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Cosplayer Hooded Woman > Costume of Beast (Black Butler)

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Black Butler
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Costume worn at:
Katsucon 2010
MegaCon 2010
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
I was really happy with how this costume came out, especially since I finished it in 6 days.

The costume is two parts:
A lower skirt, with a gathered cummerbund style red draped fabric that was sewn much like a typical A-frame skirt.
Then the top which was done similar to a bustier with garters. I drafted the pattern myself, since I couldn't find anything even close to the style she had.

I also made sure to top stitch all the seams, since I think leather materials look best when top stitched.

The top though the most difficult, to me, was the most rewarding. I wanted to make sure so many things were done like hers but by far the worst challenge was in the neck. In the Beast costume her shoulders are actually attached to her neck, which can be very difficult to fit correctly (I learned with Kallen). However, with enough playing and pinning I was able to get most of the extra fabric out so that it fit well around the neckline.

Personal Thoughts:
I still can't really understand how or why I made this in 6 days....but I'm really happy with this costume and equally happy with the craftsmanship I put in.

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