Sakura Hime (Coins Artwork / Clow Country) - Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle


London MCM Expo May 2008

1st [Joint] Tokyopop ReCon @ Taunton, April 08

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Bah, I wore this costume to expo whilst it was still incomplete. But it's only minor details so I shall write a full description of the making now =P

Why Sakura of all people?
Well because I really wanted to do a challenging costume for once as all my past costumes have been fairly simple. I was kinda willing to do anyone providing it's not ridiculously difficult like a full size Gundam or something LOL! Then Special-pleb came along and told me she wanted to do a Fai cosplay and so I said 'Woooow that's so cool! 8O Heeeey, maybe I should attempt Sakura fufufu' And so I did, since she was doing the Artbook Celes version I figured I'd match and do the Artbook Clow Kingdom version of Sakura ^_^ [Though on the day she wore her Touya cosplay with me]. And thus, sakura was born!

If it weren't for those darn shoe covers I would say this was my favourite costume lol xD

Materials used:
8m white polycotton [Approx]
2-4m purple polycotton
Black silk
Pink fimo
A helluva lot of craft foam
Gold acrylic paint
Hot glue
Black and yellow ribbon

The making:
The top was made through guesswork, thankfully my guesswork was right first time... apart from the second sleeve I made, weird that I got the first one perfect but the second one really rubbish-y xD. I can't really describe how I made it... I guess I just measured the width of my shoulders and decreased it so that it would lie just above them, measured arms and hacked off the amount of fabric needed for the body then sewed them together... SOMETHING like that! 8D; All the details were added on afterwards.

The trousers were very simple, double layered with normal shorts underneath just for comfort [Yes, 3 layers of fabric meant that I was swealtering xD;]. I made them absolutely HUGE so they would poof out more, harhar. And they were made by guesswork as well by measuring the back of my leg and front then added the two fabrics together.

The skirt was evil, the base of it was simple as it was just a normal circle skirt using 4m of fabric. Hemming it was nasty because being the n00b I am I just couldn't get the freakin' hem neat! XD But this was covered with lots of ribbon/trim ;D What was evil about the skirt was that darn purple detail! D< I hand-stitched it all on which mean't lots of hours slaving away to make them neat, stitches at equal width, etc. I think after 2/3 I caved in and just HAD to use the sewing machine... which turned out neater than I expected D< [I was worried that it wouldn't be too neat with the sewing machine as I wouldn't be able to control it but I used it just fine xD;]. Then all the coins were added on, I think there were 106 coins altogether, and they kept on falling off lol! I was dropping coins everywhere at the expo and ReCon ='D It was funny when random strangers just came up to me and said 'Hey, I think you've dropped a coin' xD

The headband was a rectangle with the detail added on, then the dangly piece of fabric was tacked on. The headband is what's making the costume incomplete as I still gotta add on the rectangular dangly bits xD... I'll do them over time ^_^;

The shoecovers are the worst part of the costume D< Sooo evil! I didn't actually have a sole for them but I didn't mind that. It's the fact that the little slit in the shoes make it physically impossible for them to stay on my foot LOL! In the end I had to glue them onto my feet ;o; Maaaan, what I do all in the name of accuracy xD Despite the design it's still very inaccurate, I had no reference as I made them in the car journey to expo and so the black details were kinda funny. I got them right in the end as I suddenly remembered but they're so damn wonky! XDD I've made them too small too... hopefully in the future I can redo the black details =3

The choker was just a long rectangle with coins sewn on
Coins were made of craft foam btw. Since they were cut by free hand and I got so bored after a while most of them ended up looking like deformed circles 8D
The wig I styled myself, but the antennae's fell down after a while ;o; Need to put more hairspray into it m'thinks xD

To do [If I decide to rewear it]:
Finish headband
[Maybe] Improve shoecovers? xD

Charles Sauvage posted on 10 November, 2007 - 22:22
Sakura-chan you must also add progress shots, your cosplay is looking great!!! X3

Cosplex posted on 15 November, 2007 - 09:33
Yes, I think I ended up having several tantrums about those coins!! A freind ended up making about 150 for me out of aluminium sheet metal, they were then spraypainted gold. Good Luck with the rest of the construction, I can't wait to see this!!

