Oh, Cloud. My second Clow Card costume, Cloud is a little lighter than Sweet, but not by much, making it a bit of a pain to wear. And Cloud disguises itself as an Ice Climber to elude Sakura, apparently – I had about ten people who recognized the actual character, and one hundred who thought I was Popo. Ah well. I had a bit of leeway in costume design – namely the colors – in making this one. I went with a blue and white scheme because, well, clouds and sky and stuff. I didn’t want to go pink again; I had enough of that with Sweet. I know the anime depicts it as pink, but we only see Cloud once, and it just seemed more natural to go this route.
Costume-wise, this one pretty much stayed on the easy side. The main part was a spliced-together mess of stuff, putting together a skirt with a parka and giving it sleeves of a fashion shirt to make a weird jacket-dress… thing. Pretty straight forward, though. The skirt was sewn into the bottom of a shortened parka pattern, with an invisible zipper up the front. The sleeves came from a different pattern to give the poof, accented by the cuffs. The hood was initially made as a simple, oversized oval, with the proper-sized hood made by the lining. Parts of the oval were then tacked into the hood proper to give the effect of a cloud-shaped hood, held closed under the chin by a snap. The pants are simply pajama pants with white ribbon sewn on in the zig-zag pattern. Lots of fleece and lamb-plushie material went into this, and all the white was lined with the weirdest lining we’ve ever used – it felt like an inner shower curtain or something. It was hot, but terribly comfy. I love fleece.
The accessories were fun. We bought the gloves (yay convenience!). The forehead piece was the white fabric Sharpie’d blue and spirit-gummed in place. The wig piece was made from white wefts, colored by ground-up chalk in the appropriate mixture of colors. It rubbed off a little, but the coloring was so easy, and left it really soft, and gave me a great color. I attached the wefts to two bobby pins and attached those to a headband. The balls on the end were made the same way Sweet’s puffs were, by cutting out a larger circle of fabric, making a running stitch along the outside, and pulling it close. Some hair is stuffed inside to keep the puffs on.
The boots were the first thing I have drafted from a pattern entirely myself. Gramma gave me tips, but I fooled around with everything until I got what I wanted. They were originally drafted from a kid’s Robin Hood mocassins pattern, with the top brought up greatly and giving the tip a curl. They were made from a white duck fabric and need to be remade at this point due to wear. But I really liked them. We made a bag for the costume out of the white lamb-like material to carry around my stuff, and made a cloud plushie in hopes that would help with recognition. That plan failed.
I want my Rain next time we do this group. ;_; Next on my Clow Card cosplay list? Dream~
EXPcon 2008 - Best Attention to Detail (With TheMask3dPenguin as The Firey)