Yuri Lowell (Default outfit) - Tales of Vesperia

Worn AtHyper Japan Oct 2010




I love Tales of Vesperia, and decided I wanted to cosplay Yuri fairly quickly.

After dithering a bit on whether I should go for a purple wig, a brown wig or a black wig, I decided to saturate and darken *all* the colours in the costume a bit from the version in the official art--I bought a black wig (from Coscraft) and it's cut to the right length; it'll just need some hairspray etc to keep it in place on the day.

Lots of fabric shopping was needed; the costume design is reasonably simple but I wanted to use really nice quality materials on it. Again, saturating and darkening the whole look a bit made this easier (black trousers and black shirt fabric being significantly easier to source than dark grey).

The plan was originally to wear this for the first time to the Cosplay Ball, but we decided to speed up the plans and have it ready for Hyper Japan; Pez is going to be my Flynn. :)

Edit 01/10/2010: All set for Hyper Japan tomorrow!


SarahSaiyan posted on 1 September, 2010 - 22:22
Looking great so far! Will you be going to expo with this too? :) Zagi needs a Yuri to chase XD

Storme posted on 1 September, 2010 - 23:18
Not sure yet! I suspect not; Pez doesn't want to drag Flynn down for Expo and we sort of come as a pair. :)

SarahSaiyan posted on 1 September, 2010 - 23:23
Aw that's fine :) I was hoping to arrange a Vesperia photoshoot away from cons and stuff, would you be interested in joining? No idea when it'd be but I'd like to gather some people to have a good shoot one day :3

Storme posted on 1 September, 2010 - 23:31
Hmm, possibly! We're wearing Yuri and Flynn to the cosplay ball as well so it'll depend on if they need much in the way of repairs after that (hopefully not, but you never know!).

Pez posted on 27 September, 2010 - 00:24
You totally need to do those funny chest shadings.

Storme posted on 27 September, 2010 - 00:26
Pez: but those are only in-game and not in the official art! Also they look deeply weird.

Pez posted on 27 September, 2010 - 00:27
But Flynn likes them. ;;

Storme posted on 27 September, 2010 - 08:15
Does Flynn have them too? Would they be visible through the boob window if there wasn't a chestpiece there?

Pez posted on 28 September, 2010 - 11:12
Nope. :P I bet Yuri has weird chest/rib shading because he's skinny. Flynn is likealmightymuscular under his knight outfit. XD

Storme posted on 28 September, 2010 - 22:51
Hmm. Are you suggesting that Flynn is very man?

Pez posted on 29 September, 2010 - 00:44
But of course! He is also ever so pleasant and young.

Sephirayne posted on 29 September, 2010 - 02:37
Looking great. Love the jacket

Storme posted on 29 September, 2010 - 08:29
Sephirayne: thanks! Pez: is he more or less man when he's megane?

Pez posted on 29 September, 2010 - 09:31
More man, of course. Never underestimate the power of megane.

nanahara posted on 1 October, 2010 - 23:02
very well done, you've made a very well put together cosplay ^^

Storme posted on 1 October, 2010 - 23:26
nanahara: thanks! It'll be nice to actually wear it now. :)

Kouji posted on 1 October, 2010 - 23:26
i agree ^o^ very well done and it suits you :3

Storme posted on 1 October, 2010 - 23:31
kouji: thank you very much!

Sammykins posted on 3 October, 2010 - 13:05
By far the best Yuri I have ever seen! You've done an awesome job :)

Storme posted on 3 October, 2010 - 14:02
Sammykins: Thanks! It was a lot of fun to wear, too. :)

SarahSaiyan posted on 3 October, 2010 - 20:48
awesome job!! love the booties :D

NightmareWings posted on 3 October, 2010 - 21:19
Loved it so much! You were epic.

Storme posted on 3 October, 2010 - 21:31
SarahSaiyan: Thanks! They're sewn onto the trousers to make they stay up so the lower half of the outfit is a bit undignified to put on. :P NightmareWings: Thank you! It was awesome to get to meet you. :)

SarahSaiyan posted on 3 October, 2010 - 22:24
aww bless i can imagine XD putting zagi on is a pain...the body suit makes things problematic O.o awesome cosplay though, I got some epic pics of you guys in stage, I got a bit snap happy when the music came on and you both came out XD

Storme posted on 3 October, 2010 - 22:28
SarahSaiyan: Enh, I figure at least mine is more comfortable to wear than Pez's was. :) And ooh, lemme know when the pics are up!

Bambi. posted on 3 October, 2010 - 22:36
You looked ace hun! I think sarah died a bit when she saw you <3

Storme posted on 3 October, 2010 - 22:39
Bambi: Thank you! It was a lot of fun to wear! :)

Ranma1-2 posted on 23 October, 2010 - 11:46
Nice work, really close.

