It's the girliest cosplay ever! Sailor Moon, like many female otaku, was the anime that first got me into anime. It will always hold a special place in my heart. And Sailor Saturn will always be my favorite scout, so I knew I had to cosplay her. She carries a kick-ass glaive, she has cool black hair, and she's the frikkin' senshi of death and destruction. What's not to love?
Fuku - Made completely by hand. I was lucky enough to find a retro pattern for ice-skating costumes by Green Pepper, which was perfect (even had the v-shape at the hip). The leotard is sewn from super stretchy white dancewear fabric with a little sparkle in it, which I thought was perfect for a magical girl costume. I made the fabric double thick (triple thick for the bust) so it wouldn't be see-through. It closes with snaps in the crotch. The hip roll is stuffed.
The skirt and collar are purple baroque satin. I used McCall's pattern 3759 for the collar, which is backed with lightweight interfacing to help it keep it's shape.
Petal Sleeves - Super-thick embroidery interfacing is what makes it stand out straight, covered over with the leotard fabric.
Bows - Made possible with this fantastic tutorial: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&q=bow+tutorial#/dxphvi. Also made of baroque satin, in a dark maroon. Hand sewed onto the leotard. The back bow is tacked on in three spots, because it has trouble staying perky by itself.
Wig - Purchased from Cosworx.com. Moderate trim and styling was needed (the bangs went down to my nose at first).
Shoes - I tried hard to find purple knee-high lace-up boots, and in the end settled for painting a black pair purple. Also purchased from Cosworx. com. The paint used was Jacquard NeOpaque Fabric Paint in Violet. It stands up to use a lot better than I thought!
Gloves - The gloves themselves were purchased, but the trim was made by me, and was the hardest part of this entire costume. Who knew?! I failed at making the glove rolls so many times, I had to paint some cheap bangles purple and glue them to my gloves at the last minute. It looked terrible. I finally followed steps from this cosplayer: http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/6484, and put fabric tubes over 3/8" vinyl tubing from the home improvement store. The end spike was made from leftover interfacing from making my shoulder petals.
Accessories/Makeup - The brooch, choker crystal, and earrings were all made of Fimo, painted white, and then sprayed to death with silver and opalescent glitter. GIRLY. The choker is made from an extra strip on skirt fabric, and attaches with hidden velcro at the back. The tiara was made of gold leatherette trim with a clear jewel hot-glued on. It's currently held on with elastic straps, but is so uncomfortable that I'm planning to stick it on with spirit gum for the next con.
For makeup, I used purple eyeshadow and dark brownish-red lipstick, with black mascara to color in my eyebrows.
Silence Glaive - Last, but certainly not least! The glaive stands about 6 ft. tall. Made in an astonishing 4 days before debut with the help of my friend Adam, may he be blessed with many hot cosplay babes. The blade, haft and 'floor-stomper,' as I call it, are all made of wood - a 2x4 oak 'sheet,' dowel, and 2 chair-legs, all found at Lowe's. The haft is painted with a metallic dark gray spray paint. The blade, which I drew and cut out by hand, was covered with posterboard on each side to give it a smoother surface, then spray painted silver. Small jewels are hotglued on just below the blade.
The best part (and hardest part to do) is that it breaks down into three pieces, for easy transport. The blade screws on, and the two haft sections have been drilled down the center and attach by a long threaded bolt. It's lightweight, quick to assemble, and easy to store!
There are some work-in-progress shots of this costume in my photo galleries.
Best Adult Journeyman Costume - Kumoricon 2010