Last Updated: 02-02-2010
If this costume looks like I image googled the word "samurai" and added a short skirt to it..... well, yeah, you're right. I made this for a cosplay gig at Sushi Samba Chicago, because they asked for "harajuku cosplayers" and I don't think they really knew what either word meant. So I took the easily recognized Japanese warrior icon and gave it a short skirt. DUR I SO KREATIVE.
As seems to be the case with many of my original designs, "original" is code-word for "cost me next to nothing because I made it out of crap from my closet." The same goes for this costume. The main fabric actually used to be my drapes. I used to sleep in a converted sunroom, so needless to say, I needed to make... uh, a lot of drapes. I couldn't bear to leave them there when I moved so they've been sitting in a corner until one day they called to me.
The armor stuff is thin sheet plastic I got at a junk store for $1 for the sole purpose of "someday I'll use this". Well, I did. I painted it using this awesome method that I explain here. It looks like I spent 10 hours painting it when it only took 3 minutes. The wig is a silver Clover wig from Cosworx that I sewed red wefts into (also from Cosworx). The sword is from the Target Halloween section; I didn't have time to customize it, and it looks pretty cheese-tastic. I wish I had cool friends with real swords to borrow. Or that I was a real samurai.
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