(design and character copyright protected, please do not steal)
time completed: Mid November 2004
hours spent: way too many, 99+?
worn at: Ani-zona 2005, AX 2005, Anime USA 2005
Why I chose to make this costume:
I've always wanted to go all out with an EGL/EGA outfit, and in the Fall of 2004 the chance to make one came along. I wanted something not traditionally EGA; yet still respectful of the elements; with a fantasy feel to it. The finished costume ended up looking like a Siren a la EGA-style.
How I made this costume:
I chose a black bridal satin and a beautiful embroidered purple fabric (intended for Choir Robes - hence all the Crosses ^_~). Many layers of organza sheers and tulle were also used.
I spent countless hours sewing beads over the embroidery to really bring out the designs in the fabric. It was a task well worth it in the end. I used mainly glass black fire beads and other iridescent ones of many different shapes and sizes.
I drafted just about all of the patterns for this costume, all the while enjoying the artistic freedom it gave me. My favorite parts are the sleeves, but I find my little ear wings pretty nifty as well.
Thoughts on this costume:
Despite having worn this costume multiple times to events, it's always so fun and comfortable, never boring. I would however like to try a different wig with it in the future, and maybe do a photoshoot with black wings! I think it would complement the design!