Storme posted on 23 October, 2010 - 12:16
Ranma1-2: Thanks! His clothes were really fun to make, actually--and he was fun to wear too!

Ranma1-2 posted on 23 October, 2010 - 17:02
Yep, That's what cosplay is all about. ^_^

KiraraYumi posted on 6 January, 2011 - 22:00
...Why haven't I commented on this awesomeness yet? Dx Your Yuri is AMAZING! You look awesome and your costume looks so well made! Love the new photos too, they're great, you both look fantastic!^^

Storme posted on 6 January, 2011 - 22:07
KiraraYumi: Thanks! I really enjoyed making it. :) I wish I were a bit taller so I was a bit better suited to him shapewise, but it was fun to learn how to do open-chest binding and so on. :D

My__RoadOfBlood posted on 6 January, 2011 - 23:24
Ahhh this looks brilliant ! :D

Storme posted on 6 January, 2011 - 23:47
My_RoadOfBlood: Thanks! He's an brilliant character!

Zelda posted on 9 January, 2011 - 16:00
Simply amazing work! You both looked amazing ^^

Storme posted on 9 January, 2011 - 19:09
Tif: Thanks! It was a surprisingly awkward costume to make but totally worth it. :)

Progress Journal

Oops! (Posted 6th January 2011)

I hate it when a combination of flaky connection and flaky drupal means I upload the same picture a ton of times. :S

Washing (Posted 26th October 2010)

I got foundation on the neck of the shirt when I wore it to Hyper, and figured I'd wash it off before I wore it again.

Turns out the black dye in the shirt material runs, whoops! Some of the black dye has gotten into the purple edging and it looks a bit mottled now--I think I know how to rescue it (have to wait for the shirt to dry out first though) but uh, yeah, so next time I will be pre-washing dark/bright materials before I start making things.

(The worst of the mottling is on bits that would be hidden by wig/grey tunic even if I *can't* fix it. So it's not like the costume is ruined. I'm horribly away of how much worse it could have been, though...)

All finished! (Posted 3rd October 2010)

All complete!

I'm proud of what I learned making this. I learned that my hand-stitching is actually quite neat when I concentrate, and got more confident on the sewing machine. I'm proud of actually making the boot covers entirely by myself (staple guns and glue ftw!).

The blastia and belt were made by Pez (because she rocks). She also did part of the sword--I stained the scabbard, painted the blade and did the ribbons-and-tassels, while she did all the fancy work on the handle and hilt guard and also the gold work on the scabbard.

And finally, the whole thing was worn to Hyper Japan yesterday. There was a last-minute change of wig to a longer one (the luxury of living in a wig shop :P) which led to a frantic half-hour cutting-and-styling session. Worthwhile, though, I think. The chest-binding was done in a bit of a rush at HJ (and a cut on my finger re-opened so the tape had a lot of blood on it, whoops), but it held up all day really well! Standing up all day in heels is really tiring, though--I ache so much today.

Grey jacket (plus belt start) (Posted 28th September 2010)

The jacket has been trimmed with black wool around the edges. I've also cut out the pattern for the back (Need to cut the shape for the front, and then it all needs to be glued down--and then sewn down too if I have time). The belt is in progress (by Pez, again <3).

Shirt and completed boots/covers/trousers. (Posted 27th September 2010)

Those trousers and boots and boot covers are all sewn together now. They're a single hybrid entity. Putting them on and taking them off is... undignified. :P

Blastia 1 (Posted 27th September 2010)

The blastia bangle is made from foam. The edges on the more rounded side have been sanded down with the Dremel.

(Pez made this; since it's for my costume, this is where she thinks the progress pics should go for it.)

Boots, part 3 (Posted 27th September 2010)

Boot covers are stitched onto trousers, and cuffs have been added! Now just need to add the buttons.

Boots, 2 (Posted 25th September 2010)

Boot covers have been affixed to the boots around the base. I'm going to have to attach the covers to the trouser leg (and the boot beneath it), because otherwise I can't get that opening to look right. I may end up just sewing them together, honestly.

That's the trouser/boot/cover all in one there. Taking them on and off as one piece is a bit awkward, but doable.

The cuffs need to be added (using the same light purple as for the edging of the shirt). I have buttons but I think these are actually a little small and I don't quite enough of them (especially since I appear to have lost two of them). I will look for better buttons today.

Grey overtunic, part 2 (Posted 23rd September 2010)

The tunic has now been lined (the lining looks brown in the art, so that's what I've gone for) and the black edging has been cut to a rough shape and pinned on. Next stage is to get it to the right shape, glue it down and then sew it around the edges to look neat.

And then I need to do the pattern on the back, which is going to be exciting.

Sword, part 2 (Posted 20th September 2010)

I used Rub 'n' Buff on the bokken blade to make it look metallic. It'll get another coating and then I think I'll try and seal it somehow. I really like the contrast between the silvery metal colour and the dark-stained scabbard now!

