Red Ninja: End of Honour
Last Updated: 07-27-2010
Even though the game isn't the greatest, I enjoy it very much. :D I like Kurenai a lot, in fact I started to feel like cosplaying as her right when a friend of mine showed me the game. Kurenai has awesome skills and looks, and somehow I even look like her a little... And c'mon, who would not want to be a ninja. XD
I finished this costume in about a week or two. It's the in-game version of the character. I worked on it in the same time with Hime and Masane. Painting the designs on the yukata was what took most of the time. This is a bit of a rushed costume, but I like how it turned out.
I used old sandals and modified them to look like Kurenai's. I had planned to buy traditional zouri sandals but they were a little expensive and I didn't have enough time to order them online. I painted the sandals I got and covered the bottom with black fabric to hide the blue flowers. XD Then I attached some glue-covered yarn on them to complete the look and tied to cute ribbons.
The tabi socks are also store-bought socks that I modified... I was going to make traditional tabi socks but again, didn't have the time for it. I cut and sewed them a little to make the separated toe, and sewed strips of black fabric to the top. I can only say that I never thought modifying socks this way would be so difficult. XD They refused all the time, for instance the seam came off over and over till I realised to glue around the part I had to sew. Fortunately they came out alright.
I made the little yukata from scratch with altered patterns. It was a bit hard to make it look right, and it came out a bit shorter than I had planned... But well, it's accurate... XD (I wear flesh tights underneath it.) I hand stitched on the strap around the border and the white fabric to create the illusion of an under yukata... It took three tries to get the sleeves the right shape and size, but I'm very pleased with the end result. All the orange designs (that I call oranges) were painted on by hand with the help of three stencils of different sizes. I gotta say I didn't make them completely accurate - they lack the little spots inside the slices. It took a way longer time for me to paint them on anyway. DX The last thing I did for the yukata was to make and attach the shoulder straps. I have no idea what the character has them for... Fortunately it didn't take much time to make a pattern and sew them. I attached them on the yukata with glue. No more hand stitching in a strict deadline, please... DX
I really like the obi kind of belt I made! It has four layers of fabric so it's very thick and heavy... I ironed some wrinkles on it. I made it too tight by accident so at first I couldn't figure out what to use to get it on me... I ended up making a laceup. It looks nice and is practical and easy to use, but I've already broken it once. DX I gotta be more careful in the con...
The collar was so easy to make and is so comfortable to wear, I like it! It's a tube of fabric that I ironed flat and attached some velcro on. Then I made the bow and sewed on, and it was done.
I bought and styled the wig way before the con. What I started with was already awesome looking and the best quality I had ever seen, so it was pretty easy. XD I just cut here and there. I'm just really not used to such short hairstyle so I'm afraid to wear it.
I wore this costume to Kitacon in Finland in May 2010. My two friends in our little cosplay group were first going to cosplay as Akemi and the Snake Charmer, but they changed their plans.
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