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Cosplayer Stray Wind > Costume of Asuka Langley Sohryu (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

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Neon Genesis Evangelion
Asuka Langley Sohryu
Special Variation:
Yellow Sundress
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Costume worn at:
Anime North 2010
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
Evangelion was one of the first Anime that I watched when I got into the thick of the con scene in the early 2000s and I found the series to be quite deep and memorable. I always liked Asuka as a character because of her intensity and fiery personality. For the last few years I've been interested in making her yellow sundress as a fun costume because it looked like a great opportunity to get some dress making experience and it looks very comfortable. A couple of months before AN I decided that my original plan to make Shinku wasn't going to be doable for AN so in March I went fabric shopping with Pan and we managed to find a beautiful light yellow fabric, which was perfect for this costume so I decided to finally make it. The fabric for this costume was rather pricey at $18/yard so I had to make each yard count. I decided the best way to do it was to line it with cheap broadcloth since the main fabric was a little heavy, but a little see through. I found an old dress pattern that was originally my grandmother's (the pattern was Burda 8860) to use as a basis for this dress. The measurements turned out to be a bit wonky and the fabric was awful to work with. It was hard to pin and slipped a lot so it was very challenging to cut and sew. I had to get some help fixing the dress from my mother. She also helped me devise the crinoline for under the dress. I actually think I need to play with it a little more to give the dress more poof. The dress was a little rushed in the last couple of weeks before AN because I kept running into problems with my Zoey costume, which I was working on at the same time. I ordered my wig from Charissa-KIDS on eBay, which was a beautiful colour and looked great when I first wore it. Unfortunately, after one wear the wig now feels like straw and is a tangled mess. I have to bring the wig back to life before I can re-wear the costume.
Personal Thoughts:
As a nice favour to me, my mother made me a mama doll. I was inspired to make one because I own the Revoltech figure that came with a version of the twisted mama doll so it was a great reference. I bought fabric for the doll back when I first bought materials for the costume, but I ran out of time to make it myself. The doll turned out wonderfully and I can't thank my mom enough for it! I love having props when I Cosplay and this was a great addition to my costume. It's a bit ironic that my mom made me that doll given the meaning of the doll to Asuka and her mom in the series. XD I experienced some major hiccups with this costume when I wore it. Since it was a bit rushed and the material was a pain to work with, I didn't quite get the right fit for the dress. It was a bit big when I debuted it at AN. I'm looking forward to fixing it up and doing a more in-character shot hopefully in a somewhat appropriate location (maybe by the waterfront) during the warm summer months. It was kind of nice to wear a costume that was so perfect for the hot weather that always seems to prevail during Anime North.
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