Yuuko - XXX-Holic


Amecon 2012

1st prize (masquerade)

Showcased 26th August 2012 What is this?


A challenge to myself to put a simple costume together with care, attention to detail, and good planning. I made the costume in one month and set myself a budget of £120 for new materials, including shoes and wig.

My main objective was to make something that people would recognise!

Siouxsie James posted on 16 August, 2012 - 22:06
I absolutely LOVED this costume! Your an awesome cosplayer O_O

JustPeachy posted on 16 August, 2012 - 22:17
I love this, it is absolutely stunning. The detail in the cloud patterns is beautiful and I adore the fabric choices! Also the wig and headpiece are fantastic, great job all round!! :D

BladeyCakes posted on 16 August, 2012 - 22:29
Yuuko!! <3 This cosplay is gorgeous! Never enough xxxHolic cosplay out there, so it's wonderful to see some~ Especially when it's this good! Great work~

Tsuchinoko posted on 16 August, 2012 - 22:44
I was so impressed with this cosplay, one of the best Yukos I've seen. The outfit design is very detailed and you've managed to make it so well and really suit the character, too. Thanks for letting me take some pictures at the cosplay photography panel, it was nice chatting with you ^^

Speckles posted on 16 August, 2012 - 23:39
Beautiful. You've done an excellent job on all the detailing. You should be very proud!

Koiice posted on 17 August, 2012 - 00:43
You were amazing, well done for winning! Was lovely talking to you ^^

j_mercuryuk posted on 17 August, 2012 - 02:02
This was a jaw-droppingly beautiful cosplay. I loved this and it was greT MEETING YOU AS WELL :D

Angelphie posted on 17 August, 2012 - 12:18
This is stunning and so beautifully made. I love the accuracy of your cloud designs and how much care and effort clearly went into the costume.

Amy-Lou posted on 17 August, 2012 - 12:42
So beautiful and those clouds really pop even from a distance!

Mighty Odango posted on 17 August, 2012 - 13:02
Quite possibly my favourite costume from the event, thank you for letting me get a closer look at that gorgeous stitching and painting! A thoroughly well-deserved 1st place, your masquerade performance was really elegant as well.

Pandora-Chi posted on 18 August, 2012 - 11:02
o: This is so gorgeous!! I love the amount of detail that went into this - it's so beautifully constructed and you look stunning :)

WhiteWraith posted on 18 August, 2012 - 12:46
Wow, this looks so gorgeous!

Lady Bahamut posted on 19 August, 2012 - 15:11
Oh wow, you're an amazingly good Yuuko! The cosplay looks epic and you pull it off so well :O

cosrai posted on 26 August, 2012 - 20:14
Gorgeous cosplay, you suit the character so well :3

Freyarule posted on 26 August, 2012 - 22:15
Congrats on the showcase! I loved this cosplay, so beautiful!! <3

alienqueen posted on 27 August, 2012 - 00:35
So amazing glad i saw you at the posing panel! hope everything went well on stage! xxx

Siouxsie James posted on 27 August, 2012 - 10:14
Gratz on the showcase!! ^^ well deserved! C:

eternal_aranel posted on 27 August, 2012 - 12:10
Stunning work!

Carmina posted on 28 August, 2012 - 13:57
You make a beautiful Yuuko.

ShadowofShinra posted on 28 August, 2012 - 15:47
This is such a gorgeous cosplay, and well-deserved winner of the Amecon masquerade.

Kei Lin Sama posted on 28 August, 2012 - 22:12
Wow, thanks everybody for your kind words! Thank you to whoever recommended me for the showcase. It was a lovely surprise and it's really made my week! Thanks also to Amy-Lou for telling me progress photos can be added to the journal page - I didn't know you could do that!

madmazda86 posted on 29 August, 2012 - 08:29
This was so gorgeous :D Congrats for the showcase!

KhaosKreator posted on 29 August, 2012 - 12:10
Told you this was gorgeous! I wanted to congratulate you at Amecon but couldn't find you on the sunday, I hope you had a fantastic rest of the weekend.

Sephirayne posted on 30 August, 2012 - 00:53
This is such a beautiful costume. You looked so stunning. Congratulations ^^

dreamhunter707 posted on 31 August, 2012 - 21:08
You're perfect Yuuko :)

theKillingDoll posted on 2 September, 2012 - 12:39
Really liked the detail on this costume. Congrats on the win.

CrystalNeko posted on 3 September, 2012 - 15:47
I'm so gutted I missed this at Ame! You make the perfect Yuuko and all the detail in this outfit is just incredible. The colouring in the clouds are just gorgeous!

Chibi posted on 27 May, 2013 - 00:35
I was one of the judges for Amecon and I'm seriously still blown away by how much was put into this costume. It's a piece of art!

19th August 2012

Belated progress pics - Kimono clouds (stage 2 - painting)

Stage 2: trace the designs onto a white poly/cotton poplin with a tailor's chalk (colouring crayon works just as well). The paints are Dylon Fabric Paints. I mixed the colours with Dylon Shade Creator, which gives a purer and finer shade than you can achieve by mixing the colours with white paint. If two colours are mixed with white paint (e.g. red, blue and white to create lilac), it tends to become murky. After painting and drying overnight, the colours were fixed by ironing as hot as the fabric would allow (test it first!).

19th August 2012

Belated progress pics - Kimono clouds (stage 1 - sketching)

A few people have asked how I did the clouds.. The techniques were a bit unorthodox, but here goes.. Stage 1: sketch the designs onto paper versions of the garment panels, making sure the drawings match up at the edges of each panel.

19th August 2012

Belated progress pics - corset

This is what the corset looked like before I assembled it. Unusually for a corset, it doesn't have any bones - it only has vilene in the lining to keep its shape. Of course, because it was made quickly and cheaply, it didn't turn out as well as I hoped. Cutting corners doesn't pay!

16th August 2012

Costs of new materials bought

Here's what happened to the £120 budget for my Yuuko Ichihara costume. I thought I'd keep a careful track of the materials and accessories I bought for this costume. The list doesn't include materials I had already in my bits box - thread, fastenings, wire, duct tape etc..

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