Kahoko Hino (School Uniform) - La Corda d'Oro


La Corda d'Oro is one of my all time favourite anime/manga! Probably because I'm a violinist/pianist and I love classical music, made me pretty damn biased towards this series! Not to mention huge shojo fan and well yeah, a cosplay from this series was a must!

I chose Kahoko because I much prefer the general uniforms and I play the violin better than piano so we had a costume! Plus I've always wanted to be a red head, simple as that!

The jacket was a pain in the arse. I cut out one back panel and then two panels for the front, the one on my left goes across my torso 3/4 and the one on my right goes across my torso 1/2 so they meet on one side. Where the two pieces meet, I've sewn them together at the top where the V neck is to keep it neat. I then sewed in darts along the back and down the front panels to make it more fitted and to make the seams accurate to the reference. The sleeves were then sewn on and I had my base!

Most of the grey bits are double layered and ironed to give a seamless look. For the sailor collar and cuffs, I stitched on the black detailing on one side before double layering it so that the seams would be on the inside, I then turned them inside out and sandwiched the layers over the black fabric so that you can't see any raw edges.

Then I had to make button holes for the jacket for one side where it joins. For the buttons I used self-cover buttons, for some reason these were hell for me to make but I got quicker as I went along.

I bought the school patch off eBay which is ironed on with stitching so that it lasts longer.

The skirt is just one long piece of rectangle and box pleated with a waistband to go over it.

Tie is three layers of red sheeting. Middle layer is the longest layer which you can see poking out of the tie, it's sandwiched between the shorter layers because for some reason they have weird ties but look cool. The top layer had the white ribbon stitched on before stitching everything together.

Socks I bought from Primark.
Shoes are old school shoes from Matalan. They're actually fairly new because when I bought them, I thought I'd go for a change but then I didn't like them but couldn't return them because they had been worn. But hey, it's perfect for Japanese school uniform cosplays like this! (Bought them before I was a cosplayer though ahaha!)

Wig had the fringe and bangs cut in, I decided to leave it long so that it was more versatile for other cosplays and because I generally don't like the layered look!!

Violin is my own, even my case is accurate, score!

And that's about it, this costume is one of those costumes that just makes me so incredibly happy to wear! Very comfy too, definitely one to rewear quite a few times, yippee!
One day I will get a full group with musicians, one day, just you wait xD!

Hexi posted on 16 April, 2008 - 13:31
maybe for the emblem find a picture of it, go to WHSmiths by some transfer paper, print it off onto that and iron it onto fabric. and then stitch it on? easy! >< although if you're going for an embroidered look then that's a useless idea.... >w<

CrystalNeko posted on 16 April, 2008 - 13:34
Hmm... I was wondering if I should use transfer paper or not... I've never used it before though... Might try and get some and experiment =3. Thanks for the suggestion! =D Anime's pretty obscure though... I can't actually find a decent picture of the emblem D= *goes google harder*

Hexi posted on 16 April, 2008 - 13:35
hmmm...... yeah it's difficult to find one i guess if the anime's not too popular... you could draw it, scan it in and go from there? ><

Anonymous posted on 29 April, 2009 - 21:45
Patch: http://cgi.ebay.com/La-Corda-DOro-Cosplay-Accessories-Patch_W0QQitemZ350195850154QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item350195850154&_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116 I'm planning on doing Lili at some point (possibly next year) and know a couple of people who'd be willing to do a group.

FrankieEstee posted on 9 February, 2010 - 21:16
Can't wait to see this cosplay >w<~

Pandora-Chi posted on 26 March, 2011 - 22:36
Awww you look so cute as Kahoko ^^ I seriously have never seen this cosplay done before - One day I hope you'll be able to get together a La Corda D'oro cosplay group - this series needs more love!! >:D xxx

Ichigo-Chan posted on 4 April, 2011 - 19:06
I really like your Kahoko cosplay. Everything on this costume is perfect.

Limegreenjelly posted on 4 April, 2011 - 20:42
I love your picture of you playing the violin, so beautiful ^^

Rain posted on 5 April, 2011 - 00:48
wha so cute! Great cosplay!

