Netherlands and Isolationist Japan
Hetalia: Axis Powers
Last Updated: 07-24-2014
This is the costume that had people other than my friends and family asking why I have never entered cosplay contests.
Wig #1 was an EpicCosplay Hestia in Ash Blonde trimmed with thinning shears. (It was WAY too small for my head, slid around, and gave me a bald spot from pulling in my bangs after I added a clip!)
Wig #2 is a Cosplay.com Holly in Light Brown, also trimmed with thinning shears! IT ACTUALLY FITS MY WEIRD HEAD, REJOICE!
Skirt is a 3/4 circle skirt, radius 40", made of papyrus wrinklease from JoAnn. Rolled hem, invisible zipper, 18 FEET OF LACE, gathered on the back 1/4 panel. Freehanded.
Blouse and bustle pad are made of white Egyptian cotton (from what I remember; I've had it a while). Bustle pad made from a pattern by SteamIngenious on Etsy (the top tier of the tiered bustle) and the blouse is Vogue V8772 view B.
Bustier is made from khaki Weavers and lined with Posh Lining in taupe, both from JoAnn. Pattern is Simplicity 2172, slightly altered so it wouldn't dig into my armpits.
Coat is green heather stripe Classic Suiting from JoAnn, Heavily altered version of the coat from Simplicity 2172, with the leftover lace from the skirt trimming the sleeves. The fabric is 100% polyester and it's late summer; the conclusion is "I'm an idiot." I'll be lining it with the wrong side of a sage green polyester lining from FashionFabricsClub that is shiny like costume satin on the right side, gross. But it's the perfect color and the wrong side is matte so that's fine with me. (The item number is 22180.)
Shoes were bought from Ross a couple of years ago and the socks were bought from Forever 21 in 2008. The tulip handkerchief was my maternal great-grandmother's.
Costume done from start to almost-finish in two to three weeks.
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