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Topic: Un-sex-kitten-ified C.C. (Code Geass) Red Lolita Costume  (Read 4570 times)
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« on: November 07, 2011 04:35:44 PM »

My 14yo daughter's favorite anime is Code Geass, and this year she wanted to be C.C. for Halloween and also for an upcoming anime con here. When I googled images of the outfit she wanted, my jaw DROPPED. Um. NO. WAY. (My reference picture here is quite tame to what I actually found online).

Having made a boned corset bodice for an outfit previously, I did NOT want to go that route this time, as I was in a bit of a time crunch. So I bought everything (white oversized peasant blouse, black dance leggings, red suit) at the thrift store and reconned it, except for the tiny tophat and the green wig (bought new and modified), and the black bows, which were made from scratch with black cotton I had in my stash (she's wearing her own shoes).

The red bodice and overskirt were originally a red Sasson ladies' two-piece suit with a mandarin collar that I found at Thrifttown. After removing the mandarin collar, I opened up the bottom seam, inserted lace I had on hand, and hand-sewed it and added a velcro closure to make her little lace choker. I cut the heck out of that suit, removed the lining, sewed the front together and opened the back center seam, adding a zipper back center. I cut a piece off one of my husbands old black tees to make the rectangle for the front. The overskirt was just the bottom of the original skirt cut off below the zipper. I ripped out the original center seam, stitched down the folded over hem, hemmed the top and added underwear elastic inside to gather and make the elastic waist. It was then sewn to the white underskirt, which was actually just the bottom half of a white peasant skirt from Goodwill. I whacked off the top half (keeping the original bottom hem, folded over the top to make a casing and pulled through FOE to make a stretchy waist.

Black & White leggings: Not about to let her leave the house in thigh highs I found dancer's leggings at goodwill, marked them where I wanted the white anklethingies, spats, whatever to begin, and cut them off at that spot. I then cut a couple of trapezoids from another of hubby's tees (white this time), sewed up the side seam, the sewed them to the leggings.

White & black blouse (actually supposed to be a white blouse with black armbands over it, but I made it one piece):The white peasant blouse was also from goodwill. I whacked off the sleeves just above the button cuffs to have them be nice and puffy. Sewed on a 6" segment from what I cut off the black leggings, pinned them to the sleeves, gathering the white sleeve as I pinned, then sewed them together. Then I cut the long sleeves off a long-sleeved white tee, cut off the wrist band as well, and sewed the narrower end to the black armband, leaving the wider part of the white sleeve at the wrist to give the appearance of a bell sleeve.

Black Bows: Big black bow is basically a big rectangle of black cotton (with iron-in interfacing) sewed pillow-case style, then turned right side out and topstitched at the open end. The "knot" is actually a small rectangle of black cotton sewn into a little tube. I pulled the big rectangle through the tube and then just spread it out to look like a big bow. Another long black tube folded over at the center became the long "ties" of the bow, which I handsewed to the back of the big bow, making sure to get it through the little tube at the same time, so it held all of it together into one plece. Small black bow at neckline is actually another tube sewn of black cotton, tied into an actual bow and safety pinned on. The big bow was pinned on the back after zipping her up.

Green hair: I bought this wig from amazon: http://www.costumecraze.com/WIG73.html and fortunately it came with the bats in a little envelope for you to attach on your own, so I didn't have to do anything with the wig other than remove the beads from the braids in the front.

Tiny top hat: I bought a black one at Hobby Lobby in the doll section, and hot glued some of the fabric I cut off the suit so that it matched. I then used a scrap of black bias binding for the "ribbon" around the hat, and made a bow out of the same stuff and glued it on. I then used cut two small pieces of black FOE, hot glued the end of each to the hat so that she had a stretchy band to tie it on with, and just tied a bow under her chin.

I think that pretty much covers everything. After getting dressed her dad asked who she was, and after she told him he looked up pictures online, and then thanked me for "un-sex-kitten-ifiying" her outfit. Hence the name of my post. Wink
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011 01:08:46 AM »

I just wanted to say how much of an awesome job you did on this costume and I'm sure your daughter is going to have tons of fun.

The modifications you made to the costume to make it more age appropriate do not alter the feel or how recognizable it is as a character either. I think it is actually better with the longer skirt and should be fun and comfortable to wear! As a fellow anime-nerd and a participant of anime cons I have seen a lot of girls with ill-fitting or inappropriate clothing for their age. Most of them just end up feeling uncomfortable anyways trying to be too sexy. I hope your daughter appreciates your unsexifying!

I am really impressed with the amount of thrifted items used to make this cosplay. The fact that you made the "arm bands" and "the white ankle thingies" all one piece rather than separates. The fact that they are actually SEWN together will make this costume much easier to wear and your daughter will not have to worry about the leggings or arm bands slipping down throughout the day as the elastic gets tired or as she moves.

Good job mom! Keep up the good work!

Běifāng yǒu jiārn, jush r dl. Y g qīng rn chng, zi g qīng rn gu. Nng b zhī qīng chng yǔ qīng gu. Jiārn nn zi d.
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2011 04:10:23 AM »

Thanks! If I had to do it all over again, I might make the bodice from scratch, because that was a real pain in the behind that I don't really talk about in my post. I've also been thinking that a thrifted sweatshirt might have been easier to deal with than the suit fabric... it frayed like nobody's business! But as long as it's DONE and she's happy it's all good.
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