Anonymous posted on 5 April, 2011 - 07:44
That wig suits you so much! :D

Pandora-Chi posted on 5 April, 2011 - 11:48
EEEE!!! -^^- So so cute!! Best Kahoko ever!! I love the use of the musical instrument props - love the effect it gives! Well done xx

Spirit Of The Stage posted on 7 April, 2011 - 18:38
Glad I found you in this outfit - La Corda deserves more love...hopefully whenever we next meet (whether it's 7 months or 12) will do Kei for you and get a pain in the ass fruit to join us as well...:)

Om_nom_nom posted on 17 April, 2011 - 22:57

CrystalNeko posted on 18 April, 2011 - 19:33
@Izzy: YES, YOU OWE ME VIOLIN DUET TIMES 8'( WE SHALL PLAY PRETTY MUSIC TOGETHER TROLOLOLOL. @Everyone else: Thank you very much x))) Your compliments make me happy!!

LittleRecordGirl posted on 23 February, 2012 - 14:30
Love that you actually play the Violin too! I was thinking of cosplaying Michiru for that same resason! Cosplaying musicians ftw!~

Make pleated skirt
Make top
Make cuffs
Make sailor fuku collar
Find/Make school logo patch
Make tie
Buy wig
Learn La Corda songs on my violin |D
School emblem
0.75m grey cotton
1m black cotton
6 self cover buttons

Total cost: £0.00

28th March 2011

Final detailing

Took a few photos to show how the costume fits me overall and the little details. First photos hows it's kinda fitted, it could be more fitted but oh well xD Second photo shows the uniform with the logo on, wahey! It's not actually ironed on yet though because that will be my last job. Third photo shows all the buttons and button holes done, as well as a close up of the tie. Last photo shows the back of the tie, first time I've added the little tag thingy. I normally either make fake ties or ties that just aren't long enough for the little tag thingy so it was a first for me, pahaha! I haaaate self cover buttons, it's a good idea but such a pay to do! Glad I don't have to do that many ahaha! I used the matte side of gold crepe back satin leftover from my Prologue Sakura (Tsubasa) and Panty (Panty and Stocking) cosplay. Time Taken: 1hr 30mins

26th March 2011


Tie is done, so I decided to try it all on and see how it looks 8D I still have to hold the front panel in place because as I said before - no buttons!! Hence why it looks sorta baggy on me, it really is more fitted than this - honest! So yeah, the red tie is three layers of red sheeting (leftover from Chance!Kirari/Koharu). Three layers because her tie is weird and seems to have like a second tie forming, I don't know, it's really cool though but a pain in the ass to sew! I found the white ribbon at the very bottom of my fabric bin ahaha, I was contemplating on using cotton so that it wouldn't be shiny... But most ties are silky anyway so I decided to make life easier for myself! For once in my life (that's a lie, second time) I've made a fully functional tie. Not a fake one. I had tons of red fabric to spare so I thought why not! I wanted this costume to be one of my best school uniforms so I decided to go all out pahahaha! (ALTHOUGH IT'S TOO BIG, PAAAAAAAAAAAAH) I've worn this skirt so much for other cosplays that it really needs to be re-ironed so that the pleats actually show up... I'll do that when I come to iron ALL my cosplays before packing them! I'm really not use to wearing knee high socks either XD; I normally wear either thigh high or ankle socks, Kahoko! Why you no wear thigh high socks!? D; Time Taken: 1hr Hoping to get this done by Monday after I buy the remaining stuff I need, but otherwise THIS COSTUME IS DONE! HAPPY TIMES, KAHO-CHAN IS GOING TO KITA GUYS!

