6th December 2011: Project start I ummed about which fabric to use for this costume. It looks a bit shiny/sheeny to me, but I didn't want the ZOMGSHINEEEEE of most satins, and I also wanted something with a bit of stretch if I could possibly find it. People suggested lycra but that's a bit TOO stretchy, this costume is slightly tailored but also close-fitting and I didn't really fancy faffing about with interlining things and suchlike.
Shepherd's Bush didn't provide anything I was happy with so I tried eBay, eventually ending up with a red stretch satin. It's not quite a matte satin, but as with most stretch satins it isn't quite as offensively shiny as the regular stuff, so I'm OK with it. From what I understand Excellen is quite a showy character anyway so slightly fancy fabric isn't unsuitable. It also has enough stretch and structure to work with the tailoring of that bodice. Now to find some red power mesh for the neck!
As this is a group costume I'm doing by request rather than familiarity with the series, and since I'm going for fairly simple costumes for Minami as my Ame entry is my main focus for the year, I'm skipping out on the jacket and just going for the skirt/top variation instead. Keeps things cheaper and simpler.