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Cosplayer LadyAmaryllis > Costume of The Earthy (Cardcaptor Sakura)

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Cardcaptor Sakura
The Earthy
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Construction Difficulty:
Very Difficult
Best in Show Anime Expo 2006, Judges Award Anime Expo 2006
Costume worn at:
Anime Expo 2007
Anime Expo 2006
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
I made the entire cape and skirt out of silk I dyed and then decided I didn't like it, trashed it, and started over. In the second version, the skirt is brown casa crepe from Jo-Anns. I sewed on gold organza flowers with bronze beads, a few in the front and a lot in the back, to spice it up a bit and make it more "Earthy". I made the corset twice as well, because the first one was wrinkly and ugly. I used the same Vogue pattern for the skirt and the corset. Pretty straightforward, duck cloth and cotton, spray painted it brown with gold glitter. Oh, and some textured paint. I am disappointed with the way my "rocky mantle" thing turned out. I used green upholstery foam, but once I painted it, it became stiff and impossible to work with. It cracked just looking at it. I ended up having to hand sew it in weird places and velcro it to my body. Luckily those front pieces cover most of the ugly mess underneath. The cape, yay! This part took me forever to figure out. If you look at Earthy's card, the cape is really impossible. The way I did it is hard to explain, but here we go: there is a front and a back. My arms go through holes in the front part and come out slits in the bottom of the front part, so that it can go in front of my shoulders but still disappear behind my back in a clean line, like the picture. Sort of. It's hugely full and gathered to the upholstery foam. The wig is my favorite part of my costume. I sculpted styrofoam into the proper shape using various powersaws and painted it brown. Then I glued hair extensions all over it (took me FOREVER, like probably 20 hours) and painted it with brown and gold glitter. The paperclay baubles are attached with velcro. Shoes, nobody looks at the shoes, but they are thrift store shoes, spray painted brown with gold glitter, with gold organza flowers from the skirt and cape superglued on. The makeup is Kryolan Aquacolor, but I don't remember the exact color I used.
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