6th November 2011: The earring I'm very late on writing this! Very sorry!
I started off with the circular part as I thought it was the center peice of it. I cut out a circular peice of foam that I thought was the right size and then looked VERY carefully at the reference artwork. I could make out that the large pattern in the artwork was also the pattern on the circular part of the earring. So... me being me and wanting to be accurate, I printed it out (to the right size that my peice of foam is) and engraved it into the foam with a PIN oTL Once I had done that, I painted it red and then painted the gold pattern on, again, with a PIN. oTL
The rest was pretty simple. I got my red satin string, added the 3 beads, then made the bow (used glue to make sure it wouldn't come un-done) and the tassel (again, used glue to make sure it didn't come apart). Street-Angel kindly sent me some spare clip-on earring bases (THANK YOU <3) which I painted red then attached to the string. DONE!
17th October 2011: Trousers finished The trousers are done! Hurray!
I used the same pair of picked apart trousers, as a pattern, that I had used for my Nihon!Syaoran cosplay. But unlike last time, this time I made sure I had PLENTY of sem line/fabric to work with XD
I've made them "flowy" much like the rest of the cosplay and they are fully lined, because the polycotton is so thin!
Although I did mave one little problem that didn't become apparant untill after I had made them... they are longer than the main jacket. Yes, I could shorten them, but I can't because then you can see alot of the shoes (and my socks) and the whole thing looks silly. Although people have told me that it doesn't look bad as it is so... I'll just leave it alone ^^; Although I really should have thought of that earlier >_<
And since the trousers are finished, I was able to complete the under-top. So now all of the sewing is finished! HURRAH!!!
Now all that is left is the earring~
10th October 2011: Update: Trousers and earring Right. So the trousers are in progress. The base and lining are all sewn and ironed (for the only reason that it's easier to put them together that way!). And I've just sewn the zip in, so now I need to make the waist band.
I've tried to make the trousers "flowy" like the rest of the costume, I just hope I've succeeded in doing so and not made them too "baggy". I will find out when I them them to the right length!
As for the earring; I've made the circular part out of foam so that it remains light-weight. I then engraved the details onto it (with a pin!), painted it all red then painted the details gold (also with a pin!) 8D I have all the other components for the earring ready for when I actually get to putting it altogether.
1st October 2011: About 70% complete Okay, so this is what is done so far. What is left to do...?
1. Make the trousers
2. Finialise the length of the under-top once the trousers are done
3. Make the earring
4. Decide what to do about the shoes I've brought
Yes, about the shoes... I brought traditional chinese shoes (they're also known as "kung-fu" shoes I think) but I dont like the huge white sole on them =/ I'm considering making them black, but I will wait untill I have made the trousers first and see how it looks altogether.
...I hate shoes >_<
1st October 2011: The collar Oh dear, how I hate collars. Made in my usual way and still not getting it right
It'll have to do >_>
17th September 2011: Under-top sleeves I actually made these some time ago, but never sewed them properly untill now because I didn't have the lining for it.
I hope the sleeves are "dangly" enough XD I don't want to make them TOO long because I don't want too much of my arms showing and... they'll probably get dirty from food I may be eating on the day 8D So I'll probably leave them at that length. It looks about right according to the reference anyway.
17th September 2011: Bias binding complete! Never again. It took me about 2 weeks to do all the edges! oTL
I've yet to do the other side of the poppers/fastenings. I will do it when I can be bothered to put my binder on ^^;
31st August 2011: Since I haven't got anything new to show... ...I thought I'd show you what it looked like on the inside!
I go through a certain process when sewing all this down by hand and no sticthing showing. I first sew down exposed black sections (that haven't got any bias binding on them) right along the very edge so that the overlapping gold bias covers it up. There are 2 sections I need to do this on that you can see in the picture (the parts with the black thread). I also secure the ends of any bias that are going to disappear under other sections of bias.
I then begin the process of sewing all of the gold bias down, which I simply sew through all the layers apart from the top one.
