Cosplayer: Kei Lin Sama


1st prize (masquerade)

Showcased 26th August 2012

Amecon 2012

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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Siouxsie James - 16th August 2012
I absolutely LOVED this costume! Your an awesome cosplayer O_O

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JustPeachy - 16th August 2012
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

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BladeyCakes - 16th August 2012
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~

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Tsuchinoko - 16th August 2012
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 ^^

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Speckles - 17th August 2012
Beautiful. You've done an excellent job on all the detailing. You should be very proud!

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Koiice - 17th August 2012
You were amazing, well done for winning! Was lovely talking to you ^^

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

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Angelphie - 17th August 2012
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.

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Amy-Lou - 17th August 2012
So beautiful and those clouds really pop even from a distance!

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Mighty Odango - 17th August 2012
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.

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

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WhiteWraith - 18th August 2012
Wow, this looks so gorgeous!

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

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cosrai - 26th August 2012
Gorgeous cosplay, you suit the character so well :3

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Freyarule - 26th August 2012
Congrats on the showcase! I loved this cosplay, so beautiful!! <3

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alienqueen - 27th August 2012
So amazing glad i saw you at the posing panel! hope everything went well on stage! xxx

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Siouxsie James - 27th August 2012
Gratz on the showcase!! ^^ well deserved! C:

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eternal_aranel - 27th August 2012
Stunning work!

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Carmina - 28th August 2012
You make a beautiful Yuuko.

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ShadowofShinra - 28th August 2012
This is such a gorgeous cosplay, and well-deserved winner of the Amecon masquerade.

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Kei Lin Sama - 28th August 2012
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!

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madmazda86 - 29th August 2012
This was so gorgeous :D Congrats for the showcase!

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KhaosKreator - 29th August 2012
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.

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Sephirayne - 30th August 2012
This is such a beautiful costume. You looked so stunning. Congratulations ^^

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dreamhunter707 - 31st August 2012
You're perfect Yuuko :)

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theKillingDoll - 2nd September 2012
Really liked the detail on this costume. Congrats on the win.

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CrystalNeko - 3rd September 2012
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!

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Chibi - 27th May 2013
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!