I really love this costume. I know you were worried about it, but in the end it turned out great! The fabrics look spot on and the paw designs are really crisp, neat stuff :)

Taffeta_Rose posted on 18 August, 2009 - 15:41
I loved this, and you looked really cute in it! The paws came out pretty perfect I'd say. There were a number of people who wanted to steal them off you.

Pez posted on 18 August, 2009 - 19:25
Amazing! Shame I missed this at Aya. Would have loved to see your costume in person.

Anonymous posted on 19 August, 2009 - 19:06
I don't know what this is from but it was absolutely gorgeous! So cute <33

Chibi posted on 29 April, 2010 - 19:18
I remember seeing you at Aya! You looked fantastic :3 Is it weird I wanna be batted at with those massive paws? XD

Solaria posted on 5 November, 2010 - 13:34
As I said at expo DO IT AGAIN <3 or Ada <3