But me being me, I inist that even my hand sewing is as neat as possible, so excuse me while I go shoot myself oTL
Bias binding 70% complete
26th August 2011: Bias binding progress... STILL! NEVER allow me to hand sew this amount of bias binding EVER. AGAIN. Okay?! DX
The picture shows the progress of both the top and bottom swirls and as you can see, many, MANY pins are used. Good job I brought more or I never would have had enough =/
Apart from this picture, I have also now sewn the bias down the inside edge and have begun to do the bias that goes around the neck. So I estimate that I've sewn about... 60% of the bias binding?
18th August 2011: Change of design I decided to change the design on the cosplay. Well, maybe "change" is the wrong word >_> I'm adding a swirl in (mirroring the top one) at the bottom and since you can't see what it looks like at the bottom anyway, I think this is acceptable 8D
I just thought that Watanuki had a rather plain design compared to the others and needed something else on his costume ^^;
This will mean more work for me though in terms of hand sewing DX
9th August 2011: Arm detailing Or, as I've been calling it so far: arm "thingy" 8D Such technical terms~
I started out by putting the bias binding onto the black section (which wasn't easy when it came to those swirly bits, I can tell you) before attaching it to the sleeve. Once I'd sewn most of it down (I'd left some sections un-sewn so that it could fold around the sleeve base) I cut the sleeve base to the right shape. Millions of pins were then used to attach the arm thingy in exactly the right place 8D The bias binding I hadn't already sewn down, I sewed down first followed by making sure every part of the arm thingy was secure and wasn't going to fly off!
ALL of this was hand sewn D8 And hand sewn in such a way that no stitching shows on the outside. It nearly killed me and I still have another sleeve and all of the other black parts to go oTL
25th July 2011: Bias binding I've spent so much time on this and its killed my back several times D:
So, I am making bias binding the "proper" way with the gold satin, but it was made very difficult that this satin was particularly stretchy (is satin generally stretchy? I've not used it before now. I thought maybe it was because I'd brought really cheap satin) and not cut straight. Still, I have struggled through these issues and cut out all of the strips with my new scissors(!) and sewn most of them together.
It is now a big pile of... satin XD I will start ironing it into shape next!
14th July 2011: A little update Been awhile since I've updated!
I have been working on the cosplay but I don't really have anything new to show for it ^^; I've gotten all of the black parts to a size that looks good to me, but in the end I couldn't find a nice gold bias binding. So I'm going to make it from gold satin! A new thing for me XD I brought a bias binding maker thing from ebay to help and some metallic needles and metallic gold thread to match the satin. I'll begin making it on Monday!
As for the under top and trousers I brought lilac polycotton from Fabricland (It's IMPOSSIBLE to get lilac in cotton and at a sensible price) which is a really nice colour :) But since it is polycotton, it is terribly thin D: And so I will be lining it, another new for me XD I've cut out all of the peices for the under top and found that I hadn't brought enough fabric! I don't have enough left for the trousers! Oops! oTL
1st July 2011: In a change of plan... ...I've now decided to have 2 splits (both at the sides, obviously) because I've seen a video on youtube of this same cosplay and I think it's a much more sensible idea XD It allows me to move much more freely and I think it gives the cosplay a more... elegant feel? XD At least I think that's the word I wanna use >_>
I've also made the base sleeve and made slight alterations to my original paper pattern I was going to use for the black/gold detailing! It's now much more symmetrical *nod nod* Now if only I could find some gold bias binding that isn't a horrible brown colour... DX
24th June 2011: Starting off with the jacket I've had alot of time this week to work on this since my mum was on holiday and I was home alone XD
Since this jacket (I'm not even sure I want to call it that, but what else do I call it??) is similar to the 3D Land one, I've tried to learn from my mistakes I made on it. So I have done my best to make this jacket more fitted (and I'm using 2 darts on the back instead of 1), not have HUGE arm holes and I will actually have the shoulder of the sleeves ON my shoulder oTL So far it's been going well! Since I can't see how far down it goes from the only reference, I've decided to make it really long, down to my ankles! 8D
I also love the split on the side XD Such a man Watanuki :'D
TheEmoEmu - 12th November 2010
WOOP my Watanuki! x3
charlieparrot - 12th November 2010
omg YAY! I luv artwork outfits that Watanuki wears! You'll look great in this! ^__^
KiraraYumi - 12th November 2010
These look so pretty! You guys are gonna look amazing! <3
TheEmoEmu - 27th February 2011
Watanuki Kun, do you want to have lunch with me
Lady Bahamut - 1st March 2011
But... Can't I have lunch with just YOU Himawari-chan? D:
TheEmoEmu - 2nd March 2011
Alright then, just this once :)
Tsuchinoko - 3rd June 2011
Ooh, I really love the colours and shapes in this design, I must get pictures when you complete it! =D
Anonymous - 20th June 2011
Me want to be your Doumeki.... Me must find a comissioner! :P
Lady Bahamut - 26th June 2011
I would love that mandi-taichou :D
Hannah-Kiwii - 26th June 2011
Such prettyful artwork! Can't wait to see this =D
- - 26th June 2011
Lovvvve all cosplays from xxxholic!! Love this and can't wait to see some progress!!
