Cosplayer: Kitri du Lac

Variant: Gijinka

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

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19th October 2014: Straightening waves So after waving the wig, I changed my mind and restraightened most of it.

I've now finished this costume to the extent it will be finished for MCM. The kosode and hakama are fully hemmed and sewn, and I've created the dorsal stripe and tail from alternating wefts of orange and yellow hair, sewn directly to the cloth and running up my spine. The wig is finished, and I'm pretty pleased with the gradianting orange to yellow look. This costume really is a mass of hair.

I've not managed to start on the screen painted flames, so have decided to leave those for now. I will continue with them after MCM. I've also not been able to work on props (bow, quiver, arrows), so have elft the arm guard for now as it would look a bit random without.

I also nearly finished my ears by using bronzing powder to darken the insides and give them more shape, and then sealing them with Got2B hairspray which has left a nice finish to the ears.

Looking forward to MCM now!

9th October 2014: Wefts sown Have sown the wefts into the base of the wig, and now have plaited it. Next step is to set the waves with a hairdryer.

8th October 2014: Beginning the wig Starting to put the wig together today. Have an arda jeannie wig in yellow, and also some additional yellow and orange wefts. Will be my biggest wig construction to date.

8th October 2014: Finished basic hakama Finished the basic construction of the hakama, so now I can see how it all fits togther. I'm pleased with how they've turned out. The pattern needs a little tweaking to get a better fit next time I use it. It's all constructed from panels but the general advice of 12" for a size small didn't really seem to take into account how small I am. Still, both are wearable so I'm happy enough with it. It was my first major sewing construction too, so feeling proud of myself!

23rd September 2014: Finished basic kosode Collar is now attached! It's now wearable!

Delighted with how it's turned out.

23rd September 2014: Collar So I finally faced one of the things about this cosplay I've been nervous of, and started on the collar. Made the long strip and folded it as necessary, then pinned it to the kosode. Still got to face sewing it tomorrow though!

15th September 2014: Painting Today I didn't feel like sewing (I may be procratinating attempting the collar of the kimono), so I started on the shoes and gloves. I first of all unlaced the shoes, then cut the modern tongue out of them so there's a gap up the front instead, as per the photos I've seen.

I then applied a first coat of paint to both gloves and shoes. Having read some tutorials, I'm using Angelus Leather paint in grey. I expect to have to use plenty of coats - but the intensity of the grey is already better than I expected, particularly given the shoes were originally black.

15th September 2014: Shoes and Gloves Been doing some more research into Yabusame archer clothing. Gloves appear to be personal preference. I quite like the idea of having shoes and gloves in grey to represent Ponyta's four grey hooves, so I've decided to go for them. Leather is the appropriate material, and I have an old pair of cream leather riding gloves that I used when I was competing horses, which I've decided to use.

I cannot find the name of the shoes - as the yabusame costume is based on medieval costume, I suspect that the shoes, even if I knew what they were called, would be difficult and expensive to get. I looked at lots of pictures, however, and decided that the shape was very similar to jazz shoes. Have purchased a pair of black jazz shoes to make a sort of replica!

5th September 2014: Kosode almost finished! So today I finished hemming the kosode along the bottom and the collar area. The collar area didn't technically need to be hemmed as the coloured collar will be attached over the top of it, but it is silk fabric so I wanted to help stop any fraying.

Also began to research how I will make the ears. I've been looking at my little pony cosplays which tend to use clay, rather than fabric, to create the really upright horse ear shape. Think I will be doing this option as it does create a good effect.

Have also ordered contact lenses!

29th August 2014: Kosode construction 2 Closed the sides of the kosode body and sleeves. Hemmed the raw edge of the seams - line was a bit untidy on the first one but learnt from it and followed the outside edge rather than the inside edge on the second. Looks much better! I then cut the angles for the front, ready to add the orange collar.

Couldn't do anything more tonight as I need to get some orange thread for the next step!

27th August 2014: Kosode construction I've now cut the pieces out to make up the kosode, sewn them all to each other and pressed the seams. Next stage is to close up the sides.

Slightly concerned that this is going to be a little see-through and might need lining. I've never lined anything before.

16th August 2014: Cutting fabric Fabrics purchased for the kosode and hakama. I'm using a cream coloured satin-backed duponi silk replica for the main body of the costume, and today was spent beginning to cut out the pieces for the kosode.

I found a pattern online for a proper kosode, so have decided to us that rather than the inaccurate pyjama top.

29th July 2014: Destroying clothes! I've based my design (somewhat loosely) on the clothing that horseback archers wear, and I'm looking at wearing a kimono top and hakama trousers. By happy coincidence I had an old pyjama top that was the perfect style and needing to go in the bin, so I spent today cutting it up and starting to make a pattern from it.

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cowiee - 9th August 2014
O my, this looks very interesting! Can't wait to see the final outcome!

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GroovyGenesCosplay - 13th August 2014
Interesting concept, I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with this!

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Mothfox - 16th September 2014
great design so far I cant wait to see the finish costume!

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Mr. Sat-Ash - 16th September 2014
This looks like it'd be an awesome sight to see.

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Namine - 22nd September 2014
looking awesome from all reference pics. Can't wait to see finished product

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Anonymous - 23rd September 2014
Really love the design, can't wait to see this cosplay finished :D

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Carmina - 26th September 2014
Very interesting concept! Love to see how it turns out :)

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The_Deadly_Unicorn - 1st November 2014
This is looking interesting! Cant wait to see the final product :)

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Shinigami_ky - 2nd December 2014
ohmigosh this looks fabulous, can't wait to see it! Was lovely to meet you at Auchi too :D

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madmazda86 - 25th March 2015
This is a really nice idea, I love the adoption of traditional hakama and archer's arm protector as part of the design! The progress pictures are looking good, and the wig looks like it's coming along nicely too! Have fun finishing it :D

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BlueberryTale - 30th March 2015
Interesting design! Looking forward to seeing it ^^

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cowiee - 19th May 2015
Your journal entries look amazing! Defiantly cant wait until it's all finished now c:

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otakugirl - 19th May 2015
This is so interesting and I really hope I get to see it.

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Lady-Aira - 26th May 2015
Your Ponyta was fantastic! ^^ you were so lovely too and was great to meet you at MCM ^^

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SuperZeldaGirl - 28th May 2015
this is awesome wish i could had seen it in person

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ToroSonyCat - 30th May 2015
You really have a talent for gijinkas, this is awesome! :D

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Clockwork Dandy Noodles - 30th May 2015
Oh my this is a really interesting take I like :) I like how much detail and research you did as well.

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Anonymous - 3rd June 2015
I saw you at the masquerade on the Saturday, your costume was amazing! :D

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Mighty Odango - 3rd June 2015
There was some really nice work in this, I loved the historical/classical take on it as well

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ThatNovaScotian - 22nd August 2015
As a child of the 80s-90s I highly APPROVE of this!!!! Awesome job!

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Dax79 - 14th October 2015
Great concept and great execution! I like what you did!!

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MMSpectreon - 25th November 2015
Looks awesome! I love the concept :3