Last Updated: 10-14-2010
Well, my inspiration to cosplay Kabuto was varied. Kabuto totally pwns and most tell me I'm a lot like him; that was my first reason. My second was upon realizing that to some I even looked like him in daily life (short bangs, asiatic face, glasses, frequent ponytail...), I figured it'd be pretty easy to pull off for a first real cosplay. And technically, it was. I like being a rarer character, and it's easy to be IN character.
The costume consists of;
-Sound village headband
-White t-shirt (bought one and cut the neck down on it)
-Purple top and pants (Modified from a matching turtleneck and pant set I bought in a thrift shop)
-Sash, held on with snaps and a few pins
-Shuriken holster (Made using a suspender strap with the clip attached for the band, and a leather eyeglass case that looked a LOT like a shuriken holster.
-Weapons pouch (made from tan felt and attached with snaps onto my pants)
-Breastbinder and girdle (breastbinder was tensor bandages, girdle was a huge elastic belt my mom used to wear in the '80s:P
-Ninja sandals (Made by stitching socks onto flipflops and sewing bands of felt on the toe and heel ends to both make it look neater and keep it from stretching off my foot too much when I walked.)
-Gloves (Dyed white gloves, but they didn't turn out the right colour- polyester, *doi*- with the fingers cut off, and the armour pating is model-grade chrome leaf over thin cardboard stitched onto the gloves with the stitching resembling rivets.)
-Ninja info cards (made using white printer paper, orange-red bristol board and a black pen)
- Hair was natural, just styled it and used spray-on silver dye.
The costume is surprisingly comfy, it was at least 25 degrees at Anime North on the Saturday, and I barely felt the heat. I did, though, hate the fact that my glasses, being transitions, kept tinting everytime I went outside. The binder was also a pain and kept slipping despite a good box worth of safety pins. I loved flaunting my ninja info cards, though; I got a lot of comments on them XD...to make things even cuter, I put my contact info on a few of them for anyone who asked for my msn or email at the con and handed it to them in a Kabuto-esue style. XD
My hardest task had to be the sandals and gloves, without a doubt. Both involved much blood spilled out of my fingertips; the sandals were just hard to work with when shoving a needle through a flip-flop sole, even with a thimble on my finger, and attaching the cardboard part of the pseudo-armour with a huge darning needle gave me a hell of a nasty stab on one of my fingers. Easiest is definitely the shuriken holster, it took all of ten minutes :P
For my first serious cosplay, I think it worked out pretty well ^_^. I have no clue how much it cost or how long it actually took to make it, because I wasn't keeping track of my costumes at that time. Oh, and I forgot to mention; I first gave a less-polished version of the cosplay a run on Halloween, then improved it more and wore the version in the photographs here to Anime North.
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