Costume :Yang Xiao Long
Source :RWBY
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Hyper Japan July 2013

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Reference Picture


Costume Information

Cost : £49.01
Time Taken : 17hrs

First worn at Japan Expo in Paris~!
I think I may as well put this in complete for now because I have no idea when I'm going to carry this on hahaha. It's wearable at least :P

I loved all the trailers but I thought Yang kicked assed the most. I knew instantly that I wanted to cosplay her first and I love a good jacket design. I love all four of the designs and maybe will one day get round to doing them all but for now I'm happy I've done one!

The jacket was patterned out on the mannequin with newspaper. It was an easy design because all the different colours lined up with where the seams would naturally go any way (i.e. where the princess seams are). I used heavy fabrics like cotton drill and cotton sateen so I didn't need to line it, I just used french seams to make it durable. There is medium weight sew in interfacing in the collar and double layered. The black bands on the sleeves were partly machine sewed and then hand stitched to finish as it was too tricky to fit through the machine. Bought pre-made buttons and bias binding to sew on for detail.

The yellow top was made from stretchy fabric so I just sewed together two panels. Didn't have time to paint on the detail so I'll do that later.

The shorts were temporarily bought from Primark and made shorter however I think they worked quite well so I will probably keep them.

I cut the white georgette into a long diagonal so that one end is longer than the other and gathered it whilst sewing it onto the shorts.

The pleated butt skirt was just stitched in place at the top and hemmed. The fabric was very tricky to iron, it didn't like being ironed at all. I didn't have a spray bottle at hand and had to use a flat iron with no steam so I just threw water at the skirt and even when applying the iron onto it the water droplets would remain. It was quite pretty actually :P
I sewed on some belt loops onto the skirt itself so that the belt can hold up the skirt that way.

The little flap detail thing was double layered with medium weight interfacing and the symbol was painted with fabric paint.

Belt was bought from Primark.
Boots bought from eBay.
Socks bought from eBay.

Gloves sewn from lycra. I just drew around my hand/arm and sewed in some rectangle inserts between the fingers.

Gauntlets made from craft foam with cotton jersery sewn over the top and fabric paint for the detail. It is secured with velcro.

Scarf is just a rectangle made from cotton jersey.

Wig is the same as my Panty/Miki wig which is two wigs sewn together to get that volume.

Overall a really comfy costume. I could walk around easily and I could move about and pose however I wanted to! Although easy to walk in, after a good few hours the boots were hell to walk in. But it does literally take a whole day of walking before I'm in dire need of collapsing on the floor, woohoo!


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Oooh interesting designs!

by Freyarule on Sunday, 2 June, 2013 - 13:06
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Can't wait to see this! Quite tempted to do Red myself lool

by Moonchild on Sunday, 2 June, 2013 - 15:19
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Awesome! I'd like to cosplay white lol :)

by Pixypink on Sunday, 9 June, 2013 - 22:47
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You HAVE to cosplay this Fi, you would make the coolest Yang ever!!!! :D

by HowlingSilverWolf on Thursday, 20 June, 2013 - 12:09
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looking good.

by adamphillip on Monday, 1 July, 2013 - 10:58
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The designs for this are all sooo gorgeous and I'm totally loving the jacket!! <3

by Pandora-Chi on Monday, 1 July, 2013 - 22:29
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very nice

by adamphillip on Tuesday, 9 July, 2013 - 18:56
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you look great x

by J-Po on Wednesday, 31 July, 2013 - 20:06
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Ahhh this looks sooooo good!! I really want to do Ruby with you now!!

by Moonchild on Thursday, 1 August, 2013 - 13:59
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You look amazing as Yang! Really great work :D

by JustPeachy on Thursday, 1 August, 2013 - 18:58
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Stop being so pretty you beautiful missy! I seriously adore your Yang! <3

by Pandora-Chi on Friday, 23 August, 2013 - 20:55
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You make such an amazing Yang!!!

by Littlegeeky on Thursday, 5 September, 2013 - 19:52
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Awesome job on this =)

by Tsuchinoko on Sunday, 8 September, 2013 - 17:30
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You look so pretty! Awesome job <3

by Lady Bahamut on Sunday, 8 September, 2013 - 19:12

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Costume Test (Posted 9th July 2013)

Photo by Rebecca (KiraraYumi)

Lawl, I made the gauntlets and half finished the gloves in the hotel room because I ran out of time. I will remake the gauntlets and finish sewing in the inserts to the gloves before Hyper Japan as I don't really have any other time to wear this cosplay!

