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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Finally Complete!

Phew! It's finally complete!!! WOOT! That is my cosplay (people don on costumes and act like a certain manga/comic/anime character) is done for Otakon. This year I'm doing Yomiko Readman from R.O.D (read or die) who is also a secret agent who is a bibliophile with the power of paper. In my previous post I had finished the vest which was a huge accomplishment for me. Today I got off my lazy butt and finished the coat. It took about 3 hours to finish.

It started out as a size 42 lab coat which was enormous on me and was discolored by the various staining one does in the lab. I bleached the whole thing for 10-15 minutes and to get the off tan color submerged the coat in a hot bath of water that had 10 packets of tea aka "Tea Dying". After an overnight dip it was a nice darkish tan color and I washed it so it became the perfect shade of light tan (this btw is a very simple and easy way to create that antique color look for fabric). I cut out the collar brown cuffs and pocket linings and sew those on. The sleeves were too long and it was way too wide so I slimmed it down and made the sleeves shorter. My cousin noted how it was too long so I cut about a foot off and hemmed it.
The above is the whole cosplay done! I'm very proud of how the whole thing came out. The hardest part would have to be the vest and sewing the sleeves back on. What makes me super excited is that the character designer, director and the producer of the R.O.D anime is also going to be attending. I'm hoping to get their signatures on a poster or DVD!

I have decided to make a briefcase as a prop but I'm not sure on whether I should make it elaborate. Since she can utilize paper as a weapon I was thinking of creating "floating cards" that seem to spill from the briefcase. I've thought of how to pull this off and I think some fishing string and thin wires and glue could be viable. Hmm ...

Total time: About 10-12 Hours
Total money spent: $18 ($16 worth of fabric, $2 for a fabric pencil)

Until next time... get the brain thinking and thinking!


Pili said...

That's an absolutely awesome costume!
Big big kudos on your work!!

Rosebud Collection said...

What a wonderful job you have to be very pleased with yourself..I am pleased for you..xoxoRosebud

Rosebud Collection said...

What a wonderful job you have to be very pleased with yourself..I am pleased for you..xoxoRosebud

cabin + cub said...

Wow... very cool! Can't wait to see pics of you wearing it! Maybe the director can sign your coat? ;)

Paperelle said...

Wow, fantastic job! So many Yomiko cosplayers don't go for this level of accuracy, it's really cool to see the coat with all the details. I read the vest post too, fabulous. That sewing machine is incredible, but looks a bit intimidating!

I just re-watched the R.O.D. OAV while sewing up my Otakon costumes ^_~ None of which are 100% done...time to keep sewing!