I love how this turned out! I don't think that my friends really thought I would go through with it until I bought the bikini pieces. Ragnarok is such a fun game, and I love my silly little dancer. I'm drawn towards things that are absurd and cute at the same time. It doesn't get much better than a warrior that fights in this outfit! Plus, I love playing with my girls online, so wearing these costumes together was a lot of fun!
The only pattern used were on the pants. All of the seams are flat-felled, since, y'know, you could see through them. They're surprisingly comfortable. The bikini is faux suede layered over a modified storebought bikini. The trim and sequins were really monotonous to sew, but it came out well. The cape is duponi silk, I like the way the fabric catches the light. I made the tassels by hand, sewed them to a piece of red bias tape and sewed that between the layers of the cape. The hardest parts to sew were the shrug and arm danglies. The material just kept sliding and fraying.
The coolest part of this costume are the coins on the shrug and danglies. They're are 150 of them on there, and some extras went to our merchant. Each one has a poring on one side and "1 zeny" on the other. I sculpted the original, my husband cast them out of resin, we painted them together, and hijacked a friend's drill press for a while. Then, of course, they had to be sewn on.
My husband also made the necklace, bracelets, and belt. They were a little tricky, but I like how well they match the reference. (He also "made" the raccoon leaf headgear).
And it's always fun to blind passerby with your bling. I had to avoid direct sunlight in this.
Otakon 2006 - 1st place Friday Hall Costume Contest Journeyman