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
- 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
- Brown zipper
- Bronze and gold paint
- Hot glue
- 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!
- 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~