Also the old hand-guard has been knocked off (Pez did that for me; I wasn't quite prepared to believe it would be as easy to knock off as it was) so that one in the right shape can replace it.

Completed shirt (well, almost) plus start of grey overtunic (Posted 20th September 2010)

The base shirt is done! Well, I need to sew down the (fused-on) purple bits near the collar (they match up better than they seem to in the picture; the duct-tape mannequin is a bit unevenly stuffed). But I'm pretty happy with it!

(Note to self: try not to use a really stretchy fabric for edging again, even if it doesn't fray and is the right colour. Or if you must use something with that much stretch, then glue/fuse it into place before sewing it. Pins are not good enough.)

Meanwhile, the grey suedette overtunic base has been sewn together. It's based on a pattern for a tailcoat that we already had here; most of the amends were just to the neckline and the shape of the tails at the back.

Shirt (again) and open-chest binding test (Posted 17th September 2010)

Shirt is slightly further progressed (the front is now sewn together). I'll (finally!) make the cuffs tonight. :P

I'd tried this type of open-shirt binding (using micropore tape and the type of arrangement described at http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/tutorials/crossplayfm) before starting the costume but Yuri's shirt is *very* open at the front so I wanted to verify that I could keep the tape hidden and still have it look flat. I think it'll work fine.

(Whoops, posted this with the wrong pic first time.)

More shirt (Posted 14th September 2010)

That lefthand circle at the bottom still needs to be stitched on, but the thread is damp (had tea knocked over it, whoops!) so in the meantime I've cut out the shapes for the purple bits at the top. The papery stuff sticking out around the edges of those shapes is actually fusible webbing. :P

I won't be sewing these on until I've made the outer tunic, because that way I can see if the positioning seems correct and (more importantly) if the sizes look okay.

(It's on a duct-tape mannequin which is balanced on a tripod, so the shirt isn't quite hanging straight; the base of the shirt is more symmetrical than it looks here!)

Sword, part 1 (Posted 14th September 2010)

I bought a (really nicely shaped and surprisingly well-balanced, actually) bokken to use as a base for Yuri's sword - the problem was that the colour of the scabbard was way too light (a pale red oak vs the dark brown of that sword in the artword). So I tested a bit on the handle and the guard (since neither of those areas will be visible later on) to see how the stain looked.

I've used a 'natural teak' woodstain on the scabbard to get the colour I wanted. Two coats and it's actually already quite dark, but I might do a third coat after this has dried overnight; I'll see how it looks in the morning.

Yuri shirt, yet again (Posted 9th September 2010)

The light purple sections are complete for the lower right side of the shirt. Attempting to mirror the shape is really difficult! Will be interesting to see what happens when I try and sew it down.

(And I bribed Pez into machine-sewing the circle on the right for me after I failed several times in a row. :))

Boot covers (Posted 5th September 2010)

Yuri has magic boots that stay up in defiance of all natural laws!

I spent a while dithering over buttons; these turned out to be both cheap and to have a *bit* more detail than is visible in the game. I think they turned out pretty nicely, really.

And because the boot is split open the way it is, I had to pin the fabric on to work out the shape I needed. Once I've hemmed these, each one will be glued on at the front of the boot (because of the shape needed) but the black trouser leg will need to be inserted between the boot and the cover so it shows inside the split.

Shirt, part 3 (Posted 1st September 2010)

Working out the edging for the shirt now (it looks like it's a strange shape because it's balanced on a chair and the photo's taken at a weird angle).

Because of that jutting-out shape, I couldn't just use bias binding to do the edging. So the edging is made from a continuous piece of fabric, pinned to the garment and trimmed to fit. I'll be hand-sewing this (at least the most complex piece there; it's the only way to make sure I can be precise about that curve, I think).

(Mirroring this is going to be *interesting*!)

Shirt, continued (Posted 31st August 2010)

The shirt, now with collar and hemmed neckline. I think it&#039;s actually a little too loose at the moment--luckily I think it won&#039;t be too hard to take it in a little (especially since I haven&#039;t done the zip yet). Still, I&#039;m really pleased with this so far: I made a shirt with sleeves and a collar! With neat seams and joins even in the armpit!

(Aaaand now let&#039;s hope I don&#039;t mess it up when I start either trying to adjust the size or adding the trim around the edges.)

Shirt so far (Posted 31st August 2010)

Progress on the black shirt: the basic shirt has been made and sewn together (aside from the collar and cuffs). Once the edging is added, I'll be sewing the front closed; there'll be a zip up the back to allow me to put the shirt on instead (which is why the collar's not on yet; I need to work out how the zip and collar are going to work).

The neckline shape was awkward to do but I think this is more or less it (again, bar the collar). The cuffs are going to be in a different colour, but I'll make those separately and attach them to these.