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Houmei from Shining Wind by pixiekitty Houmei from Shining Wind by pixiekitty
I performed a skit in this costume with :iconfirelilycosplay: for Anime USA 2011. Our costumes won Best Overall Craftsmanship.

I worked on it in a span of 3 months, and it was pretty frustrating at times. I've never made a costume with SO much fabric for myself before! The kimono has close to 12 yards of fabric if you include the lining of the kimono. I'm not used to such a lose fit, so I felt super frumpy walking around in it!

The details on the kimono (cranes, peacock, and swirly details) are all hand painted and/or pieces of fabric heat n' bonded to the kimono. All of the different gradients were done with several colors of floral spray.

The little red dress underneath was a pain in the butt, because of the shapes of the white trim....and brocade frays so much! I ended up having to melt the edges of the inside seams before lining it so that the seams would not fray apart.

The green coral head pieces are made from Wonderflex; They insert into the wig with little plastic combs. The crown is a combo of Wonderflex, Styrofoam, Paper Clay, and craft foam.

Major insane wig construction done by: :iconfirelilycosplay:
The base wig is from Arda wigs - the wig is awesome! I love it!



photo by PsychoticSmiley.com

my fan prop! (aka Buckwheat Jr.)
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Maiko-Girl Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The details on this is amazing,i love those "eyes" on the back there!
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Miyumero Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Huh. I never thought to use floral spray for color gradients on a costume. Cool! Very beautiful!!
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pixiekitty Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Thanks! It's great since it's made for silk flowers, and doesn't really stiffen fabric too much. It can also be washed. I noticed if you iron the fabric afterwards it make the fabric more soft and flexible again.
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Miyumero Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Really good to know! Thanks!^^
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Kinlyu Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's one stunning costume! It looks beautiful, you did an amazing job!! <3
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pixiekitty Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Thank you so much!
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Kuchiitachi5 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this one is my fav
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:iconpixiekitty:
pixiekitty Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Thanks!
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Mikorio Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
This is amazing! The gradient of the cloth, the painting and the wig are all excellent.
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pixiekitty Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Thank you! :)
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Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Wow, you must have lots of patience. The painting is beautiful c:
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AyrielDarkmoon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
for costumes like this one it's why i admire you so much! :heart: looks perfect *-*
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PaXingCai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Gorgeous!
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Mangamad Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh. What a Pwiddy dress. Manga some. O,O!<
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jmercuryuk Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
This is gorgeous. The details are amazing and the whole thing looks so well constructed. The painting looks professional and I could just stare at it for hours.
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Lilletta Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
An amazing costume, all the details are gorgeous! (besides, I love Shining wind :)
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Brave-Knight Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Your skit rocked! And you both remained real collected even though the sound guys had an accident with the audio. Very pro =)
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SabakuNoKijoSakura Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! I wish I had that much patience
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Lotusmist Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
HOLY CRAP SO DETAILED *_*
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