TheEmoEmu - 30th June 2011
Looking smexy, my Watanuki! ^_^
gaming_goddess - 30th June 2011
I love this outfit so much - You make an excellent watanuki - I'm very excited to see this :)
Natsumi - 25th July 2011
Looks good so far! I totally went through the satin/ribbon situation~! Different versions of Yuuko and Watanuki but clamp sure love their gold trimmings!
Hope I get to see this complete in person!
Ichigo-Chan - 28th July 2011
I am wondering why I NEVER commented on this yet after admiring all your progress pics on FB.
You always impress me with your Watanuki cosplays, so I expect this cosplay to be impressive too!
Natsumi - 26th August 2011
Looking amazing I think it's obvious all your hand stitching has paid off it looks so clean and professional without the stitches showing! Can't wait to see this! Have you got the full set of characters? Would be amazing to see * - *
Ichigo-Chan - 27th August 2011
I really need to steal your sewing skills *makes notes* All the gold details are so clean and neat.
Kouji - 10th September 2011
awesome work so far <3!
Lady Bahamut - 10th September 2011
Thanks everyone, I'm doing my best to make it as good as I can ^^; Although I had to look up what that meant Cpt. Wakka 8D
Sakurastar123 - 15th September 2011
Amazing, the bias binding looks so neat and perfect *-* Looks forward to seeing more progress :D
angelic-cat15 - 18th September 2011
this is looking so epic gem :) like nat said defo hunting you down 4 piceys lol
Anonymous - 11th October 2011
your costume looks great.
Sakurastar123 - 25th October 2011
Yay you finished! I hope to find you on the Saturday, I want to see this in person :)
KiraraYumi - 31st October 2011
You looked really awesome in this! <3 The cosplay was such high quality that I was in awe! Can't wait to see your next one! =D
Hannah-Kiwii - 1st November 2011
So pretty and shiney and awesome
I keep saying it but your construction is incredible. I wish I could sew like you T_T
Keep up the good work!
Tsuchinoko - 6th November 2011
This looked really nice, yes do wear it again for another event soon! ^^
Pandora-Chi - 6th November 2011
I think I remember seeing you - this cosplay was really well done ^^
gaming_goddess - 7th November 2011
I really love this clamp artwork and once again you pull watanuki off spectacularly. Really gutted I didn't get to see this but looks so brilliant :D
dreamhunter707 - 7th November 2011
I'd seen your show on stage during mcm expo on Saturday! You are very adorable Watanuki :3 !
CrystalNeko - 12th November 2011
All that handsewing was worth it! The outcome is fantastic, so neat!! You make an amazing Watanuki x)
charlieparrot - 12th November 2011
You were absolutely amazingg!! :D I adore this outfit & you did brilliantly onstage! Great job!!! ^___^
Amy-Lou - 17th November 2011
Using bias binding for the details worked really well and it's so neatly done. This is one sharp costume, very impressive :)
Lady Bahamut - 22nd November 2011
Thank you very much everyone :) It makes me happy to know that people liked it ^^;
Delusional - 8th January 2012
Amy just linked me to this to show how I could do details with bias - so impressed! I can't imagine how fiddly it was, but the bias works gorgeously and the overall effect is brilliant :D I love this!
Tsupo - 20th January 2012
This looks great! The details are so neat! ^^
Darkiekun - 2nd March 2013
So beautiful well done!!!
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