It doesn't compare to some of the brilliant costumes that were entered, but I still wanted to share the result of almost all of my crafting time for the last two weeks. My daughter loves anime and manga. Last year, she offered to buy the fabric if I would make her a Vampire Knight costume. She bought the fabric back in January, along with a jacket pattern ( Burda 7878
), and, knowing how much work was going to be involved, I procrastinated. Fast forward to October (past a lot of pathetic 14 year old whining over the last 9 months or so). I finally sat down and altered the pattern. So here it is:
Oh, and here's the picture I went off of:
You'll notice a lot of detail on the jacket. Pesky things like piping. We bought fabric to do the piping. But then the thought occurred to me that there's no way I'd get all of them exactly the same width (I'm not a quilter. Accuracy is not my strong point.). So instead, I used my handy zig zag stitch (set to about the density of buttonhole stitching):
This took probably 4 hours, beyond the actual construction of the jacket (not including drawing the lines on the jacket so there was a chance I didn't get them completely crooked. Since I used a bar of ivory soap, I had to redraw them. I considered this a bonus, as it guaranteed that the lines weren't permanent if I did them wrong somehow).
There's a skirt, too, that used Simplicity 4188. That one got started back in May, in a different fabric. It was declared to be too wide, and tossed in a corner until two weeks ago (yes, that declaration is part of why I waited so long). However, DD has hidden it, and I don't know where it is. It's an 8 panel skirt with godets (think black cheerleader-style skirt, around knee length, and you're on the right track). Fortunately, the author of the manga didn't think to put more piping on the skirt as well.
Unfortunately, DD refused to let me take her picture at any time while she was wearing it, so I had to resort to hanger shots, especially since this is the last day to enter the contest.
Hope somebody likes it!