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Cosplayer Chuwei > Costume of Lenalee (Rinali) Lee from D. Gray-Man

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Series
D. Gray-Man
Character
Lenalee (Rinali) Lee
Special Variation:
3rd Uniform
Year Completed:
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Construction Difficulty:
Normal
Costume worn at:
Anime Expo 2008
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
D.Gray ver3 uniforms!! I looove the design, but coat pattern was so difficult to work with. This costume was a collaborate effort with ycysusan. She basically cut out the pattern for me and taught me how to line the coat, and was also responsible for adding the red lines running around the cuffs and down the coat front and back, and cut out the pleather peices used for the exorcist badge. I created all the other small accessories from the gold beads and diamond shaped beads going from the shoulder to neck, drawing on the small details on the badges, making the red zippers on the coat chest, and creating the special "E" buttons with the silver teardrop gems that dangle from it. The pendants/buttons were created from ultralight sculpey and painted with acrylic paint. The other buttons (ones on shoulder and running down the coat) were bought from Fashion District. Cosplayer + unlock + also helped us by spraypainting buttons red and sewing buttons on :3 For Rinali's ruffle skirt, I ironed pleats into dark red suiting fabric and added a tiny maroon lace edge to it as well. Bought white thigh high socks and added a lace trim to it. Spraypainted shoes a berry color and spraypainted metal cuffs red for her crystal innocence. I couldn't find cuffs that were round & yet big enough to put on my ankles, so had to settle for thinner metal cuffs to use for it.
Personal Thoughts:
We spent so much time making sure these uniforms would turn out nice, and I think, or at least I hope, it shows. I really love this outfit so much, it's very durable and so comfortable to wear as well, I'd actually be willing to wear it out normally once I take off the badges and stuff, haha. The only sadface thing about this costume is that the shoes are half a size too small and they hurt-ish. :P EDIT: awww man even though we faithfully studied the crud out of the original 4 reference pictures, after more official pictures/manga chapters were released now this isn't accurate anymore T_T Rinali has 2 layers of ruffles beneath the coat and the belt is wrong :( I haven't had the time to fix it but I will soon, hopefully T_T
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