Cosplayer Stray Wind > Costume of Shinku from Rozen Maiden
About this Costume
- Construction Details:
Cosplaying Shinku was a dream of mine for the last several years as I simply adore the costume design. I mostly put off making this costume because I didn't feel ready to tackle it but finally in early 2011 I decided that I would have to make it for Anime North.
This costume was a lot of work to make. The dress was made from Simplicity pattern 3723 which had been suggested by Lynleigh on her Cosplay site. Modifying the pattern was a bit of a pain, but the effort was worth it in the end. I bought a ruffler foot to help make all the ruffles on the sleeves and along the hem of the dress and caplet. This was the first time that I worked with a velvet fabric and I managed to burn the dress while ironing it. :( It was a silly mistake, but I had to redo panels of the dress to fix it. A couple of the panels along the side of the dress still have a few burn marks.
I'm pretty proud of the shoes. They were a lucky eBay find that I had meant to use for a different costume, but they were exactly what I needed for Shinku. I glued flowers and made a ribbon strap for the shoe to complete the look. I made the bonnet using the bonnet on a giant Shinku plush that I have as a basis. XD It really came in handy for this costume. I also have to thank my mom for putting up with me when I panicked over parts of the costume. She helped me with some of the hand sewing on various parts of the outfit such as with basting the pleats in the bonnet.
- Personal Thoughts:
- This costume was a big pain the butt, a learning experience and a pleasure to wear in the end. I honestly wanted to swear off Cosplay on some of the nights while I was working on this and things weren't working out (especially when I burned part of the dress), but I'm happy that I stuck with it! It was lovely to Cosplay with Ammie at Youmacon 2011 when she got a chance to wear her awesome Suigintou costume with me! It's a shame that I made the bodice too tight on the dress so some of the seams are ripping. I don't think I can wear this costume that many more times.
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