Last Updated: 09-11-2012
Seiko was the second costume I decided I'd bring to my japanese adventure at Comiket 82 :3 I stumbled upon Corpse Party almost by chance: it caught my attention since this kind of horror is strange in japanese videogames and anime (and I just finished watching Another, so I was in the mood for something more XD). I didn't expect an adventure game with 16-bit style graphics to be this creepy and engaging! And with such awesome characters to boot. But among them all, my favorite was Seiko from the start: Satomi Arai does a superb job on her playful and funny voice, I love her positive outlook on that awful situation she's part of, her love is cute and sad at the same time and she's just memorable. And thus I decided to bring her costume to a convention in which it'd be easier to recognize me, even more with the spin-off and the OAV that just started being sold when I was there XD
Actually, I'm not very proud of the uniform itself: the pleated skirt is actually the one I made for Nagisa (CLANNAD) without the gold buttons, and it's probably the only thing that I made properly. The shoes were bought and painted, and I already had the socks. The shirt was horribly rushed, so much that it didn't fit me well and I cringe in horror everytime I see it (so much that I considered tearing it apart and adding blood stains for a photoshoot XD). The gem was a present from my friend JP, since I ran out of resin, I just painted it blue :3
I didn't have the time or the money to buy a really good wig, and I must admit I also felt intimidated by Seiko's crazy hairstyle, and so I ordered a cheap wig, just not too cheap to be too shiny and crappy-looking. For what is actually a party wig, Rubie's not as bad as the rest: it's not overly shiny and it has a lot of fibers. The major cons are its bulgy point parting and that it's somewhat sticky to the touch (WTF). It also has the usual defects of this kind of wigs: overly thick bangs combined with too few wefts in the back.
I started working on it trying to make a back part, but I discovered that doesn't work when I finished doing it and it looked awful. And so, I made her two rolls with craft foam, a hairdryer and a lot of hairspray.
I cut two long stripes of brown craft foam and glued small squares of felt to their tips in order to sew them later to the mesh of the wig. I separated the side bangs, put the rest of the hair up and sew them. After that, I released the hair, "glued" it to the foam with hairspray and heat and carefully twisted it to make her rolls, using hot glue and invisible hair clips to make them stay in shape. Her blue clip was painted by me.
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