Howl was a deceptive costume. It looks simple but really required a lot of attention to detail to get it to look right. Quilting is time-consuming and for this project especially, I had to be very precise and match everything up.
I used a combination of sateen and broadcloth on the jacket. It's lined with taffeta and I added some shoulder pads for a better silhouette.
The wig is my Mithos wig. Not ideal, but not so horrible either. Messing with the bangs was the most trouble but the length and color worked quite well.
Jewelry: I've been making jewelry sets and selling them on eBay and in my store since 05' so it was very exciting to finally wear my own jewelry set for a costume!The beads are gold plated brass, Swarovski siam rounds, lucite teardrop beads, and the blue crystal is a Strass teardrop (now discontinued :< )
The white shirt is heavy stretch cotton. It was based off of a men's renaissance shirt pattern, which also required taking in the seams. Since Howl's design shows literally no seams or buttons, I made the sleeve cuffs stretchy so I can slip them over my hands but so they look fitted.
Black pants are black pants. Who doesn't own a pair of black pants?! I just wore some that I owned. Same deal with my shoes, I wore some heeled dressy shoes and was set.
All the pieces were quite simple to draft patterns for and for this I am thankful.
I made Heen to go with my Howl costume. The process was kind of special since no one seems to have patterns for realistic dogs, except Runo. I used a pattern for a dachshund and modified it to make Heen shorter, fatter, and more basset hound like. I went to Joanns and just picked their longest pile fur available. To get the colors I used watered down fabric paint so that his fur is still soft. His feet are made from the pink sateen from the jacket and wired so he can stand on his own. His tail is also wired so it can curl.
Anyway, I adore Heen, especially the "Wtf moment" when he flies with his ears. All I could think of was Falkor from the Neverending Story.
Honorable Mention (Katsucon 2011)