Cosplayer Setra > Costume of Akuramu (Harukanaru Toki no Naka de)
About this Costume
- Construction Details:
Started: Winter 2009/Spring 2010
Completed: May 2010
Worn at: Anime Oasis 2010, YaoiCon 2010
Parts Made: Everthing above the ankles, plus a not-pictured-here Rook Chesspiece headdress.
New Skills: layering organza for color variation, appliqueing mesh for backgrounds, hating costume satin, making fake belts and sword scabbards.
Awarded: First Place Craftsmanship (Anime Oasis 2010), Best Skit (Anime Oasis 2010), Best Group Costume (YaoiCon 2010)
The two inner layers are full kimono, tucked up under an obi in typical "traveling" style. One is high-sheen Costume Satin with glitter (never again o.o), and the other is a lower sheen Casa Satin, also with glitter. The pants are purple linen and very full and comfy. The over robe is a medium weight white cotton (terrible idea, never ever will I applique on cotton, it wrinkles too easily), lined in partially in cotton and partially in a dusty pink chiffon (for the sleeves).
The design was done with applique and satin stitching in red metallic thread. Large patches of pinkish design were made by appliqueing a pink metallic mesh in 1-2 layers in different areas. the leaves are actually two layers of crepon sheer fused together and then appliqued....
The wig is a Sepia 'Carmen' with a little trimming here and there.
- Personal Thoughts:
- When Kay and Pas of the Paupu Guardians approached me to make a costume for their Anime Oasis skit, the only rule they had was that it needed to be white or black. I immediately thought of Akram's Haruka 2 outfit, and Kay loved the picture I showed her. The costume was built from the ground up to be flashy and dramatic in a large group skit and a huge stage space. (And to fit under a sheet and pretend to be a chess piece.) I think I executed that fairly well, and I gained a lot of amazing friendships from that convention and that group.
- Styling Notes
- Pretty much just had to trim the bangs a little and pull some of the more invasive strands of the hair off to the side with bobby pins. After two costumes with Carmen wigs I will warn that without trimming, this wig will invade your vision and severely limit your peripheral vision. It does look great while it does it though.
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