Gou/Kou Matsuoka (Ending/desert/fanart) - Free! Iwatobi Swim Club


Kitacon 2014


I love Free! I got into it via a screencap blog and decided to watch the show itself and well...
It's actually amazing.

Gou/Kou is my favourite character <3 I've wanted to cosplay her for as long as I've been watching the series but I didn't think I'd suit her uniform.
It upset me that Gou doesn't feature in the ending sequence as all the pretty swimming boys got beautiful Arabian-style outfits and cute letterman jackets. Buuuut I found some gorgeous fanart of a potential design for her c:

I'm wearing this for the Friday of Expo if I end up going that day c: Mel was successful...

-Headscarf is catatonic chiffon with gold chiffon ribbon, blue/gold sequinned trim and gold pearl chain
-Top is aqua stretch with goldenrod satin borders and embellished with metallic chain stitch, gold pearl chain and beaded ribbon.
-Pants are harem-style pants made of red jacquard print fabric. Not sure exactly what type of fabric it is though! It's intended to be lining but it works well as a fabric in its own right. Thanks to crazedteensie for helping me with the pattern!
-Hipscarf is a royal blue velvet/satin mix. I doubled over a wide strip and sewed the beaded trim into the seam. I then added goldenrod thick trim and gold pearl chain before sewing the strip into a loop. The final trim, a goldenrod medium one to match the thicker one was added later as I didn't have the time. I then pinned up the right side, stitched it into place and attached the gold jewellery.
-Jewellery is all shop bought (mostly earrings) and then reconstructed by me. I used old necklace chains for the headpiece.

MCM Expo October 2013: This was suprisingly comfy and warm! I need to take in the pants a little as they kept slipping down but other than that, there were no major issues! Gonnna finish off that embroidery on the top for next time!

Kitacon 2014: Had a great time with the Free! group c: I completely forgot to fix up the top (mostly a lack of time), but at least my pants were a bit better fitting this time!

Design by:
Go check out their blog! They do amazing artwork (some of it is NSFW as a warning!)

MoonLily posted on 4 September, 2013 - 21:20
Yaaay! I can't wait to see this! :D

Freyarule posted on 4 September, 2013 - 21:22
This will really suit you! :D can't wait to see <3

Littlegeeky posted on 4 September, 2013 - 21:22
Your... your cute <3 Ahh such a cute version of Gou-kun!

TheStarlightFairy posted on 4 September, 2013 - 21:23
Aaah thank you everyone! I hope I live up to expectation <3

KiraraYumi posted on 5 September, 2013 - 11:46
OMG YES Aaah you shall be the cutest Gou!!

InfiniteJester posted on 18 September, 2013 - 23:16
Ahhh can't wait to see this! You're gonna be so adorbs!

Pandora-Chi posted on 19 September, 2013 - 20:35
Ooh the design is so pretty and you'll look gorgeous! <3

electrospectrum posted on 10 November, 2013 - 22:47
ahh, you look so beautiful!! i'm really glad you like the photos and you just look fantastic <333

TheStarlightFairy posted on 10 November, 2013 - 23:02
Thank you <3 And THANK YOU for the photos <3

InfiniteJester posted on 18 March, 2014 - 11:38
The photos look so pretty - looking forward to seeing this again at Kita!

BlueberryTale posted on 4 April, 2014 - 05:53
This looks so pretty! <3

Siouxsie James posted on 6 April, 2014 - 09:22
You cosplay this character beautifully :)

Anonymous posted on 4 September, 2014 - 21:24
This is a gorgeous costume and you look stunning in it. Great job! :D


Total cost: £0.00

22nd October 2013

So close

Everything is done, except for the last few details on the top. Gold embroidery thread is the devil incarnate.

18th September 2013

Headscarf thing complete

After many hours of careful stitching, I have a headscarf! Made from Catatonic chiffon. I sewed gold chiffon ribbon, blue/gold sequinned trim and gold pearls around the bottom edge to make it look all pretty.

12th September 2013


Shoes happened! Moonlily helped me find them by offering advice c:

6th September 2013


So I may have already ordered a wig and bought some shiny swag.....

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