Geisha - Original/Tradtional design


OK so my plans of having a nice traditional geisha look kinda went out the window as I ran out of time. So to the outside world it looks ok, but to anyone that knows anything about geisha they will stop the inaccuracies immediately! But hey, it's just for the ball, and I was making it up as I go along!

I like it anyway!!

Bunni posted on 4 September, 2008 - 09:00
You will make a beautiful Geisha!!

Bunni posted on 14 October, 2008 - 16:01
Wow great progress hun this looks FANTASTIC!!!

ryaoki posted on 14 October, 2008 - 16:32
this looks really great gunstar, keep up the great work and cosplay progress ^_^

Amy-Lou posted on 14 October, 2008 - 17:41
Such pretty fabric! You'll look wonderful :)

JakeX posted on 14 October, 2008 - 18:02
I cant wait to see you at the Ball In this!!! looks so cute ^-^ plus very......fun :D

Hexi posted on 14 October, 2008 - 18:24
looks great so far!! one thing that's bugging me is that your Obi is too low. it needs to be higher,the bottom is supposed to stop just below you belly button and smush your boobs in. >w< it's gotta be a complete tube. and has to give you a cylidrical shape... ^_^ other than that it looks pretty awesome! ^^

GunstarVixen posted on 15 October, 2008 - 10:32
yeah I know, i just couldn't be arsed to pin it in the right place at the time! it's just a roll of fabric atm!

Anonymous posted on 15 October, 2008 - 16:26
What sleeve length are you going for? It's just that I own a furisode and the sleeves do almost touch the ground, and I have a tomosode who's sleeves are still longer than the ones you have, and you said it was going to be a furisode in the description. (sorry, could be camera angle, ignore if I'm being stupid) -Tab

GunstarVixen posted on 15 October, 2008 - 18:06
I was, now it's more of a tomesode, for practicality reasons! also as I'm to old to wear miako length sleeves! Must update my description, thanks for pointing that out!! Also tomesode have variable sleeve lengths, usually around waist height though, (which mine are, the obi is in the wrong place which is why they look strange!!!)

Hexi posted on 15 October, 2008 - 18:18
Eh-heh. two japan nerd comments there. XD i've just re-read Memoirs of a Geisha which is why i'm being picky....... and i dun wanna say it but you've got men's Geta!!!! >w< I'm Sorry!! i'll shut up! it really does looks awesome!!! *runs away*

GunstarVixen posted on 16 October, 2008 - 09:54
lol yes I know, but they don't make off the shelf geta for women with my size feet! technically these are unisex, as the corners are rounded, and not square like mens! (we are such nerds lol!!!)

GraceyDarling posted on 16 October, 2008 - 11:31
It looks beautiful so far, your gonna look gorgeous ^^

Hexi posted on 20 October, 2008 - 15:06
*nerds* it looks so awesome so far! i should start work on my cosplay ball thing now but i still don't know if i can even go! T_T maybe you can file the corners more? *shrug* still looks great! ^^

GunstarVixen posted on 20 October, 2008 - 17:18
You know what Hexi, I hadn't even thought of that! (srsly I am so blonde sometimes) *hurries of to find where she put the sandpaper...

sjbonnar posted on 21 October, 2008 - 13:23
Isn't walking in Geta fun!? /sarcasm LOL Geta are awesome, but awkward LOL You look great hun! Makeup test soon?

Missytetra posted on 27 April, 2009 - 12:37
More Japan nerd comments!! The geta are unisex..ish (you should wear them with tabi and not barefoot!), but they are more masculine than feminine of course (I deliberately wore these with my Akito Sohma costume because they were masculine)! Also, they don't fit you properly (your heel is supposed to slide a little off the back) The fabric is a Chinese design, as far as I know Geisha don't wear pink collars, Geisha don't have pink under their eyebrows, the pink blush is reserved for Maiko, as is, usually, the oshiroi (white powder paste) and red lips. Similarly, Maiko would not be wearing such an informal kimono style with their stage makeup... BUT you knew all of that anyway XD You still look fabulous and I bet you stunned everyone at the ball ^___^ (Haha, I just had to join in with the nerding... it happened with Georgi too XD ) It's really nice looking and the colour is nice, so screw accuracy XD (I did for my Dream Maiko costume XD)

Captain_Marvelous posted on 27 April, 2009 - 12:41
I fear my comment will be lacking the knowledge of japanse geisha (not my cup of tea as intrests go, when i was old enough to actually know what they were for) im afraid my knowledge lie with the samurai (cliche I know) but I will say that I really like the design and I think you wear it stunningly well, I look forward to more :)

cut and sew kimono
cut and sew Hiyoku
make tabi
make hair ornaments
buy make up
buy geta
bias bind kimono seams

Total cost: £0.00

24th October 2008


Finished the hair ornaments last night, they are not very authentic, but due to time constraints I kinda gave up on authenticity! Yay done and packed!

22nd October 2008

make up trial

ok so things I learnt: 1 - white foundation does not like being applied with a sponge, leaves funny smudges, fingers are the best plan 2 - filled in lips too much also lip gloss was a bad idea over liner 3 - way too much pink under the eyebrows 4 - need to use pencil to draw eyebrow lines in first before going over in liquid so they are even still not bad for a first attempt

21st October 2008

so close I can almost taste it

seams bias bound, dont have time to make proper tabi, so have bought some white socks (yes I know the horror! have run out of time so unfortunately authenticity have been shoved aside) Just a quick sew and snip and they are done, and them some hair ornament jiggery tonight and thats done! woo!

20th October 2008

so very nearly there

obi and obi pillow done, have worked out how to tie a drum obi (well ok it will look like a drum obi anyway, might not be 100% authentic tying) just need two koshimo and date jime (tbh just going to use off cuts as they don't get seen anyway) and make the hair ornaments and I'm good to go!

15th October 2008

kimono finished!

after just under another hours work, the kimono is done! Also gave in and bought some liquid eyeliner to give me a better finish

14th October 2008

huge progress

OK so after 3 hours of sewing the kimono is nearly done, just need to add the collar and hem the bottom edge. It was surprisingly simple actually, despite brocade being evil! Also found white foundation today, which was the only make up I needed to buy!

29th September 2008


bought some lovely matching silk flowers for my hair ornaments today. Also a really cool large matching flower which I will make into an ornament itself.

22nd September 2008


So I bought my material this morning. Have gone for a brocade with flowers in a wine colour, and a light matching cream for the under collar and obi, and a contrasting pink for the obi pillow, and a white for the obi cord. Now all I have to do is make the thing!!

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