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Cosplayer Stray Wind > Costume of Shinku (Rozen Maiden)

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Rozen Maiden
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Costume worn at:
Anime North 2011
Con-G 2012
Youmacon 2011
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
Cosplaying Shinku was a dream of mine for the last several years as I simply adore the costume design. I mostly put off making this costume because I didn't feel ready to tackle it but finally in early 2011 I decided that I would have to make it for Anime North.

This costume was a lot of work to make. The dress was made from Simplicity pattern 3723 which had been suggested by Lynleigh on her Cosplay site. Modifying the pattern was a bit of a pain, but the effort was worth it in the end. I bought a ruffler foot to help make all the ruffles on the sleeves and along the hem of the dress and caplet. This was the first time that I worked with a velvet fabric and I managed to burn the dress while ironing it. :( It was a silly mistake, but I had to redo panels of the dress to fix it. A couple of the panels along the side of the dress still have a few burn marks.

I'm pretty proud of the shoes. They were a lucky eBay find that I had meant to use for a different costume, but they were exactly what I needed for Shinku. I glued flowers and made a ribbon strap for the shoe to complete the look. I made the bonnet using the bonnet on a giant Shinku plush that I have as a basis. XD It really came in handy for this costume. I also have to thank my mom for putting up with me when I panicked over parts of the costume. She helped me with some of the hand sewing on various parts of the outfit such as with basting the pleats in the bonnet.
Personal Thoughts:
This costume was a big pain the butt, a learning experience and a pleasure to wear in the end. I honestly wanted to swear off Cosplay on some of the nights while I was working on this and things weren't working out (especially when I burned part of the dress), but I'm happy that I stuck with it! It was lovely to Cosplay with Ammie at Youmacon 2011 when she got a chance to wear her awesome Suigintou costume with me! It's a shame that the fabric is pretty fragile and tends to unravel and rip.

I did a shoot of this costume in October 2016 and was able to get some nice photos of it with my 4th wig for Shinku. My friend Pan trimmed the bangs just before the shoot. I didn't dare to play around with the wig until I was planning to wear it as this wig was pre-styled for Shinku and it's quite fragile. Thankfully it held up for the shoot and so did my costume. Even after 5 years this costume is still one on the nicest ones that I've ever made! :3
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