Also my wig was sliding back like mad because I didn't put enough bobby pins into my hair so this was the best that I could share =_____=;

I honestly have no idea why the white floaty skirt thing is purple. It really is just pure white but my camera captured it purple and then photoshop enhanced this... When you see it IRL it is pure white XD;

Also you can tell I've put on weight over exam season and I wish to get back to normal soon OTL

Costume 70% (Posted 3rd July 2013)

Little test wear to see how everything looks so far! Except I can't find the yellow top amongst the eruption of fabric I have going on. It will surface as I start packing it all away \o/

So to save me from making shorts I just bought some chino shorts from Primark as all the denim ones in my size were sold out. I cut and hemmed it shorter to make them more accurate. These are just temporary til I have the time to make a more accurate pair.

I then sewed on the white skirt directly onto the shorts which broke a needle, wooooo \o/

The shorts are smaller than my mannequin so I sewed in two belt loops into the pleated skirt and it is literally held on with the belt.

Time Taken: 2hrs

I'm gonna call it a night once I finish sewing the gloves and making the gauntlets.

Pleated butt cape 100% (Posted 2nd July 2013)

Still not 100% sure how to attach it. After closer inspection in the reference pictures I think it's suppose to be tucked into the shorts. However I will probably just tack it on. I originally thought the belt was keeping everything up but oh well!

Jacket test (Posted 2nd July 2013)

I felt the need to show a picture of me actually wearing it. And because I had only tried it on like once during the making of it and was reeeeeally worried it wouldn't fit hahaha. I've gained weight during exam season and haven't adjusted the mannequin yet. But yay it still fits :'D

I actually cba to make some shorts right now. So I'm gonna use my Sheryl shorts for the time being \o/

My mother has amazing timing and just came home with egg tarts. I CAN CARRY ON WITH FOOOOOD IN MY STOMACH!

Jacket 95% (Posted 1st July 2013)

The jacket is now wearable!

The 5% that I have left to do is the stitches that can be seen, however I forgot to buy embroidery floss and actually don't have another chance to go into town to buy some so I shall do that on my rewear.

Time Taken: 3-4hrs

Tank top 50% (Posted 1st July 2013)

I haaaate stretchy fabrics!

Found a nice mustard colour cotton jersey and it's such a pain to work with. But hey, at least it's just two seams. Gonna hand stitch the top later as I didn't want to zig zag stitch on show. Or I might use wonderweb, but I'm pretty rubbish with an iron so it's easier to hand stitch it.

Going to go to town today and buy some black fabric paint for the little symbol!

Time Taken: 30mins

Jacket 80% (Posted 1st July 2013)

All the bias binding is sewn on. Just gotta do the side flappy bits and finish off the puff sleeves!

Also hemmed the butt cape.

Time Taken: 40mins

Pleated butt cape 70% (Posted 1st July 2013)

I was going to call this a skirt but really it's just a pretty butt cape :L
Standard box pleats. I looked at references and there isn't a band or anything which makes my life easier. I just gotta sew on some belt loops.

Just gotta hem and iron it. I need to iron so much I may just do it at the hotel room Wednesday evening \o/

Time Taken: 40mins

Jacket 70% (Posted 1st July 2013)

Puff sleeves and collar is now sewn on! As well as the little detailing on the front.

Just need to gather the sleeves into the armband (Gotta find my black fabric first!) and sew on the gold bias binding. I'm probably going to move onto the skirt now so that I don't have to change the thread, then go back to the jacket \o/

I've listened to like 3 Glastonbury acts whilst doing all this. It's taking so long D;

Time Taken: 3-4hrs

Jacket 40% (Posted 30th June 2013)

Wheeee it's shaping up!

I had to cut out the front panel three times because first time, I forgot that some fabrics are not the same on both sides OTL. And then I forgot to add allowance to button it up so I had to redraft the pattern slightly (and the collar) and finally cut it out!

I need to press all the seams, gonna do that last because I don't have an iron on me. I also need to tidy up all the thread.

Gonna draft out the sleeves and then finally cut and sew on the collar. I hate collars, I'm doing that last haha. It's because I have to cut it out three times - effort XD

Time Taken: 2hrs