This was a doozy. The costume had been in the planning stages for about two years, but didn't actually get done until recently.
I bought the furisode kimono as a kairnui; this basically means that the kimono is already cut and put together accordingly, but is basted together and not actually sewn. It also comes unlined. So when it came to me, it came to be just basted. With the help of my great aunt, I was able to fully line this kimono. That was a major pain in the butt, tho. This is A LOT of frabric, and when it's all basted together, it doesn't like to lay flat. I sewed over many things I shouldn't have as I did this, and I don't even want to count how many times I had to use the seam ripper. ;A; I also edited it slightly to make it hikizuri style (hem dragging on the floor) which meant padding the hem. The end result is what you see above.
I bought the obi from the same online seller for super cheap - shipping was more expensive than the obi! The obiage and obijime I bought from kimono stores I stumbled across in Japan. The geta I bought from an online seller as a set with a yukata I bought a while back. The comb I also bought in Japan, though I had to saw off the teeth to work it into the wig.
The wig is made up of two pieces, both from Arda. A Lulu in light blond and a ponytail clip in the same color. I had thought about buying a bun clip, but I felt the bun clip didn't have nearly as much volume as my references showed, so I was a bit crazy and ordered the ponytail. It's really difficult to get into a bun and it needs about five pounds of hairspray, but it's possible. The hair ribbon is actually a red ribbon that can be found in a bunch of other cosplays I have (ex, Kagome).
The hairpins I made myself. The sticks are actually disposable chopsticks, while the discs above are craft foam. They were gessoed and painted, and the little gems in between the forks of the discs are from a necklace my sister had no more use for.
Unseen props include a deck of Hanafuda cards. Since no one knows what the heck hanafuda is (despite the fact the whole PV is centered on it) I never got the chance to whip them out. D:
Seen props include a parasol I had lying around. In the future, I hope to make a shamisen to go with this. :3
Best Journeyman - Florida Supercon 2013