View Full Version : Anita outfit help

09-12-2010, 02:18 PM
hey guys, sorry if this is the wrong forum to post this in >.<

i want to cosplay Anita from D.gray man, when allen and the crew first meet her:


(shes the one in the middle)

I'm just having a hard time trying to figure out her outfit and all the layers :( she only wears this in one episode for a minute or two, and just about the whole time her hands/ sleeves are in front of her covering up the front of her outfit.



^manga pics

so what im getting at is what exactly is she wearing? it looks like a kimono ( but shes in china and chinese), the sleeves are really long and open though, and i think she has an over kimono that isnt tied down with an obi or anything, but in the first pic i linked it looks as if the sleeves basically flow into the bottom of her dress?


here's the episode, she appears at 10:09 , you can see at 10:33 the back of her outer kimono thing and hows it not bound, and her sleeves continue into her dress somehow, back also at 10:42, and at 11:33 is a full body ref of her standing up, so how should i approach this do you guys think? my main concern is her underlayers, because the purplish one also looks like it isnt tied together D: how should i dissect the oufit?

sorry if this was long x( your help is much appreciated!

09-12-2010, 03:19 PM
You probably want to take a look at some historical Chinese clothing for inspiration (I want to say Han, but I have a feeling that style has very distinctive waist sashes and I've got them confused with someone else...) China is not my strong point but here are some rough pointers.

Most Chinese clothing does not have shoulder seams - fabric is cut into as few pieces as possible - so the sleeves are probably grown onto the upper dress body. They probably have a triangular cut rather than a kimono's straight drop. I've not seen an under robe like that on a historical costume before (Usually it's a straight under sleeve that's either much too long or has additional flounces) but you could probably make a deep ruffle of some light-weight fabric and fasten it inside the over sleeve. Since there's no sash, you'll need to fit the dress and probably fasten it like a wrap-around or a cheong-sam. A textured brocade is probably a good idea, but if I remember correctly D.Gray-man is meant to be Victorian, and I believe textiles were getting less flamboyant by this point in time (I could be wrong but that's what I remember). There are ways of cheating all of these but generally speaking, if you don't have a pattern, take plenty of time to drape the fabric over a willing volunteer, and think big.