Now that I am back from my last con of the season, it’s time to start working on new things. But before I do that, I thought it was time to revisit some older costumes from before I started this blog.
This cosplay is back from 2011. At the time I was really into the otome game series Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan. Back then it wasn’t really well known so whenever I did cosplay from it all I ever heard was “cool costume” or got mistaken for a character from Peacemaker (which focuses on the same group of people, the Shinsengumi).
For those not in the know, “otome” is a type of Japanese dating game aimed at young women. You play the main character (which is usually a female and may be nameless and/or faceless) interact with your potential dating partners (anywhere between 4-12 different men with varying personalities). Depending on your choices to specific questions, you can end up with the one of the dating partners…or none at all.
I had the opportunity to go to Anime Weekend Atlanta that year so I decided to cosplay Okita Souji, my favorite character from the game. The characters change from traditional Japanese period clothes to more Western military uniforms. I opted to do the uniform.
I can’t remember the exact patterns I used, but I modified most of them. I had to add darts to the outer jacket to make it more fitted, and added the koi fish and peony flower design using screen printing. The arm guards were drafted and then sewn together although they fit a little funny. Most of the fabric I used was left over from other projects since I tend to buy more than I actually use.
I have custom made prop swords but opted not to take them with me. It made the traveling less hectic since I was bringing another more involved competition cosplay. Also, they were expensive and I didn’t want the staff ruining them with their peace tying policy (which usually involved a zip tie haphazardly put on; I have had many friends have excellent props ruined this way).
I haven’t worn this cosplay since AWA but I still have all the pieces. I hope one day to wear it again when I actually have a recognizable group to go with.
Interesting story: I actually started working on this costume the year before. I didn’t like any of the fabric I was using then; in fact, I accidentally burned one of the pieces on my iron and had to scrap the whole thing. I picked it up again only because of the stash fabric I had.
Once I got the Dr. Martens Triumph 1914 boots and decided to cosplay Amy Pond, naturally I set out to find other outfits I could do. Since I also bought the Palladium boots she wears in a Good Man Goes to War, I do plan on cosplaying her white “prisoner” outfit. But I also wanted something more colorful.
Since the outfit Amy wears in Let’s Kill Hitler includes the same boots as the Night Terrors outfit, of course I chose to do that outfit as well.
Most of this outfit is bought since they are very generic items. I bought the mustard colored tights from Modcloth and the jacket from Target.
The skirt…oh the skirt. I looked EVERYWHERE for the skirt, even found the screen accurate one on eBay. The problems with all of the skirts were 1) too short and 2) they would fit my wide hips but gap at my narrower waist (I am a classic pear shape). I thought about turning one of my old jeans into a skirt but they had faded over time and I didn’t want to bother dying them. So instead I bought a slim fitting pair of Levi Denizen jeans from Target and modified those into a skirt instead.
The only thing I don’t like about this modified skirt is that is gaps in the back hem. The end of it just “pooches” out and it looks kind of funny. I think this frequently happens when you convert pants to a skirt. I’ll have to watch out for that pooch during photos…and keep looking for a more appropriate skirt.
I was originally going to sew up a lace version of the Topshop handkerchief crop top until a cosplayer on a DW cosplay forum decided to sell hers. At first I wasn’t going to buy it since it was a bit pricey, but then another cosplayer was selling hers for far more. I didn’t think I would get another opportunity to get a decent deal so I ended up getting the first one.
Since I am arriving to Banzai Con on Friday afternoon, I plan to quickly change into this outfit and save Night Terrors on Saturday. The great thing about both outfits is they are easy to walk in and easy to play photographer in.
At the end of September, my fantastic photographer friend, Sarah of Starrfall Photography, and I did a photoshoot of my Daenerys season 3 dress. We were doing the shoot in an effort to enter a 50mm lens photography contest. We made it to the final voting round and are hoping to win. We’ll see if we do. 🙂
The shoot was done locally in a field across from a church; later we moved locations to another area just before sunset. We chose the area and the time for the openness and for the availability of natural sunlight. The results of the shoot and Sarah’s editing blow my mind every time I see them.
The shoot was full of bugs, spiders, and threatening weather (which thankfully never occurred), but was extremely fun. We did a lot of tromping through really tall grass, weeds, thorns, and who knows what else. Location photoshoots are always an adventure since you never know what is going to happen.
I love working with Sarah. Not only do I get awesome photos I otherwise would never get, I learn quite a lot from her on how to operate a camera. She has more experience than I do and it’s great to get perspective from an actual person and not just booklets, CDs, and audio feedback. We have another location and concept photoshoot coming soon so expect pictures of those towards the end of November.
I cannot wait for future photoshoots, but I also cannot wait to wear Daenerys again. Unfortunately this is more of a warm weather outfit with the lack of sleeves and open back. It’s going to have to sit in the closet until Animazement in May but I can’t wait for it. 🙂
The above photo is the one Sarah entered into the contest. We were so excited to make it to the final voting stage. We hope to win, which I think would be wonderful (more so for Sarah than for myself). We’ll just have to cross our fingers and hope for the best. 😀