emperor peony the ninth

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Your Emperor Awaits
(I didn’t include a photo of my face because it just looks gross today and I have yet to style the wig anyway. Also I didn’t bind properly, but considering that I just wanted to take this for a test run, that’s my excuse.)

This is my first cosplay from the Tales series and the first non-Homestuck cosplay I’ve worked on in over a year and a half sheesh, and I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised by the results! Peony had the simplest design out of all the characters I want to cosplay from these games, so I figured he’d be good to start with and have ready for Otakon. There are a few things I would have done differently if I had the chance to hop back in time to fix them, but overall I’m happy to get this one packed soon!

Total Completion Time: 46 hours

Materials Used:

  • Light blue, navy, dark navy, brown, and tan suitings
  • Heavy cream fabric (I forgot which kind it was)
  • Gold lining
  • Black, light blue, gold, and tan thread
  • Paper-backed interfacing
  • Craft foam
  • Hooks and eyes
  • Snaps
  • Elastic
  • Brown zipper
  • Bronze and gold paint
  • Wire
  • Hot glue

Pros:

  • This was a simple and straightforward design, so pattern drafting took only about an hour or two!
  • Rather loose and comfortable; aside from having to bind, that is.
  • The belts were so much fun to make and I somehow managed to get just enough wire to make them work!

Cons:

  • I must secretly hate myself because I keep making all these layered cosplays to wear in the August heat. The suitings are great quality, but heavy as fuck.
  • Either I’m not adjusting my dressform correctly or I’m on a permanent cascade of losing weight, because the pants and cape-y thing are somehow larger on me now than when I got started. Narrow hips are dumb and don’t hold up cosplays well.
  • I somehow or another managed to sprain my back while marathon working on the applique, so now I can’t look at it without feeling ghostly aches. Remember kids, cosplaying is a very serious kind of varsity sport!

And with that, I have finally finished all of my Otakon cosplays! I just need to alter a few things and make a few last minute accessories, and then I can safely sit back and enjoy not having to rush sew in the upcoming weeks~

Since Lindsey’s phone didn’t wanna show this, I’m posting it here 8D

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It’s not glued down obviously and the border still needs some paper mache, needs to be painted etc

But this is basically how Peony’s belt piece is turning out so far

I should have some progress pics of Raven and Tison soon as I get these linings sewed in and the sleeves attached