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Cosplayer Kurahi > Costume of Yuuko Ichihara (xxxHoLic)

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Yuuko Ichihara
Special Variation:
Red/Black Butterfly Kimono
Year Completed:
Construction Difficulty:
Judges's Construction Award
Costume worn at:
FanimeCon 2011
Sakura-con 2012
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
The pattern was drafted by me using the Folkwear kimono pattern as a reference. It is made from wool crepe, underlined with organza, and has a silk charmeause lining. The butterflies were individually hand-painted by my friend (who is cosplaying as Maru in our group) and attached using heat-n-bond and a zig-zag stitch. All hail the ruffling foot. It made my life so much easier.
Personal Thoughts:
This is not a costume I should have tried tackling in two weeks but I did anyway and am very please with results. I had a great time at Fanime and our group got a judge's award for craftsmanship at the masquerade! Please check out our performance here: http://youtu.be/WplXhoM_yZA
Wig Details
Wig Brand
Cosworx / Cosplay.com
Wig Name
Styling Time
over 9hrs
Styling Notes
To make the massive 4" odangos I followed Katie Bair's tutorial in her World of Wigcraft book. It worked like a charm. Not only did the odangos NOT looks like they had been run over by a moose but I am also no longer afraid of wigs. The hair ornaments were spray-painted craft foam. Everything was attached using a combination of sewing and gluing.
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