Since reading Steel Ball Run, I knew that a Johnny costume was in order, especially because it was a perfect idea for myself and for my boyfriend as Gyro! I also love his Americana-themed outfit, and thought it would be a lot of fun to bring to life. This costume is sort of a hybrid between the Banpresto DX figure and Johnny's specific outfit in the Civil War Arc. Anyone who knows anything about Araki is well-aware of his highly inconsistant artstyle, so I went with what I liked the most in making this costume and took out what I didn't like (such as the random feather that sometimes appears tucked in his hood). While in NYC, I visited the fashion district and this is where I purchased most of the fabric for this costume. The hoodie and the contrasting stripes on the hoodie are two-way stretch velvet, and the pants, bandana, sleeve hearts, and decor on the armbands are star-print four way stretch spandex. The star print sheds glitter like no tomorrow, which I found out after I purchased it, so I spent a LOT of time shaking out as much excess glitter as I could before wearing it. D: The pants were made pretty quickly, about five or ten minutes from start to finish and are serged together. The boot covers were made from the same fabric, I was blessed to have a defective yardage (who knew this could ever be a blessing?) that was missing the star print, which is accurate to how the character looks. I patterned the fabric around the boot, pinned it close, marked it, and sewed it up. Easy, but a bit time consuming and sometimes frustarting to get into the crannies around the heel and not stab myself to a bloody death. The wrist bands were patterned out and made with pink and white stretch lycra, as well as the star print spandex. I really hate making wrist pieces for costumes because I have incredibly tiny wrists, so the work feels very tedious! The hoodie was a test of my patience because working with stretch velvet is a bit of a challenge. The fabric shifts so much once it goes under the sewing needle and I didn't want to lose any of the stretch so I had to hand-baste the stripes down and then do a very careful satin stitch with the machine around them. I love the effect though! The hearts on the sleeves are hollow heart-shaped plastic containers covered in the star printed spandex, stretched over the containers and tacked in place with needle and thread, then sewn onto the sleeve itself. The bandana was very simple to make, and is darted on the top. The horse shoe and horse are sealed craft foam, I ran out of time and had to use the simplest means necessary to get a decent result, though I do plan on re-making these pieces out of plastic resin. The wig was purchased online, it's originally meant for a Vocaloid character but it's the perfect style and color for Johnny's flipped hairdo. There are vents in the bandana that the two 'horns' come through. I call them horns even though it's really just a very strange hairstyle he's got going on, haha.
Best in Show Craftsmanship at Youmacon 2012