Went to my first full anime convention recently, and of course I wanted to go in cosplay for at least part of it! I wound up doing Kobato Hanato from the anime Kobato since she's easily one of my favorites, and her outfit turned out to be pretty fun to make. The Ioryogi amigurumi was crafted by the wonderful smileyyogini
in the Anime/Manga swap, but everything else was either crafted or modified by me.
The blouse was modified by a plain white long-sleeved polo. I added some yellow elastic partway along the sleeves (horrible idea btw, it barely showed up!), colored the collar with fabric paint, drew on the orange border and leaves, and sewed on the flowers and added new buttons. The green cuffs are separate pieces and stay on with an elastic insert.
The skirt was made out of cotton with the bottom half of a hobbit pattern (I accidentally lost the pattern I'd intended to use
) with an elastic waist added, the green and yellow ribbons were sewn on, and again I drew on the orange border and the leaves, and sewed on the flowers. Technically the flowers should have had four petals, but I wound up just using the petals part of some artificial flowers and didn't find any 4-petal ones until it was too late.
I found the hat at a local Joann and added some green ribbon to it, and for the shoes I wound up having to order some white canvas mary-jane style shoes and attack them with some more fabric paint. The ankle socks are there purely for comfort since those shoes apparently hate the backs of my ankles.
The bag was made completely from scratch, pattern and all, and I might eventually post a tutorial for it since her bag has a few tricky logistics to work through (just don't do what I did and forget to treat the ends of the webbing strap!). The head of the bag is stuffed (I created a separate piece to insert inside), and the wing is a functional pocket with an attempt at quilting over fusible fleece (not confident it was done correctly but it seems to look okay).
I definitely had fun with this cosplay, even if it didn't win anything and only a few people recognized the character (obscure characters get less attention, but more love from the few that do know her apparently
), but flouncing around in that skirt and wig was still all kinds of fun, and definitely something I look forward to doing again.