Ever since I first started watching xxxHOLiC, I knew that I desperately wanted to cosplay Ame-Warashi. She's such an incredibly spunky girl, and her outfit, although simple, is extremely stylish. (Plus I'm a huge lover of anything EGL!)
After working tirelessly for about a week with over 40+ hours of work put into it, this is definitely my cleanest costume to date with every little bit being as accurate as possible. I took a lot of time to make her dress look not only accurate but professional as well, so there's a lot of time and hard work put into the sewing and construction! The dress is fully lined with a mesh and lace underskirt made to give it that nice bell-shaped poof that her skirt has. When it first premiered back in August of 2009, everything I wore was handmade aside from the shoes - even the socks and gloves! Since about five minutes prior to the costume contest at Chibi-Pa the gloves completely fell apart and the umbrella was victim to a huge, nasty rip, I re-vamped everything so that "completely hand-made" tagline isn't quite as true anymore, but the costume is way more stable and refined now so I'm a lot happier.
I bought a pair of lace socks and black gloves at a party store an trimmed the gloves with hand-gathered and stitched jersey so that they have Ame-Warashi's same frill. The umbrella was a parasol that I found at a theatrical supply store and then trimmed with extra lace that I had, attaching black ribbons to the handle as well.
Judge's Award - Chibi Pa 2009