Arashi Kishu
X/1999

Cosplayer: Amy-Lou

Variant: Art Book

Status: Complete

Condition: Retired

13th November 2009: Oxford Circus Crossing I got to wear this for the new Oxford Circus Crossing opening ceremony! The event organisers bizarrely thought to ask for cosplayers to hold the ribbons as the crossing is a common design in Japan so the whole ceremony has a Japanese theme (spot the taiko drummers on the left).
I have an uncanny knack for not being in photos, but I'm just to the right of the centre in this one, honest.

We had to get up ridiculously early and it was freezing cold, so I'm so glad this costume has lots of layers and a long wig. Overall a strange but fun day out with lots of lovely people :D

8th November 2009: Special Occasions and Finishing Touches Added the rivets to the sleeves and laced them up with the same silk cord used in the wig. The only thing left is to add the red threading down the front of the white skirt.

I wanted to be able to transport this costume safely so I've used poppers to attach anything that wouldn't fold easily like the obi bow.

7th May 2009: Sashes The obi is the same cotton as the skirt. I had to buttonhole each strip so the velvet ribbon could weave through. Took the cheating route and ran a thin layer of glue over the end of each cut to stop it fraying :)

I tried out different methods of getting the line down the middle of the ribbons, and found the best way was to draw it on with a pen/pencil (pen looked too stark on the beige). Sewing onto the ribbon or glueing/sewing two thinner ribbons together warped the ribbon which looked awful.

26th March 2009: Fail Having my last week of cosplay stolen by germs, I won't be bringing Arashi to Minami :(
But I should have her finished soon after for photos/a future event.

In bonus news I finally finished that damn pleated skirt and found it was too big, so most of the pleats were cut off!

4th March 2009: More Bells I finished my arm ribbons :) The hawk bells are so much fun!

Kimono/dress thing is well under way, just need to decide where to fold back the edges of the drape. I bought the velvet ribbon for the obi details. Urgh, I hate buying trimmings from London shops, I feel as though my wallet's been gutted, but I couldn't find the right width on ebay.

24th February 2009: Fashionata I have finished the cropped turtle neck. It's the most unflattering piece of clothing I have ever made! Thank goodness it'll be mostly under the kimono.

I've just realised that my dummy looks incredibly manly with the photo cut off there, how am I supposed to fit anything XD

6th January 2009: Pleating my soul away After 4 hours of pleating I have half a skirt! Hopefully I can do 4 hours tonight and finish it off :)

Looking at the unhelpful pic I decided this was a full skirt rather than skirt hakama (which will also give a flat waistband under the obi). I am going to swap the pleating directions so all pleats are towards the centre as they would be on hakama, I think this will look more balanced.

29th December 2008: Received Fabric I've bought enough red cotton-drill to make sails for a ketch. Huge thanks to Lex for finding me a pattern for hakama, the sheer amount of fabric in those pleats is scary!

I should be able to save money on the rest though, as I'm sure I have maroon, fawn and white cotton-esque fabrics left over from old costumes :)
I'm also using my Kendappa wig, so I'm way ahead with this one!


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Jenivix - 6th September 2008
Oh!

Someone cosplaying Arashi-san? Brilliant! I love X/1999!

Maybe we can cosplay X/1999 together some time? It needs more love!

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Anonymous - 8th February 2009
I absolutly love Arashi! I don't think I've ever come across an X/1999 cosplay! Wish i was going to Minamicon now! Hope you upload some good pictures

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Anonymous - 24th February 2009
oooh! looking forward to seeing this at Minami!

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Anonymous - 21st May 2009
oh you MUST get photos of this one up! I love X/1999!

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BladeyCakes - 6th January 2010
Arashi is awesome 8D Great choice!
The progress on this is looking amazing so far~
Cant wait to see it done! X/1999 really needs more love :'D

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Alyx - 21st April 2010
beautiful <3

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ryaoki - 21st April 2010
so feckig awsome, always so impressive

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Ranma1-2 - 22nd April 2010
Very neat work. Costume is beautiful, well done. :)

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Anonymous - 23rd April 2010
Bells!
Another beautiful costume of yours, how do you do it?! :-)

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CrystalNeko - 24th April 2010
I loooved seeing this!! It's so nice seeing some old CLAMP love! And you've made it so well, so pretty!

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Uni - 27th April 2010
The craftsmanship and everything about it is so perfect! LOVE this cosplay! : DDDD

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Debbie Ella - 23rd October 2010
Wow this is so cool! :D

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j_mercuryuk - 9th November 2010
I remember seeing you. You looked amazing :D Very well made.

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Kei Lin Sama - 10th April 2013
I wish I'd seen this costume up close, it's really stunning, and accurate too!