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Cosplayer Lady of the Thread > Costume of Youka from Twelve Kingdoms

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08-12-2010
Series
Twelve Kingdoms
Character
Youka
Special Variation:
festival uniform
Year Completed:
N/A
Construction Difficulty:
Normal
Awards
Best Journeyman Craftsmanship (masquerade) at AnimeNEXT 2006
Costume worn at:
Anime Boston 2011
AnimeNEXT 2010
AnimeNEXT 2006
Otakon 2006
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About this Costume
Construction Details:

The nyosen uniform was one of my favorite designs from the Twelve Kingdoms and I opted to make the slightly fancier festival version.

This costume took a good amount of sewing due to all the layers and pieces. But the trickiest part was the hair.

Having no experience with styling crazy wigs, I decided it would be easier to do Youka's hair loops and ponytail as an extension to be clipped into my real hair. I wefted extensions and braided them with wire to create the hair loops. The wraps were done with metallic embroidery floss that I braided into cording and the whole extension was attached to a hair clip.

Personal Thoughts:
I like this costume but haven't worn it much because it's a pain to pack for cons since it wrinkles so easily. I pulled this out to wear again at AnimeNext with Emi as Enki.
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