26th March 2011


Sewn together the collar and have attached it to the top! My attempt to make everything as neat as possible FAILED. I knew I would muck up when making the collar tbh xD; Ahhh well, I love this costume too much to sale away anyway! I have to iron the collar (as well as the rest of the costume!!) so that you can't see that it's double layered but otherwise it's done! Will iron everything when I pack all my costumes~ Next up, the tie! Did I mention I also hate making ties? @_____@ Time Taken: 2hrs

26th March 2011


sewn on the black detailing onto one piece of grey cotton then double layered it and turned it inside out - sewed one layer on the inside of the sleeve then the other layer on the outside so that the cuffs overall have the same seamless look the uniforms have. Now I can log my time! Time Taken: Uhmmm... An additional 2-3hrs?? I did some work on the jacket today as well from last night which is why it's taken me so long. Not to mention some of it needed to be hand sewn because it wouldn't fit through the machine XD; ONWARDS TO THE COLLAR... I HATE COLLARS.

26th March 2011

Back thingy

One strip of black cotton with grey cotton sewn on either side. When I sewed it in it nearly gave me a heart attack when I ripped the seams for me to sew it in because I ripped it too much! But then I fixed it by extending the seams so I guess it's even more fitted than it was before! I decided to go a bit higher than the chalk lines - haven't rubbed them off yet xD;

26th March 2011

Base jacket complete!

Picture of everything hemmed and sewn together. I have to hold the front panel in place because I need to buy some buttons still - will do that on Monday when I next go in town. I apologise greatly for the incredibly dirty mirror xD;;

26th March 2011

Start of jacket

I did this last night but CI packed up on me so I couldn't actually post the pictures! So this is basically a picture explaining how the jacket works. A lot of the ones I've found on eBay or on deviantART have the front bits as purely decoration and have a hidden zip at the side - which was a pain because I didn't want this at all so I had to work out the panels mathematically. I was making this at 1am as well so my brain turned to poop and this took so damn long XD Basically there's the back panel which has darts running down from the top to bottom, then on the left is the panel that fits 3/4 of my torso with a dart running down the side which will later have fake buttons. Then underneath on the right is a panel which fits 1/2 of my torso and both panels are stitched together at the top but then falls naturally. I stitched it together at the top so that it would look neater overall - I can just pop my head over the top, it's very awkward but I do believe it makes it look better. Since this photo I have sewn on the sleeves, hemmed the whole thing and now moving onto the grey detailing. This jacket is deceivingly difficult, paaaah! Will be posting pictures with the sleeves and everything hemmed soon. They're crappy mirror photos though but oh well! Time Taken: 3hrs

6th November 2010


I had the urge to style my wig... And I really wanted to wear it to cam whore with it LMAO. So I cut it at super speed (hence it's a little too long) and well, here's the proof I have the wig! 8D I love this wig, I think I suit this wig and colour and reeeally can't wait to be Kaho-chan <333 I WANT FABRIC NOW!! AND I MUST LEARN SOME LA CORDA SONGS BY HEART NOW OTL. I think Kahoko is one of the cosplays I'm most looking forward to making for next year! It's one of my favourite anime/manga hnnng <333 I've only cut the fringe and bangs because I prefer it this way, plus I can reuse this wig for Kyoko (Time Stranger Kyoko) if I leave it like this ohohoho |D *shot* I've seen other cosplayers style their wig like this, I much prefer it to the ones that layer imo x) Yeah, sorry for n00btastic journal post. I'm just stupidly excited now that Oct cosplays are over and I can get started with Kaho-chaaan *___* (And other 2011 cosplays XD)

13th September 2010


LOOK WHAT ARRIVED FOR ME IN THE POST TODAY <3333 Ahhhh I love it <3 I spent ages trying to hunt this down. I was tempted to just get some cotton and embroider it all myself. But then I found this 8'D Happy daaaays~~~ There's a few loose threads but y'know what, it was cheap :P I feel the need to scrap all plans and make Kahoko NOW LOL. Must... resist... temptation...

4th June 2009

04/06/2009 - Skirt completed!

I swear I have a horrible habit of making skirts a tad too short, but on my body it looks proportionally correct so I guess that's a plus. So long as it covers my butt I'm happy LOL. But yeah at first it was right by my knee, so I cut it shorter, now it's just above mid-thigh but that's the length Kahoko has it so I guess it's all good! I really cannot be bothered to take a picture of... a pleated skirt. Everybody knows what they look like so yeah xD Time Taken - 1hr 30mins [to make the skirt altogether]

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