Ever since I first saw MTT back in '97 I have wanted to cosplay as Akane. Well, it took a few years, but I finally made the costume ^_-. Tremendous thanks to my fellow cosplaygirl Cat for her help with the costume and for inspiring me to finally make it. (She's the lovely Nanaka shown in the photo below *^^*.)
DRESS: I altered an old dress I had in my closet by attaching extra collar pieces.
CAPE: Cat made the cape for me: Measured out the black satin to a 22" square, & cut 4 pieces. For the front emblem, scanned in the design, printed a pattern & cut it out, then cut out a 17" circle & a 17" star. Attach in layers with "Wonder Under" interfacing, then stain-stitched each piece. Made strips of the blue cloth & sewed them into the cape, then turn inside out. Top stitch. Attach at shoulders.Sew little triangles of cloth to corners.
SHOES: I took some old boots, altered them (using plastic needlepoint canvas, available at Jo-Ann Fabrics) to the correct shape, and covered them in fabric with Cat's assistance.
HAT: Cat altered a witch hat pattern and came up with the notion to make it stiff by putting plastic needlepoint canvas in between the outer fabric and lining. She also came up with the idea to put florist wire inside the edges of the hat brim to make it posable.
TIGHTS & GLOVES: Bought at 'Eddie's Trick Shop' in Lawrenceville, GA, and dyed blue with RIT dye. The glove cuffs were make by Cat and sewn on my me.
WIG: Bought at 'Eddie's Trick Shop' in Lawrenceville, GA. The pink accent is a piece of my pink wig that I fashioned into a hairpiece with string and hot glue. It is safety-pinned into the wig.
MAGIC EYE: I started with an oval-shaped Styrofoam base, added paperclay onto it to create the 3-D eye design, and painted it with acrylic paint after the paperclay dried. The entire eye was then varnished, and I attached heavy-duty snaps to the back side of the eye (used to keep it on my dress front).
WAND: The long handle is a wooden dowel, with wood craft bits attached to the butt-end, (mini flower pot & wheels, with fake jewels glued onto each side), painted with acrylic paint and varnished. The blue cone was fashioned out of a plastic needlepoint canvas semi-circle, covered with paperclay, painted with acrylic paint, and varnished. The metal ring was purchased at Jo-Ann Fabrics & painted red & varnished. The gold 'eggs' are paperclay that has been painted and varnished in the same method mentioned previously. The bird is fashioned of two layers of gator board that I cut into the bird shapes and glued together with a small channel cut for the ring. Cat printed out the colored bird image on sticky-back paper (Avery Label stock) and applied it to the gator board. The diamond accents are plastic jewels that were purchased at 'Michael's.
Craftsmanship Honorable Mention (AWA'00)