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Unread 04-23-2017, 03:23 PM   #1
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Sariatu help

So I've set a rather daunting task ahead of myself, and that's cosplaying Sariatu, from Kubo and the two strings. (Her: http://68.media.tumblr.com/d206c815a...o4_r1_1280.jpg ) Question is, what sort of material would you suggest I use? Also, this might be off topic and a silly question, but if I were to happen to attend a contest, would the judges object to her numerous collars being fake?
Also, how are you supposed to sew a kimono without much of the stitches showing? I managed to get by with my Sango cosplay, but could someone point me to how it actually should be done?
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Unread 04-23-2017, 10:31 PM   #2
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i shouldnt think the judges would think anything of it
especially since gowns made in that fashion these days
arent comprized of x-number of layers either
they cheat too

as for hiding the stitches, im not sure how cause im not a seamster
but i think it amounts to rolling the seams so all the stitching
is between layers or just on the interior

but people tend to forget theyer compairing artists discretion vs reality
though id hope judges would be chosen that understand reality
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and select size options (if available) till you find one of appropiate size

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Unread Yesterday, 12:33 AM   #3
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Judges wont count it against you for faking the collars, but it definitely won't help your score like doing real layers would. (The kimono collars, not the odd number of haneri)

For the stitches, though tedious, I imagine a blind slipstitch or catch stitch would be the way to go.

Luckily Kubo doesnt really have a set era, the costume designer pulled from 300bc to present day. This gives you some leeway as to what fabrics to use. From what I read they tried to go with upholstery weight fabrics, though this was in part due to their stiffness and ease of filming (didnt move much between frames)

You may want to use a mix of upholstery, jacquard, and damask fabrics to get the right textures, weight, and patterns down.
This ones a little to dull, but maybe get a sample and see if you can dye it bright yellow for the outter layer

Along with some dye/paint to get the details such as the pattern on the sleeve and obi

The hardest one to do is going to be the lavender, as its stitched into folds to make a design. Here's some patterns

If you look up tutorials for fabric manipulation or smocking on pinterest there are a bunch of variations.

One way to lighten the under layers without faking the collars would be to make the collars and sleeve hems out of upholstery fabric or another mid weight fabric but attach them to a cotton shell.

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