So, I just finished rereading Hayao Miyazaki's manga, "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind." And it is beyond good. It is beyond profound. It is
--- EDITOR'S NOTE: lengthy rhapsode about Nausicaa removed from this post for the sake of everyone's sanity ---
so naturally, I had to whip together a Nausicaa costume for Fanime! Here are the pics.
I'm actually pretty proud of how I didn't panic about the two-week time limit, for once. I got to play around with a lot of fun new techniques, and I really learned a lot!
A couple highlights of the process:
- I sharpie-dyed the wig blue, believe it or not; the original color was just a shade too orange. *
- This led me to use the same method for the entire tunic, hat, and spats, as well! I really wanted to use microfleece as my fabric, but 100% polyester doesn't bode well for dyeing. Sharpies, however, worked great. **
- Thanks to this costume, I finally got around to making my own sloper! As long as I was drafting the tunic, I figured I might as well do it at the same time. I'm so glad I did; it's going to be a fantastic time-saver.
- I also drafted the cap, which was a really interesting / mind-bending challenge.
- The bodice emblem is my first attempt at reverse applique. I'm thrilled with the results, and it was more straight-forward than I had feared! I also used the same technique, with clear packaging tape instead of white fabric, for the goggle lenses.
Perhaps the best thing about this costume? It's so. Freaking. Comfortable. It's like being wrapped in a fuzzy blanket, with a nice warm hat to cover my ears. (Oddly enough, cons are WAY more easy to enjoy when you're not in pain.)
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the results! Feel free to ask if you have any questions about anything. And seriously, READ NAUSICAA if you haven't already.
*For the record: when sharpie dyeing, DO IT OUTSIDE. Just... seriously, don't be an idiot like me. And don't wear your favorite shirt.
** This is a qualified great. After a day of wear, my skin had definitely picked up a lot of blue. I think, however, that this is more because I was too impatient when rinsing the excess dye out; I probably stopped too soon.