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Cosplayer BakudanCoco > Costume of Belgium from Axis Powers Hetalia

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Axis Powers Hetalia
Special Variation:
Netherlands and Isolationist Japan
Year Completed:
Construction Difficulty:
Costume worn at:
Kumoricon 2013
Kumoricon 2012
Sakura-con 2013
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
Skirt is a 3/4 circle skirt, radius 40", made of papyrus Wrinklease from JoAnn. Rolled hem, invisible zipper, 18 FEET OF LACE, gathered on the back 1/4-circle panel. Freehanded. It took a full day just to hem. It is the Hellskirt.

Blouse and bustle pad are made of white Egyptian cotton (from what I remember; I've had it a while). Bustle pad made from a pattern by SteamIngenious on Etsy (the top tier of the tiered bustle) and the blouse is Vogue V8772 view B.

Bustier is made from khaki Weavers and lined with Posh Lining in taupe, both from JoAnn. Pattern is Simplicity 2172. It's fully boned save for the bust seams. I'll be altering it a bit - I'd rather not have it dig into my armpits if I don't sit right - and probably switch out the plastic boning with spiral steel.

Coat is green heather stripe Classic Suiting from JoAnn. Rather heavily altered version of the coat from Simplicity 2172, with the leftover lace from the skirt trimming the sleeves. Closures are decorative brass hook-and-eyes from JoAnn.

Shoes were bought from Ross a couple of years ago and the socks were bought from Forever 21 in 2008. The tulip handkerchief was my maternal great-grandmother's.

Costume done from start to fin--wearable in two weeks. It's probably the best thing I've made so far regardless. What do I win?
Personal Thoughts:
why can't I ever take myself seriously wah
Anyway, I've wanted to do this outfit since after the Hetalia photoshoot at KumoriCon 2011. Why I didn't start it then is beyond me - I guess I wanted to do the whole thing in in a mad rush two weeks before the con like I usually do.
Wig Details
Wig Brand
Epic Cosplay
Wig Name
22" Wavy
Original Color:
Ash Blonde
Styling Time
<1 hour
Styling Notes
trimmed with thinning shears.

I also re-curled the front locks of hair with heated curlers after KumoriCon 2012, because I hated how it looked from the front! Now it's a lot better.
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