CrystalNeko posted on 15 November, 2007 - 20:31
I be putting up progress shots as soon as i cut out the strip on the skirt xD And aluminium sheet metal? cool! =D Thanks lex! ^^ I was struggling on thinking what to make those coins out of! XD I was looking at loooads of different Sakura's just to have an idea on what I should make my coins out of xD and thank you! =D

Anonymous posted on 25 November, 2007 - 22:40
Wheee!!! Looking good so far! I envy people who can sew~!!!! (I kept ended up pricking my fingers with the needle) Can't wait to see it finish! And good luck with all those coins... x_x

CrystalNeko posted on 26 November, 2007 - 11:40
Thank yous Cat_Cat! X3 And in all honestly I really can't sew! XD; I've pricked myself with the needle so many times! O_O; and it took me several go's just to hem the skirt xD; and thank you again! =D I'll need the luck xD;

Fizzykat posted on 20 January, 2008 - 22:11
CrystalNeko this is looking amazing!!!!! i cant wait to see it finished!! ^_^

Mungojerrie posted on 17 February, 2008 - 19:37
Omg this is looking awesome so far!! =D

Ichigo-Chan posted on 18 February, 2008 - 16:19
I'll say your pretty lucky that you don't live near me otherwise I would have stolen your costume lol Anyway your making great progress with your costume and you look kawaii with the wig. Can't wait to see the finished result!

Odd-One-Out posted on 19 February, 2008 - 17:00
Wow, I'm flattered at your enthusiasm to have a photo taken with me, it makes me feel like a tourist attraction LOL! Yes we shall definitely see each other at the Expo :D I see what you meant on the forums about the coins on the dress, it's definitely getting there *thumbsup*

Mungojerrie posted on 22 February, 2008 - 22:42
You're making such good progress with the costume! xD I'm amazed at how quickly you work lol. xD This looking absolutely brilliant, can't wait to see the finished costume CN =)

CrystalNeko posted on 22 February, 2008 - 22:54
Aww thanks for the comments! =D @Ichigo: Lol aww thanks! I'm glad the wig looks okay to others at least... I think it looks horrid on me personally xD;; Though it could just be my wig hatred xD [Ironic as I have loads of cosplays planned that involves a wig xD;;] @Odd One Out: Ah that's no problem! xD You may as well be a tourist attraction with your cosplay! xP @Freya: Lol and I'm only working quickly because I -REALLY- want to work on Garnet now! Mainly because I want to go back to working on the sewing machine instead of just lying on the sofa/bed/chair/where ever with a thread and needle XD

MoonLily posted on 23 February, 2008 - 09:28
Wooooo progress! I love progress pictures and you have tons! Look at all those coins, lol. XD You're going to jingle alot. :P

Manga Girl posted on 11 March, 2008 - 14:32
I'm really loving this costume! I'm really looking forward to seeing it in May! :D

Hexi posted on 10 April, 2008 - 12:28
AH! Neko-chan! it's looking awesome! can't wait to see this! ><

stripey_dani posted on 11 April, 2008 - 23:42
Awesome stuff! Youre gonna look so cuuute ^^

Charles Sauvage posted on 15 April, 2008 - 19:36
Damned good job on joint 1st Riku! :D Next time we shall have to battle it out like the dude said, just for fun of course ;3

Hexi posted on 16 April, 2008 - 09:26
well done ALSO getting 1st! >.< *clap clap* yay! ^_^V

Hexi posted on 20 April, 2008 - 21:57
waaaah! it looks great!

Anonymous posted on 27 May, 2008 - 22:02
I can't believe I didn't manage to find you on both days at the London Expo!!!! I fail so bad!!!!!! orz

Uni posted on 27 June, 2009 - 15:21
: O beautifuls!

Sephirayne posted on 28 June, 2009 - 23:54
Looking awesome. Love the detail and I think you look great. X

J-Po posted on 11 June, 2010 - 20:50
amazing love it :D

Finish headband
Style new wig
Make new bootcovers
Make scraf
Buy flowers
Make more coins

Total cost: £0.00

27th September 2008

Sakura wig progress [27/09/08]

Yes I know the progress picture is terrible, I had to use the flash because of the bad lighting in my room - this leads to making the wig look like a horrible party wig D8 But anyway here's what the wig looks like so far. It's a tad shorter than how I would've liked it but I can fix that by adding in wefts. The little antennaes are horrible to work with and won't stay in place!! I keep on forcing them to stay backwards but it keeps on redirecting themselves to the right of the wig, raah! But I'm not too bothered, it's an improvement from my previous wig where the antennae's just flopped down! [Although it's probably due to bad hairspray rather than the actual wig!] In addition I've made the wig flick out slightly [it's also an attempt to make it look longer than it really is XD] - I wanted to make this wig as accurate as possible! Although if it doesn't look right on my head then I might wash it out - the funny thing is that it's rock solid XDD The wig is a lighter shade, way more accurate than my previous wig! ^_^ All I have left to do is to trim it, glue/sew in the wefts and continue to flick out the sides and back.

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