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Cosplayer Quiz > Costume of Suu (Clover)

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This was made as a commission for someone else

Best in Show - Manga @ AWA 2012
Costume worn at:
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012
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Construction Details:
My wife's costume: Suu
This one took forever!
Wings: The large wings were 7 feet across from tip to tip, yet the arms were less than 1/2" thick. I free-hand drew the design on 1/4" plywood and cut them all out. I layered them all with fiberglass and attached them to a 1/2" thick core support on the back. Each wing section is attached to a central rod using a garage door hinge cut in half (to support the weight without bending and allow them to fold together for ease of storage. The "feathers" are styrene panels epoxied to the arms. It was all supported by a 1/16" thick steel plate hidden beneath her shirt and supported over her shoulders. The small wings were for moving inside. Same basic construction, just a bit smaller with more intricate details. They were all attached to her neck with a collar made from fiberglass and cloth. Time taken on this part was in the realm of 300 hours!

Her dress was 100% bridal satin. I folded the fabric for shirt over and ironed in creases then did a cross stitch back and forth to create the perfectly straight lines. Machine embroidery couldn't even come close to the way i wanted it to look. These lines alone took me 12 hours. The gold piping was all hand made also. There are 5 yards of material on the bottom of her dress. All of the buttons were made by gluing gold fabric over the felt circles that go on the bottom of furniture and adding gold piping to the outside. Her shoes were made from Keds that i destroyed and turned in to high tops with heavy canvas.

Personal Thoughts:
This was the first cosplay costume i ever made. It was made for and worn by my wife at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012.

Something worth mentioning: I didn't own a sewing machine, nor had I ever sewn anything prior to starting this costume.
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