This is another costume for the Street Fighter Revival: Part Deux Project for Otakon 2007. Colt gets to wear this one.
I found a Simplicity #5359 pattern that has really baggy harem pants that worked as a base pattern. I ended up slicing it in half and angling it to have a fitted waist, instead of elastic, since the outfit is rather fitted down to the waist. I used another black polyester/cotton blend that I found in a bargain pile. It's very heavy and slick, so it hangs very well at the legs and bags out a lot. The zipper on the back is prick-stitched by hand, since I hate sewing zippers on by machine (never works out well... :P).
For the chinese-style top, I used a priest robe pattern with lots of adjustments. Took a few tries, but it's working out well enough. The whole top is fully lined so no fancy seams this time, just a lot of good ol' ironing to make it all neat and flat. The sleeveless armholes are actually three layers of fabric, handstitched together so that there's no top-stitching. In fact, there's no top-stitching in the entire costume. It's also the first costume I've ever made that required real button holes. The frog closures are blue and flat, which was impossible to find pre-made. So I made a long 1 cm. wide tube of blue cotton fabric and ironed it so the seam was in the back middle. I cut small strips and stitched under the edges by hand. I attached covered buttons to half and then made button holes on the other half and those are stitched to the front of the top. To also reinforce the closures, there's hood & eyes under the yellow border about every 1.5 in, so it takes a bit of time to get the top all the way on. There's 13 hook & eyes and 9 button/"frogs"...
As for accessories, we bought a royal blue and bright yellow hat. I took out the brims on both and swapped the yellow brim onto the blue hat base. My sewing machine didn't really like me doing that, so to avoid breaking needles, the underside of the brimmed is stitch by hand, to cover up the awkward machine stitching. I made the skateboard patch by applique and that was a fun experience as I am using several materials that like to stretch, which makes keeping the satin stitching flat a little difficult. The iron is my friend...
The arm bands were a mental challenge as there are some black swirl details and trim that I have yet to see anyone else include in the costume. I ended up using the same stretch cotton material from the shirt border for the arm bands and just zig-zaged the swirly design with some flat black string. There's black edging around the upper forearm, so I used black elastic to allow for additional stretch.
Best in Show (Otakon 2007)