Kuroshitsuji Worn to: Fanime 12 Status: Active Costume Award: Best Advanced
Craftsmanship Individual (Fanime 12) Difficulty: 2/5
My friends and I decided to perform a Kuroshitsuji circus skit for Fanime 2012.
In choosing a character, I was reluctant to choose Doll because I had already
made a similar, flower-heavy costume when I made White Rose from Saga Frontier.
However, I knew that Doll suited me the most among the circus characters so I
went with her.
Because of my past experience, the construction process was very smooth. When
making Doll, I held on to her description of the "princess of the
circus". I incorporated a lot of feminine fabrics and notions whenever
possible, including a lot of lace, crystals, pearls, eyelet trim, and
rhinestones. Most of the costume was drafted by me, though I modified a pattern
for the bodice.
The skirt is made up of four layers: the hoop skirt, small petticoat, rose
skirt and overskirt. All of the flowers on the skirt and the headpiece were
hand sewn and embellished with various sized crystals. The bodice is a standard
bodice with steel boning in 4 of the panels and laces up the back. Stupidly,
the sleeves were probably the most time-consuming part of the costume and include
a lot of beaded and scalloped details which sadly no one will ever notice!
The headpiece was made with a white ski cap as a base, which I built up using
flowers, crystals and feathers. The feathers are 20" ostrich feathers that
I curled using a hair dryer and wire, which is sewn onto the spine. The sash
slips over my head and attaches to the skirt via snaps. The garters and collar
are a stretch sateen with lace/eyelet and pearl details. The collar closes in
the front with tiny flower buttons and button loops.
In the end, all of the details in this costume are very pretty though sadly
most of the subtleties will never be visible in pictures. I am very proud to
have won Best Individual Advanced Craftsmanship though! Fanime is such a
prestigious convention and to be recognized for craftsmanship among so many
talented cosplayers was a huge honor.