Last Updated: 03-08-2013
I have never spent more time working on a costume, and I've never been prouder! All the sweat, tears, and blood (and oh was there blood) that went into this outfit were completely worth it! I'm proud to say that I made everything here down to my socks and underwear.
This is part of a pair costume with placidmage, who was second uniform Crown Clown Allen. Our coats are made of upholstery stretch vinyl (available on distinctivefabric.com), which was perfect in so many ways. My only complaints with this fabric are that it doesn't breathe at all and that it's difficult to topstitch on a machine because of friction with the presser foot. (I ended up solving this problem by coating the underside of my presser foot with Scotch tape.)
Every stripe on this coat is hand-stitched on because the striping didn't look right top-stitched. I put at least a hundred hours into the stripes alone. The oversize zippers on my gloves and jacket front are from orgxiii.org. Mugen was originally a cheap wooden sword that I repainted with enamel. I'd still like to redo the blade at some point but am happy enough with it for now.
My favorite parts of this costume are the coat, which I felt fabulous wearing, and my wig. I'm definitely wearing this again (though hopefully to a convention where it isn't quite so warm outside).
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