Costume :Erika Karisawa
Source :Durarara!!
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2010

Costume Photos

Shizaya Fangirl

For The Love of BL

Erika Wig

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Costume Information

Cost : £LOTS. =__=;;
Time Taken : Just begun!

I love Erika!! I can relate to her so much xD Her and Walker have been some of my favorite characters throughout (otaku love!!), and the manga-torture-scene just settled it for me - I HAD to cosplay her!!

On an interesting note; Erika will be my first ever female cosplay 0.0!!


Well. THIS cost a TOTAL BOMB, considering how simple this costume is... OTL;;; All because of my n00bishness.

I wanted this specific shade of grey, and they didn't have it at my fabric store... So I decided to buy some fabric, and just dye it. Well. I spent an awful lot of money machine-dying it, then REdying it using handdye... Only to realise the fabric just wasn't gonna take to it >__>;; So now I have a load of off-whiteish-greyish fabric in my attic that I can't really use for anything because it's such an awkward colour and won't dye OTL;;;;;;;;;;;

In the end, we drove up to another fabric store, where I found some lovely fabric in the right colour >__>;;;

That is one thing I really love about this hobby though - it seems every time I make a new cosplay, I learn something new. I think that's pretty great :3

(I also learned that I suck at making hats... *cringes at her failhat*);;;; I wouldn't say this is a favourite cosplay of mine... It's a little uncomfortable to wear, plus, I generally feel more comfortable being a sexy bishie guy/cute little boy xD Girl cosplays are weiirrrddd D: (Though I do have more planned orz;; ) I don't mind too much though, because I feel like Erika is my bro or something xD I can be myself wearing her~

Thanks to Pip btw for the awesome photos!!! ILY♥


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Fantastic job on the wig styling, it looks great!

by Amy-Lou on Friday, 16 July, 2010 - 17:21
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that wig looks brilliant, and wooooo XD on doing a Durarara!! cosplay

by nanahara on Friday, 16 July, 2010 - 18:28
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Wahh, thankyou o///o! I really appreciate the feedback!

ieehehehee xD It's so full of win, just HAD to cosplay from it!!

by SockFish on Saturday, 24 July, 2010 - 22:14
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I LOVE that wig!! Very good job on styling it!!

by CrystalNeko on Wednesday, 4 August, 2010 - 23:37
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:D iee thankyou!! I'm glad you think so~ It still needs a bit of work ¦D;;

by SockFish on Wednesday, 4 August, 2010 - 23:41
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Oh what a cute wig! Really suits you!

by kiichan on Wednesday, 4 August, 2010 - 23:41
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o///o Wahh, thankyou!! I do really like the colour actually... I'm thinking of dyeing my hair a few shades darker >:3

by SockFish on Wednesday, 4 August, 2010 - 23:43
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Ahhh you're going to make an adorable Erika! *_*

by MoonLily on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 00:46

I LOVE THIS!! you make the most amazing Erika <333

by - on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 01:31
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You're such an adorable Erika!

by ember329 on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 07:45
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Uwaaaaaaaaaaah! The wig looks so purdyyy!!! Those contacts make you look so different D: DRAMATIC CHANGE! *flails*

by Freyarule on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 13:34
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Thankyoooooooou!!! *O*<333 And ikr?? I want some blue ones for my Roxas cosplay omg xD<3

by SockFish on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 19:28
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:O DOO EEET! then you can have Roxas' blue eyes of LIKE BRIGHT BLUE :D <3

by Freyarule on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 21:33
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Wahhhhhg YEAH!!! 8DDDD *goes shopping for pretty blue circle lenses* It'll be magical!!

by SockFish on Friday, 6 August, 2010 - 20:06
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Stephuuu!! *o*

You actually really suit dark eyes and the wig so much!

Omg I'm gonna fangirl ye when you finish this >w< XD

It'll be awesomeeeeee *o*

Uwaaah~ (and woo for making a practical cosplay bag! its a good idea man!)

by SilverSheik on Saturday, 7 August, 2010 - 20:09
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Pipppuuuu!!! ;o;<3

Fwahh thankya! >W< (=3=' I forgot to get boxdye the other day... but I do srsly want my hair this colour...)

Lololol fangirling a fangirl? xD OMG Lets go fangirl any izaya/shizu's at expo!! *squee*

(ohohoho~ Cute and convenient, amirite? xD)

by SockFish on Sunday, 8 August, 2010 - 00:38
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ahh my daughter you look so pretty!!
I am so jealous of your awesome -_-"

by Xigalicious on Sunday, 15 August, 2010 - 21:24
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And you know it's hereditary ;D

by SockFish on Sunday, 15 August, 2010 - 21:50
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Man, I actually can't wait to see the completed costume xD It's gonna be so awesome =D

by NetCeer on Saturday, 23 October, 2010 - 22:49
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Fantastic job bringing Erika to life!

by Petchy-mon on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 03:49
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Incredible Job on this *0*

by FruityKyuubi on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 07:26
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This is looking so great! <3 Erika is awesome~ its great to see someone cosplaying her ^^

by x-Blade-x on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 11:05
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Hnnn thanks you guys ;////; You're making it worth all the money I wasted due to being a n00b :'D
I'll have some more pictures uploaded soon!♥

by SockFish on Friday, 4 February, 2011 - 02:49
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Yay for Dollars cosplay! :D You make a wonderful Erika, I think your wig is really lovely!

by Ino on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 01:05

wow this looks amazing O.o

by xLaviChii on Tuesday, 5 April, 2011 - 09:36

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Death of the Dye... (Posted 11th August 2010)

...Oyy =___=;; So after 3 goes, and nearly £50 worth of Dylon, the fabric is STILL a pale-off-white. It just didn't wanna dye AT ALL. Which is highly annoying x__x;; But it's been a learning experience xD And has made me UBER determined to finish this cosplay D8< IT WILL BE DONE. So I'm-a go to the big fancy abakhan in wales, see if they have anything there... And try the fabric shop in bham too~! I need to go down there for Captain fabric anyhoos o3o;; Gawddamnit Erika, you and your awkward charcoal grey outfit >8C

Progress? (Posted 4th August 2010)

Whelp, the wig has been styled (just needs some touchups), the bag has been made, the contacts and the shoes have both been purchased... I have all the patterns and fabric needed to carry on. I just need to buy this darn dye *__*;; I'm putting it off because I don't know exactly how much I need... and that stuff is expensive Dx;
Well, I'm-a measure up the patterns tomorrow before I go to pips, so I'll have the knowledge and can order away... Then I'm off 8D!!~~~<3

Wig!! (Posted 14th June 2010)

Well, I just ordered the wig - officially begining this cosplay!!

I had some debate with myself over colour, and decided to go for a darkish brown - not too dark or black however!! Cause I like the contrast of colour~~<3

I spent many hours (when I should be revising) trawling ebay for a suitable wig >.>;; In the end, I decided to go for SouthPanda-8, cause Pip ordered her Barma wig from there and it was lovely :3 I just hope the colour isn't too light >.>;; I can darken it with FWink I suppose o.o

It's curly (therefore longer), so I had enough hair to plait ^^ Also, I can re-use it for lolita outfits :D!!

*squee* Can't wait for it to arrive!! I miss wigstyling xD