7th March 2012: It is to sigh... Just getting over a lousy week of the 'flu, and finding myself with insufficient time remaining to finish all my Minami costumes. As Saki has the most work remaining, even with the hakama commissioned, she's getting the bump once again. That's the second year of breaking the Shadow Hearts/Minami tradition :( but I'm simply not well enough to push myself to finish.
Likely to be worn at May Expo instead.
28th February 2012: Not enough %*£(*"&$% fabric... Kimono need lots of fabric. Even shorter ones to wear with hakama that don't have full length furisode sleeves. Learn from my error, children. 2 metres won't cut it >_<
I need to buy other fabric anyway, so it's a trip to the shops for me.
EDIT: 2 more metres bought, for a total of 5m. Goddamn kimono.
13th February 2012: 40% complete... now I need to do some work myself The hakama have arrived from Neomogrox and they're fabulous :D Now I need to get cracking on the kimono! I'll probably try to get Excellen done first, but now that I have the hakama I definitely need to get Saki finished.
29th December 2011: Whoops Bought the haboutai.
Anyone need 2m of plum satin?
29th November 2011: Attempt 2! So, obviously I didn't get this done last year for a number of reasons. However I still definitely want to do this costume. I really love Shadow Hearts, Covenant especially, and Saki was a really cool side character whose design I love.
However, I know from last year that I need to be a bit more careful about how much I take on in terms of cosplay, and since I have another complex project for 2012 my other costumes are taking a bit of a backseat to it. Even though Saki is relatively simple, I've still chosen to outsource the making of the hakama to hakama expert Neomogrox and just do the kimono and wig myself to take off some of the pressue. This is a costume for fun, not competition :)
I would start on the kimono but I'm now in two minds about the fabric I got for it. I bought a plum satin as the colour was perfect, with the intention of possibly using the "wrong" side of it so it wasn't obviously satin. However, on my last trip to Shepherd's Bush I actually found a plum silk haboutai which is also the perfect colour AND an authentic material to make kimono from. I didn't buy it at the time but I'm more and more inclined to go back and do so, particularly as I'd like to use silk painting for the designs.
23rd December 2010: Minami planning GO! It's time to get started on Minami planning! I'm aiming for three costumes this year, and since one of them is a certain Squid, the other two need to take up as little time as possible whilst also providing me with enough to do as a distraction from squiddly frustrations (I find having more than one costume to work one at a time is helpful, as when I get irritated with making one I can switch to the other in an endless loop of irritation).
Saki's design isn't especially complicated; it's a basic kimono and hakama, involving hand painting on the kimono but otherwise little in the way of detail.
Question 1: are those undivided (andon) hakama or divided (umanori) hakama? The two styles look very similar so it's hard to tell. The back shot makes it look like they're umanori hakama, but the front shot looks more like andon. I'd prefer to wear umanori, but if I choose the andon style I can actually just buy a set instead of having to make them from scratch - much less complicated, and because of the quantity of fabric involved in all those pleats, probably cheaper than buying nice quality base fabric *anyway*. So for the moment, I'm going to go with the andon style; as a woman it's more likely she'd wear andon hakama anyway.
Question 2: fabric to use for the kimono? Kimono are traditionally made from silk, but a kind of silk that's not all that easy to get. It needs to be thickish to act like a real kimono. The fabric should be good quality; she's the leader of a village so would dress well.
Shopping trip in order!
Sephirayne - 30th April 2010
Wow! Your going to look amazing. I can't wait to see this.
Ninodog - 15th May 2010
you gotta love her tradition footwear
Lady Bahamut - 8th March 2011
Ohhhh! I love Shadow Hearts X3 And such an interesting choice! Can't wait to see :D
SilveraDestinova - 24th December 2012
I love Shadow Hearts! There aren't enough cosplays from it going around so I'm looking forward to seeing this =D
SilveraDestinova - 24th December 2012
In fact, you've prompted me to make one XD I shall have a think as to who I'll be =D
Mighty Odango - 27th December 2012
It's a great series, it's such a shame it's not appreciated more!
gaming_goddess - 21st January 2013
This is going to be so beautiful :D I love the Shadow Hearts games so much :D Though I'm yet to play this installment :D
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