Caimie / Camie / Keimi
Last Updated: 05-01-2012
My favorite character (and my favorite cosplay) of all time! This is my dream cosplay come true. I put an incredible amount of time and effort into this costume. It's the first costume I've made by myself entirely from scratch. I think my blood, sweat, and tears definitely paid off in the end. I'm so proud of it! Thank you all for your lovely comments. I couldn't be happier!
- The wig was purchased online. It's a green-brown mix, so the color is just right! Not too bright and not too muddy. I styled it myself, including both the center part and the flips.
- I colored my eyebrows using various shades of green eyeshadow, but it's faint and hard to see in the photos. I didn't want to make them look to vibrant.
- The shirt is actually made up of two shirts. They were the same brand and size, but different colors. I had the sleeves and collars removed from each and just swapped them.
- The logo was designed in Photoshop and printed on an iron-on transfer for dark fabric. The light fabric transfer was too thin and ended up altering the color, so I went with the thicker, dark fabric transfer. The circles were done in the same manner.
- I made the shell backpack entirely from scratch. After the shape was sewn and stuffed, I added white knitted elastic for the straps. The blue circles were a lucky find at the fabric store and were too perfect to pass up!
- I'm not a fan of fabric "scales" or overly shiny fabric, so I went with a lightweight, slightly textured fabric for the tail. Both the darker and lighter pink fabrics have a decent stretch to them, so I was able to make them work with my body.
- I initially started with a pattern for the tail, but when I tried using it, things went incredibly wrong. I ended up taking in the tail little by little until I was happy with how it fit. It was more of a trial-and-error approach.
- I was fortunate enough to find a lovely trim for the dorsal fin, which is a small detail that most cosplayers tend skip out on. I think including it made all the difference. Now the back of my costume is just as interesting as the front! I made sure to extend it off of the tail and up onto my bare back, just like Caimie's does!
- I tried to make the bottom fin as accurate as possible, so it's bigger than most. This caused quite a bit of problems when stiffening the tail, but I'm happy with how it turned out. I stuffed it with craft foam to stiffen it and to hide the shape of my feet inside. I drew in some lines with chalk to create texture and make it a little less plain-looking.
If you have any questions about this costume, feel free to PM me. Thanks for looking!
* BIG THANKS TO JUICY COSPLAY FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHY *
* YOU CAN FIND MORE PHOTOS OF THIS COSTUME IN MY ANIME NORTH 2010 GALLERY *
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