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Cosplayer Starlightslk > Prop of Kagome Higurashi from Inuyasha

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04-06-2011
Series
Inuyasha
Character
Kagome Higurashi
Item Name
Gigantic Yellow Backpack
Year Completed:
N/A
Construction Difficulty:
Difficult
Awards
Best Accessory in the Anime Boston 2005 Masquerade

Hall Vote Cosplay Ribbon on Friday Anime Boston 2005
Costume worn at:
Anime Boston 2005
AnimeNEXT 2005
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About this Prop
Construction Details:
This was my first attempt at making anything other than clothing and more importantly it was the inaugural project for my first personal sewing machine.♥

I used a yellow duck fabric for the body and custom-dyed bias-tape, piping, woven cording for the drawstring, & woven strapping for all the trims and such. The hardware is all metal, and the buckles took me "forever" to find the perfect ones.

I used a base pattern for the backpack, but I had to draft one for the pockets, the top flap, and the straps since I wanted it to be accurate.

At times my sewing machine would get "angry" with me because of all the layers of thick fabric I was trying to send through it. All the edges are fray-checked since duck likes to fray and the fray-check makes them look all nice.

Whenever I wear this cosplay I always stuff my backpack full of goodies like Kagome dose in the show like:
  • Shikon no kakera in a small glass bottle with cork stopper
  • A compact mirror like the one shown at the beginning of Movie 2
  • Inuyasha's Kotodama no Nenju (the one released in Japan when Movie 3 came out)
  • Travel Toothbrush
  • Manga
  • Cup noodles, Candy, Snacks, and many other assorted goodies.
  • etc...
Personal Thoughts:
While watching Inuyasha I always wanted to make her backpack especially since I thought it would be super useful at cons to tote around my stuff. When I lucked into a working 1970's Singer sewing machine that someone dumped in a Home Depot parking lot, and then finding the perfect yellow duck in JoAnn Fabrics I knew it was meant to happen and I scraped together the $30 and this project began.
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