Winter Sakura Haruno
Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Last Updated: 08-05-2008
This costume is very special to me, but very old now. This was my first cosplay that I did all the way back in 2006/7 for my second Sakura Con and it is still my baby. It wasn't 100% completed until 2008 when I finally put my cloak together.
The dress is made from old faux suede(red) and t-shirt cotton(white). The inside is lined with the cotton, which makes it heavy and very warm but very comfortable to wear during the winter or colder springs, when I normally wear it. Being that I was so young when this was first made, I had TONS of help on it. This costume did help my hate for hand-done bias tape begin though. Every edge and even the circle that is white was made with bias tape from the cotton and was very difficult for me to make.
The the arm and leg warmers are made from polar fleece(I believe Glacier solid, so it pills like mad) and the vest is actually my first case of modifying an off-the-rack piece of clothing. It's actually an Old Navy fleece sweater. Most of the edging for that was done in left over bias tape as well. These were the easiest piece to make and hands down the most comfortable parts of this one.
Now for the part that made me actually almost hate this costume; The cloak. Holy hell that cloak. 6 yards of ten fleece, 6 yards green cotton, and 3 yards brown flannel. This part took almost a week, and most of that was cutting the damn thing out and modifying the pattern to fit the cloak I was trying to make. It does have a hood, which isn't pictured, and weighs around 5 pounds, no joke. It's bulky and heavy, but damnit if it's not warm and comfy on cold days!
The boots are actually old Bear Paw boots and are around a size or so too big for me, but oh man do they work! The wig has changed twice now, and I first wore this with my real hair dyed pink. It took a year to grow and wash that coloring out. D:
This costume could not have been completed without the help of my mother and grandmother, both of who made me realize that I had a passion for this but also a huge eye for details my need for getting them 100% accurate. xD
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