Sima Yi - Dynasty Warriors 7


Amecon 2012

Amecon 2nd Place, Totally King of Skits




I like sewing, so I made a costume with lots of sewing in it :P This was made to be worn for the Amecon Omake. I don't even play Dynasty Warriors, it was just pretty.

I didn't have the money to make the hat for Ame so I decided to just put it on hold.

Thank you to Kii for letting me borrow her embroidery machine to do all the edges. There are over 40 of the little designs which make it up which all had to be done separately. These were embroidered in a long strip of black cotton velvet to give it texture.

Most of the costume is made with crepe silk because of the drape and that it would take silk painting well. It's lined in polyester crepe and backed with various cotton drills to cut down on costs.

Most of the designs are drawn in gold gutta then filled in with acrylic inks. I was supposed to use a spray gun for the gradients but the gun I ordered didn't fit my compressor, so with less than a week to go I switched to using car spray paint. The arms and robes are all spray paint, which worked surprisingly well!

All the blue bits on the costume like the boots are hand dyed with acrylic ink and a sponge. It took about 3 coats to get it the right colour and ruined my washing line!

The silver bits on the costume are applique, a special kind where each design is carefully sewn onto black tafetta, then cut out, turned inside out and sewn down so there are no raw edges.

The costume is covered in bias binding on the edges and also all over the boots. I hate bias binding and want it to die.

The belt is made with a fabric I just happened to have died darker with black ink. The purple fabric is actually cotton drill that I ironed freezer paper onto the back of and sent it through my printer. The gold diamonds are more embroidery on black felt, cut and glued on. The buckle took a lot of ebay.

The stupid little dangly bit on the front is made with silk threads and jewellery findings all carefully crocheted together with a tiny hook.


eternal_aranel posted on 29 August, 2012 - 12:39
This was gorgeous~! I loved seeing it in person! Also I died at your picture titles XD

Felixize posted on 29 August, 2012 - 12:56
I really wish I could have seen this at the convention. It's totally, mindblowingly beautiful!

JustPeachy posted on 29 August, 2012 - 13:01
So glad I got to see this in person, you looked amazing!! Great work :D

Kinreal posted on 29 August, 2012 - 15:09
How did I miss this!? D:

... posted on 30 August, 2012 - 18:41
Love it =D

Ranma1-2 posted on 30 August, 2012 - 21:44
The patternwork is exquisite! Beatifull job on the whole costume. Is it too late to say Do the hat. :)

Sephirayne posted on 30 August, 2012 - 22:48
Amazing job on the costume. You looked fantastic. Also, loving the pic titles ^^

Amy-Lou posted on 31 August, 2012 - 09:21
Veeeery nice. You've totally sold me on embroidery machines, that's some lush trim!

Leolarua posted on 1 September, 2012 - 23:47
ahh this costume is gorgeous, great job. also laughing at the great use of the jake pose.

CrystalNeko posted on 3 September, 2012 - 15:04
I loved your omake skit so much! All that detail is stunning. Dem picture titles, oh my days XD

seawaterwitch posted on 4 June, 2013 - 07:50