Hyakurin - Blade of the Immortal


Worn at: Anime North 2003

This was supposed to be my Masquerade costume for Anime North 2003, but it just didn't happen. I'd been planning to make the cool wrist-crossbow she has, and was in progress on making the special high-heeled geta, but I got very sick before the con and just didn't have time. That, in addition to the fact that I'd been unable to scrape together a group and had NO good ideas for a solo skit, made me decide to just relax and *watch* the masquerade for once.

Okay, this may sound egotistical, but I'm kind of used to getting a lot of attention in my costumes. Whether it's for the fanservice or the fanciness, I usually get a lot of photos taken. In Hyakurin, I felt totally invisible and it was weird. I would have thought that more people would read Blade of the Immortal, but I didn't have one single person come up to me and know who I was. *sigh*

Kimono: This was supposed to be a simple costume, but the kimono drove me absolutely NUTS. I'd decided to do the patterns in batik, but it had been a LONG time since I'd done any batik, and it took me awhile to get the hang of it. This involved redoing the patterns a few times, and having to buy new fabric, which turned out not to like dye (despite being cotton). It would dye great, but then when I tried to boil out the wax, the dye would go with it. So it was a LOT of frustration. The obi was much easier, and just involved half an hour of sewing.

Wig: I wore my Lipumira wig, which isn't exactly right but was okay. I realized when going thru my pics that I'd put my hair over the wrong eye and tied my obi on the wrong side...need to remember that the mirror is backwards! Argh.

Misc: I couldn't find thigh-high tights in the right colour, so ended up using some black ones I had lying around. As for the geta, I just wore a pair that I have at home. I'll finish the proper ones eventually...

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